Subject: Re: ZINE: Travels in Australia
Sally - I would vote for flying ... unless you really like long drives! My recollection is that it is over 1000 miles from Sydney to Cairns. We flew from Sydney to Brisbane for a few days and then on up to Port Douglas (just beyond Cairns). You might prefer spending time exploring the area rather than just driving north. When in Port Douglas, we rented a small SUV and went into the Daintree wilderness area past Cape Tribulation which was fascinating (even saw a cassowary). And took a day trip out to the Great Barrier Reef. Even so, we didn't have enough time to do all that we had wanted in the Port Douglas area.

I'm sure there is a way to do what you want and there are lots of lovely beaches, etc. en route; it's just a matter of how much time you want to spend in a car.