Day 1 – Sydney

Day 1 – Sydney

Your Ultimate East Coast adventure starts here in Sydney, with a guided tour of the city and an orientation at the Ultimate HQ. Get to know your group at the welcome dinner before we begin our erpic journey up the East Coast. We’ll travel overnight by luxury, air conditioned coach, complete with wifi and reclining chairs so sit back, relax and get ready for 5 weeks exploring the very best of the wonderful East Coast of Australia!

1N Overnight Bus

Includes: Airport Transfer, Orientation, City Walk

Day 1 – Welcome to Sydney!

Day 1 – Welcome to Sydney!

Your Aussie adventure kicks off in Sydney! When you land, our driver will take you directly to your accommodation – one of Sydney’s best backpacker hostels. Settle in and get ready for your epic adventure in the land down under! Today, join us at Ultimate HQ where you’ll meet the rest of your group. We’ll talk you through the plans for the next few weeks, answer any questions you have and introduce you to the crew. Next, we’ll take you on a guided city walk; think selfies in front of Sydney Opera House, lunch in Darling Harbour, lush Botanical Gardens and China Town. This evening we’ll take you to our favourite backpacker bar for our Welcome dinner.

1N Sydney City

Welcome Dinner

Includes: Airport Transfer, City Walk, Welcome Dinner

Day 1 – Barrington Tops

Day 1 – Barrington Tops

Today, our Ultimate East Coast adventure kicks off with a visit to the stunning Hunter Valley wine region for the backpackers dream – go wine tasting at one of Australia’s most famous vineyards! Then, we’ll head to Barrington Tops national park where you’ll stay in a private lodge overlooking the Barrington River surrounded by beautiful National park. Get your heart racing with some River Tubing or hiking, then enjoy a beer in the hot tub – the perfect way to start your East coast trip!

1N Barrington Tops

1 Dinner, 1 Breakfast

Includes: Hunter Valley Wine Tasting, River Tubing/Mountain Biking

Days 2-5 – Byron Bay

Days 2-5 – Byron Bay

This morning, we arrive in Byron Bay, the boho hub of the East Coast. Explore the town, chill on the stunning beaches and embrace the laid-back surfer vibes of Byron! We’ll take part in a fun, professional surf lesson so you’ll be riding the waves like a pro in no time! We’ll explore the town, beaches and head to the famous Byron lighthouse to take in the gorgeous ocean views. Tomorrow we’ll zen out at morning yoga on the beach, enjoy more time exploring Byron, and then have some tasty wine & cheese at our hostel this evening! For you fitness junkies, you also have the option to get some personal training at the hostel gym. Keen for more? No worries, go kayaking with Dolphins, or explore the famous hippie hub of Nimbin (add-ons). The choice is yours!

4N Byron Bay

BBQ Dinner

Includes: Beach & City Tour, Morning Yoga, Wine & Cheese Night, Surf Lesson, Optional Personal Training session, Nimbin (add-on), Dolphin Kayaking (add-on)

Day 2 – Explore Sydney Harbour

Day 2 – Explore Sydney Harbour

Today, we explore Sydney Harbour on our private catamaran! We’ll cruise under The Harbour Bridge and past the Opera House stopping off at one of Sydney’s hidden bays for a swim. Enjoy your first Aussie BBQ, jump into the warm harbour waters and sip on a few chilled beers in the sunshine! What better way to spend your first two days in Sydney?

1N Sydney City

Cruise BBQ

Includes: Sydney Harbour Cruise, BBQ

Day 2 – Spot X

Day 2 – Spot X

The next morning we stop off at the beautiful coastal town of Port Macquarie to visit the koala hospital and learn about how the hospital cares for and preserves these well loved animals. We’ll spend the night in the famous waterfront tipi dorms at Spot X – chill and soak up the sun on the private beach!

1N Spot X

1 Dinner, 1 Breakfast

Includes: Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

Days 6-8 – Surfers Paradise

Days 6-8 – Surfers Paradise

After a morning exploring Byron’s boutique shops, we’ll set off for our next stop; Surfers Paradise! Known for its awesome waves, never-ending nightlife and long sandy beaches, Surfers is a real highlight of the East Coast. We’ll explore the town and the beautiful beaches, before getting dressed up and heading out to our favourite bars and clubs for a fun night out on the town. If you love theme parks – your tour guide can also help you organise a visit to Dreamworld, the most famous theme park on the Gold Coast. Spend the next day chilling by the pool, soaking up the sun or exploring the city, before we get together for a Sausage Sizzle and a few bevvies.

