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I'm looking for some help on an itinerary for Australia this winter. This will be part of a larger seven-week Australia & NZ trip. The Australia portion will probably start around July 21, and last about four weeks. We have to be in Melbourne from July 25-28 for work reasons.

We're two mid-forties adults, a fourteen yro girl, and a six yro boy. Fairly active. We enjoy good scenery and some hiking (the boy can manage about four miles probably); other activities would be fun, although we probably won't get very extreme. Wildlife is big with the kids. The kids are so-so on museums. We're from northern California, so we don't feel the need to visit wineries. Definitely want to see a variety of stuff; kids will probably like desert and rainforest. Some of us definitely want some city time too.

Current high level thinking is:
- Sydney
- Melbourne
- Uluru & Alice Springs
- Darwin / Kakadu (& maybe Litchfield and Katherine)
- sailing charter in the Whitsundays (I'm a bit of a sailor, or used to be; will it be warm enough in early August?)

What do you all think?

Should we add beach time in Port Douglas and do the Daintree? Or does that duplicate the Darwin area rainforest and the Whitsundays beaches?

Someone suggested Kangaroo Island, and I think the kids would love the animals, but I'm wondering if Darwin/Kakadu is more unique, and whether we can see KI animals (koalas, roos, etc) somewhere else on the trip. Plus since we live in NorCal, I don't think the KI coastal scenery will be all that unusual to us, and we've certainly got plenty of seals and sea lions around here. And I'm guessing the weather will be better up north than in KI.

Thanks in advance!

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