East Coast Tour Sydney to Cairns
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From $2,915, 14 days, Australia Trip code: OZET

  • Adventure 4 out of 5
  • Relaxation 5 out of 5
  • Culture 1 out of 5
East Coast Tour (Sydney to Cairns) - 14 daysEast Coast Tour (Sydney to Cairns) - 14 daysEast Coast Tour (Sydney to Cairns) - 14 days

Trip Highlights

  • Learn to Surf with professional instructors
  • Spend 2 nights at Bohemia Byron Bay
  • Party the night away at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast
  • Sail around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands
  • Feel the sand between your toes on Fraser Island on a group 4WD safari
  • Enjoy a real a Aussie outback ranch cattle station experience

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Starting in cosmopolitan Sydney and finishing in tropical Cairns, this adventure tour of Australia travels up the east coast.  It takes you to some of the most popular and beautiful places along the East Coast of Australia and to places you will never get to driving yourself or on a bus pass.  

 

Travelling in a group of like-minded people and professional, experienced guides you will get to experience the ‘real’ Australia and meet some true Aussie locals.


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What will I be doing?

  • Learn to Surf (Oz East Coast )

  • The famous Fraser Island (Oz East Coast )

  • Stay at a real Aussie ranch (Oz East Coast )

  • Sail the beautiful Whitsundays (Oz East Coast )

  • Party in Cairns (Oz East Coast )

Learn to Surf: Oz East Coast

Next Leg

Destination info

The East Coast of Australia is an astounding 18,000km long. Eastern Australia is the epitome of beach life and water sports. Other than the stunning ocean, you'll find there are other treasures to discover: mountain ranges, rainforest, the outback and three buzzing capital cities; Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney.

  • Location: Sydney to Gold Coast

Day 1 - Sydney to Surf Camp
Our journey will start bright and early Real Gappers, as we depart Sydney via the Harbour Bridge and begin our trek northwards along the Pacific Highway. On the way to the surf camp we head into the Australian wine region of the Hunter Valley. Experience pressing grapes by foot (seasonal) and wine tasting before we head for our surf retreat at Crescent Head, to surf to our heart's content!

(Dinner included)

 

Day 2 - Surf Camp to Byron Bay
This morning we hit the beach again for an early morning surfing sesh, and then we'll carry on up the coast. We'll check out Coffs Harbour, the Banana growing capital- before heading up to Byron Bay, Australia’s most easterly point. Renowned for its awesome surfing beaches, beautiful rainforests and eclectic lifestyle, Byron Bay oozes a relaxed vibe and is really popular with travellers. 
(Breakfast and Lunch included)

 

Day 3 - Byron Bay
A full day ahead to enjoy what Byron Bay has to offer. Famous for its great beaches and counter culture, there are plenty of optional activities on offer (at own expense) - try surfing, diving, sea kayaking or just chill out on the beach. The galleries and craft shops are also sure to fascinate, as are the many cafes and alternate cuisines that are available here. Take a great scenic walk to the lighthouse at Cape Byron where the views are breathtaking. So much choice!
(Breakfast included)

 

Day 4 - Byron Bay to Gold Coast
Today we check out Springbrook National Park before we enter the sunshine state, Queensland. On the way we'll stop off at 'Natural Arch', a spectacular waterfall, and drive through Numinbah Valley and Nerang. We'll hit Surfers Paradise this evening- somewhere known not only for it's epic surfing vibe, but for it's great nights out too.

(Breakfast included)

 

The famous Fraser Island: Oz East Coast

Next Leg

Destination info

The East Coast of Australia is an astounding 18,000km long. Eastern Australia is the epitome of beach life and water sports. Other than the stunning ocean, you'll find there are other treasures to discover: mountain ranges, rainforest, the outback and three buzzing capital cities; Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney.

 

Fraser Island – Great Sandy National Park is World Heritage Listed and is the world’s largest sand island. It was home to the Badtjala people for some 5000 years and was known as “K’gari”. This special place supports an extraordinarily diverse rainforest, wildflower heath, mangroves, birds and a large population of dingoes. This island has dunes that reach 240 metres in height and about 40 dune lakes – half the numbers in the world.

