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We went to Sydney, Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, Uluru, Palm Cove, Great Barrier Reef, cable car over Barron Gorge, train from Karunda, aboriginal culture park near Cairns, Tasmania (Hobart, Tasman Peninsula, Freycinet National Park), Melbourne, Great Ocean Road, South Island of New Zealand. Our favorites were: the three wildlife sanctuaries (Featherdale, Bonorong, Healesville), Bicheno Penguins, yellow boat around Tasman Peninsula, Harbor Cruise of Sydney with "Cruise like a local", Opera House Tour, snorkeling off the boat Poseidon, bushwalking in the Yoo Yangs with Echidna walk about, four luxury days at Saffire on Tassie, and glacier hike on Fox Glacier. We were disappointed by Desert Gardens @ Uluru - wish we had considered the one luxury property there since we only spent one night. The Sounds of Silence dinner was too large a group and the food wasn't great. We didn't think the Tramcar Restaurant in Melbourne was worth the time or money. Our Doubtful Sound excursion in NZ was too long a day for us; and there was an unnecessary power plant tour included. Perhaps it would have been easier to do Milford Sound? Our hike in the Blue Mountains was more strenuous than we had intended: there are less strenuous hikes and we wish we had figured that out (the maps and signs weren't very clear). Also wouldn't do the Opera House Tasting. It might have been better to have stayed in Port Douglas instead of Palm Cove for our Queensland leg of the trip. On the excursions we did where we opted for a "picnic lunch" we were universally disappointed.

A fabulous trip and we really have few regrets but just posting our opinions for those who are planning. Should mention we are "retired" and therefore not the youngest travelers!

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