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30 Day East Coast and Outback (SYD-CNS/ASP-DRW)

This 30 day experience offers iconic destinations including Byron Bay, Fraser Island, Magnetic Island, the Whitsundays, Uluru and Kakadu. We visit three very different islands, six World Heritage National Parks and many secret spots recommended by locals along the way. It offers a great mix of unique accommodation, camping under the stars, and experiences including wine tasting, a wildlife cruise, indigenous culture, beaches, hiking, rainforest, reef, 4WD off-roading, surfing, canoeing and kayaking.

  • Duration: 30 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Supplier Tour ID: SYDDRW/208683
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Sydney, Australia
  • Finishes: Darwin, Australia
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Sydney
  • Darwin



Day 1

Sydney Arrival
Today you will arrive into the world-famous city of Sydney. Enjoy its spectacular skyline and iconic harbour and Opera House. Please note this day is unguided. Meals, transfers to your accommodation and activities are at your own expense.
STAY: YHA Sydney Central


Day 2

Sydney to Barrington Tops
Meet your Stray guide at 8am outside of Wake Up (509 Pitt Street) and head to the Hunter Valley wine area and do a tasting at one of Australia’s most famous vineyards. We then head through the backcountry to our stunning stop on the edge of Barrington Tops National Park (a World Heritage Listed Area). We stay in a private lodge overlooking the Barrington River. We have included river tubing down a scenic part of the river for the afternoon. Relax and enjoy the incredible views in the evening.
STAY: Shared accommodation in hilltop lodge.
EAT: Dinner


Day 3

Barrington Tops to Surf Camp
Wake up in the morning and enjoy breakfast with an amazing view. We then head north, with a break to visit 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.
STAY: Surf Camp
EAT: Breakfast and Dinner


Day 4

Surf Camp to River Retreat
This morning you can take part in a group surf lesson or just relax on the beach. In the afternoon we travel to our River Retreat and go for a guided canoeing trip, spotting wildlife along the way. In the evening have an Aussie BBQ, learn how to cook some damper and toast marshmallows around the campfire.
STAY: Camping in cabins
EAT: Breakfast and Dinner


Day 5

River Retreat to Byron Bay
We leave our camp and head up towards Byron Bay, Australia’s famous surf and arts town. We stop in the picturesque town of Yamba along the way and go for a walk or swim at the Angourie blue pools (weather dependent).
STAY: Backpacker Resort Byron Bay
EAT: Breakfast


Day 6

Free Day in Byron Bay
Explore, learn to surf, party, visit the alternative town of Nimbin (additional cost), or just relax and take in the laidback, hippy vibe. We recommend taking a walk to the lighthouse to view the Australian mainland’s most easterly point.
STAY: Backpacker Resort Byron Bay


Day 7

Byron Bay (via Gold Coast & Brisbane) to Rainbow Beach
We depart Byron Bay and cruise up to the New South Wales/Queensland border and hop out at Danger Point 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 and Brisbane before we continue onto Rainbow Beach for the night. At Rainbow Beach we take a walk up to Carlo Sand Blow for either the sunset or sunrise.
STAY: Backpacker Resort Rainbow Beach
EAT: Dinner


Day 8

Rainbow Beach <> Fraser Island
Get ready for a 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.
STAY: Beach Resort Fraser Island.
EAT: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.


Day 9

Spend more time exploring Fraser Island. In the late afternoon of day nine your guide will return you to your Rainbow Beach accommodation where you have dinner included.
STAY: Backpacker Resort, Rainbow Beach
EAT: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Day 10

Rainbow Beach
Today you will have the chance to witness some of the spectacular marine wildlife the Fraser Coast is famous for. You will be treated to a dolphin-watching kayak tour and Great Beach 4WD ride within the Great Sandy National Park.
On this three-hour tour you have the chance of seeing Bottlenose dolphins, Humpback whales (May to November), turtles, manta rays, sting rays, soldier crabs and an array of marine birdlife.
Make sure you bring along your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, water, camera, a dry change of clothes and any snacks you may wish to eat.
STAY: Backpacker Resort Rainbow Beach
EAT: Breakfast and Dinner


Day 11

Rainbow Beach to Emu Park
We head to the train station for the train journey to Rockhampton. Here we transfer to a local bus for the trip Emus Beach Resort. On arrival we’ll learn more about tomorrow’s Treasure Island Experience.
STAY: Emus Beach Resort, Emu Park
EAT: Breakfast


Day 12

Great Keppel Island - Emu Park - OVERNIGHT TRAIN - Airlie Beach
We have an awesome ‘Treasure Island’ adventure today with return ferry transfers to Great Keppel Island with its 17 stunning beaches, treasure hunt, Bluff Point Turtle Walk and after an evening meal we’ll catch the overnight train to Airlie Beach. We travel in a modern train with large reclining seats, a bar and a dining carriage. We get into a town called Proserpine in the morning then take a local bus in to Airlie Beach – the gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands where you will have time to store your luggage before your Whitsundays day trip.
STAY: Overnight train in reclining seats
EAT: Lunch and Dinner


