Don and I would like to thank you for the wonderful trip you helped us plan for our 25th wedding anniversary. We knew we wanted to go to Australia, but we weren’t sure exactly which areas to visit and what tours to take. With your knowledge and recommendations, you made our trip more than we could have hoped for.
We had a great time in Sydney. The Amora Jamison was an excellent choice of hotel as its location was convenient for all our activities. We especially liked the personalized Sydney car tour with Suzanne and the harbor sailing tour with Colin, both of which you highly recommended. Suzanne and Colin were very personable, knowledgeable, and informative, and the tours were an excellent way to quickly become familiar with Sydney and the surrounding areas.
Our next stop at Kangaroo Island was enjoyable, and very different than Sydney. For the day and a half we were there, with the help of some excellent tour guides, we were able to see kangaroos, wallabies, seals, penguins, and koalas in the wild.
With our interest in wine, we very much enjoyed visiting the Barossa Valley. We sampled many wines we liked, and were surprised by how many good white wines we tried, since the area is known for its reds. We had several excellent dinners in the Barossa. We particularly liked 1918 Bistro and Grill, as well as Vintners Bar & Grill and Appellation.
Lamington National Park was amazing as we had never been to a rain forest before. Reillys was a great place to stay. Our room had a wonderful view, the food was very good, the staff was friendly and helpful, and we took advantage of most of the tours Reillys had to offer. The guides were especially personable and knowledgeable and made our tours lots of fun.
It was nice to end our stay in Australia by relaxing and enjoying the beautiful beaches in Byron Bay. Unfortunately it was not quite warm enough to swim in the ocean, but it was nice enough to lie on the beach and soak up some sun. We had our best meal of the whole trip in Byron Bay at Raes On Watego.
It was great working with you, particularly the way you customized our trip so it matched our interests. With your recommendations, we made excellent choices regarding where to go and what to see on our first visit to Australia. In addition, the way you put together all our travel documents (tickets, vouchers, maps, etc.), it made our travel so easy. Because of your excellent work, I have recommended you to a couple friends who are talking about taking trips to Australia.
Many thanks to you and everyone at Australia 2000 who helped us!!
Don and Deb
Traveled to Australia in October 2008