36 days / 35 nights
- Byron Bay
- Surfers Paradise
- Rainbow Beach
- Fraser Island
- Town of 1770
- Airlie Beach
- Whitsunday Islands
- Magnetic Island
- Mission Beach
- Great Barrier Reef
Throw yourself into the East Coast of Australia’s huge variety of unforgettable experiences on our 36-day adventure tour from Sydney to Cairns.
This trip is perfect for you if you want to explore Australia with the ease of a tour, but enjoy a more authentic travel experience. You’ll travel on public transport, stay in hostels and travel with a group of like-minded backpackers.
Travelling with you throughout, your tour leader will ensure the trip runs smoothly; getting everyone onto the right transport and making sure you arrive safely at your hostel in each city.
Get ready for an epic guided group adventure exploring the very best of the Australian East Coast on the Ultimate East Coast: 5 week package from Sydney to Cairns. Discover amazing Aussie locations, have heaps of fun, create unforgettable memories and make friends for life! Adventure leaders will show you the best of the region’s hidden gems and major highlights so you can get the most out of your trip. e– Explore floating markets. Visit long sandy beaches, hike over the coastal headlands and bathe in the champagne pools! This is a trip you’ll never forget.
With so many exciting places to visit – here are a few of our highlights:
– See some Australian Humpback dolphins
– Take a dip in the famous harbour-front lagoon
– Snorkel pristine island waters
– Visit the Great Barrier Reef
- All transportation within Australia, including inter-city transfers (night trains or buses, with fully flat beds) and all transportation to and from included activities.
- All taxes and charges.
- Tickets to listed activities.
- All accommodation. Hostels are safe, clean and hygienic and have their own unique charm. Standard accommodation is in dorm rooms but upgrading to a single, twin or double room is available on request.
- First aid trained, professional, fun tour guides that have expert local knowledge & will show you the best time!
- Flights to tour start and end points
- Travel insurance
- Optional activities
36 days/ 35 nights
Starts & finishes:
Starting in Sydney and finishing in Cairns.
Sydney, Byron Bay, Surfer’s Paradise, Brisbane, Noosa, Rainbow Beach, Fraser Island, Town of 1770, Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Mangnetic Island, Mission Beach, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef.
Public transport, including overnight buses
Some Meals & Drinks Included
18 – 50
Optional activities – prices listed in the local currency, under Detailed itinerary below
£2059 per person
Twice monthly departures from 2018 to November 2019.
Day 1 – Sydney, Australia
Welcome to Sydney!
Your East Coast adventure starts here with airport transfer to the hostel, followed by a guided tour of the city and welcome dinner before we kick-start our journey up the coast!
Days 2-5 – Byron Bay, Australia
This morning, we arrive in Byron Bay. Chill on the stunning beaches and embrace the laid-back surfer vibes of Byron. We’ll explore the beaches, enjoy a surf lesson and head to the famous Byron lighthouse to take in the gorgeous ocean views. Tomorrow we’ll zen out at morning yoga on the beach, enjoy more time exploring Byron, and then have some tasty wine & cheese at our hostel this evening!
Days 6-8 – Surfers Paradise, Australia
Known for its awesome waves, never ending nightlife and long sandy beaches, Surfers Paradise is a real highlight of the East Coast. We’ll explore the beautiful beaches and head out to our favourite bars and clubs for a fun night out on the town. Spend the next day chilling by the pool, soaking up the sun or exploring the city, before we get together for a Sausage Sizzle and a few bevvies.
Days 9-10 – Brisbane, Australia
In the morning, we’ll hop on the bus and head to Brisbane! With accommodation right in the buzz of the city, we’ll explore the best bits of Brisbane, from man-made Streets Beach to Southbank, the cultural hub! Fancy spending some time with the wildlife? Take a visit to Australia Zoo.
Days 11-12 – Noosa, Australia
Tropical greenery, diverse wildlife, and beautiful beaches – Noosa, our next stop, is gorgeous. Chill by the beach, take a hike over the coastal headlands taking in the amazing sea views or have a couple-a beers at the bar.
Days 13-14 – Rainbow Beach, Australia
Our next stop is Rainbow beach, the gateway to Fraser Island! Check into our hostel and head out for a short hike where you can watch the sunset over the southern tip of Fraser Island! In the morning, we head out to see some Australian Humpback dolphins! Explore Rainbow or relax at the hostel – before our Fraser Island safety briefing.
