Sydney to Cairns Northbound
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Explore Australias 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.
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 (usually after 2pm) and relax. We meet this evening at 6pm in the lobby for a welcome meeting before heading out to dinner. If you arrive early, check out the great range of Urban adventures on offer.
Day 2 Sydney
Let’s go! Hit up a local caf© for breakfast. Set off to explore some of Sydneys most beautiful spots on a walking tour, taking in the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Hop on the ferry to Watsons 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 to relax, explore further or a chance to indulge in some of Sydneys famous nightlife.
Day 3 The 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!). Continue to the beach side city of Newcastle for an evening of live music.
Day 4 Port Macquarie via Forster
It’s all about water today. After an amazing local breakfast, we hit the scenic Lakes Way for a coastal walk and lookout climb. Afterwards, we’re off to Port Macquarie in time for a sunset cruise. Keep an eagle eye out for local pods of dolphins.
Day 5 Dorrigo National Park
We start by meeting the volunteers at a local koala hospital. If youre able to tear yourself away from the cuddly critters, youll be rewarded with a stop in Nambucca Heads to share in a unique and immersive Gumbaynggirr First Nations experience that will get you in touch with the traditional custodians of this land, lore and ancient cultural knowledge. We finish the day in true Aussie style in the Dorrigo National Park: at a traditional pub where you can relax, order some grub, have a few drinks and even play some pool
Day 6 Byron Bay
Splash about in Dangar Falls, then head to the laid-back surfer hub of Byron Bay. First stop is an organic farm where we’ll pick and prepare a healthy lunch. Walk to Byron’s iconic lighthouse for photos, before heading back into town to explore one of the many casual restaurants for dinner and maybe a quiet drink at the Great Northern or Beach Hotel.
Day 7 Byron Bay
Get up early or sleep late, sunrises are pretty ace at from Australia’s most easterly point, but the choice is yours. Its 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. Otherwise take a stroll around town and check out what all the fuss is about.
Day 8 Brisbane to Noosa
From Brisbane, travel to sun-kissed Noosa, visiting one of Australias top surf locations en route. Go koala-spotting in a national park, then head to a coastal lookout to take in a magnificent sunset over the Sunshine Coast hinterland. In the evening, relax and unwind, or perhaps head out on the town for some dinner and drinks.
Day 9 Fraser Island and Noosa
Set off on a 4WD adventure on Fraser Island. This incredible slice of land is the largest sand island in the world, stretching some 123 kilometres down Queensland’s southern coast. Visit some of the renowned lookout points perhaps Indian Head or the Cathedrals for incredible views. Take a dive into a crystal clear lake, and head out in search of that most iconic outback creature, the dingo. When it’s all over, relax back at your accommodation or soak up some of Noosa’s vibrant nightlife.
Day 10 Airlie Beach
Fly to Airlie Beach, the hub town of the magnificent Whitsundays. The day is yours to spend as you please perhaps stroll around and explore, visit some local swimming spots for a refreshing dip, or while away the hours at a bar with a view of the shimmering blue water. If you’re feeling active, chat to your leader for some ideas on optional activities, there are plenty to choose from.
Day 11 Whitsundays Cruise and Airlie Beach
After breakfast, take a leisurely day cruise through the postcard-perfect islands of the Whitsundays, including a stop at the famed Whitehaven beach. Words cant do justice to the dazzling white sands, azure waters and densely verdant vegetation of this incredible corner of the world. Whitehaven is about as impressive as a beach can get! Get a closer look by snorkelling with colourful coral and an array of playful fish and turtles.
Day 12 Tully
A change of scenery today as we head through undulating cane fields to picturesque Mission Beach in a private vehicle. Well have the perfect day to enjoy paradise this afternoon with free time as we arrive onto crystal clear waters and stunning views. Grab a book, have a swim in the pool or just sit and enjoy the tropical bliss.(approximately 520kms/ 325 miles, 6 hours)
Day 13 the Atherton Tableands and Cairns
Enjoy breakfast in a local cafe before travelling into the wet tropics of Far North Queensland. Here you’ll discover a magnificent plunge waterfall nestled in dense tropical rainforest en route to Atherton Tablelands. Take a dip in the cool water, then head to Lake Eacham, a crater lake with beautiful water. Also pay a visit to the massive, unique, heritage-listed Curtain Fig Tree. The day draws to a close in Cairns, one of Australias most lively tropical towns.
Day 14 The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the highlights of any trip to Australia. Cruise over to this famous reef and enjoy some snorkelling and a marine conservation commentary. After an extraordinary day in this underwater world, brimming with amazing coral and dazzling tropical fish, freshen up at the hotel and enjoy a farewell dinner. Its a chance to compare memories, swap stories, and say farewell to your travel companions.