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Beaches and Reefs

With Sailing (From April 2022)

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The one that sees you sun-seeking, sailing and surfing your way up the coast

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  • Duration

    16 days

  • Places

    10 places

  • Meals

    11 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 6 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Mini-Coach + Internal flights + Train

  • Group Size

    Maximum 30 people

  • Average Group Age

    18-35

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Local Guides, Skipper & Crew

Sydney, Byron Bay, Noosa Everglades, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Magnetic Island, Cairns, Hosanna Farm, K'gari (Fraser Island), Townsville

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About this trip

Ahh, the famous East Coast, where you can expect wildlife tours and bushwalks between beaches and sunsets. Kicking things off in Sydney, you’ll sleep at an Eco Camp in the Noosa Everglades, breakfast with koalas on Magnetic Island, learn to surf at Byron Bay and sail the Whitsundays from Airlie Beach. This is a one way ticket to wanting to live the Aussie lifestyle for good.

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  • With Sailing (From April 2022)

    Option 1

  • From April 2022

    Option 2

    On this version of the trip you'll spend a night at a hostel at Airlie Beach, instead of sailing the Whitsundays and overnighting on a yacht. You'll still have the option to book your own day sailing excursion from Airlie Beach if you choose.

Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 3 3 nights

    Sydney

  2. 2 2 nights

    Byron Bay

  3. via via

    Hosanna Farm

  4. 2 2 nights

    Noosa Everglades

  5. via via

    K'gari (Fraser Island)

  6. 1 1 night

    Airlie Beach

  7. 2 2 nights

    Whitsundays

  8. via via

    Townsville

  9. 2 2 nights

    Magnetic Island

  10. via via

    Townsville

  11. 3 3 nights

    Cairns

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DAY 1 - Arrive Sydney

Sydney

Welcome to Sydney! Meet up with your brand new travel family and hit the road and head on a day trip to one of Australia's finest: the majestic Blue Mountains (which aren't actually blue, but are still beautiful all the same). Out here in the great Aussie Outdoors we'll be learning about the legends behind the famous Three Sisters rock formation as well as exploring the Jamison Ridge area. We'll head back to Sydney and the evening is yours to make the most of.

Stay

Wake Up Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a day trip to the Blue Mountains and learn about their cultural significance

DAY 2 - Sydney

Sydney

This morning set out to explore this sun-drenched, cosmopolitan and eternally cool city. Your Trip Manager will give you the low down on all of Sydney's best bits as you get a tour of the highlights. Check out the Opera House, catch the ferry to Watsons Bay to experience the iconic skyline from a different perspective, then venture over to Bondi Beach where you can spend the afternoon lazing about in the sunshine. If you've got a head for heights, an optional Sydney Harbour Bridge climb is the best way to see that iconic harbour.

Stay

Wake Up Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Guided Walking Tour of Sydney

  • See the Opera House, visit ANZAC Memorial & The Royal Botanic Gardens on your Sydney Walking Tour

  • Cruise across the spectacular bays of Sydney Harbour on a ferry to Watson's Bay

  • Spend the afternoon at Sydney's Bondi Beach & swim in the dreamy blue waters

  • Protect marine life by taking '3 for the sea' at Bondi Beach

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Sydney Harbour Evening Bridge Climb

    A$252.00

DAY 3 - Sydney

Sydney

With a full free day to choose your own adventure, we have plenty of Free Time Add-Ons for you to pick from. Wine-lovers can sign up for an Australian wine tasting experience; water-lovers can opt for a sunset cruise or jetboat across the Sydney Harbour plus much more.

Stay

Wake Up Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Australian Cheese and Wine Tasting

    A$ 40.00

  • Sydney Harbour Sunset Cruise

    A$25.00

  • Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Ride

    A$ 60.00

  • Sydney Highlights Bike Tour

    A$ 70.00

  • Taronga Zoo Entry

    A$47.00

DAY 4 - Sydney to Byron Bay

Sydney

With Sydney satisfaction levels at a high this morning we jump on a plane to Byron Bay where all your hippie dreams can come to life.

