Ok, coming from the US and never having been across the "big pond" we will be visiting my daughter in Townsville (Queensland) for most of our trip (doing the GBR and past Cairns to the rainforest). We have added 4 days in Melbourne before returning to the US to hopefully see another part of Australia. We are game for renting a car and want to try to see a variety of things to get a true feel of the area. Want to see some of the city, but wonder what side day trips would be the best, as this is September when I now read the weather will not be the warmest. Do we stay in a hotel in the city the whole time ( I need to book this soon) and do day trips in a rental car or do we stay there the 1s night and maybe the other 2 nites on the coast, etc. Help, please. I have done some reading, but just enough to be more confused. Thanks!