Sydney to Cairns Experience
21 days from £1,679 (was £1,729)
- Learn how to surf in Surfers Paradise
- Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
- Visit the iconic Australia Zoo
- Set sail around the dazzling Whitsunday Islands
- Discover K'gari in a 4x4
Fly out to the East Coast of Australia for 21 fantastic days of adventures. Cruise around in a 4x4 on K'gari (formerly known as Fraser Island) and experience the boho atmosphere of Surfers Paradise and Byron Bay. Swim with sea turtles and stingrays in the famous Great Barrier Reef and set sail around the incredibly beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Make lifelong friends, enjoy a jam-packed itinerary and hit the bar scene of bustling Brisbane. This is a once in a lifetime trip you will never forget! Australia is waiting for you!
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Day 1: G’day Australia – Arrive in Sydney this morning to meet your group, and head out on a walking tour to explore the city! See the famous Opera House and Harbor Bridge, before heading towards the laid back surfer town of Byron Bay.
Day 2-3: Byron Bay - Fall in love with the bohemian vibes of Byron Bay. Kayak through a beautiful ocean Marine Park, bike along the coast, watch the sunrise from Australia’s most easterly point and relax on the stunning beaches!
Day 4: Surfers Paradise - Experience jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Gold Coast in Surfers Paradise. Enjoy a fun surf lesson and embrace the true Aussie lifestyle, before diving into the area’s famously lively nightlife with your group.
Day 5-6: Brisbane - Visit man-made city lagoons in bustling Brisbane’s Southbank entertainment area. Head to the world-famous Australia Zoo with your group, and get up close to kangaroos, koalas, wombats and more!
Day 7: Rainbow Beach - Stop by the gateway to K'gari (formerly known as Fraser Island)! Relax on the shimmering sands and see if you can spot wild whales swimming around in the gorgeous Australian sea (seasonal).
Day 8-10: K'gari – Head over to the world’s largest sand island, K'gari! Explore lush rainforests, crystal clear lakes and white sanded beaches by 4x4 with your group!
Day 11: Town of 1770 – Continue your journey up the coast to the Town of 1770, where we’ll stay for the night. Spend the afternoon with the group exploring the stunning coastline and amazing landscapes.
Day 12-13: Airlie Beach – Travel on to Airlie Beach, gateway to the incredible Whitsunday islands. Spend some time relaxing by the local lagoon, pick up some supplies for your Whitsunday adventure, and check out the town’s lively nightlife.
Day 14-16: Whitsunday Islands – Travel to Airlie Beach, where you’ll board your own boat to sail the idyllic Whitsunday Islands. Spend 3 days aboard, floating through paradise, including stopping to explore the famous shifting white sands of Whitehaven Beach.
Day 16-17: Airlie Beach – Head back to mainland, as you soak up the Australian sun and take a blissful stroll around the local shops and restaurants lined with palm trees. Then experience some of the best bars and nightlife later in the day with your group.
Day 18-20: Cairns – Arrive in Australia’s adventure capital Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Head out to explore the reef on a snorkeling trip (keep an eye out for turtles!), before one last night out with your group in tropical Cairn’s buzzing bars.
Day 21: Goodbye Australia - Bid a farewell to your group today, as your Australian adventures come to end. Depart at any time.
Want longer in Australia?
If you wanted more time to soak up the amazing East Coast of Australia, then check out the Australia East Coast Experience! It's 5 or 6 weeks of travelling from Sydney to Cairns, including cruising Sydney harbour, spotting koalas on Magnetic Island, relaxing on Mission Beach, as well as still including all the best bits of the Sydney to Cairns Experience!
- Arrival airport transfer
- All transport from Sydney to Cairns
- 20 nights of accommodation
- Trip guide
- Walking tour in Sydney
- Sailing experience around the Whitsunday Islands
- Camping experience on Fraser Island
- 6 dinners, 4 lunches & 4 breakfasts
- Dolphin kayaking
- Walking tour of Brisbane
- 4x4 experience on K'gari
- Sunrise expereince at Byron Bay Lighthouse
- Australia Zoo visit
- Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling
- Surf lesson in Surfers Paradise
- 24 hour emergency support
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Some meals and drinks
- Optional activities
- Local K'gari and Barrier Reef taxes (approx $20 each - subject to change)
- Return airport transfer
20 nights of accommodation are included. You will stay for 13 nights in shared backpacker hostels all on the East Coast of Australia including a resort and a beachfront hostel. 3 nights will be spent on an overnight bus, 2 nights sailing around the Whitsunday Islands and 2 nights camping on K'gari. Private room upgrades are available for an extra cost. Please contact us to find out more.
The majority of the journeys on the tour will be by coach. The coaches used are modern and comfortable, with USB sockets, wifi (connection dependant) and reclining seats.
The overnight coaches also have even more legroom (more than most airlines!), as well as reclining seats, so you'll get a great nights sleep.
6 dinners, 4 lunches and 4 breakfasts are included on this trip. All additional meals, snacks and drinks will need to be purchased yourself.
You must be at Wake Up Hostel to meet your guide at 1pm on Day 1 of the itinerary, so if you cannot find flights to get you in on time you should arrive the day before the trip start date and arrange an extra night. If you need any assistance with this, your personal travel advisor can book you an additional nights accommodation so you’re already rested in Sydney before the early start the next day. Please contact us for more information about the cost of extra nights.
The trip ends on day 21 in Cairns and you can depart at any time from Cairns Airport.
The minimum age to join this trip is 18. This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-35 years old.
All visitors to Australia (excepting those from New Zealand) will require a visa or e-visa/ETA to enter. These must be applied for before departure, and if you’re planning on working in Australia whilst you’re out there you’ll need a Working Holiday Visa. If you are just heading to Australia for fun however, an ETA will suffice. Both visas can be applied for online.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.