Hi Joanne, we wanted to thank you for creating the most memorable and outstanding honeymoon that we could've ever imagined. Sorry it has taken so long for us to get back to you, but we have been swamped at work since we've been back and it feels like we are finally caught up.
Sydney- What an awesome city and we felt like total Sydneysiders by the time we left! The Four Seasons was in a perfect location and was what you would normally expect from a Four Seasons. We loved the Circular Quay/Rocks area as there was so much to do and see. The Bridge Climb was so much fun and it was actually pretty cool that "Modern Family" was filming an episode right below us outside of the Park Hyatt hotel. The Blue Mountains excursion was really cool and was well worth the trip. Our tour guide Alex was so great and I would recommend that anyone going to Sydney should do this trip. Later that evening, we did the SeaSydney dinner cruise which was amazing. There was only one other couple that was on the cruise with us and it gave us such a great view of Sydney Harbor at sunset. Additionally, the food they prepared was very delicious and hard to believe it was prepared in the small kitchen. The next morning we went to Manley Beach and it was just so picturesque. We had breakfast pretty far away from where the Ferry station at a place called "the Bower" which offered such a beautiful view and great food (we highly recommend that anyone going there heads to that same spot). We had to leave later that afternoon so we only got a few hours there. We really had one regret about Sydney as a whole, which was that we didn't have a little more time there because we would have loved to spend a whole day at Manley. Some recommendations for food around the Four Seasons/Rocks Area: Brew for breakfast, Pony for dinner (although their lunch menu looked pretty tasty), Opera Bar for lunch or for drinks at happy hour/sunset, and there is a bar right outside of Pony (I can't remember the name but I believe it was called the Oriental Hotel) that has a nice little beer garden that you can have drinks on a nice afternoon/evening.
Adelaide - To be honest, Adelaide really grew on us. When we first got to Adelaide, we were comparing it to Sydney which is pretty unfair because it is very different. When we were there, they had the Adelaide Fringe Festival so there was a lot going on. The Majestic Rooftop hotel was fine, it was in a part of town that had a lot of restaurants and pubs which offered a lot of variety. The wine tour that Paul took us on was great! He was so knowledgeable about the Barossa and local wineries it made for a wonderful day. I would say our favorite part of the whole trip was the excursion to Kangaroo Island- what a great day and wonderful experience! That was probably one of the nicest tours that we have ever been on. Jaime and Scott were excellent tour guides and they took us to some really amazing places and we got to see a ton of wildlife. The lunch that they provided was simply amazing and was one of the better meals that we had while in Oz. They took us to a local farm where they had a tent set up and they prepared grilled fish, halloumi and salad with wine. This excursion is a MUST and was well worth the trip.
Hamilton Island/Qualia- WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sure that could be a sufficient enough review but wow! This place was as advertised and everything we could have hoped for. We keep joking that we are really spoiled now and will compare every vacation to this, it was really perfect. When we signed in, they gave us an opportunity to sign up for excursions like a helicopter tour of Whitehaven Beach, a Sea Plane to the Reef, etc. We had such a great time on Hamilton Island/Qualia that we will definitely be making a trip back in the future.
All in all, what a great trip you planned! The people in Australia were so nice and its such a beautiful country. Its funny, we thought we traveled farther than the average tourist in Australia, but everywhere we went people told us how much stuff we missed and that we need to plan another trip back- we agree. Thanks again! Adam & Sam, NY - May 2015