3N Surfers Paradise

Sausage Sizzle

Includes: Party Night, City & Beach Tour

Day 3-4 – Bondi Beach Vibes

Day 3-4 – Bondi Beach Vibes

This morning, leave the city behind and head to the world famous shores of Bondi. Your modern beach hostel is in prime position, overlooking Bondi beach. Watch the surfers, take a dip in the clear blue waters, spot ‘Bondi Rescue’s’ Lifeguards or take part in a yoga class on the rooftop of your hostel. This evening, enjoy a ‘cheese and wine night’ with new mates. You’ll have two days here so unpack, unwind and soak up the beachy vibes of Bondi! Please note: Days 3-5 are unguided however the Ultimate crew are here to help throughout!

2N Bondi Beachfront

Includes: Wine & Cheese Night, Rooftop Yoga

Day 3 – River Retreat

Day 3 – River Retreat

Today we travel off the beaten track and into Aussie bushland for our overnight River Retreat. We’ll kayak on the Nymboida river and spot wild platypuses. Choose to sleep under the stars in a swag (seasonal) or in our comfy cabins set on the river bank.

1N River Retreat

Includes: Kayaking

Days 9-10 – Brisbane

Days 9-10 – Brisbane

In the morning, we’ll hop on the bus and head to Brisbane! With accommodation right in the buzz of the city, we’ll explore the best bits of Brisbane, from man-made Streets Beach to Southbank, the cultural hub. If you fancy, you also have the option to head to the famous Australia Zoo and see some amazing wildlife! (add-on)

2N Brisbane

Includes: Guided City Tour & Streets Beach, Australia Zoo (add-on)

Days 5-6 – It’s Party Time

Days 5-6 – It’s Party Time

This morning join an optional surf lesson in Bondi (add-on) or check out the boutique shops in Bondi’s laneways before washing the sand off your feet and heading back to the city. Spend the next day chilling, take a stroll over the top of The Harbour Bridge, hop on a ferry to Manly or join a day trip to The Blue Mountains (add-on) This evening, get ready for the Ultimate party night! We’ll take you on a pub crawl of the best backpacker bars and clubs in Sydney.

2N Sydney City

Includes: Party Night (3 Free Drinks), Surf Lesson (add-on), Blue Mountains (add-on)

Days 4-5 – Byron Bay

Days 4-5 – Byron Bay

Chill for 2 days at the beach paradise of Byron Bay, famous for its awesome beaches and laid back surf lifestyle. The Byron Bay lighthouse, located at the most Easterley point of Australia is a must- see in Byron. Walk there for an unmissable sunrise!

2N Byron Bay

Days 11-12 – Noosa

Days 11-12 – Noosa

Tropical greenery, diverse wildlife, and beautiful beaches – Noosa, our next stop, is gorgeous. We’ll arrive in the afternoon, chill by the beach and watch the sunset. Tomorrow, we’ll take a hike over the coastal headlands taking in the amazing sea views. The rest of the day is yours: chill by the pool or have a couple-a beers at the bar. The choice is yours!

2N Noosa

Includes: Beach & Sunset, Headland Coastal Walk

Day 7 – Coastal Beach Walk

Day 7 – Coastal Beach Walk

There’s no better way to shake off last night’s hangover than with some fresh sea air! After a little lie-in, we’ll take you on the famous Coogee to Bondi coastal walk, stopping off at five stunning beaches and coves along the way. Just another reason to fall in love with Sydney!

1N Sydney City

Includes: Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk

Days 6-8 – Surfers Paradise

Days 6-8 – Surfers Paradise

You’ll be staying at the biggest and best hostel in the heart of Surfers Paradise – the party mecca of the Gold Coast! If you love beaching it up, crazy night life and theme parks, you’re definitely in the right spot! With amazing beaches and beautiful weather Surfers Paradise is also the perfect place to learn to surf. Enjoy a two hour surf lesson on one of the Goldy’s best beginner beaches and ride the waves like a pro!

