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Planning a trip to Australia for 2015

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My wife and step daughters have their hearts set on a trip to Australia in 2015 and I have been assigned the job of planning the trip. I don't expect people to tell us where to go, but I am starting from scratch, really no nothing about this huge country, and would like a few pointers - broad strokes on what areas might be reasonable and a good time of year for a 16 day trip.

The only instructions I have been given is that they think they want to visit the Great Barrier Reef and they definitely want to go to a Sydney Swans game. My wife's late first husband was a huge Swan's fan. Looking at their 2014 schedule, they play April through September, 3 or 4 games a month.

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