Our trip was was amazing! We went to Tasmania (Cradle Mountain and Freycinet), Hamilton Island, and Sydney for 2 weeks (although 2 of those days were pure travel).
Tasmania was amazing. We loved both Cradle and Freycinet...we wish we could have spent more time at both. We understood that time was limited, however would recommend at least two nights at both which our travel agent did suggest. Regardless, we were super pleased and would recommend Tasmania be highlighted more to travelers anywhere. I really didn't know anything about it and got lucky. More travelers need to know (on second thought, maybe let's keep it a secret) how pristine and special Tasmania is in Australia. Maybe it was just me not knowing though.
Hamilton Island was awesome, but you are kind of "stuck" with their amenities. With limited options for food that is less than $20 ASD a sandwich it was somewhat annoying but we understood you get what you pay for and so we just accepted it. Having a few "beach" options to choose amongst would have been nice...also...you receive the same amenities (as far as I knew) at Reef View as the Beach Resort. I'm glad I did NOT choose the Beach resort as the view of the ocean was much better and the short walk to the beach was a non-issue. I would choose view over a walk across the street anytime but I get that that is hard to communicate. Our travel agent did a good job of downplaying that or I may have chosen the Beach resort and been disappointed. If you do choose Reef View then request a high floor...we were on the 17th floor and had the most amazing view (this may cost a little more...well worth it). Overall, Hamilton Island was BEAUTIFUL and we loved the amenities, the hikes, getting a golf buggy, and seeing the sunset on One Tree Hill. Such a treat...I even cried a little I was so overwhelmed with its beauty and the surroundings.
Sydney was expected...a big city. The kayak tour under the Sydney Harbour Bridge was awesome. I would definitely recommend it again. The bridge climb...I wish I knew how scared I would be. We didn't like that we couldn't cancel last minute without any refund...especially when it was rainy and windy. We hated it...although, yes, the views were beautiful. We would have accepted a penalty to cancel and wish we knew in advance that it wasn't refundable...make sure you do your research if you are on the fence. Based on when we went (Twilight) it seemed like we could have booked and made our decisions last minute regardless of what they told us. Finally, the Opera House should be promoted more...we wish we would have went. We walked around it and were too late to book a show so ended up going to a very cool jazz club called The Basement around Circular Quay. A fun unexpected concert that provided a unique experience to Sydney that felt local yet a great Saturday night out.
Overall, simply put...the trip was EPIC.
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