3N Surfers Paradise

Includes: Surf Lesson

Days 13-14 – Rainbow Beach

Days 13-14 – Rainbow Beach

Our next stop is Rainbow beach, the gateway to our Fraser Island adventure! Check into our hostel and head out for a short hike to Carlo Sand Blow, a unique sand mass where you can watch the sunset over the southern tip of Fraser Island! In the morning, we head out early to Tin Can Bay, home to Australian Humpback dolphins! You’ll get the opportunity to enter the knee deep water in the marina to feed the resident pod of dolphins. The rest of the day is free for you to chill on the beach, explore Rainbow or relax at the hostel – before our Fraser Island safety briefing in the evening.

2N Rainbow Beach

Includes: Sand Blow Walk, Dolphin Encounter, Fraser Island Orientation

Day 8 – East Coast Australia

Day 8 – East Coast Australia

This evening, we begin our East Coast adventure. We’ll travel overnight by luxury air-conditioned bus – complete with Wifi, USB ports and reclining seats – to our first destination, Byron Bay. Sit back, relax and get ready for your epic East Coast adventure!

1N Overnight Bus

Includes: East Coast Orientation

Days 9-10 – Brisbane

Days 9-10 – Brisbane

You will be staying at an awesome hostel located in the heart of the cafe, cultural and nightlife scene of Brisbane. Make sure to check out Streets Beach, an awesome public beach on the South Bank of Brisbane River!

2N Brisbane

Days 15-17 – Fraser Island

Days 15-17 – Fraser Island

Ready to explore the world’s largest sand island? Today, we will begin our Fraser Island adventure, exploring this vast island in a 4×4! We will drive on the beach highway, take a dip in the amazing clear waters of Lake McKenzie, bathe in the champagne pools, and take in vast views from Indian heads lookout. We’ll be spending the 2 nights here in our own private campsite, just a few metres from the beach, so kick back and take in the amazing views! We’ll head back to Rainbow beach for another night, before journeying to our next spot.

2N Fraser Island, 1N Rainbow Beach

2 Dinner, 3 Lunch, 2 Breakfast

Includes: Indian Heads lookout, Champagne Pools, Beachside Camping, Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby & Eli Creek, Drive 4×4 on the island

Days 9-12 – Byron Bay

Days 9-12 – Byron Bay

Byron Bay is famous for it’s amazing beaches, laid-back-surfer attitude and boho vibes. Here we’ll explore the relaxed town and some of the many beautiful beaches in the area as well as the famous Byron Lighthouse, standing at the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. Embrace the surfer vibes of Byron with a professional surf lesson. Keen for more? Get up close with friendly wild dolphins on a dolphin kayaking tour or check out the alternative hippie hub of Nimbin (add-ons).

4N Byron Bay

BBQ Dinner

Includes: Beach & City Tour, BBQ Dinner, Surf Lesson, Personal Training (optional), Dolphin kayaking (add-on), Nimbin (add-on)

Days 11-12 – Noosa

Days 11-12 – Noosa

Enjoy 2 nights in paradise at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. Your accommodation is surrounded by lush tropical gardens with direct access to the resort pool.

2N Noosa

Day 18-20 – Town of 1770

Day 18-20 – Town of 1770

Our next stop is Town of 1770 – named after Captain Cook’s second landing spot in Australia. We’ll check into our accommodation before having a classic Aussie camp fire with marshmallows on the fire – bliss! Our next two days here are free for you to spend as you like. Play games by the pool, chill on the beach, hire a surfboard and catch some waves or join 1770’s famous scooter tour (add-on). In the evening, we’ll hop on the overnight bus to Airlie beach, arriving the next morning.

2N 1770, 1N Overnight Bus

2 Breakfasts

Includes: Camp Bonfire, Pool Day, Scooteroo (add-on)

Days 13-15 – Surfers Paradise

Days 13-15 – Surfers Paradise

This morning, we’ll hop on the bus to Surfers Paradise: where long stretches of stunning sandy beaches meet high rise buildings and never-ending nightlife! By day we’ll explore the town and beaches and at night, we’ll get dressed up and head to some of our favourite party bars and clubs for the real Surfers experience! If you love theme parks, your tour guide can also help you organise a visit Dreamworld, The Gold Coast’s most famous theme park (optional).

