Australia: 19 Day Learn to Surf & Sydney to Cairns Tour

Days 1 to 3 - Surf Camp

Your intensive three-day surfing immersion at Surf Camp sets out from Sydney travelling south to the world-renowned 60-mile beach at our purpose built surf camp at Gerroa. Prepare to be transformed from punter to proficient in just 4 amazing progressive sessions with fully qualified guides.

The curriculum kicks off with ‘Paddle Perfection,’ focusing on mastering streamlined strokes essential for navigating waves adeptly. It is
transformative surfing experience, where mastering the art of graceful stand-up surfing becomes an achievable feat. The comprehensive program ensures rapid progress in board control, promising to have you confidently popping up on your board in no time.

Accommodation is at our purpose-built Surf Camp offering a comfortable respite post-surfing adventures. Located right by the beach, there is a swimming pool, hot showers, hammocks, internet access, laundry facilities, and a café catering to diverse dietary preferences.

It is an unforgettable surfing experience—relax, seize the moment, and get into the Aussie lifestyle as the waves of enjoyment roll endlessly.

We return to Sydney on Wednesday evening ready to start our journey north exploring more of New South Wales on Thursday morning.

Surf Camp includes:

All Meals
All Accommodation: Twins and triples within the purpose-built Surf Camp
All Equipment: high quality Rip Curl wetsuits and the latest soft-boards.

Day 4 - Sydney & The Blue Mountains

We start our exploration of the best parts of New South Wales in Australia’s most famous city, Sydney. Then it’s over to the serious business: a day trip to the spectacular Blue Mountains, named for the dramatic blue haze that sometimes covers them (Fun fact: they’re around 10 times older than the Grand Canyon). We’ll be hiking Wentworth Falls and the iconic Three Sisters. but not overdoing it because we’re back in Sydney come the evening to check out the Harbour City’s world famous nightlife.

Accommodation: Hostel

Day 5 - Hunter Valley & Port Stephens

We leave behind Sydney’s skyscrapers and sidewalks for sumptuous food and drink in the Hunter Valley, a picturesque area of rolling hills packed with wineries, cheeseries, and breweries. It’s a foodie extravaganza today, so bring your taste buds and a sense of adventure. Well-fed, we head to the Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary which offers state of the art care to our sick, injured and orphaned koalas and to support their long term rehabilitation and preservation. We also climb the ‘Skywalk” a unique ‘tree top’ perspective into the koala’s natural habitat. Now back on the food front (it’s a foodie sandwich today), we’re heating things up with a top-notch Aussie BBQ this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Eco cabins

Day 6 - Port Stephens

If Australia’s east coast has always said ‘sun, sea, sand, and chilling’ to you, then this is the day the dream becomes reality. Introducing one of Australia’s beachy jewels: Port Stephens. Wade in the crystal-clear waters. Come face to fin with dolphins in their natural habitat on a boat cruise. Come with us on the epic Mt Tomaree Walk – just wait till you see the coastal views from the top.

Optional thrills include a 4WD sand dune adventure or more surf opportunities with your new found skills.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Eco cabins

Day 7 - Port Stephens & Brisbane

It’s Bris-vegas baby! We’re off to Queensland’s capital, Brisbane, soon to be home of the summer Olympics. Laidback, sunny, optimistic, buzzing – in many ways it’s the quintessential Aussie city. But if you are up for it, we’re hitting the awe-inspiring Worimi sand dunes for sunrise – the largest moving coastal dunes in the southern hemisphere. It’s hard to top Worimi’s peaks, but Brisbane is definitely the perfect place to kick back and reflect on the amazing adventures so far. Come for the evening walk along the Brisbane River, stay for the local brewery. Cheers.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hostel

Day 8 - Byron Bay

Here’s an evocative name: We’re headed to Byron Bay, the laid-back surf paradise with boundless coastline, golden sand, and friendly locals. We may meet some more ocean dwelling locals like dolphins, turtles and maybe even some whales on an afternoon kayaking adventure. Once the sun sets, it’s party time, as we hit the streets of this vibrant town in search of fun.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 9 - Byron Bay

Today we’re talking relaxation, relaxation, and relaxation. Spend the morning on the warm sand, shop for bargains, or indulge in one of the many Byron Bay optional activities on offer – the choice is yours!. The day is completely up to you so put your feet up, head to a cosy bar, watch the world go by from one of the local cafes or take a coastal walk to Cape Byron lighthouse, Australia’s most easterly point.

Feeling full of energy? Your guide can book all your optional actvitiies including surfing lessons, skydiving, balloon rides, or snorkelling / scuba diving.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 10: Noosa

Another day, another gorgeous beach experience. What a life. 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. We’ll go shopping for locally made arts and crafts at Eumundi Markets (Wed/Sat only), and then head for Noosa National Park, where you’ll have the chance to spot koalas and other Aussie critters. The afternoon is yours to enjoy; whether it’s shopping, seafood, or sunbathing, Noose does them all well.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 11: K'gari (Fraser Island) & Noosa

Ready, set, go, for a once-in-a-lifetime 4WD K’Gari adventure today. Once known as Fraser Island, the destination has been renamed K’gari, the original Butchulla name for the island, meaning ‘paradise’ – you’ll find out why soon enough. You’ll never want to leave, as we kick things off with a thrilling drive along the world-renowned 75 Mile Beach Road, which is exactly what it sounds like: an actual highway running along the spectacular beach (look out for dingos). Moving from land to water, we’ll take a well-earned dip in Lake McKenzie, famed for its soft sands and crystal-clear waters.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 12: Airlie Beach

