Days
14
Price from
£2,915GBP
Map of Sydney to Cairns Northbound including Australia

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

Explore Australia’s stunning east coast, taking in the iconic sights of Byron Bay, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef, as you make your way from continental Sydney to tropical Cairns. 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 picture-perfect islands of the Whitsundays.


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

Why you'll love this trip

  • Sleep well in a mix of hand picked 3, 4 star and boutique accommodation

  • Amazing inclusions such as a Whitsundays Cruise and day trip to Fraser Island

  • Enjoy delicious local food experiences such as a 'farm to plate' meal in beautiful Byron Bay

  • See the East Coast by private bus and plane as we travel over 4000km

  • Visit the Great Barrier Reef on an included day cruise

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip covers around 2600km / 1615miles over 14 days. There are some long travelling days. (An included flight between Brisbane and Proserpine speeds things up)

  • The weather can change considerably between Sydney and Cairns. Please check out the weather info in this document and 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
  • Eat, Drink, Walk Sydney - Urban Adventure - AUD109
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.
From Brisbane, travel to sun-kissed Noosa, visiting one of Australia’s top surf locations en route. Go koala-spotting in a national park, then head to a coastal lookout to take in a magnificent sunset over the Sunshine Coast hinterland. In the evening, relax and unwind, or perhaps head out on the town for some dinner and drinks.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Set off on a 4WD adventure on Fraser Island. This incredible slice of land is the largest sand island in the world, stretching some 123 kilometres down Queensland's southern coast. Visit some of the renowned lookout points – perhaps Indian Head or the Cathedrals – for incredible views. Take a dive into a crystal clear lake, and head out in search of that most iconic outback creature, the dingo. When it's all over, relax back at your accommodation or soak up some of Noosa's vibrant nightlife.
Included Activities
  • Fraser Island 4WD day trip
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Fly to Airlie Beach, the hub town of the magnificent Whitsundays. The day is yours to spend as you please – perhaps stroll around and explore, visit some local swimming spots for a refreshing dip, or while away the hours at a bar with a view of the shimmering blue water. If you're feeling active, chat to your leader for some ideas on optional activities, there are plenty to choose from.
Included Activities
  • Flight Brisbane to Airlie Beach
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today's flight departs approx. 1:40pm from Brisbane to Proserpine
After breakfast, take a leisurely day cruise through the postcard-perfect islands of the Whitsundays, including a stop at the famed Whitehaven beach. Words can’t do justice to the dazzling white sands, azure waters and densely verdant vegetation of this incredible corner of the world. Whitehaven is about as impressive as a beach can get! Get a closer look by snorkelling with colourful coral and an array of playful fish and turtles.
Included Activities
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

A change of scenery today as we head through undulating cane fields to historic Tully (approximately 520kms/325 miles, 6 hours). We'll meet an Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander family who'll escort us to a secluded swimming hole in the rainforest. You'll also get the chance to try your hand at traditional art, as we are guided by local Jirrbal Artists on traditional techniques after a tour of the Ingan Cultural Centre. We finish the session with a candid discussion on the culture of the First Peoples of Australia's, history and contemporary life for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people in Australia, followed by a delicious BBQ.
Included Activities
  • Tully Cultural Experience
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Enjoy breakfast in a local cafe before travelling into the wet tropics of Far North Queensland. Here you'll discover a magnificent plunge waterfall nestled in dense tropical rainforest en route to Atherton Tablelands. Take a dip in the cool water, then head to Lake Eacham, a crater lake with beautiful water. Also pay a visit to the massive, unique, heritage-listed ‘Curtain Fig Tree’. The day draws to a close in Cairns, one of Australia’s most lively tropical towns.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the highlights of any trip to Australia. Cruise over to this famous reef and enjoy some snorkelling and a marine conservation commentary. After an extraordinary day in this underwater world, brimming with amazing coral and dazzling tropical fish, freshen up at the hotel and enjoy a farewell dinner. It’s a chance to compare memories, swap stories, and say farewell to your travel companions.
Included Activities
  • Great Barrier Reef day cruise
Optional Activities
  • Beautiful Cairns: Hiking, Nature & Epic Views - Urban Adventure - AUD79
  • Cairns by Night - Urban Adventure - AUD90
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

private bus, plane

Accommodation

Hotel (11 nights), Motel (1 night), Pub (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
  • Fraser Island 4WD day trip
  • Flight Brisbane to Airlie Beach
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing
  • Tully Cultural Experience
  • Great Barrier Reef day cruise

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Important notes

1. Day 1 is an arrival day. You can arrive into Sydney at any time and head to the joining hotel. There will be a reservation under your name. Check in is usually after 2pm. There will be a joining meeting this evening at 6pm.
2. This trip finishes after dinner the evening of day 14. You are free to depart on a late flight (please check time with us) or anytime the following day. Please note no accommodation is included on day 14

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