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Most of the Coast–Sydney to Cairns
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The route up Australias East Coast has earned its rep as one of the seemingly endless supply of must-do experiences in the country. The classic Sydney-to-Cairns route introduces you to both sides of modern Australia the bright lights of the big city and the raw beauty of the Outback. Youll get to try your hand at dozens of activities everything from wine-tasting to sailing and snorkelling. And when you travel in small groups like we do, you really get out there into the wild to meet the locals and experience the land like they do. That amazing new frontier youve been looking for? Here it is.

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  • Duration: 16 Days
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 133042
  • Starts: Sydney, Australia
  • Finishes: Cairns, Australia
You will Visit
  • Sydney
  • Cairns

Itinerary

01

Day 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.

Additional Notes:
Want to start your Down Under adventure with an adrenaline rush? Add the 'Sydney Adrenaline Bundle' or 'Sydney Bridge Climb' extra to your tour. Get an incredible view of the iconic Sydney Harbour from the top of the Harbour Bridge, then zip through the waterways on a jet boat ride if you book the 'Adrenaline Bundle'. PLEASE NOTE: If booking either of these extras, a pre-night in Sydney is highly recommended as the Bridge Climb starts early in the morning on Day 1.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Sydney/Nundle (1B, 1D)

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.


Additional Notes:
The sheep station is quite remote, and there is usually no reception for mobile phones.

Included Activities:
Wine Tour
Sheep Shearing

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 380km)

03

Day 3: Nundle/Bingara (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Gold Mine Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 210km)

04

Day 4: Bingara/Yamba (1B)

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.

Transport:
Travel distance: 380km (236 mi)
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 380km)

05

Day 5: Yamba/Byron Bay (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Surfing Lesson

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 128km)

06

Day 6: Byron Bay

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.

07

Day 7: Byron Bay/Brisbane (1B)

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

Additional Notes:
Stop along the way to Brisbane for a quick break at one of the many surf spots such as the Gold Coast.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 288km)

08

Day 8: Brisbane/Fraser Island (1B, 1L)

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.

Additional Notes:
While on Fraser Island and the Noosa Everglades, main luggage will be stored in a secure storage facility. Each person will need to pack a bag for two nights with max weight of 5kg. This is due to luggage capacity restrictions in 4x4 vehicles and canoes. Your CEO will explain further details on arrival into Rainbow Beach.

Depending on the day of the week, some groups may swap the order of the Fraser Island and Noosa Everglades days. Some groups will first travel to the Noosa Everglades for a night before travelling on to Fraser Island. All inclusions will still be offered but just in a different order.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 250km)
Ferry

09

Day 9: Fraser Island/Noosa Everglades (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
4x4 Excursion
Noosa Everglades Overnight Excursion

Transport:
Ferry
4x4

10

Day 10: Noosa Everglades/Rockhampton (1B, 1D)

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.

Transport:
Train (6.00-8.00 hours)

11

Day 11: Rockhampton/Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 1

Transport:
Maxi yacht
Private Vehicle (6.50-7.00 hours, 539km)

12

Day 12: Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 2

Transport:
Maxi yacht

13

Day 13: Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 3

Transport:
Maxi yacht

14

Day 14: Airlie Beach/Cairns (1L)

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.

Additional Notes:
Get ready for an early morning wake-up today for the journey to Cairns. Make sure to stock up on snacks and bring personal entertainment – it may be one of the longer travel days on this trip, but it's worth it to reach The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef!

Included Activities:
Ingan Cultural Centre & Jirrbal Aboriginal Art Demonstration

Transport:
Train (6.50-7.00 hours, 482km)
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 140km)

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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.

Included Activities:
Big Night Out

16

Day 16: Cairns

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hunter Valley wine tasting
    • Sheep shearing demonstration
    • Gold panning and mine tour
    • Surf lesson (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
    • Visit to G Adventures-supported Ingan Cultural Museum and Jirrbal Aboriginal art demonstration
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (10 nts), swag camping (1 nt), maxi yacht (2 nts), cabins (2 nts). All nights multi-share
    • 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, train, maxi yacht, 4x4 vehicle, ferry, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Taste wine in the Hunter Valley
  • Sleep under the stars and at a sheep station
  • Bliss out in famous Byron Bay
  • Island hop through the Whitsundays