eel Posted July 29, 2013 #1 Share Posted July 29, 2013 I posted on this board a while back about my wife and I planning our dream trip to Australia in 2014. We are from Tucson, Arizona and my wife is retiring in a few months so we thought this was a good time to take this trip. We will be doing the Radiance of the Seas B2B cruise from Feb. 14 - March 19 that will circumnavigate Australia and also spend some time in New Zealand. We then have 22 days to spend in Australia (starting and ending in Sydney). Then we jump on Celebrity Solstice on April 11 and sail back to Vancouver via Hawaii. Altogether we will will be at sea for over 60 days and away from home for nearly 3 months. Needless to say this is truly the trip of a lifetime! We have all the cruises booked as well as flights to Sydney and home from Vancouver. We are now attempting to formulate a plan for the 22 days we have for land tours from March 19 - April 11. We have sort of come up with a plan and I was looking for some comments: Disembark Radiance and spend a few days in Sydney, maybe do the Blue Mountains one day (3 days) Fly to Melbourne. Rent a car and drive the Great Ocean Road and continue on to Adelaide. (2 days) Fly from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island and stay a few days there. (3 days) Fly back to Adelaide and then on to Cairns (1 day) Spend some time in Cairns including a 3 day 2 night "liveaboard" boat to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkeling. (6 days) Fly to Brisbane and rent a car. (1 day) Drive the Gold Coast and continue on to Sydney. (2 days) Spend a few more days in Sydney before boarding the Solstice. (3 days) We are in our mid-50s and in decent shape but not into more extreme activities. We are trying to keep a budget of about $425 a day total including transportation, lodging, food, tours, entertainment and other expenses. Does this itinerary seem reasonable or are we trying to do too much? Any thoughts or suggestions? The Great Barrier Reef is a must do in our book so that is not negotiable! We have thought about doing Tasmania instead of Kangaroo Island. If you could only pick one of those, which would you choose? Suggestions for reasonably priced lodging along the way or car rentals are very much appreciated! Australia is pretty expensive so we need to try to keep our budget. Any recommendations for a liveaboard boat trip to the GBR are much appreciated. We already looked into the Coral Princess but that was just unaffordable. Thanks in advance. Any help is very much appreciated! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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