BUT after a 3-4 years of some hits and some misses, I've finally discovered a website that I absolutely LOVE and that has ensured that the last 1-2 years has had only 'hits'.
The website is..... drum roll please.... (actually, this isn't so exciting, since I already revealed the name of the website in this title.... but come with me anyway....) drummmmmmmmm-rrooooooolllllllllllll:
So many people (I'm not sure where they find the time, but I'm very grateful that they do) take time to do short write ups on everything from accommodation to activities. And everything listed on the site ends up with a ranking. People also give you really great tips about very specific things. For example they might say 'this hotel is half way through it's renovations, make sure you book a room on floors 8-12 as they're the ones that have been renovated'. Or they'll tell you that the breakfasts are overpriced, so arrange something else but otherwise it's great, or that they got stung on the parking fees, etc. etc.
Since crosschecking everything on tripadvisor before booking hotels, I've had lovely experiences. Or at the very least, I've expected anything that I didn't like and have gone with it anyway, so I'm not disappointed.
BUT the thing that's been really fun to discover, is the activities! For example, a while back I was in Hobart for a weekend inbetween filming days on a Friday and Monday, so Dad came down to spend the time with me (hotel was already paid for) and we had a lovely couple of days. The number 1 rated activity on TripAdvisor in Hobart was something called 'Lousia's Walk', which was a kind of walking theatre we probably wouldn't have looked twice at except that it had such raving rave reviews. So after a little pushing from mum (who had also consulted tripadvisor) We went and did it (only about $25 each I think), and we LOVED it. So much better than we'd expected. Now we rave about it!
Long story short: We had such a gorgeous day! Enjoyed it so much that we decided to walk back again rather than catch the bus. So about 4.5 hours of walking all up, but along some of the most spectacular coast line I've ever seen. I may be slightly sunburned on my nose, but I'm still grinning about the outing.
I'll leave you with a few photos (which don't even begin to do this walk justice) and a recommendation to consult TripAdvisor before you go anywhere.
|Loved all these steps leading down into the water at a cove near the start of the walk|
|Beautiful blue sea from the top of a rocky outcrop|
|Loved this Bowls Club on what has to be some of the most expensive real eastate in the area!|
|Gorgeous views and sea breezes for those buried in this huge old cemetary|
|Such a beautiful day! And it was all much bigger than it looks in the photos. The wave were smashing gloriously against all the rocks.|
|Sunny Beach weather in Australia|
|We made Anna pose for this photo - such a pretty spot|
|Me enjoying some sun and surf (How nautical do I look in my navy and white stripes?!)|
|Tara & Anna near the end of the walk. That's Bondi beach down there in the background.|