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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

16 day group tour of the East Coast
Sail around the Whitsunday Islands
Travel from Sydney and finish in Cairns!

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 learn to surf on the shores of quirky Byron Bay! Brush up on your Aussie slang and pack your bags!

Trip highlights

  • Enjoy some tasty wine in the Hunter Valley
  • 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
What's included
  • Trip guide
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Wine Tour, Hunter Valley
  • Surfing lesson in Byron Bay
  • Night out in Cairns
  • Sydney orientation walk
  • Fraser Island 4x4 excursion
  • Entrance fees to Cooloola Recreation Area & Fraser Island in Great Sandy National Park
  • Noosa Everglades overnight experience
  • Noosa Everglades canoeing excursion
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion (3 days)
  • Whitehaven Beach visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Optional activities
  • Airport transfers
Further trip information

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.

Days 2-3: Sydney - After an orientation talk with your trip leader, head out to explore this spectacular city. Unwind on the sweeping sands of Bondi Beach or opt to climb the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Enjoy a fab wine tasting the next day at Hunter Valley.

Day 4:Tamworth/Yamba - Travel over the magnificent mountains of the Great Dividing Range towards Yamba. Then go for a cool dip in the azure-blue sea and soak up the bohemian way of life here. It really is ‘sweet as’!

Days 5-6: Byron Bay - Journey on through to the famous surf town of Byron Bay. Head to the beach for some whale spotting then hit the waves for a surfing lesson. The next day, 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 - 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.

2020 Itinerary

This is the 2019 itinerary. From January 2020, you’ll have 1 night less in Sydney, to give time to spend days 3 and 4 at the epic Spot X Surf Camp at Arrawarra! As well as learning to surf with some seriously skilled instructors, we’ll stop off at a koala hospital and take a kangaroo trek in the bush!

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Arrival information

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.

Accommodation & meals

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.

Minimum age & eligibility

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.

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