DURATION: 16 Days
TRIP STYLE: Adventure in Style
VEHICLE TYPE: 20 Seat Mini bus
ACCOMMODATION STYLE: Dorm style accommodation, singles / doubles available on request
PRICE: $2995 per person
DEPARTURE DAYS: Varying days depending on the time of year - please see availability calendar below
DEPARTURE POINT: Sydney "Wake Up" Hostel at 3:00pm on day 1 and arriving Cairns on Day 16 at 5.30pm
The Adventures Beyond 16 Day East Coast of Australia Safari between Sydney and Cairns is the ideal way to travel from Sydney to Cairns and takes in all the highlights of New South Wales and Queensland. Cruise the famous Sydney Harbour, hike the picturesque Blue Mountains, search for Dolphins at Port Stephens and cuddle a Koala in Port Macquarie. Learn to 'Hang Ten' at our surf school and chill out in Byron Bay. See the bright lights of Surfers Paradise and say farewell in the Sunshine state's capital of Brisbane.
From here we head further North on the East Coast of Australia adventure between Brisbane and Cairns captures all the best bits of the Sunshine State of Queensland. From making your own boomerang to learning how to throw it. From driving along one of the best routes in the world to sailing the Whitsundays. From four-wheel-driving the largest sand island in the world to exploring the rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands. From Brisbane to Cairns – this is your Queensland adventure.
- Blue Mountains
- Port Stephens
- Port Macquarie
- Byron Bay
- Surfers Paradise
- Rainbow Beach
- Fraser Island
- Tin Can Bay
- Kroombit Cattle Station
- Airlee Beach
- Whitehaven Beach
- Atherton Tablelands
- Great Barrier Reef
- Plus lots more
- Bush Walking
- Harbour Cruise
- Optional Surf Lesson
- White Water rafting (optional)
- Hot Air Ballooning (optional)
- Great Barrier Reef (optional)
- Goat muster by horseback (optional)
- Quad biking through a cattle station (optional)
- 3 day live a board certified dive course on the Great Barrier Reef (optional)
- 1,2 and 3 day Cape Tribulation Rainforest Tours from $145
- Scenic Drives
- Lawn Bowls
- Nocturnal Kayak
- Whip Cracking
- Clay Target Shooting
- Goat Rodeo
- Hand feed wild dolphins
- 4 wheel driving on Fraser Island
- Fun night time activities
- Wildlife spotting
- Plus lots more!
Day 1 - Jet Boat Ride, Sydney Harbour and Dinner (Dinner)
What better way to start your tour and get to know your group than by cruising Sydney Harbour by Catamaran, a perfect way to set the pace for the coming 6 days. Cruise by the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera house as the city's day draws to an end. Afterwards we head to our night’s accommodation for a welcome dinner and a few drinks. Here you will learn more about your trip. Spend the night in your provided accommodation and dream about your unfolding adventure.
Day 2 - Blue Mountains, Central NSW Coast and beyond (Breakfast)
Today we spend a full day at one of New South Wales' most picturesque destinations, the World Heritage Blue Mountains. Home to the famous Three Sisters rock formations your guide will take you on a walk down from the lookout to witness the vast land around you. In the afternoon we make our way to the mountain village of Katoomba for our overnight stay.
Day 3 - Port Stephens Wild Dolphin Cruise, Koala hospital (Breakfast)
Today we firstly travel to Port Stephens to witness the largest sand dune system in Australia. The bay here also happens to have over 80 resident dolphins, so we have included a 1.5 hour dolphin cruise which has 99% chance of seeing dolphins in the wild. After lunch we then travel onto Port Macquarie where we visit the Koala Hospital so you can get up close and personal with the koalas and we then spend the evening reliving our experiences!
Day 4 - Surf Camp, Coffs Coast and beyond (Dinner)
This morning it’s onto our beach camp on the Coffs Coast – where the Great Dividing Range meets the ocean. It encompasses 90 kilometres of beaches which make it one of the best places in Australia to learn how to surf. If you choose to try your hand at ‘hanging ten’ with an optional surf lesson, this will take place this afternoon. If you would rather watch the waves (and the new surfers) roll in then laze about our beachside accommodation or walk along the beach for sunset. Overnight at our surf camp.
Day 5 - Byron Bay, Surfers Paradise and more (Breakfast and Dinner)
Following breakfast we head to the famous hippie town of Byron Bay where your guide will take you on a town tour including a walk up to the famous lighthouse. You will have most of the day to take in the relaxed vibe here. We finish the day in the Queensland holiday capital, Surfers Paradise with a group dinner by the beach.
Day 6 - Brisbane, Rainbow Beach and beyond (Lunch and Dinner)
The sun rising over the Pacific Ocean is a sight everyone has to see once in their lifetime. Head to the beach to check out the waves before boarding our vehicle for the short journey onto Brisbane. We then head a further 240km north to the coastal town of Rainbow Beach – the gateway to World Heritage Fraser Island. This afternoon you will be treated to a unique experience as you design and paint your own boomerang and on the walk we will explore these “rainbow” dunes. We settle into our accommodation for the evening with a meal in the bar/restaurant.
