Wake Up, 509 Pitt Street, Sydney at 3pm.
Cairms 16th day
16 Day 15 Night
Optional tours and activities.
Hat & sunscreen, bathers & towel, toiletries, water bottle & camera
From Sydney to Cairns.
Capture the essence of the East Coast of Australia, one of the best road trips in the world, on this 16-day adventure. From cruising past the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge on Sydney Harbour to exploring the Blue Mountains. Learn how to care for Koalas, how to surf, and how to crack a whip. From spending the night on the world’s largest sand island to sailing the islands of the Whitsundays. From making your own boomerang to learning how to throw it.
From Sydney to Cairns– this is your adventure.
Day 1– Sydney (Dinner)
Welcome to the first day of your East Coast adventure.
What better way to start your tour and get to know your group than by cruising Sydney Harbour by Catamaran, a perfect way to set the pace for the coming 16 days. Cruise by the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera house as the city's day draws to an end. Afterwards we head to our night’s accommodation for a welcome dinner and a few drinks. Here you will learn more about your trip. Spend the night in your provided accommodation and dream about your unfolding adventure.
?Sydney Harbour cruise? Welcome Dinner
Day 2– Sydney to Blue Mountains (Breakfast)
Today we spend a full day at one of New South Wales' most picturesque destinations, the World Heritage Blue Mountains. Home to the famous Three Sisters rock formations your guide will take you on a walk down from the lookout to witness the vast land around you.
In the afternoon we make our way to the mountain village of Katoomba for our overnight stay.
? Blue Mountains hiking/sightseeing
Day 3– Blue Mountains to Port Macquarie Via Port Stephens (Breakfast)
Today we focus on the coastal areas that have made NSW a holiday getaway for Sydney-siders for the past century. We firstly travel to Port Stephens to witness the largest sand dune system in Australia. The bay here also happens to have over 80 resident dolphins, so we have included a 1.5 hour dolphin cruise which has 99% chance of seeing dolphins in the wild. After lunch we then travel onto Port Macquarie where we visit the Koala Hospital. This hospital established in 1973 to treat sick and injured koalas is also involved in research with the University of Sydney into Koala diseases. With the exception of the supervisor the hospital is staffed by volunteers and by a charitable organisation, the Koala Preservation Society Australia. Your entry fee here goes towards this noble work.
? Port Stephens Wild Dolphin Cruise ? Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
Day 4– Port Macquarie to Spot X Beachfront Camp (Dinner)
This morning it’s onto our beach camp on the Coffs Coast– where the Great Dividing Range meets the ocean. It encompasses 90 kilometres of beaches which make it one of the best places in Australia to learn how to surf.
If you choose to try your hand at‘hanging ten’ with an optional surf lesson, this will take place this afternoon. If you would rather watch the waves (and the new surfers) roll in then laze about our beachside accommodation or walk along the beach for sunset. Overnight at our surf camp.
? NSW Beaches ? Beachside Surf Camp
Day 5– Spend the day in Byron Bay (Breakfast/Dinner)
Following breakfast we head to the famous hippie town of Byron Bay where your guide will take you on a town tour including a walk up to the famous lighthouse. You will have most of the day to take in the relaxed vibe here.
We finish the day in the Queensland holiday capital, Surfers Paradise with a group dinner by the beach.
? Byron Bay at leisure ? Surfers Paradise
Day 6– Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach (Lunch/Dinner)
This morning we head to the states capital Brisbane, to meet our guests joining us for the Queensland portion of the trip. After a short visit to the capital, it’s on to Rainbow Beach– the gateway to World Heritage Fraser Island.
This afternoon you will be treated to a unique experience as you design and paint your own boomerang, a traditional Aboriginal hunting implement. Yarra (Bunjalung tribe) and local artist Ze will help you using Aboriginal symbols, animals and activities to create a personal memento of your Australian adventure.
Rainbow Beach gets its name from an Aboriginal legend that tells of Yiningie– the spirit of the Gods represented by a rainbow– who was killed in a fight over a woman. When he crashed into the cliffs his spirits created the coloured sands that are visible today.
On the walk we will explore these“rainbow” dunes, made up of more than 70 different colours of sand and also learn how to throw our boomerangs.
We settle into our accommodation for the evening with a meal in the bar/restaurant.
? Boomerang Making Lesson ? Bushtucker lunch ?Rainbow Beach coloured sand dunes
Days 7& 8–Fraser Island (Day 7– Lunch/Dinner Day 8– Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Welcome to World Heritage Fraser Island.
Your adventure onto the famous island begins in the morning when your local guide picks you up in Rainbow. After a short 10-minute ferry ride you start your two full days of four-wheel-driving on the roads of sand.
During your stay on Fraser you will have the chance to spot dingoes in the wild, swim in crystal clear freshwater lakes and swimming holes and explore the diverse landscapes in this unique habitat. Don’t forget to bring your new boomerang with you to practice your throwing on the beach.
Before heading to bed don’t forget to look up to enjoy the millions of stars and maybe even spot the five stars on the Aussie flag– the Southern Cross.
In the late afternoon of day eight your guide will return you to your Rainbow accommodation where you have a group dinner.
? 2 Day 4WD Experience of Fraser Island
Day 9– Rainbow Beach to Outback Cattle Station (Dinner)
This morning it’s time to hit the road to our outback cattle station, but on the way we have a wonderful experience for all guests. You will have the opportunity to hand-feed wild dolphins as they come into Tin Can Bay every morning. This National Park run activity is included in the price of your tour.
Upon arrival at Kroombit cattle station we will meet the station owners who will show us around the property before we settle around the fire for a traditional camp oven dinner.
Overnight in your choice of rustic bunkhouse or a night under the stars in a swag– a traditional Aussie bedroll.
