Explore the East Coast of Australia in a small group, with a locally owned & operated company that loves nature, food, wine & the friendly faces that we work closely with. Includes nature based activities each day and the chance to relax with some “Me Time” too. Sleep well in hand picked 3 & 4 star accommodation.
Small groups (Min 4, max 16)
Includes Australia East Coast Tours ‘must-see’ attractions like Sydney, Byron Bay, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef, but we also expose our guests to family-run hospitality, locally-produced food and wine, and a variety of down-to-earth experiences that can only be enjoyed in small groups with local knowledge
We understand the importance of utilising the local community and businesses to create sustainable and long lasting relationships. We visit best local cafes, restaurants & food producers everyday.
Mix of 3 & 4 star hand picked accommodation so you sleep well at night.
Active tour style provides opportunities for nature walks, snorkeling, swimming, spotting animals in the wild
Great music playlist, informative, knowledgable & enthusiastic guides
Via donates $1 per day towards the food rescue charity “Oz Harvest” for every guest on board. They educate on how the local volunteers are helping rescue food in Australia, re-distributing food to those in need
Must be 18+ to travel on the tour unless an approved minor (8+ years old) is accompanied by an adult. There is not age limit, but all guest must be young in spirit & active enough to participate daily in light to medium walks, some lasting up to 2 hours.
Key: B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = Dinner
Your East Coast Australia tour experience starts in Australia’s Harbour City, the glittering jewel in the east coast’s crown. Make your own way to our hotel, check in at reception, relax and get some sleep: the adventure begins tomorrow.
7am Meet your guide in hotel reception. After a short introduction & tour brief, your guide will take you for breakfast in a local cafe before setting off to explore Sydney for the day together. We begin with a walking tour of Australia’s most famous city. Watch how the sun glints on the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and even the historic ferry we take to Watson’s Bay. Over fish ’n chips, we’ll plot our next course: a walk along the east coast’s towering cliffs – aboriginal rock carvings, ocean spray and stunning views. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and even the occasional whale. We’re back in the heart of the city later for a multicultural welcome dinner, and the chance to sample Sydney’s funky nightlife. (B, L, D).
We leave behind Sydney’s skyscrapers and sidewalks for a wildlife park boasting an all-star cast of koalas, kangaroos, and more guided by our own personal wildlife ranger. We’re in the heart of the Hunter Valley, so there’s nothing better than to take a wine, cheese, chocolate and organic vodka tasting tour, complete with gourmet lunch. We’ll also visit the sunny port city Newcastle, rounding an eclectic day off with local live music. (B, L)
It’s all about water today. After an amazing local breakfast, we hit the scenic Lakes Way for a coastal walk and lookout climb. Sunbathe on the sand or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, dive into a stand-up paddle or kayak experience. Afterwards, we’re off to Port Macquarie in time for a sunset cruise, with complimentary drinks and snacks to enjoy – if you’re not distracted by the dolphins that frequently swim past. (B)
Optional: Stand-up paddle board, kayak
We start by meeting the volunteers at a local koala hospital. If you’re able to tear yourself away from the cuddly critters, you’ll be rewarded with a stop at gorgeous Dorrigo National Park, known for its lush, sub-tropical rainforest and waterfalls. We finish the day in true Aussie style: a traditional pub where you can relax, order some grub, have a few drinks and even play some pool. Seeking something stronger? Ask about our visit to the local gin distillery. (B)
It’s off to Dangar Falls for a refreshing dip in its cascading waters. Once dry, we’re headed to Byron Bay, a laid-back surf paradise with boundless coastline, sand and friendly locals. We’ll pay a visit to the local lighthouse for a unique photo opportunity, and the chance for the eagle-eyed to spot dolphins, whales, and other marine life. (B)
Today we’re talking relaxation, relaxation, and relaxation. Spend the morning on the warm sand, shopping for bargains, or indulge in one of our optional activities: yoga, surfing, kayaking, skydiving or getting a massage. We’ll pop to an organic farm where we’ll pick and prepare a healthy lunch, then the rest of the day is all yours – put your feet up, head to a cosy bar, or watch the world go by from one of the local cafes. (L)
Optional: Yoga session, surf lesson, kayak experience, skydive or massage
We’re a week into our adventure and today sees a visit to sun-kissed Noosa (via one of Australia’s top surf spots and home to some of our champion surfers). We’re crossing into Queensland – the Sunshine State – which means koala-spotting in a national park followed by a magnificent sunset overlooking the Sunshine Coast hinterland from a coastal lookout. Rest up in the evening, or hit the bustling town for dinner and nightlife. (B)
Ready, steady, go, for a once-in-a-lifetime Fraser Island 4WD adventure today. You’ll never want to leave, as we explore the largest sand island in the world, kick back at some of Queensland’s most renowned lookouts, take a walk on the wild side, dive into a crystal-clear lake, and go dingo-discovering. The fun needn’t stop there; after the tour feel free to enjoy Noosa’s vibrant nightlife, or put your feet up in your accommodation. (L)
It’s up, up, and away, as we take the plane to Airlie beach, hub of the magnificent Whitsundays. You get the chance to take the reins today; whether you want to stroll through the town, find a cool bar, or explore the local swimming hole, the choice is all yours! (B)
After breakfast, we’re taking a leisurely day cruise through the postcard-perfect islands of the Whitsundays, including a stop at famed Whitehaven beach. Words can’t do justice to the dazzling white sands, azure waters, and densely verdant vegetation of this incredible corner of the world.
