East Coast Encompassed–Sydney to Cairns

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Sydney to Cairns

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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.”

What’s included

  • Your Hands-On Moment: Wine Tour, Hunter Valley Your Hands-On Moment: Surfing Lesson, Byron Bay Your Discover Moment: Byron Bay Your Discover Moment: Cairns Your Big Night Out Moment: 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

Highlights

  • Island 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 river

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 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. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
Day 3 Sydney/Tamworth (1B, 1D) Travel to the Hunter Valley for a wine tasting before continuing on to Tamworth for a taste of Australian country living. Additional Notes: Due to operational reasons, tours that are scheduled to visit Tamworth between January 23-27, 2018 will be rerouted to Coffs Harbour for the night. Included Activities: Wine Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 170km) Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 240km)
Day 4 Tamworth/Yamba (1B) Continue north, visiting Raspberry Lookout and Boundary Falls in Gibraltar National Park en route. Once in Yamba, head to the beach for a swim. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50-5.50 hours, 360km)
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 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.
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. 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. Included Activities: 4x4 Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 250km) Ferry
Day 9 Fraser Island/Noosa Everglades (1B) 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 22-seat 4x4 truck
Day 10 Noosa Everglades/Airlie Beach (1L) Go canoeing along the calm waters of the Noosa Everglades before hopping an overnight train north to Airlie Beach. Included Activities: Canoeing Transport: Overnight train (airplane seats) (12.00-14.00 hours)
Day 11 Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands (1D) After arriving in Airlie Beach, transfer to the marina 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 Sailing Trip, Day 1 Transport: 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. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night. Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip, Day 2 Transport: Maxi yacht
Day 13 Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach (1B) 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. Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip, Day 3 Transport: Maxi yacht
Day 14 Airlie Beach/Cairns Admire the scenery on the train north to Cairns. Additional Notes: Get ready for an early morning wake-up today for the journey to Cairns. Make sure to stock up on snacks and bring personal entertainment – it may be one of the longer travel days on this trip, but it's worth it to reach The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef! Transport: Local bus (0.75-1.00 hours) Train (10.00-11.00 hours)
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. Included Activities: Big Night Out
Day 16 Cape Tribulation 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: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 140km)
Day 17 Cape Tribulation/Yungaburra (1B) Enjoy a free 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 185km)
Day 18 Yungaburra/Cairns (1B) 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. 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)
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