East Coast Encompassed–Sydney to Cairns

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

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 demonstrations
  • Gold panning and mine tour (Bingara)
  • Yoga and surf lessons (Byron Bay)
  • 4x4 excursion and exclusive camp 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, 4 lunches, 8 dinners (Allow AUD215-265 for meals not included)
  • Train, maxi yacht, private bus, 4x4 safari vehicle, ferry
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 20, avg 16
  • 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.

Add to Your Experience

Byron Bay Skydiving

See beautiful Byron Bay in a unique way, from up to 15,000ft in the air to be exact. Take the skydiving leap and spot gorgeous beaches and mountains from a viewpoint you'll never forget.

Sydney Bridge Climb

Climb to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, 134m above sea level, while an expert guide tells you stories about the history and construction of the bridge. The panoramic view of Australia's central city will take your breath away. Soak in amazing panoramic city views of Sydney at the top!

Cairns Whitewater rafting

The Tully River is considered the best rafting river in both Australia and New Zealand, so why not take the opportunity to hit the rapids? With a highly trained river guide, you'll get your adrenaline pumping as you crash through the waves aboard a raft.

Additions Available on This Tour

Itinerary Notes

Please note that most Yolo accommodation in Australia is multi-share. For more info, see our Trip Details.


Day 1Sydney

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Sydney/Nundle(1B, 1D)

Travel to the Hunter Valley for a wine tasting. Overnight at a sheep station, which includes a shearing demonstration.

Day 3Nundle/Bingara(1B, 1D)

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

Day 4Bingara/Yamba(1B)

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

Day 5Yamba/Byron Bay(1B)

Travel up the coast to Byron Bay, which has a reputation as an alternative hippie town. Hit the beach and take a surf lesson.

Day 6Byron Bay(1B)

Go to an included yoga class, then enjoy free time to hit the beach, get a massage, go skydiving, or try sea kayaking.

Day 7Byron Bay/Brisbane(1B)

Continue north, and opt for a night out in Queensland's capital.

Day 8Brisbane/Fraser Island(1B, 1D)

Travel by private bus, private 4x4 and ferry to reach Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. Settle into the group's exclusive permanent tented camp in the bush by the beach.

Day 9Fraser Island(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a full day's worth of exploring by 4x4 to hit all of the highlights Fraser Island has to offer.

Day 10Fraser Island/Rockhampton(1B, 1D)

Visit rural Queensland and learn about cattle station history. Bed down in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the Outback sky.

Day 11Rockhampton/Whitsunday Islands(1B, 1D)

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

Day 12Whitsunday Islands(1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue sailing through the gorgeous backdrop of the Whitsunday Islands. There will be time to snorkel the reefs. Anchor off of a secluded tropical island at night.

Day 13Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach(1B)

Hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand, then enjoy free time on the famous beach. Sail to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night of dancing.

Day 14Airlie Beach/Cairns

Admire the scenery and rest on a full-day train ride through Queensland.

Day 15Cairns(1B)

Enjoy a free day to visit the Great Barrier Reef or get the adrenaline pumping by skydiving, whitewater rafting or bungy jumping.

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

Depart early from Cairns, then head north. Learn about the flora and fauna with local Aboriginals, then go spearfishing with them and eat what you catch. Cool off in a waterfall in Daintree National Park.

Day 17Cape Tribulation/Cooktown(1B, 1L)

Travel by 4x4 on the rugged Bloomfield track, stopping at Bloomfield Falls to participate in the 'Walk of the Women' where local Aboriginal women share their knowledge of the sacred falls. Sleep under the stars in a swag (canvas bedroll) on the grounds of a historic Outback bar and hotel.

Day 18Cooktown/Cairns(1B)

Head north and meet an Aboriginal Elder and story keeper, who will teach about several ancestral rock art sites and survival techniques of the local Aborigines. Travel back to Cairns where the tour ends upon arrival; book onward travel after 9pm.

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