Get a closer look by snorkeling with colourful coral, and an array of playful fish and turtles. Afterwards, it’s your chance to relax or seek out the town’s best food and drink options. (B, L)
All aboard! It’s an early morning train ride and a change of scenery today as we head through undulating cane fields to historic Tully. We’ll meet an Aboriginal family who’ll escort us to a secluded swimming hole in the rainforest. You’ll also get the chance to play bush explorer, as we venture into the dense rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park, prepare traditional food, and set up a campfire. We finish the day with a night spotlighting tour and the chance to see another world: Australia’s animals under the cover of darkness. (D)
Enjoy breakfast in a local café before we travel into the wet tropics of Far North Queensland. We’ll discover a magnificent plunge waterfall nestled in dense tropical rainforest en-route to the Atherton Tablelands. Take a dip in the cool water before we head to Lake Eacham, a crater lake with crystal-clear water, and visit the massive ‘Curtain Fig Tree’. We’ll finish the day in Cairns, one of Australia’s most vibrant, tropical and energetic cities. (B)
It’s one of the highlights of any trip to Australia: the Great Barrier Reef. Today, we take a cruise to the famed reef, where we’ll go snorkeling and hear a marine conservation commentary. After what’s sure to be an extraordinary day, we’ll freshen up at the hotel before having our farewell dinner. It’s a chance to compare memories, swap stories, and say farewell to your friends on the tour. (B, L, D)
Optional: Scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef
Kayak Tour in Byron Bay: $64
Learn to Surf Byron Bay: $70
Yoga in Byron Bay: $70
Scuba dive on the barrier reef from $70
Departure Dates (*Day 1 is always in on a Friday in Sydney. Day 14 is always a Thursday in Cairns)
2017: Jun 2nd, Jul 7th, Jul 21st, Aug 4th, Sept 1st, Oct 6th, Oct 20th, Nov 3rd, Nov 17th, Dec 1st
2018: Jan 5th, Jan 19th, Feb 2nd, Feb 16th, March 2nd, March 16th
All tours require comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing – We travel nearly 4000km from Sydney to Cairns, so one week it could be cold and wet, the next sunny and hot!
Sunscreen is recommended on sunny & cloudy days
Swimmers and a towel
Sydney: Macleay Hotel
Newcastle: The Lucky Hotel
Port Macquarie: El Paso Motor Inn
Dorrigo National Park: Dorrigo Heritage Motel (Traditional Australian Pub) or Bellingen Valley Lodge
Byron Bay: Apartments Inn
Noosa: Noosa Lakes Resort
Airlie Beach: Airlie Beach Hotel
Tully: Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach
Cairns: Mantra Trilogy or The Pacific Hotel
*Similar accommodation may be used if necessary
Departure Dates: *Day 1 is always a Friday in Sydney & Day 14 is always a Thursday in Cairns
2017: Oct 6th, Oct 20th, Nov 3rd, Nov 17th, Dec 1st.
2018: 5th Jan, 19th Jan, 2nd Feb, 16th Feb, 2nd March,16th March, 6 April, 4 May, 1 June, 6 July, 20 July, 3 August, 17 August, 7 September, 5 October, 19 October, 2 November, 16 November, 30 November.
2019: 4 January, 18 January, 1 February, 15 February, 1 March, 15 March.
Food, wine, beaches, walks, wildlife and nature – a locally owned & operated East Coast Australia Tour.