Roberto collected us from our hotel bright and early and we went off to pick up the rest of the tour-goers (mainly Americans, but a few English and 2 from Indonesia!). We drove firstly to Flat Rock, which was amazing - Rob even took a nice photo of us together and put it in a folder for us to keep as a souvenir (included in the tour price). Then we went up the road a bit further and stopped for tea and home-baked scones at another beautiful viewpoint. Next we were off to Scenic World (not included in the price but we did the whole thing and it was good value for what you got to do!). Firstly there was a cable car ride across the gorge with great views of the 'Three Sisters'. Then we went down a really steep incline on a cliff railway, then we had a walk through the rainforest, viewing a rather odd variety of 'art' installations on the way round. Then the trip back up on another cliff railway to the shop etc to re-join Rob. Our next stop was an aboriginal centre right by Echo Point. The centre was really interesting and we met some real aborigines, had our faces daubed with clay markings and were honoured to be given a fantastic demonstration of the didgeridoo! We also had a souvenir photo taken again (not included in the tour price, but again worth it!). Then it was back in the deluxe air-conditioned minibus for the trip back down the mountain - beautiful scenery all the way and interesting commentary by Rob, but not so much that you wished he would be quiet! He was a great driver and a great guide! Next stop was a Sports Club for a lovely lunch - we had a choice and had already opted for the roast lamb, which was delicious. Next stop was the marvellous Featherdale Wildlife Park, where we got to stroke koala bear (you're not allowed to hold one) and feed the wallabies and kangaroos, which hop around freely (watch out for the poo!!). There are plenty of places to wash your hands and decent toilets, plus there is a small cafe and you can buy ice-creams etc. Our last stop before the Rivercat cruise back to the city was to have a quick look at the Olympic Stadium, which is not far from Sydney and is now used as a sporting venue plus venue for music concerts, etc. Then we went for a quick look at an exclusive new development at Breakfast Point, then we went to the Rivercat stop and it was time to say goodbye to Rob. We also met his lovely wife Alena, who had our tickets for the boat. We took loads of photos during the day and some great ones of Sydney from the boat, before disembarking at Circular Quay. It was a really fantastic, well-organised day, truly worth every penny. We will never forget it! (Book online in advance to make sure you get a place!!)
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