Take a day out from Sydney to the nearby iconic Blue Mountains and go bush walking, visit a wildlife park, see the Three Sisters rock formation, enjoy a BBQ lunch and see Wentworth waterfall.
All about the 14 Day Sydney to Cairns East Coast Tour
An exciting small group East Coast adventure, with a locally owned & operated company that loves nature, food, wine & the friendly faces that we work closely with. Includes nature based activities and the chance to relax with some Me-Time too.
Unique Points about this East coast tour is that is includes Australian East Coast Tours ‘must-see’ attractions like Sydney, Byron Bay, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef, but we also expose our guests to family-run hospitality, locally-produced food and wine, and a variety of down-to-earth experiences
We understand the importance of utilising the local community and businesses to create sustainable and long-lasting relationships. We visit best local cafes, restaurants & food producers every day.
Active tour style provides opportunities for nature walks, snorkelling, swimming, spotting animals in the wild
Great music playlist, informative, enthusiastic guides & no boring commentary
Via also donates $1 per day towards the food rescue charity “Oz Harvest” for every guest on board. They educate on how the local volunteers are helping rescue food in Australia, redistributing food to those in need
Key Destinations Visited:
Sydney, Byron Bay, Fraser Island, Whitsundays, Aboriginal experience, Great Barrier Reef, nature walks, snorkelling, swimming, Aussie wildlife, gourmet food and wine
We use a mix of 4 star, boutique & family run accommodation so you sleep well at night.
Accommodation: Hand picked for the location, service & comfort
Sydney: Macleay Hotel
Newcastle: The Lucky Hotel
Port Macquarie: El Paso Motor Inn
Dorrigo National Park: Dorrigo Heritage Motel (Traditional Australian Pub) or Bellingen Valley Lodge
Byron Bay: Apartments Inn
Noosa: Noosa Lakes Resort
Airlie Beach: Airlie Beach Hotel
Tully: Mt. Tyson Hotel/Motel (Traditional Australian Pub)
Cairns: Holiday Inn Harbourside or Cairns Plaza Hotel
*Similar accommodation may be used if necessary
14 Day Sydney to Cairns East Coast Tour Itinerary - 14 days
Sydney Arrival Day
Your journey begins in Iconic Sydney, a city teeming with life and things to do. Check in and enjoy some rest before beginning your adventure tomorrow.
Your journey begins with a walking tour of some of Australia’s greatest icons. You’ll stand beneath the Harbour Bridge and walk up the stairs to the outstanding Opera house. Up next, it’s a ferry ride to Watsons bay; here over a scrumptious fish and chip lunch, you’ll get to know your fellow adventurers. We then enjoy a scenic walk of Sydney's coastline which is shaped by soaring cliffs and ragged rocks. With plenty of things to do in Sydney, tonight we leave you to explore Sydney by night and experience its effervescent nightlife. (B,L,D)
Hunter Valley and Newcastle
We travel inland to the homely Hunter Valley and enjoy a visit to a wildlife park. Here, you’ll be greeted and welcomed by Kangaroos and Koalas and guided by an experienced and knowledgeable ranger. No visit to the Hunter Valley is complete without a tour to taste some local produce. This afternoon you’ll taste local cheeses, chocolates and vodka before sitting down to enjoy some of Australia’s finest food for lunch. Next up, Newcastle, this port city boasts an atmosphere like no other, so soak up the afternoon sun and kick back and listen to live local music! (B,L)
Port Macquarie via Forster
Awake and enjoy a local breakfast to fill the stomach before the action packed day ahead. We begin with a coastal walk and lookout climb at Lakes Way that promises rewarding views. Soak up the sun on the sand or test your balance with stand up paddle boarding or kayaking. After an adventurous morning we respite with a sunset cruise at Port Macquarie. You’ll sit back and enjoy snacks and drinks as dolphins dance next to the boat. (B)
Optional: Stand-up paddle board, kayak
Dorrigo National Park
Koalas are arguably Australia’s cutest marsupial, and today you’ll see volunteers in action to conserve these cuddly critters at a Koala Hospital! After a rewarding morning, we pitstop at Dorrigo National Park. This renowned region showcases the lush landscapes of Australia’s East coast with waterfalls, swimming holes and endless rainforest to please the eyes! Time to tickle your tastebuds, with a dinner at a traditional ‘Aussie’ pub, and of course a few drinks! (B)
Dorrigo National Park to Byron Bay
Danger Falls, despite the name, is an inviting waterfall with a perfect swimming spot to match. We’ll enjoy a refreshing swim and respite here before heading to beautiful Byron Bay. Byron is a coastal community that lives and breathes relaxation. The atmosphere is one that will make you want to put your feet up, order a drink and soak up the sun! We’ll head to the iconic Byron Bay lighthouse, for a chance to take a photo at Australia’s most easterly location. This lighthouse lookout offers the opportunity to spot whales and dolphins too! (B)
Beachy Byron is all yours today. Choose to grab breakfast at one of Byron’s boho cafes, slurp on a fresh fruit smoothie, shop to your hearts content or indulge in an optional activity such as yoga, surfing, skydiving or kayaking. For lunch we head to an organic farm, where you’ll get the chance to choose and create your own lunch. Byron is again all yours to fall in love with this afternoon. With plenty of things to do in Byron, we’re sure you’ll never want to leave!
