Okay, so my family decided to head over to Australia for New Years. The plan is for them to arrive at Sydney on the 28th or so, then after New Years we, together, leisurely drive up the coast to Brisbane, stopping along the way at various beach towns. We've got some relatives in Brisbane so we then spend a few days there and fly back around January 10th.
However, the award ticket I managed to get (business class even) has me arriving in Sydney about a week earlier than everyone else.
So... do any of you have suggestions on what I should do in Australia for a week of my own? My tentative plan is to spend a couple of days in Sydney then fly down to Melbourne for a few days (through Christmas) and back up to Sydney to meet the family and do their thing. But I've yet to book the SYD > MEL ticket so I'm pretty flexible and I've never been to Australia before so I have no idea how long I should/could spend in each city or even if there's another city I should visit.
I'm a bit wary of renting a car because of the whole opposite-side-of-the-road-I'm-used-to thing but if there are enough awesome things not within public transport/reasonable taxi distance I could probably be persuaded to grab an International Driver's License.