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1. Posted by informer (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

dont go on easyrider tour it is a big scam...RIP OFF$$$$$$$

easyrider have a scam of making everything look cheap but when you get on the bus thats the end of the value for money..
the drivers like to follow the timetable and dont have time for you to explore the places they stop at unless of course it is an organised tourist rip off stop which they will take you to because the owner of the business cuts them a cheque and free perks ....
they dont even have aussie drivers...one of them is a metal head italian from melbourne....watch the criminal connections they are starting to surface....beware your not running sly grog runs to the poor aboriginal communities of w.a.

the tour drivers have a points system on who can get the most people to buy things from their preferred shops and businesses
if you want to have the fun of being ripped off try thailand at least it is cheaper and you can barter with the price....

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[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. Edited to avoid possible promotion. ]

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 10y

Well, always nice to be warned. But how do we know you're not just the competitor? Generally speaking, users should take warnings from first time posters with a grain of salt.

I've removed the duplicate post in the RTW forum btw.

3. Posted by jenjen84 (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

i travelled alone as an 18 year old girl with easyrider from perth to exmouth in 2003 and found all the staff and drivers charming, helpful, genuine and a great laugh! everone has a business to run at the end of the day, and the whole point of easyrider is that you spend as little or as much time as you want at each drop off point- so if the minimum amount isnt enough for you...catch the next bus...or the next one- easyrider was designed to be flexible and i thouroughly recommend easyrider to all!!!

4. Posted by jenjen84 (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

and to add....not every bus driver or tour guide you meet in england is english!!!do you expect true blue aussies throughout oz? how small minded are you?

5. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 10y

I agree with Peter. And I add that people who think that drivers and tour groups don't make extra dollars from shopping should pull their heads out of the sand or on this case - concrete. Every other industry in the world has some sort of incentive scheme for business gained from someone else. Sure you often don't get a choice, but you're on a guided tour, not a taxi ride that goes where you choose to.
Informer, try hitchhiking next time. And as a research travel writer you need to do more research and less writing.

6. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 10y

Thanks Peter, This is why TP is a great travel board. You guys manage it well by editing advertising, self promotions, offensive posts etc.

'informer'you've hit a bit of a raw nerve and managed to insult us Aussies when you started this thread by making unfounded statements. Also we are a multicultural society so you'd better be prepared to meet people who are not Australian born (like me an Italian in Melbourne).

Have a nice time in Australia, your stay will be what you make of it. If you do eventually get around to documenting your travel research, I hope your reports are objective.

Try to enjoy the whole Oz experience - you may never come back again.

7. Posted by scotsman (Respected Member 128 posts) 10y

Throw in my tuppence worth,

I dealt with the Easyrider bus quite alot when I was at the Overlander roadhouse and I thought the staff were magic! I also got my job at the roadhouse through Easyriders job shop in Perth (although the woman there is a bit of a fruitbat!). I can also personally vouch that we didn't give easyrider anything to stop at the roadhouse other than a free drink for the driver, but that was the norm for any bus. Also what does it matter about the nationality of the driver? Especially an Italian from Melbourne, if it weren't for our cousins from the Med. Australia would still have grim British food! So I say thanks to the Italians for that

On that note...

8. Posted by jodub79 (Full Member 22 posts) 10y

I travelled with Easyrider from Darwin down to Perth. While we had a great time, and some great guides, some of them were obnoxious and seemed to be in the wrong job. Don't think it matters if guides are aussies or not, in fact one of the best guides we had was south african.
The itinary was quite good and any place we liked we stayed and waited for the next bus.
The buses themselves were not the best. Some were fine, but some were very old, and had a constant headache on one of them cause it was so noisy.
Also one of the drivers insisted on taking him smelly socks and trainers off when he was driving which was not nice!
At the end of trip alot said they were sorry they travelled with easyrider, but you just don't have the same choice you have on the east coast. Easy rider was the cheapest way we could find to do the west coast unless you have your own transport.

9. Posted by angelab (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

Hi - I've found this thread and would like to let you know that this is of great interest to me!!! I am one of the owners of Easyrider and would like to respond to you guys.

With regards to the 'scams' that the drivers or me as an owner may be on??? Well, thats something that when we commenced Easyrider back in 1995 - we were very aware of and we made it very clear to all of our driver/guides that 'kickbacks' (the term used for companies offering our drivers money for taking passengers to their business over someone elses) was totally unacceptable to us. After years of being a backpacker myself, i was fully aware of how that 'kickback' worked and how it made the drivers you have somewhat greedy and not look after the passenger as much. We didn't want that to happen for any Easyrider travellers.

As an owner - i have always wanted Easyrider to be a great way to travel our state. I feel i'm still a backpacker at heart and although we run a business, we do still want to make sure you guys love our state as much as we do! Our tours are set up so you can see the sights but also jump off the bus and do your own exploring as well! A good compromise I have always believed.

We offer choices/options for you on tours available in the towns, the hostels you stay at and the food you want to eat. So how much you spend on tour is up to you - not us at all. I know it is nice to keep those costs down and have a few 2 minute noodle meals along the way or a loaf of bread that you use for every meal for a few days! At least, that is what i used to do! Let me know if things have changed!!

The food places?- well except for the driver SOMETIMES being offered a free bite to eat - Easyrider gets NO money for taking you there. WA is a HUGE state and we have no choice but to stop at some of these roadhouses due to fuelling up of the buses!

About our buses - well yes they were looking abit on the old side this year - which is why we are upgrading them as we speak and getting them ready for the new season.

The buses are all part of a strict maintenance program and are inspected by Western Australian Transport every year so although they were looking a wee bit tired - they are very much in good condition mechanically and are safe vehicles to have out on our roads. By April - they will all be looking fantastic again as well!

Hope i've put to rest some of the concerns on this thread and as an owner of a tour company - please, if you have concerns about any tour that you do around the world - my suggestion to you would be to always advise the administration of that company and make them aware, so they can make sure they achieve the best service possible for the next traveller coming through!
Cheers!!

10. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 10y

Thanks for taking the time to respond Angela. We appreciate hearing the other side of the story.