All about the 14 Day Sydney to Cairns East Coast Tour

An exciting small group East Coast adventure from Sydney to Cairns, perfect for you if you love nature, food, wine and the friendly faces to travel with and guide you. Includes nature-based activities and the chance to relax with some Me-Time too.

The exclusive feat of this East Coast tour is that it not only includes an Australian East Coast Tours ‘must-see’ attractions like Sydney, Byron Bay, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef, but also exposes you to family-run hospitality, locally-produced food and wine, and a variety of down-to-earth experiences. We understand the importance of utilizing the local community and businesses to create sustainable and long-lasting relationships. We visit best local cafes, restaurants and food producers every day.

This is an active tour style, which provides you opportunities for nature walks, snorkeling, swimming, spotting animals in the wild. Plus we have a great music playlist, informative, enthusiastic tour guides, and absolutely no boring commentary! 

Key Destinations visited between Sydney and Cairns.

Sydney, Byron Bay, Fraser Island, Whitsundays, Aboriginal experience, Great Barrier Reef, nature walks, snorkeling, swimming, Aussie wildlife, gourmet food and wine

We use a mix of 4 star, boutique, and family-run accommodation so you sleep well at night. Accommodation is hand-picked for the location, service, and comfort. 

This is a not a backpacker budget East Coast party tour. If that's your style check out our 16 days Sydney to Cairns tour package. This is our comfort back to nature, 'real' East Coast small group tour. Food, wine, beaches, walks, wildlife, and nature, perfect two weeks of travel.

14 Day Sydney to Cairns East Coast Tour
Tour itinerary - 14 Days

  • Day 1 Sydney (Saturday)
    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. (D)
    Accommodation: Sydney, Macleay Hotel
  • Day 2 Hunter Valley and Newcastle (Sunday)
    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 and organic vodka tasting tour. We'll also visit the sunny port city Newcastle, rounding an eclectic day off with local live music (When available). (B)
    Accommodation: Newcastle: The Lucky Hotel.
  • Day 3 Port Macquarie via Forster (Monday)
    It's all about water today. After an amazing local breakfast, we hit the scenic Lakes Way for a coastal walk and lookout climb. Afterward, we're off 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. (B)
    Accommodation: Port Macquarie: El Paso Motor Inn.
  • Day 4 Dorrigo National Park (Tuesday)
    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 (B)
    Accommodation: Dorrigo Heritage Motel (Traditional Australian Pub) or Bellingen Valley Lodge.
  • Day 5 Dorrigo National Park – Byron Bay (Wednesday)
    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 (B, D)
    Accommodation: Byron Bay hotel & Apartments.
  • Day 6 Byron Bay (Thursday)
    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, kayak experience
    Accommodation: Byron Bay hotel & Apartments.
  • 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. (B)
    Accommodation: 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. (L) Accommodation: Noosa Lakes Resort.
  • Day 9 Noosa to Airlie Beach (Via Brisbane)
    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, the choice is all yours! (B) Accommodation: Airlie Beach: Mantra Croc Club.
  • Day 10 Whitsunday Islands Cruise and 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. Afterward, it's your chance to relax or seek out the town's best food and drink options. (B, L)
    Accommodation: Airlie Beach: Mantra Croc Club.
  • 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. (B)
    Accommodation: 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 cool water before we head to Lake Eacham, a crater lake with crystal-clear water, and visit the massive ‘Curtain Fig Tree’. We'll finish the day in Cairns, one of Australia's most vibrant, tropical and energetic cities. (B)
    Accommodation: Cairns: Pacific Hotel OR The Abbott Boutique Hotel. Pacific Hotel - OR The Abbott Boutique Hotel -
  • Day 13 Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef
    It's one of the highlights of any trip to Australia: The Great Barrier Reef. Today, we take a cruise to the famed reef, where we'll go snorkeling and hear a marine conservation commentary. After an extraordinary day, we'll freshen up at the hotel before having our farewell dinner (B, L, D)
    Optional: Scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef
    Accommodation: Cairns: Pacific Hotel OR The Abbott Boutique Hotel. Pacific Hotel - OR The Abbott Boutique Hotel -
  • Day 14 Cairns
    You tour ends after breakfast (B).
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Real Aussie Says:
Small groups allow for an intimate touring experience. We include ‘must-sees’ like Sydney, Byron Bay, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef, but we also expose you to family-run hospitality, locally-produced food and wine, and a variety of down-to-earth experiences that can only be enjoyed in small groups.

14 Day Sydney to Cairns East Coast Tour Price information AUD per person



Tour code: VTD
Secure your seat today with only a 10% deposit!
Twin or Double share room with bathroom
Single Ensuite
Child 12+ sharing with one adult

Departure information


Departure Dates (*Day 1 always starts in Sydney on a Saturday) 


April: 6, 13, 20
May: 4, 18
June: 1, 15, 29
July: 13, 27
Aug: 10, 24,
Sept: 7, 21,
Oct: 5, 12, 19
Nov: 2, 9, 16, 30
Dec: 7, 14

Jan: 4, 11, 18, 25
Feb: 8, 22
Mar: 7, 14, 21, 28



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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour
  • Age Requirements and Tour Style: Must be 18+ to travel on the tour unless an approved minor (8+ years old) is accompanied by an adult. Age limit is 65 years old, but all guest must be young in spirit and active enough to participate daily in light to medium walks, some lasting up to 2 hours.
  • Twin Share/Double Room with own bathroom: AUD $4990 per person: Accommodation in all locations will be private double or twin rooms with private facilities. This package is ideal for single travellers (who want to share a room with a new travel buddy), couples or close friends traveling together and wanting some private time in the evenings. Single Room with own bathroom: AUD $6390 per person: Accommodation in all locations will be in private rooms with own facilities. This package is ideal for solo travellers enjoying the company of others by day and having the option of returning to their private rooms for alone time and a good nights’ sleep. Family Package with 2 Twin/Double rooms with own bathroom: AUD $4990 per person | $4490 per child (12-17 years old. Applies to any combination of up to 2 adults & 3 children): Accommodation in all locations will be either a private family room or two twin rooms.
  • This tour will not continue after March 2019

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