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Group Size: Max 30 

Trip code: CTBO

Duration: 25 Days

East Coast and Northern Territory
Whitsundays Sailing
Unique Uluru Visit

See the diversity of Australia, from the buzzing cities of Sydney and Cairns, to the rural outback of Darwin and Uluru. Visit East Coasts' sandy beaches, catch some waves and sail the unmissable Whitsunday Islands on a converted racing yacht. Hop in the crystal clear waters to meet the intricate ecosystems and spectacular coral down below. Adventure to the Northern Territory to see dramatic sights, hike famed national parks and learn about aboriginal history and traditions. Spend time adventuring Uluru’s unforgettable landscapes. Meet like minded backpackers as you get ticking your bucket list down under! 

Trip highlights

  • Take a surf lesson in vibrant Byron Bay
  • Spend 2 nights in an Eco-Camp with kangaroos as your neighbours in Noosa Everglades
  • Day trip to K’gari (Fraser Island)
  • Sailing trip and overnight stay on a yacht in the Whitsundays
  • A unique experience, learning about aboriginal culture, at Kakadu National Park
  • Hike Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park 
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What's included
  • 24 nights of accommodation
  • Essential on trip transport
  • 18 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Experienced group leader
  • Local expert guides
  • Blue Mountains trip
  • Sydney Walking tour
  • Surf lesson in Byron Bay
  • Flight from Sydney to Byron Bay
  •  Hosanna Farm Trip
  • K’gari (Fraser Island) day trip
  • Flight from Brisbane to Airlie Beach
  • The Whitsundays overnight sailing trip
  • Whitehaven beach visit
  • Bungalow Bay Koala Village breakfast
  • Bush Food tutorial and dinner
  • Daintree Rainforest day trip
  • Aboriginal art lesson
  • Flight from Cairns to Darwin
  • Darwin tour
  • Cultural tour with Pudakul at Kakadu National Park
  • Ubirr Lookout hike 
  • Edith Falls visit
  • Litchfield National Park visit
  • Flight from Darwin to Alice Springs
  • Kata Tjuta hike
  • Garden of Eden, Kings Canyon walk 
  • 24/7 support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Optional Activities
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Some meals, snacks and drinks
  • Airport transfers 
Further trip information

Day 1: Sydney. Start your trip in iconic Sydney! Meet your group and trip leader before your first taste of Aussie nature, the Blue Mountains. Spend the evening with drinks in Sydney’s unique nightlife.

Day 2: Sydney. Enjoy a walking tour of Sydney to see the best of the city, snapping pics of the Opera House and Royal Botanic Gardens. Soak up the spectacular Bondi Beach’s golden sands and spend your day exploring the city.

Day 3: Sydney. You’ll be spoilt for choice with how to spend your free day today. Speed around the harbour on a jet boat ride or meet protected Sumatran Tigers, Chimps and, of course, Kangaroos and Koalas in Taronga Zoo. Try out the city’s delicious food with dinner in buzzing restaurants.

Day 4: Sydney to Byron Bay. Take a short flight over to surfers paradise, Byron Bay, where you’ll take a lesson on how to ride the waves.

Day 5: Byron Bay. Time to test out your new surfing skills today and kick back on the sunny beaches. Take a trip up to Byron Bay lighthouse or try out some sea sports with Kayaking.

Day 6: Byron Bay to Noosa Everglades via Stokers Siding. Stop to meet some farm animals before we head to Noosa Everglades and feast on a lovely dinner with the group. We’ll be spending the night in an eco lodge tonight, chilling by the campfire and snoozing in ancient rainforests.

Day 7: Noosa Everglades (Fraser Island Day Trip). Say g’day to your kangaroo neighbours and head to K’gari, formerly known as Fraser Island, for a day exploring the sand dunes, tranquil Lake Mackenzie and refreshing lunch.

Day 8: Noosa Everglades to Airlie Beach. After a quick flight over tropical landscapes as we head to Airlie Beach, adventure the backpacker haven of Airlie Beach.

Day 9: Airlie Beach. Hop aboard a converted racing yacht for 2  memorable days sailing around the paradise of the Whitsundays, snorkelling with almost 9,000 unique creatures and soaking up the perfect vibes on deck.

Day 10: The Whitsundays. Cruise around paradise on earth, feast on fresh meals and cool down in the sea. Take a trip to heavenly Whitehaven beach, strolling on soft sand with beautiful views.

