East Coast Encompassed

18 Day Small Group Tour from Sydney to Cairns with G Adventures

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1 Sydney
There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, head down to the harbour's edge to 'The Rocks' historic area and the Opera House. Stay: Wake Up - Sydney
2 Sydney
Enjoy a free day to explore Sydney. Opt to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, hop on a jet boat ride through the harbour, or chill out at Bondi Beach. Stay: Wake Up - Sydney
3 Sydney - Tamworth
Travel to the Hunter Valley for a wine tutorial before continuing on to Tamworth for a taste of Australian country living. Stay: Tamworth YHA (B/D)
4 Tamworth - Yamba
Continue north, visiting Raspberry Lookout and Boundary Falls in Gibraltar National Park en route. Once in Yamba, head to the beach for a swim. Stay: Pacific Hotel (B)
5 Yamba - Byron Bay
After breakfast, travel the coastal road to the stunning surf and arts town of Byron Bay. Enjoy plenty of free time to experience the hippie surfing town. Options are abound — walk to the lighthouse (located on Australia's most easterly point) for a chance to see whales swimming off shore or hang ten with the locals after an included surfing lesson. Stay: Wake Up! Byron Bay (B)
6 Byron Bay
The free time is yours to explore. Walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out at the Byron Bay Brewery and people watch. Want to get your adrenaline pumping? Go skydiving, try sea kayaking, or go on a dolphin watch. Opt to pre-book the "Byron Bay Ocean Kayaking" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour. Stay: Wake Up! Byron Bay
7 Byron Bay - Brisbane
Travel north, and opt for a night out in Queensland's capital. Stay: Brisbane City YHA (B)
8 Brisbane - Noosa Everglades
Set off to the Noosa Everglades for an evening surrounded by stunning wilderness. Stay: Noosa Everglades (B/L)
9 Noosa Everglades - Fraser Island
Once on the island, enjoy a 4x4 tour of Fraser Island, driving along over 100km of beach. Go for a swim in Lake McKenzie, and enjoy a rainforest walk along the way. Stay: Fraser Island Beach Camp Eco Retreat (B)
10 Fraser Island - Airlie Beach
Enjoy a morning of exploring by 4x4 to hit the remainder of Fraser Island's highlights, before hopping an overnight train north to Airlie Beach. (B/L)
11 Airlie Beach - Whitsunday Islands
After arriving in Airlie Beach and some time for brunch, head to the marina and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next two nights. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands where you will drop anchor for the night. Stay: Whitsunday Islands Boat (D)
12 Whitsunday Islands
The sailing route today allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands. Planeterra has partnered with Reef Ecologic, a nonprofit specialized in creating innovative solutions to challenges facing coral reefs. In the Whitsundays they are working to engage the community and travellers to restore the reef following the 2017 cyclone. Reef Ecologic's new coral gardens in the Whitsundays foster natural coral fragments to be replanted into the reef for a healthy marine environment. Stay: Whitsunday Islands Boat (B/L/D)
13 Whitsunday Islands - Airlie Beach
After three days at sea, we sail back to Airlie Beach for a night on land in a local beach hostel. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day. Stay: Base Airlie Beach (B)
14 Airlie Beach - Cairns
Admire the scenery on the train north to Cairns. Stay: Cairns Central YHA
15 Cairns
Opt to pre-book the "Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour. Stay: Cairns Central YHA
16 Cape Tribulation
Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest.
17 Cape Tribulation - Yungaburra
Up for a ziplining adventure? Opt to pre-book the "Jungle Surfing Through The Daintree Rainforest" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour. Stay: On the Wallaby (B)
18 Yungaburra - Cairns
Stop at Lake Eacham, a volcanic crater lake, before continuing on to visit some of the waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands, including Josephine Falls and the famous Millaa Millaa Falls. Later, go for a swim in the waters of Babinda Boulders before travelling back to Cairns where the tour ends upon arrival. (B)

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Journey Highlights
  • Island hop by yacht through the Whitsunday Islands.
  • Zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island.
  • Sleep on the banks of the Noosa River.
Trip Inclusions
  • Your G for Good Moment: Reef Ecologic Coral Restoration, Whitsunday Islands
  • Your Hands-On Moment: Wine Tutorial, Hunter Valley
  • Your Hands-On Moment: Surfing Lesson, Byron Bay
  • Your Discover Moment: Byron Bay
  • Your Discover Moment: Cairns
  • Your Big Night Out Moment: Cairns
  • Sydney orientation walk
  • Fraser Island 4x4 excursion
  • Entrance fees to Cooloola Recreation Area and Fraser Island in Great Sandy National Park
  • Noosa Everglades overnight experience
  • Noosa Everglades canoeing excursion
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion (3 days)
  • Whitehaven Beach visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Hostels (12 nights), cabin (1 night), maxi yacht (2 nights), overnight train (1 night), beach hostel (1 night)
  • All nights multi-share
  • Multi-share accommodation, on a single-sex basis (typically 4-6 people per room), is very common in Australia and is the way you will be spending most of your nights. We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavour to your trip.
  • COUPLES: Please note that due to the types of accommodation used in Australia, couples will likely be split into separate rooms where we use multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations.
  • PRE/POST ACCOMMODATION: If booking additional nights before or after your tour, accommodation will be multi-share on a mixed gender basis.
Your Tour Guides
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
Meals Included
  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners included throughout this tour
  • Train, maxi yacht, private vehicle, 4x4 vehicle, ferry
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