Byron Bay

Landing in Byron Bay, we'll drop off our bags at the accomodation and start as we mean to go on, heading straight to the beach. Here in Byron we'll unleash our secret talent for surfing with an included lesson. You'll be a pro in no time! Afterwards, why not finish the afternoon with some beer tasting at a famous Byron Bay Brewery?

Stay

Wake Up Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Live out your bohemian dreams with a surfing lesson in Byron Bay

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Taste craft beer at the Stone and Wood Brewery in Byron Bay

    A$ 40.00

DAY 5 - Byron Bay

Byron Bay

We'll continue the surf vibes today with the option to kickstart our morning with sunrise at Australia's most easterly point. Then you have the rest of the day free to explore like a local. With the afternoon stretched out ahead of you, there's kayaking, relaxing on the beach and whale watching (seasonal) all on offer - your time here will be nothing short of magic.

Stay

Wake Up Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Byron Bay Lighthouse at Sunrise

  • Cape Byron Sea Kayaking

    A$60.00

DAY 6 - Byron Bay to Noosa Everglades via Hosanna Farm

Byron Bay

It's time to wave goodbye to Byron and head up the coast to Noosa Everglades. But first, why not opt for early morning yoga on the beach as you watch the golden sun stretch over the famous bay?

Hosanna Farm

On the way north we'll stop at Hosanna Farm, an authentic Aussie farm where you'll have the chance to meet and feed the farm animals, as well as try some traditional Australian tucker - damper & billy tea. 

Noosa Everglades

Buzzing from our farm adventures, we'll head to our next destination, the Noosa Everglades. Here we'll unpack at our Special Stay Eco Lodge home for the next two nights and relax with a group dinner in the bistro & bar area, surrounded by the chatter and rustling of local birds and kangaroos.

Stay

Habitat Noosa (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Stay at a sustainable Eco Lodge in Noosa Everglades

  • Spot kangaroos from your cabin at our Special Stay Eco Lodge in the Noosa Everglades

  • Cook your own delicious damper on the fire at Hosanna Farm

  • Feed the farm animals at Hosanna Farm

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Morning Yoga Class

DAY 7 - Noosa Everglades - K'gari (Fraser Island) Day Trip

Noosa Everglades

Wake up to the sound of birds chirping at our Eco Camp this morning (you might even spot a kangaroo) and grab a quick brekkie before heading out for a day on K'gari (Fraser Island).

K'gari (Fraser Island)

Your spirits will be at an all-time high after this day full of sand dunes, scenic lakes and dense rainforests. We'll cruise along the world's longest sand highway before you appease your hunger with a tasty lunch.

Noosa Everglades

It's back to the Eco Camp this evening for our final night here. You have free time to tuck into some food at the bistro, sample the offerings at the CootharaBAR boutique brewery, or just relax and enjoy the lush surroundings of this beautiful protected National Park.

Stay

Habitat Noosa (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Stay at a sustainable Eco Lodge in Noosa Everglades

  • Spot kangaroos from your cabin at our Special Stay Eco Lodge in the Noosa Everglades

  • Spend the day on the world's largest sand island: Fraser Island

  • Swim in idyllic Lake Mackenzie on Fraser Island

  • Enjoy a tasty lunch on Fraser Island

DAY 8 - Noosa Everglades to Airlie Beach

Noosa Everglades

What better way to say goodbye to The Glades than with an optional Canoeing Excursion on one of only two Everglades in the world? Afterwards we're on our way to find coastal nirvana at the pristine beaches of the Whitsundays. We'll hop on a plane for a flight to Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach

Landing in Airlie Beach, you'll notice everything starting to look a bit more tropical. Hello Whitsundays! We'll head to our accommodation for the night and enjoy an included dinner, ready to begin our Whitsundays sailing adventure tomorrow.

