Ultimate East Coast Australia
Get ready for an epic guided group adventure exploring the very best of the Australian East Coast on the Ultimate East Coast: 5 week package from Sydney to Cairns. Discover amazing Aussie locations, have heaps of fun, create unforgettable memories and make friends for life!
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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
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
Includes: Beach & City Tour, Morning Yoga, Wine & Cheese Night, Surf Lesson, Optional Personal Training session, Nimbin (add-on), Dolphin Kayaking (add-on)
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
Includes: Party Night, City & Beach Tour
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)
Includes: Guided City Tour & Streets Beach, Australia Zoo (add-on)
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!
Includes: Beach & Sunset, Headland Coastal Walk
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
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
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
Includes: Camp Bonfire, Pool Day, Scooteroo (add-on)
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 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 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 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 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!
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
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!
Includes: Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Tour
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