My name's Sean. I've lived in Sydney, Adelaide, Launceston & visited every state of Australia - that's why they call me seanaussie! So I've reviewed anywhere that either annoys me, amazes me or ably accepts me into their establishment! I hope my reviews help you as you travel around too.
Joined 04 March 2008 Modbury Heights, SA
Renting from here one cold night, it didn't feel great to have to wander everywhere to find their counter. Our feeling wasn't greatly enhanced by the counter staff's inability to give even simple directions to the main road we were looking for - instead they directed us to some windy dark uninhabited roads. We trusted their directions as they were local but upon arriving where we ended up we realised we should have asked someone else...
Having said that, the car was nice and warm, drove well, spacious, and the price was the best we could get.
This centre, run primarily by volunteeers, is a source of all manner of interesting facts about whales and sea life. They've got an information service that tells you where the whales are when they're around (tip: you can call for an exorbitant fee or just look at the blackboard out the front for free). The exhibits inside are interesting for older kids (maybe 9+) and adults, I could spend ages looking through them. They added a special section on sharks last year and do add other ones at times.
They also have fantastic kids' programs for all ages with the infamous 'Professor Blubber' who all kids will love, these run during the school holidays at the centre plus at special events in the town too.
I love the gift shop too, it's only little but it's full of all types of things whale/sealife-related.
Price is OK though perhaps a little on the pricey side. It's well worth a visit especially so as to support their non-profit local venture.
We've all heard that Australia is the 'big country' - big koala/big pineapple/big everything. Well, I reckon I'd have to describe this 'big' as the relaxed cousin of the big family. Run by some pretty laid back people, with a cheap entry fee but lots of true blue knowledge and fun to keep you interested. There's a sort of train around led by a guy who taught me more about oranges than I ever knew (which admittedly wasn't much) with a real sense of humour and down to earth nature. Of course there were plenty of oranges for tasting and a trip up to this place where you get a great view of the orchard. A little bit dull at times for small kids, but well worth it for others and a genuine way of supporting a real local business.
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