Ultimate East Coast

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Group Size: Varies

Trip code: AUECA

Duration: 38 days minimum

Combination trips up the east coast
Start in Sydney and finish in Cairns
Includes a flexible travel pass

This Ultimate East Coast extravaganza combines several of our amazing Australian East Coast travel programmes into one incredible trip! Kick off your adventure in sunny Sydney with an awesome intro week and then learn to surf near Byron Bay. Next, bounce along Australia’s East Coast between Byron Bay to Cairns with our brilliant travel pass, valid for 12 months. Complete the entire East Coast trip in a minimum of 38 days or extend your stay and hop on and off to discover the best bits of the East Coast. Round off your epic East Coast trip with adrenaline adventures in Cairns, or learn to dive at the Great Barrier Reef!

This trip offers two itinerary options and is a combination of six of our amazing Aussie programmes:

Option 1: Sydney Intro – Learn to Surf – East Coast Travel Pass (Byron Bay to Cairns) - Cairns Adventure

Option 2: Sydney Intro – Learn to Surf – East Coast Travel Pass (Byron Bay to Cairns) - Learn to Dive at the Great Barrier Reef

Minimum travel time: 38 days, maximum 12 months. Each programme is open-dated so you can book your start dates as you go, allowing for the ultimate in flexible travel.

Trip highlights

  • See the very best of everything the East Coast of Australia has to offer with open-dated tickets for each programme, plus a brilliant, flexible, hop-on-hop-off travel pass
  • Enjoy an amazing Sydney intro tour in your first week, or add in a paid work option instead, and then splash about in the Aussie waves at surf camp
  • Hop on and off along the East Coast with an inclusive and flexible travel pass, valid for 12 months
  • Hop off at famous East Coast locations such as Fraser Island or the idyllic Whitsunday Islands
  • Opt for some adrenaline action in Cairns to round off your ultimate East Coast experience or learn to dive at the Great Barrier Reef
Further trip information

Have an awesome Aussie adventure full of unforgettable experiences on this ultimate thrill ride along Australia’s amazing East Coast.

This trip is fully flexible and open-dated, allowing you to choose your own start dates for each part of the programme. You can complete the entire trip in a minimum of 38 days, or you can use the inclusive East Coast travel pass (valid for 12 months) to hop on and off so you can spend some extra time in your favourite destinations along the East Coast - awesome!

We have put together two amazing options that we believe offer the ideal, independent East Coast explorations for any adventure-seeking traveller in Australia:

Option 1:  Sydney Intro – Learn to Surf – East Coast Travel Pass (Byron Bay to Cairns) - Cairns Adventure

Option 2: Sydney Intro – Learn to Surf – East Coast Travel Pass (Byron Bay to Cairns) - Learn to Dive at the Great Barrier Reef

You can choose to follow one of these suggested East Coast itineraries, or build your own trip and add in or take out programmes to design your own ideal trip. Your hop-on-hop-off travel pass means you can travel with minimum hassle: There's even a handy app to make booking your travel even easier!

If you want to explore the East Coast and do paid work, check out our exciting combo trip The Big Aussie Adventure instead.

Sydney Intro Tour – Included in Options 1 & 2

Your Ultimate East Coast adventure starts with an 8-night Sydney Intro tour. This week of city excitement is the ideal introduction to the Aussie lifestyle, setting you up for a sensational Down Under experience by seeing all the top sights of Sydney. From a walking tour of the city to a cruise round Sydney’s famous harbour you’ll immerse yourself in city life and enjoy the Aussie vibe.  With 2 nights included at an outback beach camp you can take a 4x4 dune tour, go sandboarding and spot wildlife on a mini outback adventure. Then bliss-out on Sydney’s beaches and get a surf lesson, or tour the breathtaking Blue Mountains to complete this full-on city experience.

If you want to extend your Aussie adventure and plan in time to do paid work in Australia, you can swap the Sydney Intro tour for our Absolute Oz job programme. This also includes a week of Sydney city fun and outback camp (no surf lesson included) but also includes an introduction to working in Australia, setting you up with all you need to do paid work Down Under.  With access to the hot jobs list you can earn money in Oz for a few months before continuing on the rest of this awesome Aussie adventure!

Transport between Sydney and Surf Camp is included at the end of the Sydney Intro.

Please note: If you choose the option to do paid work in Australia you will need a Working Holiday Visa, available for 12 months for 18-30 year olds.

Learn to Surf - Included in Options 1 & 2

Spend 9 days on our Learn to Surf in Australia programme. This excellent experience will mean you’ll be learning to surf with the pros and hanging ten on some of Australia’s most remote and sensational beaches.