3N Surfers Paradise

1 Dinner (Sausage Sizzle)

Includes: City & Beach Tour, Sausage Sizzle, Nightclub Entry

Day 13 – Rainbow Beach

Day 13 – Rainbow Beach

It’s time to head to Rainbow Beach, the gateway to World Heritage Fraser Island. Check out the beach, enjoy a guided bushwalk, relax at your hostel with a BBQ and get ready for your Fraser Island adventure!

1N Rainbow Beach

Includes: Safety Briefing

Days 21-23 – Whitsunday Islands

Days 21-23 – Whitsunday Islands

Check into your hostel before heading out to explore tropical Airlie Beach, taking a dip in the famous harbourfront lagoon. The next day, it’s time to start our Whitsundays adventure! We’ll be spending the next few days cruising around the stunning Whitsunday islands on a Maxi sailing yacht. We’ll be sleeping onboard so get comfy, have a drink, enjoy some delicious food, and settle into the gorgeous surroundings. Snorkel in pristine blue waters, visit some of the whitest sandy beaches in the world, chill with your mates and witness some incredible sun sets. The Whitsundays are breathtaking! After two amazing days on the boat, we’ll head back to our hostel in Airlie Beach for the next two nights.

1N Airlie Beach, 2N Whitsunday Island Cruise

2 Dinner, 2 Lunch, 2 Breakfast

Includes: Whithaven Beach Visit, Sail Whitsunday Islands

Days 16-17 – Brisbane City

Days 16-17 – Brisbane City

After a short journey North of the Gold Coast, we’ll arrive at our Brisbane accommodation, right in the city centre. We’ll spend the next two days checking out some of Brisbane’s hotspots including Street’s Beach (Brisbane’s man-made city lagoon), Brisbane River and the cultural hub of the South bank. You’ll also have the option to head to the famous Australia Zoo to see some amazing wildlife! (add-on).

2N Brisbane

Guided City Tour & Streets Beach

Includes: Guided City Tour & Streets Beach, Australia Zoo (add-on)

Days 14-16 – Fraser Island

Days 14-16 – Fraser Island

Explore the world’s largest sand island by 4WD! Over 3 days, drive on the beach, swim in Australia’s clearest fresh water lakes, check out the Maheno shipwreck and hike to Indian heads lookout for stunning panoramic views across the island. We’ll spend our evenings at our private campsite right near the beach. We then return to the mainland and check back into our hostel in Rainbow beach for the night.

2N Fraser Island

2 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Includes: Indian Heads lookout, Champagne Pools, Beachside Camping, Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby & Eli Creek, Drive 4×4 on the island

Days 24-25 – Airlie Beach

Days 24-25 – Airlie Beach

Arriving in the evening, we’ll hit the hostel terrace bar and reminisce on our Whitsundays adventure! The next day soak up the paradise vibes at Airlie’s lagoon, wander around the town or explore the surrounding national park before our journey to Townsville, the gateway to Magnetic Island!

2N Airlie Beach

Includes: Lagoon Hangout, Post Island Party, Whitsunday Heli Experience (add-on)

Days 18-19 – Noosa

Days 18-19 – Noosa

If being surrounded by tropical greenery and beautiful beaches is your cup of tea, you’ll love Noosa! We’ll hike through National Park to lookouts boasting incredible views over Noosa’s spectacular coastline, stopping off to spot amazing Australian wildlife along the way. Your hostel has it all; chill by the resort pool or enjoy a few cold ones at the bar. Anyone fancy a game of beer pong?

2N Noosa

Includes: Beach & Sunset, Headland Coastal Walk

Days 17-18 – Emu Park

Days 17-18 – Emu Park

Next, explore the coastal town of Emu Park. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the resort pool or go turtle spotting. Upgrade to ‘Treasure Island’ for an unforgettable experience in the Southern Great Barrier Reef – swim with turtles, explore some of the islands 17 white sandy beaches, work your way through treasure hunt clues & more! This evening, we’ll hop on the train for our overnight journey, waking up in Airlie Beach.

