21 Day East Coast Sydney to Cairns Tour Package


    2022 DEPARTURES: 3 Oct, 31 Oct, 28 Nov
    2023 DEPARTURES: 2 Jan, 30 Jan, 27 Feb,10 Apr, 8 May, 5 Jun, 10 Jul, 7 Aug, 4 Sep, 9 Oct, 23 Oct

    This 21-day group experience offers a Sydney and Cairns tour with more inclusions than any other!

    Visit iconic destinations including Byron Bay, Fraser Island, Noosa, and the Whitsundays. We stay right in the center of the best destinations on the East Coast, and visit tropical islands, four World Heritage National Parks, and some secret spots in between.

    It offers a great mix of unique accommodations and experiences including wine tasting, wildlife, indigenous culture, beaches, hiking, rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, off-roading, horse-riding, surfing, kayaking….and more.

    This is the ultimate Sydney to Cairns East Coast package!

    We have squeezed one of the best Fraser Island tours, an incredible Whitsunday sailing adventure and the Queensland rainforest into one amazingly action-packed East Coast 21 day adventure tour!

    Stopping off in Byron Bay and to the off-the-beaten-track Fraser Island, this tour package is the ultimate way to see the East Coast of Australia!

    Traveling in a group of like-minded people you will explore Sydney to Cairns on tour led by our team of professional, experienced guides to see the ‘real’ Australia and meet some true Aussie locals. This East Coast time saver and budget-conscious package take in all the best bits of the most popular route in Australia, with your accommodation and activities included.

    You will spend two days on Fraser Island seeing the famous Lake Mckenzie, adventuring around this large sand island full of rainforest and lakes. On the Whitsunday Island boat, we take you to see Whitehaven Beach, another bucket list place on the East Coast of Oz. Plus have a snorkel on the reef and try to look for Nemo. Then it’s off north up the East Coast of Queensland to explore National Parks before finally the rainforest before finishing in tropical Cairns.

    Check out our dates of departure, we leave Sydney Monday’s heading north to Cairns.

    Great for your first visit to Australia, see all the highlights on our Sydney to Cairns tour whilst getting to know a great bunch of new friends.

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    $5,395

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      Itinerary

      Day 1: Arrive in Sydney

      G’day and welcome to your epic East Coast adventure. Your tour begins in Sydney with a day to yourself
      to explore the city sights and world-famous landmarks. If you’ve just flown in, we recommend taking the
      train from the airport to Central Station, your accommodation is conveniently located straight across the
      road. Check into the hostel anytime after 2pm and if you’d like to begin your trip with a delicious
      cocktail (because wine-not?), head down to Circular Quay and the Opera Bar. Located at the base of the
      Opera House, with views of the Harbour Bridge, you’ll get all the iconic Sydney pics you can dream of. At
      7pm head down to the hostel bar for pizza night and to meet your Stray guide and travel mates for the
      next few weeks.
      Accommodation included: Wake Up Sydney or similar
      Optional activities: Bondi to Coogee beach walk, visit Darling Harbour, explore King Street Wharf, Royal
      Botanic Gardens, Taronga Zoo, walk around the Opera House and the Rocks, the oldest area of Sydney.
      You can also take the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly.
      Meal options: Head down to the hostel bar for Pizza Night

      Day 2: Sydney to Port Stephens

      We depart the harbour city this morning and make our way north to the Hunter Valley wine region where we’ll spend a classy afternoon drinking wine and tasting chocolate before continuing through to Port Stephens, our destination for the night.
      We’ll be staying at the Surfside hostel, set on 6 acres of natural bushland, with kangaroos and wallabies on site. This boutique accommodation is about creating a relaxing experience in an environmentally conscious way. They’ve used wood and glass to maximise light and ensured all development encompasses the natural flora and fauna.
      Once we’ve checked in, we’ll walk to the summit of Tomaree Head, which stands at 161 metres above the Port Stephens entrance. This short 2.2km return track offers breathtaking views of the coastline and panoramic views of Yacaaba Head, Cabbage Tree and Boondelbah islands, as well as Zenith, Wreck and Box Beaches, Fingal Island and Point Stephens Lighthouse – you might even be lucky enough to see some dolphins (and if it’s May – September, you could see Whales!). Tonight, we’ll enjoy a classic Aussie BBQ dinner and get to know each other – does anyone have a good icebreaker?
      Accommodation: Surfside Hostel
      BBQ Dinner
      Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, restaurants
      Included activity: Wine and Chocolate Tasting