  • Location: Gold Coast to Fraser Island

Day 5 - Gold Coast to Fraser Island

We arrive in Brisbane today for an included river cruise, the best way to experience the laidback vibe of the city, whilst taking in the captivating cityscape. Then we'll head off along the Bruce Highway bound for Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island! Watch the sunset as we enjoy dinner before resting up at our accommodation, set in a peaceful eucalypt forest.

(Breakfast and Dinner included)

 

Day 6 - Fraser Island

Home to the Badtjala Aboriginal people for some 5000 years, this special place supports and extraordinarily diverse rainforest, wildflower heath, mangroves, birds and a now small population of dingoes. The island has dunes that reach 240m in height and about 40 dune lakes, around half the total number of dune lakes in the world. The best way to see this vast national park is with our included 4WD trip. We travel along Seventy-Five Mile Beach, so get your camera finger ready for the iconic Pinnacles' coloured sands and Maheno Shipwreck. We learn about the rich logging history amongst the ancient rainforest at the Central Station, and float our troubles away at the picturesque Eli Creek. There's an opportunity to try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding on the calm crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie too!

(Breakfast and Lunch included)

 

Stay at a real Aussie ranch: Oz East Coast

Next Leg

Destination info

The East Coast of Australia is an astounding 18,000km long. Eastern Australia is the epitome of beach life and water sports. Other than the stunning ocean, you'll find there are other treasures to discover: mountain ranges, rainforest, the outback and three buzzing capital cities; Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney.

  • Location: Kroombit to Emu Park

Day 7 - Kroombit Park
It's time to head out to the Outback! On our adventure, we're going to watch a goat rodeo, feast on a delicious camp, and if you're feeling daring- try your luck on the mechanical bull! The scenery is awesome, so remember to take your camera along for the ride.
(Breakfast and Dinner included)

 

Day 8 - Kroombit to Emu Park

Goat mustering, horse riding, quad bike riding or trap shooting are just a few of the activities available this morning before we say bye! We make a stop in the beef capital of QLD – Rockhampton “Rocky” before making our way to our overnight accommodation - Emu’s Beach Resort, nestled in the casual stress-free coastal town of Emu Park. A perfect place to sit back, relax and take it easy. Maybe a walk on the beach is more your style or a dip in the resort pool. Tonight enjoy some local hospitality as we enjoy a seaside ‘Reef & Beef Dinner’!
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

 

Sail the beautiful Whitsundays: Oz East Coast

Next Leg

Destination info

The East Coast of Australia is an astounding 18,000km long. Eastern Australia is the epitome of beach life and water sports. Other than the stunning ocean, you'll find there are other treasures to discover: mountain ranges, rainforest, the outback and three buzzing capital cities; Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney.

  • Location: Emu Park to the Whitsunday Islands

Day 9 - Emu Park to the Whitsundays
Today we head off for the awe-inspiring Whitsundays- you're in for a real treat! We'll arrive in Airlie Beach, the heart of this thriving tropical paradise. The town overlooks the beautiful Whitsunday Passage and the 74 nearby tropical islands. If there’s a heaven on earth, it’s definitely in the Whitsundays so prepare to enjoy! The best way by far to experience this gorgeous region is onboard our yacht – your home for the next night!
(Breakfast and Dinner included)

 

Day 10 - The Whitsunday Islands
Wake up in one of the many sheltered coves that make up the Whitsundays. You’ll set sail for golden sandy beaches, snorkel over island coral reefs and soak up the sun in this beautiful part of the world. Tonight we'll stay on a stunning tropical island.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

 

Day 11- The Whitsunday Islands

Today you'll have a full day to explore the Whitsundays. You could go for a hike along the scenic routes, kick back and relax on the beach/by the pool, or just take it easy- it's down to you. In the evening we'll have cocktails and canapes too! 

(Breakfast included)

Party in Cairns: Oz East Coast

Destination info

The East Coast of Australia is an astounding 18,000km long. Eastern Australia is the epitome of beach life and water sports. Other than the stunning ocean, you'll find there are other treasures to discover: mountain ranges, rainforest, the outback and three buzzing capital cities; Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney.

  • Location: The Whitsundays to Cairns

Day 12 - The Whitsundays to Cairns
Early this morning we'll set sail for the mainland and the busy resort town of Airlie Beach. Bidding farewell to our new favourite part of the world, we'll head north via Townsville to Cairns. The final stretch of the Bruce Highway unfolds before us on our way to colourful Cairns. 
(Breakfast included)

 

Day 13 - Cairns (Great Barrier Reef)
Another highlight of the trip for sure, as today we'll explore the phenomenal Great Barrier Reef. We'll take the 'Passions of Paradise' catarmaran cruise (optional) so we can get a closer look; you'll be able to snorkel here. We'll have a freshly cooked meal on board, and when we're back on mainland we'll head out for the evening!
(Breakfast and Lunch)

 

Day 14 - Cairns
We'll end with a day to explore Cairns. There are optional activities you could do (white-water wafting, sky diving etc) or you could just chill out in the cafes or go shopping. Unfortunately it is time to say goodbye now though- time to take down the Facebook details of your new mates!
(Breakfast included)

 

Please note: Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted due to seasonal conditions, weather extremes.

 

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What's included?

  • 13 nights multi share accommodation
  • 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Escorted services of a fully trained Trip Leader and Driver
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi
  • Surf lesson
  • 2 night Whitsunday sailing
  • 4WD Fraser Island group tour
  • Brisbane River city cruise
  • Rainforest walk in Springbrook NP
  • Outback ranch cattle station experience
  • Full staff support
  • Access to 24 emergency assistance in the UK

What's not included?

  • All flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals as indicated
  • Transport during free time
  • Some National Park Entry Fees

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age is 18 years old. Maximum age is 39 years old.

 

Accommodation

A total of 13 night’s multi share accommodation with shared facilities is included. Accommodation will vary throughout the tour and will include hostels, motels, cattle stations and wilderness lodges – many of which are often exclusive to adventure tour travellers.

 

Meals

Meals are included as detailed in the trip itinerary.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

FAQ

1. Can I specify my dietary requirments as the food is included?

Please do! You will eat fresh food wherever possible, if you are vegetarian or gluten intolerant, you may be required to provide some of your own food.

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2. If I have booked an open dated tour, how do I confirm a date?

You will be provided with a voucher with booking details included. You will need to either email or phone the tour provider to choose a date or reconfirm.

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3. Do I need a sleeping bag?

No sleeping bag is required as the tour includes 13 nights in shared accommodation with linen provided.

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4. Where do I meet the tour?

When you reconfirm your tour booking (all tours must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure) you will be advised of a pick up time and place.

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5. Is there a luggage limit?

Yes - there is a STRICT 20kg weight limit per person.

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East Coast Tour Sydney to Cairns

Carly Stanworth - March 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

A great way to see the best of the East coast in a hurry!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Sailing the Whitsundays was amazing, I also really enjoyed the farmstay.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take a raincoat, I didn't and I had to buy one! Be open minded and give everything a try!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

East Coast Tour (Sydney to Cairns) - 14 days2013-03-13

Jenna Jones - January 2013

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Amazing, brilliant, best 14 days ever! :)

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Everything was a highlight! Trying new things and meeting new friends!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Dont pack as much as you think! Do absolutley everything! Get involved!!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

East Coast Tour (Sydney to Cairns) - 14 days2013-01-11

Kirstin Strathie - August 2012

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Great new friends, go go go, jam-packed, party-hard!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Surf Camp, Byron Bay, Kroombit Ranch, Emu Park, The Whitsundays, Cairns. Basically everywhere.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Australia is expensive, be prepared to spend a lot! Take all the opportunities you can, better than regretting you didn't do it. You can catch up on sleep when the tour is finished. Or on the bus.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

East Coast Tour (Sydney to Cairns) - 14 days2012-08-05

Jamie Beveridge - February 2012

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(9/10)
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A well organised, great non-stop fun that I would love to repeat

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The tour guide was quiet simple amazing. Bret Sorrell (Traka) was constantly ensuring we all had the best time possible. Where it was learning about the local surroundings of our trip, going out drinking all night or sitting and playing the guitar he made the trip so special for all us. Jamie

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Do as many activities as possible (its a once in a lifetime) Pack light Go out as much as possible

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

East Coast Tour (Sydney to Cairns) - 14 days2012-02-24

Eleanor Dickenson - July 2011

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Great experience, fantastic group including our outstanding tour guide.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
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What were the highlights of your trip?

Fraser Island, The Whitsundays, Surf camp - our tour guide 'hog' was fantastic.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Very busy schedule so be prepared not to get much sleep and do washing before you start the tour! there's really not time for this!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

East Coast Tour (Sydney to Cairns) - 14 days2011-07-04

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