32 Day East Coast Adventure Tour
If you’re searching for a great East Coast Adventure Tour, then look no further than our 32 Day East Coast Ultimate Package!
Starting in either Melbourne, Sydney, or Cairns, our 32 day East Coast Adventure is the quintessential package for any budding adventure traveller. You’ll tick off the bucket list items that the East Coast of Australia has to offer from sailing on the Whitsundays to cruising around Fraser Island!
Making the most of what this incredible road trip has to offer, meeting heaps of new travel buddies, and filling your days with incredible adventures, we have also included our favourite hostel accommodation along the coast! This is our favourite deal and we want you to experience the truest and boldest form of backpacker travel! With all the best deals and tours along the way, this is a guaranteed best bang for your buck with a killer time included!
- 2 Nights In Sydney
- 3 Nights In Byron Bay
- Half Day Learn to Surf Adventure
- 2 Nights In Surfers Paradise
- 2 Nights In Brisbane
- 4 Nights In Noosa
- 3 Day 2 Night Fraser Island Tag Along Safari Tour
- 3 Nights in Airlie Beach
- Whitsundays Sailing Adventure
- 2 Night Magnetic Island Escape
- Return Ferry To Magnetic Island
- 2 Nights In Mission Beach
- 3 Nights In Cairns
- Great Barrier Reef Day Trip
Day 1: Prologue
This trip is fully flexible, meaning that you can choose whatever start date and finish date/location you like. You can also add or take away any nights that you like. We recommend starting this from either Cairns, Sydney, or Melbourne. Here is an example itinerary if you were to start from Sydney to Cairns.
Day 2: Sydney
Your adventure begins with a day of exploring the city. Consider starting with everyone’s go to, Bondi Beach, where you can check out the local markets or go for a splash in the waves. Head to one of the many local restaurants for lunch before taking a stroll in the city’s lush botanic gardens. Late afternoon, you will want to catch the scenic ferry ride over to Manly to watch the sun go down and wind down from your day.
Day 3: Sydney
Today, we recommend starting with a train ride up to the world renowned Blue Mountains. Jump off at your stop, Katoomba, before heading off and stretching your legs on one of the many bush walks through the stunning landscape. With varying levels of difficulty, there is a walk for everybody. After lunch, snatch a selfie with the remarkable Three Sisters rock formations or gaze over Wentworth Falls before taking the train back to Sydney to reflect on the day with cocktails or a beer by Circular Quay.
Day 4: Sydney
Your last day in Sydney means last chance to get those must take selfies with the city’s famous landmarks; the Opera house, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the fun filled waterside theme park, Luna Park. Grab a bite to eat in the afternoon and pick up some snacks as you prepare for the trip up to Byron Bay.rnrnEmbark on the overnight bus from Sydney to Byron Bay.
Day 5: Byron Bay
This morning, you’ll arrive bright and early to check into your central Byron Bay accommodation for the next three nights. Then, test yourself at the great Australian sport of surfing with a half day surf lesson to welcome you to The Bay.
Day 6: Byron Bay
Up and at it. Today, we recommend you not sleep in, because the dolphins are calling, whether it’s snorkelling, kayaks, or scuba diving. There are options for everyone to check out Byron’s vibrant wildlife on display. Follow this up with a tour of the local micro brewery scene and you’re sure to be content.
Day 7: Nimbin/Byron Bay
Today, we recommend waking up and hiring a car or jumping on a day trip out to one of Byron Bay’s most famous destinations, Nimbin. Spend the day driving through the hinterlands, visiting waterfalls, exploring the small town of Nimbin, and enjoying a traditional pub lunch. Be sure to make some time for some shopping before a relaxing drive back to Byron.
Day 8: Surfers Paradise
After a short bus ride up to the famous city of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, you will check into your accommodation, ready to explore Australia’s answer to Miami. Walk down Miami Beach and take a picture under the Surfers Paradise sign before heading out to party with your new mates.
Day 9: Surfers Paradise
Today is the perfect chance to take advantage of the adrenaline side of Surfers Paradise. With more than five massive theme parks, choose one or all, and make a day of it. After returning from the action, stop into Burleigh Heads for a walk in the parkland, a trip to Snapper Rocks in Coolongatta, or a sunset at any of the lovely Gold Coast beaches or lookout points.
Day 10: Brisbane
Start the day by waking up and checking out of your Surfers Paradise accommodation, and make your way up to Brisbane. The river city, known for its parks, shopping, and foodie lifestyle, has something for everyone as you check into your central hostel for the next two nights.
Day 11: Brisbane
Today, feel free to get in touch with your creative side in Brisbane with a visit to the museums and art galleries, conveniently situated next to a beautiful expansive parkland with its very own man made beach to cool down in. Take in a movie at the cinema or wander through the West End as you gather any last minute things for the journey north out of the cities.
