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  1. Have you tried Cjays Tours? We are using them for Hobbiton and Rotorua tour in January.
  2. Have you considered buying a small amount of New Zealand currency from your bank at home before starting the trip?
  3. As suggested in the earlier post, the easiest way is to take the train from central station in the morning and then hop on hop off bus around to the key sites at the Blue Mountains. We did that and had a great experience.
  4. I can vouch for the free walking tours in Sydney. I think the walking tour is really the way to go to explore old Sydney. We did both of the walking tours and they were informative and fun. Small groups. There are many operators providing harbour tours from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour. Not something you need to book a guide for or through a guide as the harbour tour boats have their own on board guide/narration.
  5. Thanks for the link for ETA notification. Very quick and simple.
  6. It wasn't actually easy to find on the Zoo website. It took a bit of hunting and clicking back and forth. Easier to find on Viator.
  7. They may not specifically call it the " Behind the Scenes Tour'. I found this on Viator https://www.viator.com/tours/Sydney/Sydney-Taronga-Zoos-Australian-Animals-Tour-and-Sky-Safari/d357-2055VIP which describes the 1.5 hour tour as in depth with a guide behind the scenes and includes all day pass and sky safari cable car ticket etc. Or on the Taronga website there are a few special tours/options available. https://taronga.org.au/sydney-zoo/whats-on#specialexperiences including this VIP Aussie Gold https://taronga.org.au/sydney-zoo/tours/vip-aussie-gold that looks to be similar in description and cost to the one on Viator.
  8. You also asked about transportation. Why not consider a rental car from the airport at Cairns for the straight forward short drive to Port Douglas (1 hour North). You could also drive to Daintree as a day trip from PD, taking in the Mossman Gorge, Dianttree River and Cape Tribulation National Park. A lovely drive and easy to do on your own. Another great location between Cairns (couple kms north of Cairns) and PD is Kuranda (can't fit in the same day as doing Daintree).
  9. Lucky you! For a point of reference, I am an experienced snorkeler having snorkeled in many locations around the world so I don't use my following exclamations lightly. 🙂 On a previous Australia land trip a few years ago, one of our locations was Port Douglas in early October. It was a great time to be there with perfect weather. And the snorkeling...WOW! I did a couple of outer reef snorkeling excursions. The one with Wavelength to the Opal Reef (one of the National Geographic photography sites) was absolutely incredible. The day trip I did with Wavelength went to Rayban, Blue Lagoon & SNO in the Opal reef area. Fabulous vibrant prolific colourful well established corals and sea life galore! Can you tell, I was over the top with this snorkeling experience?! A well run outfit. I also did a snorkel excursion from Port Douglas to Agincourt Reef with Quicksilver. This one went to a large platform out on the reef and has sub, glass bottom viewing area as well as snorkeling. I specifically chose that one for my husband who does not snorkel so that he could see some of the underwater experience on the reef while staying dry. The reef was still very good and I had great snorkeling but not as amazing as Opal Reef.
  10. I second the recommendation to take the ferry over to Manly, stop for lunch or time at the beach then back by ferry again. Lovely views of the Harbour and Manly is great too. We have done that each time we visit Sydney.
  11. We stayed at Meriton Kent Street a few years back. Loved the location and the apartment. Fantastic views out over Darling Harbour, easy location for walking to various sites or accessing transportation or central station.
  12. Valley Cat, you have replied to a post 8 years old so likely not to get a response from the original poster.
  13. Jumping on this thread to inquire whether those who have done this morning train to the airport would know if making a 11:15 or 12:30 international flight would be possible from OST. I am thinking the 11:15 flight may be a no go but would like input from those who might have experience. Thanks!
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