Starts: Sydney NSW, Australia
Ends: Cairns QLD, Australia
Day 1: Sydney to Crescent Head Set the tone for this fair dinkum (i.e. authentic) Aussie adventure by crossing Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge as we venture toward the surfing haven of Crescent Head. Before testing the waters, dip your toes into an oak barrel (literally) in the Hunter Valley.
Included today: -Wine tasting and grape stomping in the Hunter Valley Meals: - Dinner
Day 2: Crescent Head to Byron Bay Try a barrel of a different kind with an early morning private surf lesson on one of the best beaches in the world. Here’s your chance to become a bona fide surf master. Our road trip continues with a traditional BBQ lunch and a cruise past the Big Banana icon before pulling into Byron Bay – where you can burn incense, sip chai and become a yoga teacher all in one day.
Included today: -Surf lesson at Topdeck's surf retreat Meals: - Breakfast - Lunch
Day 3: Byron Bay Anti-McDonald’s and anti-anything mass produced (but pro juice bars, beer gardens and beards), Byron is glitzy on the outside but small town-hearted underneath. Hit the shops, test out those newly acquired surfing skills, paddle a sea kayak, or watch whales breach from the Lighthouse in winter. This is the town where peace and tranquillity go to relax. You should too. Or jump out of a plane. Byron doesn’t care as long as you’re happy.
Included today: -Byron Bay highlights walking trip Meals: - Breakfast Optional activities: -Dolphin kayaking -Skydiving -Scuba diving -Surf lessons
Day 4: Byron Bay to Gold Coast Leave the blissful buzz of Byron behind you as we head to Springbrook National Park and its major landmark, Natural Bridge. Next, swap the national park for the golden sand beaches and bustling nightlife of Surfers Paradise.
Included today: -Rainforest walk in Springbrook National Park Meals: - Breakfast
Day 5: Gold Coast to Fraser Island We ask that you have packed a small overnight bag to take to Fraser Island with you as luggage space is limited. Pack items like swimmers, beach towel, chargers, hat, sunscreen, camera, jacket, toiletries, sandals/flip flops and casual clothes for 2 days.
Next stop: BrisVegas (aka Brisbane). Don't let its namesake fool you - there are no late-night wedding chapels in the sunshine state capital. Get your bearings on a walking tour of the city centre, before catching a ferry bound for UNESCO World Heritage listed, and the world's largest sand island Fraser Island. Included today: -Brisbane city walking tour Meals: - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 6: Fraser Island Fraser is literally one huge pile of sand – as if someone dropped the Sahara Desert into the Pacific Ocean and scattered it with dingoes and rainforests. Included four-wheel-drive along the beach highway to mingle with the Pinnacles Coloured Sands (considered a place of good luck for the Indigenous Butchulla women), Eli Creek and the Maheno Shipwreck before testing out your stand up paddling skills on the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie.
Included today: -Fraser Island 4WD tour -Lake MacKenzie -Central Station -Coloured Sands -Maheno Shipwreck -Eli Creek Meals: - Breakfast - Lunch Optional activities: -Scenic flights from the beach
Day 7: Fraser Island to Myella Farm Live like a local family with a home-cooked meal and cattle station visit. Think dusty plains and wide open spaces – this is the Oz that people dream of. Go walkabout on a real Aussie farm to find that right spot for the perfect outback sunset and enjoy a hearty home cooked farm-style dinner.
Included today: -Farm sunset Meals: - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 8: Myella Farm to Emu Park mbrace your inner jackaroo and prepare for horse riding, motorbiking, whip cracking and lassoing. Then leave the campfire to follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook as we head back to the coast for Emu Park. Take a selfie as you pass into the Tropic of Capricorn. Enjoy the Aboriginal experience where you get to learn about totems and artefacts, see some traditional dancing, try your hand at boomerang throwing and make some artwork to take home.
Included today: -Aboriginal experience and artefact souvenir Meals: - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner Optional activities: -Horse riding -Motorbike lesson
Day 9: Emu Park to Airlie Beach We ask that you have packed a small overnight bag to take onboard with you as space on the overnight sailing is limited. Pack items like swimmers, beach towel, chargers, hat, sunscreen, camera, jacket, toiletries, sandals/flip flops and casual clothes for 3 days.
Feeling like you need more air in your hair? Leave the bus and board your own private yacht for our overnight (2 day, one night) sailing trip in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Normally a toy for the rich and famous, today it’s all yours to learn the ropes while sailing in paradise. More of a land-lover? Take the diva option and let the crew do the work whilst you feast, swim and snorkel.
Included today: -Overnight sailing Please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Sailing in the Whitsunday Islands. This has not been included in when upgrade rates were calculated. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 10: Airlie Beach Keep those sunglasses on as the blinding white sands of Whitehaven stretch before you like a 7km sea of diamonds and swim with the resident Maori Wrasse at Blue Pearl Bay. Back on board, keep adrift of your seafaring skills by helping to set the sails or steer at the helm as we set course for land. Later this afternoon set course for our return to land where we’ll spend the night in Airlie Beach, pool – shower – dinner – dancing all in that order!
Included today: -Whitehaven Beach -Snorkelling -Whitsunday sailing Meals: - Breakfast - Lunch
Day 11: Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island Leaving the Whitsundays for Magnetic Island and you have the afternoon to trip around this amazing piece of paradise. Discover secluded beaches, National Park walking trails or just laze by the pool with a cocktail.
Included today: -Big Mango -Magnetic Island Hopper Pass -Bush walking Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 12: Magnetic Island to Cairns A private tour of the local wildlife park where you can kiss a baby Crocodile, smooch a Blue Tongue Lizard, and even cuddle a Koala*, is included into our morning before we leave the island. We’ll pass palm tree lined streets this afternoon as we make our way into Cairns, nestled between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range.
Included today: -Private tour of the local wildlife park Meals: -Breakfast Optional Activities: -Cuddle a koala
Day 13: Cairns The only place in the world nestled between two World Heritage areas. And you’ve got two days to take it all in. Why not start with an optional Great Barrier Reef trip? It’s like a kid’s gone crazy with their paint set down there! Snorkel or scuba to get that elusive selfie with a photobombing fish.
*Pre-book your Great Barrier Reef day-trip at the time of booking to secure your spot Meals: - Breakfast Optional activities: -Great Barrier Reef Day Trip
Day 14: Cairns Ramp up the adventure metre today’s optionals. You could be paddling the rapids of the Tully River, zip lining over a crocodile or getting an aerial view of the tropics by plummeting towards it. There’s hot air ballooning, horse riding and bungee jumping…or just kick back with a coconut.
Meals: - Breakfast Optional activities: -White water rafting -Horse riding -Quad biking -Skydiving -Bungy jumping -Daintree National Park day trip -Zip lining -Hot air ballooning