Sydney to Cairns Northbound East Coast Australia Tour - 14 days

Sydney to Cairns Northbound East Coast Australia Tour - 14 days
From AUD $4,990.00
  • Duration: 14 Days (approx.)
  • Product code: PVOSC

14 Day Sydney to Cairns Northbound Tour - Fact Sheet

Boutique Australia East Coast Tours, locally owned & operated in small groups - Food, wine, beaches, walks, wildlife and amazing nature experiences daily. Sleep well in hand picked hotel accommodation. Local & authentic knowledge and experienced guides.  

Tour Inclusions (Full Itinerary and accommodation choices are listed at the bottom of this document)

  • Small Group Tour (Min 4, Max 16 Guests)
  • All transport (Private buses, domestic flight & boat trips)
  • Included free activities most days (Walks, waterfalls, beaches, local experiences)
  • 10 breakfasts, 6 lunch experiences, 3 dinner experiences
  • Local aboriginal experience in Tully with dinner included (Ingan Tours)
  • Fraser Island 4wd adventure with lunch included (Fraser Island Discovery Group or Similar)
  • Great Barrier Reef day cruise including 2 reef sites, bird sanctuary, snorkeling, lunch on board and optional scuba diving (Passions of Paradise or Similar)
  • Whitsundays Island Explorer day cruise with a visit to Whitehaven beach, snorkeling opportunities & lunch on board (Thundercat or Similar)


Twin Share/Double Room with ensuite: AUD $4990 per person: Accommodation in
all locations will be private double or twin rooms with private facilities. This package is ideal for single travelers (who want to share a room with a new travel buddy. **No forced single supplements – we will match pax with someone of the same sex in a twin room - or upgrade to single if no match possible.). Double or Twin bed for Couples or close friends travelling together.

Single Room with ensuite: AUD $6390 per person: Accommodation in all locations will be in private
rooms with own facilities. This package is ideal for solo travelers enjoying the company of others by day and having the option of returning to their private rooms for alone time and a good night sleep.

Family Package with ensuite: AUD $4990 per adult, AUD $4490 per child 12-17 years old:
Accommodation in all locations will be either a private family room or two twin rooms

Focus and unique selling points of Via Travel Australia East Coast Tours

  • Small groups (Min 4, max 16)
  • Includes Australia East Coast Tours ‘must-see’ attractions like Sydney, Byron Bay, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef, but we also expose our guests to family-run hospitality, locally-produced food and wine, and a variety of down-to-earth experiences that can only be enjoyed in small groups with local knowledge
  • We understand the importance of utilising the local community and businesses to create sustainable and long lasting relationships. We visit best local cafes, restaurants & food producers everyday.
  • Mix of 3 & 4 star hand picked accommodation so you sleep well at night.
  • Active tour style provides opportunities for nature walks, snorkeling, swimming, spotting animals in the wild
  • Great music playlist, informative, knowledgable & enthusiastic guides

Full itinerary

B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = Dinner

Day 1: Sydney

We start in Australia's Harbour City, the glittering jewel in the east coast's
crown. Check in at 2pm, then relax for the afternoon. At 6pm meet your guide in
hotel reception for introductions and a multicultural welcome dinner. (D). Accommodation: Sydney: Macleay Hotel

Day 2: Sydney

Enjoy a local breakfast. We begin with a walking tour of Australia's most famous city. Watch how the sun glints on the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and even the historic ferry we take to Watson’s Bay. Over fish ’n chips, we'll plot our next course a walk along the east coast's towering cliffs – aboriginal rock carvings, ocean spray and stunning views. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and even the occasional whale. (B, L). Accommodation: Sydney: Macleay Hotel

Day 3: Hunter Valley and Newcastle

We leave behind Sydney's skyscrapers and sidewalks for a wildlife park boasting an all-star cast of koalas, kangaroos, and more guided by our own personal wildlife ranger. We're in the heart of the Hunter Valley, so there's nothing better than to take a wine, cheese, chocolate and organic vodka tasting tour, complete with gourmet lunch. We'll also visit the sunny port city Newcastle, rounding an eclectic day
off with local live music. (B, L). Accommodation: Newcastle: The Lucky Hotel

Day 4: Port Macquarie via Forster

It's all about water today. After an amazing local breakfast, we hit the scenic Lakes Way for a coastal walk and lookout climb. Afterwards, we're off to Port Macquarie in time for a sunset cruise, with complimentary drinks and snacks to enjoy – if you're not distracted by the dolphins that frequently swim past. (B) Accommodation: Port Macquarie: El Paso Motor Inn 

Day 5: Dorrigo National Park

We start by meeting the volunteers at a local koala hospital. If you're able to tear yourself away from the cuddly critters, you'll be rewarded with a stop at gorgeous Dorrigo National Park, known for its lush, sub-tropical rainforest and waterfalls. We finish the day in true Aussie style: a traditional pub where you can relax, order some grub, have a few drinks and even play some pool. (B) Accommodation: Dorrigo Heritage Motel (Traditional Australian Pub) or Bellingen Valley Lodge

