Testimonials - 2006

A fantastic tour. Can’t wait for next year.

All teachers were impressed with Rod and Jeff and would like to thank them for helping make the trip a memorable one. We especially appreciate their safe driving and flexibility in organisation. Teachers new to touring with Macquarie really appreciated the coffee break service. The itinerary was very suitable to our needs.

All very good! Keith, our driver, was always very helpful. I’m very grateful for all your work. All went very smoothly, safely and kids and staff had a ball. Thanks, we had a terrific trip.

All went well. Drivers for both vehicles were amazing and ensured the trip was enjoyable and on time.

An outstanding excursion. Macquarie couldn’t do enough to help with last minute changes that had to be made. Staff and students were well looked after by coach drivers. The coach drivers told interesting stories, were helpful and friendly – nothing was too much trouble! They made the long trip interesting. Thank you to Ron, Mario, Annette and all the staff at Macquarie!

Another great excursion Heidi. Thank you. You guys do a fantastic job. I was very happy with everything.

As always – helpful, supportive staff. Nothing is a problem for you, attention to every detail. Thanks particularly to Heidi and Annette.

As usual Macquarie Tours provided an excellent service. Rod was an excellent driver and manager of the tour. Thanks for everything you did to make the trip such a success. John was a very supportive and safe driver.

Both buses and drivers were excellent! Couldn’t do enough for us. We really appreciated the knowledge and understanding the drivers had of what we would want for kids to know and do. Thanks!

Both our drivers were friendly and helpful. They managed the students well. They had great knowledge of the tour and the area and were extremely helpful in making our trip as comfortable as possible.

Bus drivers were extremely pleasant, helpful and cooperative. When one staff member left a backpack at a previous stop they went out of their way to have it retrieved for her.

Comfortable coach, helpful & informative driver, outstanding trip.

Congratulations! You’ve done it again. Thank you for all your organisation and help. Your experience, efficiency and general personal touches have once again produced a great excursion for us. Steve, our driver, was great – helpful, polite and a good rapport with the kids. On behalf of the 56 students and 3 other teachers who participated, thank you once again.

Extremely pleased with the trip. Ron was sensational; we want him for next year!

Fantastic organisation from Heidi – loved your work! All students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and responded with statements such as: “This has been the best camp ever!” Frances and I look forward to booking our 2007 Alice Springs camp with you. Thank you so much for your excellent services and the coach drivers were absolutely fabulous! Excellent all round service and organisation. Coach drivers were exceptionally competent and very caring towards our special needs student. Well done!

Geoff (driver) came into his own assisting us when we had some ice skating injuries.

I always use your tour company as you are so reliable and organised.

I have organised quite a few overnight excursions with a variety of companies but Macquarie is by far the best. Your help in the planning, prompt replying to requests, cheerful phone manner and assistance and all pre excursion efforts were incredibly impressive. The motel and the drivers were both great. Ron and Neil were so positive with the kids and helpful with all aspects of the experience. Macquarie Educational Tours are outstanding in all aspects of our association, thank you.

In August 2006 a group of Senior Secondary students embarked on a trip to Sydney and Canberra from North East Arnhem Land. The overall success of the trip was largely due to the friendliness, hospitality and professionalism of numerous individuals and organisations that the group encountered during their excursion, including that of Macquarie Educational Tours. We would like to sincerely thank Macquarie for your excellent service throughout the planning and implementation stages of our excursion. All of your staff were extremely helpful and organised, and were central to the smooth running of our trip. In particular we would like to thank our excellent Bus Driver John, who frequently worked above and beyond the call of duty. The students developed a real affection for John and still talk about him and ask what he’s doing. We will be highly recommending your services to other school groups and hope to use them again ourselves in the future.

It was brilliant that sport equipment was included on the bus for recreational use at Mt Piper stop off. Tea and coffee provided at breaks was brilliant.

John the coach driver was excellent – a mine of information. Mary was also excellent, she was great with the kids and very accommodating.

John was very knowledgeable and provided much information while on excursion. We were very impressed by the communication before the excursion; whenever details changed we were informed. It was great having a middle man that understood the industry and could suggest ways to make our excursion better. Many thanks.

Our bus driver was great. He was great with the kids, never got angry and was pleased with the condition in which the bus was kept. He was very approachable and helpful.

Our driver was excellent and frequently offered to do tasks that were above and beyond the call of duty. John had an excellent understanding of the needs of our students (being ESL) and was more than just helpful – he was an absolute treasure. The ongoing support of Macquarie Staff, particularly Greg, when one of our students had an accident was also outstanding. Thank you!

Perfect!

Rod was an excellent driver and helpful to us in every way. He assisted us with recommending the best meeting places and informed us about each venue upon arrival. Rod also gave us commentary on many of the interesting landmarks around Canberra. He helped the teachers and children and we all appreciated his assistance. We recommend Macquarie Educational Tours for any school excursion. Mary was a great driver who helped the teachers with any request. She willingly assisted the children and made moving the large group around much easier. We greatly appreciated her assistance.

Rod was fantastic. A marvellous coach driver and tour guide.

