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Australia: 16 Day Sydney to Cairns Adventure Tour

Day 1: Sydney, Blue Mountains

Prepare for an exhilarating journey up the renowned East Coast of Australia, commencing in the vibrant city of Sydney. Delve into the heart of the adventure with a visit to the breathtaking Blue Mountains, named for the enchanting blue haze sometimes surrounding them. Enjoy activities such as the Wentworth Falls hike and capturing a photo with the iconic Three Sisters rock formation.

After a day of exploration, we’ll return to Sydney in the evening, providing an opportunity to experience the city’s famed nightlife. Picture yourself sipping a cocktail with the Sydney Opera House as a backdrop and the Harbour Bridge illuminating the night sky—an iconic welcome to the warmth of Australia.

Included activities: Wentworth Falls hike, Sydney nightlife explorer
Accommodation: Twins and triples Sydney inner city hostel

Day 2: Sydney - Hunter Valley to Port Stephens

Prepare to leave Sydney for a culinary adventure in the Hunter Valley. Amidst rolling hills and serene wineries, indulge in aged wines, craft beers, artisanal cheeses, and gourmet chocolates. Move on to the Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary for a unique perspective on koalas in their natural habitat.

Returning to the culinary front, enjoy an authentic Aussie BBQ at out eco lodge this evening in Port Stephens, featuring sizzling sausages, mouthwatering steaks, and accompaniments, with a vegan option available.

Meals: breakfast and dinner
Included activities: Gourmet local produce, Koala sanctuary
Accommodation: Eco-cabins

Day 3: Port Stephens

Embark on a real-life sandy adventure in Port Stephens, Australia, a hidden coastal gem. Picture crystal-clear waters, encounters with dolphins during a boat cruise, and the awe-inspiring Mt. Tomaree Walk with breathtaking summit views. Today is the day to turn your beach daydream into a remarkable reality, where “sun, sea, sand, and relaxation” is not just a motto but a way of life.

Included activities: Wild dolphin boat cruise, Mt Tomaree walk
Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: Eco-cabins

Day 4: Port Stephens to Brisbane

Ascend the majestic Worimi sand dunes at sunrise, enjoying the breathtaking view and embracing the opportunity for a bit of sand acrobatics. Following the sandy adventure, recharge with a tree-lined breakfast at the eco-lodge. We journey back toward Sydney, knowing that our adventures from beach explorations to conquering sand dunes are merely commencing. A short flight later, we arrive in Brisbane, future home to the 2028 summer Olympics —renowned for its perpetual sunshine and congenial ambiance.

An evening stroll by the Brisbane River sets the scene, followed by a stop at a local brewery to sample some of Australia’s finest brews.

Included activities: Worimi sand dunes, Flight Sydney – Brisbane, Brisbane River walk, brewery visit
Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: Twins and triples Brisbane city hostel

Day 5: Brisbane to Byron Bay

Our next stop is Byron Bay, a laid-back haven for surf enthusiasts. Explore artsy markets, ride the waves, visit quaint cafes, trek to the lighthouse at Australia’s eastern most point (home to a captivating maritime museum and interpretive space), and unwind on the famed golden beaches that stretch endlessly along the coastline.

An afternoon kayaking session offers encounters with bottlenose dolphins, sea-turtles, and if you’re fortunate, a glimpse of elusive whales during their season.

Tonight Byron Bay’s nightlife beckons. This vibrant town truly comes alive after dusk, whether it’s dancing freely at a beachside bar or finding a quiet cafe, Byron Bay offers a myriad of entertainment options.

Included activities: eco-kayaking dolphin trip
Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: twins and triples in hotel

Day 6: Byron Bay

Today’s focus is on relaxation. We’re in Byron Bay, where the pace of life is slower, inviting us to unwind and take it easy. You have the freedom to shape your day as you wish. You can enjoy a cocktail at a beachside bar, observe the world from cozy local cafes where the staff knows your preferences, soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches, explore quaint stores for unique finds, or partake in optional activities like skydiving, hot air balloon rides, snorkelling, or scuba diving.

