East Coast Tour Sydney to Cairns

14 days from £1,999

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Make friends on the east coast

Travel Australia’s awesome east coast

Travel Australia’s awesome east coast

Sail around the Whitsunday Islands
Sydney Harbour Bridge
+38
Cute Koalas
18 included activities
Runs in both directions
Included sailing trip

Trip Highlights

  • Stay in some of the country’s most iconic east coast destinations, from Sydney to Cairns
  • Go off-road on a 4WD adventure on UNESCO World Heritage listed Fraser Island
  • Learn to surf at Crescent Head and go snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Learn to Lasso, go horse riding, and ride a motorbike at a cattle station in the outback
  • Sail around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands on your very own private yacht
  • Hike through the rainforest, meet baby crocs and look out for cuddly koalas on Magnetic Island

Trip Summary

Go on an incredible adventure along Australia’s beautiful east coast and experience all Australia’s golden shoreline and inland wonders have to offer. An immense journey from Sydney to Cairns (or the other way around), you’ll travel through cosmopolitan city centres, Australia’s iconic outback, stunning surf havens, world-renowned landscapes, and gorgeous tropical islands. You’ll squelch grapes in the famous Hunter Wine Valley, get your surf on at Crescent Head, explore Fraser Island by four-wheel-drive, and snorkel through the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll get a taste for the outback on a ranch cattle station, spend a night on your own private yacht, and get to trek through some of the most breathtaking landscape in the world.

 

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Day 1: Sydney to Crescent Head

Take in the sights as we cross Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge and drive along the Pacific Highway. We’ll stop at Australia’s famous Hunter Valley region, kick off our flip-flops and squelchgrapes with our feet before making the rest of the journey to our Crescent Head retreat.

Day 2: Crescent Head to Byron Bay

Dive straight onto the beach this morning and start the day with a private surfing lesson. We’ll get to put our new skills to the test in the bay at Crescent Head. Afterwards, we’ll chill around the BBQ for a well-deserved lunch break before making our way through Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay.

Day 3: Byron Bay

Beginning the day with a walking tour of Byron’s best bits, we’ll get a feel for the place and an insight into the laidback lifestylehere before taking the rest of the day to get out there and explore. Choose to go scuba diving, jump out of a plane, or rent a kayak. If you’re happier on dry land, you could chill out on the beach, have a nosy through the local galleries, or take a walk up to Cape Byron.

Day 4: Byron Bay to Gold Coast

On day four, we’ll make our way to the sunshine state of Queensland. We’ll stop at UNESCO World Heritage Site, Springbrook National Park,to walk through the rainforest, stopping to dip our toes in the icy waters at Natural Bridge. We’ll arrive at theultra-cool and aptly named Surfers Paradise late afternoon and enjoy a night out in the evening.

Day 5: Gold Coast to Fraser Island

Next up, we’re headed for Brisbane, the capital of Queensland. On arrival, we’ll get our bearings and take in the sights with a walking tour around the city centre. From Brisbane we’ll jump on a ferry to make the crossing to the world’s largest sand island – UNESCO World Heritage listed Fraser island.

Day 6: Fraser Island

We’ve got an action-packed day lined up today, starting with a 4WD tour through the National Park. We’ll drive along Seventy-Five Mile Beach, stopping off to look at the colourful natural sculptures of Pinnacles Coloured Sands, and the haunting remains of Maheno Shipwreck. You’ll also get the opportunity to test your balance with a stand-up paddle boarding session on Lake McKenzie.

Day 7: Fraser Island to Myella Farm

Today we’ll be getting an authentic cattle station experience at our accommodation on Myella Farm. There’ll be time to chill out and fill up on hearty home cooked food whilst listening to funny tales of the comings and goings on the farmaround the fire.

Day 8: Myella Farm to Emu Park

Try out some fun optional extras on the farm this morning, from motorbiking to horse riding, or channel your inner cowboy with a lasso lesson. Later, we’ll drive through the Tropic of Capricorn on the way to Emu’s Beach Resort back on the coast.

Day 9: Emu Park to Airlie Beach

Leaving the road behind for a couple of days, we’ll board our own private yacht at Airlie Beach ready to set sail to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Learn the ropes and help the crew as we sail or just sit back and enjoy the ride as we tour the region before bunking down for a night at sea.

Day 10: Airlie Beach

Wake up to the incredible views from Whitehaven Beach. Today we’ll get to snorkelthrough the colourful coral reefs of Blue Pearl Bay and swim with the abundant marine life along the island’s coast. Later, we’ll return to dry land and chill out in our accommodation’s pool at Airlie Beach, followed by dinner and dancing in the evening.

Day 11: Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island

We’ll make our way over to the astounding Magnetic Island today, where you’ll have the afternoon to discover the secluded beaches and national park at your leisure. Hike the walking trails through the tropical rainforest and then recharge your batteries on the beach.

Day 12: Magnetic Island to Cairns

Spend the morning on Magnetic Island touring the local wildlife park and meet baby crocs, cuddly koalas, and friendly wallabies. Afterwards, we’ll head back to the mainland, sailing north and travelling to Cairns along Bruce Highway.

