In summary, you will explore Australia’s stunning East Coast from the iconic cityscapes of Sydney to the eco-paradise of The Daintree on an epic trip that hits all the highlights in under three weeks. You will sample wine and cheese in the picturesque Hunter Valley. Also meet cute and cuddly koalas in an animal hospital near Port Macquarie and hang loose in the bustling beachside town of Byron Bay. Next, follow the sun-kissed coastline to Queensland and take an off-road adventure across Fraser Island. You will sail through the picture-perfect islands of the Whitsundays and explore the colourful underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Finally venture deep into the world’s oldest tropical rainforest to understand the power of native plants from a First Nations guide. You will encounter crocodiles on a cruise through mangrove thickets, and stroll along the rainforest-rimmed beach of Cape Tribulation. Keep reading to feel our 8 day Sydney to The Daintree East Coast Encompassed Tour.
Full itinerary – 18 Days Sydney to Cairns Australia East Coast Tours
Key: B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = Dinner
Your 18 day Sydney to The Daintree East Coast Encompassed tour adventure begins in the iconic harbour city of Sydney, the glittering jewel in the east coast’s crown. First, make your own way to the joining hotel where you’ll meet your expert leader and fellow travellers at 2pm for a welcome meeting in the lobby. Afterwards, head out to explore the historic area around the hotel before heading out for dinner. If you arrive early, there’s plenty to see and do – why not head down to Circular Quay and check out the world-famous Opera House. Or if you’re feeling brave, opt to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge to catch an epic view over this stunning city. Alternatively, you might like to take the ferry over to Manly Beach for some sun, sea and surf – soaking up the panoramic view of the iconic Sydney cityscape as you cruise along the glittering waters. (D)
Indeed, it’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting at 2pm. We will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let Via Travel Australia travel agent or the hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place. Keep reading about our 18 day Sydney to The Daintree East Coast Encompassed Tour.
Without delay, we leave the hustle and bustle of Sydney behind for the chilled-out Hunter Valley – a picturesque wine region in the rural hills of New South Wales. On day 2 of 18 day Sydney to The Daintree East Coast Encompassed Tour, your own personal wildlife ranger will be keeping an eye out for koalas and kangaroos. Then, make your way to lunch – yes, there will be cheese, and wine, and chocolate (the Hunter Valley is famous for it!). After, you’ve gorged yourself on a delicious feast, sleep off the food coma as you continue your drive to Newcastle. It may only be a fraction the size of Sydney, but this beach side city is jam-packed with trendy bars and a buzzing arts scene. This evening why not head out for a delicious dinner at one of the many restaurants or simply settle in at a friendly pub for a night of live, local music. This is our most popular Australia tour for singles. (B)
After an amazing local breakfast, hit the scenic Lakes Way. We will witness epic coastal views at their best as you drive past pristine beaches and lakeside communities with Via Travel Australia East Coast Australia tour package. Then, stretch your legs on a leisurely walk and climb to a lookout. You will be able to take a moment to soak up panoramic vistas of New South Wales’ breathtaking shoreline. Afterwards, continue your journey to Port Macquarie in time for a sunset cruise – keep an eagle eye out for local pods of dolphins as you enjoy the perfect end to a scenic day. (B)
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 visit to Dorrigo National Park, known for its lush, sub-tropical rainforest and waterfalls. See Dangar Falls & if time allows, take a refreshing dip in its cascading waters. We finish the day in true Aussie style in the Dorrigo National Park: at a traditional pub where you can relax, order some grub, have a few drinks and even play some pool (B)
Accommodation: Dorrigo Heritage Motel (Traditional Australian Pub) or Bellingen Valley Lodge. http://www.heritagehoteldorrigo.com.au/
This morning we hed back towards the coast, to share in a unique and immersive Gumbaynggirr first nations experience that will get you in touch with the traditional custodians of this land, lore and ancient cultural knowledge. Next, we’re headed to Byron Bay, a laid-back surf paradise with boundless coastline, sand and friendly locals. We will be paying 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. We’ll finish the afternoon by popping to an organic farm where we’ll pick and prepare a healthy dinner (B, D)
Accommodation: Byron Bay hotel & Apartments. http://www.byronbayhotelapartments.com.au/
To begin with, get up early or sleep late, sunrises are pretty stunning from Australia’s most easterly point but the choice is yours. Today, it’s a free day so perhaps kick-start the morning with a swim in the ocean. Or hunt down the best cold-brew coffee from one of Byron’s quirky cafes. Stroll along the streets and check out the trendy boutiques or stretch out your limbs at an optional yoga class. If you’re a seafood fan, head to The Balcony Bar for some delicious oysters. Or simply enjoy a cocktail or two as you people-watch from the outdoor terrace. If the waves are right, why not try your hand at surfing or just loll about on one of the endless beaches on day 6 of 18 day Sydney to The Daintree East Coast Encompassed Tour. It’s a hard life!
