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We're planning a first trip to Australia for two weeks in October. Considering either Perth or Sydney, plus trips to natural areas outside the cities. Interested in museums, cultural stuff, gardens, hiking in national park type places. We're an active senior couple, not so interested in beaches, night life, and wine tours (one is enough). Actually we love coastlines, just not interested in lying on the beach, surfing, et al.

Looking for opinions - head to Sydney or to Perth?

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