Australia East Coast Adventure

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Group Size: Avg - 10-15

Trip code: AECA

Duration: 5-6 weeks

Guided group tour from Sydney to Cairns
Fantastic included activities
Swim in the Great Barrier Reef!

Australia’s East Coast is a truly spectacular part of the world, full of dreamy beaches, stunning islands and epic cities. Unlike many whistle-stop tours, this 5 week adventure from Sydney to Cairns travels at a steady pace, allowing you plenty of time to explore each of the stunning stop-offs on the route, including Byron Bay, Brisbane, Noosa, Airlie Beach, & more! You’ll also enjoy a huge range of awesome included activities, including a 2 night cruise around the Whitsundays, a surf lesson in Byron, a Fraser Island camping experience, and a snorkelling boat trip to the Great Barrier Reef! Plus, to supercharge your adventure you can book our 6 week option and enjoy extra time in and around Sydney! It’s the ultimate introduction to this backpacker paradise!

Trip highlights

  • Take in the best backpacker destinations on the Aussie East Coast, including Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane and Cairns
  • Spend 2 nights camping and exploring on Fraser Island
  • Sail around the gorgeous Whitsundays on a live-aboard maxi yacht!
  • Discover the dramatic Atherton Tablelands and the spectacular Great Barrier Reef!
  • Book the 6 week option and enjoy an extra week in and around Sydney before your tour begins. Includes a harbour cruise, a 2 day Bondi Beach escape, & more!
Further trip information

This trip has two options:

  1. 5-week itinerary (35 days)
  2. 6-week itinerary including Sydney intro week (43 days)

6-week Itinerary: 7-day Sydney Intro Week

The 5-week tour only includes 1 day in Sydney. If you fancy extending your time here, book our 6-week option and enjoy an additional 7 days in and around Sydney before your East Coast tour begins! Enjoy a city tour, a trip around Sydney harbour on board a private catamaran, a 2-day getaway on Bondi Beach, a Sydney bar crawl and a walk from Coogee to Bondi, one of the world’s most beautiful coastal walks. You also have the chance to join optional day trips to the spectacular Blue Mountains or to nearby Manly (extra cost).

On day 8, you’ll join the 5-week trip and follow the itinerary below.

Choose the 6-week option from the drop-down menu in the booking section to see trip dates and prices.

5-week Itinerary

Day 1: Sydney. If you book the 5-week option, your awesome East Coast adventure kicks off today in Sydney. Meet your guide and the rest of your group and head out into the city for a guided tour, taking in Sydney’s biggest and best sights. Then, board an overnight bus that’ll take you up the coast to Byron Bay.

Please note: You will meet the rest of your group and guide at around 11:30am this morning. Due to this early start time, we recommend you arrive into Australia the day before and book an extra night of accommodation in Sydney. An airport transfer is included. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information. If you have booked the 6-week tour, you will have today free and then meet the rest of the group at around 4:30pm for the welcome meal.

Day 2-5: Byron Bay. Spend your days here relaxing on the perfect golden beaches and cooling off in the gorgeous aquamarine waters. Enjoy an included surfing lesson, explore the coast, visit the Byron lighthouse, relax with a morning yoga session on the beach, and live the high life with a wine & cheese night!

Days 6-8: Surfers Paradise. This stunning city is legendary for its epic waves and buzzing nightlife. Put your new surfing skills to the test, or simply lay back and soak up the sun. After a few days of relaxing, swimming, surfing and partying, get together with the group for an Aussie tradition: a sausage sizzle and a couple of cold ones!

Days 9-10: Brisbane. Another day, another epic East Coast stop-off! Today, you’ll discover Brisbane, a glistening city of towering skyscrapers and vast rivers. Enjoy a guided tour of the city, and check out the man-made Streets Beach, the perfect place for a cooling dip on a hot day!

Days 11-12: Noosa. Get away from the skyscrapers as you venture into the lush landscapes of Noosa. Surrounded by thick green forests and stunning sandy shores, this east coast gem is simply gorgeous. Enjoy a hike along the coast, bask in beautiful panoramic views, or chill by the beach and watch an out-of-this-world sunset. Bliss.

Days 13-14: Rainbow Beach. This exquisite stretch of coast is pure paradise. Enjoy a hike along the beach and watch the sunset over Fraser Island (your next East Coast stop!). The next day, you’ll hit the waters on a dolphin spotting cruise! Keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful Australian Humpback- you’ll never forget an up-close encounter with these wonderful creatures!

Days 15-17: Fraser Island. Today, you’ll leave the mainland behind and transfer across to beautiful Fraser Island. On the island, you’ll drive across the sand in a 4x4, stopping off for a swim in the crystal-clear waters of Lake McKenzie, and taking a dip in the incredible champagne pools. You’ll also enjoy the views from the Indian Heads Lookout before making camp on the beach with your group, and watching the stars appear overhead.

Days 18-20: Town of 1770. Discover the sleepy town of 1770, with its untouched beaches and beautiful sea-views. Your days here are an opportunity to relax and unwind. You’ll enjoy a traditional Aussie campfire (perfect for toasting marshmallows), sunbathe and splash by the pool, and wander the coastal trails. On day 20, you’ll board an overnight bus to Airlie Beach.

Days 21-23: Whitsunday Islands Cruise. Arrive into Airlie Beach this morning and enjoy a refreshing swim in the harbour-front lagoon. The next morning, you’ll board a spectacular sailing yacht and cruise around the dreamy Whitsunday Islands. Your yacht will take you past stunning islands and beaches, stopping off for snorkelling and swimming in some gorgeous surroundings. This is the ultimate in relaxation and adventure!

Days 24-25: Airlie Beach. Enjoy a post-island party night with your group and explore the gorgeous national park that surrounds Airlie Beach. If you want to max out on adventure, opt to see the Whitsundays from above in a helicopter (extra cost)!

Days 26-28: Magnetic Island. See some famous Aussie critters up close today as you explore Magnetic Island. Discover wild koalas and wallabies in their natural habitats, wander the island and enjoy its beautiful beaches. Snorkel in the shallows, enjoy a guided Forts Walk that takes in some of the best viewpoints on the Island, and relax at your accommodation.

Days 29-30: Mission Beach. Your penultimate stop is Mission Beach, a tropical paradise where golden sands and green palm trees fringe an ever-perfect blue sea. While here, you’ll explore the neighbouring National Park, home to the Djiru Aboriginal people. Wander the lush hiking trails and drink in the stunning natural views.

Days 31-35: Cairns. The final stop on this epic East Coast Tour! You’ll spend 5 full days here to make the most of this fantastic backpacker destination. Enjoy awesome included activities, including a day-trip to the dramatic Atherton Tablelands, and a snorkelling boat trip to the Great Barrier Reef, where you can see turtles, stingrays, nemo fish and more!  Your final two days are a chance to relax, sunbathe, party and enjoy your final moments on this epic tour.

Day 36: Tour ends. Your tour ends this morning in Cairns! Say goodbye to your group and guide and either head to the airport or stick around for more independent travel adventures!

Please note that itineraries are subject to change.

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