East Coast Australia – rugged landscapes, crashing turquoise waves, pristine reefs, indigenous culture, cosmopolitan cities, out-of-this-world wildlife, friendly locals and an unbelievable amount of awesome experiences: does it get any better than this? You’ll travel up the sun-kissed coast from Sydney to Cairns and, along the way, you’ll be shearing sheep in the Outback, trekking national parks, partying in all-Aussie beach resorts, taking a 4x4 adventure around the world’s largest sand island, practising yoga in eccentric Byron Bay and sailing from on postcard-perfect island to another in the Whitsundays. East Coast Encompassed has it all!
Duration: 18 Days
Accommodation: Not Rated%
Guide (Language): english
Start City: Sydney, Australia
Guaranteed Departure: No
Physical Demand: Average
Trip Rating: 0%
Trip ID: 133022
End City: Cairns, Australia
|Duration: 18 Days||Guaranteed Departure: Yes|
|For lovers of:||Physical rating: Average|
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|Your Guide: English speaking||Tour code: 133022|
|Starts: Sydney, Australia||Finishes: Cairns, Australia|
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.
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.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
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.
The sheep station is quite remote, and there is usually no reception for mobile phones.
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 380km)
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.
Gold Mine Tour
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 210km)
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.
Travel distance: 380km (236 mi)
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 380km)
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.
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 128km)
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.
Travel north, and opt for a night out in Queensland's capital.
Stop along the way to Brisbane for a quick break at one of the many surf spots such as the Gold Coast.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 288km)
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.
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.
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 250km)
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.
Noosa Everglades Overnight Excursion
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.
Train (6.00-8.00 hours)
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.
Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 1
Private Vehicle (6.50-7.00 hours, 539km)
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.
Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 2
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.
Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 3
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.
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!
Ingan Cultural Centre & Jirrbal Aboriginal Art Demonstration
Train (6.50-7.00 hours, 482km)
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 140km)
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.
Big Night Out
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.
Aboriginal Interpretive Walk
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 140km)
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.
Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 185km)
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.
Ask your GCO about booking post night accommodation in Cairns, as this trip arrives back late in the evening.
Lake Eacham Visit
Babinda Boulders Visit
Millaa Millaa Falls Visit
Departure Day (Activities)
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 70km)
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Trip Name: East Coast Encompassed–Sydney to Cairns
Duration: 18 Days
From Price: 1719
Trip Code: 133022
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