Shelby, The trip was wonderful. It was all first class. The drivers were always right on time for every pick up. The small group tours were perfect. It's hard to say what I liked best.
In Melbourne the Metropol was very luxurious. The location was great. The hotel infinity pool was awesome. The tour group that did the Great Ocean Road tour was fantastic. The guide, Frank, gave us so much information. We saw kangaroos and a koala in the wild. The Phillip Island tour was fantastic. Again the guide was great. It was neat to be able to watch the penguins come on shore from the ranger station. Quite a unique experience.
In Port Douglas, our Sailaway cruise to the reef had 14 people on the boat. The snorkeling was really great. The sunset cruise was so pleasant. We only had 5 people with us this time. We saw several turtles and giant clams while snorkeling. The Daintree rain forest tour was another highlight. The aboriginal guide, Percy, knew so much about the plants and animals in the area. We only had one other couple on this trip. The guide brought us to a local fruit stand to pick fruit for our lunch, took us to a stream where we could swim, and stopped at a farm where they serve ice cream made from local fruits. He even brought us to his home to show us the baskets made by his tribe.
The two days at Uluru Rock was just right. The sunset dinner starts with cocktails, then dinner, a star gazing time with an astronomer, followed by a walk through the field of lights art installation. Magical. Our sunrise was a bit muddled by clouds but again the guide was good. It was really hot, -- around 100 degrees and the flies were pesky but I am so glad we had an opportunity to see this area.
In Sydney, we were greeted at Pier One with a glass of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries! They have a deck with you can sit and get a drink or snack. It was Chinese New Year and we caught some of the performances. The tours were good here too. The dinner cruise was the perfect way to end the trip. We really enjoyed the views, food and dancing.
I don't think all these experiences have really sunk in yet. Every day was something different.
Thank you so much for putting this together for us. The length of stay at each location was perfect. We never felt rushed and had to time to explore the area on our own. It was a trip of a lifetime. Susan & Phil, NJ - Jan 2017