This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Apr 2017 to 31 Mar 2018.
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Overview & Itinerary


Start
Sydney, Australia
Finish
Cairns, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer
Code
PVOS
Trip rating
4.38
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 4, Max 16
Validity
01 Apr 2017 to 31 Mar 2018

Map of Australia's East Coast Encompassed, Sydney to Cairns including Australia

Physical rating

Joining point

Macleay Hotel
28 MacLeay St
Elizabeth Bay
Sydney
New South Wales
2011
AUSTRALIA
Phone: 02 93577755

Joining point description

The Macleay Hotel is a small 126 room hotel with free wi-fi, an outdoor pool and BBQ area. Check in time is approx. 2pm The hotel is located in Potts Point, Sydney and is a short walk to Kings Cross station that allows access to Sydney's extensive train network.

Joining point instructions

Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport is located approx 12km's / 7.5mi) to Potts Point.

Trains take around 20 mins and run every 10 mins in peak time. For further information on timetables and fares please visit
https://www.airportlink.com.au/

The closest station to Potts Point is Kings Cross. At Central station change to platform 24 for trains to Kings Cross)
Taxi's and ride share are both available. Taxi's cost between $A45-$A60 to Potts Point and are available from several ranks outside arrivals throughout the airport. Ride Share can be organised through their particular app and met at the priority parking point.
Sydney Buses, private shuttle buses and rental cars are all available at the airport.

Central Station is Sydney's land transport hub. Located at the southern end of the city, Central is well serviced by Sydney Buses, Light Rail, Long distance coaches and Sydney Trains.
Kings Cross is only a few stops from Central. For Sydney transport information please see https://transportnsw.info/#/

Problems and emergency contact information

EAST COAST: ALL general enquiry must be directed to our Reservations team on 1300 654 604. In the case of a GENUINE EMERGENCY, or concerns about a missed pick-up on the DAY OF DEPARTURE ONLY please contact our Operations Manager in Cairns. If your call does NOT warrant an emergency situation you will be asked to call our Reservations team in business hours.’

Intrepid Emergency contact: +61 (0) 474 229 435

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 at reception and relax. We meet this evening at 6pm in the lobby for a welcome meeting before heading out to dinner.

If you arrive early or are stuck on things to do in Sydney, check out our great range of Urban Adventures.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • In Focus: Tastes of Chinatown - Urban Adventure - AUD99
  • Eat, Drink, Walk Sydney - Urban Adventure - AUD55
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Get up bright and early to hit up a local café for breakfast. After 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, relax or head out for a taste of 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!). Visit Newcastle for an evening of live music.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hunter Valley wine, cheese, chocolate and organic vodka distillery tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
After breakfast, hit Lakes Way for a coastal walk, then climb up to the lookout for exceptional views across the water. In your free time, perhaps stretch out on the beach (don’t forget the sunscreen) or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, hire a stand-up paddleboard or kayak, or just enjoy a swim. In the afternoon, continue on to Port Macquarie for a sunset cruise.
Accommodation
  • Motor Inn (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. Visit an organic farm, where we’ll pick our own veggies and herbs for a healthy lunch. Head to Cape Byron lighthouse for photos, and keep your eyes open for a chance to spot dolphins and whales frolicking off the coast.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Byron Bay farm to plate organic lunch experience
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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. The day is yours to enjoy.
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.
Cross the border into Queensland and head to Noosa, one of Australia’s top surf spots and home to some of the country’s best beaches. Walk through the national park before hitting up Noosa’s vibrant nightlife or taking it easy at your hotel. Decisions, decisions…
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Explore the world’s largest sand island by 4WD! Swim, walk and play in this wild wonderland, before heading back to Noosa this evening.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fraser Island 4WD day trip
Meals Included
  • Lunch
We head back to Brisbane airport for the flight to Airlie Beach, the jump off point to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. When we arrive, enjoy free time exploring, swimming, or relaxing with a cool drink in a local bar.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Flight Brisbane to Airlie Beach
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Keep your camera at the ready as we hit the water on a leisurely day cruise around the perfect islands of the Whitsundays. Stop at world famous Whitehaven Beach, then snorkel amid coral and colourful fish, or just kick back on the boat.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
A change of scenery today as we head through undulating cane fields to historic Tully. We'll meet an Aboriginal family who'll escort us to a secluded swimming hole in the rainforest. You'll also get the chance to try your hand at Aboriginal art, as we are guided by local Jirrbal Aboriginal Artists on traditional techniques after a tour of the Ingan Cultural Centre. We finish the session with a candid discussion on Aboriginal culture, history and contemporary life for Indigenous people in Australia, followed by a delicious BBQ.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tully Indigenous Experience
Meals Included
  • Dinner
After breakfast in a local café, travel into the wet, steamy tropics of FNQ. Take a refreshing dip in a waterfall before heading to Lake Eacham, a crystal-clear crater lake. Visit the massive ‘Curtain Fig Tree’, then continue on to Cairns.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
A trip to Australia isn’t complete without a visit to the Great Barrier Reef! Cruise around the reef, go snorkelling and learn about the efforts being made to conserve this incredible world wonder. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your travelling companions in Cairns. If you've got extra time maybe book some additional accommodation and stay on a few days in Cairns, there's plenty to do.

