16 Day Sydney to Cairns East Coast Essentials Package for Travel before 30 September

Tour Code: SC16
Northbound: Sydney to Cairns

Departs on Tuesdays from April 7, 2019 up to and including Sep 24, 2019 departure
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16 Day Sydney to Cairns East Coast Essentials Package

DAY 1: Sydney to Barrington Tops
We head to the Hunter Valley wine area to do a tasting at one of Australia’s most famous vineyards. We then head through the backcountry to our stunning stop on the edge of Barrington Tops National Park (a World Heritage Listed Area). Tonight, we stay in a private lodge overlooking the Barrington River, and we have included river tubing down a scenic part of the river for this afternoon. Warm up and relax in the giant hot tub before dinner.
STAY: Hilltop Lodge – dorm share accommodation
EAT: Dinner

Day 2: Barrington Tops to Surf Camp
Wake up in the morning and enjoy breakfast with an amazing view. We then head north, with a break to visit a koala hospital to learn about their efforts in preserving Koalas, and at a nature reserve to spot wild kangaroos hopping along the incredible coastline. We then travel on to our waterfront accommodation at the Surf Camp, arriving in the early evening.
IMPORTANT NOTES: Female only dorms cannot be guaranteed at this location.
STAY: Spot X Surf Camp – quad share accommodation
EAT: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3: Surf Camp to River Retreat
This morning you can take part in a group surf lesson or just relax on the beach. The surf lesson is included in the price of the tour package. In the afternoon we travel to our River Retreat and go for a guided canoeing trip, spotting wildlife along the way. In the evening have an Aussie BBQ, learn how to cook some damper and toast marshmallows around the campfire.
STAY: Shared Cabins
EAT: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 4: River Retreat to Byron Bay
We leave our camp and head north towards Byron Bay, Australia’s famous surf and arts town. We stop in the picturesque town of Yamba along the way and go for a walk or a swim at the Angourie blue pools (weather dependent). We have an orientation drive on the way to Byron Bay to help you get your bearings.
STAY: Backpacker Resort Byron Bay
EAT: Breakfast

DAY 5: Free Day in Byron Bay
Explore, learn to surf, party, visit the alternative town of Nimbin (additional cost), or just relax and take in the laidback, hippy vibe. We recommend taking a walk to the lighthouse to view the Australian mainland’s most easterly point.
IMPORTANT NOTES: Your Stray guide won’t be hanging out with you today, as he/she is getting a hard-earned rest. They will, however, be able to help you book any activities or give you some tips on restaurants etc before you arrive in Byron on day 4.
STAY: Backpacker Resort in Byron Bay
NO MEALS

DAY 6: Byron Bay (via Gold Coast & Brisbane) to Rainbow Beach
This morning we depart Byron Bay and cruise up to the New South Wales/Queensland border, we then drive into the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Noosa before we continue onto Rainbow Beach for the night. We recommend taking a walk up to Carlo Sand Blow for sunset (weather permitting)
STAY: Frasers on Rainbow, 18 Spectrum St, Rainbow Beach
EAT: Dinner

DAY 7 & 8 Rainbow Beach <> Fraser Island (2days/1night)
Get ready for two full days of exploring World Heritage Fraser Island. After a short 10-minute ferry ride from Rainbow Beach you start your adventure 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, hike through world heritage rainforest 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.

In the late afternoon of day eight your guide will return you to your Rainbow Beach accommodation where you have dinner included.
STAY: Eurong Beach Resort, Fraser Island
Frasers on Rainbow, Rainbow Beach
EAT: Day 1 - Lunch and Dinner
Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 9: Rainbow Beach
Today you will have the chance to witness some of the spectacular marine wildlife the Fraser Coast is famous for. You will be treated to a dolphin-watching kayak tour and Great Beach 4WD ride within the Great Sandy National Park.

On this three-hour tour you have the chance of seeing Bottlenose dolphins, Humpback whales (May to November), turtles, manta rays, sting rays, soldier crabs and an array of marine birdlife.

