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The Ultimate Road Trip

Sydney to Cairns

 

Included activities

  • Sydney city sights tour
  • Hunter Valley wine, cheese, chocolate and organic vodka distillery tour
  • Port Macquarie sunset cruise
  • Koala Hospital Dorrigo National Park
  • Byron Bay farm to plate organic lunch experience
  • Fraser Island 4WD day trip
  • Flight Brisbane to Airlie Beach
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing
  • Tully Indigenous Experience
  • Great Barrier Reef day cruise

Walking? Wilderness? Wildlife? Wine? Enjoy them all – along with pristine beaches and delicious food – on this active east coast adventure.

Explore Australia’s stunning east coast, taking in the iconic sights of Byron Bay, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef, as you make your way from continental Sydney to tropical Cairns. Sample wine and cheese in the Hunter Valley, get up close to koalas at an animal hospital, splash about in pristine swimming holes, and cruise around the picture-perfect islands of the Whitsundays.


Why you'll love this trip

  • Four star twin share accommodation, amazing inclusions such as a Whitsundays Cruise and day trip to Fraser Island

  • Amazing local food experiences such as a 'farm to plate' experience in beautiful Byron Bay

  • See the East Coast by private bus and plane as we travel over 4000km.

  • Visit the Great Barrier Reef on an included day cruise

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The Itinerary

Day 1: Sydney

Your East Coast Australia tour experience starts in Australia's Harbour City, the glittering jewel in the east coast's crown. Make your own way to our joining hotel, check in at reception and relax. We meet this evening at 6pm in the lobby for a welcome meeting before heading out to dinner.

  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Sydney

Get up bright and early to hit up a local café for breakfast. After breakfast set off to explore some of Sydney’s most beautiful spots on a walking tour, taking in the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Hop on the ferry to Watson’s Bay for lunch (fish and chips!), then walk along the towering coastal cliffs – keep your eye out for dolphins swimming below. Return to the CBD, relax or head out for a taste of some of Sydney’s famous nightlife.

  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Included Activities: Sydney city sights tour
  • Meals Included: Breakfast/Lunch

Day 3: Hunter Valley & Newcastle

Leave the hustle and bustle of Sydney behind for the chilled out Hunter Valley. Our own personal wildlife ranger will point out koalas and kangaroos as we make our way to a gourmet lunch – yes, there will be cheese, and wine, and chocolate (the Hunter is famous for it!). Visit Newcastle for an evening of live music.

  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Included Activities: Hunter Valley wine, cheese, chocolate and organic vodka distillery tour
  • Meals Included: Breakfast/Lunch
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Day 4: Port Macquarie via Foster

After breakfast, hit Lakes Way for a coastal walk, then climb up to the lookout for exceptional views across the water. In your free time, perhaps stretch out on the beach (don’t forget the sunscreen) or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, hire a stand-up paddleboard or kayak, or just enjoy a swim. In the afternoon, continue on to Port Macquarie for a sunset cruise.

  • Accommodation: Motor Inn (1 night)
  • Included Activities: Port Macquarie sunset cruise
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Dorrigo National Park

Meet the fuzzy patients at the local koala hospital, then travel to Dorrigo National Park, an area famous for its lush rainforest and waterfalls. End the day in true Australian style – at a traditional Aussie pub.

  • Accommodation: Pub (1 night)
  • Included Activities: Koala Hospital Dorrigo National Park
  • Meals Included: Breakfast
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Day 6: Byron Bay

Splash about in Dangar Falls, then head to the laid-back surfer hub of Byron Bay. Visit an organic farm, where we’ll pick our own veggies and herbs for a healthy lunch. Head to Cape Byron lighthouse for photos, and keep your eyes open for a chance to spot dolphins and whales frolicking off the coast.

  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Included Activities: Byron Bay farm to plate organic lunch experience
  • Meals Included: Breakfast/Lunch

Day 7: Byron Bay

It’s a free day today. Perhaps start the day with a swim in the ocean, indulge in a massage, or stretch out your limbs at an optional yoga class. The day is yours to enjoy.

  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Optional Activities: Yoga in Byron Bay - AUD70/Learn to Surf Byron Bay - AUD70/Kayak Tour Byron Bay - AUD64
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Day 8: Noosa

Cross the border into Queensland and head to Noosa, one of Australia’s top surf spots and home to some of the country’s best beaches. Walk through the national park before hitting up Noosa’s vibrant nightlife or taking it easy at your hotel. Decisions, decisions…

  • Accommodation: Resort (1 night)
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9: Fraser Island

Explore the world’s largest sand island by 4WD! Swim, walk and play in this wild wonderland, before heading back to Noosa this evening.

  • Accommodation: Resort (1 night)
  • Included Activities: Fraser Island 4WD day trip
  • Meals Included: Lunch
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Day 10: airlie beach

We head back to Brisbane airport for the flight to Airlie Beach, the jump off point to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. When we arrive, enjoy free time exploring, swimming, or relaxing with a cool drink in a local bar.

  • Accommodation: Resort (1 night)
  • Included Activities: Flight Brisbane to Airlie Beach
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11: Whitsunday Islands Cruising

Keep your camera at the ready as we hit the water on a leisurely day cruise around the perfect islands of the Whitsundays. Stop at world famous Whitehaven Beach, then snorkel amid coral and colourful fish, or just kick back on the boat.

  • Accommodation: Resort (1 night)
  • Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands sailing
  • Meals Included: Breakfast/Lunch

Day 12: Tully

A change of scenery today as we head through undulating cane fields to historic Tully. We'll meet an Aboriginal family who'll escort us to a secluded swimming hole in the rainforest. You'll also get the chance to try your hand at Aboriginal art, as we are guided by local Jirrbal Aboriginal Artists on traditional techniques after a tour of the Ingan Cultural Centre. We finish the session with a candid discussion on Aboriginal culture, history and contemporary life for Indigenous people in Australia, followed by a delicious BBQ.

  • Accommodation: Resort (1 night)
  • Included Activities: Tully Indigenous Experience
  • Meals Included: Dinner
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Day 13: Cairns

After breakfast in a local café, travel into the wet, steamy tropics of FNQ. Take a refreshing dip in a waterfall before heading to Lake Eacham, a crystal-clear crater lake. Visit the massive ‘Curtain Fig Tree’, then continue on to Cairns.

  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14: Great Barrier Reef

A trip to Australia isn’t complete without a visit to the Great Barrier Reef! Cruise around the reef, go snorkelling and learn about the efforts being made to conserve this incredible world wonder. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your travelling companions in Cairns. If you've got extra time maybe book some additional accommodation and stay on a few days in Cairns, there's plenty to do. 

  • Included Activities: Great Barrier Reef day cruise
  • Optional Activities: Cairns by Night - Urban Adventure - AUD90/Beautiful Cairns: Hiking, Nature & Epic Views - Urban Adventure - AUD79
  • Meals Included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

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