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Planning 2 weeks in Australia (Dec, 2015)

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My daughter (12 yrs old) and I are planning a little father daughter trip down under over the last two weeks of Dec. We love to travel and enjoy active vacations. Sitting by the pool and reading a book is NOT our idea of vacations. Nor do we like to spend most of our time in big cities, especially when we go to developed countries. That said, I could use some sanity check and advice planning this.

Tentative plan so far:
1) Dec 17-19: Chicago to Sydney arriving 19th morning
2) Dec 19-21: Sydney (Mostly around the city . . . The spots within a couple of hours of Syd are not in plan yet unless you strongly advise otherwise. I figure we are going to do a bunch of that in the Port Douglas and KI section of our travels)
3) Dec 22: Fly to Cairns and immediately go to Port Douglas
4) Dec 23-25: GBR, Daintree and enjoy PD
5) Dec 26: Fly to Ayers Rock, use the second half of the day to visit also
6) Dec 27-28: Uluru, etc.
7) Dec 28: Use 1 st half of day to visit, Fly to Adelaide in the evening
8) Dec 29-31: One day for Kangaroo Island, one day for McLaren Vale, one for around ADL
9) Jan 1: Adelaide to Chicago

- Does this work? Any adjustments you would recommend?
- Are there specific parts of this itinerary where you would absolutely recommend renting a car instead of using the local transportation (taxis, buses, etc.)
- Given it will be summer (don't have flexibility there), does this still work, especially for GBR and Uluru?
- Really wanted to do the Great Ocean Drive, but can seem to fit it in without making it too cramped (no fun).

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