East Coast Tour Sydney to Cairns

14 days

from £1,296.00

Trip Highlights

  • Learn to surf with professional instructors
  • Spend 2 nights at bohemia Byron Bay
  • Party the night away at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast
  • Sail around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands
  • Feel the sand between your toes on Fraser Island on a group 4WD safari
  • Enjoy a real a Aussie outback ranch cattle station experience

Trip Summary

Starting in cosmopolitan Sydney and finishing in tropical Cairns, this adventure tour of Australia travels up the east coast.  It takes you to some of the most popular and beautiful places along the East Coast of Australia and to places you will never get to driving yourself or on a bus pass.  

Travelling in a group of like-minded people and professional, experienced guides you will get to experience the ‘real’ Australia and meet some true Aussie locals.

 

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Trip Info

Day 1: Sydney to Surf Camp
Our journey will start bright and early, as we depart Sydney via the Harbour Bridge and begin our trek northwards along the Pacific Highway. On the way to the surf camp we head into the Australian wine region of the Hunter Valley. Experience pressing grapes by foot (seasonal) and wine tasting before we head for our surf retreat at Crescent Head, to surf to our heart's content!

(Dinner included)

Day 2: Surf Camp to Byron Bay
This morning we hit the beach again for an early morning surfing sesh, and then we'll carry on up the coast. We'll check out Coffs Harbour, the Banana growing capital- before heading up to Byron Bay, Australia’s most easterly point. Renowned for its awesome surfing beaches, beautiful rainforests and eclectic lifestyle, Byron Bay oozes a relaxed vibe and is really popular with travellers.

(Breakfast and Lunch included)

Day 3:Byron Bay
A full day ahead to enjoy what Byron Bay has to offer. Famous for its great beaches and counter culture, there are plenty of optional activities on offer (at own expense) - try surfing, diving, sea kayaking or just chill out on the beach. The galleries and craft shops are also sure to fascinate, as are the many cafes and alternate cuisines that are available here. Take a great scenic walk to the lighthouse at Cape Byron where the views are breathtaking. So much choice!

(Breakfast included)

Day 4: Byron Bay to Gold Coast
Today we check out Springbrook National Park before we enter the sunshine state, Queensland. On the way we'll stop off at 'Natural Arch', a spectacular waterfall, and drive through Numinbah Valley and Nerang. We'll hit Surfers Paradise this evening- somewhere known not only for it's epic surfing vibe, but for it's great nights out too.

(Breakfast included)

Day 5: Gold Coast to Fraser Island
We'll head off along the Bruce Highway bound for Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island! Watch the sunset as we enjoy dinner before resting up at our accommodation, set in a peaceful eucalypt forest.

Breakfast and Dinner included)

Day 6: Fraser Island
Home to the Badtjala Aboriginal people for some 5000 years, this special place supports and extraordinarily diverse rainforest, wildflower heath, mangroves, birds and a now small population of dingoes. The island has dunes that reach 240m in height and about 40 dune lakes, around half the total number of dune lakes in the world. The best way to see this vast national park is with our included 4WD trip. We travel along Seventy-Five Mile Beach, so get your camera finger ready for the iconic Pinnacles' coloured sands and Maheno Shipwreck. We learn about the rich logging history amongst the ancient rainforest at the Central Station, and float our troubles away at the picturesque Eli Creek. There's an opportunity to try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding on the calm crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie too!

(Breakfast and Lunch included)

Day 7: Myella Farm
Today you'll be trading the beach for the outback, enjoying an authentic outback experience. You'll get to chill out in the pool, fill up on a home cooked farm style meal before learning about lassoing.

(Breakfast and Dinner included)

Day 8: Myella Farm to Emu Park
Motor biking, horse riding and cow milking are just a few of the activities available this morning before we say bye! We make a stop in the beef capital of QLD – Rockhampton “Rocky” before making our way to our overnight accommodation - Emu’s Beach Resort, nestled in the casual stress-free coastal town of Emu Park. A perfect place to sit back, relax and take it easy. Get involved in an Aboriginal experience where you give boomerang throwing a go, get to learn about totems and artefacts.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

Day 9: Emu Park to the Whitsundays
Today we head off for the awe-inspiring Whitsundays- you're in for a real treat! We'll arrive in Airlie Beach, the heart of this thriving tropical paradise. The town overlooks the beautiful Whitsunday Passage and the 74 nearby tropical islands. If there’s a heaven on earth, it’s definitely in the Whitsundays so prepare to enjoy! The best way by far to experience this gorgeous region is onboard our yacht – your home for the next night!

(Breakfast and Dinner included)

Day 10: The Whitsunday Islands
Wake up in one of the many sheltered coves that make up the Whitsundays. You’ll set sail for golden sandy beaches, snorkel over island coral reefs and soak up the sun in this beautiful part of the world. Tonight we'll stay on a stunning tropical island.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

Day 11: The Whitsunday Islands
Today you'll have a full day to explore the Whitsundays. You could go for a hike along the scenic routes, kick back and relax on the beach/by the pool, or just take it easy- it's down to you. In the evening we'll have cocktails and canapes too!

(Breakfast included)

Day 12: The Whitsundays to Cairns
Early this morning we'll set sail for the mainland and the busy resort town of Airlie Beach. Bidding farewell to our new favourite part of the world, we'll head north via Townsville to Cairns. The final stretch of the Bruce Highway unfolds before us on our way to colourful Cairns.

