Client Testimonials

Client Testimonials

We take great pride designing unique itineraries to suit each unique client. Many of our clients have never used a Travel Agent before and are delighted that our knowledge can help them make the most of their trip. We don’t sell any other destination, so we have in-depth information and personal contacts with hotels and tours that we often consider friends. This intense focus allows us to create the dream trip that is right for YOU! Our business is built mainly on repeat and referral clients. Please enjoy some of their comments about our service.

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“My wife and I spent three terrific weeks in Australia in June/July 2016. Our trip was completely planned and booked by Tammy Lindsey of Essential Down Under. This trip was the most exciting and enjoyable vacation we’ve taken in 35 years of traveling together, and this was entirely due to Tammy’s careful planning, her astute selection of travel guides, hotels and obscure eco-lodges, and her thoughtful arrangements. We slept in 13 beds over 21 nights in four different Australian states, so there were a lot of moving parts. Everything went off without a hitch, thanks to Tammy’s arrangements.

As knowledgeable travelers who normally do our own research and bookings, we were initially reluctant to work with a travel agent, but to get the most from our time in Queensland and the NT, we saw no alternative. We simply would never have found the guides or the lodges that were selected. We strongly recommend using Tammy Lindsey and Essential Down Under for trips to her areas of specialization.”
C.W. , New York – July 2016

“I just wanted to take a moment to really thank you again. You have helped us create what is shaping to be an epic and very healing journey. I love getting to watch my son take this all in, from swimming in rivers to laying in the red sand listening to the birds in the gum trees.

We loved Broome and Kooljaman was just incredible. So beautiful and peaceful. I cannot imagine how much work this has been for you. I will be forever grateful I found you guys and even more so that you guys were willing to take this on. You are both with us on this journey and it is never far from our minds and conversations how awesome you both are.”
L.S, Lynnwood, WA - July 2016

“Kangaroo Island was awesome. Our guide was a natural and a delight….The lunches prepared both days were a great and pleasant surprise. The B&B on Kangaroo Island was absolutely lovely…. The food prepared was delicious… The ride to see the fairy penguins that evening was an unexpected bonus.

There aren’t enough words to describe our view from our room near Port Douglas — ocean and mountains, but you knew that when you booked it. We often just sat there and enjoyed the view. We decided to have all three dinners there since the food was very good and the view from the dining room couldn’t be beat.

I think one of our favorite days was actually my birthday, when we sailed on Synergy to the Great Barrier Reef!!! The weather was spectacular. There were only six of us. We snorkeled for the first time ever and it was a great experience.

….[in Sydney we] arrived at the our hotel, went up to our room and were spellbound!! The view of the Harbor, Opera House and the Bridge was mesmerizing. We didn’t want to move from that spot.

It was a wonderful trip and I just couldn’t have planned an itinerary like this. You did a superb job and it was a trip worth takin. I would certainly recommend you if anyone is planning a trip to Australia. Thank you, and thank you again, Karolyn.”CG, West Newton, MA

“We usually do not use travel services because they do not meet our needs, but we are very happy with the wonderful trip you arranged for us. Your blend of unusual and fantastic places was woven well together. We could not have found the people and accommodations that helped us discover the “real Australia” without your help. We will highly recommend your services to anyone traveling to OZ!”
H.K, Manhattan, NY
“We want to thank you for arranging such a wonderful trip for us!! It was truly perfect! At least once a day Tom and I said something to each other about how well you understood our interests and how perfectly you had planned the trip! We all have a lifetime of wonderful memories….I have too many to list, but suffice it to say, it really was the trip of a lifetime and we can’t thank you enough for all your help. We know the only way to repay you is to tell everyone we know what a wonderful job you did for us – and believe me, we are!”
C.F., Chicago, IL
“One year today we returned from the most magic and wonderful vacation of our lives. Thanks to you we had a relaxed yet exciting adventure on a new continent. Why was it so special, when most travel is so stressful for me? It was well planned and all arrangements were made by a knowledgeable expert to the last detail. We did not have to worry about anything once we started the trip because you took care of everything in advance (accommodations, excursions, transportation, auto rentals, local flights and transfers) …So our thanks go again to you for making it all possible.”
I. & M. K, Brookline, MA.
“We had an absolutely marvelous time in Australia, and there were a number of times that I thanked you out loud for such a magnificent itinerary…. The Ridge Tour at Arkaroola was fabulous, and the Aboriginal camp was the high point of our trip. Just when we were feeling a little dust-worn we ambled into Collingrove in the Barossa, to a delightful experience of luxury and color. This was one of the best features you created for us- every time we started to get travel-weary, there was a “leisure day” waiting to rescue us!”
J.R., Columbus, Ohio
“At one point my husband wondered what it would be like to travel without reservations each night. While that might be fun, I think this trip was great because that was organized for us. Your work gave us the framework that made it possible for us to just enjoy the places we went to. Thank you very much!”
B. S, Mass.
“We wanted to thank you for planning such a wonderful trip for our honeymoon. Everything ran smoothly. All the flights and tours were perfect…. Lizard Island was absolutely beautiful! The Outback was great, and we loved having our own 4X4. I loved Kangaroo Island – a definite highlight of the trip! We can’t wait to explore more of Australia and New Zealand!”
C.B, Dobbs Ferry, NY
“I do a lot of travel for business, and know that things always go wrong. But this trip went without a hitch, thanks to your expert planning!”
B.C., Manhattan
“We thoroughly loved our three weeks in New Zealand. When we go back someday, we would at the very least re-visit Wharekauhau and Queenstown…. One of the greatest museums we’ve ever seen anywhere is the Auckland War Memorial. The Pacific and Maori exhibits were so extensive! And the driver you hired for us was a great idea. He was very knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, good sense of humor – a regular Kiwi! “
R.A, Long Island, NY
“The package that you designed was tailored perfectly to our taste and allowed us in a relatively short period of time to see what might have otherwise taken months. The efficiency of your scheduling allowed a worry-free itinerary with each day leading to a new and exciting adventure, yet allowing us enough leisure time to enjoy to the fullest each experience. Our flight to view the rock art in the isolated aboriginal territory of Umorrduk was alone worth the cost of our trip. Perhaps the greatest compliments on our travels were those we received from our Australian friends who realized that we did not just skim the surface of Australia’s coastal cities, but had seen as much, if not more, of the Continent than they had. It was truly a vacation of a lifetime.”
K.M., Manhattan, NY