My dh has a conference in Melbourne in July and it has always been my dream to go to Australia, so I might go with him. Here's my issue, though... I've wanted to go to Australia since I was 8 and I have a whole list of things that I want to do and see. However, my 8 year old self did not take into account just how big Australia is and how much money it would cost to get from on destination to another. We'll be in Melbourne initially, but I want to see the GBR and visit Kakadu country and see Uluru, but these things are so far away from each other that they'll require flights that cost a ton or trains that take a while or additional cruises and tour buses, etc. etc.
I'm hoping you all can help me out a bit. Mostly, I want to see Australia's natural wonders, Aboriginal rock paintings, etc. and not so much the cities. Can you recommend some of your top things to do and see in Australia overall and then in the general Melbourne area? If you could also include recommendations for more specific things like airlines, trains, accommodations, etc. that would be wonderful!
Thanks in advance!!