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East Coast Encompassed–Sydney to Cairns
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Rugged landscapes, crashing surf, and indigenous culture stretching back through time and beyond Australias East Coast possesses a truly otherworldly allure. This trip offers you a comprehensive, authentic, and wholly affordable experience in one of the countrys most popular regions. Raw thrills and refined pleasures abound out here. In the space of a few days, youll sample wines in the Hunter Valley, snorkel the Whitsundays, and catch a few waves. When people back home ask what you did on your trip, just tell em: Everything.

Australasia
  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Snorkeling, Swimming
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: OAEC.A/201736
  • Starts: Sydney, Australia
  • Finishes: Yungaburra, Australia
You will Visit
  • Sydney
  • Nundle
  • Bingara
  • Yamba
  • Byron Bay
  • Brisbane
  • Fraser Island
  • Noosa Everglades
  • Rockhampton
  • Whitsunday Islands
  • Airlie Beach
  • Cairns
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Yungaburra

Itinerary

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Day 1: Sydney

Arrive at any time.
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.

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Day 2: Sydney/Nundle

Travel to the Hunter Valley for a wine tasting. Overnight at a sheep station, which includes a shearing demonstration.
Depart in the morning and head to a small country town for lunch before continuing to Nundle Sheep Station for the night.

At the sheep station, have the unique opportunity to meet an expert sheep shearer. Experience a shearing demonstration and learn about local sheep farming. At the end of the day, enjoy a lamb dinner with the locals before sleeping in historic shearer's quarters.

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Day 3: Nundle/Bingara

Visit a working mine and have a go at panning for gold.
After breakfast, drive to Tamworth, the country and western music capital of Australia and home to a giant guitar. Arrive in Bingara in the early afternoon for an included visit to a historic gold mine where you can try gold panning.

Later, opt for a swim in the local watering hole.

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Day 4: Bingara/Yamba

Drive to a beach town surrounded by Yuraygir National Park. Go for a swim at the beach, relax, and enjoy the view.
Once in Yamba, head to the beach for a swim. End an active day by savouring the local delicacy of fish and chips on the beach with fellow group members.

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Day 5: Yamba/Byron Bay

Continue up the coast to Byron Bay, an alternative hippie paradise. Hit the beach and enjoy an included surf lesson.
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.

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Day 6: Byron Bay

Enjoy free time to hit the beach, get a massage, or try sea kayaking.
The free time is yours to explore. Walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out in the Buddha Bar and people watch. Want to get your adrenaline pumping? Go skydiving, try sea kayaking, or go on a dolphin watch.

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Day 7: Byron Bay/Brisbane

Travel north, and opt for a night out in Queensland's capital.

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Day 8: Brisbane/Fraser Island

Travel by private bus, private 4x4 and ferry to reach Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. Explore the island by 4x4.
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.

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Day 9: Fraser Island/Noosa Everglades

Enjoy a morning of exploring by 4x4 to hit the remainder of Fraser Island's highlights, then set off to the Noosa Everglades for an evening surrounded by stunning wilderness.

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Day 10: Noosa Everglades/Rockhampton

Hop on board a northbound train. Visit rural Queensland and learn about cattle station history. Bed down in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the Outback sky.
Catch a train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'. Arrive at a remote farm and stay the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the farm, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment.

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Day 11: Rockhampton/Whitsunday Islands

Embark on a 3-day maxi yacht sailing adventure. Enjoy beach visits, island bush walks, and time to snorkel the reefs. Anchor off of secluded tropical islands at night.
After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Airlie Beach and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands where you will drop anchor for the night.

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Day 12: Whitsunday Islands

Continue sailing through the gorgeous backdrop of the Whitsunday Islands. There will be time to snorkel the reefs. Anchor off of a secluded tropical island at night.
The sailing route today allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands. There is the option for certified divers to scuba dive. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night.

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Day 13: Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach

Hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand, then enjoy free time on the famous beach. Sail to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night of dancing.
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.

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Day 14: Airlie Beach/Cairns

Admire the scenery on the train north to Tully. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch and a tour of the G Adventures-supported Ingan Cultural Centre. Participate in a painting activity with traditional Jirrbal Aboriginal artists before continuing on to Cairns.

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Day 15: Cairns

Enjoy a free day to visit the Great Barrier Reef or get the adrenaline pumping by skydiving, whitewater rafting or bungee jumping. Cap it all off with a Big Night Out in Cairns.

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Day 16: Cape Tribulation

Depart early and head north. Learn about the flora and fauna with local Aboriginals, then cool off in a waterfall in Daintree National Park.
Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge, take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest and swim in a remote waterfall within the Daintree NP.

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Day 17: Cape Tribulation/Yungaburra

Enjoy a free morning to further explore the rainforest or chill out poolside. Head towards Yungaburra in the Atherton Tablelands for the night, and enjoy additional free time to explore the area.

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Day 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 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.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hunter Valley wine tasting
    • Sheep shearing demonstrations
    • Gold panning and mine tour (Bingara)
    • Surf lessons (Byron Bay)
    • Fraser Island overnight excursion
    • Noosa Everglades overnight experience
    • Entrance fees to Cooloola Recreation Area and Fraser Island in Great Sandy NP
    • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion (3 days)
    • Visit to Whitehaven Beach
    • G Adventures-supported Ingan Cultural Museum and Jirrbal Aboriginal art demonstration
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (11 nts), cabins (2 nts), maxi yacht (2 nts), beach hostel (1 nt), swag camping (1 nts). All nights multi-share
    • 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, maxi yacht, private vehicle, 4x4 vehicle, ferry
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Island hop by yacht through the Whitsunday Islands
  • Overnight at a traditional sheep station
  • Zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island
  • Sleep in a swag under the impressive Southern night sky