      Day 3: Port Stephens to Port Macquarie

      This morning either enjoy a relaxing sleep-in, head to the beach for a swim or get up bright and early
      and jump in a 4WD bus to partake in some first-class sandboarding down the Stockton Sand Dunes
      (optional expense). The local guide will teach you how to safely sandboard as well as inform you all
      about the amazing area and the rich aboriginal history of the region.
      Late morning, we’ll pack up and move on to our next overnight stop, Port Macquarie. We’ll have lunch
      on the way before visiting the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, where we’ll get a closer look at Australia’s
      laziest (and arguably cutest) marsupials. Check out the information center to learn all about the
      hospital’s efforts to rehabilitate, protect and preserve koalas.

      Accommodation: Port Macquarie YHA or similar
      Meals included: Breakfast
      Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, restaurants
      Free activities: Sleep in, swim, relax on the beach
      Optional paid activities: Sandboarding

      Day 4: Port Macquarie to Byron Bay

      Today we’re heading to the iconic surfing town of Byron Bay, known for its relaxed vibes and no worries attitude. On the way to Byron, we’ll stop at the amazing Dangar Falls and the historic and hipster town of Bellingen to get some lunch, followed by a special Aboriginal experience learning about the First Nations people of Australia.
      Your Cultural Experience takes place at an important cultural site of the Gumbaynggirr people, the stunning location of “Niigi Niigi” (Sealy Lookout) within the Orara East State Forest. You’ll go for a 2-hour tour and see 360-degree views, as well as getting the opportunity to immerse yourself in culture through stories, songs, language and the uses of native plants. By taking part in the experience, you’re making a direct contribution to the revitalisation of Gumbaynggirr language and culture. This will be an unforgettable cultural experience with an emphasis on authentic connection and contributing to helping a community regain their culture and identity.
      When we arrive in Byron Bay, we’ll take you on an orientation drive around town to help you get your bearings, showing you points of interest and the top spots for food, shopping and nightlife. For the next few nights we’re staying at boutique hostel The Surf House, located right in the heart of Byron and just a couple of hundred metres from the main beach – heaven!
      Accommodation: The Surf House or similar
      Meals included: Breakfast
      Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, restaurants, BBQ at the rooftop of the hostel
      Included activities: Waterfall, historic town and Aboriginal Cultural Experience

      Day 5: Byron Bay Free Day

      Today you have a full day in Byron Bay to “cheer up, slow down, and chill out” as the town’s famous welcome sign instructs. Start your day off with a morning yoga class on the rooftop of your hostel and then spend your day exploring the laidback hippy town.
      You can walk to Cape Byron Lighthouse, mainland Australia’s most easterly point, or check out the many eclectic boutiques and cafes around town. You could join a sea kayaking or snorkel trip and search for dolphins and other marine life, or even go for an iconic Australian activity – learning to surf.

      Accommodation: The Surf House or similar
      Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, restaurants
      Optional paid activities: Surf lesson, dolphin kayak, snorkel or dive at Julian Rocks, skydive
      Included Activity: Morning yoga class
      Free activities: Walk to the lighthouse, swim, relax on the beach, check out the shops and cafes, free surfboard hire

      Day 6: Byron Bay Free Day

      You lucky thing – you have ANOTHER free day to explore Byron Bay today. Tick off any activities you didn’t get the chance to do yesterday, or pass the day wandering the township or relaxing on the beach. Hone your surf skills with more lessons or borrow one of the free surfboards at your hostel to try it out by yourself.

      If you’re a foodie, we assure you that eating your way around Byron is an experience in itself. There are heaps of vegetarian and vegan options available, a couple of our favourites are the Cardamom Pod for lunch and No Bones for dinner, both of which are super close to your hostel. This evening, head to the Saturday twilight markets for some live music and lots of boutique stalls showcasing local arts, crafts and some incredible food.

