16 Day Sydney to Cairns

16 Days: Sydney-Cairns

Sydney, NSW

Airlie Beach, Queensland

Whitsundays sunset, Queensland

Whitsundays, Queensland

Australia

Koalas in Australia

Australia

Sydney to Cairns

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16 Day Adventure

Accommodations

Itinerary

Soft Adventure

Some Meals

Travel Visa

Perfect For Ages 18-39

Guided Adventure from Sydney to Cairns

16 Days: Sydney-Cairns

16 Day East-Coast Australia Adventure - Guided Adventure from Sydney to Cairns

This is the ultimate Sydney to Cairns East Coast package!

Enjoy one of the best Fraser Island tours, an incredible Whitsundays sailing adventure, the Queensland rainforest, and Magnetic Island into one amazingly action-packed East Coast 16 day adventure tour.  This tour package is the ultimate way to see the East Coast of Australia! You will visit three very different islands, four World Heritage National Parks and some secret spots recommended by locals. You will enjoy a great mix of unique accommodation and experiences including wine tasting, wildlife, indigenous culture, beaches, hiking, rainforest, reef, off-roading, surfing, and kayaking.

Tour departs on select Tuesdays until 31 Mar 2020

Departing Vancouver
$2,889CAD
per person, based on double occupancy
  • Subject to availability. All taxes and fees are included in above price.
  • Australian Travel Visa is included in above price.
  • VALID FOR TRAVEL: select Tuesday departures until 31 Mar 2020
  • Note: This tour is recommended for ages 18-35 (accommodations on this tour include hostels and camp sites)
  • Airfare is NOT included in the above price

Get Ready for a Trip of a Lifetime

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Included in your Adventure

Aquatic Adventures

Bus Tour

Itinerary

Guide

Some Meals

Shared Accomodations

Taxes & Fees

Travel Visa

Walking Tour

Cultural Experience

Excluded in your Adventure

Excursions

Flights/Airfare

Guide

Where will you visit?

Sydney
Brisbane
Bondi Beach
Sydney Harbour
Downtown Sydney
Opera House
Cairns central train
Tully Gorge National Park
Magnetic Island
Bay Koala Village
Whitsunday Islands
Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven lookout
Great Barrier Reef
Emu Park
Rainbow Beach
Fraser Island
Byron Bay
Gold Coast
Brisbane
Noosa

16 Days: Sydney-Cairns

Itinerary

Arrive in Sydney, Depart from Brisbane

16 Day Adventure

Day 1: Sydney

You will meet your guide and group as we head into the Hunter Valley. You will do a tasting at one of Australia’s most famous vineyards. We then travel through the backcountry to our stunning stop on the edge of Barrington Tops National Park (a World Heritage Listed Area). Tonight, we stay in a private lodge overlooking the Barrington River, and we have included river tubing down a scenic part of the river for this afternoon. Warm up and relax in the giant hot tub before dinner.
Stay tonight in our Hilltop Lodge in dorm share accommodation

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Koala Hospital

In the morning you can go for a walk around the property before we begin our day’s journey. We stop for a visit to a Koala hospital to learn about their efforts in preserving Koalas, and at a nature reserve to spot wild kangaroos hopping along the incredible coastline, then travel on to our waterfront accommodation at the Surf Camp, arriving in the early evening.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: River Retreat

The surf lesson is included in the price of the tour package. In the afternoon we travel to our River Retreat and go for a guided canoeing trip, spotting wildlife along the way. In the evening we have an Aussie BBQ, learn how to cook some damper and toast marshmallows around the campfire.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Byron Bay

Today we visit Byron Bay Australia’s famous chilled out surf and arts town. We stop in the picturesque town of Yamba along the way and go for a walk or a swim at the Angourie blue pools (weather dependent). We have an orientation drive on the way to Byron Bay to help you get your bearings. Make sure you look out for the great cafes and bars and take a walk down to the beach.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Byron Bay

A Free day to explore and experience Byron Bay. Our favorite thing in Byron is taking a walk to the lighthouse to view the Australian mainland’s most easterly point. you could also learn to surf, party, visit the alternative town of Nimbin (additional cost), or just relax and take in the laidback, hippy vibe. Your guide is getting some hard-earned rest today, so it's up to you what you do in Byron Bay.

