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highlights
  • Island hop by yacht through the Whitsunday Islands.
  • Zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island.
  • Sleep on the banks of the Noosa River
The East Coast Encompassed–Sydney to Cairns tour starts in Sydney and ends in Cairns. The East Coast Encompassed–Sydney to Cairns is a Photography Tour that takes 18 days taking you from Sydney to Cairns and through other destinations in Australia.

Rugged landscapes, crashing surf, and Indigenous culture stretching back through time and beyond — Australia’s East Coast possesses a truly otherworldly allure. This trip offers you a comprehensive, authentic, and wholly affordable experience in one of the country’s most popular regions. Raw thrills and refined pleasures abound out here. In the space of a few days, you’ll sample wines in the Hunter Valley, snorkel the Whitsundays, and catch a few waves. When people back home ask what you did on your trip, just tell ‘em: “Everything.”
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Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city.

If you arrive early enough, head down to the harbour's edge to 'The Rocks' historic area and the Opera House.
Accommodation
  • Wake Up - Sydney (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Optional Activities
  • The Rocks Neighbourhood Visit
    Set out and explore this historic colonial neighbourhood in the city centre. Bordered by the Sydney Harbour on one side, it is home to vibrant cafés and pubs, cobbled alleyways, and charming shops. Snap some shots of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, and get a feel for cosmopolitan Sydney.
  • Sydney Opera House Visit
    Free to view from the outside, basic tours or in-depth tours range in cost.
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
    Climb one of the most famous bridges in the world – the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Soak in amazing panoramic city views of Sydney at the top – a perfect photo opp and memory to take home with you!
Enjoy a free day to explore Sydney. Opt to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, hop on a jet boat ride through the harbour, or chill out at Bondi Beach.
Accommodation
  • Wake Up - Sydney (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Orientation Walk
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.0 hr
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Optional Activities
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
    Climb one of the most famous bridges in the world – the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Soak in amazing panoramic city views of Sydney at the top – a perfect photo opp and memory to take home with you!
  • Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach Coastal Walk
    Go for a walk along one of the most iconic trails in Australia. Pass by secluded beaches, massive cliffs, and more breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean than imaginable – all before arriving at the world-famous Bondi Beach. From May to December, keep a keen eye on the ocean to try and spot migrating humpback whales.
  • Sydney Opera House Visit
    Free to view from the outside, basic tours or in-depth tours range in cost.
  • Jet Boat Ride
    Bookings are recommended. The minimum height for children to ride is 1.2m (4 ft). Weatherproof clothing is provided for year round comfort.
Travel to the Hunter Valley for a wine tutorial before continuing on to Tamworth for a taste of Australian country living.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Tamworth YHA (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Wine Tutorial
    Duration : 0.45 hr - 1.0 hr
    Drive to the famous wine region of Hunter Valley for an included wine tutorial. With the guidance of a cellarmaster, learn how to taste wines for their sweetness, acidity and tannins. Train your nose to appreciate the delicate bouquet (or aroma) of the samples provided.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 2.0 hr - 3.0 hr
    Distance : 170 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.0 hr - 4.0 hr
    Distance : 240 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Travel over the Great Dividing Range to Yamba, a quaint beach town. Go for a swim at the beach, relax, and enjoy the view.
Continue north, visiting Raspberry Lookout and Boundary Falls in Gibraltar National Park en route. Once in Yamba, head to the beach for a swim.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Pacific Hotel (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 4.5 hr - 5.5 hr
    Distance : 360 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Swimming
    Grab your bathing suit and go for a refreshing swim.
Continue up the coast to Byron Bay, an alternative hippie paradise. Hit the beach and enjoy an included surf lesson.
After breakfast, travel the coastal road to the stunning surf and arts town of Byron Bay. Enjoy plenty of free time to experience the hippie surfing town. Options are abound — walk to the lighthouse (located on Australia's most easterly point) for a chance to see whales swimming off shore or hang ten with the locals after an included surfing lesson.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Wake Up! Byron Bay (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Surfing Lesson
    Duration : 3.0 hr
    Half-day activity. Rash vest and soft learn-to-surf longboards included. No experience required.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    Distance : 128 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Enjoy free time to hit the beach, get a massage, or try sea kayaking.
The free time is yours to explore. Walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out at the Byron Bay Brewery and people watch. Want to get your adrenaline pumping? Go skydiving, try sea kayaking, or go on a dolphin watch.
Accommodation
  • Wake Up! Byron Bay (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Skydiving
    A medical questionnaire is required to be filled out on arrival.
  • Yoga Class
    Bring your own towel.
  • Hinterland and Minyon Falls Tour
