DRIVEN: Cowan’s Bus Services can help you see the people and places Australia has to offer in the comfort of a customised coach.Advertising Feature ICONIC SIGHTS: Cowan’s extended tour traverse the nation taking in many remote and awe-inspiring locations and attractions like Ayers Rock.
It’s a big country but a small world when it comes to touring Australia in style with Cowan’s Bus Service.
Each year the family owned and operated businessbased at Sandy Hollow visits a range of iconic Aussie locations, offering a birds eye view of this big brown land in the comfort of a customised touring coach.
Extended tours run for up to 21 days and travel all over Australia, from the forests of Tasmania to the deserts of Western Australia and reefs of Queensland.
“We’re a small company and havebeen in transport for over 100 years and that’s a strength for our customers because our team is tight and understand what makes a great tour,” Katie Schmidt said.
“We have the one dedicated touring coach and a super-experienced team –driver, guides, office staff – who are passionate about delivering an unforgettable journey.
“I guess that’s what gives us an advantage over the bigger operators; they often have lots on the go, maybe some details might slip through the cracks.”
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Cowan’s Bus ServiceWhen you sign up for one of Cowan’s all-inclusive tour you get door-to-door service, with pick-up throughout Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley.
Customers don’t have to worry about the car or getting to the airport, and it comes at no extra cost.
The packages also cover flights, pick-ups, meals, accommodation and all attractions along the way.
“Everything you see on our ad, you get,” Katie said.
“The only thing passengers have to bring is a spirit of adventure.”
Katie’s father, James Cowan, and his sister Nerrilie Collins kicked off the touring side of the Cowan’s operation back in 2003. They nowoperate approximately 10 core extend tours which they rotate from year to year.
In 2017, Cowan’s will open their season with a nine-day tour of Norfolk Island (March 16-24, 2017).
The 13-day Central Australia tour (July 24-August 5, 2017), which sets off from the Hunter and takes in Port Augusta and Ayers Rock before concluding at Darwin, is popular.
“Ayers Rock is always a highlight,” Katie said.
People fly home from Darwin while the next tour fly in for the Kimberley tour (eight days, August 5-12, 2017).
The Kimberley run charts a course from Darwin down through Katherine, Kurnnanura (Ord River, Lake Argyle), Fitzroy Crossing and then onto Broome where it concludes and the next group fly in for the 11-day West Coast Discovery Tour (August 13-23, 2017).
This leg takes in Port Headland, Tom Price, Coral Bay, Ningaloo Bay, Monkey Mia (where the dolphins come in), down to the natural wonders of Kalbarri like the Nature Window overlooking Z-Bend River, the Pinnacles and then into Perth.
“Next year , for the first time, there will be the nine-day Margaret River tour taking in Fremantle, Bunburry, Bussleton, Margaret River, Cape Leeuwin, Pemberton, Walpole and Albany, with an option to return to the east coast with theIndian Pacific train or fly home,” Katie said. “That tour will start August 26 and finish at Margaret River on September 3.”
Tours to Stanthorpe (five days, September 18-22) and Tasmania (11 days, September 25-October 5) are also on offer.
“Discounts are available if you book early and/or combine tours,” Katie said. “The minimum saving is $950 per per person if you combine one tour,ranging up to $2500 if you combine four.”
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