Accommodation: twins and triples in hotel

Day 7: Byron Bay to Noosa

Another day of coastal exploration awaits as we venture towards Noosa, a paradise known for its stunning beaches and renowned surfing culture.  Our journey includes a visit to the Eumundi Markets (available on Wednesdays and Saturdays), showcasing locally crafted arts and crafts—an opportunity to discover unique treasures crafted by talented locals.

Noosa National Park reveals glimpses of iconic Australian wildlife such as koalas and kangaroos in their natural habitat. The afternoon grants you the freedom to indulge in Noosa’s offerings, whether it’s boutique shopping, savouring delectable seafood, or simply basking in the sun on the beach.

Included activities: guided trip to Noosa National Park
Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: twins and triples in hotel

Day 8: Noosa, K’Gari (Fraser Island)

Get ready for an incredible 4WD journey on K’Gari, formerly known as Fraser Island. The local First-Nation Butchulla name translates to ‘paradise,’ fitting for the experience that lies ahead. Our adventure kicks off with an exhilarating drive along the famous 75 Mile Beach Road, a legitimate highway right next to the stunning beach.

On K’Gari, a refreshing swim awaits at Lake McKenzie, known for its soft sands and remarkably clear water. This expansive sand island offers a wealth of exploration, from lush rainforests to secluded freshwater creeks, the Maheno Shipwreck, and the stunning viewpoint at Indian Head.

Included activities: 4WD K’Gari adventure
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: twins and triples Noosa hotel

Day 9: Noosa to Airlie Beach

Today your journey continues as we fly to Airlie Beach, a stunning highlight in the Whitsundays region. It’s a place renowned for its beauty. Once we land, Airlie Beach presents an array of options to explore. A leisurely walk through the town unveils charming shops, friendly locals, and the chance to stumble upon local street musicians. Explore some of the inviting bars offering an assortment of cocktails and local brews, perfect for unwinding, or spend the afternoon relaxing at the awesome swimming lagoon.

Included activities: Flight Noosa to Airlie Beach
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Twins and triples Airlie Beach hostel

 

Day 10: Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Islands

Today you are in for a memorable day cruise to the Whitsunday Islands, anchored by the renowned Whitehaven Beach, known for beauty of its white sands, clear waters, and lush greenery feels. It’s a sight that must be seen to be fully appreciated. However, it’s not just about the scenery. Don some snorkelling gear as we dive into the underwater world of the fringing Great Barrier Reef, encountering vibrant coral, lively fish, and occasional turtles.

Once back on land, the evening invites further exploration of Airlie Beach and its array of dining options.

Included activities: Whitsunday Island cruise, snorkelling, Whitehaven Beach
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Twins and triples Airlie Beach hostel

Day 11: Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island

Home to koalas, wallabies, lush forests, and breathtaking ocean vistas – today, we’ve journeyed north and crossed by ferry to Magnetic Island. This day promises incredible natural beauty, worthy of capturing with your camera. It’s like enjoying a feast of Mother Nature’s finest sights.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Twins and triples bungalows

Day 12: Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island offers endless possibilities for adventure, and today is another chance to create lasting memories. There’s a wealth of optional activities awaiting exploration. Will you immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters for snorkeling or diving among tropical corals and fish? Perhaps you’ll opt for a rewarding hike through the lush island forest. Or consider renting a rugged jeep for an off-road excursion.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Twins and triples bungalows

Day 13: Magnetic Island to Atherton Tablelands to Cairns

Our route diverges from the coastline to venture into the Atherton Tablelands today. Our first stop is a stunning waterfall embraced by lush rainforests – perfect for a refreshing dip in its cool waters. You’ll visit Lake Eacham, renowned for its crystal-clear waters and encounter the majestic “Curtain Fig Tree,” observe Platypuses in the wild at Peterson Creek, and enjoy a delightful culinary experience amidst Yungaburra’s heritage-listed timber cottages.

