EAST COAST EXPLORER

// 3 WEEKS EXPLORING THE ICONIC AUSSIE EAST COAST

Discover all the iconic highlights of the Australian East Coast with our Ultimate Explorer 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 Explorer 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

To maximise our time in each location, we use overnight coach services to transport us up the coast. With comfortable leather seats that recline further and offer more legroom than low-cost airline carriers, as well as free Wi-Fi connectivity, in-seat USB chargers and on-board toilets, you’ll have everything you need to recharge and get a great night’s sleep. You’ll be rested, refreshed and ready for your next adventure!

HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS

Our tour includes a 3D/2N Fraser Island tour, 2D/2N Whitsunday Island Sailing Tour, Great Barrier Reef day trip, Dolphin Kayaking Adventure, a visit to the Irwin Families famous ‘Australia Zoo’ and a Surf Lesson in Surfers Paradise!

FULLY GUIDED

FULLY GUIDED

Ultimate East Coast Tours are fully guided by our awesome tour guides; all fully licensed and first aid trained! Ultimate East Coast is perfect for customers who want a set itinerary with the added support of a guide.

// WHERE WE STAY

SYDNEY  WAKEUP SYDNEY

SYDNEY WAKEUP SYDNEY

BYRON BAY  WAKEUP BYRON BAY RESORT

BYRON BAY WAKEUP BYRON BAY RESORT

BYRON BAY  WAKEUP BYRON BAY RESORT

BYRON BAY WAKEUP BYRON BAY RESORT

SURFERS PARADISE  BUNK SURFERS PARADISE

SURFERS PARADISE BUNK SURFERS PARADISE

SURFERS PARADISE  BUNK SURFERS PARADISE

SURFERS PARADISE BUNK SURFERS PARADISE

WHITSUNDAYS SAIL  NEW HORIZON

WHITSUNDAYS SAIL NEW HORIZON

WHITSUNDAYS SAIL  NEW HORIZON

WHITSUNDAYS SAIL NEW HORIZON

WHITSUNDAYS SAIL  NEW HORIZON

WHITSUNDAYS SAIL NEW HORIZON

CAIRNS  GILLIGANS BACKPACKERS RESORT

CAIRNS GILLIGANS BACKPACKERS RESORT

CAIRNS  GILLIGANS BACKPACKERS RESORT

CAIRNS GILLIGANS BACKPACKERS RESORT

// OUR ITINERARY

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 the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House! Tonight, we depart the city on our journey up the coast. First stop, the vibrant Byron Bay.

Includes: Sydney City Walk
Optional Addon – Want to see more of Sydney? Book the Ultimate Sydney addon for 3 nights accommodation pre tour and a Sydney harbour cruise.

DAY 2-3 Byron Bay

DAY 2-3 Byron Bay

Bohemian Vibes and Kayaking

After settling into our beachfront Byron Bay home, we take the afternoon to learn about local history, aboriginal culture and marine biology with an unforgettable kayak to Australia’s most easterly point. The Marine Park we kayak to is home to bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales and various species of sea turtles. We will keep our eyes peeled for them as you we glide through the blue ocean. Tonight, we get to know our travel mates at our first group dinner.

The Byron Bay lighthouse is situated on Cape Byron, an area so naturally beautiful it’s begging you to explore on foot. The coastal walking track is the best way to take it all in! We rise early the following morning for our chance to watch the sunrise views from the lighthouse. We spend our final afternoon in Byron Bay exploring the unique Byron culture by foot or bike around town.

Includes: Dolphin Kayaking, Group Dinner, Byron lighthouse walk, Bike Hire?
Optional Activity: Nimbin Day Tour.

DAY 4-6 Surfers Paradise

DAY 4-6 Surfers Paradise

Nightlife and Surf Lessons

This morning we bid farewell to Byron and arrive to the famous Surfers Paradise where we’ll spend 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 get acquainted with the local way of life and get wet by learning to surf the waves!

Includes: Surf Lesson.
Optional Activity: Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson

DAY 7-8 Brisbane

DAY 7-8 Brisbane

City Lagoons and Famous Zoo’s

We continue our travels up to Brisbane, the capital of the Queensland state. We spend our first day exploring the Southbank cultural precinct of the city. The Southbank parklands feature the man-made Streets Beach (outdoor swimming pools!), walking tracks and picnic areas. Our second day is spent at the home of the crocodile hunter, Australia Zoo! Our day will be spent learning about the conservation efforts of the famous Irwin family and exploring the variety of native Australian wildlife.

