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onetravelbug's Port Reviews of Sydney (Australia), Melbourne, Wellington, Auckland, Cairns, Darwin
Seabourn Odyssey cruise in February 2013
Member Name: onetravelbug
Cruise Date: February 2013
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Member Review: onetravelbug's Seabourn Odyssey Review
Sydney (Australia)
Blue Mountains Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We combined the Featherdale Wildlife Park with the Blue Mountains for a full day tour. A 4x4 vehicle took us up and around the mountains with stops for whip cracking and boomerang throwing demonstrations. The weather can be iffy so be prepared to change itineraries and enjoy the scenery.

Featherdale Wildlife Park Rating: 5+ out of 5+
If you only go to one Wildlife Park, make sure this is the one. Animals roam freely in the visitor's areas. You will have a chance to pet and stand close to the Koala bears, kangaroos, wallabies, and other native Australian animals. Bring your camera, and for the more adventurous ones, you have hold a python.

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Puffing Billy Train Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
This excursion included a stop at the Puffing Billy Train where we boarded for a short ride through some beautiful scenery on an old fashion steam locomotive driven train. Boarding our coach at the end of the ride, we headed to a local winery where we had a wine tasting session and then a very nice meal. Our final stop was the Healesville Sanctuary Zoo where we had time to walk around and see some of the native animal. A guide was assigned to each group, and he/she gave information on the history of the animals kept at the zoo.

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Seal Coast Safari Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This is a great adventure if you like wonderful scenery and animals. A 4x4 jeep took small groups through the Wellington neighborhoods and up the hills surrounding Wellington. We traversed winding and steep dirt roads on our way to the coast where seals were playing and sunning themselves. The beautiful rugged coast where your jeep made it own road was exciting and fun. This is not a tour for those that are afraid of heights or can not manage rough 4 wheel driving. We were able to walk within a few feet of the wild seals and take pictures. Finally we were treated to tea made from natural plants we picked on the way to the coast. This was a great tour to see the rugged coast and the city of Wellington.

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Port Rating: Not Rated
The ships dock very close to downtown Auckland, and you can walk around to the tourist and major shopping stores easily. We stopped at the Auckland Library and enjoyed using their free wifi to send and receive the lastest emails from home. This felt like a very safe city to be on your own, and you can find large department stores and interesting parks to visit within a short distance from your ship.

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Barrier Reef Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Don't miss the opportunity to go out to the Great Barrier Reef if you visit Carins. A short boat ride, and there are great snorkeling sites available. We took an all day tour which stopped at two snorkling and diving areas where we had individual and small group guides help those less experienced receive the full benefit of seeing the sea life beneath the surface. A very nice full lunch was served, and we didn't hear one bad comment about the day from those on the boat. Stinger suites were furnished so we did not have to worry about the ever present jellyfish. Ths was a great trip for those new to snorkling and diving and also for the more experienced.

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Litchfield Park Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Litchfield Park is about two hours south of Darwin in a lush rolling hill area with interesting termite mounds and waterfalls. Termite mounds of about 15 or more feet tall can be seen as you drive through the park. You will enjoy stopping to take pictures and read about the history of the mounds. During the winter, the waterfalls can be gorgeous, but they harbor crocodiles at the bottom of the fall where many Australians love to swim. Roads are well paved except on a few outlying parts of the park. On many of these side roads you will need a 4x4 to see some of the best scenery. Most tour groups will stop for food as they exit the park. Don't expect many concession stands where you can find food. This is a good excursion to see some of the more remote areas of Australia without traveling hundreds of miles.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Hamilton is a resort island where you can experience souvenir shopping, boat tours around the island, and several top hotel resorts. This island has become a place where many Australians buy an apartment to rent out to those that want to enjoy the island and National Park areas near Hamilton. Almost all travel is done by golf cart, which can be rented out by the hour or day. Many residents have their own cart and use it exclusively to travel the narrow roads.There are small free buses available to take you around to the different sites.

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