Koalas - Fraser Island & Whitsundays

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1. Posted by Jogilroy (Budding Member 17 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


We just booked a Fraser Island and Whitsundays package with Koalas. Since then, I have heard some negative feedback about the company, their accommodation and the trips - has anyone done this trip? Any advice? (i doubt its refundable!)

2. Posted by bummer007 (Budding Member 11 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I was also looking at the package with this company so very interested in anybody's feedback!?

3. Posted by Del007 (Budding Member 38 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hey Guys

to tell you honestly, I stayed with Koalas both in Hervey bay and Airlie beach, and both places were total dives. The kitchens suck because they want you to eat at their restaurants and the taps were falling off the walls. My room in Hervey didnt even have a window that closed (it was the middle of winter and freezing! they wouldnt even let me use my sleeping bag!) but i did hear that the doubles and resort style accommodation was much nicer

That being said, I've had many friends who did their self drive Fraser tour and had just as much fun as I did at Dingoes. I also booked my sailing on their Pride of Airlie boat and had a blast. The tours themselves are really all about what you make them. So dont worry too much about the trips since I doubt you'll be spending much time at the hostels.


4. Posted by Jogilroy (Budding Member 17 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Fraser Island now done - the trip was great! Our group was good fun and was really diverse (which I liked)
Hostel was OK not brilliant but... ok.

5. Posted by BlueSand93 (Budding Member 23 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hey I can't say I've heard of Koalas, but when i was in NZ i used contiki for a 2 week trip, and i know they offer a lot of trips on the coast of Oz. from my experience with them they have great accommodation and services on their tours. I've been on two of their trips and just booked a 3rd, and im considering #4 to be sydney to cairns in july '08. let me know if have a question about it, or you can check them out online.

Happy Travels!

6. Posted by sneddon (Budding Member 19 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Stayed at Koala's in Hervey Bay. Didn't think much of it. Group was ok, we had t pay $50 for fuel and we didn't get food included in the price and most importantly we also didn't get to choose our group. My boyfreind had already done FI from Rainbow Beach and they were able to put themselves into groups, food was included and fuel was on $10. Wouldn't recommend Koala's

7. Posted by gandk (Full Member 100 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

hey there are always extra in all the trips so you gotta expect that in oz.

I went with Tribal travel and eveything was great we did fraiser with a place called pippies who have just bought all new gear and really good hostal at Rainbow beach. The whitsundays was on appollo great fun but lots of people on the boat.