I need to start this by saying that I had no idea what to expect in the Blue Mountains and I am sure that Glenn, our guide, presented us with a fine glimpse of the scenery that was available. That being said, we seemed to fight a lot of crowds all day when we had expected to have a very quiet day in the country. I see that the tour on the website has changed slightly since we booked ours last fall and I think Glenn has learned his lesson about trying to run the same tour every time even when the crowds or perhaps weather interfere. We enjoyed the Flat Rock, Three Sisters and waterfall scenic walks, but Scenic World was overwhelmed the day we were there by many, many tour buses and ongoing construction. That appears to be an optional activity in the tour now and that is a good idea. If there is little waiting time, the gondola ride and forest walk would be great. If the place is overrun--as it was on our visit--head for some other adventures! Lunch was also included in our tour and I now see that it is on your own and that, too, would probably fit more tastes, although our selections were delicious. We would have liked to have had more time to explore the little area where we ate, but because Scenic World took so long, we were hustled off to Featherdale Animal Park. If you are an animal lover and enjoy zoos, this is the place for you, but be aware that it is in the middle of a town, some of the animals are roaming around the park, and it is quite small. The final bit of our tour was to travel by ferry back to Circular Quay and then make our way back to our hotel on our own. It wasn't made clear to us that we were on a specially booked ferry along with all those tourists who had been dogging our steps all day. Glenn did wait with us until we were on the ferry and we did enjoy the ride back along the river and into the harbor. Unfortunately, we were unable to sit with our traveling companions because it was so crowded and the ferry seemed to be late leaving the dock. Further, we had to wait under the Harbor Bridge while a cruise ship docked so our tour--that had begun at 730 am and was to end at 5 pm actually lasted more than 12 hours. If we had this day to do over, we would try Country Trails Hunter Valley tour for a, hopefully, more relaxed day.
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