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Here is our final itinerary for four weeks in Australia. We are four "seniors" who are interested in wildlife, photography, historical sites and beautiful scenery. We decided to rely on flights to get us from place to place but will have rental cars in Port Douglas, at Ayers Rock and in Tasmania. Comments welcomed and answers to the following questions would be greatly appreciated...

Thursday, Oct 8 - Arrive Brisbane from USA, flight arrives at 7am; taxi to hotel, do nothing day

Friday, Oct 9 - Brisbane, City Cat Ferry and explore downtown

Saturday, Oct 10 - Travel to Cairns/Port Douglas, taxi to airport; flight departs at 9:30a and
arrives at noon, drive rental car to Port Douglas; perhaps afternoon to Mossman Gorge

Sunday, Oct 11 - Port Douglas, Tony’s Tropical Tours Bloomfield Falls Daintree Rainforest Cape Tribulation (pick up 7:15a)

Monday, Oct 12 - Port Douglas, Quicksilver Great Barrier Reef Cruise to Agincourt Reef (9:30a-4:30p

Tuesday, Oct 13 - Port Douglas to Cairns, all day birding Mareeba to Lake Barrine with Alan Gillanders (9a-3p)

Wednesday, Oct 14 - Cairns to Ayers Rock, flight departs at 7:20a and arrives at 9:45a, pick up rental car; explore Uluru and The Olgas; sunset at Uluru, stargazing

Thursday, Oct 15 - Ayers Rock to Kangaroo Island via Adelaide, sunrise at Uluru, flight #1/2 (10:25a to 3:10p) and flight #3 (5:25p to 6:00p), private transfer to Seascape Lodge on KI

Friday, Oct 16 - Kangaroo Island, private touring on Kangaroo Island

Saturday, Oct 17 - Kangaroo Island to Adelaide (CBD), private touring on Kangaroo Island; private transfer to airport, flight departs 6:30p and arrives 7:05p; taxi to hotel,

Sunday, Oct 18 - Adelaide to Melbourne, explore North Terraces in morning (ADL), taxi to airport; flight departs 1:45p, arrives 3:35p; taxi to hotel, explore Southbank in evening (MEL)

Monday, Oct 19 - Melbourne, Free City Tram touring and Royal Botanic Gardens; punting on the lake

Tuesday, Oct 20 - Melbourne, Leadbeater Eco Wildlife & Steam Train (Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy) (7:30a-4:30p)

Wednesday, Oct 21 - Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria and Queen Victoria Markets; wander Melbourne

Thursday, Oct 22 - Melbourne, , ATWAD Great Ocean Road tour (7:45a-9:00p)

Friday, Oct 23, Melbourne to Hobart, taxi to airport; flight departs 11:40a and arrives 12:55p; taxi to hotel, explore Hobart; taxi to Mt Wellington weather permitting

Saturday, Oct 24 - Hobart, morning at Salamanca markets; ferry to MONA (2:30p) Posh Pit reservation; return at 5:00p

Sunday, Oct 25 - Hobart, Tasman Peninsula cruise & Port Arthur tour with coach transfers (7:45a-6:00p)

Monday, Oct 26 - Hobart to Strahan, drive rental car to Strahan via Russell Falls and Wall in the Wilderness

Tuesday, Oct 27, Strahan, , World Heritage Gordon River Cruise Gold (9a-3p) and Bonnet Island Experience at 7:00p

Wednesday, Oct 28 - Strahan to Cradle Mountain, leisurely drive rental car to Cradle Mountain Lodge (2hr)

Thursday, Oct 29 - Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake Circuit and Tasmanian Devil nighttime feeding

Friday, Oct 30 - Cradle Mountain to Sydney via Launceston, flight depart s1:05p and arrives 4:55p; taxi to hotel, quick stop at Cataract Gorge (if time permits), dinner near hotel

Saturday, Oct 31 - Sydney, Opera House, botanic gardens and ferry to Taronga Zoo

Sunday, Nov 1 - Sydney, Harbor Bridge Pylon Lookout (10:00a-5:00p) and ferry to Manly Beach for early dinner

Monday, Nov 2 - Sydney, Dingo Travel Blue Mountains full day tour (7:00a-6:00p)

Tuesday, Nov 3 - Sydney, explore The Rocks and Darling Harbor areas

Wednesday, Nov 4 - Sydney to HOME!!, taxi to airport; flight departs 11:30a and arrives 6:25a

And now for the questions:
We know we will need a good road map for Tasmania when we get there but in the meantime we need some help narrowing the options for possible routes.

What is the best route from Hobart to Strahan?

What is the best route from Strahan to Cradle Mountain? Anything special to see along the way?

What is the best route from Cradle Mtn Lodge to Launceston airport? Do we have time for Cataract Gorge prior to a 1pm flight departure?

What’s the best combination of Sydney sites (opera house, botanic gardens, Taronga zoo, bridge pylon lookout, The Rocks and Darling Harbor) for three days of exploring? Anything critical missing from this collection?

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