I love reading these forums, some poor sod posts a question that is important to them then some local experts eats them alive telling them to research! I recently posted such a 'stupid' question but was spared the wrath and got some really helpful replies. We are now going as suggested to Sydney, Alice Springs and the Barrier Reef. I just wanted to thank everybody for their assistance. And for those who also recklessly book flights to a random place and have no idea where to start planning, go into a travel agent, get a brochure, see where the tour operators go, then get online and do it yourself for a fraction of the cost. Oh, and make sure you post a 'stupid' question just to keep me entertained!