28 Day Sydney to Cairns Backpacker Tour

    One of the best East Coast guided tours in Australia from Sydney to Cairns to see the best of Australia’s beaches, rainforest, and reef.

    Sydney to Cairns backpacker tours are a total must-do in Australia!

    Embark on an unforgettable Sydney to Cairns road trip adventure with Real Aussie Adventures – your ultimate gateway to an epic 28-day East Coast journey tailor-made for backpackers seeking the ultimate exploration experience.

    Join a crew of like-minded travelers as you cruise through stunning landscapes from Sydney to Cairns, all expertly guided by our adventure aficionados. Our Sydney to Cairns backpacker tours are all about soaking up the vibes with your 18-35 squad – think excitement, camaraderie, and memories that’ll stick around long after the trip is over.

    Kicking off from Sydney, you’ll dive headfirst into iconic landmarks and the buzz of Australia’s biggest city. Get ready to roll with your newfound crew exploring Byron Bay’s surfer paradise, and when the sun sets, Surfers Paradise’s electric nightlife lights up the scene.

    But hang on, here comes the twist! Cue K’Gari, or Fraser Island – a bona fide sand dune wonderland where 4WD action is the name of the game. Ready to rock the Whitsundays? You’ll be cruising on an exclusive boat, soaking up sun, snorkeling like a pro, or riding the waves on stand-up paddleboards. Yep, we’ve got the cool stuff covered!

    Cairns? It’s where you get to live the dream – a marine biologist dream! Dive into the unreal world of the Great Barrier Reef, and trust us, you’ll be the envy of all your mates.

    As for crash pads, hostels are the name of the game on our Sydney to Cairns backpacker tours. Think multi-share rooms with Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, and even pools at some spots – perfect for lounging and making lifelong mates. Whether you’re a seasoned explorer or new to the land down under, our Sydney to Cairns road trip has your back.

    Don’t snooze on this epic adventure – it’s your time to rock the Sydney to Cairns road trip scene. Book now, and let’s chase sunsets, ride waves, and create Insta-worthy memories that’ll have your feed buzzing!

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      Itinerary

      Day 1 - 3: Arrive in Sydney

      Once you’ve landed in Sydney, the included airport transfer will pick you up and take you to our hostel, from there you will get to meet the rest of your travel group! We will spend 2 days exploring Sydney’s iconic harbour landmarks and stunning beaches like Bondi with a coastal walk before we start our adventure north! (L, D)

      Day 4- 6: Surfs up!

      We’ll spend 3 nights in the beautiful and famous surf town of Byron Bay. You’ll learn to surf with Aussie surfer dudes, relax and unwind with some morning yoga and experience a beautiful sunrise walk to Cape Byron Lighthouse. (B, D)

      Day 7 - 8: Beaches and Parties!

      Experience the best of the iconic Surfers Paradise. Explore the city, party the night away and then work on your tan on one of the seemingly endless white sand beaches of this famous piece of Aussie coastline. (B)

      Day 9-10: Brisbane

      Explore the highlights of Queensland’s capital, chill out at the only city man-made beach in Australia called ‘The Lagoon’ and then head up the beautiful Mount Coot-tha for a sunset BBQ overlooking Brisbane. (B, D)

      Day 11- Nooa

      Heading up to the laidback coastal town of Noosa, this morning we’ll get to enjoy the chill vibes Noosa has to offer. Sit on the beach or wander up Hastings Street and explore the endless boutiques.

      Day 12- 14: K'Gari Fraser Island

      You’ll get to drive your own 4×4’s around the biggest sand island in the world. The beach and sand dunes are your highway for the next 3 days. Swim in the incredible turquoise waters of Lake McKenzie, float down the lazy river of Eli Creek, get a 360 degree view of Fraser Island from Indian Heads Lookout, chill in the bubbles of the Champagne Pools, learn about the Aboriginal history on the island, spot dingoes in the wild, and then sleep beneath the stars in a private, exclusive campsite with your group.