    Head inland to Nightcap National Park, a subtropical rainforest in part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, for a 2-hour guided walk through the rainforest to beautiful Minyon Falls. After a refreshing swim at the base of the 100m falls, visit the quaint town of Bangalow, the oldest town in the region and known for its historic storefronts. After perusing local shops and cafés, enjoy the drive back to Byron Bay, passing through historic towns and beautiful scenery. Locally sourced barbecue lunch included.
  • Whale Watching
    Enjoy a thrilling excursion on the water in search of the magnificent Humpback whales. Between June and November, they migrate north from their feeding grounds in Antarctica to breed and birth in the tropics. See the distinctive flukes (tails), and also look for dolphins, turtles and a variety of sea birds.
  • Cape Byron Lighthouse Visit
    Cape Byron Lighthouse is 3km (1.9 mi) northeast of Byron Bay. The popular white structure emits the most powerful light of all working lighthouses in the country, and it's also located at the most easterly point of the Australian continent. Head up to the top of the tower to scan the ocean for whales (the Southern Cross University's Whale Research Centre is located here).
  • Byron Bay Ocean Kayaking
    Slice through the waters of the iconic Byron Bay on this half-day kayaking adventure. Paddle past the most easterly point of the Australian mainland, see the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, and ride the waves into shore. On top of it all, keep a close eye for dolphins and whales (in season) who call these waters home. Epic? Definitely.
Travel north, and opt for a night out in Queensland's capital.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Base Brisbane Uptown (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 4.0 hr
    Distance : 288 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
    You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.
Set off to the Noosa Everglades for an evening surrounded by stunning wilderness.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation
  • Noosa Everglades (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Eco Cruise
    Relax on a cruise along the pristine Noosa River and into the dark, tranquil, mirrored waterways of the Noosa Everglades. Enjoy a delicious Aussie BBQ lunch at historic Harry’s Hut – a relic of the early timber cutting days. Explore, take a swim in the pristine waters, photograph the abundant wildlife, or simply relax in this unique natural environment.
  • Canoeing
    Get up close and personal with the Noosa Everglades. Enjoy approx 1.5 hours paddling through the mirrored waterways of the everglades, taking in the ancient landscapes, sub-tropical rainforest, and serenity of the area. Journey back to the base and enjoy a traditional lunch.
  • Noosa Everglades Overnight Excursion
    Stay at the edge of the stunning Noosa Everglades, one of only two everglade systems in the world. Take it easy and relax around the lake, or hike one of the nearby trails.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 2.0 hr - 3.0 hr
    Distance : 150 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Travel by private vehicle and ferry to reach Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. Explore the island by truck.
Once on the island, enjoy a 4x4 tour of Fraser Island, driving along over 100km of beach. Go for a swim in Lake McKenzie, and enjoy a rainforest walk along the way.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Fraser Island Beach Camp Eco Retreat (or similar)
Included Activity
  • 4x4 Excursion
    Embark on a private excursion taking in the highlights of this amazing island including Lake McKenzie and Pile Valley.
Transport
  • 22-seat 4x4 truck
    Duration : 1.25 hr
    Distance : 95 km
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.
  • Ferry
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Optional Activities
  • Fraser Island Flight
    The world's largest sand island is home to some of the most stunning landscapes. Keep your eyes peeled for Lake Mckenzie, Eli Creek, and maybe even a breaching whale (in season) as you soar above the island. On top of it all, take off and landing is directly on 75 Mile Beach – epic!
Enjoy a morning of exploring by 4x4 to hit the remainder of Fraser Island's highlights, before hopping an overnight train north to Airlie Beach.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Lunch
Included Activity
  • 4x4 Excursion
    Embark on a private excursion taking in the highlights of this amazing island including Lake McKenzie and Pile Valley.
Transport
  • Ferry
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.5 hr
    Distance : 115 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Overnight train (airplane seats)
    Duration : 12.0 hr - 14.0 hr
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.
Embark on a 3-day maxi yacht sailing adventure. Enjoy beach visits, island bush walks, and time to snorkel the reefs. Anchor off of secluded tropical islands at night.
After arriving in Airlie Beach, transfer to the marina and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands where you will drop anchor for the night.
Meal
  • Dinner
Accommodation
  • Whitsunday Islands Boat (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip, Day 1
    A safety briefing will be given prior to setting off towards the Whitsundays. All meals are provided while on board the maxi-yacht. There are beds beneath the deck in bunk bed style.
Transport
  • Maxi yacht
    Climb aboard a speedy racing yacht (and hang on to your hat).
Hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand, then enjoy free time on the famous beach. Anchor off of a secluded tropical island at night.
The sailing route today allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night.
Meal
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Whitsunday Islands Boat (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip, Day 2
    All meals are provided while on board the maxi-yacht. There are beds beneath the deck in bunk bed style.

