Thank you Emily and TheImproperBostonia!
I hope to be staying at some of the Worldmark hotels because I am a member but am open to suggestions (I haven't made any reservations yet).
Is it a long 12 hr ride from Sydney to Cairns? We hope to make a few stops over night on the way up for sightseeing but no idea where to stop (I need to do some reading, huh?)
Transportation worries me because I am a terrible driver on the right side so imagine on the left side! Do they have trains and/or buses? Is there a lot of traffic?
How about the cost for a "economical" tourist, is it similar to the US or is it more like Europe... I went to Fiji a few years ago and the prices were great, can I expect the money exchange similar?
My biggest worry, however, are those little jellies... one bite can really mess up a vacation and one of my main goals is to go to the great barrier reef!
Can't wait to read what you say!