Rod was fantastic. He was an excellent leader, was friendly and helpful with students and staff. He shared his knowledge of the sites we visited and helped at all venues ensuring students were in the right place at the right time. Thanks Rod! John helped students and staff when needed. He supported all the movements made by watching out for students’ wellbeing. He was a great leader for our excursion. Thanks John!

Rod was great. Friendly, helpful and agreeable. Coach always clean. Helpful information over the microphone given. Coffee always available on stops.

Ron was a fantastic bus driver. He was very knowledgeable and great with the students at all times. His interaction with our group was highly commendable – he made the excursion informative and enjoyable. We really enjoyed the morning tea/coffee/tea throughout the day. The sports equipment was a wonderful idea.

Ron was fantastic! We want him on all our excursions. The food at Rossmore Park was superb. They have upgraded – painted & refurbished some areas. A fantastic excursion. Many thanks.

Steve was absolutely brilliant. His enthusiasm and wonderful people skills really enhanced the children’s and teachers’ experience.

Steve was great with the kids and staff. His interaction with them was excellent. He started each morning with a little song which the children enjoyed. We would certainly have Steve as a driver again.

Thank you for an excellent trip. You are a very professional company who offers a fantastic service. You were always able to help with any issues and move itinerary around as needed. We look forward to working with you again.

Thank you for helping us to enjoy our trip by providing a great coach and driver who had high standards and was extremely helpful. Your skills in planning excursions and communicating effectively with staff (teachers) are extremely valuable. I appreciate that at this time of year you are very busy, but there is never a hint of not having enough time to communicate with your clients (and always with a smile! Even though I can’t see it over the phone!).

Thank you for such a wonderful, hassle free excursion. Both students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the excursion. Ron was a real bonus. He was very attentive to the needs of both staff and students.

Thank you to all staff involved in organising Oatley PS’s excursion. We had a fantastic and highly educational excursion. The drivers (John & Darren) were fantastic and helped us in every way possible. The coaches were well appointed and the DVD facilities were appreciated. All staff at Macquarie Tours were helpful and gave us great information. They were a pleasure to deal with and provided answers for all our queries. Thank you! John and Darren made a great team. We appreciated their experience and organisation. Well done, fellas! We enjoyed your company.

Thank you to Steve and office staff for making our excursion a valuable experience. Staff and students appreciate your work and we all enjoyed ourselves whilst in Canberra.

The best excursion ever – well organised and hassle free – friendly and considerate help. I would recommend your company and drivers to anyone.

The driver was wonderful; he got on well with teachers and students. All venues were excellent. Thanks to all staff at your operation. Everything went smoothly and with no dramas thanks to your high level of skill and organisation. Congratulations and thanks.

The excursion was well organised. The bus and accommodation was comfortable and clean. The itinerary was excellent and not too busy and it allowed the students to have some free time and the teachers to relax. Meals organised at the motel were excellent and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We have been dealing with Macquarie Tours for about 4 years and their service is excellent.

Tim was very helpful in organising luggage, entry to events etc. He was accommodating with Peter Brock wall signing.

Top work, thank you. Terrific extra information. The cups of coffee were a life saver. Great with kids.

Uncle Ron was the best! His knowledge of history, landmarks and Canberra was extremely thorough and very interesting. He endeared himself to the students and adults alike and was very approachable and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he always had the needs and comfort of everyone else in mind. Uncle Ron was so good that we want him for all our future trips!

Very happy with all tour arrangements and itinerary. Ron was wonderful with the students – was great at communicating both educationally and socially.

Very very pleased. Uncle Ron kept me fed and watered – always appreciate a cuppa! Children were very comfortable and attentive to what Ron had to say! Really great.

We had a great time as usual when we book through Macquarie Tours. John was fabulous and made things easy and educational, pointing out places of interest along the way. He was approachable and had everything under control – as do all staff at Macquarie! Thanks for making it another successful and enjoyable to excursion for staff and students.

We had a wonderful time thanks to not only your efforts but the efforts of our driver Ron. His knowledge and relaxed manner with the kids made our excursion ten times better than ever before. Thank you to all the staff at Macquarie for helping to make not only the children of Vacy PS smile, but also the teachers. We’ll see you soon.

We had just the bestest time! We were all tired but could have stayed on for a few more days. Your organisation of our trip was A1 and it was a pleasure, as always, working with your most helpful and cheery staff. John was absolutely fantastic!!! I couldn’t have asked for better. A top guy! A champion! He was ever so helpful on the last day during our little crisis – considering the kids needs and ours. A great time was had by all!

We were extremely pleased with all aspects of the excursion.

We were very happy with every aspect from start to finish, not just the trip but right from the very start of booking the trip. I can’t praise you all enough. Well done. You all go above and beyond. It was so well organised and run that we were sad to be home!

We were very impressed with the whole organisation of this trip. The venues were great, the accommodation was clean and the food suitable for children. Thank you for your wonderful organisation. We’ll be back!

We were very pleased as we had a safe driver.

We were very pleased with the whole excursion. The kids and teachers had a fantastic educational and fun experience. Steve, the driver, was extremely helpful, efficient and punctual. He also had a great rapport with both teachers and kids. Thanks heaps.

We were very pleased. Thank you. We were very impressed with the bus driver – he was fantastic with children and organisation. We would love to have his help on all excursions.

What can I say…thanks!