Most of the Coast–Sydney to Cairns

16 days,Sydney to Cairns

Taste wine in the Hunter Valley, sleep under the stars and at a sheep station, bliss out in famous Byron Bay, island hop through the Whitsundays

The route up Australia’s East Coast has earned its rep as one of the seemingly endless supply of must-do experiences in the country. The classic Sydney-to-Cairns route introduces you to both sides of modern Australia—the bright lights of the big city and the raw beauty of the Outback. You’ll get to try your hand at dozens of atypical activities—everything from wine-tasting to sailing and snorkelling. And when you travel in small groups like we do, you really get out there into the wild to meet the locals and experience the land like they do. That amazing new frontier you’ve been looking for? Here it is.

What's Included

  • Hunter Valley wine tasting
  • Sheep shearing demonstration
  • Gold panning and mine tour
  • Surf and yoga lessons
  • Private 4x4 excursion and exclusive camp on Fraser Island
  • Sailing in the Whitsundays
  • Visit to Whitehaven Beach
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners. (Allow AUD215-265 for meals not included)
  • Private bus, train, maxi yacht, 4x4 safari vehicle, ferry
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 20, avg 16
  • Hostels (10 nts), swag/canvas bedroll (1 nt), maxi yacht (2 nts), beachside permanent tented camp (2 nts). All nights multi-share.
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)

Stop for lunch on the Gold Coast, then continue onto Brisbane. 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(1B)

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