Sydney to Cairns
Explore Australia’s stunning east coast on our Sydney to Cairns East Coast spectacular, with untouched coastal scenery, sample wine and cheese in the Hunter Valley. Get up close to koalas, see the iconic sights of Byron Bay, Fraser Island, cruise around the picture-perfect islands of the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef. As we make our way from continental city lights of Sydney to tropical north Cairns, experience the best the east coast has to offer!
$5,495 pp Twin Share
This 14 day tour will have you visiting the Iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Amble your way through the Hunter Valley while sipping on wine & tasting fresh produce. Take in the incredible scenery of the Great Lakes National Park, as well as the World Heritage Listed Rainforest walk at Dorrigo national Park. Get ready to set off on a 1 day 4 X 4 Safari and take in the beautiful Fraser Island. Journey through the Atherton Tablelands and of course the trip would not be complete without a day at the beautiful Great Barrier Reef.
Jan: 4th, 11th, 18th , 25th
Feb: 8th, 22nd
Mar: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
Day 1 is always a Saturday in Sydney & Day 14 is always a Friday in Cairns.
Day 1: Sydney
We start in Australia’s Harbour City, the glittering jewel in the east coast’s crown. Make your own way to our joining hotel. At 2pm meet your guide in hotel reception for a welcome meeting. This afternoon enjoy walking tour of the local area and a multicultural welcome dinner.
Hotel: Macleay Hotel
Day 2: Hunter Valley & Newcastle
We leave behind Sydney’s skyscrapers and sidewalks for a wildlife park boasting an all-star cast of koalas, kangaroos, and more guided by our own personal wildlife ranger. We’re in the heart of the Hunter Valley, so there’s nothing better than to take a wine, cheese & chocolate tasting tour. We’ll also visit the sunny port city Newcastle, rounding an eclectic day off with local live music when available.
Hotel: The Lucky Hotel
Day 3: 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. In your free time, sunbathe on the sand or enjoy a swim in the ocean. Afterwards, we’re off to follow our East Coast of Australia itinerary to Port Macquarie in time for a sunset cruise, with complimentary drinks and snacks to enjoy – if you’re not distracted by the dolphins that frequently swim past.
Hotel: El Paso Motor Inn
Day 4: Dorrigo National Park
We start by meeting the volunteers at a local koala hospital. If you’re able to tear yourself away from the cuddly critters, you’ll be rewarded with a stop in Nambucca Heads to share in a unique and immersive Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal 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.
Hote: Dorrigo Heritage Motel (Traditional Australian Pub) or Bellingen Valley Lodge
Day 5: Dorrigo National Park - Byron Bay
It’s off to Dangar Falls for a refreshing dip in its cascading waters. We visit Dorrigo National Park, known for its lush, sub-tropical rainforest and waterfalls. Next, we’re headed to Byron Bay, a laid-back surf paradise with boundless coastline, sand and friendly locals. We will be paying a visit to the local lighthouse for a unique photo opportunity and the chance for the eagle-eyed to spot dolphins, whales, and other marine life. We’ll finish the afternoon by popping to an organic farm where we’ll pick and prepare a healthy dinner.
Hotel: Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
Breakfast & Dinner Included
Day 6: Byron Bay
Today we’re talking relaxation, relaxation, and relaxation. This day is all yours. Spend the morning on the warm sand, shopping for bargains, or indulge in one of our optional activities: yoga, surfing, kayaking or get a relaxing massage. In the afternoon, put your feet up, head to a cozy bar, or watch the world go by from one of the local cafes.
Optional: Surf lesson or kayak experience
Day 7: Noosa
We’re a week into our adventure and today sees a visit to sun-kissed Noosa (via one of Australia’s top surf spots and home to some of our champion surfers). We’re crossing into Queensland – the Sunshine State – which means koala-spotting in a national park followed by a magnificent sunset overlooking the Sunshine Coast hinterland from a coastal lookout. Rest up in the evening, or hit the bustling town for dinner and nightlife.
Hotel: Noosa Lakes Resort
Day 8: Fraser Island & Noosa
Ready, steady, go, for a once-in-a-lifetime Fraser Island 4WD adventure today. You’ll never want to leave, as we explore the largest sand island in the world, kick back at some of Queensland’s most renowned lookouts, take a walk on the wild side, dive into a crystal-clear lake, and go dingo-discovering. The fun needn’t stop there; after the tour feel free to enjoy Noosa’s vibrant nightlife, or put your feet up in your accommodation.
Day 9: Airlie Beach
It’s up, up, and away, as we take the plane to Airlie beach, hub of the magnificent Whitsundays. You get the chance to take the reins today; whether you want to stroll through the town, find a cool bar, or explore the local swimming hole!
Hotel: Mantra Croc Club
Day 10: Whitsunday Island Cruise & Airlie Beach
After breakfast, we’re taking a leisurely day cruise through the postcard-perfect islands of the Whitsundays, including a stop at famed Whitehaven beach. Words can’t do justice to the dazzling white sands, azure waters, and densely verdant vegetation of this incredible corner of the world.
Get a closer look by snorkeling with colourful coral, and an array of playful fish and turtles. Afterwards, it’s your chance to relax or seek out the town’s best food and drink options.
Breakfast & Lunch Included
Day 11: Mission Beach
A change of scenery today as we head through undulating cane fields to picturesque Mission Beach in a private vehicle. We’ll 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.
Hotel: Mission Beach Castaways Resort
Day 12: Cairns via The Atherton Tablelands
Enjoy breakfast in a local café before we travel into the wet tropics of Far North Queensland. We’ll discover a magnificent plunge waterfall nestled in dense tropical rainforest en-route to the Atherton Tablelands. Take a dip in the water before we head to Lake Eacham, a crater lake with crystal-clear water & visit the massive ‘Curtain Fig Tree’. We’ll finish the day in Cairns, one of Australia’s most vibrant, tropical and energetic cities.
Hotel: The Bailey
Day 13: Cairns & The Great Barrier Reef
It’s one of the highlights of any trip to Australia: The Great Barrier Reef.
We enjoy a full day out exploring two different reef sights with included snorkeling & marine conservation commentary from our boat crew. In the evening we meet for a farewell dinner at one of Cairns’ restaurants.
Breakfast Lunch & Dinner Included- Tour will end after dinner.
Optional: Scuba Dive or Scuba Dive on Great Barrier Reef
Day 14: Cairns
Wake up early to explore some more or sleep in a little longer & enjoy a late breakfast.
Your time with us has come to an end & the choice is yours.
Twin Share / Double Room with Own Bathroom- $5,495 pp
Single Room with Own Bathroom - $6895
All tours require comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing
We travel over 2000km’s from Sydney to Cairns, it may be hot and sunny or may be wet and cold!
Sunscreen is recommended
Please bring swimmers & towel
Included in this tour:
Hotel accommodation is a mix of Boutique, 4 & 3 star
11 breakfasts, 3 lunch experiences, 3 dinner experiences included
Whitsundays Island Explorer day cruise
Great Barrier Reef day cruise including 2 reef sites, snorkelling & lunch on board
Port Macquarie sunset cruise with snacks & drinks
Hunter Valley wine & cheese tasting experience
All transport (Private buses, flight and boat trips)
Included free activities everyday: Nature walks, waterfalls, swimming, beaches, unique local experiences
Fraser Island 4WD Adventure
Australian animal conservation park
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital