I could really use some advice. This is our first trip to Australia. Husband and I have following tentative itinerary planned for 16-21 days next Feb/March '09. Any thoughts, comments suggestions on ANY of it would be appreciated.
Plan on arriving in Sydney-spend four days
take overnight Indian Pacific to Broken Hill-spend two nights (train arrives early am so have two days too)
From here we have two possible variations:
#1 variation: Fly to Kangaroo Island-spend three days
Ferry back to Cape Jervis, rent car
Drive GOR towards Melbourne: along the way, visit Hahndorf, Robe, Port Campbell, Port Fairy, Apollo Bay, Anglesea(?)
Fly home back to US from Melbourne or via Sydney
#2 variation: after Broken Hill, instead of flying to K.I. DRIVE to Mildura-spend two days
fly to Melbourne, rent car, drive GOR toward Adelaide--same interests and stops as above in reverse
ferry to K.I. from Cape Jervis
fly back to Adelaide, fly Sydney, US
Can we do all this in 18-21 days? Are all places mentioned worthwhile? Would love to hear from someone whose taken the train Gold Sleeper service--it is expensive so wonder if it's worth it. Maybe drive from Broken hill to Mildura will quench thirst for outback experience...
our budget is $15,000 US including air. are we nuts?
ALL HELP appreciated...thanks, Ana