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Ayers Rock Alternative

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Hey guys! My husband and I have a trip to Australia planned for September. Our original plan was to fly into Sydney for three days and do a day trip to the Blue Mountains. Then to Ayers Rock for 3 days, followed by 3 days in Cairns for a live aboard, and then head to Port Douglas for 3 more days to see the Daintree tree forest and such.

However, the cost to go to Ayers Rock is kind of outrageous! The flights are going to cost us about $1300, the hotel room is $300 a night for 2 nights, and that doesn't include any activities or food. Spending well over $2000 for 2 nights in one location just doesn't seem worth it. So, I was hoping some of you could offer me some great alternative. My husband and I love nature (hiking, camping, national parks) and history. We could care less about gourmet food or nightlife. To clarify from above this is for 3 days/2 nights coming from Sydney and leaving for Cairns after.

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