(Breakfast included)

Day 13: Cairns (Great Barrier Reef)
Another highlight of the trip for sure, as today we'll explore the phenomenal Great Barrier Reef. We'll take the 'Passions of Paradise' catarmaran cruise (optional) so we can get a closer look; you'll be able to snorkel here. We'll have a freshly cooked meal on board, and when we're back on mainland we'll head out for the evening!

(Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 14: Cairns
We'll end with a day to explore Cairns. There are optional activities you could do (white-water wafting, sky diving etc) or you could just chill out in the cafes or go shopping. Unfortunately it is time to say goodbye now though- time to take down the Facebook details of your new mates!

(Breakfast included)

Please note: Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted due to seasonal conditions, weather extremes.

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Whats Included

  • 13 nights multi share accommodation
  • 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Escorted services of a fully trained Trip Leader and Driver
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi
  • Surf lesson
  • 2 night Whitsunday sailing
  • 4WD Fraser Island group tour
  • Brisbane River city cruise
  • Rainforest walk in Springbrook NP
  • Outback ranch cattle station experience
  • Full staff support
  • Access to 24 emergency assistance in the UK

What's Not Included

  • All flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals as indicated
  • Transport during free time
  • Some National Park Entry Fees

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Alex Beesley

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Daydream island, scenic flight over Fraser Island, Byron bay

Tips for other travellers?

Don't let hangovers get in the way of activities, do as many optionals as you can and pack lightley!

sophie freeman

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Diving in the Great Barrier Reef and sailing around the Whitsundays were definitely two highlights of the tour!

Any other comments?

The tour advertised on RealGap implies that it will mainly be gap students, i.e. around the ages of 18 - 22 however on the tour the majority of my group were a lot older and not exactly what I was expected. There were a couple of people my age and I still had an amazing time I just think Real Gap and Topdeck need to ensure that the tour is advertised correctly so as not to mislead people.

olivia nightingall

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Sailing the whitsundays and snorkling in the Great Barrier Reef

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

A cape tribulation day tour option. Australia Zoo in Brisbane A theme park/activity in Surfers Paradise

Tips for other travellers?

Bring a beach towel Try everything Wear lots of suncream!!!

Any other comments?

You get a mixture of ages, our youngest was 18 and our oldest 34 but everyone got on fine. If you don't like suntanning or drinking then this may not be for you as you go out a lot and spend a lot of time on the beach!

morgayanna macklem

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Highlights of my trip were definitely surfing in Crescent Head, sky diving in Byron Bay, snorkeling the great barrier reef!! And of course all the awesome people I met.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

The only thing would have been maby another day for just laying on the beach, this trip was amazing!

Tips for other travellers?

1. say YES to everything! 2. pack light 3. back up cash is essential

jessica hutchison

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Fraser Island

Tom Skidmore

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Skydiving over Byron Bay was one of the best experiences of my life, the views of the coast were truly breathtaking. Learning to surf at Crescent Head was a brilliant day and the instructors were really knowledgeable. Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns is something I can tick off my bucket list, I saw clown fish and giant clams among beautifully vibrant coral.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Couldn't have asked for more, the itinerary was filled to the brim with amazing activities.

Tips for other travellers?

Pack lightly - I took two pairs of jeans which I didn't wear as you can go out to most bars in shorts. Take every opportunity - Money seems like a limitation, but the optional activities are incredible and I don't regret spending a penny. Take plenty of photos - I am not the best at stopping to take photos but I am glad I did on this holiday.

Declan Mehigan

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Kroombit Farm and surf camp

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No everything was well thought out and fitted in well with the time we had in each place

Tips for other travellers?

Pack less clothes than you think. Use the coach to catch up on sleep. Do as many as the optional activities as you can.

Anna Lipinski

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What were the highlights of your trip?

friendly tour leader, driver and group mates, learning about history and culture, surfing, snorkeling, sailing whitsundays and getting a free flight because of the cyclone.

Tips for other travellers?

be prepared for any weather, bring lots of spending money and don't be afraid to try new things!

Helen Goaley

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting new people Surfing Sky Diving Snorkeling The Farm- Horse Riding and Clay Pigeon Shooting

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

More aboriginal themed activities, I wanted to learn more about the culture. Animal themed activities- feeding Kangaroos etc.

Tips for other travellers?

Put yourself out there and make friends early on Make the most of every opportunity Bring lots of suncream

Any other comments?

Majorly surpasses my expectations. Very well organised and so much fun. I want to do any tour soon.

Olly Bentley

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Whitsundays- day dream island

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Some outback aboriginal experience.

Tips for other travellers?

Budget for extras for skydive etc (photos/videos) Prepare to entertain yourselves on the bus trips (some upto 9 hours) Say yes to everything and anything.

Any other comments?

Georgina, Laura etc were all exceptional

FAQ's

Can I Specify My Dietary Requirments As The Food Is Included?

Please do! You will eat fresh food wherever possible, if you are vegetarian or gluten intolerant, you may be required to provide some of your own food.

If I Have Booked An Open Dated Tour, How Do I Confirm A Date?

You will be provided with a voucher with booking details included. You will need to either email or phone the tour provider to choose a date or reconfirm.

Do I Need A Sleeping Bag?

No sleeping bag is required as the tour includes 13 nights in shared accommodation with linen provided.

Where Do I Meet The Tour?

When you reconfirm your tour booking (all tours must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure) you will be advised of a pick up time and place.

Is There A Luggage Limit?

Yes - there is a STRICT 20kg weight limit per person.

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