My family (Mom and siblings/in our 40's) will be visiting Australia for the first time in July. We will be fulfilling one of our lifelong dreams of visiting Australia. This will be our 5th continent!!
Day 1 to Day 2: Depart USA
Day 3: Arrive in Melbourne (rest of the day is free) - What should we do? How is the skytower??
Day 4: Go on a sightseeing tour of Melbourne and see the Royal Botanic Gardens, Queen Victoria Market, and Parliament House.
Any suggestions for the evening or a nice restaurant?
Day 5: Fly to Cairns and visit the Rainforestation Nature Park and Wildlife Park. Any other suggestions for the day in Cairns?
Day 6: Great Barrier Reef (go snorkeling) - first part of the day and then return back to Cairns for late afternoon/evening. Any suggestions for the remainder of the day?
Day 7: Fly to Sydney. Any suggestions on must sees? How is the skytower restaurant??
Day 8: Go on a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House and a cruise on Sydney Harbour. Go to Bondi Beach.
Day 9 - 11: Sydney (Would like to take a side trip to the Blue Mountains and take in a performance at the Sydney Opera House).
Any suggestions on a nice restaurant with a view of the Opera House and Harbor prior to going to the Opera House for a show. How far in advance should one book a show at the Sydney Opera House?
Any thoughts on the following?
Port Phillip Bay and Phillip Island (to see the penguin parade) - in Melbourne
Colonial Tramcar Restaurant (in Melbourne)
Red Orchre Grill restaurant (in Cairns)
Thanks ahead for your comments and suggestions!!! Being that this is our first visit to Australia we know that we will not be able to "see it all". We, however, would like to make the most of our time. I am sure that we will enjoy it all!!