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East Coast Explorer

Semi-guided adventure on Australia's most famous stretch of coast

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Group Size: Max 24 

Trip code: WTTA

Duration: 30 or 38 days

Semi-guided trip style
App-based travel guide
Sydney add on
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Want to explore Australia’s East Coast but can’t decide between the support of a group tour and the freedom of independent travel? This semi-guided trip is the best of both worlds! Spend the first 5 days of your adventure with our experienced group leader, who’ll get you off to the perfect start before you travel up the coast with your new mates. You’ll have an app-based travel guide to follow, and you’ll meet other guides on all our included activities on the way.  We hit the biggest highlights of the East Coast, from chilled-out Byron Bay and the gorgeous Gold Coast to Noosa National Park, K’gari, and Cairns. With tons of included activities from boat trips and wine-tasting to a sunset kayak sesh, it’s a great way to experience the best of Queensland and New South Wales without breaking the bank. If you’ve got a Working Holiday Visa, why not bolt on our 8-day Sydney work and travel tour for an extra week of fun, including 2 days in our awesome surf camp, and job and travel sessions to set you up with everything you need to start your new life in Australia? 

Trip Highlights

  • Take a 60-minute flight over the jewel-like Whitsunday Islands and a boat trip to the sparkling sands of Whitehaven Beach
  • Spend 3 days exploring stunning K’gari by 4WD, swimming in freshwater lakes, exploring shipwrecks, and camping under the stars
  • Take a boat trip and canoe on the Noosa Everglades, one of the world’s only Everglades National Parks
  • Spend a day on the one-and-only Great Barrier Reef, snorkelling with Nemo, sea turtles, and thousands of colourful tropical fish
  • Top up your trip with our 8-day Sydney add-on for a week of adventures in the city, 2 days in our awesome surf camp, and a series of comprehensive job and travel sessions 
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What's included
  • 29 nights' accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners
  • Meet and greet session
  • Secret Sydney activity
  • Welcome meal
  • Yoga in Byron Bay
  • Lighthouse walk Byron Bay
  • Byron Bay dinner
  • Night out in Byron Bay
  • Sunset kayaking Byron
  • Beach time Surfers Paradise
  • Mount Tamborine National Park day trip
  • Wine tasting
  • Waterfall swimming
  • Glow-worms
  • Noosa National Park
  • Fairy Pools
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Wildlife Spotting at Habitat Noosa
  • Boat trip and canoe in Everglades National Park
  • Carlo Sandblow sunset
  • 3 days on K’Gari 
  • Flight over the Whitsundays and Heart Reef
  • Boat trip to Whitehaven Beach
  • Snorkel the Whitsundays
  • Magnetic Island
  • Great Barrier Reef visit
  • 24-hour emergency support

Sydney add-on

  • 7 nights’ accommodation (plus additional night in between 2 tours)
  • 1 breakfast, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Airport pick up
  • Sydney walking tour
  • Welcome dinner
  • Aboriginal cultural tour
  • 2 Day/1 Night Surf Camp stay
  • Surf lesson
  • Dolphin cruise
  • Beach games
  • Street food market dinner
  • Surry Hills bar visit
  • Bondi Beach day
  • Cocktail making class
  • Bar crawl entry
  • BBQ
  • Bank Account, Tax File Number & Aussie Sim Card
  • Employment help
  • Lifetime membership & support
  • Discounted RSA/RSG Courses
  • Medicare help
  • Luggage storage
  • Mail holding
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Some meals
  • Optional activities
Further trip information

This tour is semi-guided. That means you’ll have your tour guide with you in Sydney and Byron Bay to make sure your trip gets off to a perfect start, before travelling on with the new friends you’ve made. You’ll also always have a guide with you for included activities. When you’re travelling with your group on the semi-guided portion, you’ll have access to an app-based travel guide that will give you suggested activities for each destination, optional activities to book, free activities, and food and drink recommendations.

Sydney Work & Travel Add On 
As Sydney is such an amazing city, you also have the option to have 8 days in Sydney which our Sydney & Jervis Bay Adventure before travelling the East Coast. You can choose between just completing the East Coast or including 8 days exploring the iconic city which is Sydney

The Sydney Add On is great for those looking to experience more of Sydney, but we can also include a year's worth of job support and help getting set up in Australia for those who want to live and work in this amazing country on a working holiday!

