Surf, sail and island hop your way along the East Coast of Australia. Leave all things urban behind to visit beautiful beaches, a proper Aussie farm, a national park and the odd World Heritage Site. Fill up your camera roll and make new friends as you tick off this amazing side to Australia.
Set the tone for this authentic Aussie adventure by crossing the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge en route to the surfing haven of Crescent Head. But first up, we've got a spot of wine tasting and grape stomping in the beautiful Hunter Valley. Keep your eyes peeled for the cheeky kangaroos that hang around the vines here, and leave enough space in your backpack for a bottle of wine or two...
Day 2: Surf Camp to Byron Bay
Wake up, grab breakfast and get ready to hit the waves with an included surf lesson today. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, your instructors will give you some top tips that’ll have you surfing like a local in no time. Tear yourself away from the big blue as our road trip continues with a stop by the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour. Then: say hello to Byron Bay with an included orientation tour. Here you can burn incense, sip chai, practice yoga and go on an epic night out all in the space of 24 hours. Oh, and the beaches here are gorgeous.
Day 3: Byron Bay
Awww, yeah – you’ve got a free day to do your own thing! Anti McDonald's and anti anything mass produced but pro juice bars, beer gardens and beards, it’s no wonder Byron Bay is a traveller’s hotspot. Also, Chris Hemsworth has a house here. Eeeek! Optionals on the menu today? Surfing, stand up paddle boarding and skydiving.
Day 4: Byron Bay to Brisbane
Leave Byron behind you as we head to Brisbane. But first up is the famous Surfers Paradise and an Aboriginal Cultural experience (with song, dance and storytelling). Once in Brisbane, there’s an orientation tour to get your bearings. Then, the night is yours to let your hair down.
Day 5: Brisbane to Fraser Island
On our way to Fraser Island, we’ll swing by Noosa for a tour and a walk in Noosa National Park. Ten points if you spot a koala! There are also hidden natural pools around here, so bring your swimmers in case you have time for a quick dip. We ask that you have packed a small overnight bag to take to Fraser Island with you as luggage space is limited. Pack items like swimmers, beach towel, chargers, hat, sunscreen, camera, jacket, toiletries, sandals/flip flops and casual clothes for two days.
Day 6: Fraser Island (4WD Day Trip)
It’ll be love at first sight as you hit up the peaceful Eli Creek, the Maheno Shipwreck, the crystal-clear Lake McKenzie and much more on Fraser Island.
Day 7: Fraser Island to Farm Stay
Wave goodbye to the coast this morning as our journey continues to the stunning landscape, wildlife and country hospitality of Myella Farm: a working cattle station and our unique home for the next two nights.
Day 8: Farm Stay
Embrace your inner jackaroo (or jillaroo) and get amongst farm life during your time here. You could always go all out and opt in to explore the farm on horseback too. Giddy-up!
Day 9: Farm Stay to Whitsundays Sailing
Been on a private yacht before? You will today as you sail the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. This is the life. Please note: We ask that you have packed a small overnight bag to take onboard with you as space on the overnight sailing is limited. Pack items like swimmers, beach towel, chargers, hat, sunscreen, camera, jacket, toiletries, sandals/flip flops and casual clothes for two days.
Day 10: Airlie Beach
Shorten your bucket list with a visit to Whitehaven Beach and get ready to feast, swim and snorkel the day away. Sounds good, huh? Grab a last pic of paradise before we head back to Airlie Beach tonight. The nightlife here is a backpacker’s dream. Get amongst it and celebrate an epic start to the trip with your new travel mates.
Day 11: Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island
Hop on a short ferry ride to Magnetic Island (cue pretty views en route). Relax, recharge and take it easy in a hammock of your choice. Or, seek out hidden beaches, hikes and swim out for a snorkel. This place is awesome and a little slice of paradise.
Day 12: Magnetic Island to Cairns
Before leaving, we've got a visit to a wildlife park lined up for you. Get ready for snakes, birds and koalas! Once we're in Cairns, get your bearings on an orientation tour. Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns has got adventure for days. Take a stroll around. Then the night is yours to get out and experience some of the East Coast's best nightlife.
Day 13: Cairns
You’ve got two days to play with in Cairns. Start with an optional Great Barrier Reef trip. Snorkel or scuba dive this world-famous reef and see what all the fuss is about. You might see turtles, reef sharks and Nemo! This place is special, trust us. There’s also bungy jumping if you’re game (optional). Please note: Pre-book your Great Barrier Reef day trip at the time of booking to secure your spot.
Day 14: Cairns
After breakfast, say bye to your trip mates. But with so much more on offer in and around Cairns, we won’t blame you for sticking around.
-4 nights in hotels, 1 night in a motel, 5 nights in lodges, 2 nights in cabins, 1 night sailing on a private yacht<br />
13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
Surf lesson in Crescent Head
Visit Byron Bay
Visit Fraser Island (including Lake McKenzie)
Sail the Whitsunday Islands
Visit Whitehaven Beach
Visit Magnetic Island
-4 nights in hotels, 1 night in a motel, 5 nights in lodges, 2 nights in cabins, 1 night sailing on a private yacht
-Awesome Topdeck Crew
-Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
Book with flexibility
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