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Australia is an awfully big place. So big, in fact, that you’d need to come back a few times to see it all. Don’t have that kind of time? Hop aboard this 14-day trip down Australia’s East Coast and make the most of your time. Offering a solid mix of must-do experiences and uncommon adventures, you’ll learn to surf at Byron Bay, sail the Whitsundays and trek through Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest.

Not Included
Tour Notes
  • Interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest with an Aboriginal guide
  • Explore the laid back city of Cairns and the hippie vibes of Byron Bay
  • Ingan Cultural Centre, Airlie Beach, where you can participate in a painting activity with traditional Jirrbal Aboriginal artists
  • Sail in the Whitsunday Islands and to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Visit the Jenolan Caves and walk in Jamison Valley, both in the Blue Mountains near Sydney

Tour Code:
002506 - W17

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Day 1: Cairns

Arrive at any time. There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting at 7:00 pm for about an hour. The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Day 2: Cairns – Cape Tribulation

Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest. Follow the Aboriginal guide and learn about bush food, medicinal plants and the lasting relationship of the Kuku Yalanji people with their natural environment. Find out how to make bush soap, watch an ochre painting demonstration and sample some bush tea.

Day 3: Cape Tribulation

With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park.

Day 4: Cape Tribulation – Cairns

Return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city.

Day 5: Cairns – Airlie Beach

Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach with time to explore the town. Stop en route for lunch and a tour of the Ingan Cultural Centre. Participate in a painting activity with traditional Jirrbal Aboriginal artists – an excellent opportunity to see the diversity of an Aboriginal people from a local perspective!
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Day 6: Airlie Beach

Set sail for a day in the Whitsunday Islands, visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Opt to swim or snorkel, and hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand. Return to Airlie Beach for the night.

Whitsunday Island, 8 hours, 8:00-17:30
Enjoy a day sailing amidst some of the 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsunday archipelago. Visit Whitehaven Beach, jump overboard for a quick refreshing dip, and make friends with the tropical fish that thrive within Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Barrier Reef Visit
The Whitsunday Islands are in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the day sailing, then when it gets too hot, pull on a mask and snorkel and dive overboard to check out the variety of brightly coloured marine plants, coral and fish that thrive right in these warm tropical waters.

Optional Activities – Whitsunday Islands Snorkelling, 30 minutes to 1 hour, free of charge.
Take advantage of the included snorkel gear, throw on a mask and see what lives in the Great Barrier Reef. (Note that fins are not provided in order to adhere with local coral conservation efforts.)

Day 7: Airlie Beach – Byron Bay

Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this “hippie” paradise.

Day 8: Byron Bay

Spend the day wandering the town or taking part in a multitude of optional activities like sea kayaking, visiting Cape Byron Lighthouse, or relaxing on the beach.

Day 9: Byron Bay – Port Macquarie

Hit the waves with an included surf lesson. Head to the coastal township of Port Macquarie, featuring all the beauty of the beach set alongside gorgeous national parks. Enjoy an evening in Port Macquarie.

Hands-On: Surfing Lesson
Hit the beach and get ready to hang ten with a surf lesson from trained surf instructors. Spend some time in the water getting friendly with the waves, practice paddling, then pop up to balance on the wider, softer beginner boards. Too easy.

Day 10: Port Macquarie – Sydney

Opt to visit a koala hospital before continuing on to Sydney for a night in the bustling city.

Optional Activities – Day 10
Koala Hospital Visit, Port Macquarie – AU$2.00 per person
Visit the Koala Hospital, learn about these unique creatures and even adopt your very own Koala!

Day 11: Sydney – Blue Mountains

Enjoy a jet boat ride in Sydney Harbour before travelling to the Blue Mountains region.

Jet Boat Ride, 30 minutes
Want an adrenaline rush? A jet boat is the way to go. Hold on and get ready for a white-water thrill while gorgeous scenery whizzes past. Explore Sydney Harbour, jetting by the Opera House, Harbour Islands and more!

Day 12: Blue Mountains

Explore the area around Leura and Katoomba including the Three Sisters. Visit the Jenolan Caves, take a walk in Jamison Valley, and opt for a ride on the Scenic Railway, the steepest railway in the world. In the case of bad weather or poor visibility, the Jamison Valley walk may take place on Day 13.

Blue Mountains Excursion
With charming Leura as your base, explore the major attractions of the Blue Mountains from sightseeing to bushwalking to cafés and more.

Jenolan Caves Tour, 1 1/2 – 2 hours
Jenolan Caves are a protected feature of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. These limestone karst caves are the world’s oldest caves and are significant both a scientific and sightseeing perspective. Enjoy a guided tour in the cool climes of this fascinating underworld.

Jamison Valley Walk, 2 1/2 hrs, 1-3km
Take in some amazing lookouts over the Jamison Valley, via the iconic Three Sisters. Descend down the 900 step giant staircase to the valley floor. Walk amongst the beautiful forest to the steepest incline railway in the world — The Katoomba Scenic Railway. Opt to ride its 52-degrees angle or take the Scenic Cableway. If you’re keen for more walking, and time permitting, take the 900 stairs back up.

Optional tour: Scenic Railway, Blue Mountains, AU$16-35 per person
This railway is steep and plunges into the rainforest and through the valley. The ride is scenically stunning. At the end, opt to take a rainforest walk or a cable car back to the visitor’s centre.

Day 13: Blue Mountains – Sydney

Travel back to Sydney for a final evening in the big city. Get out and explore this fabulous and energetic city. Visit The Rocks area for some great options of restaurants and pubs.

Day 14: Sydney

Depart at any time today or extend your stay for a few more days of exploration.

Optional add-ons

Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling
You haven’t truly visited Australia until you’ve experienced the Great Barrier Reef. Climb aboard a 25m (82 ft) catamaran and take the journey out to the largest coral reef system in the world, spending time snorkelling in search of colourful fish, majestic coral, and Nemo (of course). With the option to upgrade to go diving locally, get up close and personal with this natural wonder of the world.

Jungle Surfing through the Daintree Rainforest 
Soar above the Daintree Rainforest, learning about the impressive flora and fauna of the world’s oldest surviving rainforest. This isn’t your typical zip lining tour: Slowly glide between platforms to take in the impressive views of the rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. Led by extremely knowledgable guides, learn more about this stunning part of the world from the top of the canopy. Please note that passengers must weigh less than 120kg (265 lbs) to participate.

Byron Bay Ocean Kayaking 
Slice through the waters of the iconic Byron Bay on this half-day kayaking adventure. Paddle past the most easterly point of the Australian mainland, see the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, and ride the waves into shore. On top of it all, keep a close eye for dolphins and whales (in season) who call these waters home. Epic? Definitely.

Sydney Bridge Climb (Pre/Post Tour) 
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!

  • All transportation between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Services of a guide throughout the tour
  • 13 nights of accommodation, 11 nights hotel and 2 nights rainforest cabin
  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • Guided rainforest walk, surfing lesson Byron Bay, Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion, orientation walk in Sydney, jet boat ride in Sydney Harbour, Jenolan Caves & Jamison Valley walk in the Blue Mountains
  • Flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane (for Byron Bay)
Not Included
  • Airfare to Cairns, return from Sydney
  • Optional tours
  • Meals not specified
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
Tour Notes

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