Walking? Wilderness? Wildlife? Wine? Enjoy them all – along with pristine beaches and delicious food – on this active east coast adventure.

Explore Australia’s stunning east coast, taking in the iconic sights of Byron Bay, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef, as you make your way from continental Sydney to tropical Cairns. Sample wine and cheese in the Hunter Valley, get up close to koalas at an animal hospital, splash about in pristine swimming holes, and cruise around the picture-perfect islands of the Whitsundays.


Start
Sydney, Australia
Finish
Cairns, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer
Code
PVOSC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • Sleep well in a mix of hand picked 3, 4 star and boutique accommodation

  • Amazing inclusions such as a Whitsundays Cruise and day trip to Fraser Island

  • Delicious local food experiences such as a 'farm to plate' experience in beautiful Byron Bay

  • See the East Coast by private bus and plane as we travel over 4000km.

  • Visit the Great Barrier Reef on an included day cruise

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip covers around 2600km / 1615miles over 14 days. There are some long travelling days. (An included flight between Brisbane and Proserpine speeds things up)

  • The weather can change considerably between Sydney and Cairns. Please check out the weather info in this document and pack accordingly

  • This trip visits some amazing beaches along the way. Please consider your swimming competency before getting in the water.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Apr 2019 to 31 Mar 2020.
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G'day, Welcome to Australia. 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, where we meet this afternoon at 2pm in the lobby for a welcome meeting. Head out to to explore this historic area around the hotel and then onto dinner.
If you arrive into Sydney a few days early, check out the great range of Urban Adventures on offer.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Eat, Drink, Walk Sydney - Urban Adventure - AUD109
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
Please meet your guide in the lobby of the starting hotel at 2pm today.
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!). Continue to the beach side city of Newcastle, a friendly pub and hopefully an evening of live, local music.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hunter Valley wine, cheese, chocolate and organic vodka distillery tour
  • Wildlife Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
t's all about water today. After an amazing local breakfast, we hit
the scenic Lakes Way for a coastal walk and lookout climb.
Afterwards, we're off to Port Macquarie in time for a sunset cruise.
Keep an eagle eye out for local pods of dolphins.
Accommodation
  • Motel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Port Macquarie sunset cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
We start by meeting the volunteers at a local koala hospital. If you’re able to tear yourself away from the cuddly critters, you’ll be rewarded with a stop In Nambucca Heads to share in a unique and immersive Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal experience that will get you in touch with the traditional custodians of this land, lore and ancient cultural knowledge. We finish the day in true Aussie style in the Dorrigo National Park: at a traditional pub where you can relax, order some grub, have a few drinks and even play some pool
Accommodation
  • Pub (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dangar Falls
  • Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal experience
  • Koala Hospital - Port Macquaire
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
It’s off to Dangar Falls for a refreshing dip in its cascading waters. Dorrigo National Park, known for its lush, sub-tropical rainforest and waterfalls. Once dry, we’re headed to Byron Bay, a laid-back surf paradise with boundless coastline, sand and friendly locals. We will be paying a visit to the local lighthouse for a unique photo opportunity and the chance for the eagle-eyed to spot dolphins, whales, and other marine life. We’ll finish the afternoon by popping to an organic farm where we’ll pick and prepare a healthy dinner
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Byron Bay farm to plate organic dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Get up early or sleep late, sunrises are pretty ace at from Australia's most easterly point, but the choice is yours. 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. Otherwise take a stroll around town and check out what all the fuss is about. Today is the last full day of your trip before we head into QLD tomorrow after breakfast.
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.
Continue to Queensland's capital this morning. From Brisbane, travel to sun-kissed Noosa, visiting one of Australia’s top surf locations en route. Go koala-spotting in a national park, then head to a coastal lookout to take in a magnificent sunset over the Sunshine Coast hinterland. In the evening, relax and unwind, or perhaps head out on the town for some dinner and drinks.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
This is a combination trip, as such the make up of your group may change today in Brisbane.
Set off on a 4WD adventure on Fraser Island. This incredible slice of land is the largest sand island in the world, stretching some 123 kilometres down Queensland's southern coast. Visit some of the renowned lookout points – perhaps Indian Head or the Cathedrals – for incredible views. Take a dive into a crystal clear lake, and head out in search of that most iconic outback creature, the dingo. When it's all over, relax back at your accommodation or soak up some of Noosa's vibrant nightlife.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fraser Island 4WD day trip
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Transfer back to Brisbane before boarding a flight to Airlie Beach, the hub town of the magnificent Whitsundays. The day is yours to spend as you please – perhaps stroll around and explore, visit some local swimming spots for a refreshing dip, or while away the hours at a bar with a view of the shimmering blue water. If you're feeling active, chat to your leader for some ideas on optional activities, there are plenty to choose from.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Flight Brisbane to Airlie Beach
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today's flight departs approx. 1:40pm from Brisbane to Proserpine
After breakfast, take a leisurely day cruise through the postcard-perfect islands of the Whitsundays, including a stop at the famed Whitehaven beach. Words can’t do justice to the dazzling white sands, azure waters and densely verdant vegetation of this incredible corner of the world. Whitehaven is about as impressive as a beach can get! Get a closer look by snorkelling with colourful coral and an array of playful fish and turtles.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
A change of scenery today as we head through undulating cane fields to picturesque Mission Beach in a private vehicle. We’ll have the perfect day to enjoy paradise this afternoon with free time as we arrive onto crystal clear waters and stunning views. Grab a book, have a swim in the pool or just sit and enjoy the tropical bliss.

Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy breakfast in a local cafe before travelling into the wet tropics of Far North Queensland. Here you'll discover a magnificent plunge waterfall nestled in dense tropical rainforest en route to Atherton Tablelands. Take a dip in the cool water, then head to Lake Eacham, a crater lake with beautiful water. Also pay a visit to the massive, unique, heritage-listed ‘Curtain Fig Tree’. The day draws to a close in Cairns, one of Australia’s most lively tropical towns.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the highlights of any trip to Australia. Cruise over to this famous reef and enjoy some snorkelling and a marine conservation commentary. After an extraordinary day in this underwater world, brimming with amazing coral and dazzling tropical fish, freshen up at the hotel and enjoy a farewell dinner. It’s a chance to compare memories, swap stories, and say farewell to your travel companions.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Great Barrier Reef day cruise
Optional Activities
  • Beautiful Cairns: Hiking, Nature & Epic Views - Urban Adventure - AUD79
  • Cairns by Night - Urban Adventure - AUD90
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Trip ends after breakfast. Enquire about booking some extra nights in Cairns for further exploration of this tropical paradise.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

private bus, plane

Accommodation

Hotel (11 nights), Motel (1 night), Pub (1 night)

Included activities

  • Hunter Valley wine, cheese, chocolate and organic vodka distillery tour
  • Wildlife Park
  • Port Macquarie sunset cruise
  • Dangar Falls
  • Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal experience
  • Koala Hospital - Port Macquaire
  • Byron Bay farm to plate organic dinner
  • Fraser Island 4WD day trip
  • Flight Brisbane to Airlie Beach
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing
  • Great Barrier Reef day cruise

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Important notes

1. Day 1 is an arrival day. There is a joining meeting at 2pm today to meet your guide and group.
2. A single supplement is available for this trip and is applicable for all nights
3. As this is a combination trip, the composition of your group, may change on Day 7 in Brisbane.

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