1N Emu Park, 1N Overnight bus

Includes: Treasure Island (add-on)

Days 26-28 – Magnetic Island

Days 26-28 – Magnetic Island

You’re in for a treat as we spend the next 3 days exploring Magnetic Island – home to wild koalas, wallabies, and golden sandy beaches. Snorkel in the pristine island waters, take the guided Fort’s walk offering incredible views of the island and chill at the hostel. Our hostel even has an on-site wildlife park where you can get up close to Aussie wildlife such as koalas and wallabies! Want to explore the rest of the island? Rent a 4×4 ‘Barbie car’ and drive around the island with your mates (available for hire)!

3N Magnetic Island

Includes: Forts Walk, Wildlife Park, Barbie Car (add-on), Koala Park (add-on)

Days 20-21 – Rainbow Beach

Days 20-21 – Rainbow Beach

This morning, we arrive at Rainbow beach, the gateway to Fraser Island. We’ll check into our hostel and head out for a short hike to Carlo Sand Blow, a unique sand mass where you can watch the sunset over the southern tip of Fraser Island! The next morning, we’ll head to Tin Can Bay, home to wild humpback dolphins where you’ll get the opportunity to hand feed the resident pod of dolphins. The rest of the day is yours to chill on the beach, explore Rainbow or relax at the hostel. This evening you’ll recieve a safety briefing at our hostel, ready for your Fraser Island adventure the following day!

2N Rainbow Beach

Includes: Sand Blow Walk, Dolphin Encounter, Fraser Island Orientation

Days 19-21 – Airlie Beach & Whitsundays

Days 19-21 – Airlie Beach & Whitsundays

Airlie Beach is one of the East Coast’s best party towns, with awesome bars and nightlife. Spend a night here hanging out with the locals and get ready for your Whitsundays Sailing trip! Then spend two awesome days and nights sailing around the Whitsunday Islands and snorkelling the crystal clear waters. Sleep on the boat, enjoy amazing freshly prepared food and relax & sunbathe on deck!

1N Airlie Beach, 2N Whitsunday Island Cruise

2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Includes: Whithaven Beach Visit, Sail Whitsunday Islands

Days 29-30 – Mission Beach

Days 29-30 – Mission Beach

Our next stop is Mission beach, where the rainforest and the reef meet and renowned for incredible sunrises. After a few drinks at the hostel bar, we’ll wake and explore the neighbouring National Park, traditional country of The Djiru Aboriginal people. If you’re up for a bit of adrenaline action, you have the option of joining an awesome white water rafting adventure in Tully, just a short distance from Mission Beach (add-on). Mission beach is also home to Australia’s highest skydive (15,000ft!) so if you’re feeling adventurous and ready for some adrenaline pumping action – get signed up (add-on). Fly over a reef, jump out a plane and land on a beach. Awesome!

2N Mission Beach

Includes: Local beaches & hike, White Water Rafting (add-on), Skydive (add-on),

Days 22-24 – Fraser Island

Days 22-24 – Fraser Island

Welcome to World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island! You’ll be spending the next few days on this island paradise, exploring sand dunes by 4×4, driving through lush rainforest, swimming in crystal clear lakes, spotting rare Aussie wildlife and hiking to headlands for incredible 360 views of the island. At night, we’ll set up camp at our own private campsite just metres from the beach. After an epic few days on Fraser Island we return to Rainbow beach for the night. But the adventure doesn’t stop here! Next stop: Town of 1770

2N Fraser Island

2 Dinner, 3 Lunch, 2 Breakfast

Includes: Indian Heads lookout, Champagne Pools, Beachside Camping, Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby & Eli Creek, Drive 4×4 on the island

Days 22-23 – Airlie Beach

Days 22-23 – Airlie Beach

After you’ve explored the stunning Whitsunday Islands, return to Airlie beach for 2 nights. Wander around the town, go for a swim in Airlie’s famous harbourfront lagoon and soak up the tropical paradise vibes of Airlie beach!