Day 11: Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island. Breathe in the fresh ocean air as we dock up in Airlie Beach. Make sure you’ve got your camera to hand as we take a scenic train ride to Townsville, to then head to Magnetic Island, right in time for a picturesque sunset.

Day 12: Magnetic Island. Enjoy the most important meal of the day whilst making best friends with adorable koalas. Magnetic Island is the perfect place for a hike, spotting WWII fortifications, dramatic views and cheeky Rock Wallabies.

Day 13: Magnetic Island to Cairns. Arrive in Cairns for a unique dinner experience. An expert chef will teach us about Bush food, how to make it, before feasting on the native game.

Day 14: Cairns. Today will be full of unique experiences as we take a day trip to Daintree Rainforest. Get to know local Kuku people, keen to teach you about their culture and history, as you take a traditional art lesson with an aboriginal artist.

Day 15: Cairns. Time for tranquil waters, gorgeous ecosystems and brilliant coral on an optional Great Barrier Reef Cruise on a catamaran. Take a dip in the turquoise ocean for a once in a lifetime scuba diving experience!

Day 16: Cairns. Cairns is famous for its awesome activities, so why not try a couple? Jump from the AJ Hackett Bungy Tower, fly into the sky with a spectacular Cairns Skydive, or white water raft down the Barron River. Dance with a few drinks in Cairns buzzing clubs in the evening.

Day 17: Cairns to Darwin. Fly over to Darwin for crocs, national parks and a special Cullen Bay sunset.

Day 18: Darwin to Kakadu National Park. Explore the city with a fascinating tour before we soak up the culture of Kakadu National Park. Immerse yourself as you learn about local Aboriginal traditions and hike up to the captivating Ubirr Lookout.

Day 19: Kakadu National Park. See aboriginal art, snap pics of unmatched scenery and discover the prehistoric Nourlangie Rocks!

Day 20: Kakadu National Park to Katherine Gorge. Kick off your morning with a cooling swim in Edith Falls. Adventure over to stunning National Park, Katherine Gorge, famed for its unique beauty.

Day 21: Katherine Gorge to Darwin. One natural wonder to another, Litchfield National park offers two cascading waterfalls, with water holes you won’t be able to resist. End the day back in Darwin.

Day 22: Darwin to Uluru. A trip to the outback would not be complete without visiting breathtaking Uluru! We’ll take a flight over from Darwin and settle into our chilled lodge for the night.

Day 23. Uluru. Wake up early for an instagrammable sunrise over Uluru! Trek to sacred Kata Tjuta for mountainous boulders and colour-changing domes. What would be a better way to see the landscape than with a thrilling Segway tour?

Day 24. Uluru. Treat your taste buds this morning with a huge BBQ breakfast! Take a day trip to Kings Canyon, discovering diverse ecosystems. Cheers to an amazing trip with a cold beer and a goodbye dinner!

Day 25. Uluru. Choose to end a stunning trip with a stunning sunrise camel ride. Wave goodbye, we’ll see you soon!

Please note that all activities, inclusions and itineraries are subject to change.

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Arrival information

You need to arrive at the starting hostel in Sydney the day before your trip begins.  Please contact a travel adviser for more information about booking an extra night in the starting accommodation before the trip begins. 

Your trip ends in Uluru on day 25. 

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation

This trip includes 24 days of accommodation. This includes 12 nights in hostels, 5 in hotels, 3 in lodges, 2 in an eco-camp and 2 nights on a converted racing yacht whilst exploring The Whitsundays. Accommodation will typically be multi-shared rooms. Please see below for an example of accommodation you may stay in. All accommodation is subject to change.

  • Wake Up! Sydney 
  • Wake Up! Byron Bay 
  • Habitat Noosa 
  • Base Backpackers 
  • Gilligans
  • The Cavenagh Hotel 
  • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel 
  • Contour Hotel Katherine 
  • Lodge in the Yulara Township 

Meals

This trip includes 18 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 9 dinners. All other meals you will need to purchase yourself, providing a great opportunity to adventure out into local towns and markets and try local foods. 

Minimum age & eligibility

The minimum age to join this trip is 18. This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-35 years old.

All visitors to Australia (excepting those from New Zealand) will require a visa or e-visa/ETA to enter. These must be applied for before departure, and if you’re planning on working in Australia whilst you’re out here you’ll need a Working Holiday Visa. If you are just heading to Australia for fun however, an ETA will suffice. Both visas can be applied for online. Please feel free to contact us if you need any more information.

Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Healthcare
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.