We are planning a trip to Australia (first time visitors) and need feedback on a possible itinerary and recommendations for how we should do Kangaroo Island. Background information: we're a slightly senior couple (66 and 60 years young) who enjoy museums and the arts, scenic beauty, wildlife, good food and wine, and a fair amount of creature comforts when we travel.
First, your thought on the following itinerary:
Days 1, 2 & 3 – Sydney (use public transportation)
Day 4 – Blue Mountains (early morning train to Katoomba, use the Tram and then return to Sydney the same evening?)
Day 5 – Early morning flight to Melbourne (use public transportation in Melbourne)
Day 6 – Melbourne
Days 7 & 8 – Rent a car and drive the Great Ocean Drive and on to Adelaide (turn in the car and use public transportation to see Adelaide—is this a good idea in Adelaide?)
Day 9 – Adelaide
Days 10 & 11– Kangaroo Island (see "Second" below)
Day 12 – Rent a car and drive through Barossa (and Clare?) Valley to visit wineries
Day 13 – Drive to Flinders Range
Day 14 – Flinders Range and return to Adelaide
Day 15 – Fly from Adelaide to Sydney for return flight to the States
Second, we need recommendations for how we should do Kangaroo Island. From the research I've done so far I see that we could either sign up for a tour that would pick us up at our hotel in Adelaide and take care of all the details, or get ourselves to the island by ferry or plane and rent a car or use a tour company there. I also see that several tour companies operate inns or B&Bs on the island. Suggestions?
Recommendations for hotels (we've already booked a terrific deal at the Four Seasons in Sydney but otherwise we're wide open for suggestions), restaurants, and things to see and do will be appreciated.
I realize we are missing some major tourist destinations (Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, etc.) but we plan to return at some point to pick up what we miss this time. Thanks in advance for your help. Isn't TripAdvisor wonderful?