Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf

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Group Size: Avg 15, Max 36

Trip code: OXISSC

Duration: 14 days

14 day group trip along the east coast
Loads of activities & guide included
Sail around the Whitsunday Islands!

Explore Australia’s awesome East Coast from Sydney to Cairns, or reverse, and see it all on this incredible 14-day tour. Go wine tasting in the Hunter Valley, take a surf lesson then hang out in laid-back Byron Bay before hitting the Gold Coast in Surfer’s Paradise. Take a tour of Brisbane, have 4x4 fun on Fraser Island, get your cowboy credentials staying at an outback cattle station and then sail around the wonderful Whitsunday islands on an overnight yacht cruise. Spend two days lazing about on idyllic Magnetic Island before enjoying Australia’s adventure capital, Cairns. Round off your epic tour with some awesome activities or an exciting optional boat trip to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, or add on our epic Cairns Adventure for more fun in the sun - Brilliant!

Trip highlights

  • Go wine tasting in the famous Hunter Valley, enjoy an inclusive surf lesson and then hang out in the hippy town of Byron Bay
  • Have some 4WD fun on fantastic Fraser Island and stay in a wilderness forest lodge and then go all cowboy in the bush on a stay at a family-run outback cattle station
  • Sail around the stunning Whitsunday Islands on an overnight yacht adventure and then relax with 2 days of downtime on blissful Daydream Island
  • Get going to the adventure capital of Australia, Cairns, and try every adrenaline activity under the Aussie sun, or enjoy a brilliant, optional boat trip to the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef 
  • Add in our exciting Cairns Adventure Package and have 4 extra days packed full of fun! Go white water rafting, sea kayaking, hot air ballooning and more!
Further trip information

14-Day Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf Tour

Climb aboard your comfortable, air-conditioned coach and head down the sparkling east coast of Oz. Your coach has USB power sockets and free on-board WiFi so you can keep in touch with all your mates at home and make them jealous about your incredible adventure! As you roll into each stunning destination you can watch on board movies, play cards with your fellow travellers, or just sit back and get some kip! Bring it on Australia!

This trip also runs in reverse from Cairns to Sydney.

Day 1: Crescent Head: Kick off with an early start from Sydney to the Crescent Head surf camp, and enjoy an included surf lesson!

Day 2: Crescent Head & Byron Bay: Tuck into lunch Aussie-style with a BBQ at surf camp, before hitting the road north to Byron Bay.

Day 3: Byron Bay: Live the laid-back life in Byron, or sample an amazing range of optional activities, including surfing, scuba or sky-diving, hang-gliding, and sea kayaking. 

Day 4: Surfer’s Paradise & Brisbane: Head off the beaten track with a rainforest walk, en route to Surfer’s Paradise on the idyllic Gold Coast. Night time brings a free orientation tour, and night out in Brisbane; welcome to Queensland! 

Day 5: Noosa & Fraser Island: Enjoy a final taste of the mainland before going island-side! Hop over the Straight to Fraser Island for a first night in an incredible beachside resort.

Day 6: Fraser Island: Adjust to ‘island time’ with an unforgettable day in the dunes! Take a guided 4x4 trip around some of Fraser’s best spots, including the Maheno Shipwreck, Eli Creek, and the blissful blue waters of Lake McKenzie!

Day 7: Outback Farmstay: Head outback into the bush to a family-run cattle station at Myella Farm. An evening of outback activities awaits, as do an Aussie sunset, and the stunning southern stars after dark!

Day 8: Outback Farmstay: Enjoy optional activities and a real slice of ranch life, from milking cows, to learning to lasso! The farm is also home to orphaned kangaroos, so you might just spend your morning cuddling a joey!

Day 9: Airlie Beach & Whitsunday Islands: Head back to the coast and hop onboard a private yacht for a once-in-a-lifetime sailing experience that includes an exclusive overnight stay!

Day 10: Whitsunday Islands: Learn the ropes onboard a real sailing boat, or simply kick back in the sun above-deck! Visit the stunning Whitehaven Beach, and snorkel in the shallows for a glimpse of marine life. Keep an eye out for turtles!

Day 11: Magnetic Island: After a night in the backpacker’s paradise of Airlie Beach, head island-side again for an array of amazing activities on ‘Maggie’ ! Get involved in a wildlife tour, or soak up the sun!

Day 12: Magnetic Island & Cairns: Arrive at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef in time for shopping at the Night Markets, or to sample the awesome nightlife!

Day 13: Cairns: Pack as much as you can into a free day in Australia’s adventure capital! There’s no better spot for a skydive, or to scale the white water rapids of the Tully River, zipline over the Aussie countryside, bungee jump in the rainforest, or try your hand at horses or quad bikes!

Day 14: Cairns: Make your last day in Cairns count! Find time for any extra activities you missed out on, and plan your onward travel; who says you have to go home straight away...?!  

Reef Add-On

Why not complete the adventure with a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef? See Australia’s magnificent natural wonder and get up close to fish and coral with this fantastic add-on experience!

Climb aboard a private catamaran and cruise over to the idyllic bird sanctuary of Michaelmas Cay National Park. Sea turtles, bat fish, and reef sharks all swim around this gorgeous white-sand island, and you’ll be able to snorkel and dive straight from the shore into the clear waters. Then head over to an exclusive section of the reef for some perfect, undisturbed snorkelling. Round off the experience by tucking into a tasty lunch of seafood and tropical fruit – all prepared by the onboard chef! Luxury!

Tours depart at 8am and return to Cairns at around 5pm.

Please note: This trip also runs in reverse, from Cairns to Sydney.

2018 Itinerary: Please note the above itinerary is for travellers departing from April 2019. If you are travelling before this date you will follow a slightly different itinerary. Please download the trip notes for further information.

Please note: Free on-coach Wi-Fi is available but speed and connection relies on local 3G / 4G networks, and signal can be intermittent in some of the more remote areas.

Add On: Cairns Adventure Package

If you can't get enough of the East Coast, why not add on this exciting adventure package when your tour ends? For any traveller searching for an adrenaline rush this is a great way to make the most of all of Cairns’ most spectacular sights and awesome activities.

Get your pulse pumping as you take a rapid ride on the Tully River with a day of white water rafting; take a sea kayak tour and have fun on Fitzroy Island; blow your mind on a soaring balloon flight above the Atherton Tablelands and snorkel in an underwater world at the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef. It’s the perfect way to end your Aussie adventures!

You will spend a total of 6 extra nights staying in Cairns, with four full days packed full of fun, inclusive activities.

For further details of the Cairns Adventure package please see this link; to book your Cairns Adventure package please speak to a travel advisor.

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