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 Sydney and Byron Bay 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, swimming, spotting animals in the wild
Great music playlist, informative, enthusiastic guides & no boring commentary
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 Byron Bay, a laid-back surf paradise with boundless coastline, sand and friendly locals.
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. This afternoon, 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.
Today we head inland to get a different view of Australia & you’ll be rewarded with a stop at gorgeous Dorrigo National Park, known for its lush, sub-tropical rainforest and waterfalls. A must see on the East Coast of Australia! 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. (B)
This morning it’s off to Dangar Falls for a refreshing dip in its cascading waters before following the coast to the beautiful coastal city of Port Macquarie, we make it 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.
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 follow our East Coast of Australia itinerary to the sunny port city of Newcastle.
Today 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 continue onto Australia’s Harbour City, the glittering jewel in the east coast’s crown: Sydney.
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. After Bondi, we travel back into Sydney where it’s time to say farewell to your travel mates: You can be dropped either at Sydney (Macleay Hotel), or at Sydney Airport between 4.30pm & 5.30pm. Hope you enjoyed your East coast of Australia itinerary.
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
Kayak Tour in Byron Bay: $64
Learn to Surf Byron Bay: $70
Yoga in Byron Bay: $70
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
Departure Dates: *Day 1 is always a Sunday in Brisbane & Day 7 is always a Saturday in Sydney
2017: Oct 15th, Oct 29th, Nov 12th, Nov 26th, Dec 10th.
2018: 14th Jan, 28th Jan, 11th Feb, 25th Feb, 11th Mar, 25th Mar, 15th April, 13th May, 10th June, 15th July, 29th July, 12th Aug, 26th Aug, 16th Sept, 14th Oct, 28th Oct, 11th Nov, 25th Nov, 9th Dec.
2019: 13th Jan, 27th Jan, 10th Feb, 24th Feb, 10th Mar, 24th March.