Hi Shelby, Thanks, and yes we are back and finally recovering a somewhat normal sleep cycle after about a week. We had a fantastic time and really appreciated the attention to detail throughout the itinerary you put together for us. My husband was amazed throughout the whole trip about the cool stuff we were getting to do and then doubly impressed at the price we got it for. We really appreciated that there was never any hassle or confusion at any of our lodging places or activities when presented with the voucher or basically just giving them our names.
The coach pickups were always there and on time to the point where I didn’t even worry about confirming the 3:15 a.m. pickup in Port Douglas (aarggh that was early!) Your guidance in suggestions for activities was great - the Brisbane Sofitel was great – and loved the location being right over the train station. We spent the afternoon at the Lone Pine Sanctuary and that worked out very nicely taking the bus from the location so close to our hotel.
The next day to the whale watching and dolphin feeding at Tangalooma was fantastic. We really enjoyed the day at the Daintree as well. The trip to Cairns was easy to navigate – driver was there to meet us. We enjoyed the Mantra Sea Port – liked the openness of the lobby and the room was perfectly adequate – decent location close to the lobby and we enjoyed wandering through Port Douglas on our one down day - the other two were also great excursions - the boat and snorkeling out to the Great Barrier Reef – we did have a really windy day, so made for a very rough trip to and from the reef - but the crew was great and once we got out to the reef it was calmer – that was a great experience. Unfortunately , Mark isn’t great with swimming and/or boats and did feel sea sick on both trips – the whale watching and the reef trip – but swears he enjoyed the experience nonetheless.
The early flight into Sydney ended up being desirable because that gave us an early start in the city. We loved Sydney – our hotel was in a prime location and the area was really cool to explore - the bridge climb was fantastic – we had a perfect day for it - probably 68 degrees and sunny and very little wind. Then the cruise afterwards was a perfect relaxation time and way to see more of the harbor. Enjoyed the opera house tour as well. The only regret we have is that we wished we could have spent more time in Sydney! With the wedding activities we were pretty booked and felt like there was so much more to do and see in Sydney – we will have to come back!
My only minor complaint throughout was the relative inaccessibility to internet access. The hotels in Brisbane and Sydney supposedly had it “free” in the lobby – but neglected to tell you it was only one time per 24 hours for a 15 minute period. The Mantra Sea Port had a computer for guests in the recreation room , but of the 3 days we stayed , it only worked once. But honestly – that is very minor…overall we had a great trip and I would and will heartily recommend your company to my friends who are looking to travel down under in the future. Thanks for making it a memorable vacation and problem free. Mary, TX - Dec 2014