Airport time! It’s up, up, and away, as we take the plane to Airlie beach, the jewel in the magnificent Whitsundays crown. It’s another choose-your-own-adventure day: take a stroll through the town, find a cool little bar, or explore the local swimming lagoon, the choice is yours.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hostel

Day 13 - Whitsundays Islands & 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 (so we won’t try!). Get a closer look by snorkelling with colourful coral, and an array of playful fish and turtles. Afterwards, it’s your chance to relax or seek out the town’s best food and drink options.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hostel

Day 14 - Magnetic Island

In 1770 Captain Cook noticed a strange magnetic effect on his compass as he passed this gorgeous island. Nowadays, the magnetism is all down to the abundant wildlife, from koalas to wallabies, lush forests, and spectacular ocean views. If ever there was a day to bring your camera, this is the one. After visiting this island, you’ll be dining out on the snaps for years.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bungalows

Day 15 - Magnetic Island

It’s another big day on Magnetic Island. Take your pick of an array of once-in-a-lifetime optional adventures. Diving in crystal clear waters? Done. A rewarding hike through the forest? You got it. Jeep hire? No problem. Snorkelling? of course. So, how would you like today to look?

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bungalows

Day 16 - Cairns via Atherton Tablelands

Things are getting pretty tropical now. Enjoy breakfast before we travel into 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 also experience the charming village of Yungaburra, where great food and big adventures are the order of the day. We’ll finish the day in Cairns, one of Australia’s most vibrant, tropical and energetic cities.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 17 - Cape Tribulation

It’s another big day – we’re going deeper into the tropical World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, and Cape Tribulation (don’t worry, it’s just a name!) and you won’t be disappointed. On the way, there’s just time to stop off for a refreshing dip at Mossman Gorge. In the afternoon, it’s a sure-fire highlight: a half-day snorkelling adventure in the Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage–listed marvel you may have heard of. Expect truly awe inspiring wildlife and scenery.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Lodge

Day 18 - Indigenous Experience & Cairns

What’s green, scaly, and makes your day? That’s right, we’re going on a croc-spotting cruise, giving you a chance to catch these ancient (as old as the dinosaurs) reptiles in their natural habitat. Afterwards, we take in a two-hour Indigenous experience, learning about the traditions and culture of the local communities. After what’s sure to be an extraordinary day, we’ll freshen up at the hotel before having our farewell dinner. It’s a chance to compare memories and swap stories of your amazing adventure.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 19 - Farewell and Departure

After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to the amazing connections we’ve made and the unforgettable experiences we’ve shared! Thanks for a wonderful adventure together!

Meals: Breakfast

Embark on an epic 19-day adventure cruising from Sydney to Cairns, hitting all the hot spots along Australia’s East Coast, including Byron Bay, Fraser Island, and the mesmerising Great Barrier Reef. Get ready to ride the waves like a boss at our Surf Camp, chilling on Gerroa’s epic 7-mile beach. Paddling, standing up, and cruising the waves with flair – we’ll have you doing it all!

Crystal-clear waters, dreamy beaches, and lush rainforests beckon you along this 19-day East Coast adventure tour. Kick off with a bang at the Blue Mountains, indulge in gourmet treats in the Hunter Valley, and spot some Aussie wildlife in their natural environment. Cruise the Whitsunday Islands, snorkel among vibrant coral reefs, all capped off with epic sunsets.

Immerse yourself in the ancient traditions of the First Nations people during our impactful U. Impact! Experience, delving into their deep connection with the land. Explore the Atherton Tablelands, taking in majestic waterfalls and lush rainforests. And the adventure peaks with a wild 4WD ride on Fraser Island, where you’ll discover hidden lakes, towering dunes, and the famous Maheno shipwreck.

This journey is the stuff dreams are made of, so snag your spot now! Become a surfing guru and then get set for an adventure that’ll imprint memories for life along Australia’s East Coast.

  • 3 days, 2 nights all inclusive surf camp with four lessons with fully qualified surf coaches
  • Australia’s best learn-to-surf beach and purpose built Surf Camp only 2 hours from Sydney
  • Daily photo analysis and Free Photos & Highlight Video
  • Intermediate surfers welcome
  • Explore the iconic Blue Mountains, the stunning views of the Three Sisters rock formation and take on the Wentworth Falls hike.
  • Indulge in artisanal cheeses, craft beers, gourmet chocolate and a wine experience in the Hunter Valley.
  • Visit the Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary for a unique perspective on these loveable creatures.
  • Relax on the beautiful beaches of Port Stephens and enjoy a boat cruise to see dolphins in their natural habitat.
  • Take in the vibrant nightlife of Sydney and enjoy a cocktail with the Sydney Opera House as your backdrop.
  • Enjoy a top-notch Aussie BBQs with sizzling sausages, mouthwatering steaks, and all the delicious fixings.

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  • 4 lesson progressive surf course designed for absolute beginners to intermediate surfers. Learn correct technique to paddle, stand up, drop into and ride across the waves. Learn how to read the waves and understand surf etiquette.
  • 2 nights in our purpose-built Surf Camp. Facilities include a swimming pool, hot showers, hammocks, internet, laundry and cafe.
  • All meals are included at Surf Camp. For any other special dietary requests, please contact us before booking.
  • At Surf Camp you will use our warm and comfortable Rip Curl wetsuits and custom designed beginner soft boards. All equipment is current technology and in excellent condition.
  • SPF 30+ water resistant sunscreen is also provided.
  • FREE Photos & Highlight Video
  • FREE Rip Curl discounts
  • On East Coast tour 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

  • Sunglasses
  • Swim wear
  • Beach towel
  • Sunscreen

The night before the trip departs from Sydney is not included – talk to us about booking a pre-night.

Single and private room upgrades are available on request.

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