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My Very First Trip to Australia--the Second Time Around

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A couple of years back I was all prepared for an Oz trip with the help of many lovely people on this board--but as it turned out, my friend was unable to go and so I ended up in Chile and Easter Island. Well, I'm planning now for July of 2012, so I'd love your input on my revised itinerary: this one includes my 22 year old niece, so there have been a couple of changes!
It has to be in June or July, by the way; I know it's not the best weather for some spots. And I know I'm trying to fit a lot in a little over two weeks, but...that's what we have!

This is very tentative, but I'm looking at something like this:

Fly into Brisbane from Philadelphia; leaving Thurs 26 July will get us there on 28 July Saturday. Sunday would be spent at the Australia Zoo in Beerwah (train to zoo and courtesy bus from there?) Interesting and/or great location accommodation rec's in Brisbane?

Monday, 31 July fly to Cairns; stay at Daintree Wild www.daintreewild.com.au one or two nights and tour the area and then go into Cairns or Port Douglas for Great Barrier Reef excursion. (Seasickness prone--what's the best bet? Snorkeling would be nice...) Stay in Cairns/PD for two nights, then on to Alice Springs.

Friday, 03 August fly to Alice Springs from Cairns; join Wayoutback tour to Uluru on Saturday: http://www.wayoutback.com/Tours/3-Day-Uluru-Tour.aspx Bookend with stay at the YHA hostel, the one in an old movie theater.
Possibly a balloon ride from Alice Springs...

Wednesday, 08 August, fly Alice Springs to Sydney; use www.wotif.com for booking a hotel a week before we leave the US. Daytrip to Blue Mountains from Sydney maybe, and would love to do the bridge climb. (Thoughts on that?)

The budget is moderate; airfare alone will be in the $2500 area for international and domestic flights, and of course the exchange rate is no longer in our favor. :) Any suggestions for good places to save money are also appreciated; I enjoyed the "street foods" thread on here a bit ago.

Thanks for any help or even for blowing holes in the itinerary--it's so hard to know for sure, regardless of the reading, until one's in the middle of it! (I'm guessing it'll be easier than three weeks on my own in India, though.)

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