Days 15-17 – Fraser Island
Today, we will begin our Fraser Island adventure! We will drive on the beach highway in a 4×4, take a dip in the amazing clear waters of Lake McKenzie, bathe in the champagne pools, and take in amazing views. Kick back and take in the amazing views from your very own private campsite! We’ll head back to Rainbow beach for another night, before journeying to our next spot.
Days 18-20 – Town of 1770, Australia
Our next stop is Town of 1770. Enjoy a classic Aussie camp fire with marshmallows on the fire, play games by the pool, hire a surfboard and catch some waves or join 1770’s famous scooter tour. In the evening, we’ll hop on the overnight bus to Airlie beach, arriving the next morning.
Days 21-23 – Airlie Beach + Whitsunday Islands
Check into your hostel before heading out to explore tropical Airlie Beach, taking a dip in the famous harbour front lagoon. The next day, it’s time to start our Whitsundays adventure! We’ll be spending the next few days cruising around the stunning Whitsunday islands on a Maxi sailing yacht. We’ll be sleeping on-board so get comfy, have a drink, enjoy some delicious food, and settle into the gorgeous surroundings. Snorkel in pristine blue waters, visit some of the whitest sandy beaches in the world, chill with your mates and witness some incredible sun sets. The Whitsundays are breathtaking! After two amazing days on the boat, we’ll head back to our hostel in Airlie Beach for the next two nights.
Days 24-25 – Airlie Beach
Arriving in the evening, we’ll hit the hostel terrace bar and reminisce on our Whitsundays adventure! Take in the beauty of the Whitsundays with the Heli Experience. The next day, soak up the paradise vibes at Airlie’s lagoon, wander around the town or explore the surrounding national park before our journey to Townsville.
Days 26-28 – Magnetic Island
You’re in for a treat as we spend the next 3 days exploring Magnetic Island – home to wild koalas, wallabies, and golden sandy beaches. Snorkel in the pristine island waters, take the guided Fort’s walk offering incredible views of the island and chill at the hostel. Our hostel even has an on-site wildlife park where you can get up close to Aussie wildlife such as koalas and wallabies! Want to explore the rest of the island? Rent a 4×4 ‘barbie car’ and drive around the island with your mates!
Days 29-30 – Mission Beach
Our next stop is Mission beach, where the rain forest and the reef meet and renowned for incredible sunrises. We’ll wake and explore the neighbouring National Park, traditional country of The Djiru Aboriginal people. If you’re up for a bit of adrenaline action, you have the option of joining an awesome white water rafting adventure in Tully or Australia’s highest skydive (15,000ft!) – get signed up! Fly over a reef, jump out a plane and land on a beach. Awesome!
Day 31 – Cairns, Australia
Tonight we arrive in Cairns – the Ultimate backpacker destination, and home to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy luxury air conditioned en-suite dorm rooms, a huge pool and daily entertainment in our resort style accommodation. We’ll be spending the next 5 days here, so settle in and get ready for an exciting few days ahead!
Day 32 – Cairns, Australia
Our first full day in Cairns will be spent exploring the Tablelands region, swimming under waterfalls, exploring rain forest and sliding down natural rock slides. If you’re lucky, you may even see some shy platypuses in the wild!
Days 33-35 – Great Barrier Reef, Australia
What better way to spend your last few days in paradise than a day trip to the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef? We’ll take a boat to the outer reef and snorkel around the vibrant coral, encountering turtles, stingrays and maybe even Nemo – an experience you’ll never forget! The final two days are open for you to explore Cairns. Chill at the hostel pool, make the most of the nightlife, visit the Cairns Lagoon and soak up the sun while you reminisce on the past 5 week of adventure with your new mates!
Day 36 – Cairns, Australia
Whether you plan to stay in the tropics, travel elsewhere in Australia or onto a different destination, your tour guide and Euroventure will be here to support you and help you plan your adventure!
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A deposit is required to make a reservation, with the balance due 6 weeks prior to departure (unless booking with one of our promotions, for which specific balance due dates may apply). The deposit is £600 GBP.
Optional Activities – Available to book pre-departure or during tour (non-comissionable)
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