If anyone remembers my previous posts, things have really changed since then. Long story short, our children grew concerned that we were taking on too much on our own so they encouraged us to cancel all our previous flights and hotel reservations (thankfully none were without refund) and they booked us a 37-day cruise out of NZ on March 30. Since we need to fly into Sydney anyway, we want to spend two nights there and then fly to Cairns for three nights to set up an excursion to the GBR and one other one still undecided before flying to NZ.
Here are the questions.
Since there will be substantial luggage for such a lengthy trip, does it make sense to take a quick shuttle from the airport to a hotel near there for $6 and then make our way via bus or taxi back and forth to the sights in Sydney for the two days? We definitely want to take the HO-HO bus one entire day and go where it takes us without having to compete with the crowds from the cruise ship to see the major sights. I still need to find a one day excursion for the second day, for which I am hoping for some suggestions here - maybe recommendations for the Blue Mts. for example?
Also, the day the cruise ship docks in Sydney on April 13 for about 8 hours, we would want to do something different. What should we leave for that day so we don't retrace our steps and aren't struggling to find our way with the hundreds of other people also coming off the cruise ship?
I know I am asking a lot but the clock is ticking and I am nervous that I don't have hotel reservations or a decent working plan yet.
As always thank you very much. The suggestions I receive here are always the best!