My husband and I are planning a trip to Australia and New Zealand in February 2015. We will be starting our holiday with a cruise from Auckland through New Zealand and Australia which ends in Perth 17 days later. I have actually booked back to back cruises (total of 34 days) which would then leave Perth and travel North and end in Sydney which would then allow us to travel right around the entire country. I am now thinking that we should maybe get off in Perth and travel by land. We could be away anywhere up to 8 weeks or perhaps even a bit longer but of course budget would be one of the hold backs. There are so many things to see and do but unfortunately you just can't do them all in a country that large. Some of my wishes would be:
1. Spend a few days in Auckland prior to departing on the cruise to explore the city and to rest after flying from eastern Canada - could take up to 24 hours.
2. After arriving in Perth and if we decide to travel by land I would like to try and visit the following:
-Alice Springs and Darwin (not sure of this since we have been to the Grand Canyon)
-Spending a few days in Sydney
-Spending perhaps up to 2 weeks in the Great Barrier Reef area.
I was wondering if it would be worth taking the train up the coast from Sydney to Cairns, driving or flying. The other issue would be where we would depart from to return home.
I would appreciate any suggestions or comments that anyone may have in regards to this. Depending on feedback and what should not be missed we are certainly willing to change what we are thinking.
Thank you so much