      Day 15: Noosa

      Arriving back in Noosa, we’ll explore the idyllic coastline on our way to the Instagram-worthy Fairy Pools. Tonight we’ll jump on the overnight bus to Airlie Beach.

      Day 16 - 19 : Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays

      Arriving in Airlie Beach this morning, we’ll get to enjoy some free time at the beachfront lagoon.

      The Whitsundays Made up of 74 tropical islands, we’ll board our boat for the next 2 nights. Relax and sunbathe on the massive deck as we sail to the outer parts of the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel with an abundance of marine life on the fringing reefs and try your hand at stand up paddle boarding. Later you’ll get to explore the amazing swirls of fine white sand on the world-famous Whitehaven Beach.

      Day 20 - 21: Magnetic Island

      Today we’ll jump on the ferry to a slice of tropical paradise – Magnetic Island. You’ll stay in beach front huts while you explore the best of this magical Island. Chill out in your ocean front hammock, hire a car and explore the hidden beaches.

      Day 22- 23: Mission Beach

      Today we’ll hike up the historic Forts Walk. Taking in the stunning views, keep your eyes open because if you’re lucky you’ll even spot wild koalas and rock wallabies!

      Day 24: Cairns

      Welcome to the ultimate backpacker adventure hub, Cairns. We’ll enjoy a BBQ at the iconic Esplanade and later we’ll help you with all of your onward travel in Oz and beyond!

      Day 25: Great Barrier Reef

      Today you’ll tick off a massive bucket list item and experience a full day on the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll spend the day sailing and snorkelling unique outer reef locations in this World Heritage listed site. Once you’re off the boat we’ll get ready for a fun night out!

      Day 26: Cairns

      Today is yours to explore Cairns! Opt for a heart-pumping bungee jump or white water rafting.

      Day 27: Atherton Tablelands

      Exploring the Aussie oasis of the Atherton Tablelands is next for Cairns, where you will swim under waterfalls and dormant volcano craters, and slide down natural rock slides, all while learning about this extraordinary place from your experienced guide. The night will finish with a farewell dinner and drinks to toast to the incredible adventures and friends we have made.

      Day 28: Cairns

      Your epic Aussie adventure comes to an end in Cairns on the morning of day 28.

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      • Discover Sydney’s beautiful harbour & iconic beaches
      • Learn to surf with real Aussie surf dudes in Byron Bay
      • Party the night away in Surfers Paradise
      • Explore the stunning Fraser Island by 4×4 safari and camp under the stars
      • Sail 74 tropical islands on the Whitsundays and explore the world famous Whitehaven Beach
      • Spot wild koalas and wallabies on Magnetic Island
      • Discover the jaw dropping, real Aussie beauty of the Atherton Tablelands
      • Help save one of the most delicate and beautiful natural eco-systems in the world when you become a marine biologist for the day
      • Snorkel and sail the Great Barrier Reef
      • You need a visa to enter Australia. Most people who do East Coast Adventure are on either a Working Holiday Visa (WHV) or Tourist Visa. A WHV is available to those aged 18 – 30 from the UK and many other European nations and 18 – 35 if you’re from Canada or Ireland. Working Holiday Visa.
      • Please send confirmation of your arrival flight itinerary so we can arrange your pick up.
      • Travel Insurance is compulsory for your tour. Your Group Leader will ask to see proof of your cover before your trip begins.
      • You can start chatting to other travellers in your group before you leave home.
      • You will be personally contacted by your group leader via email approximately 1 week before your start date to confirm your transfer and connect you with other group members.
      When should I arrive for this tour?

      It’s best to arrive on the actual start date as there’s no activities on day one. If you do arrive in Sydney before your start date we will still organise your airport transfer and book you into the hostel from the day you arrive. Extra nights cost approx. £25 / $40 AUD per night for a dorm room and can be pre-paid with your agent or direct with us.

      Can I travel alone on this East Coast tour?

      Yes. Lots of people on our trips are traveling solo. But by doing our trip you’ll instantly be part of a group, so it’s a great way to meet others and make friends!

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