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Very beginning of very rough itinerary

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Hello Fodorites on the Australia and the pacific board! Although most of my activity has been on the Asia board, DH and I are starting to plan a very long awaited trip to Australia and NZ. I haven't done the proper amount of research yet (still working on our trip to India next month) but because it is now the time for getting the FF award seats in Biz, I have an initial "does this seem about right" plan and would really welcome feedback. Those award seats seem more difficult to come by all the time and yesterday I found something to get started with so here goes. Mid October leave east coast, overnight LAX, Cathay pacific to Hong Kong, overnight there (fine we us, we've done this before), fly to Denpasar. We were in Bali 10 years ago, loved it and would probably stay a couple of nights . Then the real trip begins and how does this seem?
Fly to Darwin (that's the reason for going to DPS) spend about 3 days mostly going to parks in the area, then 3 nights Ayers Rock area, fly to Sydney and stay for 5-6 days, Tasmania probably for 6 nights, maybe kangaroo island for 2-3 nights. That gives us 3 weeks in Australia. Then fly to NZ, spend a total of 2 weeks mostly in the South Island.. Fit in some winery tours somewhere in either place. Fly home in late November. Because of the time of year we are going, we thought the North to South routing of the trip would make the most sense. In a few more days we may be able to secure return tix out of Auckland.

We are mid-60s/early 70s couple and we enjoy walking but not hiking, seeing wildlife and beautiful scenery. We like to stay no less than 3 nights in one place, 4-5 is optimal, we are much slower travelers than we used to be. We are very excited about going to Sydney but not sure if any other city would be compelling. We know we have to give up some special things since we only have about 5 weeks, so we will probably pass on the GBR (no beach resorts as we spend much of the year in the Caribbean).

I have a 4 day hold on the tix to DPS which is what is driving the query right now. Thanks for your comments, I've started reading some trip reports on the board and have seen some familiar names..

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