Stay

Base Backpackers (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Noosa Everglades Canoe Trip

    A$55.00

DAY 9 - Airlie Beach to Whitsundays

Airlie Beach

This morning we'll transfer to the marina and board a converted racing yacht - our home for the next 2 nights - ready to set sail over crystal clear waters.

Whitsundays

That's right - we're wasting no time getting out on the crystal-clear waters to board a converted racing yacht - our home for the next 2 nights. A delicious dinner is included tonight as we bond and swap stories under the starlit skies.

Stay

Converted racing yacht - Prosail

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Swim, snorkel, eat & repeat as you sail across the breathtaking Whitsundays to Whitehaven beach

  • Enjoy freshly prepared breakfast lunch and dinner on board your converted racing yacht

  • Spend 2-nights on a converted racing yacht in the Whitsundays

DAY 10 - The Whitsundays

Whitsundays

Is there anywhere in the world more beautiful than the Whitsundays? We think not. We'll have more wonders to enjoy today as we spend the day cruising through the islands, enjoying freshly prepared meals on board, with endless opportunities to snorkel, swim and soak up those rays.

Stay

Converted racing yacht - Prosail

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Swim, snorkel, eat & repeat as you sail across the breathtaking Whitsundays to Whitehaven beach

  • Enjoy freshly prepared breakfast lunch and dinner on board your converted racing yacht

  • Spend 2-nights on a converted racing yacht in the Whitsundays

  • Try your hand at Sailing onboard your converted racing yacht in the Whitsundays

  • Snorkel some of the best coral reefs in Australia

DAY 11 - The Whitsundays to Magnetic Island via Townsville

Whitsundays

Waking up on board the yacht this morning, we'll make our way to the shore. With our sights set on another beautiful island destination we'll board a train, heading for Townsville.

Townsville

After soaking up some East Coast scenery on our train journey, we'll hop on a ferry headed towards the spellbinding Magnetic Island.

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is an apt name for this captivating isle, with its coastal walking trails and gum trees teeming with lazy koala bears. We'll have plenty of time to explore, try some water sports in the bright turquoise waters or meet some of the local marsupials. But first things first, we'll enjoy a drink (our treat) and watch the sunset over the bay. Blissful or what?

Stay

Base Backpackers (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Watch the vibrant sunset on Magnetic Island at Hawking's Point

DAY 12 - Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island

We have a whole day on this paradise island - lucky us! We'll waste no time meeting the locals, with a chance to eat an unlimited chef-cooked breakfast with some Koalas at the Bungalow Bay Koala Village. Then we can check out some of the walking trails - such as the Forts Walk which offers up stunning views of the Palm Island Group as well as WWI fortifications, and the chance to see more koalas in the wild-  or enjoy some free time at Horseshoe bay, taking a dip on the azure waters and relaxing on the beach. See Magnetic Island's resident Rock Wallabies at dusk before a free evening, where we can watch the sunset and check out some of the local bars.

Stay

Base Backpackers (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Enjoy an unlimited chef-cooked breakfast while meeting and learning about Koalas at Bungalow Bay Koala Village

  • Spot native koalas alongside WWII fortifications on a Magnetic Island Fort Walk

  • See Magnetic Island's resident Rock Wallabies at dusk

DAY 13 - Magnetic Island to Cairns via Townsville

Magnetic Island

After breakfast this morning we'll say farewell to our koala friends and depart Magnetic Island on a ferry. But we'll never forget its singular beauty.

Townsville

Back in Townsville we won't hang around too long, as we're hopping on a train headed to Cairns, where we'll arrive late afternoon after a gloriously scenic journey along Australia's East Coast.