Today we are on day 7 of our extended East Coast Australia tour. To start, rise and shine as you begin your adventure from Byron Bay to Brisbane. Then through to sun-kissed Noosa, visiting one of Australia’s top surf locations on the way. Then, go koala-spotting in a national park before enjoying a glorious sunset over the Sunshine Coast’s hinterland. In the evening stay on the stunning Fraser Island – the local Butchulla people call it K’gari (paradise), and you’ll find out why soon enough. In brief, this incredible slice of land is the largest sand island in the world, stretching some 123 kilometres down Queensland’s southern coast. Tomorrow you’ll have the chance to explore it, so get a good night rest ready for a day of adventure – oh, and look out for the dingoes!
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting at 10am as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place. Keep reading about our 18 day Sydney to The Daintree East Coast Encompassed Tour.
To start, after a delicious buffet breakfast, set off on a 4WD adventure through the breathtaking landscape of Fraser Island. Then, visit some of the renowned lookout points – perhaps Indian Head or The Cathedrals – for incredible views of the coast, then take a refreshing dive into the crystal-clear waters of Lake McKenzie – an island icon. Also, visit The Maheno shipwreck and the coloured sands of The Pinnacles, Pile Valley’s awe-inspiring Satinay and Brush Box forests as well as Central Station and Wanggoolba, before adventuring along the 75 Mile Beach Road – one of the best coastal drives in the country – and taking a dip in the fresh waters of Eli Creek.
In brief, from tropical dense rainforest to wild offshore waters – witness the contrasting fauna and terrain of this truly unique island as you venture across undulating sand dunes and vast golden beaches, in search of that iconic outback creature, the dingo. This evening, relax at your accommodation and perhaps join the rest of your group for dinner at one of the resort’s restaurants. You can check shorter itinerary East Coast Australia tour packages here. (D)
Transfer back to Brisbane before boarding a flight to Airlie Beach, the hub town of the magnificent Whitsundays Islands and home to endless beer gardens, trendy cafes and a lawn-fringed swimming lagoon. You’ll arrive late in the afternoon, so after settling into your lodgings the evening is yours to spend as you please. Perhaps stroll around and explore, or if the sun is still up why not visit some local swimming spots for a refreshing dip. Alternatively, you might feel more at home finding a seat at one of the many bars, grabbing a cocktail or two, and watching the sunset on the shimmering blue water. This is day 9 of 18 day Sydney to The Daintree East Coast Encompassed Tour. (B)
As this is a combination trip, the travellers in your group and your group leader are likely to change today. There will be a welcome meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and meet travellers joining you. It’s important that you attend the meeting as your new leader will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place. Keep reading about our 18 day Sydney to The Daintree East Coast Encompassed Tour.
Today’s flight departs at approximately 1.40pm from Brisbane to Proserpine
After breakfast, take a leisurely day cruise through the postcard-perfect islands of the Whitsundays, including a stop at the world-renowned Whitehaven Beach. In brief, words don’t do justice to the dazzling white sands, azure waters and densely verdant vegetation of this incredible corner of the world – Whitehaven is about as impressive as a beach can get, and at 98% pure silica, it’s as white as beach sand can get too. In short, peel your eyes away from the pristine sands and explore the colourful underwater world surrounding the Whitsundays on a snorkelling adventure. Also, get up close to a beautiful array of rainbow coral, playful fish and, if you’re lucky, maybe even some friendly turtles. To finish, head back to Airlie Beach and enjoy one last drink in this lively town. (B, L)
To start the day, admire the change of scenery today as you jump into your private vehicle and head through undulating cane fields to picturesque Mission Beach, where World Heritage rainforest meets the colourful Coral Sea. Be welcomed by crystal-clear waters, stunning views and a large population of cassowaries: a flightless bird that thrives in the tropical forests of north-eastern Australia. This afternoon, you can enjoy plenty of free time to soak up paradise and do as you please. Also, you might like to wind down with an optional yoga class or go for a swim in the pool. Alternately, head out in search of the famous cassowary or simply grab a book and find a shady spot to sit and enjoy the tropical bliss. (B)
First, enjoy breakfast in a local cafe before venturing into the wet tropics of far North Queensland. Also, stop off en route to your next destination and discover a magnificent plunge waterfall nestled in the dense tropical rainforest. Then, you have the option of taking a dip in the cool water. We then continue on to Lake Eacham, a crater lake with beautiful blue-green hues in the heart of the Atherton Tablelands. Next, visit the unusual yet fascinating Curtain Fig Tree, a magnificent tree with extensive aerial roots that drop 15 metres to the forest floor, forming a curtain-like appearance. The day draws to a close as you head to your final stop, Cairns, one of Australia’s most lively tropical towns. (B)
The breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef is on the bucket list of many travellers who venture to this incredible corner of Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is brimming with colourful coral and an amazing array of tropical fish. Today you’ll get to witness its magnificence with your own eyes on a snorkelling adventure through this underwater paradise. Cruise out to the famous reef this morning as you listen to a marine conservation commentary about the importance of preserving this World Heritage-listed region and how you can do your bit.
