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Please critique my plan for 2 weeks in Australia (first trip)

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For over 10 years, I have never planned a single trip without Fodorites help. And every time, I get invaluable advice that makes my trip special.
So, this time, we are planning a trip to Australia for May, 2015, and looking for your input and critique. We have international ticket booked (round trip to Sydney), but nothing else.
We will have 14 full days (not counting arrival/departure dates) - leaving on May, 8 and returning on May, 24.
We are a middle age couple, mostly interested in seeing national parks, wildlife, culture, and love good food. On that specific trip, we prefer not to spend much time in cities or museums.
We do not have much vacation time, and therefore do not mind if our travel schedule a little hectic.
With that in mind, I put together a preliminary plan, and looking for your advice:
Day 1. Arrive to Sydney in the morning, and connect to Adelaide. (not sure if domestic terminal is far from international, need to figure out connection time)
Day 2. Around Adelaide (possibly drive to Barossa Valley)
Day 3, 4. Kangaroo Island (The goal is to see wildlife, so I think we may have a better chance with a private tour rather than driving. Looking for your suggestions here).
Day 5 – Direct flight to Cairns, rent a car, drive to Port Douglas, stay in PD
Day 6 – GBR snorkeling with Quicksilver (helicopter over GBR?)
Day, 7,8, 9 – I am not sure how to spend, and looking for suggestions
I was thinking Day 7 – Mossman Gorge (interested in swimming), Daintree/Cape Tribulation (I am not sure if this is doable in one day, or better overnight)
Day, 8 and Day, 9 – spend with a private guide in Atherton Tablelands (including night time tour).
Here too – would like to see wildlife and birds… We have been to Amazon forest in South America previously.
Day, 10 – Early direct flight from Cairns to Uluru (camel sunset tour, sounds of silence dinner)
Day, 11 – Uluru/Kata Tjuta
Day, 12 – Afternoon flight to Sydney
Day, 13 - Sydney, Vivid Sydney
Day, 14 – Sydney, Vivid Sydney
Day 15 - fly home
Since we spent some time in rain forest in Ecuador on one of the previous trips, I would rather include Kakadu/Litchfield parks instead of Cairns area, but due to distances and flights schedule, it does not seem feasible. Looking for your perspective on Daintree vs Kakadu.

Sorry for such a long post!
Thank you in advance for all your advice!

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