No meals included on this day.

Day 6: Gold Coast, Brisbane

This morning we depart Byron Bay and cruise up to the New South Wales/Queensland border and hop out at Danger Point (after April 1) to stretch our legs and check out the view of one of Australia’s best surf spots, Snapper Rock. We then drive into the Gold Coast, Brisbane, and Noosa before we continue onto Rainbow Beach for the night. At Rainbow Beach, we take a walk up to Carlo Sand

Meals included: Dinner

Day 7-8: Fraser Island

Get ready for two full days of exploring World Heritage Fraser Island. After a short 10-minute ferry ride from Rainbow Beach, you start your adventure 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, hike through world heritage rainforest and explore the diverse landscapes in this unique habitat.
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.

Meals included on Day 7: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Meals included on Day 8: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Rainbow Beach

Today you will go on a 3 hour dolphin watching kayak tour. This is the perfect chance to see Bottlenose dolphins, Humpback whales, turtles, manta rays, sting rays and a wide array of marine birdlife.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Emu Park

We then head to Cooroy where we start our train journey. Travel by train to Rockhampton where we are met by a local bus which takes us to Emus Beach Resort. We are welcomed onto the resort and find out more about our Stray Treasure Island Experience for the next day.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11: Airlie Beach

This morning we head to a tropical paradise like nowhere else on our Treasure Island Adventure. Our destination Great Keppel Island is located on the south of the Great Barrier Reef with untouched coral, turtles, reef fish and manta rays all straight off the beach. Catch the train in the evening and travel overnight to Airlie Beach – the gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. where you will have time to store your luggage before your Whitsundays day trip.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 12: Whitehaven Beach

Today provides an exhilarating ride to world famous Whitehaven Beach, pristine snorkeling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks.

Visit the Northern and Southern ends of Whitehaven Beach, spending at least two hours relaxing or exploring the 7km of white silica sand.

Walk to the Southern Whitehaven lookout with breathtaking views of Pentecost Island, join the guided walks to Hill Inlet lookout and snorkel for an hour enjoying the amazing hard and soft corals of the fringing reefs.

Meals included: Lunch

Day 13: Magnetic Island

Head to the tropical paradise of Magnetic Island. With nearly 50% of Magnetic Island being National Park you will find there is much to explore. You will have a guided walk around the Island, then its time to do more exploring or just relax by the pool.

No meals included today

Day 14: Magnetic Island

Today you can just relax or visit the resort Wildlife park (extra cost). Day at leisure.

Day 15: Tully Gorge National Park

We travel back to the mainland on the ferry, travel by train to Tully – getting in at around lunchtime. We travel by bus into the amazing rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park. Cool off with a swim in a beautiful swimming hole, before a BBQ dinner and stories about the campfire. 

Meals included: Dinner

Day 16: Cairns

We wake early at our rainforest camp for breakfast and then have an interpretative walk through the forest, learning about the traditional indigenous use of the land. We then travel back to Tully to catch the train north, arriving into Cairns central train station at approximately 4.05pm, where your East Coast adventure comes to an end. 

Meals included: Breakfast

16 Days: Sydney-Cairns

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Weather

Seasons in Australia are opposite to the weather in North America – December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring. Australia is a lovely destination to visit year-round; known for having mild weather throughout, even during its winter. The far northern parts of the country are tropical year-round.

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Canadians can enjoy safe travels year-round in Australia. We recommend that all our travellers purchase travel insurance to cover theft, loss, cancellations/travel interruptions, accidents and non-pre-existing medical problems. The (UV) sunrays in Australia are very strong and can cause a burn, even on a cloudy day.

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While some vaccines may be recommended when travelling Down Under – WHO recommends travellers be up to date with their Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B shots – there aren’t any known ailments or endemic diseases where there is a need for a particular immunisation required for travel.

Currency & Customs

The currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar. Tipping is not customary; however, hotels, tour guides/ground operators and restaurants do not add service charges to your bill. If you feel your service provider went above and beyond, it is recommended to tip 10%. You are required to have a valid Australia Travel Visa.

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The electrical current for Australia (and New Zealand) is 220-240 volts; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust.

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