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1st time to Oz. Suggestions appreciated. (tripplanner001)

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"Cristeen, how long are you going to be in Sydney? Depending on what interests you, I may be able to give you some suggestions. Just came back from my second trip there, and I spent just under a week in the city. Looking to go back again."

Not to hijack someone's else's post, I will start a new here. Thank you for the prompt, tripplanner001.

We are planning to extend a trip to Hawaii to Australia since we will be traveling so far.
We are starting on the US East coast. We travel to HNL 10/24-10/30/14. We will fly to AUS, probably Sydney Oct. 30th, 2014
We have never been to AUS but it has been a trip I've been wanting to take for some time. I know we will not be able to see everything. Time is limited, as always. There just never is enough time for everything.
We are not campers. We would like to stay in nicer retreat or hotel. Spa treatments are of no significance to us.
We are very interested in wildlife, hiking, little snorkeling for dh only. We will plan to fly to several parts of the country to see as much as possible. Haven't decided on car rental. I'd rather not, if we can get away without. It is not out of the question, though.
My thoughts are 3 days each:
Sydney for main tourist sights Opera House, Bridge climb, Blue Mountains
Cairns for wildlife GBR, Port Douglas, Daintree, Mossman Gorge
Melbourne for wine country/vineyard, Great Ocean Rd

We would really like to see:
A good vineyard
Opera House
Rain Forest
Great Barrier Reef snorkeling
Animals in the wild. Not a zoo
Platypus (we know it is very difficult)
Glow worms

Thank you for your suggestions. It is appreciated.

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