East Coast Encompassed—Sydney to Cairns

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18 days,Sydney to Cairns

Island hop by yacht through the Whitsunday Islands, overnight at a traditional sheep station, zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island, spearfish and savour lunch with local Aborigines, sleep in a swag under the impressive Southern night sky

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Rugged landscapes, crashing surf and indigenous culture stretching back through time and beyond—Australia’s East Coast possesses a truly otherworldly allure. This trip offers you a comprehensive, authentic and wholly affordable experience in one of the country’s most popular regions. Raw thrills and refined pleasures abound out here. In the space of a few days, you’ll sample wines in the Hunter Valley, snorkel the Whitsundays, catch a few waves, and spearfish with local Aborigines. When people back home ask what you did on your trip, just tell ‘em: “Everything.”

What's Included

  • Hunter Valley wine tasting. Sheep shearing and Aboriginal art demonstrations. Gold panning and mine tour (Bingara). Yoga and surf lessons (Byron Bay). 4x4 excursion on Fraser Island. 3-day sailing excursion (Whitsunday Islands). Visit to Whitehaven Beach. Spearfishing with Aborigines. 'Walk of the Women' at Bloomfield Falls. Aboriginal rock art explanation with an Aboriginal Elder. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 16 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 9 dinners (Allow AUD200-250 for meals not included)
  • Hostels (9 nts), eco-lodge (1 nt), beachside permanent tented camp (2 nts), maxi yacht (2 nts), beach hostel (1 nt), swag/canvas bedroll (2 nts). All nights multi-share.
  • Train, maxi yacht, private bus, 4x4 safari vehicle, ferry
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 20, avg 16
Itinerary Notes

Please note that most accommodation in Australia is multi-share, you can read more in the trip details in our about accommodation section.

Day 1 Sydney

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Nundle Sheep Station (1B,1D)

Enjoy a Hunter Valley wine tasting. Overnight at a sheep station, including a shearing demonstration.

Day 3 Bingara (1B,1D)

Visit a working mine and have a go at panning for gold.

Day 4 Yamba (1B)

Travel to this beach town surrounded by Yuraygir NP. Go for a swim at the beach, relax and enjoy the view.

Day 5-6 Byron Bay (2B)

Take a surf lesson and zen out at a yoga class in this alternative hippie town. Free time to hit the beach, go skydiving, or try sea kayaking.

Day 7 Brisbane (1B)

Stop for lunch at the Gold Coast, then opt for a night out in Queensland's capital.

Day 8-9 Fraser Island (2B,2L,2D)

Travel to the world's largest sand island. Settle into the group's exclusive permanent tented camp in the bush by the beach. Explore all of the highlights by private 4x4.

Day 10 Cattle Station (1B,1D)

Visit a working cattle station. Bed down in a 'swag' (canvas bedroll) under the Outback sky.

Day 11-12 Whitsunday Islands Sailing (2B,1L,2D)

Embark on a 3-day maxi yacht sailing adventure from Mackay to Airlie Beach through the Whitsundays, a unique route used only by G Adventures. Enjoy beach visits, island bush walks and time to snorkel the reefs.

Day 13 Whitsundays/Whitehaven Beach/Airlie Beach (1B)

Hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand. Sail to Airlie Beach for a night of dancing.

Day 14-15 Cairns (1B)

Admire the scenery on a full-day train ride through Queensland. Enjoy a free day to visit the Great Barrier Reef or get the adrenaline pumping by skydiving, whitewater rafting or bungee jumping.

Day 16 Cape Tribulation (1B,1L,1D)

Take an Aboriginal art class, and take home what you make. Learn about the local flora and fauna with Aborigines, then go spearfishing with them and eat what you catch. Cool off in a waterfall in Daintree NP.

Day 17 Cooktown (1B,1L,1D)

Travel by 4x4 on the rugged Bloomfield track, and participate in the 'Walk of the Women' where local Aboriginal women share their knowledge of the sacred falls.

Day 18 Cairns (1B)

Meet an Aboriginal Elder and story keeper to learn about ancestral rock art sites and survival techniques of the Aborigines. Travel back to Cairns where the tour ends upon arrival. Book onward travel from 9pm onwards.

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