Tour OverviewEast Coast Encompassed: Sydney to Cairns Now's the time to explore Australia on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Rugged landscapes, crashing surf, and Indigenous culture stretching back through time - Australia's East Coast possesses a truly otherworldly allure. This trip offers you a comprehensive, authentic, and bank account-friendly experience in one of the country's most popular regions. Raw thrills and refined pleasures abound out here. In the space of a few days, you'll sample wines in the Hunter Valley, snorkel the Whitsundays, and catch a few waves. When people back home ask what you did on your trip, just tell ‘em: "Everything."HighlightsIsland hop by yacht through the Whitsunday Islands, zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island, sleep on the banks of the Noosa RiverAccommodationHostels (13 nts, multi-share with 4-8 people), cabin (1 nt), maxi yacht (2 nts, open cabin multi-share), overnight train (1 nt). All nights are multi-share on this trip.Group LeaderChief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.Group Size NotesMax 20, avg 16Meals Included11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinnersWhat's IncludedYour G for Good Moment: Reef Ecologic Coral Restoration, Whitsunday Islands Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Hands-On Moment: Surfing Lesson, Spot X Your Discover Moment: Byron Bay Your Discover Moment: Cairns Your Big Night Out Moment: in Cairns, Cairns. Sydney orientation walk. Fraser Island 4x4 excursion. Entrance fees to Cooloola Recreation Area and 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.
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Sydney Byron Bay Brisbane Fraser Island Airlie Beach Cairns Cape Tribulation Tamworth Yamba Noosa Whitsunday Island Yungaburra
Itinerary OverviewG Adventures: East Coast Encompassed: Sydney to Cairns
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Day 1: Sydney
Arrive at any time. There's nothing quite like a night out to get people comfortable with one another. Hit up Side Bar, connected to where you will be staying at the Wake Up Hostel in Sydney. This is the liveliest bar around, sporting a huge young and local crowd. There's always non-stop action with the entertainment so get ready to have a few drinks, let your hair down, and dance until you drop!
There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, head down to the harbour's edge to 'The Rocks' historic area and the Opera House.
Day 2: Sydney
Enjoy a free day to explore Sydney. Opt to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, hop on a jet boat ride through the harbour, or chill out at Bondi Beach.
Day 3: Sydney/Tamworth
Travel to the Hunter Valley for a wine tutorial before continuing on to Tamworth for a taste of Australian country living.
Day 4: Tamworth/Yamba
Travel over the Great Dividing Range to Yamba, a quaint beach town. Go for a swim at the beach, relax, and enjoy the view.
Continue north, visiting Raspberry Lookout and Boundary Falls in Gibraltar National Park en route. Once in Yamba, head to the beach for a swim.
Day 5: Yamba/Byron Bay
Continue up the coast to Byron Bay, an alternative hippie paradise. Hit the beach and enjoy an included surf lesson.
After breakfast, travel the coastal road to the stunning surf and arts town of Byron Bay. Enjoy plenty of free time to experience the hippie surfing town. Options are abound — walk to the lighthouse (located on Australia's most easterly point) for a chance to see whales swimming off shore or hang ten with the locals after an included surfing lesson.
Day 6: Byron Bay
Enjoy free time to hit the beach, get a massage, or try sea kayaking.
The free time is yours to explore. Walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out at the Byron Bay Brewery and people watch. Want to get your adrenaline pumping? Go skydiving, try sea kayaking, or go on a dolphin watch. Opt to pre-book the "Byron Bay Ocean Kayaking" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.
Day 7: Byron Bay/Brisbane
Travel north, and opt for a night out in Queensland's capital.
Day 8: Brisbane/Noosa Everglades
Set off to the Noosa Everglades for an evening surrounded by stunning wilderness.
Day 9: Noosa Everglades/Fraser Island
Travel by private vehicle and ferry to reach Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. Explore the island by 22-seat 4x4 truck.
Once on the island, enjoy a 4x4 tour of Fraser Island, driving along over 100km of beach. Go for a swim in Lake McKenzie, and enjoy a rainforest walk along the way.
Day 10: Fraser Island/Airlie Beach
Enjoy a morning of exploring by 4x4 to hit the remainder of Fraser Island's highlights, before hopping an overnight train north to Airlie Beach.