Includes: Australia Zoo Tour.

DAY 9-12 Fraser Island

DAY 9-12 Fraser Island

Sand Islands and Heritage Sites

The start of our second week on the East Coast involves arriving into Hervey Bay, the gateway to the World’s largest sand island. Over the coming three days, we will swim the crystal waters of secret lakes, explore the Maheno shipwreck and hike to various island lookouts for stunning panoramic views across the island.

Includes: Fraser Island 3D/2N tour. (2B, 2L, 2D)
Not included: $30 insurance payable on arrival

DAY 13-17 Airlie Beach and Whitsundays Sail

DAY 13-17 Airlie Beach and Whitsundays Sail

Sailing Adventures amd FUN

When we are done exploring the majestic Fraser Island, we continue our journey to Airlie Beach, home to the Whitsundays, made up of 74 island wonders. We settle into the vibrant coastal town and explore the local lagoons before boarding our Sailing Boat for a two night sail, exploring the islands! 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.

Includes: 2 Night Whitsundays Sail. 2B/2L/2D

DAY 18-21 Cairns

DAY 18-21 Cairns

REEFS, WATERFALLS & FAREWELLS

Our final stop on our journey is in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the adventure capital of Australia! Our time here will include a full day trip out to explore the Great Barrier Reef and a farewell group dinner. There will be time available to customise your experience and add some additional activities. From skydiving to White Water Rafting, Cairns has endless adventures on offer!
Ultimate and your group leader will be available to help you plan your ongoing adventures and travels.
Includes: Great Barrier Reef Day Trip. Group Dinner
Not included: Onward Travel

// WHERE WE GO

// INCLUSIONS

AIRPORT TRANSFER.

COACH TRANSPORT FROM SYDNEY TO CAIRNS.

ULTIMATE TOUR GUIDE.

13 NIGHTS’ ACCOMMODATION.

2 NIGHT SAILING ADVENTURE AROUND THE WHITSUNDAYS. 

2 NIGHT FRASER ISLAND ADVENTURE.

DOLPHIN KAYAKING ADVENTURE. 

EXPLORE AUSTRALIA ZOO .

GREAT BARRIER REEF DAY TRIP.

SURF LESSON ON THE ICONIC SURFERS PARADISE BEACH.

// TOUR FAQ’S

WHERE DOES THE TRIP START AND FINISH?

The tour starts in Sydney (Thursdays) and ends in Cairns (Wednesday).

Your tour guide can help you arrange onward travel at the end of the tour. You can continue your travels 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 less than 20 people.

WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE?

Ultimate use highly regarded hostels along the Australian East Coast.  All prices are based on shared accommodation in 6 or 8 share dorm style arrangements. Explore the quality of our accommodation by searching through our image gallery. Twin and private room upgrades are available to book but are subject to availability and single supplement charges. (Twin and Private room upgrades are not available on the Whitsundays.

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, book our guided Sydney arrival package which includes 3 nights accommodation pre-tour, a city orientation tour to explore all the highlights and a Iconic Harbour cruise on board the Ultimate Catamaran.

WILL YOU HELP ME ORGANISE FLIGHTS & TRAVEL INSURANCE?

Sure! Our partners at Gap Year Travel can help you organise your flights – get a quote here.

Find the best insurance policy for your Ultimate adventure with the help of our recommended travel insurance provider.

HOW DO I BOOK ULTIMATE EAST COAST EXPLORER?

Booking is easy! Select your chosen departure date, enter your details and we’ll send you a booking confirmation as well as useful information about your tour.

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.

Need someone to talk through your travel plans with? Contact us here.

// CHECK DATES & BOOK

// TOUR ADD-ONS

SYDNEY ADD ON

SYDNEY ADD ON

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 a Harbour cruise!

OUTBACK ADD ON

OUTBACK ADD ON

Ready for more adventure after finishing the East Coast? Get a real Aussie Outback experience by adding our Red Centre add-on at the end of your East Coast tour.

LOCAL GUIDES

LOCAL GUIDES

Ultimate Bali is fully guided by our awesome and experienced local Balinese guides, dedicated to showing you the best time and giving you an insight into Balinese culture. Your safety is our priority – our experienced guides are first aid-trained, available 24/7 whilst on tour and fluent in English and Indonesian.

// TOUR GALLERY