Day 13

Whitsunday Islands, snorkeling, reef and 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. Upon completion of your Whitsundays day trip, you will have the night free to explore Airlie’s great nightlife and choice of restaurants.
STAY: Backpacker Resort Airlie Beach
EAT: Lunch


Day 14

Airlie Beach (via Townsville) to Magnetic Island
We start early with a local bus to the train, a ferry out to tropical ‘Maggie Island’, and a local transfer to the accommodation. There is much to explore on the island, as nearly 50% of it is National Park with amazing beaches and abundant wildlife. Your guide will join you on a walk around the Island; otherwise you can do more exploring or just relax by the pool.
STAY: Bungalow Bay Koala Village YHA Magnetic Island


Day 15

Free day Magnetic Island
Relax or visit the wildlife park at the resort (extra cost). Your guide will not be present today.
STAY: Bungalow Bay Koala Village YHA Magnetic Island


Day 16

Magnetic Island to Tully Rainforest Experience
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.
STAY: Camping in a campground in a World Heritage listed rainforest
Eat: Dinner


Day 17

Tully to 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 4pm.
STAY: Backpacker Resort Cairns
EAT: Breakfast


Day 18

Great Barrier Reef
Our luxury vessel takes you to the Great Barrier Reef in only 90 minutes for a full day of snorkelling and/or the chance to do up to three dives (extra cost).
We have exclusive moorings at various reefs and a variety of dive sites to ensure minimal environmental impact to the pristine coral formations we visit.
Dive sites are frequented by a myriad of tropical and pelagic fish, rays, turtles, (friendly) sharks and the ever-popular Maori Wrasse. There are swim-throughs, wall and drift dives to appeal to every level of diver. We include a wetsuit or stinger suit, as well as floatation noodles. Crew keep a constant watch over the snorkelling sites, so you can enjoy the wonders of the reef in complete safety.
Reef Tax $20 (local payment)


Day 19-23

Fly from Cairns to Alice Springs
Bid farewell to the East Coast of Australia today and make your way into Australia’s Outback. You will need to pre-arrange a flight today at your own expense. Upon arrival at the airport, show your travel voucher at the Alice Wanderer Airport Shuttle desk for a transfer to Haven Alice Springs for just $13 (subject to change).
Meals, flight and activities at own expense. Your guide will not be present today.
STAY: Backpacker Resort Alice Springs


Day 20

Alice Springs to Uluru
It’s an early rise for the journey to Ayers Rock. This afternoon embark on an interpretive walk at the base of Uluru. The Cultural Centre is impressive and well worth a visit before watching the ever-changing colours of Uluru at sunset. After dinner, some stories and stargazing, it’s time for a good night’s rest at our private campsite before another active day tomorrow.
STAY: Swag camping (pop-up dome tents available for hire for additional cost. Must be pre-booked)
EAT: Lunch and dinner


Day 21

Uluru to Kings Creek Station
Your guide will wake you bright and early to experience a mesmerising Uluru sunrise, early mornings being such a magical time in the desert. Then it’s a short drive to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), an Aboriginal word for ‘many heads’, and there are 36 domes in total. Pull on your hiking boots and take the Valley of the Winds walk through creek beds, domes and beautiful wilderness. After lunch, it’s farewell to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park as we travel to Kings Creek Station to spend the night at our private camp.
STAY: Swag camping (pop-up dome tents available for hire for additional cost. Must be pre-booked)
EAT: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 22

Kings Creek Station to Alice Springs via Kings Canyon
This morning we enter the Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park, home of a mighty chasm with sheer red rock faces which soar over 100 metres above lush palm forests. The rim of Kings Canyon is a 6km round trip walk. You will visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and tranquil Garden of Eden. In the afternoon after a day of sightseeing, your guide will return you to Haven at Alice Springs where you will spend the night.
STAY: Backpacker Resort Alice Springs
EAT: Breakfast and lunch


Day 23

Alice Springs to Banka Banka via Devils Marbles
Today our adventure through the ‘Territory’ to Darwin begins. Just north of Alice Springs is the Tropic of Capricorn (80% of the Northern Territory lays north of this point). Further along the track are the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) which are a collection of gigantic granite boulders magically balanced on top of one another and where you’ll have the chance to take some cool photos. Our day winds to a close just north of Tennant Creek at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night.
STAY: Camping
EAT: Lunch and dinner


Day 24

Banka Banka to Mataranka
No trip to the ‘Territory’ is complete without a visit to the Daly Waters Pub, an important watering hole for explorers and drovers in days gone by and now a great spot for a cold beer, a bit of history and a ‘fair dinkum Outback experience’! Later in the day you can take a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees and nearby where we camp overnight.
STAY: Camping
EAT: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 25

Mataranka to Darwin
Your guide will wake you early this morning for the short drive to the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park which is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Ancient sandstone has been carved away by the Katherine River to create a deep and picturesque gorge. You may like to take a boat cruise or paddle a canoe (seasonal) through the peaceful water (both optional and additional cost). In the afternoon, relax and watch the changing landscape as we travel to cosmopolitan Darwin.
STAY: Backpacker Resort Darwin
EAT: Breakfast and lunch