Day 6: Dorrigo National Park – Byron Bay

It's off to Dangar Falls for a refreshing dip in its cascading waters. Once dry, we're headed to
Byron Bay, a laid-back surf paradise with boundless coastline, sand and friendly locals. We'll pop to an organic farm where we'll pick and prepare a healthy lunch before paying a visit to the local lighthouse for a unique photo opportunity and the chance for the eagle-eyed to spot dolphins, whales, and other marine life. (B, L) Accommodation: Byron Bay hotel & Apartments

Day 7: Byron Bay

Today we're talking relaxation, relaxation, and relaxation. This day is all yours. Spend the morning on the warm sand, shopping for bargains, or indulge in one of our optional activities: yoga, surfing, kayaking or get a relaxing massage. In the afternoon, put your feet up, head to a cozy bar, or watch the world go by from one of the local cafes. Optional: Surf lesson, kayak experience. Accommodation: Byron Bay hotel & Apartments

Day 8: Noosa

We're a week into our adventure and today sees a visit to sun-kissed Noosa (via one of Australia's top surf spots and home to some of our champion surfers). We're crossing into Queensland – the Sunshine State – which means koala-spotting in a national park followed by a magnificent sunset overlooking the Sunshine Coast hinterland from a coastal lookout. Rest up in the evening, or hit the bustling town for dinner and nightlife. (B) Accommodation: Noosa Lakes Resort 

Day 9: Fraser Island & Noosa

Ready, steady, go, for a once-in-a-lifetime Fraser Island 4WD adventure today. You'll never want to leave, as we explore the largest sand island in the world, kick back at some of Queensland's most renowned lookouts, take a walk on the wild side, dive into a crystal-clear lake, and go dingo-discovering. The fun needn't stop there; after the tour feel free to enjoy Noosa's vibrant nightlife, or put your feet up in your accommodation. (L) Accommodation: Noosa Lakes Resort

Day 10: Noosa to Airlie Beach (Via Brisbane)

It's up, up, and away, as we take the plane to Airlie beach, hub of the magnificent Whitsundays.You get the chance to take the reins today; whether you want to stroll through the town, find a cool bar, or explore the local swimming hole, the choice is all yours! (B) Accommodation: Airlie Beach: Mantra Croc Club

Day 11: Whitsunday Islands Cruise and Airlie Beach

After breakfast, we're taking a leisurely day cruise through the postcard-perfect islands of the Whitsundays, including a stop at famed Whitehaven beach. Words can't do justice to the dazzling white sands, azure waters, and densely verdant vegetation of this incredible corner of the world. Get a closer look by snorkeling with colourful coral, and an array of playful fish and turtles. Afterwards, it's your chance to relax or seek out the town's best food and drink options. (B, L) Accommodation: Airlie Beach: Mantra Croc Club

Day 12: Tully and Mission Beach A change of scenery today as we head through undulating cane fields to historic Tully in a private vehicle. We'll meet an Aboriginal family who'll escort us to a secluded swimming hole in the rainforest. You'll also get the chance to try your hand at Aboriginal art, as we are guided by local Jirrbal Aboriginal Artists on traditional techniques after a tour of the Ingan Cultural Centre. We finish the session with a candid discussion on Aboriginal culture, history and contemporary life for Indigenous people in Australia, followed by a delicious barbeque. (D) Accommodation: Mission Beach Castaways Resort  

Day 13: Cairns via the Atherton Tablelands

Enjoy breakfast in a local café before we travel into the wet tropics of Far North Queensland. We'll discover a magnificent plunge waterfall nestled in dense tropical rainforest en-route to the Atherton Tablelands. Take a dip in the cool water before we head to Lake Eacham, a crater lake with crystal-clear water, and visit the massive ‘Curtain Fig Tree’. We'll finish the day in Cairns, one of Australia's most vibrant, tropical and energetic cities. (B). Accommodation: Cairns: Pacific Hotel OR The Abbott Boutique Hotel

Day 14: Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

It's one of the highlights of any trip to Australia: The Great Barrier Reef. Today, we take a cruise to the famed reef, where we'll go snorkeling and hear a marine conservation commentary. After an extraordinary day, we'll freshen up at the hotel before having our farewell dinner. It's a chance to compare memories, swap stories, and say farewell to your friends on the tour. (B, L, D). Accommodation: Cairns: Pacific Hotel OR The Abbott Boutique Hotel

Optional: Scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef from $70

Extending your stay in Cairns? Ask your travel agent if you can book extra accommodations nights. Ask us about short trips/activities for after the tour ends.

Moving on immediately? You can leave your luggage in storage at the hotel & collect it at the end of the day.