Sydney to Cairns Adventure
Explore the best of the east coast in 16 days
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Group Size: Max 20
Trip code: OASC
Duration: 16 days
Discover the best of the stunning East Coast of Australia on this incredible 16 day group tour. Explore the buzzing city of Sydney, go sailing around the spectacular Whitsunday Islands and wander on the shores of quirky Byron Bay! Brush up on your Aussie slang and pack your bags!
- Explore Sydney and check out the famous Opera House!
- Chill out in the hippie paradise of Byron Bay
- Island hop through the Whitsundays
- Stay overnight in a wilderness camp in the Noosa Everglades
- Discover Fraser Island in a 4x4 driving experience
Day 1: G’day Sydney! - Land in sunny Sydney at any time before enjoying a free day to explore this vibrant city. Opera House anyone? Meet your group and trip leader later for a welcome evening and settle into your hotel.
Day 2: Sydney. Take an orientation walk this morning before spending the rest of the day exploring the city at your own pace. Take a boat tour, head to Bondi Beach, visit the iconic Opera House, or get your adrenaline pumping with a Harbour Bridge Climb.
Day 3: Sydney/Arrawarra. Travel to Spot X Surf Camp with a stop at the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie. Learn all about these furry cuties, then continue on to Spot X in Arrawarra and its epic beachfront location.
Day 4: Arrawarra. Hit the beach this morning for a surf lesson. Learn to paddle, stand, and ride a wave to shore. Then head out for an hour-long kangaroo trek. You’ll enjoy some free time this afternoon to practice your new surf skills, rent a paddle-board or just chill on the sand.
Day 5: Arrawarra / Byron Bay. Head to bohemian Byron Bay today. We’ll stop at Cape Byron Lighthouse for spectacular views over the bay. Keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins! Enjoy lunch in arty Byron and spend the afternoon soaking up the laid-back hippy vibe of the town.
Days 6: Byron Bay - Have a free day to explore and try out loads of extra activities. There’s so much to do here in this alternative Aussie paradise, from surf lessons, dolphin spotting, and even skydiving - the choice is yours!
Day 7: Byron Bay/Brisbane - Travel north today, stopping by stunning surf spots along the way and to see long stretches of white sand at the Gold Coast. Arrive in Brisbane and party the night away with your friends as you admire the skyline.
Day 8: Noosa Everglades - Make your way to the tranquil and mirrored waters of the fascinating Noosa Everglades. Hike the trails, float along in a canoe and experience the wilderness like a true Aussie. It’s like a water wonderland!
Days 9-10: Fraser Island - See the incredible scenery and hotspots of the world’s largest sand island. Be adventurous and drive around in a 4x4 as you visit the 75 Mile Beach, jump in the Champagne Pools and see amazing panoramic views at the Indian Head.
Days 11-13: Whitsunday Islands - Feel the breeze in your hair as you float around the Whitsunday Islands with your group on a yacht. Find the coral reefs and top up your tan out on deck as you sail around blissful beach scenery and sleep under the stars.
Days 14-15: Airlie Beach/Cairns – Jump on a train to your final destination of the trip- the adventure capital of Cairns. Try out bungee jumping, white water rafting, or head out to Great Barrier Reef to experience the stunning marine landscapes! Then hit the town for one last big night out with your group!
Day 16: Goodbye Australia - Take one last glance at the wonders of Australia before hopping on your return flight home.
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You should plan to arrive at any time on day 1 to Sydney Airport in Australia. Your trip ends on day 16 in Cairns and you can depart at any time from Cairns Airport. If you wish to extend your stay here in Australia, your trip leader can help you with any onwards travel arrangements.
You will be staying in varied accommodation throughout this trip - 11 nights in hostels, 1 night on an overnight train, 2 nights on a maxi yacht and 1 night in a cabin. Multi-share accommodation, on a single-sex basis (typically 4-6 people per room), is very common in Australia and is the way you will be spending most of your nights.
9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners are included on this trip. All other meals and snacks will need to be purchased yourself.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years old. This trip is designed for 18-39 year olds
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.
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.
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.
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.