Optional: Yoga session, surf lesson, kayak experience, skydive or massage
Next up Noosa! This coastal promenade is teeming with cafes, shops and friendly locals! The beach is a favourite for surfers who take to the waves all year round. Today we cross the border to Queensland, the Sunshine State that boasts warm weather and wildlife. A visit to an evergreen national park will have us looking for Koalas hanging in the trees. We’ll then round off the day watching the sun come down over the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. (B)
Fraser Island and Noosa
Famous Fraser Island awaits. The island, which is the largest sand island in the world; promises a day of thrill and excitement! We’ll bounce along the beach by 4WD before boarding the ferry to the island at Rainbow beach. The island has it all; plunge into pristine lakes and swimming spots, relax by the beach or lookout for native wildlife in the lush forests. After a day of discovery, explore Noosa by night or relax at your accommodation. (L)
We take to the sky and fly to Airlie Beach, an East Coast town with a vibrant coastal culture. Enjoy a walk up the main street bursting with bars, cute cafes and shops or take a walk along the dreamy coastline- the choice is yours. (B)
Whitsunday Islands Cruise and Airlie Beach
After an early breakfast we’re headed to the jewel of the East Coast; the Whitsundays. This picturesque paradise is an array of islands boasting white sands and clear seas. We’ll stop at Whitehaven beach to admire the winding wind-swept sands before diving beneath the surface to surround ourselves with colourful corals, turtles and stunning fish. Tonight is yours to explore Airlie Beach or relax after a day in the sun. (B, L)
Today we ride the rails and board a train to Tully. You’ll wind in and out of cane fields and banana plantations as you sit back and enjoy the ride. Welcomed by an Aboriginal family, we’ll be taken to a secret swimming spot screened by lush rainforest. We’ll venture even further into the forest to prepare traditional bush tucker and set up a glowing campfire beneath the stars. Tonight we take to the forest by torch, on the lookout for the Nocturnal wildlife of Australia’s East. (D)
Cairns via the Atherton Tablelands
After a divine breakfast we travel to the lush tropics of Far North Queensland. This region boasts rainforests, stunning swimming spots and lush landscapes- so there is plenty of things to do! We’ll begin with a visit to a cascading waterfall hidden in dense greenery. Cool off beneath the falls or enjoy a walk through the tropical forest. Next up, we visit Lake Eacham; a crater lake filled with crystalline water. Get your cameras ready as we also visit the ‘Curtain Fig Tree’. Tonight we settle in Cairns, a city combining coast with rainforests! (B)
Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef
Today’s unforgettable experience is a journey to the largest living system on the planet; The Great Barrier Reef! We’ll cruise crystal clear seas before jumping right in and snorkelling amongst colourful corals and tropical fish. You’ll fall in love with the natural beauty of the reef and meet turtles, reef sharks and more. Tonight, you’ll sit back and enjoy a dinner with your newfound friends and share stories and highlights of your amazing Australian adventure. (B,L,D)
Optional: Scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef
Departure Dates (*Day 1 always starts in Sydney on a Friday)
July 7 to July 21
July 21 to Aug 4
August 4 to Aug 18
September 1 to September 15
October 6 to 20 Oct
October 20 to 3 Nov
November 3 to Nov 17
November 17 to Dec 1
December 1 to Dec 15
Jan 5 to Jan 19
Jan 19 to Feb 2
Feb 2 to Feb 16
Feb 16 to 2 March
March 2 to 16 March
March 16 to 30 March
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
- Age Requirements & Tour Style: Must be 18+ to travel on the tour unless an approved minor (12+ years old) is accompanied by an adult. Age limit is 65 years old, but all guest must be young in spirit & active enough to participate daily in light to medium walks, some lasting up to 2 hours
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