      Accommodation: Surfhouse or similar
      Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, restaurants. We recommend trying one of the many great vegan options!
      Optional paid activities: Surf lesson, dolphin kayak, snorkel or dive, skydive
      Free activities: Walk to the lighthouse, swim, relax on the beach, check out the shops and cafes

      Day 7: Byron Bay to Brisbane to Surfers Paradise

      This morning meet your guide and group in reception at 8.30am. Then we’ll jump on the Stray bus and depart north, stopping at the hippy and historic town of Mullumbimby, known as the ‘Biggest Little Town of Australia’. Grab a coffee, check out the sculpture walk or stock up on sweets at the famous chocolate shop before hopping back in the coach and heading to the famous Surfers Paradise where we’ll stretch our legs and grab some lunch. We’ll then head to a nearby nature reserve to spot some wild kangaroos, before continuing to Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland for the night. We’ll head down to Southbank for a walk along the Brisbane River and then check out some of the many bars and restaurants.

      Accommodation: Brisbane YHA or similar
      Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, restaurants
      Free activities: Visit Mullumbimby, Surfers Paradise, kangaroo spotting, catch the Brisbane city ferry

      Day 8: Brisbane to Noosa

      It’s a relaxed departure today as we leave Brisbane mid-morning and make our way north to Noosa. We’ll stop along the way for lunch and a walk to see incredible views of Noosa and Noosa headlands before arriving at our accommodation in the afternoon.

      Our Noosa accommodation is less of a hostel and more of a resort, with a pool and a licensed cafe (did someone say poolside margaritas?) as well as designer dorms with privacy screens and USB charging points. This evening, we’ll grab a drink at the bar and make plans to head and explore Noosa.

      Accommodation: Bounce
      Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes or make dinner at the hostel
      Meals included: Breakfast, drink on arrival.
      Free activities: Swim, walks, lookouts

      Day 9: Brisbane to Noosa

      Today you have a completely free day to spend doing whatever you like. Explore the Everglades by kayak, or book a skydive and see Noosa and its surroundings from above. Grab a sun lounger and get some much-needed R&R, go for a walk around the incredible headland, visit the beach or have a long, lazy lunch in the sun. The Noosa Surf Club is one of our faves so if you’d like to go out for dinner, you can’t go wrong with a local hotspot!

      Accommodation: Bounce
      Optional paid activities: Everglades Kayak, Skydive, Surf Lesson
      Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, restaurants
      Free activities: Chilling by the resort pool, going for a walk in the National Park, visiting the famous beach or checking out the local boutiques and cafes

      Day 10: Noosa to K'Gari

      It’s an early start this morning as you head out for your 3-day, 2-night K’Gari (Fraser Island) adventure. During this amazing experience you’ll explore the largest sand island in the world on a 4WD expedition, see the magical Lake Boorangoora (Mckenzie), discover towering rainforests, spot a wild dingo, cruise along endless sandy beaches and lose yourself in the magic of stargazing. If you fancy learning how to drive a 4WD, you can do that! This is going to be one of the best experiences of your whole trip and is definitely the best way to explore this world-heritage-listed National Park.

      After a bus, ferry, and 4WD transfer, you’ll arrive at Beach Camp on K’gari (your accommodation for the next 2 nights). You’ll have a tasty lunch and then you can check out the camp which has a kitchen and a deck with ocean views. We’ll then head out for your first adventure to see some of the Island highlights. This evening, you’ll arrive back at camp to enjoy dinner, share stories, play the didgeridoo around the campfire, and engage in some mind-blowing stargazing. Tonight, you’ll be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves as you settle into your safari tent (which includes a comfy mattress and hotel-quality linens).

      Accommodation: Beach Camp K’gari (Fraser Island) Safari Tents*
      *Between Oct-Nov 22 the groups will be staying in cabins rather than safari tents.
      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks
      Included Activities: K’gari adventure tour

      Day 11: K'Gari

      This morning, wake up to the gorgeous golden sunrise over the ocean, enjoy breakfast and get ready for a fun-filled morning exploring K’gari and her hidden treasures. Enjoy lunch on the beach and then spend the afternoon discovering more lakes (there are over 100!) and epic views before arriving back to camp in time for another dinner under the stars and some fun evening activities.

      Accommodation: Beach Camp K’gari (Fraser Island) in 2-3 share Safari Tents*
      *Between Oct-Nov 22 the groups will be staying in cabins rather than safari tents.
      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks
      Included Activities: K’gari adventure tour

      Day 12: K-Gari to Bundaberg

      After breakfast today you’ll hit the inland tracks to discover towering trees and take one last refreshing dip, enjoy lunch in the forest and then begin your journey back to the mainland, arriving into Rainbow Beach around mid-afternoon ready for your next journey north up to Bundaberg.

