My husband and I are planning a trip to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji in the latter part of this year. We are thinking we will NOT do an escorted tour because we want to spend several days on a liveaboard dive boat and we also want to go to Uluru/Ayers Rock along with other traditional stops on our Australian leg of the trip, but we can't find a tour that accommodates both. So I am looking for the best guide book/s that will help us plan our trip. I particularly like guide books that provide off the beaten path type of walking tours & maps within an area/city, along with good coverage of the typical where to stay, where to eat, what to see information. Please provide recommendations.
Second question: is it worth our time to drive the 1500 or so miles from Sydney to Cairns? Are there interesting things to see along the way? Or should we fly?
Thanks in advance for your input and recommendations.