Carrying straight on from your Sydney Intro, you will be collected on a Monday from a meeting point near your hostel and taken on to the next exhilarating stage of your Aussie adventure – surf’s up! Surf school kicks off at 10pm or 11pm every Monday (depending on season), and lasts for 8 nights, which includes 6 nights at Surf Camp and 2 nights in Byron Bay. Your instructors will introduce you to the adrenaline rush of surfing the waves, with one instructor allocated to every 7 students. Surf lessons and surf expression sessions are included in the price.

Although you’ll be riding the waves during the day, there are also plenty of chances to swim, sunbathe and live the laid-back life too. In the evenings, the group usually gets together to have a drink and party.

Surf Camp ends in the laid-back hippy town of Byron Bay, where your brilliant East Coast travel pass route begins.

East Coast Travel Pass (Byron Bay to Cairns) - Included in Options 1 & 2

You’ll have your very own East Coast hop-on-hop-off travel pass, travelling one way between Byron Bay and Cairns, which allows for flexible travel along the East Coast. Valid for 12 months, this travel pass not only provides you with transport along the East Coast, but it also includes some incredible experiences of its own.

Freedom & Flexibility: You are free to travel along the part of the East Coast route covered by your travel pass in a minimum time frame of 8 days, or explore at your own pace for up to a total of 12 months, hopping off for flexible stays in each stop-off. The combination of bus and train travel equals fast, efficient travel times which mean you can max out every moment!

Unique Overnight Stays: This travel pass heads right off the beaten tourist track and includes compulsory overnight stop-offs at set locations. Hop across to magical Magnetic Island and stay in an Indigenous camp in the rainforest. The cost of these unique stays is not included in the trip price but they are available for a fantastically reasonable local payment.

Easy Booking App: One of the best things about this brilliant travel pass is the ease and flexibility of booking. The high-tech booking app can be installed easily onto your device so you can book departure times, accommodation and activities all at the touch of a button. Alternatively you can access all information and booking directly through the website.

Great Guides: The travel pass has some of the most well-informed and helpful tour guides in Oz, and they travel with you on every stage of the fixed route, offering helpful advice and information about all the best things to see and do on the Aussie East Coast.

Please note that we will book the pass for you as open dated, so you can decide the date that you want to start the pass- please download the trip notes for more details.

Fraser Island and Whitsundays Add-on

Complete your Travel Pass experience with our awesome Fraser Island and Whitsundays Add-on. The pack includes a fantastic 2-night yacht cruise around the Whitsundays, stopping off at Whitehaven Beach and some beautiful snorkel spots, and a 4x4 camping experience on Fraser Island that sees you exploring in a 4WD vehicle and camping out under the stars.

Make sure you save money by booking this add-on pack BEFORE you travel. Booking locally is a lot more expensive so get ahead of the crowd and secure your adventures early! (and spend the money you save on more fun and games in Oz!)

If you wish to book this Add-on please contact your travel adviser. You can also book either of the adventures separately so let your travel adviser know your preference.

Activities in Cairns

Your East Coast travel pass route finishes in Cairns. From here you have the option to add in one of two optional trips to round off your ultimate East Coast experience in Australia:

Cairns Adventure – Included in Option 1 ONLY

This adventure is based in Cairns and is all about getting the ultimate Aussie buzz. You will spend a total of 6 nights staying in Cairns, with 4 full days of fun and inclusive activities. For any traveller searching for an adrenaline rush this is an epic way to enjoy all of Australia’s 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.

Learn to Dive - Included in Option 2 ONLY

Spend a few days learning to dive at the Great Barrier Reef, with a PADI scuba diving course that includes 2 days training and a 3-day trip on a live-aboard boat, which takes you to the best Great Barrier Reef diving spots. Your first four dives will complete your Open Water certification, then as a certified diver, you'll be able to take up to five more recreational dives. As one of these is a guided night dive, you’ll also have a chance to see the full spectrum of life that the reef has to offer! With warm waters and incredible visibility, this truly is a unique reef experience.

Please note: This programme is subject to a local charge of AUD75, which is not included in the overall programme cost. This cost includes Government Environmental Management Charge, Port Departure Tax and administration costs.

If you have been scuba diving, it is advised that you do not fly before 12 noon on the day after diving.

Please note all activities, itineraries and routes are subject to change

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Due to scheduled maintenance the White Water Rafting on the Cairns Adventure will not operate between the 31st October and 10th November. An alternative activity will take place.