      Bundaberg is well-known for sugarcane, rum, ginger beer and more recently has been called the ‘Bundaberg Bowl’ for its reputation of growing and producing fresh food that’s served across the country. Your accommodation in Bundaberg is a relaxed eco-resort, this time you’ll be located by a nature reserve and have access to a spa, sauna, tennis courts and more! Tonight we’ll have a group BBQ dinner and a chilled evening.

      Accommodation: Kelly’s Eco Resort in villas or similar
      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks, BBQ Dinner
      Included Activities: K’gari adventure tour

      Day 13: Bundaberg Free Day

      It’s a day of exploring Bundaberg today! After breakfast, we’ll head to the Mon Repos turtle centre for a wholesome morning learning all about these amazing animals. The centre supports the largest concentration of nesting mating turtles on the eastern Australian mainland. You can grab a snack or lunch at the onsite indigenous-inspired Gidji cafe.

      In the afternoon we’ll head to the Bundaberg Rum Centre for a tour of their distillery and a tasting of their iconic rum. Or, if you’d prefer a full day out on the water and the chance to visit the Southern part of the Great Barrier Reef, your guide can book you onto the incredible Lady Musgrave Full Day Snorkel Tour for a day of snorkelling, a boat cruise, island walk and delicious food.

      Accommodation: Kelly’s Eco Resort or similar
      Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, restaurants
      Optional paid activities: Lady Musgrave Full Day Snorkel Tour
      Meals included: Breakfast
      Included Activities: Mon Repos Turtle Centre, Rum Tasting
      Free activities: Checking out Bargara Beach

      Day 14: Bundaberg to Airlie Beach

      Today is a big drive day to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the amazing Whitsunday Islands, so load up on the snacks, make sure your phone is charged and you’ve got some good tunes loaded up. We’ll make some stops to stretch our legs and see some sweet views along the way, arriving in Airlie in the evening.

      Accommodation: Base Airlie Beach or similar
      Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, bakeries, restaurants
      Meals included: Breakfast

      Day 15: Airlie Beach to Whitsundays

      This morning, enjoy a sleep in, take a stroll down to the Airlie lagoon for a dip and then check in and receive your briefing for your sailing trip. After lunch, head down to the marina to meet your crew and jump onboard a 76-foot, maxi sailing yacht which will be your home for the next two days. As you leave the marina and Airlie Beach behind you, watch your crew hoist the sails for an exhilarating cruise out to the Whitsunday Islands – part of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

      Once you arrive out around the Islands, jump in for a swim or snorkel amongst the fringing reef and then enjoy the sunset with a drink in hand on one of the crew’s favourite little beaches. In the evening relax on deck, have a few drinks, get to know the crew, stargaze and let the calm waters gently rock you to sleep – for the adventurous, mats are provided to sleep on deck under the stars or if you prefer a bit more comfort, a bed awaits you below deck.

      Accommodation: Shared dorm cabins/sections on a maxi sailing yacht
      Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes
      Meals included: Afternoon Snacks, Dinner & Dessert (BYO drinks)
      Included Activities: Sailing, snorkeling and exploring the Whitsunday Islands

      Day 16: Whitsunday Islands

      This morning you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’re in paradise, as you wake up on a yacht surrounded by beautiful islands and enjoy a delicious breakfast on deck as you sail towards Whitsunday Island, home to the best beach in the world – Whitehaven Beach. You’ll disembark and enjoy a bush-walk to Hill Inlet Lookout and then spend the rest of the day exploring and relaxing on Whitehaven Beach. You can also go snorkelling today, enjoy a sunset beach session and another fun evening onboard with your group and the crew.

      Accommodation: Shared dorm cabins/sections on a maxi sailing yacht
      Meals included: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Snacks, Dinner & Dessert
      Included Activities: Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, bush-walk, sailing, snorkeling

      Day 17: Whitsunday Islands to Airlie Beach

      Enjoy your final morning on-board the yacht, jump in for another magical swim or snorkel and then sail on back to Airlie Beach. This afternoon once you’ve checked back into your hostel, go and laze in the sun by the lagoon or explore the town before freshening up and meeting your group and boat crew for the after party! There will be a reserved table, drink discounts and meal deals – so get ready for a big night.

