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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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