Best of Australia

Classic, Cairns to Sydney

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

In case you hadn’t noticed, Australia is an awfully big place. So big, in fact, that you’d need to come back a few times to see it all. Don’t have that kind of time? Hop aboard this 14-day trip down Australia’s east coast and make the most of the time you do have. Offering a solid mix of must-do experiences and uncommon adventures, you’ll learn to surf at Byron Bay, sail the Whitsundays, and trek through Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest. The best part: there’s still plenty more to come back for.

What’s included

  • Your Discover Moment: Byron Bay Your Hands-On Moment: Surfing Lesson, Byron Bay
  • Guided rainforest walk
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion
  • Blue Mountains stay with hikes
  • Jenolan Caves visit
  • Scenic Railway
  • Jamison Valley walk
  • Orientation walk in Sydney
  • Free time in Cairns, Byron Bay, and Sydney
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Follow an aboriginal guide through the daintree rainforest
  • Visit the great barrier reef
  • Sail around the scenic whitsundays
  • Try surfing in byron bay
  • Hike the blue mountains

Itinerary

Day 1 Cairns There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Cairns/Cape Tribulation (1B, 1L) Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest. Included Activities: Aboriginal Interpretive Walk Transport: Travel 1.5 hrs to Mossman Gorge. Later, continue 2 hrs to Cape Tribulation. Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 140km)
Day 3 Cape Tribulation (1B) With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park.
Day 4 Cape Tribulation/Cairns (1B) Return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))
Day 5 Cairns/Airlie Beach (1B) Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach with time to explore the town. Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00-10.00 hours, 623km)
Day 6 Airlie Beach (1L) Set sail for a day in the Whitsunday Islands, visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Opt to swim or snorkel, and hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand. Return to Airlie Beach for the night. Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands Sailing Excursion Barrier Reef Visit
Day 7 Airlie Beach/Byron Bay Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this "hippie" paradise. Additional Notes: Please note that due to operational reasons the Dec 27, 2018 departure of Best of Australia, and the Dec 16, 2018 departure of Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia, will be staying in Tweeds Head tonight instead of Byron Bay. Transport: Plane (2.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 200km)
Day 8 Byron Bay Spend the day wandering the town or taking part in a multitude of optional activities like sea kayaking, visiting Cape Byron Lighthouse, or relaxing on the beach. Additional Notes: Please note that due to operational reasons the Dec 27, 2018 departure of Best of Australia, and the Dec 16, 2018 departure of Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia, will be staying in Tweeds Head tonight instead of Byron Bay. The group will travel to Byron during the day today for free time to explore.
Day 9 Byron Bay/Port Macquarie Hit the waves with an included surf lesson. Head to the coastal township of Port Macquarie, featuring all the beauty of the beach set alongside gorgeous national parks. Enjoy an evening in Port Macquarie. Included Activities: Surfing Lesson Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 397km)
Day 10 Port Macquarie/Blue Mountains Opt to visit a koala hospital before travelling to the Blue Mountains Region. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 500km)
Day 11 Blue Mountains Explore the area around Leura and Katoomba including the Three Sisters. Visit the Jenolan Caves, take a walk in Jamison Valley, and ride on the Scenic Railway, the steepest railway in the world. Additional Notes: In the case of bad weather or poor visibility, the order of the activities may change or be moved to Day 12. Note: The Scenic Cableway will be closed from August 1, 2018 until mid September 2018. Included Activities: Jenolan Caves Tour Scenic Railway Jamison Valley Walk Blue Mountains Excursion
Day 12 Blue Mountains/Sydney Travel to Sydney and enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city. Opt to rent a bike, stroll the botanical gardens, or visit the iconic Opera House. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 13 Sydney Get a feel for the city. Opt to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, zip through the harbour on a jet boat, or relax seaside at Bondi Beach. Enjoy an optional final night out with the group.
Day 14 Sydney Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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