14 Day Sydney to Cairns Boutique East Coast Australia Tour (Valid April 2021 - March 2022. PVOSC)

From AUD $5,995.00
  • Duration: 14 Days (approx.)
  • Product code: PVOSC

14 Day Sydney to Cairns Tour - Valid April 1st 2021 to December 31st 2022

Boutique East Coast Australia Tour: Small groups, locally owned & operated. 

Food, wine, beaches, walks, wildlife and amazing nature experiences daily. Sleep well in hand picked hotel accommodation. 

Tour Inclusions 

·       Small Group Tour (Min 1, Max 16 Guests)

·       All transport (Private buses, domestic flight & boat trips)

·       Included free activities most days (Walks, waterfalls, beaches, local experiences)

·       12 breakfasts, 3 lunch experiences, 3 dinner experiences 

·       2 night Fraser Island 4WD adventure 

·       Whitsundays Island Explorer day cruise with a visit to Whitehaven beach, snorkeling opportunities & lunch on board 

·       Great Barrier Reef day cruise including 2 reef sites, bird sanctuary, snorkeling, lunch on board and optional scuba diving

·       Australian animal conservation park - Get up close to kangaroos, emus & more with our own ranger to guide us

·       Port Macquarie sunset cruise with drinks

·       Port Macquarie koala hospital visit

·       Included free activities (Walks, waterfalls, beaches, local experiences daily)

·       Unique & immersive aboriginal experience 


 

Departure Dates: (*Day 1 is always in on a Saturday in Sydney & Day 14 is always a Friday in Cairns)

 

Full itinerary  

Key: B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = Dinner

Day 1: Sydney (Saturday)

We start in Australia's Harbour City, the glittering jewel in the east coast's crown. Make your own way to our joining hotel. At 2pm meet your guide in the hotel reception for a welcome meeting. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the local area and a multicultural welcome dinner. (D) 

Accommodation: Sydney, Macleay Hotel https://www.themacleay.com/

Day 2: Hunter Valley and Newcastle (Sunday)

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. We'll also visit the sunny port city Newcastle, rounding an eclectic day off with local live music (When available). (B)

Accommodation: Newcastle: The Lucky Hotel. https://theluckyhotel.com.au

Day 3: Port Macquarie via Forster (Monday)

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. https://elpasomotorinn.com.au/

Day 4: Dorrigo National Park (Tuesday)

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 visit to Dorrigo National Park, known for its lush, subtropical rainforest and waterfalls. We finish the day in true Aussie style in the Dorrigo National Park: at 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.  http://www.heritagehoteldorrigo.com.au/

Day 5: Dorrigo National Park – Byron Bay (Wednesday)

It’s off to Dangar Falls, before we share in a unique and immersive Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal experience that will get you in touch with the traditional custodians of this land, lore and ancient cultural knowledge. After a great cultural experience, we’re headed to Byron Bay, a laid-back surf paradise with boundless coastline, sand and friendly locals. We will be 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. We’ll finish the afternoon by popping to an organic farm where we’ll pick and prepare a healthy dinner (B, D)

Accommodation: Byron Bay hotel & Apartments. http://www.byronbayhotelapartments.com.au/

Day 6: Byron Bay (Thursday)

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. http://www.byronbayhotelapartments.com.au/ 

Day 7: Fraser Island (Friday)

We’re a week into our adventure, and today we’re crossing into Queensland – the Sunshine State – which means a magnificent drive & short ferry to our two night destination, Fraser Island – the local Butchulla people call it K’gari (paradise), and you’ll find out why soon enough. This incredible slice of land is the largest sand island in the world, stretching some 123 kilometres down Queensland's southern coast and tomorrow you’ll have the chance to explore it, so get a good night’s rest ready for a day of adventure – oh, and look out for dingoes! (B)

Accommodation: KingFisher Bay Resort https://www.kingfisherbay.com/

Day 8: Fraser Island (Saturday)

Today we are talking adventure, adventure, adventure! An exciting 4WD ride through the breathtaking landscape of Fraser Island. Visit some of the renowned lookout points – perhaps Indian Head or the Cathedrals – for incredible views of the coast, then take a refreshing dive into the crystal-clear water of Lake McKenzie – an island icon. Visit the Maheno shipwreck and the coloured sands of the pinnacles, Pile Valley’s awe-inspiring Satinay and Brush Box forests as well as Central Station and Wanggoolba, before adventuring along 75 Mile Beach Road – one of the best coastal drives in the country – and taking a dip in the fresh waters of Eli Creek. From tropical dense rainforest to wild offshore waters – witness the contrasting fauna and terrain of this truly unique island as you venture across undulating sand dunes and vast golden beaches, in search of that iconic outback creature, the dingo. This evening, relax at your accommodation and perhaps join the rest of your group for dinner at one of the resort’s restaurants. B, L

Accommodation: KingFisher Bay Resort https://www.kingfisherbay.com/

Day 9: Airlie Beach – Gateway to the Whitsunday Islands (Sunday)

We take the ferry back to the mainland onto Brisbane Airport; 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. https://www.clubcroc.com.au 

Day 10: Whitsunday Islands Cruise and Airlie Beach (Monday)

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. https://www.clubcroc.com.au

Day 11: Mission Beach (Tuesday)

 A change of scenery today as we head through undulating cane fields to picturesque Mission Beach in a private vehicle. We’ll have the perfect day to enjoy paradise this afternoon with free time as we arrive onto crystal clear waters and stunning views. Grab a book, have a swim in the pool, or just sit and enjoy the tropical bliss. (B)

Accommodation: Mission Beach Castaways Resort. https://www.castaways.com.au/

Day 12:  Mission Beach Dive day - Snorkelling and lunch included. (Wednesday)

It is true to say, the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef is on the bucket list of many travellers who venture to this incredible corner of Australia. in fact, The Great Barrier Reef is brimming with colourful coral and an amazing array of tropical fish, and today you’ll get to witness its magnificence with your own eyes on a snorkelling adventure through this underwater paradise. Cruise out to this famous reef this morning as you hear a marine conservation commentary about the importance of preserving this World Heritage-listed region and how you can do your bit.

Then, it’s time to put on your snorkelling gear and dive into the dazzling waters, where you can freely explore a wonderfully rich ecosystem. B, L

Accommodation: Mission Beach Castaways Resort. https://www.castaways.com.au/

Optional: Scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef

Day 13: Cairns via the Atherton Tablelands (Thursday)

Enjoy breakfast 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: Flynn Hotel. See hotels here - crystalbrookcollection.com

Day 14: Cairns (Friday)

Your tour ends after breakfast (B).

Why not Join our 5 Day Daintree Retreat, departing the same day at 11am? 

Check out the details here: https://viatravel.com.au/tour/5-day-daintree-and-port-douglas-tour-east-coast-australia-package/

Post Tour accommodation is available through us at Via Travel. Ask for a quote.

Extending your stay in Cairns? Ask us about short trips/activities to enjoy 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.