Most of the Coast—Sydney to Cairns
Tasting wine in the Hunter Valley, Sleeping under the stars and at a sheep station, Learning to surf in famous Byron Bay, Island-hopping through the Whitsundays, Cooling off in remote swimming holes, Snorkelling the world's largest reef.
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The route up Australia’s East Coast has earned its rep as one of the seemingly endless supply of must-do experiences in the country. The classic Sydney-to-Cairns route introduces you to both sides of modern Australia—the bright lights of the big city and the raw beauty of the outback. You’ll get to try your hand at dozens of atypical activities—everything from sheep-shearing and wine-tasting to yachting and snorkelling. And when you travel in small groups like we do, you really get out there into the wild to meet the locals and experience the land like they do. That amazing new frontier you’ve been looking for? Here it is.
- Hunter Valley wine tasting, sheep shearing lesson, mine tour, Yuraygir National Park trek, yoga class, surfing lesson, 4x4 excursion on Fraser Island, walking tour of Brisbane, sailing the Whitsundays, visit to Whitehaven Beach
- 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners. (Allow AUD200-250 for meals not included)
- Basic hotels (3 nts, multi-share), eco-lodge (2 nts, multi-share), 'swag' (1 nt), yacht (2 nts, multi-share), beach resort (2 nts, multi-share), hostels (2 nts, multi-share), beach teepee (2 nts, multi-share)
- Private bus, train, yacht, 4x4 safari vehicle, ferry
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 18, avg 12
Please note that most accommodation in Australia is multi-share, you can read more in the trip details in our about accommodation section.
Day 1 Sydney
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Nundle Sheep Station (1B,1D)
Travel to the Hunter Valley for a vineyard tour and wine tasting. Overnight at a sheep station, including a shearing lesson and traditional dinner.
Day 3 Bingara (1B,1D)
Visit a working mine and have a go at gold mining. Enjoy a tour from a local jackaroo.
Day 4 Yamba (1B,1D)
Travel to this beach town surrounded by Yuraygir NP. Go for a swim at the beach, relax and enjoy the view.
Day 5-6 Byron Bay (2B,1L)
Travel up the coast to Byron Bay, which has a reputation as an alternative hippie town. Take a surf lesson and zen out at a yoga class. Free time to hit the beach, get a massage, go skydiving, try sea kayaking or go on a dolphin watch.
Day 7 Brisbane (1B)
Chill out on the Gold Coast. Opt for a night out in Queensland's capital.
Day 8-9 Fraser Island (2B,1L,1D)
Enjoy a guided walking tour of Brisbane's centre. Ferry over to Fraser Island for an evening barbeque. Take a 4x4 tour to explore the world's largest sand island and enjoy a guided rainforest walk.
Day 10 Cattle Station (1B,1D)
Visit a working cattle station. Bed down in a 'swag' (canvas bedroll) under the outback sky.
Day 11-12 Whitsunday Islands Sailing (2B,1L,2D)
Savour an outback breakfast before travelling to Mackay. Embark on a 3-day maxi yacht sailing adventure from Mackay to Airlie Beach through the Whitsundays, a unique route only used by G Adventures. Enjoy beach visits, island bush walks and snorkelling the reefs. Anchor off of secluded tropical islands at night.
Day 13 Whitsundays/Whitehaven Beach/Airlie Beach (1B)
Hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand, then enjoy free time on the famous beach. Sail to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night of dancing.
Day 14 Cairns
Enjoy a rail journey through sugarcane country before arriving in lively Cairns for the night.
Day 15 Cairns (1B)
Depart at any time.
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