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Need itinerary help for 1st trip to Australia

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My DH and I are headed to Australia in February to celebrate my 40th birthday. We were lucky enough to snag award tickets on Cathay from ORD to SYD (with a stopover in Singapore), returning on Qantas from Melbourne to LAX (then a separate flight to ORD). Both legs on the A380's, and both in first class!! (for me, the flights themselves are part of the excitement of the trip!) So, we're locked in with the award tickets and the to/fro dates are not flexible. Everything else is pretty flexible at this point, and this is why I need your help!

I've also used Hyatt points to book rooms at the Park Hyatt Sydney and the Park Hyatt Melbourne, but the amount of days we spend in each is not set in stone and can always be changed.

We only have 15 days "on the ground" and need to make the most of it since I doubt we'll get back anytime soon.

Some must sees for me:
* Great Barrier Reef tour/snorkeling/scuba - even though I know it will be rainy season up north, this is a must do.
* Daintree Rainforest
* Phillip Island to see the fairy penguins
* Great Ocean Road
* Blue Mountain trip (will probably do this as a self-tour day trip from Sydney)

I was going to fit in Uluru but seeing as it is probably the most miserable time of the year to travel to the Red Centre, I think we'll skip it.... besides, it wasn't incredibly high on my priority list.

I am unsure of how to "structure" the innards of the trip, and these are my main issues:
1) I need to fly out of Melbourne, but want to do the Great Ocean Road, so should we fly to Melbourne from another location within Australia, rent a car, do the GOR and stops (how many nights) and then return to Melbourne for ?? nights until departing on the 6th?
2) Was going to do two other flights in the middle, like SYD to CNS and then CNS to ??? (would have been Ayers Rock but we're skipping that now) and then ??? to MEL using BA miles (Avios), so those won't cost us anything. Is four different parts of Australia too much?
3) Am I planning too much/too little time in either Syd or Mel? I do tend to gravitate towards big cities and nice hotels (we'd always choose Europe over a beach vacation any day) so I think I could spend most of my days happily in the two main cities soaking up culture, but I know much of the beauty of Australia is getting out of the big cities and exploring the coast/nature. Plus I'm a HUGE animal fan so I want to see as many unique creatures as I can on this trip. : )

Here is our very basic itinerary:
2/14 - Leave Chicago
2/16 - Arrive Singapore for two nights
2/19 - Arrive Sydney, check into Park Hyatt for four nights (can be changed)
2/23 - 3/3 - Unsure??
3/3 - 3/6 Check into Park Hyatt Melbourne for three nights (can be changed)
3/6 - Fly home to LAX and then ORD

Any and all suggestions would be appreciated!!

Thanks!
Jennifer

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