Day 1: Welcome to Sydney! Touch down in one of Australia’s most vibrant cities where one of our team members will be waiting to transfer you to our awesome hostel. Spend your evening chilling in the hostel’s laid-back lounge or get out there and enjoy your first taste of Sydney nightlife!
Day 2: City tour & the basics. We’ll get your bank account, SIM card, and tax file number sorted this morning to ease you into your new life Down Under. Then we’re heading out on a walking tour of the iconic city. Tonight, share a welcome dinner in one of the city’s legendary venues. 
Day 3: Aboriginal culture & cocktails. Learn all about the world’s oldest continuous civilisation with an Aboriginal Cultural Tour. Then check out the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge before visiting the suburbs. This evening, join a private cocktail making class before dinner in a local eatery.
Day 4: Surf camp. Travel through Australia’s first national park to our epic beach camp where we’ll swap trainers and jeans for flip flops and board shorts and head to the beach for our first surf lesson. 
Day 5: Jervis Bay. Travel to the famous Jervis Bay today, home of the whitest sand in the world! We’ve got a bucket-list experience lined up this morning with a dolphin cruise. Back on dry land, play some super-fun beach games with the gang before heading back to Sydney. 
Day 6: Jobs session & Bondi Beach. We’re covering all the practicalities of travelling and working in Australia this morning with two comprehensive presentations. Then we’re off to Bondi Beach for an afternoon of sun, sea, and surf.  
Day 7: Jobs session & bar crawl. We’ve lined you up with one-to-one work and travel sessions today. You’ll finish up feeling totally prepared to make the most of your time in Australia. Then it’s time for a Sydney bar crawl – first round’s on us!
Day 8: BBQ lunch. We’ll spend today reflecting on our amazing week and bonding more with our new friends with a classic Aussie barbecue lunch and a few brews. Then it’s time to continue up the East Coast! 

As the Sydney & Jervis Bay Adventure ends on a Sunday and the East Coast tour doesn't start until Monday, if you select the option to include Sydney, we will include the extra night in between the trips, so you will not need to arrange this yourself.

East Coast tour
Day 1: Welcome to Sydney & bus to Byron. Meet your Sydney tour guide at our comprehensive welcome meeting this afternoon. Then head out for a cool secret Sydney activity before a mouthwatering welcome dinner. Once we’ve filled our bellies we’ll hop on the overnight bus to beautiful Byron Bay. 
Days 2 - 4: Byron Bay. Wake up as the bus rolls into Byron on day 2 and meet your Byron Bay guide. We’ll be staying in a cool surf house just 100 metres from the beach, with a scenic rooftop bar. The next couple of days are all about that beach life. We’ll take a local tour on our first day and on our second evening we’ve lined up a sunset river kayak tour. 
Days 5 – 6: Surfers Paradise. On day 5, say goodbye to your tour guide and continue up the coast with your new mates. Before you part ways, your guide will run a session to give you everything you need for the rest of your time in Australia. Your next stop is Surfers Paradise, where you’ll be spending two days enjoying that golden stretch of sand and the backpacker pubs. 
Days 7 – 9: Brisbane. Next stop Brissy! You’ve got a couple of days here to make the most of its vibrant markets, museums, and leafy parks, as well as taking a day trip out to the stunning Tamborine National Park for hidden waterfalls, wine tasting, and glow-worms!
Days 10 – 12: Noosa. Noosa is as popular with Aussies as travellers and once you’ve experienced its perfect surf conditions, boutique shops, and eclectic nightlife it’s easy to see why. Spend the next few days catching waves, chilling poolside, and visiting the Fairy Pools in the National Park. 
Days 13 – 14: Everglades wildlife camp. Your home for the next two days is one of the most pristine wilderness environments in Australia - Noosa Everglades. You’ll be staying in an amazing eco-camp with an onsite microbrewery, and tons of waterfront activities. Experience the beauty of the National Park by boat cruise and canoe as we cruise down the River of Mirrors. Just amazing. 
Days 15 – 16: Rainbow Beach. Continue your journey up the coast to Rainbow Beach, jump-off point to K’gari, a striking island made entirely of sand. We’ll spend two nights here exploring its unique coloured cliffs, pristine beaches, and massive sand dunes. 
Days 17 – 19: K’gari. Take the boat over to K’gari and prepare to make some serious memories! Spend the next 3 days exploring the rainforest, sand blows, and rolling dunes in a 4WD vehicle, stopping to swim in the sparkling lakes, and camping out under the stars. Spend day 19 continuing to explore K’gari before making your way to Rainbow Beach. 
Days 20: Rainbow Beach. Enjoy your day at Rainbow Beach after the most unforgettable adventure. You’ll have one more night and day in this lively town before taking an overnight bus to Airlie Beach on day 20. 
Days 21 – 23: Airlie Beach & The Whitsundays. You’ll be based in backpacker heaven, Airlie Beach for the next three days and use it as your launchpad for exploring the jewel-like Whitsundays. Take a boat trip, stopping at all the best snorkel spots and the famous Whitehaven Beach.  You’ll also see the islands from above on a once-in-a-lifetime flight over Heart Reef – bucket-list ticked!
Days 24 – 25: Magnetic Island. Your next destination is beautiful Magnetic Island. This tropical paradise features scenic nature trails, secluded beaches, and loads of wildlife. Take on the famous Forts Walk, hire a kayak, or take out your very own Barbie car – watch out for the rock wallabies! 
Days 26 – 30: Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef. Round off your adventure in the tropical city of Cairns. You’ll be staying in a legendary backpacker resort with its own pool and bar. We’ll take you for the most amazing boat trip on the one-and-only Great Barrier Reef and enjoy one final farewell dinner before saying our goodbyes on day 30. Better start planning your next trip! 
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Arrival information