    Mask and snorkels are included on board for use while snorkelling. (Note that fins are not provided in order to adhere with local coral conservation efforts.)
Transport
  • Maxi yacht
    Climb aboard a speedy racing yacht (and hang on to your hat).
Optional Activities
  • Whitsunday Islands Snorkelling
    Optional floatation device is provided to travellers for extra buoyancy.
Continue sailing through the gorgeous backdrop of the Whitsunday Islands. Sail to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night on the town.
After three days at sea, we sail back to Airlie Beach for a night on land in a local beach hostel. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Base Airlie Beach (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip, Day 3
    Mask and snorkels are included on board for use while snorkelling. (Note that fins are not provided in order to adhere with local coral conservation efforts.)
Transport
  • Maxi yacht
    Climb aboard a speedy racing yacht (and hang on to your hat).
Optional Activities
  • Whitsunday Islands Snorkelling
    Optional floatation device is provided to travellers for extra buoyancy.
Admire the scenery on the train north to Cairns.
Accommodation
  • Cairns Central YHA (or similar)
Transport
  • Local bus
    Duration : 0.75 hr - 1.0 hr
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
  • Train
    Duration : 10.0 hr - 11.0 hr
    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Enjoy a free day to visit the Great Barrier Reef or get the adrenaline pumping by whitewater rafting or bungee jumping. Cap it all off with a Big Night Out in Cairns.
Accommodation
  • Cairns Central YHA (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Big Night Out
    Whether it’s a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.
Optional Activities
  • Skydiving
    A medical questionnaire is required to be filled out on arrival.
  • Whitewater Rafting
    Put on a helmet, grab a paddle and raft the Class 3 & 4 rapids of the mighty Tully River, considered the best rafting river in all Australia & New Zealand.
  • Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling from Cairns
    Includes buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea, guided snorkel tour, snorkel equipment and tuition. Must be able to swim.
  • Great Barrier Reef Diving from Cairns
    Experience the largest coral reef in the world from beneath the ocean's surface on a scuba diving day trip. Packages vary and include 1, 2, or 3 dives in a day. The Great Barrier Reef teems with 1500 species of tropical fish, as well as whales, dolphins and porpoises. Bring an underwater camera and go crazy!
  • Bungee Jumping
    Leave your fears at home and prepare to have your breath taken away as you jump from 164ft. Now's the time to release your inner daredevil – what are you waiting for?
  • Minjin Swing
    Soar through the rainforest on the fastest jungle swing in the world. Suit up and be pulled to 150ft above the ground before flying over the canopy at a heart-racing, adrenaline-pumping 120km/hr. We can already hear your screams!
  • Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway
    Settle into a comfortable 6 seat gondola for a ride with a spectacular view along the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Pass over the canopy one of Australia's tropical rainforests, so close to the tree tops it's as if you could reach out and touch the leaves. After, ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway through a lush tropical paradise framed by rugged mountains, waterfalls and ravines back to Cairns. Travel on authentic timber carriages via hand-hewn tunnels and across towering bridges, through the awe-inspiring Barron Gorge. Experience the exotic beauty of North Queensland’s tropical rainforests, marvelling at the incredible array of plants and animals encountered all along the way.
Depart early and head north. Learn about the flora and fauna with local Aboriginals, before exploring Daintree National Park.
Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest.
Included Activity
  • Aboriginal Interpretive Walk
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    Take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest. Follow the Aboriginal guide and learn about bush food, medicinal plants and the lasting relationship of the Kuku Yalanji people with their natural environment. Find out how to make bush soap, watch an ochre painting demonstration and sample some bush tea.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.0 hr