Day 7 - Fraser Island, 4 Wheel Driving and beyond (Lunch and Dinner)
Your adventure onto Fraser island begins in the morning when your local guide picks you up in Rainbow. After a short 10-minute ferry ride you start your two full days of four-wheel-driving on the roads of sand. During your stay on Fraser you will have the chance to spot dingoes in the wild, swim in crystal clear freshwater lakes and swimming holes and explore the diverse landscapes in this unique habitat. Before heading to bed don’t forget to look up to enjoy the millions of stars and maybe even spot the five stars on the Aussie flag – the Southern Cross.
Day 8 - Fraser Island and Rainbow Beach (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Today we continue our Fraser Island Adventure driving on the largest sand island in the world. After a day of adventure, sand dunes, swimming and more and in the late afternoon of day three your guide will return you to your Rainbow accommodation where you have a group dinner.
Day 9 - Hand feed wild dolphins, outback cattle station and more (Dinner)
This morning it’s time to hit the road to our outback cattle station, but on the way we have a wonderful experience for all guests. You will have the opportunity to hand-feed wild dolphins as they come into Tin Can Bay every morning. This National Park run activity is included in the price of your tour. Upon arrival at Kroombit cattle station we will meet the station owners who will show us around the property before we settle around the fire for a traditional camp oven dinner. Overnight in your choice of rustic bunkhouse or a night under the stars in a swag – a traditional Aussie bedroll.
Day 10 - Whip Cracking, Goat Rodeo and Campfire (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Awake to the sounds of birds chirping and the crackle of the campfire preparing for your camp oven breakfast. Today is a day of Aussie outback life, as you will try your hand at whip cracking, clay target shooting and lassoing and releasing a goat in a rodeo. You can also participate in a goat muster by horseback or quad bike through the cattle station (both optional). In between these activities experience a traditional Aussie BBQ to keep your energy levels up. In the evening we return to the campfire for another camp oven dinner followed by a mechanical bull ride.
Day 11 - Airlee Beach, Whitsundays and more (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
This morning we bid farewell to our outback paradise and head to the gateway of the Whitsundays region, Airlie Beach. As we will be driving a lot of the day, we suggest counting kangaroos. Airlie is one of the liveliest towns on the East Coast and has entertainment to cater to just about every taste. In Airlee you will have the opportunity to sail, relax and more in this scenic town.
Day 12 - Whitsundays Optional Sailing adventure (Breakfast)
Today you will have the option of relaxing in Airlie Beach to rest up and take in the tropical atmosphere of this chilled out town. For those wanting a more action-packed experience you have the option to upgrade to a 2 day/1 night sailing experience with our partners Explore Whitsundays. Sail on a maxi-yacht with young fun loving people and experience sleeping overnight on a fast sailing yacht.
Day 13 - Airlee Beach, Whitsundays and more (Breakfast and Lunch)
This morning we head to Abel Point Marina for our cruise through the magnificent Whitsunday Islands. Our sleek catamaran features a boom net where you can laze about as you watch the blue water break against the sides and the islands slowly cruise by. In the morning we will venture onto Whitsunday Island to take in the breathtaking seven kilometre-long Whitehaven Beach where you can snorkel, swim and even clean your jewellery with the white pristine silica sand. For lunch we return to the boat for a BBQ and cruise around the area before returning to Airlie in the late afternoon. If you don’t have a case of the sea legs, then tonight you may want to check out the nightlife!
Day 14 - Yungburra, lawn bowls and wildlife spotting (Breakfast and Dinner)
An early start this morning as we continue our journey north with a coastal drive to Yungaburra, a village in the heart of the Atherton Tablelands. En-route you will get to participate in a game of Australian folk-lore, “lawn bowls”. Stop at one of the great little towns in rural Australia to test your skills against your group and the locals that frequent these watering holes for the “sport”. From our accommodation this night you will have the opportunity to go wildlife spotting by canoe, looking for the rare “Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo” (yes a real kangaroo that lives in amongst the rainforest canopy), ring tail and brush tail possums, carnivorous possums, bandicoots, gliders and platypuses.
Day 15 - Airlee Beach, Platypus spotting and Cairns (Breakfast and Dinner)
After your big night of activities we awake this morning to participate in a platypus spotting walk, with the option of biking in the neighbouring area. Our final destination of Cairns by road takes us through other parts of the stunning Atherton Tablelands. Here we will visit the magnificent Millaa Millaa Falls, the Curtain Fig Tree and the volcanic crater of Lake Eacham. Swim, bike and walk amongst nature. Following an amazing last day in the Tablelands we arrive in Cairns and our group joins together again at a local Cairns restaurant for our end of tour dinner.
Day 16 - Airlee Beach, Whitsundays and more
On this final morning our group will meet by the pool to plan further activities and to take an end of tour group photo before the guide leaves the group. If staying on in Cairns then the Great Barrier Reef is your oyster. The awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef carries many titles: one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the largest coral reef system on the globe and the only living thing on Earth visible from space. The beauty of this magnificent piece of nature will remain in your mind long after you leave.
Professional guide, travel in an air-conditioned vehicle, sightseeing and meals as indicated including make your own boomerang with Aboriginal people, overnight on Fraser Island with two days of sand four-wheel-driving, 2 nights / 1 day cattle station activities, Whitsunday Island sailing, day in the Atherton Tablelands, accommodation with all bedding and National park fees.
Hat, sunscreen, walking shoes/boots, insect repellent, water bottle, bathers/towel, flip flops/thongs and camera.