My sister and I are planning a trip to Australia at the end of October early November. We are hoping to leave LAX on Wednesday night and arrive in Sydney Friday morning and leave Sydney the following Sunday. We were thinking of doing all the major tourist things in Sydney (Bridge climb, Opera House, Harbour, etc) and take the plane to Cairns/Port Douglas - we want to see the rainforest and great barrier reef.
Our predicament is where to stay, how long to stay in each place and the order in which we do it. We don't want to rent a car and don't stay in motels. We were looking into the Marriott Sydney Harbour . Do you have any recommendations on Hotels in Sydney that are centrally located? We are big on nightlife too.
Also, in Port Douglas is there an idea location to stay? We want to be able to walk to a bar or dinner at night and be able to take a tour to the GBR and Rainforest from the hotel. We love to snorkel and lay out on the beach, and could not leave Cairns without visiting the rainforest.
Is it a good idea to not have a rental car, or should we consider getting one? We were planning on taking taxis everywhere. Not sure of the cost.
Does anyone recommend adding another stop in our trip instead of splitting it just between Sydney and Cairns?
We have never been to Australia, and most likely will never return so we want to make sure we get a great Australian experience.