Cairns

Welcome to the city where rainforests meet reefs. We'll enjoy an included interactive Bush Food tutorial and dinner at Ochre restaurant. An experienced chef will guide us through a history of Bush Food as you sample a variety of native spices and fruits, explaining their tastes, origins, and traditional uses before we enjoy our dinner, which features native game. It's in an incredible cultural feast, and the perfect way to start our adventure in Cairns.

Stay

Gilligan’s Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Chef Guided Bush Food Tutorial & Dinner at Ochre Restaurant

  • Scenic train ride along the East Coast of Australia from Townsville to Cairns

DAY 14 - Cairns

Cairns

Rise and shine, today is day packed with history, heritage and natural beauty, as we take a day trip to the oldest tropical rainforest in the world: Daintree. With its ancient ferns and vibrant canopies, this place will take our breath away. There's a reason David Attenborough called it 'the most extraordinary place on earth.' As well as admiring the lush rainforest, we'll also meet the local Kuku Yalanji people and learn about their rich Aboriginal culture and history. We'll get the chance to view a smoking ceremony and take an art class with an Aboriginal artist. We'll also learn about ancient Dreamtime stories, local history and how these are shared through art. Then, we'll get to create our own unique souvenir to take home in the form of a canvas that tells our own stories. What a day; and we're not done yet. 

Stay

Gilligan’s Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Day Trip to the Daintree Rainforest

  • Experience the Daintree Rainforest with an experienced Aboriginal guide for an interpretive rainforest walk through this ancient environment

  • Learn ancient Dreamtime stories, local history and see how these are shared through art with an Aboriginal artist

  • Create your own unique piece of art at the Janbal Gallery

DAY 15 - Cairns

Cairns

Today you'll have the option to board a catamaran out to the reef to snorkel or dive in the crystal waters and gaze at the colourful coral and even more vibrant marine life. Back on board, the expert marine crew will tell us all there is to know about this stunning, but vulnerable, natural miracle.

Stay

Gilligan’s Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Scuba Diving (in addition to Outer Barrier Reef Cruise)

    from A$65 (certified dive); from A$100 (introductory dive)

  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise

    A$200

DAY 16 - Depart Cairns

Cairns

Our adventure ends this afternoon, but not before we have a chance to escape our comfort zones and try some of the adventurous activities that Cairns is famous for. Anyone for bungy jumping?

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Jungle Swing or Bungy Jump

    A$95/ A$135

  • Cairns Skydive

    From A$209

  • One way Skyrail Experience & One Way Kuranda Scenic Railway

    A$115

  • Return Skyrail Experience

    From A$105

  • Half Day White Water Rafting Barron River

    A$ 145.00

Top Experiences

34 included & 18 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Day Trip to the Daintree Rainforest

    Included

    Cairns

  • Snorkel some of the best coral reefs in Australia

    Included

    Whitsundays

  • Take a day trip to the Blue Mountains and learn about their cultural significance

    Included

    Sydney

Beaches and Reefs With Sailing (From April 2022)