Whether you’re kicking off with the Sydney add on or heading straight up the East Coast, this trip starts in Sydney. Fly into Sydney International Airport (SYD). If you’ve chosen to kick off with the Sydney add on, you’ll be met by one of the team members and transferred to our city-centre hostel. If you’ve skipped that part, you’ll need to make your own way to the city centre ready for your meet and greet session. 
The East Coast trip ends in Cairns on day 30 (day 38 if you have included the Sydney Add on prior to the tour). Airport transfers are not included so you’ll need to make your own way to the airport or continue your travels in Australia.  
Accommodation & meals

This trip includes all accommodation. You’ll stay in multi-share rooms (mixed sex) with a maximum of 8 beds in some of Australia’s best hostels as well as spend some nights in seriously special stays, including an amazing lakeside wildlife retreat and two nights camping under the stars on K’gari:

  • 22 nights in dorm style rooms in hostels
  • 2 nights in a wildlife retreat in Noosa
  • 2 nights camping on K’gari 
  • 2 nights’ dorm accommodation on Magnetic Island
  • 2 nights on overnight buses

If you choose our Sydney add-on, you’ll also have 6 nights in one of Sydney’s most central hostels, and 1 night in our awesome surf camp. We also include 1 post night accommodation in the Sydney hostel between your Sydney add-on and the 30 day East Coast tour.

If you’d like to book any pre or post-trip accommodation, speak to your travel advisor. Let us know if you’re travelling with a partner or friend and we can make sure you’re placed together. 

3 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll need to buy the rest of your meals yourself but there are food and drink discounts and specials for every destination. 

If you choose the 8 day Sydney add on, you’ll get 1 breakfast, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners as well.

Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements. 

Minimum age & eligibility

This trip is designed for those aged between 18-35 years old. 

British citizens can usually get an eVisitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), which allows you to visit Australia as often as you wish within a 12-month period, and to stay up to 3 months each time.

If you plan to work while you’re in Australia you’ll need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. To be eligible for a visa, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a passport issued by an eligible country or region
  • Be aged 18-35 (inclusive) at the time of applying
  • Not be accompanied by dependent children at any time during your stay in Australia
  • Meet health, character and financial requirements
  • Have not previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa (unless applying for a second visa)
  • Be outside Australia when you apply and when visa is granted
  • Apply within 12 months of intended travel to Australia.
  • Have sufficient funds to cover your expected living/trip costs during your stay
  • Have funds for a return or onward ticket to depart Australia (or an actual ticket)
  • Have health insurance

You’ll need to apply for Medicare once you are in Australia and in order to do this, please ensure that you can provide TWO forms of ID (e.g. passport, driving licence, birth certificate.)

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.

Please note: Visa rules are subject to change. You should check with the relevant embassies before travelling. 

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