Trav­el­ling in the love bug

Vee dubs tour the coun­try­side

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - BETTER BUSINESS - GREG WHITE greg.white@coff­s­coas­tad­vo­ Book your place by phon­ing 0410 060 0043 or email gav­in­har­

THERE are tourists who love to buzz around on the back of a clas­sic Har­ley David­son mo­tor­cy­cle so why not inside a vet­eran Volk­swa­gen tour­ing this beau­ti­ful part of the planet?

Vis­i­tors have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the joys of rid­ing in a Volk­swa­gen Car­avelle since Gavin and Su­san Har­wood launched T3 Clas­sic VW Tours for ad­ven­tur­ous folks seek­ing fresh and ex­cit­ing ways to ex­plore the re­gion.

Gavin, a self-con­fessed vee dub en­thu­si­ast and col­lec­tor, said restoring the two five-seater VW vans for the tour busi­ness was a labour of love.

“The Volk­swagon T3 Car­avelles have good bones,” he said.

“They are still very much sought af­ter decades from when they were first pro­duced.”

Re-pur­pos­ing the vans as tour ve­hi­cles was an easy de­ci­sion as the cou­ple had been toy­ing with the idea of ex­pand­ing into the tour busi­ness for some time.

Tours are cus­tomised with the Rain­for­est, Wa­ter­fall and Win­ery trip prov­ing very popular.

This ad­ven­ture takes pas­sen­gers through the un­spoiled rain­forests and in­cred­i­ble sweep­ing views across the Dor­rigo Na­tional Park on one side to the Bellinger Val­ley on the other.

Re­fresh­ment stops in­clude morn­ing tea along­side Sher­rard Falls with a wine tast­ing fi­nale at Raleigh Win­ery.

Some of the first pas­sen­gers have been guest sat the cou­ple’ s B& Bat Valery and all have given the op­er­a­tion the thumbs up.

“We have had great feed­back and place an em­pha­sis on cus­tomis­ing the tour route to suit pas­sen­ger needs as we have plea­sure show­cas­ing as much as pos­si­ble of what our beau­ti­ful re­gion has to of­fer.”

The tours cost $88 per per­son and in­clude morn­ing tea and lunch.

Buses can ac­com­mo­date up to four pas­sen­gers and of­fer plenty of leg room.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

CLAS­SIC CAR­AVELLE: Gavin and Su­san’s trusty vee dub heads into the rain­for­est with a happy load of vis­i­tors.

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