Route: Sydney Bondi Beach Manly Beach Byron Bay Surfers Paradise Brisbane Noosa Rainbow Beach Fraser Island Town of 1770 Airlie Beach Whitsunday Islands Airlie Beach Magnetic Island Mission Beach Cairns Great Barrier Reef Cairns
Age Range: 18-50
Transport: Public transport, including overnight buses
Dates: Range of departures throughout the year
Summary: From Sydney to Cairns, we’ll explore the best of Australia’s East Coast in an epic 6 week adventure. From Sydney’s city vibes to the surf culture of Bondi Beach to The Blue Mountains, we’ll experience everything this amazing city has to offer before starting our Ultimate East Coast adventure! Chill in Byron Bay, Explore Fraser Island by 4×4, sail the Whitsundays, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and everything in between – we’ll check everything off your Aussie bucket list!
With so many exciting places to visit – here are a few of our highlights:
See some Australian dolphins
Take a dip in the famous harbour-front lagoon
Snorkel pristine island waters
Visit the Great Barrier Reef
Welcome to Sydney!
Your Aussie adventure kicks off in Sydney! Today, join us at Ultimate HQ where you’ll meet your group and hear about the plan for the next few weeks. Then, we’ll explore the city checking out Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and The Botanical Gardens on our guided city walk. This evening we’ll take you to our favourite backpacker bar for dinner and drinks.
Today, we explore Sydney Harbour on our private catamaran! We’ll cruise under The Harbour Bridge and past the Opera House, stopping off at one of our favourite hidden bays for a swim and your first Aussie BBQ!
Today, we leave the city behind and head to the world famous shores of Bondi. Your modern beach hostel is in prime position, overlooking Bondi beach. Watch the surfers, take a dip in the clear blue waters, take part in a yoga class on the rooftop of your hostel and enjoy a ‘cheese and wine night’ with new mates. You’ll have two days here so unpack, unwind and soak up the beachy vibes of Bondi!
Spend your morning checking out the boutique shops in Bondi’s laneways, before washing the sand off your feet and heading back to the city. Spend the next day chilling, hop on a ferry to Manly or join a day trip to The Blue Mountains. As the day comes to an end, get ready for the ultimate party night! We’ll take you on a pub crawl of the best backpacker bars and clubs in Sydney. The next morning, we’ll take you on the famous Coogee to Bondi coastal walk, stopping off at five stunning beaches and coves along the way. Just another reason to fall in love with Sydney!
It is time to begin our East Coast adventure. We’ll travel overnight by luxury air-conditioned bus – complete with WiFi, USB ports and reclining seats – to our first destination, Byron Bay. Sit back, relax and get ready for your epic East Coast adventure!
Byron Bay is famous for its amazing beaches, laid-back surfer attitude and boho vibes. Here we’ll explore the town and beaches and take part in a professional surf lesson. We’ll also explore the famous Byron Lighthouse, which is located at the most easterly point of the Australian mainland.
Surfer’s Paradise: where long stretches of stunning sandy beaches meet high-rise buildings and never-ending nightlife! By day we’ll explore the town and beaches and at night, we’ll get dressed up and head to some of our favourite party bars and clubs for the real Surfer’s experience!
Our Brisbane accommodation is right in the city centre. We’ll spend the next two days checking out some of Brisbane’s hotspots including Street’s Beach, Brisbane River and the cultural hub of the South bank. You’ll also have the option to head to the famous Australia Zoo to see some amazing wildlife!
You will love Noosa! We’ll hike to lookouts boasting incredible views over Noosa’s spectacular coastline, spotting amazing Australian wildlife along the way. Chill by the resort pool or enjoy a few cold ones at the bar.
This morning, we arrive at Rainbow beach, the gateway to Fraser Island! Spend the next day visiting the resident pod of dolphins! The next 3 days will be spent on beautiful Fraser Island: explore sand dunes by 4×4, drive through lush rainforest, swim in crystal clear lakes and spot rare Aussie wildlife. We’ll be staying at our private campsite just metres away from the beach!
Next, we arrive in the small coastal town of 1770. Enjoy a camp bonfire and gather around the fire pit for some wood-fired marshmallows. Keen to explore the area? Channel your inner biker with 1770’s famous scooter tour of the town. This evening, we’ll hop on the bus to wake up in Airlie Beach!
We’ll check into our Airlie hostel in the centre of town and check out the harbour front. Our next few days will be spent sailing around the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands, sleeping under the stars on a sailing yacht! We’ll snorkel in pristine blue waters, getting up close with tropical fish and visit some of the whitest sandy beaches in the world. The views here are breathtaking!
This morning, we return to the tropical bliss of Airlie beach. Later on, we’ll head to the bar for our post-island party; eat, drink and be merry as we reminisce on our past few days! Wander to Airlie’s harbour front lagoon for a dip, or explore the surrounding national park.
Magnetic island is a gorgeous tropical haven with heaps to see and do! Explore the many bays and golden sandy beaches, take the guided Fort’s walk offering incredible views of the island and come up close with koalas and wallabies at our hostels’ on-site wildlife park. Feeling adventurous? Take your new mates on a tour of the island in a 4WD ‘barbie’ car. The photo opportunities are endless!
Today we travel to the beautiful town of Mission beach where the reef meets the rainforest. We’ll rise early the following morning and hike to the neighbouring National Park, which is part of the traditional country of The Djiru Aboriginal people. Mission beach is also home to Australia’s highest (15,000ft!) and most popular skydiving spot – an experience not to be missed for the adrenaline junkies out there!
This evening we arrive in Cairns, our final stop along the East Coast and the most amazing backpacker destination! Our first adventure in Cairns takes us to the Tablelands region where we’ll spend the day swimming under waterfalls, sliding down natural rock slides and spotting shy platypuses in the wild. The next day, we explore the famous Great Barrier Reef. We’ll cruise to the outer reef to snorkel with inquisitive Nemos, stingrays, turtles and learn all about the diverse marine life of the reef. In Cairns, we’ll hang out at Cairn’s famous harbour front lagoon, hit the local bars and party the night away at our hostels’ very own club!
On our last night we’ll meet for a farewell dinner and look back on 6 epic weeks of Aussie East Coast fun!
Whether you plan to stay in the tropics, travel elsewhere in Australia or onto a different destination, your tour guide as well as us here at Euroventure will be here to support you and help you plan your adventure!