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
Country
Australia
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer
Code
PVOS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 4, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Four star twin share accommodation, amazing inclusions such as a Whitsundays Cruise and day trip to Fraser Island

  • Amazing 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

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

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 Dorrigo National Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Splash about in Dangar Falls, then head to the laid-back surfer hub of Byron Bay. Visit the local lighthouse for photos, and keep your eyes open for a chance to spot dolphins and whales frolicking off the coast.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
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. Visit an organic farm, where we’ll pick our own veggies and herbs for a healthy lunch, then the rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Byron Bay farm to plate organic lunch experience
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 for the 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 the famous Whitehaven Beach, then snorkel amid coral and colourful fish, or just kick back on the boat.
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.

Meals

10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Bus, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel (13 nights)

Included activities

  • Sydney city sights tour
  • Hunter Valley wine, cheese, chocolate and organic vodka distillery tour
  • Port Macquarie sunset cruise
  • Koala Hospital Dorrigo National Park
  • Byron Bay farm to plate organic lunch experience
  • Fraser Island 4WD day trip
  • Flight Brisbane to Airlie Beach
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing
  • Tully Indigenous Experience
  • Great Barrier Reef day cruise

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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

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