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We have 6 weeks in Australia, arriving and departing from Sydney. First time to AU We will arrive in February stay into mid March. In general we prefer to stay in the less hot areas of the country. I've been reading guide books, TRs and studying maps and articles on AU and have some general ideas that I'd love some feedback on. We want to hike and enjoy the natural beauty. We don't want to spend time on beaches but do enjoy seeing the beauty. We love driving and while we are from the US, we have driven on the other side and are fine with it. (Biggest problem is using the windshield wipers instead of the turn signal!) We love good food, music and museums.

Fly into Sydney early morning (flying biz class so sleep will be possible) - We will have spent about week in Hong Kong so jet lagged will not be an issue. Fly to Cairns We'd spent ~2 days in the city and then pick up a rental car. Spend time at GBR. Take to Great Tropical Dr and visit the Dartree Rain Forest Total time 7 days.

Drive to Brisbane - I've read that's about 6 days to drive. Spend 2 Days in Brisbane. Total time 8 days

Drive the Pacific Coast and continue on to Sydney and explore the Blue Mt area. Rtn car and fly to Melbourne. Spend a couple days in Melbourne and explore the area inlcuding the GOR. Total time 7 days.

Fly to Hobart and spend 12 days on Tasmania. Total time 12-14 days

Fly to Sydney and spend last week there. Total Time 7 days. (have rented an apt for our week stay.)

Thank you in advance for your thoughts.

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