I'm planning a 2 week trip with my wife, our first time in Australia, in the second half of December and I have a bit of a dilemma.
I will be working in Sydney from the beginning of November up until my wife joins me mid-Dec. I would like to wait until I'm there in November to get some local advice from my colleagues and plan the itinerary then (vague idea we'll do the east coast, up to Cairnes, and possibly a quick trip to uluru..). Our budget for hotels is reasonable, I guess we expect to pay US$100-200 per night. Our flights from Paris are already booked.
But my question is this: am I mad to wait until November before trying to arrange a peak-season itinerary? Should I forego the local knowledge I can get in November and start booking "blind" now?