Trying to plan a 16 day itinerary to Australia for our 40th wedding anniversary. We are in pretty good shape medically and physically, no trouble walking several miles at a brisk pace. We arrive midday October 6 in Melbourne and fly out of Perth on morning of October 22 (had to book frequent flier tickets before I did all the research).
We have a 7 thousand dollar budget for the 16 days.
I understand the size of Australia and the significant distances from place to place. We are from the southern USA and understand heat and humidity.
What I can’t seem to do is decide on an itinerary. Would like a trip with variety of scenery and experiences.
We are not campers nor do we have experience at all with a campervan. My husband does have experience with 4WD vehicles and roads that require them.
I have hotel reservations at the Ovolo (Little Bourke) in Melbourne Octboer 6 and 7. My husband will be bonefishing out of Exmouth on October 17. In spite of the cost, we may consider a two night stay at Sal Salis with the basic package.
My priorities are, in this order : Aboriginal culture and rock art, whale watching, kangaroos, wildflowers.
My husband loves fishing (which he will do in the Exmouth/Cape Range area), interesting scenery and driving desolate roads. I had hoped to see a cricket match but I think we are too early.
We do not care for excessively touristy venues. I love cities but husband can only take in small doses. I think he would like the restaurants in Melbourne, the south australia museum in Adelaide.
Looked at Kakadu/Arnhem lands (rich in Aboriginal Culture but maybe too far out of way), Kimberley/Gibbs Road (too isolated?), Southern Australia/ Adelaide/Flinders Range (best area for variety?);Oodnadatta?; Kangaroo Island or GOR (yes I know they are not equivalent); train from Kalgoorlie to Perth?; Uluru seems very expensive, touristy. Would be happy to stay for a bit at a cattle station.
Apologies for the long request but I have read guidebooks, looked at youtube videos, and searched online and cannot seem to pin it down. Suggestions are appreciated. Thank you.