    Distance : 140 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Daintree Rainforest Night Walk
    Once the sun goes down, grab a torch and head out into the jungle for a guided night walk. With your guide you'll spot various critters who call this region home. Keep your eyes peeled for sleeping bats, birds, lizards and spiders as you listen to the sounds of the rainforest at night.
  • Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
    You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.
Enjoy a free morning to further explore the rainforest or chill out poolside. Head towards Yungaburra in the Atherton Tablelands for the night, and enjoy additional free time to explore the area.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • On the Wallaby (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.5 hr
    Distance : 185 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Jungle Surfing
    See the Daintree Rainforest from the canopy top. This two hour tour will have you ziplining between six canopy platforms, with guides pointing out the different flora and fauna as you zip by. Channel your inner tree kangaroo as you hop from tree to tree, seeing the beauty of the world's oldest rainforest.
  • Cape Tribulation Horseback Riding
    Hop in the saddle and explore the rainforest on your trusty steed. Ride through lush canopy floors and crystal clear streams, ending up on the stunning Myall beach. Cap off this adventure by galloping through the ocean spray!
  • Daintree River Croc Cruise
    Cruise through the waterways of the Daintree Rainforest is search of crocodiles. Keep an eye out for exotic birds, tree-snakes and pythons while travelling through the mangroves – the wildlife here is abundant!
  • Night Wildlife Canoeing Tour
    Availability of this optional activity depends on what time the group arrives in Yungaburra.
Stop at Lake Eacham, a volcanic crater lake, before continuing on to visit some of the waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands, including Josephine Falls and the famous Millaa Millaa Falls. Later, go for a swim in the waters of Babinda Boulders before travelling back to Cairns where the tour ends upon arrival.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Included Activities
  • Lake Eacham Visit
    Lake Eacham is a volcanic crater lake, formed over 12,000 years ago. The lake is protected, with no motorized boats allowed, making the clear, tranquil waters perfect for a dip.
  • Babinda Boulders Visit
    The oddly shaped Babinda Boulders line a cool mountain stream, causing a beautiful cascade of clear water. An important site to the Bunna Binda aboriginals, take a swim and learn about the myth behind this sacred spot.
  • Millaa Millaa Falls Visit
    Stop for photos and a dip in the Millaa Millaa Falls. This stunning cascade has been the backdrop for a number of music videos and tv commercials - try your own hair flip and catch that perfect shot!
  • Departure Day (Activities)
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you require.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    Distance : 70 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Hostels (12 nts), cabin (1 nt), maxi yacht (2 nts), overnight train (1 nt), beach hostel (1 nt). All nights multi-share.
Meals
  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    Note: Allow USD440-575 for meals not included.
Transport
  • Train, maxi yacht, private vehicle, 4x4 vehicle, ferry
Staff & experts
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Included activities
  • Your Hands-On Moment: Wine Tutorial, Hunter Valley
  • Your Hands-On Moment: Surfing Lesson, Byron Bay
  • Your Discover Moment: Byron Bay
  • Your Discover Moment: Cairns
  • Your Big Night Out Moment: Cairns
  • Sydney orientation walk
  • Fraser Island 4x4 excursion
  • Entrance fees to Cooloola Recreation Area and Fraser Island in Great Sandy National Park
  • Noosa Everglades overnight experience
  • Noosa Everglades canoeing excursion
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion (3 days)
  • Whitehaven Beach visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Sydney and from Cairns are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this East Coast Encompassed–Sydney to Cairns tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 18 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 20 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Sydney, Australia/ Cairns, Australia
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Payment