Finally, your day culminates in Cairns, a vibrant and tropical city that exudes a perpetual summer vibe.

Included activities: Atherton Tablelands explorer
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Twin and triples Cairns boutique hotel

Day 14: Cairns to Daintree

Get set for another day of remarkable adventures exploring the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, delving deeper into this tropical wonderland. Our first stop is Mossman Gorge, a natural haven with its invigorating waterfalls and abundant greenery. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters, surrounded by the rainforest’s serene beauty.

You’ll take a boat trip for an exceptional snorkelling experience on the renowned Great Barrier Reef, immersing yourself in an underwater world of unparalleled beauty. It is a vibrant world where colourful fish and intricate coral formations captivate the senses. From graceful sea turtles to lively clownfish, this underwater journey promises awe-inspiring encounters.

Included activities: Mossman Gorge waterfall excursion, Great Barrier Reef
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Rainforest lodge

Day 15: Daintree to Cairns

You begin your penultimate day with an exciting river cruise, offering a glimpse into the natural habitat of crocodiles.

Our expedition then reaches a significant moment with an immersive U. Impact! Experience. This encounter involves the rich traditions and culture of the local First Nations community, where storytelling becomes an art form. Here, the land itself serves as a sacred canvas, narrating stories in the language of nature. This presents an opportunity to connect deeply with the narratives encountered during our East Coast expedition, embracing ancient customs, traditional dances, and the profound bond between the First Nations people and their land.

After this remarkable experience, we’ll celebrate our East Coast adventure with a night out in Cairns.

Included activities: Croc-spotting river cruise, U. Impact! Immersion in First Nations culture
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: twins and triples Cairns boutique hotel

Day 16: Cairns

Today signals the end of your trip as you make your way to the airport at your leisure, maybe to explore other parts of Australia or maybe you have extended your stay in Cairns to explore more of the Great Barrier Reef and surrounds.

Your Sydney to Cairns tour starts in Sydney with four days exploring the highlights of New South Wales. Gourmet treats range from wine tasting, appreciating craft beer, savouring artisanal cheeses, to home-made chocolate and barbecue cuisine. Scenic vistas, mountain hikes, sand dunes, iconic landmarks like the Three Sisters, the Worimi sand dunes and engaging with the local community are all part of the amazing journey.

A short flight then takes you to Queensland, featuring Byron Bay, K’Gari (Fraser Island), Whitehaven Beach, “Maggie Island,” and inland exploration of Atherton Tablelands. Activities range from 4WD adventures to rainforest exploration and Great Barrier Reef visits, offering diverse experiences from boutique shopping to vibrant nightlife. Wildlife encounters encompass interactions with dolphins, koalas, wallabies, crocodiles, platypuses, turtles, and kookaburras in their natural habitats.

  • Wildlife experiences – The chance to spot Koalas, kangaroos, dolphins, crocodiles & platypus in the wild
  • Whitsundays Island cruise visiting Whitehaven beach & including snorkelling & lunch
  • Kgari (Fraser Island) 4wd adventure with lunch – see the largest sand island in the world
  • Blue mountains and Port Stephens moderate hikes
  • Koala sanctuary visit, dolphin and crocodile spotting cruises
  • Half-day snorkelling adventure to the Great Barrier Reef from Cape Tribulation
  • Atherton Tablelands including ancient waterfalls & volcanic crater lakes
  • Visit the ancient Daintree Rainforest
  • Hunter Valley wine & beer experience
  • Sea kayaking experience in Byron bay – The chance to spot dolphins, whales (seasonal) and turtles
  • Unique & immersive first nations experience

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  • 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • All transport (Private buses, domestic flights & boats)
  • Authentic, fun, knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • Use of locally owned and operated businesses
  • All Accomodation – Mix of hotels, cabins, resorts and hostels – Triple-share accommodation, with twin/double and private single upgrades available

  • Swimming gear, sunscreen, hat, beach towel

  • Standard accommodation is triple-share room, unless upgrade is chosen.

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