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Dec trip - Itinerary planning help and recommendations

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We are planning a trip down under, starting the 12th of December and will have about 22-24 days. We will be travelling with our 2 adventurous girls who will be 6 and 8 years old. We expect this to be our first and only trip to Aussie for a while and would like to see/experience the best that Aussie offers, as much as possible.

Our main interests are nature, wildlife (especially Kangaroo, Koala and penguins for kids), hiking, Farmers markets and good food/wine (for me). Would love to do a bit of fruit picking (picking cherries was one of the highlights of our NZ trip). Maybe a farm stay would be nice for kids..
Haven’t researched in depth yet but we are thinking of starting off in Port Douglas(4days), in order to be there early Dec hoping for better weather opposed to end of Dec, to see the GBR/ Daintree (and Mossman Gorge/ Atherton Tablelands?). Flight to Melbourne and drive the great ocean road (7 days) – Explore Tasmania in a camper-van (6 days)and finish off in Sydney(4days) and watch the NY fireworks.

Would appreciate your expert advise re the below.
What is the best order of visiting the above places and how should we split our time?. It may be easier and cheaper to Fly in to Melbourne opposed to Cairns..but is it better to visit Cairns first in terms of weather?
We would prefer to use a small boat like Wavelength to visit the GBR but with a minimum age of 8 years, we need to find alternative co. Any recommendations besides Quicksilver?
Is a camper-van the best way to explore Tasmania, We thought it would be a great experience for us all as we haven’t done it before and a great way to be close to nature. Is this a bad idea? Anyone done this with kids?
What are the best locations to spot wild koalas/kangaroos and penguins? And do fruit picking during December.

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