East Coast Tour Sydney to Cairns
14 days from £1,699 (was £1,999)
- 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
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: 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 before heading to Brisbane to enjoy a night out in the evening.
Day 5: Brisbane to Fraser Island
Today we’ll get travel from Brisbane and 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
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: Whitsunday Islands
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: Whitsunday Islands & 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: 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.
2018 Itinerary: The above itinerary is for travellers departing from April 2019 onwards. If you are travelling before April 2019 you will follow a slightly different itinerary. Please download the trip notes for more information.
- 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
- Airport transfers
- Travel insurance
- Some meals
- Some national park entry fees
- Optional activities
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.
To get a flight quote simply use the form below, or contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037.
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You'll need to arrange your flight to arrive at Sydney International Airport (SYD) the day before your programme 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]realflights.co.uk. 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.
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.