So - we want to go to Australia for about a month to celebrate our 40th anniversary, which is on May 4th 2014. We want 3 star type accommodation, but maybe something special for the anniversary
We no longer work, so are flexible about departures. happy to travel mid week etc and not tied to exactly 4 weeks. We are fairly well travelled, China, Peru, Sri Lanka, Nepal etc etc mostly with Explore or Exodus. We are fit and well at 58 and 62. We quite like the idea of some DIY (self drive or motor home) and some group touring (maybe to the Red Centre, which appears to be a bit of a tourist trap but must just be done - I wish we could afford Logitude 131, but we can't!). A train trip of some kind would be interesting (and presumably more comfortable than overnight from Beijing to Xian!) but it doesn't have to be the Ghan
I do a lot of research about holidays, and usually know what I want but this is a one off and a long way to go, so we probably need some help. We would be happy with 2/3 star hotels and maybe some camp sites, but we would like somewhere nicer for the anniversary
We think it might be sensible to have a stopover for a couple of days each way maybe - we have been to Hong Kong but not Singapore or Dubai or Kuala Lumpur. Alternatively we could stretch to Premium Economy, depending on what the costings come out like.
We like scenery, culture, wild life, food and wine. We only like short boat trips (not long cruises) and we are not interested in scuba etc although quite happy to sit on a beach for a couple of days.
I have had a chat with one of the good big companies and they are recommending flights with Quantas, into Sydney (bridge climb, harbour cruise, botanical gardens, Blue Mountains) visiting Melbourne, Alice Springs/Uluru, Cairns then down the coast back to Sydney. We would do part as independent travel, probably take a tour into the red centre, and possibly part of the way down the east coast by train (sundowner?) and part by motor home.
Does this sound like a sensible plan? Does anyone have any tips or advice on travel/hotels/treats please?
Someone has suggested that in a month we could instead fly to Perth, take the Indian Pacific (train) to Adelaide, fly up to Alice / Uluru and back, pick up a hire car, then go Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road, round the coast to Sydney, swap the car for an RV and on up to Cairns and Port Douglas
Thank you in advance for any suggestions/advice - having looked at other threads I promise to come back and not only answer questions but also tell you how we get on! I am busy taking notes from other threds (eg the Sydney thread)