We went to Australia with our 13-yr-old granddaughter Maggie. We were traveling during our planning period, so we decided to try a travel agent and Rick was perfect. We ended up having a great time in Queensland for almost 3 weeks. He planned all our accommodations, transfers, internal flights, and most tours. We didn't have to think or worry about anything. The best thing he did for us was to book hotel/apartment accommodations, which meant sometimes we could eat in or BBQ, saving us a lot of money and time. Also, he recommended fewer changes of place than we had originally planned - and he was totally right. And again, we wanted some small tours and things that he did not have a relationship with, but he was able to accommodate us perfectly.
We felt overall that he understood our particular needs and went out of his way to make things happen specifically for us.
For me, it was snorkeling with a small boat tour operator out of Port Douglas. The Great Barrier Reef was incredible, and the staff took such great care of the only 30 people on board. We snorkeled in three places and each one was better than the other.
For my husband, it was swimming with manta rays on Lady Elliot Island. LEI in general was amazing.
For Maggie, it was being a zookeeper for a day at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, feeding Tazmanian Devils, cleaning koala pens while they were nearby, etc. And probably seeing how scared her grandmother was at ziplining! Also, staying at Lumholtz Lodge in Atherton where tree kangaroos climbed all over her!
We loved all of it. Probably we'd try to get a flight out of LA to SEA earlier than the 7-hr. layover, but since we booked that with miles, we were stuck with it. Also, we would not get the Merlin Entertainment Package in Sydney - after we had seen everything in the wild, seeing fish in an aquarium, for example, was depressing.
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