Discover the East Coast of Australia in a small group, with a locally owned & operated company that loves nature, food, wine & the friendly locals 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 allow for an intimate touring experience (Min 4, max 16)
We include ‘must-sees’ like 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.
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.
We use a mix of 4 star, boutique & family run accommodation so guests sleep well at night.
Active tour style provides opportunities for nature walks, snorkeling, swimming, spotting animals in the wild
Great music playlist, informative, enthusiastic guides & no boring commentary
In Tully, north Queensland, we provide a contemporary tailor made Aboriginal experience with the Grant family, who provide insight into the past, present & future of Aboriginal heritage in the area
Via also 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 (http://www.ozharvest.org/).
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
Meet your guide & new travel mates at Brisbane CBD (Hotel – Royal On The Park), or at Brisbane Airport between 10.30am & 11.30am (Please check with us what time to meet when booking your tour, as each tour varies by a few hours depending on our scheduled flight time). We’re headed to Australia East Coast must-see 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 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
Extending your stay in Cairns? Ask your travel agent if you can book extra accommodations nights. Ask us about short trips/activities for after the tour ends.
Moving on immediately? You can leave your luggage in storage at the hotel & collect it at the end of the day.
All tours require comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing (We travel nearly 1000km from Brisbane to Sydney so during the week it could be cold and wet and the next day sunny and hot). Sunscreen is recommended on sunny & cloudy days. Swimmers and a towel
Scuba dive on the barrier reef from $70
Noosa: Noosa Lakes Resort
Airlie Beach: Mantra Croc Club
Mission Beach Castaways Resort
Cairns: Mantra Trilogy or The Pacific Hotel
*Similar accommodation may be used if necessary
Departure Dates: *Day 1 is always a Friday in Brisbane & Day 7 is always a Thursday in Cairns
2017: Oct 13th, Oct 27th, Nov 10th, Nov 25th, Dec 8th.
2018: Jan 12th, Jan 26th, Feb 9th, Feb 23rd, March 9th, March 23rd, April 13th, May 11th, June 8th, Jul 13th, 27th July, 10th Aug, 24th Aug, 14th Sept, 12th Oct, 26th Oct, 9th Nov, 23rd Nov, Dec 7th.
2019: 11th Jan, 25th Jan, 8th Feb, 22nd Feb, 8th Mar, 22nd Mar.