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Flamin' Galah Sydney Tours - Sunday, January 06, 2013



Just after Christmas, we were contacted by the Sydney Visitor Centre, who had 2 people interested in doing two classic Sydney tours - the Hunter Valley and the Blue Mountains, but this couple wanted these Sydney tours all to themselves!!  This is understandable as being grouped together with many people on a large bus does come with its down sides. They had found other operators who offered private tours but those tours included the full red carpet treatment - champagne, strawberries etc. etc.  As our private tours are less luxurious and without the bells and whistles, then we seemed a perfect match for this couple.  They were visiting Sydney from Switzerland and wanted their own tour guide for the day, with flexibility in the itinerary and be able to have a low key lunch to maximise time at their destination.  This was right up our street and we were thrilled to be able to give them exactly what they wanted.

Day one was the Blue Mountains, where we did a walk to Princes Rock lookout to see Wentworth Falls, before heading to Katoomba, where they looked around the shops, grabbed a bite to eat and then saw the Three Sisters.  We then made our way over to the spectacular Evan's lookout which offers so much more peace and quiet than the busy Echo Point at Katoomba.  From Evan's lookout we then made our way to Featherdale Wildlife Park in Doonside to feed the Kangaroos and get up close to some Australian animals, before heading back to their hotel at Circular Quay.

Day two was an 8am departure, as we had a 3 and half hour drive through some beautiful countryside en-route to the Hunter Valley.  This scenic road is a true gem and is so much more pleasant than taking the tedious freeway.  We stopped at a quaint little historic town called Woolombi, before then arriving at the Hunter before lunch.  We went into the little village beside the gardens to get some food and then it was off to a gorgeous lookout based at Audrey Wilkinson vineyard for some "must get" photos.  Ernest Hill and Lindemans were the two other vineyard stops that we made for wine tasting and information about the Hunter and wine making in general.

The couple seemed very pleased with all that they saw and enjoyed the luxury of being able to control the timing on each day and the itinerary.  The two tours were a great success and we wish them all very best for 2013.

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