A deposit of 250 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 61 days before departure. For any departures within 23 June 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The East Coast Encompassed–Sydney to Cairns tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this East Coast Encompassed–Sydney to Cairns tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Other Practical Information
  • 1. Travel Style : 18-to-ThirtysomethingsFast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.
  • 2. Service Level : BasicSimple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.
  • 3. Physical Grading : 3 - AverageSome tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • 4. Trip Type : Small GroupGroup trips average 12 travellers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip. Check individual trips for details.
CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this East Coast Encompassed–Sydney to Cairns tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.
Trip Details
  • Accommodation

    Hostels (12 nts), cabin (1 nt), maxi yacht (2 nts), overnight train (1 nt), beach hostel (1 nt). All nights multi-share.

  • Checklist

    Documents:
    • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
    • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
    • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
    • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
    • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

    Essentials:
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
    • Cash, credit and debit cards
    • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
    • Ear plugs
    • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
    • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
    • Fleece top/sweater
    • Footwear
    • Hat
    • Locks for bags
    • Long pants/jeans
    • Moneybelt
    • Outlet adapter
    • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Shirts/t-shirts
    • Sleepwear
    • Small travel towel
    • Sunglasses
    • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
    • Watch and alarm clock
    • Waterproof backpack cover
    • Windproof rain jacket

    Warm Weather:
    • Sandals/flip-flops
    • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
    • Sun hat/bandana
    • Swimwear

  • Group_leader

    Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

  • Group_size_notes

    Max 20, avg 16

  • Highlights

    Island hop by yacht through the Whitsunday Islands, zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island, sleep on the banks of the Noosa River

  • International_flights

    Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

  • Introduction

    Rugged landscapes, crashing surf, and Indigenous culture stretching back through time and beyond — Australia’s East Coast possesses a truly otherworldly allure. This trip offers you a comprehensive, authentic, and wholly affordable experience in one of the country’s most popular regions. Raw thrills and refined pleasures abound out here. In the space of a few days, you’ll sample wines in the Hunter Valley, snorkel the Whitsundays, and catch a few waves. When people back home ask what you did on your trip, just tell ‘em: “Everything.”

  • Meal_budget

    Allow USD440-575 for meals not included.

  • Meals_included

    11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

  • Minimum_age

    Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

  • Start_finish

    Sydney to Cairns

  • Transport

    Train, maxi yacht, private vehicle, 4x4 vehicle, ferry

  • Whats_included

    Your Hands-On Moment: Wine Tutorial, Hunter Valley
    Your Hands-On Moment: Surfing Lesson, Byron Bay
    Your Discover Moment: Byron Bay
    Your Discover Moment: Cairns
    Your Big Night Out Moment: Cairns. Sydney orientation walk. Fraser Island 4x4 excursion. Entrance fees to Cooloola Recreation Area and Fraser Island in Great Sandy National Park. Noosa Everglades overnight experience. Noosa Everglades canoeing excursion. Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion (3 days). Whitehaven Beach visit. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

  • Optional_activities

    The Rocks
    - The Rocks Neighbourhood Visit (Free)

    Sydney
    - Sydney Opera House Visit (37-165AUD per person)
    - Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
    - Jet Boat Ride (85AUD per person)

    Coogee Beach
    - Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach Coastal Walk

    Tamworth
    - Swimming

    Byron Bay
    - Skydiving (310-369AUD per person)
    - Whale Watching (89AUD per person)
    - Yoga Class (18AUD per person)
    - Hinterland and Minyon Falls Tour (139AUD per person)
    - Byron Bay Ocean Kayaking
    - Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

    Cape Byron
    - Cape Byron Lighthouse Visit (Free)

    Fraser Island
    - Fraser Island Flight (75AUD per person)

    Whitsunday Islands
    - Whitsunday Islands Snorkelling (Free)

    Cairns
    - Skydiving (310-400AUD per person)
    - Whitewater Rafting (138-210AUD per person)
    - Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway (111-124AUD per person)
    - Bungee Jumping (179AUD per person)
    - Minjin Swing (129AUD per person)

    Great Barrier Reef
    - Great Barrier Reef Diving from Cairns (245-289AUD per person)
    - Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling from Cairns (174AUD per person)

    Cape Tribulation
    - Daintree Rainforest Night Walk (45AUD per person)
    - Cape Tribulation Horseback Riding (110AUD per person)
    - Jungle Surfing (105AUD per person)

    Yungaburra
    - Daintree River Croc Cruise (27AUD per person)
    - Night Wildlife Canoeing Tour (40AUD per person)

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