A special thanks for the recommendations for both of the Mount N Beach trips: the 1/2 day Sydney area tour was great with an excellent and very engaging driver, and the day trip Blue Mountain bush trek was superb. I'd recommend it for anyone who wants to see both the scenic wonders of that area, plus have the option for a jaunt into the rain forest. But do warn folks about the optional 1,000-step stairs that descend down the mountain face into the forest. Wow, talk about scary, to say nothing of the sore legs and wobbly knees!
And a final thanks for your recommendation to spend our final nights in Sydney at the Swissotel. It was a truly delightful hotel, and the package deal you arranged provided us with Executive Club accommodations and privileges. What a way to wrap up our stay! By the way, if anyone is looking for an excellent high end Italian restaurant in the downtown Sydney area, we'd recommend "Il Pendolino" which is located in the Strand Arcade just off George Street. Outstanding service and superb food in the $30-50 entree price range.
Cathy, your planning on our behalf truly made the trip for us. Thank you, thank you, thank you.