I didn't use this forum as much as I normally do for planning trips, but when I did everyone was very helpful...so I figured I would give you a trip report in case others want to peek at it. I won't go into too much detail on the normal tourist attractions, but will give all the tours we did (we were happy with all of them!).
July 3: Arrived 6:30am in Sydney and took taxi to Sofitel Wentworth. I LOVED this hotel - review will hopefully be posted soon. It was in the CBD and so close to The Rocks, CQ, Darling Harbour, etc. Our room was even ready when we arrived that early! I highly recommend it.
July 6: Used Anderson Tours for the Blue Mountains. The tour was ~16 people and was really nice. Went to Featherdale first and got to pet kangaroos, koalas, etc. Loved it! Also learned how to throw a boomerang. Sure it is touristy, but it was so fun! Had the day in the Blue Mtns, went to Leura, and then took a ferry back to Sydney from right near the Olympic Park.
July 7: Fly to Cairns. Stayed at Pullman Reef Hotel. I really enjoyed this hotel, too. We even saved a bunch of money by canceling our original reservation and booking again closer to our date. Location was great and the pool was really nice (I was not a fan of the lagoon in Cairns). I do wish we had stayed in Port Douglas. The people on here had mentioned there was more to do in Cairns, but driving through PD, there seemed to be plenty of restaurants and shops.
July 8: Used Ocean Spirit Reef Cruise. Went to Michaelmas Cay. Beautiful and wonderful tour. We did the scuba and it was terrifying, but incredible. On the way back, they put up the sails to bring us back to Cairns and also played live music. It was awesome.
July 10: Used BTS tours to see Daintree and Cape Trib. Tour had less than 20 people. We went on a river cruise and saw some of the most beautiful sights ever. Cape Tribulation was gorgeous, too. At lunch, we ate in the rain forest and our tour guide grilled for us. We got to swim/canoe around this little lagoon. It was a really long day, though, because we went out of Cairns and had to stop and get a lot of people in PD.
July 11: Back to Sydney and stayed in Sofitel again. We didn't like our second room as much and asked to switch (it was in the corner with a view of a wall). They actually upgraded us for free since there was a room available. Had a cute little balcony.
July 12: Hunter Valley tour using Sydney Wilderness Tours. Really enjoyed this trip, but did feel a bit rushed. Went to 5 wineries...almost feel we should have done only 4 and taken more time at them. But overall, I would recommend it. The Smelly Cheese shop is yummy, too!
Loved Bondi more than Manly - we did the walk from Bondi to Coogee...amazing.
Restaurants I enjoyed (honestly, we did not have a bad meal there, but here are my favs):
Chophouse (Bligh St, Sydney)
Phillip's Foote (The Rocks)
Lord Nelson Brewery (Monday night is pie night - delicious meat pies!)
Casa di Nico (Darling Harbour)
Oliver's on Spence was delicious. Got to try kangaroo, emu, and crocodile.
I loved Australia and would certainly return one day!