Day 13: Cairns

One of the natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef is a must-see for anyone travelling to Australia. You’ll have the option to join our incredible catamaran cruise to take a closer look at the tropical underwater world below, jumping overboard for an amazing snorkelling or scuba session.

Day 14: Free time in Cairns

The final day of the tour will give you the opportunity to cross some adventurous activities off your list. You might want to go white water rafting on the Tully River, Minjin jungle swinging, bungee jumping, or sky diving. We’ll regroup in the afternoon for a final round of group drinks.

Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change. 

This trip is available in both directions, so you can travel the east coast from Sydney to Cairns or Cairns to Sydney. Just let us know which direction you'd like to travel when you book your trip, or select the correct option when booking online.

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What's Included

  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches,6 dinners
  • Transport between each location
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Wine tasting in Hunter Valley
  • Surf lesson at Crescent Head
  • Byron Bay highlights walking trip
  • Rainforest walk in Springbrook
  • Brisbane city walking tour
  • 4WD experience on Fraser Island
  • Lake McKenzie visit
  • Outback ranch cattle station experience
  • Pinnacles Coloured Sands visit
  • Maheno Shipwreck and Eli Creek tour
  • Overnight sailing experience in the Whitsunday Islands
  • Visit to Whitehaven Beach
  • Snorkelling at Airlie Beach
  • Bush walking on Magnetic Island
  • Private tour at Magnetic Island Wildlife Park
  • 24/7 emergency support

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals
  • Some national park entry fees
  • Optional activities

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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!

olivia nightingall

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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.

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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

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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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

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!

Declan Mehigan

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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.

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.

Jasmin Gamble

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Highlights have to include: Sailing through the Whitsunday Islands and sleeping on the deck under the stars Trekking through the beautiful Fraser Island Seeing wild dolphins from the lighthouse at Byron Bay Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef

Tips for other travellers?

1. Don't let the fear of Australia's deadly animals stop you 2. Don't drink too much the night before busy days! Esp the night before 4x4 on Fraser Island 3. Always wear your stinger suit in stinger season

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Accommodation & Meals

13 nights' accommodation are included in the cost of your trip. Most nights will be spent in clean and comfortable hostels and guesthouses, but will also include a cattle station, wilderness lodge, and even a night at sea! The number of people sharing a room will depend on the type of accommodation, but you will always share with group members of the same sex. Let us know if you're travelling with a friend or partner at time of booking and we'll make sure you get to share a room.

13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 6 dinners are included in your trip. Breakfast will be available at your accommodation and will consist of typical continental breakfast food, from cereals and yoghurts, fruit, pastries, bread, cold meats, and cheese, with tea, coffee, and fruit juice. Meals that are included on the itinerary will be a combination of food prepared by your crew, local restaurants, and the accommodation. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements or food allergies at time of booking. 

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Flights

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Arrival Information

You'll need to arrange your flight to arrive at Sydney International Airport (SYD) the day before your porgramme start date, due to the early start on day 1. Your tour finishes at approximately 5pm on day 14 of the itinerary, you'll need to arrange your flight home or onward travel from Cairns International Airport (CNS), but we recommend you book an extra nights' accommodation in Cairns following your trip to ensure you have time to take advantage of all the activities on offer.

To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.

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Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age for this trip is 18 years, the maximum is 39 years.

All visitors to Australia (except New Zealand residents) require a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter: these must be obtained before departing. If you're planning on taking paid work whilst in Australia, you'll need a Working Holiday Visa. Both types of visa application can be made online.

What Time Does The Trip Start And End?

The trip starts at 7am on day 1, with pick up from Sydney, and ends at approximately 5pm on day 14 in Cairns. We'd recommend arriving the day before your trip start date and departing the day after your trip end date, you can arrange extra nights of accommodation at the trip start point and end point.

How Much Spending Money Should I Bring With Me?

We recommend you allow 75AUD-100AUD per day for this trip to cover daily expenses including any meals or refreshments not included in the cost of the trip, optional activities, and souvenirs. If you're staying in Australia or travelling to other countries following your programme end date, please make sure you have sufficient funds in excess of your spending expectations – a pre-loaded cash card or low-interest credit card are both great ways to access money whilst abroad. If you plan to work while you're in Australia, or are staying for an extended period of time, you might be required to provide proof that you can support yourself financially, and you'll need to have at least 3,000AUD in your account.

How Many People Will Be In My Group?

There will be a maximum of 36 people in your group – perfect for making plenty of friends!

Will I Be Sharing My Room With Anyone Else?

Yes, your accommodation is provided on a multi share basis, numbers will vary depending on the type of accommodation, but you will always be placed with group members of the same sex. If you’re travelling with a friend, let us know when you book and we’ll make sure you stay in the same room.

Is There Anything I Need To Do Before I Travel?

Yes! If you'd like to go on the Great Barrier Reef day trip on day 13 (£90), you'll need to make sure you book and pay for this before you travel, to guarantee your place.

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