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It’s more than the destination, it’s about the journey

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Reliability, convenience and affordability… they’re all the things a traveller, seasoned or not, wants these days.

And, it’s exactly what Palmer’s Tours promises to deliver.

For the boutique, family-owned business, it’s more than the destination, it’s about the journey, according to manager Alyssa Blenkey.

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“Our extensive knowledge gives us the unique advantage of designing our programs with the ultimate balance of authentic experiences, free time, local cuisine and produce, great inclusions with premium comforts and attention to detail, ensuring an exceptional time for our customers,” she said.

“I feel that, although flying is terrific, people tend to miss a lot of Australia.

“However, if you go on an extended coach tour, you’re stopping every couple of hours for a break… you get to visit little iconic pubs, museums and cafes, for example, while learning a bit of history about those towns.

“Plus, we’re assisting smaller communities that need our help post-COVID.

“It’s been a rough couple of years for everyone, especially for those in rural areas.

“But, coach travel is really starting to prove quite popular again, particularly in an era of rising petrol prices and cancelled flights.

“The caravanning industry has picked up, too, however I’m discovering some people don’t want the stress of driving, or trying to find car parks, or getting the van on and off anymore.

“They can now jump on a bus and, nine times out of 10, everything is inclusive, from accommodation to meals.

“With our extended tours, we organise a chauffeured car to pick you up from your home and drop you back off, so it alleviates another worry.”

Although Palmer’s Coaches’ main base is in Queensland, it’s recently branched out to the Gold Coast and Central Coast, too.

“We decided to tackle touring, so we kicked off Palmer’s Tours [from the Central Coast] in 2019,” Alyssa said.

“We’re trying to re-write the preconceptions of coach travel.

“Even though we cater for seniors’ groups and retirement villages, from extended holidays to day trips, we also handle corporate transfers and family packages.

“Anything you need a coach for.

“And, because the staff and myself live locally, we know the Hunter quite well.

“We’re looking to implement a lot more day tours, across the Central Coast and Newcastle, taking in Sydney, which are five hours or less.

“That helps people who don’t want to go away for multiple days.

“They can meet some friends and have a nice time out, without too much of a hassle.

“As well, they get to know our friendly drivers and luxury coaches, which then sets the tone if they eventually want to go on an extended tour.”

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