Some Australia/NZ Questions - traveling soon
Two physically-fit adults are planning a trip down under in late autumn this year. The trip will be three weeks long and our budget is $4000-5000per person incl flights. The flights are booked and the inbound flight is Sydney while the outbound flight is Brisbane. We also need to see some family friends in Melbourne, so I guess these three cities are places we need to cover.
We want to add another destination or two in the area. Which one(s) would be recommendable?
Cairns (to see the barrier reef)
Queenstown NZ (I've heard great things about this place, but we are not thrill-seekers)
Uluru/Ayers Rock (how does this place compare to other desert places like the Sahara in Morocco? This option seems to be much pricier than the other two places above)
Other cities/places (like Darwin/Adelaide/Auckland?)
I'm also thinking about doing a drive from Cairns to Brisbane (if we go to Cairns, that is). Has anyone done this drive and is it any better than just flying? Or should we just drive near Melbourne to see the 12 apostles?
Thanks in advance,
- Mahatma Gandhi