      Accommodation: Base Airlie or similar
      Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, restaurants
      Meals included: Breakfast, Morning Tea
      Included Activities: Sailing, snorkelling

      Day 18: Airlie Beach to Yungaburra

      Today we’ll get on the road again and head up to the stunning Atherton Tablelands. We’ll stop at the famous Millaa Millaa Falls along the way for a swim and some amazing photo ops.

      Tonight, we’re staying at a cosy eco-lodge in the historic village of Yungaburra. We’ll check in and have a BBQ dinner before heading out for a moonlit paddle for some amazing stargazing through the rainforest at Lake Tinaroo. This night canoeing tour is the best way to spot unique nocturnal rainforest animals in their natural habitat.

      Accommodation: On the Wallaby Eco Lodge
      Meal options: Self-cater, bakery or cafes
      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
      Free activities: Millaa Millaa Falls
      Included activities: Night wildlife canoe trip*
      *Note: depending on conditions, we might do the canoe trip in the morning

      Day 19: Yungaburra to Cairns

      Today we have an awesome day planned, visiting lots of cool spots before we reach our final destination of Cairns. In the morning we’ll visit the heritage-listed Curtain Fig Tree and Lake Eacham, a beautiful crater lake for a swim and a walk. Then we’ll head to the quirky Kuranda markets set in the rainforest, for lunch and a browse before heading to Cairns. Tonight we’re staying at an amazing resort with its own person-made beach! We’ll have a group dinner at the resort and then check out the Cairns nightlife.

      Accommodation: Gilligans Cairns or similar
      Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, restaurants
      Meals included: Breakfast
      Included activities: Swim, walk, markets

      Day 20: Free day Cairns

      Today is a completely free day so if you have a few too many cocktails last night, enjoy a lazy sleep-in and perhaps some hair-of-the-dog by the pool in the afternoon. If you’re ready for another day of adventure, why not book into a tour of Cape Tribulation or go to see the iconic Great Barrier Reef?

      Accommodation: Gilligans Cairns or similar
      Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, restaurants
      Optional Activities: Cape Tribulation day trip, bungy jump, Great Barrier Reef trip, skydive, rafting
      Meals included: Breakfast
      Free activities: Hang out at the amazing resort pool, walk the Esplanade, visit the Botanical gardens

      Day 21: Cairns

      Today is the final day of your East Coast adventure. Give a wave and a hug to your new mates and head off for the next leg of your adventure, taking with you the most incredible memories, everything you’ve learned about Australia’s special culture and wildlife, and of course some classic Aussie lingo – G’DAY MATES!

      Highlights
      What To Bring
      Important Booking Info
      • K’gari (Fraser Island): Jeep Jeep! Jump on a 4WD tour, camp under the stars, dome some freshwater swimming lakes, and explore shipwrecks.
      • Stroll to the twin lookouts for some em-ocean-al views over Hill Inlet’s turquoise waters and white sweeping sands.
      •  Byron’s Main Beach deserves a ‘sand’ing ovation for being both absolutely stunning beaches and conveniently located just a short distance from our accommodation.

      Essential things to pack

      • Camera,
      • Sturdy walking shoes/boots,
      • Warm clothing,
      • Waterproof jacket,
      • Hat & Sunscreen,
      • Swimsuit/towel,
      • Water bottle,
      • Toiletries,
      • Motion sickness tablets,
      • Insect repellent

      Important Booking Info

      • This itinerary is subject to change due to cultural, operational, or seasonal conditions.
      • Accommodation included is a guide only
      • Although the group you are traveling with will not exceed 24 passengers (41 during peak periods), a number of the activities including the cruise in the Whitsundays, and four-wheel-drive touring on Fraser Island are not always exclusive to the group. You will travel with additional people and will have larger group sizes on those days.
      • As this is a tour package, your guide and group may change throughout your journey.
      • This is an open-aged tour, however, most passengers are between the ages of 18 and 39.
      • Dietary requirements: Vegetarian diets are generally easily catered for by each of the operators in this tour package if informed before departure. It may not always be possible for more specific dietary needs to be catered for, particularly in more remote areas visited. It is recommended that passengers with specific dietary needs carry snacks and other food items that they are certain will be suitable, as Real Aussie Adventures and its partners cannot be responsible for the ingredients contained in the meals provided.
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