34 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Take a day trip to the Blue Mountains and learn about their cultural significance
  • Guided Walking Tour of Sydney
  • See the Opera House, visit ANZAC Memorial & The Royal Botanic Gardens on your Sydney Walking Tour
  • Cruise across the spectacular bays of Sydney Harbour on a ferry to Watson's Bay
  • Spend the afternoon at Sydney's Bondi Beach & swim in the dreamy blue waters
  • Protect marine life by taking '3 for the sea' at Bondi Beach
  • Live out your bohemian dreams with a surfing lesson in Byron Bay
  • Stay at a sustainable Eco Lodge in Noosa Everglades
  • Spot kangaroos from your cabin at our Special Stay Eco Lodge in the Noosa Everglades
  • Cook your own delicious damper on the fire at Hosanna Farm
  • Feed the farm animals at Hosanna Farm
  • Stay at a sustainable Eco Lodge in Noosa Everglades
  • Spot kangaroos from your cabin at our Special Stay Eco Lodge in the Noosa Everglades
  • Spend the day on the world's largest sand island: Fraser Island
  • Swim in idyllic Lake Mackenzie on Fraser Island
  • Enjoy a tasty lunch on Fraser Island
  • Swim, snorkel, eat & repeat as you sail across the breathtaking Whitsundays to Whitehaven beach
  • Enjoy freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner on board your converted racing yacht
  • Spend 2-nights on a converted racing yacht in the Whitsundays
  • Swim, snorkel, eat & repeat as you sail across the breathtaking Whitsundays to Whitehaven beach
  • Enjoy freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner on board your converted racing yacht
  • Spend two nights on a converted racing yacht in the Whitsundays
  • Try your hand at Sailing onboard your converted racing yacht in the Whitsundays
  • Snorkel some of the best coral reefs in Australia
  • Watch the vibrant sunset on Magnetic Island at Hawking's Point
  • Enjoy an unlimited chef-cooked breakfast while meeting and learning about Koalas at Bungalow Bay Koala Village
  • Spot native koalas alongside WWII fortifications on a Magnetic Island Fort Walk
  • See Magnetic Island's resident Rock Wallabies at dusk
  • Chef Guided Bush Food Tutorial & Dinner at Ochre Restaurant
  • Scenic train ride along the East Coast of Australia from Townsville to Cairns
  • Day Trip to the Daintree Rainforest
  • Experience the Daintree Rainforest with an experienced Aboriginal guide for an interpretive rainforest walk through this ancient environment
  • Learn ancient Dreamtime stories, local history and see how these are shared through art with an Aboriginal artist
  • Create your own unique piece of art at the Janbal Gallery

18 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Sydney Harbour Evening Bridge Climb A$252.00
  • Australian Cheese and Wine Tasting A$ 40.00
  • Sydney Harbour Sunset Cruise A$25.00
  • Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Ride A$ 60.00
  • Sydney Highlights Bike Tour A$ 70.00
  • Taronga Zoo Entry A$47.00
  • Taste craft beer at the Stone and Wood Brewery in Byron Bay A$ 40.00
  • Byron Bay Lighthouse at Sunrise
  • Cape Byron Sea Kayaking A$60.00
  • Morning Yoga Class
  • Noosa Everglades Canoe Trip A$55.00
  • Scuba Diving (in addition to Outer Barrier Reef Cruise) from A$65 (certified dive); from A$100 (introductory dive)
  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise A$200
  • Jungle Swing or Bungy Jump A$95/ A$135
  • Cairns Skydive From A$209
  • One way Skyrail Experience & One Way Kuranda Scenic Railway A$115
  • Return Skyrail Experience From A$105
  • Half Day White Water Rafting Barron River A$ 145.00

Where You'll Stay

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  • noosa-everglades-eco-camp

    Noosa Everglades Eco-Camp

    Noosa, Australia

    The beautiful Noosa Everglades Eco-Lodge is nestled just 25 minutes north of Noosa, in the heart of the Everglades. Stroll along the stunning 65 acres of greenery, glide down the glades on a cruise, or enjoy a beer at the on-site CootharaBar micro-brewery

    2 nights

  • yacht

    Converted Racing Yacht

    Whitsundays , Australia

    As you glide along the Whitsundays you’ll hop from beach to reef aboard a converted racing yacht, sleeping in a cabin just like real sailors

    1 night

  • base-backpackers

    Base Backpackers

    Magnetic Island, Australia

    Located right on Magnetic Island’s beach with an outdoor deck, a swimming pool and hammocks, it’s the perfect place to either kick back or party, depending on your mood

    2 nights

  • gilligans-cairns

    Gilligan's Hostel & Resort

    Cairns, Australia

    Gilligan's Hostel & Resort is an award-winning adventure destination which is centrally located in the heart of Cairns

    3 nights

  • 15 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    11 nights in Hostel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay, 2 nights in Yacht

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