Our travel agent was such a pleasure to work with. She provided a great itinerary and was always willing to make changes and make additional recommendations when something didn't feel quite right. She always replied to my many, many questions very quickly. She provided great advice and feedback about things we had heard about and wanted to try, but weren't quite sure. She was patient as we went back and forth on what exactly the trip should look like. In the end our 2 1/2 week trip to Australia was even better than the dream vacation I had hoped for! The country was amazing and everything was so perfectly planned out.
There were so many, this is really a tough question. We loved every city we went to: Sydney, Hamilton Island, Cairns, Ayres Rock and Melbourne. Hamilton Island was definitely a highlight. The hotel was beyond amazing.The hotel was like an excursion on its own. The view was breathtaking. The room had a great layout. The service was impeccable and the food was fantastic. Even with a couple days of not-so-terrific weather, we can not say enough about this experience.
Another surprise highlight was the Tali Waru dinner planned in Ayres Rock. These seemed like a fine tour when we read through the itinerary. Then when we got to hotel and were looking at all the hand outs for available tours, we saw the one for this tour compared to the others and were thinking, oh no, this isn't for us. We are quite picky eaters and the menu didn't seem to have anything we would eat. It seemed a little more high end than really fit us. But we were so wrong. This stands out as one of the best experiences on the trip. The food was so delicious we could not stop talking about it. The whole environment, vibe, location and overall night was the best night we had on the trip.
The snorkeling cruise in Hamilton Island was another really great excursion. The entire crew was so nice and helpful. The skipper was clearing our plates after lunch! The next day we went on a cruise with Cruise Whitsundays, which was fine, but really made this one stand out even more.
The only thing we wish we would have done differently is planned for more time in Melbourne. We had planned on 3 nights/4 days there, but the way the flights worked we really only had 2 days in this amazing city and it wasn't enough. I would have given up a day on Hamilton Island (where we spent 5 nights/6 days) to spend another day here had I seen the flight schedule and realized how l little time we really had. Other than that, I would really not have done anything differently!
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