Make sure you bring along your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, water, camera, a dry change of clothes and any snacks you may wish to eat.
IMPORTANT NOTES:. In the event of inclement weather, the best possible alternative will be provided by Epic Ocean Adventures to give you the best chance of seeing some great marine wildlife and the beautiful coastline of Rainbow Beach. (Both activities are subject to minimum numbers of four people)

STAY: Frasers on Rainbow, 18 Spectrum St, Rainbow Beach
EAT: Dinner

DAY 10: Rainbow Beach to Emu Park
We then head to Cooroy where we start our train journey. Travel by train to Rockhampton where we are met by a local bus which takes us to Emu’s Beach Resort. We are welcomed onto the resort and find out more about our Stray Treasure Island Experience for the next day.
STAY: Emu’s Beach Resort, 92 Pattison Street, Emu Park
NO MEALS

DAY 11: Great Keppel Island + Emu Park (Overnight Train) to Airlie Beach
This morning we head to a tropical paradise like nowhere else on our Treasure Island Adventure. Our destination Great Keppel Island is located on the southern of the Great Barrier Reef with untouched coral, turtles, reef fish and manta rays all straight off the beach. Relax or have a go at snorkeling or kayaking (additional cost) before exploring the island. We have dinner at Emu’s Beach Resort before we catch the train in the evening and travel overnight to Airlie Beach – the gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. where you will have time to store your luggage before your Whitsundays day trip.
STAY: Overnight Train (reclining seats)
EAT: Lunch and Dinner

DAY 12: Whitsunday Islands, snorkeling, reef and Whitehaven Beach
Today provides an exhilarating ride to world famous Whitehaven Beach, pristine snorkeling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks.

Visit the Northern and Southern ends of Whitehaven Beach, spending at least two hours relaxing or exploring the 7km of white silica sand.

Walk to the Southern Whitehaven lookout with breathtaking views of Pentecost Island, join the guided walks to Hill Inlet lookout and snorkel for an hour enjoying the amazing hard and soft corals of the fringing reefs. Upon completion of your Whitsundays day trip, you will have the night free to
explore Airlie’s great nightlife and choice of restaurants.
IMPORTANT NOTES: Please note that your Stray guide won’t be present today and you will be in the safe hands of the crew from Ocean Rafting. Upon completion of your Whitsundays day trip, you will have the night free to explore Airlie’s great nightlife and choice of restaurants.
STAY: Backpacker Resort in Airlie Beach
EAT: Lunch

DAY 13: Airlie Beach (via Townsville) to Magnetic Island
We an early start today with a local bus to the train, a ferry out to tropical ‘Maggie Island’, and a local transfer to the accommodation. There is much to explore on the island, as nearly 50% of it is National Park with amazing beaches and abundant wildlife. Your guide will join you on a walk around the Island; otherwise you can do more exploring or just relax by the pool.
STAY: Bungalow Bay Koala Village, Magnetic Island
NO MEALS

DAY 14: Free day Magnetic Island
Today you are free to relax or explore as you wish. Maybe take a visit to the wildlife park at the resort (extra cost).
IMPORTANT NOTES: Your guide will not be present today.
STAY: Bungalow Bay Koala Village, Magnetic Island
NO MEALS

DAY 15: Magnetic Island to Tully Rainforest Experience
We travel back to the mainland on the ferry, travel by train to Tully – getting in at around lunchtime. We travel by bus into the amazing rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park. Cool off with a swim in a beautiful swimming hole, before a BBQ dinner and stories about the campfire.
STAY: Camping in a campground in a World Heritage Listed rainforest
EAT: Dinner

DAY 16: Tully to Cairns
We wake early at our rainforest camp for breakfast and then have an interpretative walk through the forest, learning about the traditional indigenous use of the land. We then travel
back to Tully to catch the train north, arriving into Cairns central train station at approximately 4.30pm, where your East Coast adventure comes to an end.
EAT: Breakfast

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