Then, it’s time to put on your snorkelling gear and dive into these dazzling waters, where you can freely explore a wonderfully rich ecosystem. After an incredible day, head back to the hotel, where you can freshen up and get ready for dinner. This is a great Australia tour for seniors. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, chill out at your hotel. then join another group meeting at 11am, where you’ll meet some new travellers joining you for the next stage of your adventure. After this, with the formalities out of the way, it’s time to hit the road for Port Douglas, with a couple of stops en route to break up the journey. First up is a Barron Gorge lookout that looks over a set of tumbling waterfalls bursting from the rainforest. Then, spend some time ooh-ing and ah-ing at the lookout, then continue to the town of Kuranda. To sum up, this little mountain village is the perfect place to grab a quick lunch (not included), before hitting the road again at around 2pm.
After, settle back into the vehicle for an approximate 1.5-hour drive along the coast to Port Douglas. In the early evening, take an orientation tour around Port Douglas. Also, stop at Trinity Bay lookout point to admire the perfect crescent of sand and surf in the twilight. To finish the day, head to a local restaurant for drinks and dinner with your fellow travellers, then return to the resort for the evening. This is a summary of day 15 of 18 day Sydney to Daintree East Coast Encompassed Tour.
As this is a combination trip, the travellers in your group and your group leader are likely to change today. There will be a welcome meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and meet travellers joining you. It’s important that you attend the meeting as your new leader will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
First, grab breakfast and get ready in time to leave the resort at 8am, jumping on the ferry and crossing the river into the Daintree Rainforest. Just after, meet up with a local family who live and breathe the rainforest, so much that they hosted David Attenborough’s documentary crew when they were filming in the area. Then, spend some time learning from them about the forest, then continue exploring with a cruise along Cooper Creek. During which, your guide will point out crocodiles, birds and other wildlife while you glide through the water.
Stop for an included lunch at a heritage restaurant smack-bang in the middle of the forest. If you need to cool off, there is also time to take a swim before continuing to Cape Tribulation. Take in views over the cape from a lookout, then head down to the beach for a guided walk and to learn about the region’s history. To finish the day, return to the resort for the evening, where you can grab dinner at one of the restaurants within walking distance or choose to enjoy an optional al fresco dinner experience with Flames of the Forest.
Today, enjoy a day to explore this tropical paradise at your own pace. In summary, there are tonnes of activities on offer today, so be sure to talk to your leader about your options when it comes to snorkelling, reef tours and nature experiences. Also, your leader will also be on hand today to provide a transfer to Port Douglas town (and back) at 10am and 6.30pm if you want to spend the day shopping or grab dinner. If you’d prefer to move as little as possible, you could always take a day to unwind with spa treatments at the resort or chill by the pool with a book. Check other Via Travel Australia tour packages
First of all, grab breakfast before leaving the resort at 8.15am for a guided walk through the rainforest of Mossman Gorge. Later, work up an appetite on this gentle 1.5-hour hike, then grab morning tea (not included) before heading to Kuyu Kuyu (Cooya Beach) for a hands-on exploration of the mangroves, beach and reef led by members of a local Kuku Yalanji family. Amongst others, learn to throw a spear, which plants are edible and how Kuku Yalanji people live in harmony with the ever-shifting landscape.
Then, enjoy lunch and join an Aboriginal painting class in the afternoon. Also, learn about the significance of traditional and contemporary art and storytelling to First Nations people and leave with a small souvenir. To finish the day, return to the resort in the early evening and enjoy a few free hours to relax. Grab dinner tonight with your group and toast to the beauty of the country around you. This is your last night of the 18 day Sydney to The Daintree East Coast Encompassed Tour.
Enjoy breakfast and time for one last swim before a 10am departure for Cairns. We will make one drop-off stop at Cairns Airport and another at a central hotel in Cairns – before your tour begins please let your Via Travel agent know which option you would prefer. This is the end of your 18 day Sydney to The Daintree East Coast Encompassed Tour.
1. Day 1 is an arrival day. There is a joining meeting at 2pm to meet your guide and group.
2. A single supplement is available for this trip and is applicable for all nights.
3. As this is a combination trip, the composition of your group, may change on Day 7 in Brisbane and on day 14 in Cairns.
Focus and unique selling points of Via Travel Australia East Coast Tours
Small groups allow for an intimate touring experience (Min 1, max 16)
Included ‘must-sees’ 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.
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.
Usage of a mix of 4 star, boutique & family run accommodation so guests sleep well at night.
Soft active tour style provides opportunities for nature walks, snorkeling, swimming, spotting animals in the wild
Great music playlist, informative, enthusiastic guides & no boring commentary
Must be 18+ to travel on the tour unless an approved minor (8-17 years old) is accompanied by an adult. All guest must be young in spirit & active enough to participate daily in light to medium walks, some lasting up to 2 hours
A minimum number of 1 passenger is required to operate each tour
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Some activities included on the Via Travel network may require a reasonable level of fitness
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*Day 1 is always in on a Saturday in Sydney & Day 18 is always a Tuesday in Cairns
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