Taste wine in the Hunter Valley, sleep under the stars and at a sheep station, bliss out in famous Byron Bay, island hop through the Whitsundays
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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 wine-tasting to sailing 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 demonstration. Gold panning and mine tour. Surf and yoga lessons. Private 4x4 excursion on Fraser Island. Sailing in the Whitsundays. Visit to Whitehaven Beach. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners. (Allow AUD200-250 for meals not included)
- Hostels (10 nts), swag/canvas bedroll (1 nt), maxi yacht (2 nts), beachside permanent tented camp (2 nts). All nights multi-share.
- Private bus, train, maxi yacht, 4x4 safari vehicle, ferry
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 20, avg 16
Please note that most accommodation in Australia is multi-share.
Day 1 Sydney
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Nundle Sheep Station (1B,1D)
Travel to the Hunter Valley for a wine tasting. Overnight at a sheep station, including a shearing demonstration.
Day 3 Bingara (1B,1D)
Visit a working mine and have a go at gold mining.
Day 4 Yamba (1B)
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)
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)
Stop for lunch on the Gold Coast, then continue onto Brisbane. Opt for a night out in Queensland's capital.
Day 8-9 Fraser Island (2B,2L,2D)
Travel by private bus, 4x4 and ferry to reach Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. Settle into the group's exclusive permanent tented camp in the bush by the beach. Enjoy a little over a day's worth of exploring by private 4x4 to hit all of the highlights.
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 14-15 Cairns (1B)
Admire the scenery on a full-day train ride through Queensland. Enjoy a free day to visit the Great Barrier Reef or get the adrenaline pumping by skydiving, whitewater rafting or hang gliding.
Day 16 Cairns (1B)
Depart at any time.
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