? Hand feed wild dolphins ? Outback Cattle Station ? Traditional camp oven dinner
Day 10– Outback cattle station (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Awake to the sounds of birds chirping and the crackle of the campfire preparing for your camp oven breakfast.
Today is a day of Aussie outback life, as you will try your hand at whip cracking, clay target shooting and lassoing and releasing a goat in a rodeo. You can also participate in a goat muster by horseback or quad bike through the cattle station (both optional). In between these activities experience a traditional Aussie BBQ to keep your energy levels up.
In the evening we return to the campfire for another camp oven dinner followed by a mechanical bull ride. Who will reign supreme as the expert bull rider?
? Outback cattle station Life ? Whip Cracking ? Clay Target Shooting ? Goat Rodeo ? Campfire dinner
Day 11– Outback cattle station to Airlie Beach (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
This morning we bid farewell to our outback paradise and head to the gateway of the Whitsundays region, Airlie Beach.
As we will be driving a lot of the day, we suggest counting kangaroos.
Airlie is one of the liveliest towns on the East Coast and has entertainment to cater to just about every taste.
? Outback to the Coast
Day 12– Whitsunday Islands free day or Overnight Sail (Breakfast)
Today you will have the option of relaxing in Airlie Beach to rest up and take in the tropical atmosphere of this chilled out town. For those wanting a more action-packed experience you have the option to upgrade to a 2 day/1 night sailing experience with our partners Explore Whitsundays. Sail on a maxi-yacht with young fun loving people and experience sleeping overnight on a fast sailing yacht
? Day at leisure at Airlie Beach ? Optional Overnight Sailing adventure.
Day 13–Whitehaven Beach (Breakfast/Lunch)
This morning we head to Abel Point Marina for our cruise through the magnificent Whitsunday Islands.
Our sleek catamaran features a boom net where you can laze about as you watch the blue water break against the sides and the islands slowly cruise by.
In the morning we will venture onto Whitsunday Island to take in the breathtaking seven kilometre-long Whitehaven Beach where you can snorkel, swim and even clean your jewellery with the white pristine silica sand.
For lunch we return to the boat for a BBQ and cruise around the area before returning to Airlie in the late afternoon.
If you don’t have a case of the sea legs, then tonight you may want to check out the nightlife which makes Airlie Beach so famous.
? Catamaran sailing in the Whitsundays ? Whitehaven Beach ? Airlie Beach nightlife
Day 14– Airlie Beach to the Atherton Tablelands (Breakfast/Dinner)
An early start this morning as we continue our journey north with a coastal drive to Yungaburra, a village in the heart of the Atherton Tablelands.
En-route you will get to participate in a game of Australian folk-lore,“lawn bowls”. Stop at one of the great little towns in rural Australia to test your skills against your group and the locals that frequent these watering holes for the“sport”.
Yungaburra is a beautiful town nestled away from the coastline, amongst beautiful crater lakes, rainforest and tropical fruit farms. From our accommodation this night you will have the opportunity to go wildlife spotting by canoe, looking for the rare“Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo” (yes a real kangaroo that lives in amongst the rainforest canopy), ring tail and brush tail possums, carnivorous possums, bandicoots, gliders and platypuses.
? Australian Lawn Bowls ? Night wildlife spotting by canoe
Day 15– Yungaburra to Cairns via Atherton Tablelands (Breakfast/Dinner)
After your big night of activities we awake this morning to participate in a platypus spotting walk (in fact we have a 98% success rate in seeing the elusive platypus), with the option of biking in the neighbouring area.
Our final destination of Cairns by road takes us through other parts of the stunning Atherton Tablelands. Here we will visit the magnificent Millaa Millaa Falls, the Curtain Fig Tree and the volcanic crater of Lake Eacham. Swim, bike and walk amongst nature.
Following an amazing last day in the Tablelands we arrive in Cairns and our group joins together again at a local Cairns restaurant for our end of tour dinner.
? Platypus spotting ? Cairns Highlands Waterfalls ? Crater Lakes ? Cairns
Day 16– Cairns (No meals)
On this final morning our group will meet by the pool to plan further activities and to take an end of tour group photo before the guide leaves the group. If staying on in Cairns then the Great Barrier Reef is your oyster. Your guide can organise a boat trip on the Silverswift luxury catamaran where you can spend five hours on the world’s most famous reef swimming and snorkeling to your heart’s content.
The awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef carries many titles: one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the largest coral reef system on the globe and the only living thing on Earth visible from space.
The beauty of this magnificent piece of nature will remain in your mind long after you leave.
If you opt to stay on dry land then perhaps you’d prefer to soar above it. Hot Air Ballooning is a unique and tranquil way to greet the day and can be organised by your guide, along with a range of extensions including the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest from Cape Tribulation, Fitzroy Island or some thrill seeking adventures like Skydiving or Bungy.
Valid 01 April 2014 - 31 March 2015
DEPARTURES UNTIL 31 OCTOBER 2014 ARE GUARANTEED
Departs at Wake Up, 509 Pitt Street, Sydney at 3pm.
Tues 22 Apr– Wed 7 May
Fri 23 May– Sat 7 June
Wed 25 Jun– Thu 10 Jul
Mon 28 Jul– Tues 12 Aug
Fri 29 Aug– Sat 13 Sept
Wed 1 Oct– Thu 16 Oct
Wed 8 Oct– Thu 23 Oct
Mon 3 Nov– Tues 18 Nov
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Mon 15 Dec– Tue 30 Dec
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Mon 19 Jan– Tue 3 Feb
Sat 14 Feb– Sun 1 Mar
Sun 22 Feb– Mon 9 Mar
Thu 19 Mar– Fri 3 Apr
Returns Cairns Day 16
Maximum Passengers 20 - Mini-Coach