East Coast Encompassed–Sydney to Cairns

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  • Duration
    18
    Days
  • Service
    Basic
  • Difficulty
    Easy

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Highlights

Island hop by yacht through the Whitsunday Islands, overnight at a traditional sheep station, zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island, sleep in a swag under the impressive Southern night sky

Tour description provided by G Adventures

Rugged landscapes, crashing surf, and indigenous culture stretching back through time and beyond – Australia’s East Coast possesses a truly otherworldly allure. This trip offers you a comprehensive, authentic, and wholly affordable 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.”

Itinerary

Day 1 Sydney
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. Additional Notes: Want to start your Down Under adventure with an adrenaline rush? Add the 'Sydney Adrenaline Bundle' or 'Sydney Bridge Climb' extra to your tour. Get an incredible view of the iconic Sydney Harbour from the top of the Harbour Bridge, then zip through the waterways on a jet boat ride if you book the 'Adrenaline Bundle'. PLEASE NOTE: If booking either of these extras, a pre-night in Sydney is highly recommended as the Bridge Climb starts early in the morning on Day 1. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Sydney/Nundle (1B, 1D)
Depart in the morning and head to a small country town for lunch before continuing to Nundle Sheep Station for the night. At the sheep station, have the unique opportunity to meet an expert sheep shearer. Experience a shearing demonstration and learn about local sheep farming. At the end of the day, enjoy a lamb dinner with the locals before sleeping in historic shearer's quarters. Additional Notes: The sheep station is quite remote, and there is usually no reception for mobile phones. Included Activities: Hunter Valley Wine Tour Sheep Shearing Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 380km)
Day 3 Nundle/Bingara (1B, 1D)
After breakfast, drive to Tamworth, the country and western music capital of Australia and home to a giant guitar. Arrive in Bingara in the early afternoon for an included visit to a historic gold mine where you can try gold panning. Opt to go horseback riding or swimming in a local watering hole. Included Activities: Gold Mine Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 210km)
Day 4 Bingara/Yamba (1B)
Once in Yamba, head to the beach for a swim. End an active day by savouring the local delicacy of fish and chips on the beach with fellow group members. Transport: Travel distance: 380km (236 mi) Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 380km)
Day 5 Yamba/Byron Bay (1B)
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. Included Activities: Surfing Lesson Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 128km)
Day 6 Byron Bay
The free time is yours to explore. Walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out in the Buddha Bar and people watch. Want to get your adrenaline pumping? Go skydiving, try sea kayaking, or go on a dolphin watch.
Day 7 Byron Bay/Brisbane (1B)
Travel north, and opt for a night out in Queensland's capital. Additional Notes: Stop along the way to Brisbane for a quick break at one of the many surf spots such as the Gold Coast. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 288km)
Day 8 Brisbane/Fraser Island (1B, 1L)
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. Additional Notes: While on Fraser Island and the Noosa Everglades, main luggage will be stored in a secure storage facility. Each person will need to pack a bag for two nights with max weight of 5kg. This is due to luggage capacity restrictions in 4x4 vehicles and canoes. Your CEO will explain further details on arrival into Rainbow Beach. Depending on the day of the week, some groups may swap the order of the Fraser Island and Noosa Everglades days. Some groups will first travel to the Noosa Everglades for a night before travelling on to Fraser Island. All inclusions will still be offered but just in a different order. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 250km) Ferry
Day 9 Fraser Island/Noosa River (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a morning of exploring by 4x4 to hit the remainder of Fraser Island's highlights, then set off to the Noosa Everglades for an evening surrounded by stunning wilderness. Included Activities: 4x4 Excursion Noosa Everglades Overnight Excursion Transport: Ferry 4x4
Day 10 Noosa River/Rockhampton (1B, 1D)
Catch a train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'. Arrive at a remote farm and stay the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the farm, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment. Transport: Train (6.00-8.00 hours)
Day 11 Rockhampton/Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1D)
After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Airlie Beach and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands where you will drop anchor for the night. Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 1 Transport: Private Vehicle (6.50-7.00 hours, 539km) Maxi yacht
Day 12 Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1L, 1D)
The sailing route today allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands. There is the option for certified divers to scuba dive. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night. Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 2 Transport: Maxi yacht
Day 13 Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach (1B)
After three days at sea, we sail to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night on land in a local beach hostel resort. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day. Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 3 Transport: Maxi yacht
Day 14 Airlie Beach/Cairns (1L)
Admire the scenery on the train north to Tully. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch and a tour of the G Adventures-supported Ingan Cultural Museum. Participate in either a weaving or painting activity with traditional Jirrbal Aboriginal artists before continuing on to Cairns. Included Activities: Ingan Cultural Museum & Jirrbal Aboriginal Art Demonstration Transport: Train (5.00 hour(s), 482km) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 140km)
Day 15 Cairns (1B)
Enjoy a free day to visit the Great Barrier Reef or get the adrenaline pumping by skydiving, whitewater rafting or bungee jumping.
Day 16 Cairns/Cape Tribulation (1B)
Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge, take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest and swim in a remote waterfall within the Daintree NP. Included Activities: Aboriginal Interpretive Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 140km)
Day 17 Cape Tribulation/Yungaburra (1B)
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 stop at a local winery and opt to sample mango and fruit wines. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 185km)
Day 18 Yungaburra/Cairns (1B)
Stop at Lake Eacham, a volcanic crater lake, before continuing on for a swim in the waters of Babinda Boulders. Continue on to visit some of the waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands, including the famous Millaa Millaa Falls. Travel back to Cairns where the tour ends upon arrival. Additional Notes: Ask your GCO about booking post night accommodation in Cairns, as this trip arrives back late in the evening. Included Activities: Lake Eacham Visit Babinda Boulders Visit Millaa Millaa Falls Visit Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 70km)