Day 26

Free day Darwin
Today is yours to relax around the vibrant town of Darwin. Check out the shops, swim in the lagoon, or sip a cocktail on Mitchell Street – the choice is yours. Activities and meals are at your own expense. Your guide will not be present today.
STAY: Backpacker Resort Darwin


Day 27

Darwin to Kakadu National Park
The first stop on our Top End adventure is Ubirr Rock, one of the main cultural sites within Kakadu National Park. At Ubirr you can view a wide range of Aboriginal rock art which will be interpreted by your guide. Here you will learn about the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for excellent views over the surrounding floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land. In the afternoon visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to learn about the 40,000 years of aboriginal occupation within the park. Tonight enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at our private campsite
STAY: Camping
EAT: Lunch and dinner
Darwin to Kakadu National Park via Mary River Wetlands
The first stop of our Top End adventure is at the Mary River Wetlands for our wildlife cruise. This region is home to over 250 bird species and has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the Southern Hemisphere. Search for the mighty crocs who rule this waterway, buffalo, birds and other wildlife. Our entrance to Kakadu National Park is at the South Alligator River, a picturesque location for a picnic lunch. There’s the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Bowali Visitor Centre before our late afternoon arrival at Ubirr. Here you will view a wide range of ancient Aboriginal art which will be interpreted by your guide. Learn the story of the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for panoramic views over the floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land. As the day draws to a close we head to our private campsite for dinner and our overnight stay.
STAY: Camping
EAT: Lunch and dinner


Day 28

Kakadu National Park to Mount Bundy
Up early to enjoy a crocodile cruise on the Yellow Waters billabong. A must-do activity within Kakadu National Park, the award winning Yellow Waters cruise is Aboriginal owned and centres around a spectacular billabong system that is home to some remarkable and diverse wildlife. Spotting crocodiles is only one of the many wildlife viewing opportunities on this unique water system. Later, enjoy a half day hike and swim at the beautiful Gubara Springs* and/or Gunlom Falls*, and walk to the top of the Nawurlandja lookout with spectacular views over Kakadu. Late afternoon we will drive to Mount Bundy, close by Litchfield National Park, and spend tonight at our private campsite.
STAY: Camping
EAT: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Kakadu National Park to Mount Bundy
This morning the jewels of Kakadu National Park await. After breakfast and departing camp we travel off road to the majestic Twin and Jim Jim Falls* for a day of adventure and exploration. Travelling into Twin Falls by 4WD track, a boat shuttle and finally a rocky track and boardwalk we will be rewarded by the beauty of this remote waterfall deep within Kakadu National Park. Afterwards we stay off the beaten track where a walk through monsoon forests and over boulders lead us to Jim Jim Falls. Surrounded by 150 metre cliffs, we spend some time soaking up the natural beauty of this majestic location. This afternoon we depart Kakadu National Park and travel towards Litchfield National Park where we will stop along the way at our private campsite. Tonight, enjoy a hearty meal with your fellow adventurers.
STAY: Camping
EAT: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 29

Litchfield National Park to Darwin
Enjoy the short journey to Litchfield National Park. Explore the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield. Discover intriguing cathedral and magnetic termite mounds and swim, hike and explore Florence and Wangi Falls* (water level dependent) as well as Buley Rockhole. Return to Darwin in the early evening where you will spend your final night of your month-long tour of Australia.
STAY: Backpacker Resort Darwin
EAT: Breakfast and lunch
Litchfield National Park to Darwin
Today is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Marvel at the intriguing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and swim, hike and explore Florence and Wangi Falls*. Discover the many rock holes and cascading waterfalls of Buley Rockhole before returning to Darwin in the early evening where you will spend your final night of your month-long tour of Australia.
STAY: Backpacker Resort Darwin
EAT: Breakfast and lunch


Day 30

Today you can spend some more time checking out Darwin or depart to your next destination at anytime. We hope you’ve had an amazing time in Australia! Meals, activities and accommodation not included on this unguided day.

    • Professional guides
    • Private bus and four-wheel drive as well as Queensland Rail transport
    • Accommodation and camping as specified
    • All sightseeing, walks and meals as indicated
    • National park fees (excluding the Northern Territory)
    • Return ferries to Fraser Island, Great Keppel Island and Magnetic Island
    • Activities including Hunter Valley wine tasting, river tubing on the scenic Barrington River, koala hospital visit, a surf lesson at a remote surf camp, kayaking the Solitary Islands marine park, 2 day/1 night Fraser Island tour, half day sea kayaking trip with dolphins, Great Keppel Island treasure hunt, Whitsundays snorkeling, Whitehaven Beach boat ride, Tully/Mt Tyson Rainforest Experience, Great Barrier Reef Trip and camping safaris to all major National parks in the Northern Territory
    • Note that s domestic flight between Cairns and Alice Springs on day 19 is NOT INCLUDED in the price

      Beachside bungalow, hostel/budget resort, island wilderness lodge, basic camping, overnight train

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