We visited Sydney for a whirlwind tour before leaving the country, and had a very enjoyable day with Scott Ricketts, the owner and guide. Scott came very highly recommended from another private tour operator who was busy the day we had available, and I am very happy that we ended up with Scott.
I had a few things on my list I wanted to see in the Blue Mountains, but I left the itinerary up to Scott. We did a few short hikes to some fabulous views, many of them off the path that the larger companies operate on.
We did visit one of the main tourist areas (Scenic World) but we were there early enough that we missed the massive lines that build up in the afternoon. Scott has put thought into the best way to see the most alluring parts, and in the order that is most free from crowds. We were nearly by ourselves on the "steepest train in the world", right up at the front window. We understand that later in the day people can wait several trains in order to go. We also enjoyed the cable cars, again in the way that has the least amount of waiting.
We had lunch a very nice cafe with views, and Scott helped to find a place that suited a special menu for kids who don't eat gluten.
We loved the walks we took, that sometimes ended in fantastic views over some of the valleys in the blue mountains. Scott has a lot of information about birds and plants and history, plenty to keep both myself and the children entertained. He shares this out on the drive from Sydney into the mountains, along the walks, and as you move from place to place. I remember him lamenting in the first part of the day that we did not see a lyrebird, and him describing the amazing mimic ability of the bird. Later in the day we did see one, and it was a real treat.
We were able to end the day by taking a river ferry from the Sydney Olympic area to Circular Quay, and were here at just the right time of year to enjoy the Vivid Festival lights. Thanks for suggesting that Scott.
I would enjoy the chance to take another tour with Scott if the opportunity ever arose, because our day went beyond expectations in that Scott was very thoroughly ensuring that the children (10 and 7) also had a fantastic day. I am pleased to help building up Scott's reputation as an outstanding tour operator, and wish him luck.
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