Fabulous! Fantastic! Wonderful! Superb! Our best holiday ever - we didn't want to get on the plane on Saturday. We can't pick one favorite place - they all had something special!
Shangri-La hotel was the best choice. The view from the room and the Horizon Club over the Opera House and Bridge was amazing - far better choice than Park Hyatt. Rooms were very large and comfortable, and the staff were always friendly and helpful. Blue Diamond tours - we had Andrew as our guide for both days - was superb. He knew the best places to take us in the city and also took us on our Blue Mountains tour. We walked down into the forest floor at Scenic World before returning by cable car. And we didn't know we could have so much fun at Fetherdale Wildlife Park. Would happily recommend Blue Diamond tours for private tours.
Longitude 131 was well worth it for a once in a lifetime visit. The staff, service and accommodation were excellent. Nothing was too much trouble. It was raining the first day, which was unusual, then clear for the next two. Dinner under the stars was a great experience - seeing the Milky Way and all the stars without light pollution was an awe-inspiring sight. Hot water bottles were provided for the cold! As we were leaving early, we opted to take a sunrise helicopter tour over Uluru and Kata Tjuta which finished off our trip in a special way. Everybody should do that!
Again a fabulous experience. The flight was a great way to see the countryside and we preferred over the 3 hour bumpy road journey that other clients had. There had been very little water there this year, so we couldn't have the airboat tours, but we had quad bike tours instead which were great fun, even when we came back covered in dust! Would happily revisit.
Coconut Grove apartment was perfect. Plenty space, and right in the center of town. Also I think the washing machine never stopped after our trip to Bamurru Plains! The Silver Sonic trip to the Great Barrier Reef was very well run, and a nice size of boat - not too many passengers. I enjoyed the scuba diving, and the rest of us happily snorkeled.
The Cultural Walkabout adventure was an experience! It was great fun, and we learnt a lot about the local Aboriginal life, but I never thought I would be walking for miles through the sea shallows to look for mud crabs, then wading/squelching barefoot through mangroves to collect mussels and snails, then having lunch from these cooked at our guide's mother's house, before going swimming in a hidden spot in the Mossman River away from the usual crowds. It was a complete contrast to other tours we had, which we loved.
Port Douglas is just a pleasant coastal holiday town - not at all brash with lots of nice restaurants and stores, so much so we started considering that as one of our places to visit on a longer term basis once we retire. Very relaxing. Winter was definitely a good time to visit there. Having the central location was also ideal
Melbourne Private Tours are an excellent company. We had Peter as our guide for the Philip Island and Penguin Parade Tour. That was very informative day, and having our own park ranger to talk to us was ideal. Being winter, there had been very high tides, so we couldn't do the full Ultimate Penguin Tour, but did Penguins Plus, which was still special. Peter was also supposed to take us on the Great Ocean Road, but took ill. So the company quickly reorganized tour guides, and had John instead. He grew up in the region and was the best. Fortunately the weather also co-operated and we were able to have our flight over the Twelve Apostles. Would recommend using them anytime for private tours.
The Hidden Lanes and Arcades was fun, as we would never have seen all these places. Then it gave us plenty of places to go back and shop at! Well worth having this short walking tour interspersed between two long driving days.
Overall we were extremely happy with our trip - thank you so much for organizing this experience for us - we thought we'd only be going once, but we can't wait to go back and see more!
Fiona, Elly, Chris & Andrew - July 2016