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Off to Australia in December 2013- First Time for 11 nights

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Thanks in advance for your help. My husband and I are traveling with our 2 children, 25 and 23, to Australia in December. We are flying from NY landing in Cairns on December 11th at 3 PM and staying at the Cairns Hilton for 4 nights (using hotel points). I figure we will be jet lagged the first day so I was considering the 1/2 day trip to Green Island. Is there anything else we could do?

Day 2 is diving. 2 of us dive ( Tusa looks good), but we have one who will not even snorkle. I think they will be bored on the Tusa Dive Boat all day. Any recommendations for a place where you can dive (already certified and experienced so we would like something great) and have someone go on a glass bottom boat?

Day 3 up to Daintree (can't fly for 24 hours). How bad are the Mosquitos , or Mozzies as they say, in December. I have a very bad reaction to bug bites.

I want to go north for the day, Daintree, Mossman, river cruise to see crocodiles, but I am not sure if it is feasible for me. If we go, I want to take a 4 wheel trip with as few other people as possible. We're not unfriendly, but I hate the big group trips. The private ones I have seen are about $1,500. Any suggestions, please?

The train and skyway seem nice, but very touristy with nothing to do in Kuranda but shop.

We are then flying to Port Lincoln for 2 nights so my son can cage dive with the sharks, then to Kangaroo Island for 1 night. We have already arranged for a guide there for the day and night.

Then off to Sydney for 4 nights at the Marriott, again with points. We will climb the bridge, go to the zoo, all the city fun and are considering a day in the Blue Mountains. Are we pushing ourselves with this? If not, any suggestions of who we should go with?

I know it will be hot and humid in Cairns, but I cannot miss the Great Barrier Reef. It is high on my bucket list. December is the only time my husband can get off from work. I always wanted to go to the Outback, but cannot even consider it due to the heat (and lack of time).

Any tips, suggestions, etc. are GREATLY APPRECIATED!

Thanks again! Susan

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