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Eastern Escape
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Sailing

Wild nights & wildlife await you on Australia's East Coast. Experience the pristine beauty of sailing the Whitsundays as well as life on a farm, koalas & kangaroos and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. Hit up Byron Bay, serving up some of the best surf, sand & beach vibes in the world.

Australasia
  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Easy
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: 316.870/247530
  • Starts: Cairns, Australia
  • Finishes: Sydney, Australia
  • Age requirement: 18 - 35
You will Visit
  • Cairns
  • Whitsundays
  • Noosa Everglades
  • Byron Bay
  • Sydney

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive Cairns

It's time to start your adventure this evening and meet your new-found friends to share your East Coast journey with.

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Day 2: Cairns

Good morning Cairns you delightful palm tree paradise. Today we'll take you on a Dreamtime walk at Tjapukai where you can explore the rich history of the world's oldest living culture. After getting your culture fix for the day, why not unleash your inner-adrenaline junkie and take a leap of faith at AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping? Or take to the rapids for an action-packed afternoon of white-water rafting on the Barron River.

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Day 3: Cairns

Today could be the perfect chance to sign up for a day trip on the Skyrail. Here you can gain a truly unique perspective of Australia's World Heritage listed tropical rainforest, gliding above the canopy before descending to the forest floor to continue your guided explorational journey in the tropical hippie paradise of Kuranda. Known for its appreciation of sustainable living and alternate therapies, Kuranda is a unique village in a world of commercialism. Take the famous Kuranda Railway back to Cairns for a relaxing end to your day.

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Day 4: Cairns

Make the most of your free day here in Cairns and jump on our optional day trip out to Australia's most famous natural wonder, The Great Barrier Reef. Head out to the reef and try your hand at snorkelling, gape at the mindblowingly colourful coral and listen to a marine biologist tell you all there is to know about this wonder. This day is a must-do for any trip to Oz!

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Day 5: Cairns to the Whitsundays

Is there anything as spectacular as the Great Barrier Reef...The Whitsunday's sure come close, and luckily it's the next stop on our journey.After a scenic train ride along the East Coast of Queensland, we'll arrive in beautiful Airlie Beach. Hello Whitsundays! Head out this evenig and enjoy the restaurants, bars and ocean vistas this backpacker hub has to offer.

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Day 6: Whitsundays Sailing

How often do you get to wake up in paradise? Today we'll spend the whole day cruising the Whitsundays with our crew. Swim, snorkel, eat and repeat as we make our way around the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays. Do as much or as little as you like - help the crew, snorkel some of the best coral reefs in Australia and laze on the fine sands of Whitehaven beach (cue: more pinch yourself moments). Soak it all in and relish living your best beachcomber life.

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Day 7: The Whitsundays to Noosa Everglades

Have breakie and say goodbye to your sailing crew and the crystal clear waters of The Whitsundays when we hop on a plane for a flight to our next destination - Noosa Everglades.We'll arrive at our destination and unpack at our Special Stay Eco Camp home for the next two nights and relax with a group dinner in the bistro & bar area, surrounded by the chatter and rustling of local birds and kangaroos.

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Day 8: Noosa Everglades - Fraser Island Day Trip

Wake up to the sound of birds chirping at our Eco Camp this morning (you might even spot a kangaroo) and grab a quick brekkie before heading out for a day on Fraser Island.Your spirits (and your Insta Likes) will be at an all-time high after this day full of sand dunes, scenic lakes and dense rainforests. We'll cruise along the world's longest sand highway before you appease your hunger with a tasty lunch.It's back to the Eco Camp this evening for our final night here. You have free time to tuck into some food at the bistro, sample the offerings at the CootharaBAR boutique brewery, or just relax and enjoy the lush surroundings of this beautiful protected National Park.

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Day 9: Noosa Everglades to Byron Bay via Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Hosanna Farm

It's time to wave goodbye to our Eco Camp this morning and start making our way south to our next destination - Byron Bay!We'll make our way to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you'll see koalas, kangaroos and crocodiles up close and personal.On the way south we'll stop at Hosanna Farm, an authentic Aussie working farm where you'll get the chance to try some traditional Australian tucker - damper & billy tea.Still buzzing from our farm & wildlife adventures, we'll arrive at our destination, the hippie haven of Byron Bay where we will be spending the next two nights.

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Day 10: Byron Bay

We'll continue the surf vibes today with the option to kickstart our morning with some yoga on the beach. Then you have the rest of the day free to explore like a local. Start by finding the best smashed avo Byron has to offer - there's no shortage of tasty and organic cafes here. With the rest of the day stretched out ahead of you, there's kayaking, beer tasting, relaxing on the beach, whale watching (seasonal) and visiting the most easterly point of Australia all on offer - your time here will be nothing short of magic.

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Day 11: Byron Bay to Sydney

With Byron satisfaction levels at a high this morning we jump on a plane to our ultimate destination - Sydney!Welcome to Sydney! Once you arrive set out to explore this sun drenched, cosmopolitan and eternally cool city. Your Trip Manager will give you the low down on all of Sydney's best bits as you get a tour of the highlights. After, you could opt to catch the ferry to Watsons Bay to experience the iconic skyline from a different perspective, then venture over to Bondi Beach where you can spend the afternoon lazing about in the sunshine. If this is not enough to satisfy all your Sydney bucket-list needs then join your group for a harbour cruise at sunset.

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Day 12: Sydney

With a full free day to choose your own adventure, we have plenty of Free Time Add-Ons for you to pick from. Wine-lovers can sign up for an Australian wine tasting experience; water-lovers can opt for a sunset cruise or jetboat on the harbour. For the ultimate Aussie slice-of-life evening, get a group together for a signature "Cook your own BBQ" dinner at the swanky Phillips Foote heritage restaurant in the heart of The Rocks, with freshly-caught seafood & succulent steak.

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Day 13: Sydney

This morning we'll hit the road and head on a day trip to one of Australia's finest: the majestic Blue Mountains (which aren't actually blue, but are still beautiful all the same). Out here in the great Aussie Outdoors we'll be learning about the legends behind the famous Three Sisters rock formation as well as exploring the Jamison Ridge area. Back in Sydney we'll say goodbye to our new-found family as our trip ends on return to the hostel.

Inclusions:
      Accommodation
    • Hostel-style accommodation with a Special Stay at an Eco Camp in the Noosa Everglades (complete with kangaroos) as well as two nights on a sailing yacht. With accommodation this centrally located you'll be right in the action and ready to enjoy your days after a comfy night's sleep
      Food
    • We'll provide 18 of your meals and the rest are up to you. Food is an important part of any holiday so we want you to have all of the opportunities to explore modern Australian cuisine and local eats. Our TM's will always be on hand with their must-try meal recommendations
      Staff
    • A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do
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Tour Highlights:
  • Cairns Day 2: Tjapukai - Dreamtime walk with Damper plus Tea
  • Cairns to the Whitsundays: Train: Airlie Beach to Cairns
  • Whitsundays to Noosa Everglades: Included Flight: Airlie Beach to Noosa
  • Byron Bay to Sydney: Included Flight: Byron Bay to Sydney
  • Depart Sydney: Visit the Majestic Blue Mountains