2N Airlie Beach

Days 31-35 – Cairns

Days 31-35 – Cairns

Tonight we arrive in Cairns – the Ultimate backpacker destination, and home to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy luxury air conditioned en-suite dorm rooms, a huge pool and daily entertainment in our resort style accommodation. We’ll be spending the next 5 days here, so settle in and get ready for an exciting few days ahead! Keen to explore the rainforest? You’re in the right place – Cape Tribulation add-ons available.

5 Nights Cairns

Plenty of adrenaline pumping add-ons available on checkout!

Days 25-27 – Town of 1770

Days 25-27 – Town of 1770

This evening, we arrive in the small coastal town of 1770, named after the second landing sight of Captain James Cook. We’ll check in to our accommodation, spark up the barbie and gather around the fire pit for some wood-fired marshmallows. Keen to explore the area? Join 1770’s famous scooter tour of the town; get tattoed up, put on a leather flame jacket and channel your inner biker (add-on). This evening, we’ll hop on the bus, waking up in Airlie Beach!

2N 1770, 1N Overnight Bus

2 Breakfasts

Includes: Pool Day, Camp Bonfire, Scooteroo (add-on)

Days 24-25 – Magnetic Island

Days 24-25 – Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island will blow you away with its golden sandy beaches, amazing Aussie wildlife and incredible views! Take in the stunning scenery on the Forts walk and chill on the beach with your new mates!

2N Magnetic Island

Includes: Forts Walk

Day 32 – Atherton Tablelands

Day 32 – Atherton Tablelands

Our first full day in Cairns will be spent exploring the Tablelands region, chilling under waterfalls and sliding down natural rock slides. If you’re lucky, you may see some shy platypuses in the wild!

Includes: Guided Atherton Tablelands Tour

Days 28-30 – Whitsunday Islands

Days 28-30 – Whitsunday Islands

Today we arrive in Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands! We’ll check into our hostel in the centre of town and check out the harbourfront. Soak up the atmosphere – we’re in paradise! Our next few days will be spent sailing around the Whitsunday Islands. We’ll snorkel in pristine blue waters, getting up close with an abundance of tropical fish and visit some of the whitest sandy beaches in the world. The views here are breathtaking! Our home for the next few days is a Maxi Sailing yacht, where we’ll eat delicious food, party and sleep in comfortable beds below deck (or under the stars!) – it doesn’t get any better than this!

1N Airlie Beach, 2N Whitsunday Cruise

2 Dinner, 2 Lunch, 2 Breakfast

Includes: Whitehaven Beach Visit, Sail Whitsunday Islands

Days 26-29 – Cairns

Days 26-29 – Cairns

Cairns is the adventure capital of Australia! Whether it’s skydiving, scuba diving, snorkelling, white water rafting, sea kayaking, bungy jumping or exploring the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns will not let you down! You’ll be here for 4 nights, so plenty of time to get the adrenaline pumping!

4N Cairns

Day 33 – Great Barrier Reef

Day 33 – Great Barrier Reef

What better way to spend your last few days in paradise than a day trip to the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef? We’ll take a boat to the outer reef and snorkel around the vibrant coral, encountering turtles, stingrays and maybe even Nemo – an experience you’ll never forget! The final two days are open for you to explore Cairns. Chill at the hostel pool, make the most of the nightlife, visit the Cairns Lagoon and soak up the sun while you reminisce on the past 5 week of adventure with your new mates!

1 Lunch

Includes: Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Tour

Days 31-32 – Airlie Beach

Days 31-32 – Airlie Beach

This morning, we return to the tropical bliss of Airlie beach where we’ll spend the next two nights. Later on, we’ll head to the bar for our post-island party; eat, drink and be merry as we reminisce on our past few days in paradise! Wander to Airlie’s harbourfront lagoon for a dip, explore the surrounding national park or see the Whitsundays from the air on the Whitsunday Heli Experience! (add-on)

2N Airlie Beach

Includes: Lagoon Hangout, Post Island Party, Whitsunday Heli Experience (add-on)

Day 28 – Great Barrier Reef

Day 28 – Great Barrier Reef

Experience an amazing day snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system. Meet turtles, sea cucumbers and try to find Nemo! $20 Reef Conservation Tax to pay on arrival.

1 Lunch

Includes: Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Tour

Day 36 – Onward Travel

Day 36 – Onward Travel

Whether you plan to stay in the tropics, travel elsewhere in Australia or onto a different destination, your tour guide and the crew at Ultimate HQ will be here to support you and help you plan your adventure!

Includes: Onward Travel Support

Days 33-35 – Magnetic Island

Days 33-35 – Magnetic Island

Just a short ferry crossing from Townsville, we’ll arrive in Maggie island, a gorgeous tropical haven with heaps to see and do! Explore the many bays and golden sandy beaches, snorkel the pristine island waters, take the guided Fort’s walk offering incredible views of the island and come up close with koalas and wallabies at our hostels on-site wildlife park. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a few drinks and games at our hostel bar. Feeling adventurous? Take your new mates on a tour of the island in a 4WD ‘barbie’ car (available for daily hire). The photo opportunities are endless!

3N Magnetic Island

Includes: Forts Walk, Barbie Car (add-on), Koala Park (add-on)

Day 29 – Atherton Tablelands

Day 29 – Atherton Tablelands

Today, experience the highlights of the Atherton Tablelands; a tropical rainforest located west of Cairns! You get to swim in a volcanic crater lake and play in fairy-tale like waterfalls on a fun, fresh & laid-back tour! A great day with stunning scenery guaranteed!

Includes: Guided Atherton Tablelands Tour

Days 36-37 – Mission Beach

Days 36-37 – Mission Beach

This afternoon we leave Magnetic Island and travel to the beautiful beachside town of Mission beach where the reef and rainforest meet. The sunrise here in Tropical North Queensland is magical! We’ll rise early the following morning and hike into the neighbouring National Park, part of the traditional country of The Djiru Aboriginal people. Feeling adventurous? Mission beach is also home to Australia’s highest (15,000ft!) and most popular skydiving spot – an experience not to be missed for the adrenaline junkies out there! Because where else can you jump out of a plane, fly over reef and land on the beach!? Pre-book your skydive (add-on) or arrange with the help of your guide as you travel, no worries! You also have the option of joining our awesome white water rafting adventure in Tully, just a short distance from Mission Beach! (add-on)

2N Mission Beach

Includes: Local Beaches & Hike, White Water Rafting (add-on), Skydive (add-on)

Day 30 – Ongoing Support

Day 30 – Ongoing Support

If you would like to make any changes to your trip, simply let us know. We can add extra accommodation, skydives, white water rafting trips, bungy jumps and much more; we will make sure you’ll get to tick everything off your Aussie bucket list!

Days 38-42 – Cairns

Days 38-42 – Cairns

This evening we arrive in Cairns, our final stop along the East Coast and the Ultimate backpacker destination – you are in for a treat! Our resort style accommodation is one of the best in Cairns, with luxury air conditioned en-suite dorm rooms, a huge pool and daily entertainment. Sit back, relax, and prepare for the next few exciting days! Keen to see more? Explore the rainforest on our Cape Tribulation add-ons!

5N Cairns

Plenty of adrenaline pumping add-ons available on checkout!

Day 39 – Atherton Tablelands

Day 39 – Atherton Tablelands

Our first adventure in Cairns takes us to the Tablelands region where we’ll spend the day swimming under waterfalls, sliding down natural rock slides and spotting shy platypuses in the wild.

Includes: Guided Atherton Tablelands Tour

Day 40 – Great Barrier Reef

Day 40 – Great Barrier Reef

The next day, we explore the famous Great Barrier Reef. We’ll cruise to the outer reef to snorkel with inquisitive Nemos, stingrays, turtles and friendly Maori Wrasse and learn all about the diverse marinelife of the reef. When we’re not exploring the rainforest and reef, we’ll hang out at Cairn’s famous harbourfront lagoon, hit the local bars and party the night away at our hostel’s very own club! On our last night we’ll meet for a farewell dinner and reflect on an epic 6 weeks of Aussie East Coast fun!

1 Lunch

Includes: Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Tour

Day 43 – Onward Travel

Day 43 – Onward Travel

Whether you plan to stay in the tropics, travel elsewhere in Australia or onto a different destination, your tour guide and the crew at Ultimate HQ will be here to support you and help you plan your adventure!

Includes: Onward Travel Support