My daughter will be spending next semester studying in Melbourne, and we (DH and I) would like to visit for approx. 2 weeks during that time (right now I am considering anywhere from early September to late October). I do not typically have trouble planning trips, but am finding it very difficult this time, as I need to work around my daughter.
We will most likely start and end in Melbourne, to be able to visit with her (and include her on weekend plans, if possible) on both ends of the trip. We would also like to visit Sydney (opera house, climb Sydney Harbor Bridge, see the beaches). Although we aren't divers or snorkelers, I THINK we should still go to the Great Barrier Reef area (maybe not??). We like nature (animals, beaches, mountains, short hikes). We would definitely like to drive the Great Ocean Road. Penguin Island sounds interesting. Uluru would be right up our alley, but I realize we will most likely be able to go there due to distance/cost. We are NOT at all into shopping.
I have taken guide books from the library, but like I said, I am just having a really hard time. If someone could point me in the right direction regarding an itinerary, I can take it from there. Although I can't say that money is no object, this may very well be the only time we ever get to Australia and are willing to pay what it takes to see as much as we can.
Any help is most welcome.