Day 11: Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands
Embark on a 3-day maxi yacht sailing adventure. Enjoy beach visits, island bush walks, and time to snorkel the reefs. Anchor off of secluded tropical islands at night.
After arriving in Airlie Beach and some time for brunch, head to the marina and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next two nights. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands where you will drop anchor for the night.
Day 12: Whitsunday Islands
Hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand, then enjoy free time on the famous beach. Learn about community efforts to protect and restore coral in the Great Barrier Reef before heading out to snorkel over a Planeterra-supported coral garden. Anchor off of a secluded tropical island at night.
The sailing route today allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands. Planeterra has partnered with Reef Ecologic, a nonprofit specialized in creating innovative solutions to challenges facing coral reefs. In the Whitsundays they are working to engage the community and travellers to restore the reef following the 2017 cyclone. Reef Ecologic's new coral gardens in the Whitsundays foster natural coral fragments to be replanted into the reef for a healthy marine environment.
Day 13: Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach
Continue sailing through the gorgeous backdrop of the Whitsunday Islands. Sail to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night on the town.
After three days at sea, we sail back to Airlie Beach for a night on land in a local beach hostel. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day.
Day 14: Airlie Beach/Cairns
Admire the scenery on the train north to Cairns.
Day 15: Cairns
Enjoy a free day to visit the Great Barrier Reef or get the adrenaline pumping by whitewater rafting or bungee jumping. Cap it all off with a Big Night Out in Cairns.
Opt to pre-book the "Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.
Day 16: Cape Tribulation
Depart early and head north. Learn about the flora and fauna from local Indigenous people, before exploring Daintree National Park.
Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest.
Day 17: Cape Tribulation/Yungaburra
Enjoy free time in the morning to further explore the rainforest or chill out poolside. Head towards Yungaburra in the Atherton Tablelands for the night, and enjoy additional free time to explore the area.
Day 18: Yungaburra/Cairns
Stop at Lake Eacham, a volcanic crater lake, before continuing on to visit some of the waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands, including Josephine Falls and the famous Millaa Millaa Falls. Later, go for a swim in the waters of Babinda Boulders before travelling back to Cairns where the tour ends upon arrival.
Tour Dates & Pricing
- Sunday May 17th, 2020 - Wednesday June 3rd, 2020
- Sunday June 14th, 2020 - Wednesday July 1st, 2020
- Sunday July 5th, 2020 - Wednesday July 22nd, 2020
- Sunday August 30th, 2020 - Wednesday September 16th, 2020
- Sunday September 13th, 2020 - Wednesday September 30th, 2020
- Sunday October 4th, 2020 - Wednesday October 21st, 2020
- Sunday October 25th, 2020 - Wednesday November 11th, 2020
- Sunday November 15th, 2020 - Wednesday December 2nd, 2020
- Sunday November 29th, 2020 - Wednesday December 16th, 2020
- Sunday December 13th, 2020 - Wednesday December 30th, 2020
- Sunday December 27th, 2020 - Wednesday January 13th, 2021
- Wednesday January 6th, 2021 - Saturday January 23rd, 2021
- Sunday January 31st, 2021 - Wednesday February 17th, 2021
- Wednesday February 17th, 2021 - Saturday March 6th, 2021
- Sunday March 14th, 2021 - Wednesday March 31st, 2021
- Sunday March 28th, 2021 - Wednesday April 14th, 2021
- Sunday April 25th, 2021 - Wednesday May 12th, 2021
- Sunday May 9th, 2021 - Wednesday May 26th, 2021
- Sunday May 23rd, 2021 - Wednesday June 9th, 2021
- Sunday June 6th, 2021 - Wednesday June 23rd, 2021
- Sunday June 20th, 2021 - Wednesday July 7th, 2021
- Sunday July 4th, 2021 - Wednesday July 21st, 2021
- Sunday August 1st, 2021 - Wednesday August 18th, 2021
- Sunday August 15th, 2021 - Wednesday September 1st, 2021
- Sunday September 12th, 2021 - Wednesday September 29th, 2021
- Wednesday October 27th, 2021 - Saturday November 13th, 2021
- Sunday November 14th, 2021 - Wednesday December 1st, 2021
- Sunday November 21st, 2021 - Wednesday December 8th, 2021
- Wednesday December 8th, 2021 - Saturday December 25th, 2021
- Wednesday December 29th, 2021 - Saturday January 15th, 2022