Days
8
Price from
£1,600GBP
Map of Sydney to Brisbane Northbound including Australia

Walking? Wilderness? Wildlife? Wine? Enjoy them all – along with pristine beaches and delicious food – on this east coast adventure.

Explore Australia’s stunning east coast, taking in the iconic sights of Byron Bay, as you make your way from continental Sydney to bustling Brisbane. Sample wine and cheese in the Hunter Valley, get up close to koalas at an animal hospital, splash about in pristine swimming holes, and cruise around the clear blue waters off Port Macquarie.


Start
Sydney, Australia
Finish
Brisbane, Australia
Destinations
New South Wales, East Coast, Queensland
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer
Code
PVON
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 4, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • Three to four star hand-picked twin share accommodation, amazing inclusions such as a Port Macquarie sunset cruise.

  • Amazing local food experiences such as a 'farm to plate' experience in beautiful Byron Bay

  • Small group travel, maximum of 15 people

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip covers around 1000km / 620miles over 8 days. There are some long travelling days.

  • The weather can change considerably between Sydney and Brisbane. Please pack accordingly.

  • This trip visits some amazing beaches along the way. Please consider your swimming competency before getting in the water.

Itinerary

Your East Coast Australia tour experience starts in Australia's Harbour City, the glittering jewel in the east coast's crown. Make your own way to our joining hotel, check in (usually after 2pm) and relax. We meet this evening at 6pm in the lobby for a welcome meeting before heading out to dinner. If you arrive early, check out the great range of Urban adventures on offer.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • In Focus: Tastes of Chinatown - Urban Adventure - AUD99
  • Eat, Drink, Walk Sydney - Urban Adventure - AUD55
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Let's go! Hit up a local café for breakfast. Set off to explore some of Sydney’s most beautiful spots on a walking tour, taking in the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Hop on the ferry to Watson’s Bay for lunch (fish and chips!), then walk along the towering coastal cliffs – keep your eye out for dolphins swimming below. Return to the CBD to relax, explore further or a chance to indulge in some of Sydney’s famous nightlife.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sydney city sights tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Leave the hustle and bustle of Sydney behind for the chilled out Hunter Valley. Our own personal wildlife ranger will point out koalas and kangaroos as we make our way to a gourmet lunch – yes, there will be cheese, and wine, and chocolate (the Hunter is famous for it!). Continue to the beach side city of Newcastle for an evening of live music.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hunter Valley wine, cheese, chocolate and organic vodka distillery tour
  • Wildlife Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
It's all about water today. After an amazing local breakfast, we hit the scenic Lakes Way for a coastal walk and lookout climb. Afterwards, we're off to Port Macquarie in time for a sunset cruise. Keep an eagle eye out for local pods of dolphins.
Accommodation
  • Motel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Port Macquarie sunset cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Meet the fuzzy patients at the local koala hospital, then travel to Dorrigo National Park, an area famous for its lush rainforest and waterfalls. End the day in true Australian style – at a traditional Aussie pub.
Accommodation
  • Pub (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Koala Hospital - Port Macquaire
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Splash about in Dangar Falls, then head to the laid-back surfer hub of Byron Bay. First stop is an organic farm where we'll pick and prepare a healthy lunch. Walk to Byron's iconic lighthouse for photos, before heading back into town to explore one of the many casual restaurants for dinner and maybe a quiet drink at the Great Northern or Beach Hotel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Byron Bay farm to plate organic dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Get up early or sleep late, sunrises are pretty ace at from Australia's most easterly point, but the choice is yours.  It’s a free day today. Perhaps start the day with a swim in the ocean, indulge in a massage, or stretch out your limbs at an optional yoga class. Otherwise take a stroll around town and check out what all the fuss is about.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Yoga in Byron Bay - AUD70
  • Learn to Surf Byron Bay - AUD70
  • Kayak Tour Byron Bay - AUD64
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast, cross the border and travel north to Brisbane where it’s time to say farewell. The trip ends in Brisbane's CBD or airport. Tonight's accommodations isn't included in the tour cost, but additional nights are available upon request. (don't forget to tell us when you're booking your trip.)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Bus

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights), Pub (1 night) Motel (1 night)

Included activities

  • Sydney city sights tour
  • Hunter Valley wine, cheese, chocolate and organic vodka distillery tour
  • Wildlife Park
  • Port Macquarie sunset cruise
  • Koala Hospital - Port Macquaire
  • Byron Bay farm to plate organic dinner

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Important notes

1. Day 1 is an arrival day. You can arrive into Sydney at any time this evening and head to the hotel. There will be a reservation under your name.
2. This trip finishes around ten a.m. on day 8. You are free to depart on a later flight that day.
3. This itinerary is the first section of a longer 14 day Sydney to Cairns trip.

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