Included Activities
  • Great Barrier Reef day cruise
Optional Activities
  • Cairns by Night - Urban Adventure - AUD90
  • Beautiful Cairns: Hiking, Nature & Epic Views - Urban Adventure - AUD79
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
No accommodation is included tonight but can be booked at an additional cost. Speak to your travel provider.

Finishing point

The Pacific Hotel
43 Esplanade, Cairns City
Cairns City
Cairns
Queensland
4870
AUSTRALIA

Itinerary disclaimer

Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com

Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.

Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.

http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/

Essential Trip Information

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

Passport and visas

All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia. Failure to do so means you may not be allowed to board your flight to Australia. Most nationalities can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority via the internet before arrival. Please check the following website or with your relevant Australian visa issuing office for your nationalities requirements. http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/

Medical and health information

MEDICAL CONDITIONS:
Please note this tour operates in remote regions and as such medical facilities may be difficult to access. If you have any medical conditions or take any form of medication please provide full details & nature of condition. Please provide details of medication taken.

Food and dietary requirements

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:
Passengers with special dietary requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to the start of the trip and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing Darwin. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips, food is basic but plentiful. We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:

No Pork (Ham alternative provided)
No Dairy (soy milk provided)
Vegetarian (additional veg and veg burgers provided)
Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided)
Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided)

*Unfortunately religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce are generally unable to be catered for on these remote trips.

Accommodation

Hotel (13 nights)

This is an Original level trip and consistes of a combination of hotels, private apartments and unique traditional Australian pub accommodation. All locations will have private ensuite bathrooms and linen and towels are supplied. Passengers travelling solo will be paired with another person of the same gender. A single supplement is also available for those wishing to have privacy throughout the trip.

Where our hotel of preference is not available, we will arrange to stay at another of similar Original level standard.

Transport

Bus, Plane

DRIVING DISTANCES IN AUSTRALIA

Australia is a BIG country! In fact, the whole of Europe fits into Australia with plenty of room to spare. Australia has a total land area of 7,706,168 sq km, and the coastline spans a massive 15,049km.

Here in Australia we're used to driving long distances on holiday, but you may not be. Take for example, our 10 day Perth to Broome trip will see you travelling about the length of Portugal. Driving from Alice Springs to Darwin is about the length of the UK, and our 10 day Perth to Adelaide trip is about the same distance from Spain to Poland. Yep, it's a big country! However, that's why we think seeing Australia from the ground is better. We live in a country that has it all; stunning coastline and beaches, the outback, tropical rainforests, and some seriously amazing landscapes and wildlife. Whilst you may spend some days in the vehicle a little longer than others getting to the next destination, we think it's worth it!

Money matters

The Australian Dollar (A$) is the currency of Australia. 

Credit and debit cards are readily accepted just about everywhere in Australia. Occasionally there may be a minimum spend for both in smaller shops. You can usually withdraw money from shops where EFTPOS is available. Automatic teller machines (ATMs) are common across Australia. ATM's may be limited in remote areas and your leader will advise you when to withdraw extra cash. 

Credit cards in Australia require a pin number rather than a signature and may have a small surcharge for purchases.

Tipping is not expected but appreciated. 

Packing

LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS:
Please note there is a domestic flight included on this itinerary. The domestic travel luggage limit in Australia is 23kg checked luggage plus 7kg carry on.

Safety

HYDRATION:
Daytime temperatures can be extreme from Oct to March with temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius. Please bring a large refillable water bottle. We strongly recommend the use of dehydration salts and sports drinks as a way to combat dehydration during times of extreme heat.

BEACH SAFETY:
Rip currents are the leading surf hazard for all beach users. They can occur at any beach, and can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea. Rip currents are responsible for around 15,000 beach rescues and up to 120 people being drowned each year in Australia (source: Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA).

To enjoy Australia's beaches safely, take the following simple precautions:

* Always swim between the red and yellow flags, as these indicate it is a supervised location where a lifesaving service is currently on duty.
* Do not swim at unsupervised locations.
* Observe and obey safety signage, which indicates current and typical hazards for that location.
* Ask a lifeguard or lifesaver for advice on conditions; they are there to make your experience safer and more enjoyable.
* Always swim with a friend; never swim alone.
* If you get into trouble, stay calm and signal for help by calling and waving your arm above your head.

Be aware of your own limitations in terms of your physical health and your swimming ability in the given conditions. Never swim while, or after, consuming alcohol.

The Australian Tourism site has some great tips for staying safe in Australia

https://www.australia.com/en-my/planning/health-safety.html

You can also contact us directly at https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/contact-us/safety if you have any concerns about safety on your trip.

Travelling on a group trip

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.

Travel Insurance

Australians are not required to be covered for hospital care due to being covered by Medicare. However we strongly recommend that Australians have a domestic travel insurance policy which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. It is also strongly advisable that Australians have current ambulance cover in the case of emergency evacuation or incidents requiring ambulance transportation.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all international travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover. We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects. You must provide proof of your travel insurance on the first day of your trip; you will not be able to join the trip without it. If you obtain travel insurance through us you acknowledge that you are satisfied with the level of insurance we have arranged.

Responsible Travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.

http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

The Intrepid Foundation

Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.

The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website: