ULTIMATE EAST COAST HIGHLIGHTS

// 3 WEEKS EXPLORING THE ICONIC AUSSIE EAST COAST

Discover all the iconic highlights of the Australian East Coast with our Ultimate East Coast Highlights tour. This fast-paced adventure will lead you to bohemian beach towns, world heritage sites, iconic surf beaches, pristine landscapes and the Great Barrier Reef! If you’re looking to make new mates and discover the best of the Aussie East Coast, then this Ultimate East Coast Highlights is for you.

TRIP TYPE

GROUP ADVENTURE, FAST PACED,
ICONIC AUSTRALIA, FULLY GUIDED

TOUR

21 DAYS / 20 NIGHTS
DEPARTS THURSDAYS

PERFECT FOR

SOLO TRAVELLERS / FRIENDS /
COUPLES / 18-35’S

INCLUDES

TRANSPORT, GUIDE, ACCOMMODATION,
ACTIVITIES & SOME MEALS

TRANSPORT

TRANSPORT

We travel the East Coast by premium coach, with comfortable reclining seats, free Wi-Fi, USB chargers and onboard toilets. Our overnight services give us more time in each destination – you’ll arrive rested, refreshed and ready for the next adventure!

HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS

Get ready for the Ultimate adventure! We’ll explore Fraser Island, sail around the Whitsunday Islands, Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, Kayak with dolphins, visit world famous Australia Zoo and learn to surf in Surfers Paradise!

FULLY GUIDED

FULLY GUIDED

Ultimate East Coast Tours are fully guided by our awesome tour guides; all fully licensed, first aid trained and available 24/7 whilst on tour! Ultimate East Coast is perfect for travellers who want a set itinerary with the added support of a guide.

// OUR ITINERARY

SYDNEY TO CAIRNS

The Ultimate East Coast Highlights tour takes us from Sydney to Cairns over 30 days. We’ll explore Fraser Island, sail around the Whitsunday Islands, Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, Kayak with dolphins, visit world famous Australia Zoo and learn to surf in Surfers Paradise!

DAY 1 WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA

DAY 1 WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA

EXPLORE THE HARBOUR CITY

Today our East Coast Explorer tour kicks off in Sydney with a City Orientation tour. We will visit all of the cities famous landmarks and finish at the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House! Tonight, we depart the city on our journey up the East Coast. First stop, the vibrant Byron Bay.

DAYS 2-3 Byron Bay

DAYS 2-3 Byron Bay

Boho Vibes & Kayaking

After settling into our beachfront Byron Bay home, we enjoy an afternoon learning about local history, Aboriginal culture and marine biology with an unforgettable kayak to Australia’s most Easterly point. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as we kayak through the marine park, home to bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales and various species of sea turtles. Tonight, we get to know our travel mates at our first group dinner. The next day, we’ll wake early and head to Byron Bay lighthouse in time for the sunrise. We’ll explore the area of Cape Byron by foot, taking in the incredible coastal views from the walking track then spend our final afternoon soaking up Byron’s unique vibes and exploring the town by bike.

DAYS 4-6 Surfers Paradise

DAYS 4-6 Surfers Paradise

SURFERS NIGHTLIFE, BEACH & SURF LESSON

This morning we arrive in Surfers Paradise where we’ll spend the next 2 nights! We spend the first afternoon exploring the golden sands of Surfers Paradise Beach and discover the endless entertainment of nightlife on offer! The next day, after a relaxing morning, we embrace the local way of life with a surf lesson – you’ll be riding the waves like a pro in no time!

DAYS 7-8 Brisbane

DAYS 7-8 Brisbane

CITY TOUR, BEACH & AUSTRALIA ZOO

We continue our travels up the coast to Brisbane, the capital of the Queensland state. We spend our first day exploring the Southbank cultural precinct of the city featuring man-made Streets Beach (outdoor swimming pool!), walking tracks and picnic areas. Our second day is spent at the home of the crocodile hunter, Australia Zoo! We’ll spend the day learning about the conservation efforts of the famous Irwin family and getting up close to a variety of native Australian wildlife including kangaroos, koalas and wombats!

DAY 9 HERVEY BAY

DAY 9 HERVEY BAY

GET READY FOR YOUR FRASER ADVENTURE!

Today we arrive into Hervey Bay, the gateway to the World’s largest sand island. We settle into our accommodation for the night and get ready for an exciting few days ahead on stunning Fraser Island.

DAYS 10-12 Fraser Island

DAYS 10-12 Fraser Island

4X4 ON FRASER ISLAND

The next three days are spent exploring world famous Fraser Island. We’ll swim the crystal waters, discover secret lakes, explore the Maheno shipwreck and hike to island lookouts for stunning panoramic views across the island. On our third day of island paradise, we return to Hervey Bay ready for the next part of our adventure.

DAYS 13-15 WHITSUNDAY SAILING

DAYS 13-15 WHITSUNDAY SAILING

SAIL, SNORKEL & SWIM IN PARADISE

We continue our journey to Airlie Beach, home to the Whitsundays Islands. We settle into the vibrant coastal town before boarding our sailing boat for a two night sailing adventure exploring some of the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays! Here you will be treated to the perfect mixture of adventure and relaxation; Take it easy on deck while you sail around the islands, stopping off to snorkel, swim and explore the world famous Whitehaven beach.

DAYS 16-17 AIRLIE BEACH

DAYS 16-17 AIRLIE BEACH

AIRLIE’S HARBOURFRONT LAGOON

It’s time to head back to land! Our afternoon is spent in Airlie Beach, chilling by the Harbourfront lagoon, wandering around the local shops and checking out some of the great backpacker bars.

DAY 18 CAIRNS

DAY 18 CAIRNS

ARRIVE IN CAIRNS

The final stop on our journey is Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the adventure capital of Australia! Check into our resort-style accommodation, chill by the pool and settle in ready for an awesome few days ahead!

DAY 19 GREAT BARRIER REEF

DAY 19 GREAT BARRIER REEF

SNORKEL TOUR

Discover UNESCO World Heritage Great Barrier Reef on our snorkel day trip of the outer reef. Encounter marine life such as turtles, stingrays and clownfish at the best snorkel spots, enjoy a buffet lunch onboard and learn all about the areas diverse reef.

DAYS 20-21 CAIRNS

DAYS 20-21 CAIRNS

ADVENTURE ON!

During our time in Cairns you’ll have the opportunity to customise your experience and add some additional activities to your adventure. From Skydiving and Bungy Jumps to White Water Rafting and Rainforest Tours, Cairns has endless adventures on offer! On our final night in this North Queensland paradise we say farewell with a group dinner. Ultimate and your group leader will be available to help you plan your ongoing adventures and travels.

// WHERE WE GO

Ultimate East Coast Explorer

// INCLUSIONS

AIRPORT TRANSFER

COACH TRANSPORT FROM SYDNEY TO CAIRNS

ULTIMATE TOUR GUIDE

13 NIGHTS’ ACCOMMODATION

WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS SAILING ADVENTURE 

FRASER ISLAND ADVENTURE

DOLPHIN KAYAKING  

AUSTRALIA ZOO

GREAT BARRIER REEF SNORKEL TRIP

SURF LESSON IN SURFERS PARADISE

// TOUR FAQ’S

WHERE DOES THE TRIP START AND FINISH?

The Ultimate East Coast Explorer starts in Sydney on Thursdays and ends in Cairns on Wednesdays.

At the end of your adventure your tour guide can help you to arrange onward travel. You can continue your adventure with our Outback add-on or select a return transfer to take you to the airport at the end of the tour.

WHO WILL I BE TRAVELLING WITH?

You’ll be travelling with a group of 18-30-somethings from all over the world, and a fully licensed tour guide available 24/7 whilst on tour. Group sizes vary but you can generally expect to travel with a group of approximately 15-20 people.

WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE?

Ultimate use the best hostels along the Australian East Coast.  All prices are based on shared accommodation in 6 or 8 share dorm style rooms. Twin and private room upgrades are available to book but are subject to availability and single supplement charges. Note: Twin and Private room upgrades are not available on the Whitsundays.

CAN I BOOK ANY EXTRAS WITH MY TRIP?

We have a range of extras that you can add on to your East Coast Tour:

  • Want to explore a bit more of Sydney? Choose our 3 Day/3 Night Sydney add-on. Includes 3 nights accommodation in Sydney, a city explorer tour, welcome dinner and Sydney Harbour cruise!
  • Keen for more after your East Coast Adventure? Get the real Aussie Outback experience with our Red Centre Outback add-on!
  • Various activity add-ons on your way up the coast including: skydive, bungy jump, white water rafting, waterfall tours and more!

Simply add your extras on when you check out.

CAN I BOOK EXTRA NIGHTS?

If you need additional nights before or after your trip, just add them to your booking when you checkout.

Not sure if you need extra nights? Get in touch to chat with a member of the crew before or after you book.

If you are arriving early into Sydney or want to explore more of the harbour city before starting your trip, book our guided Sydney arrival package which includes 3 nights accommodation pre-tour, a city orientation tour to explore all the highlights, and an iconic Harbour cruise on board the Ultimate Catamaran.

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HOW DO I BOOK ULTIMATE EAST COAST EXPLORER?

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Got a travel date in mind but not ready to pay in full? Choose to pay a non-refundable 20% deposit to secure a spot on your chosen departure date.

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ESSENTIAL BOOKING INFORMATION

The Ultimate East Coast: 3 week explorer package starts in Sydney on Thursdays and ends in Cairns.

 

Please be aware that when travelling over peak periods such as Christmas/ New Years and local festivals some activities and accommodation are subject to higher rates. Please check in with us to confirm any extra charges for those times.

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If your start date is more than 6 weeks away, you can secure your spot by paying a deposit. Simply select the ‘deposit’ option when you check out. We’ll hold you a spot on your chosen start date and send you a link to pay the remaining amount.

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