Day 12: Noosa
Get up and get ready as you check out of your hostel and you get ready to say hello to Noosa as you make your way to the Sunshine Coast. Check in to your hostel, drop down your bags, and explore the beautiful beach side town, home of surfing and amazing national parks.
Day 13: Noosa Everglades/Noosa
Today, start off your day with a trip to the stunning Noosa Everglades, The Noosa Everglades are one of two in the world! Making this day a very special one, you will canoe through a stunning place of serene natural beauty, bursting with rare animal and plant species. Don’t forget to pop into the local brewery to try a few of their many beers, produced with water from the everglades underground reservoirs.
Day 14: Noosa
Wake up and get stoked for a day on the beach and wander down to Hastings Street, the most vibrant street of Noosa, with its many boutique clothing stores and inviting restaurants. Settle in on the main beach and enjoy its crisp waves and remarkable backdrop. It’s the perfect place to work on your tan or test your new found surf skills with a board from one of the many local surf shops.
In the evening, you’ll attend a compulsory 6PM safety briefing at your hostel for your upcoming Fraser Island adventure.
Day 15: Fraser Island
Tour departs first thing from Nomads Hostel in Noosa
You will have transfers included with your group to Rainbow Beach where you will pick up your 4WD
Ferry from Inskip Point to Fraser Island
Drive on famous 75-mile beach
Head to Lake Wabby and/or Lake Birrabeen
Enjoy lunch with rest of your group
Explore the rainforest at Wanggoolba Creek & Central Station
Drive through the rainforest back to camp
Enjoy sunset and dinner with your group
Check out the stars at night. Camp out on the beach.
Meals included : Lunch, Dinner
Day 16: Fraser Island
Basic brekkie before heading off to Fraser’s highlights.
Visit Eli Creek for a swim in its fresh waters
Explore the world famous Maheno Shipwreck.
Lunch on the move
Quick stop at ‘Pinnacles’ coloured sands.
Cruise over to Indian Head Lookout & Champagne Pools.
Head back to camp for the final night.
Enjoy dinner with your group.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 17: Fraser Island/Noosa
Last brekkie on the island
Drive to Lake Mckenzie. Relax and enjoy the white silica sand
Lunch before making your way to the ferry to return to shore.
Depart the island at approximately 2:30pm.
Drop the 4WD’s back at Rainbow Beach
Transfer back to Noosa arriving at around 5pm
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 18: Noosa
Today is yours to freely explore around Noosa and take in what you are yet to see before your overnight bus to Airlie Beach.
Day 19: Airlie Beach
This morning, you’ll check into your amazing Airlie Beach accommodation. Check out the fantastic Airlie Beach Lagoon, then start preparing for your Whitsundays trip.
Day 20: Whitsundays
Sail out to one of the Whitsundays most picturesque islands and jump in the water to experience what all this fuss about snorkelling and scuba diving is about. While you sail around to our first sleeping location in the protected waters of Whitsunday Island, settle into the evening on the deck with a beer or wine, and tuck into some freshly cooked dinner, sourced locally of course.
Meal(s) included: Lunch, Dinner
Day 21: Whitsundays
Wake up bright and early to a freshly cooked breakfast. Today, depending entirely on weather/tides, you can look forward to two other snorkels at two different beautiful locations around the islands or a quick 10 minute bush walk up to Hill Inlet Lookout, take a quick look, then a short stroll on to the world famous Whitehaven Beach.
Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 22: Whitsundays/Airlie Beach
Wake up early again this morning for breakfast and the potential for another snorkel, with the hope to get one more snorkel before heading back to Airlie Beach. Check back into your hostel and join in the free after party with the crew and new friends.
Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 23: Airlie Beach
Enjoy a hang out day in Airlie Beach by the lagoon, get yourself a breakfast at one of the many stellar cafes, or venture out of town to some of the serene nature offerings like Cedar Creek Falls or the Honeyeater Lookout trail. Consider adding on a scenic flight to top off your final day in the Whitsundays region.
Day 24: Magnetic Island
Today, you’ll make your way to Townsville where a ferry will take you to Magnetic Island. Your ferry crossing is included in this East Coast Package. Check in for two amazing nights at one of the beach side resorts. Kick back and relax on one of the island’s many iconic beaches, whilst you enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne.
Meal(s) included : Dinner
Day 25: Magnetic Island
Today is yours to freely explore, relax, or hire the well known ‘Barbie Cars’ and jet around the island in style.
Meal(s) included : Breakfast
Day 26: Mission Beach
Jump on the ferry and leave the island as you now board your bus and make your way to the tropical surrounds of Mission Beach. Upon arrival, check into your hostel and freely explore the local area.
Day 27: Mission Beach
Today you’re getting in the sky as high as a bird, with a 15000 ft skydive over the stunning tropical beaches and reef. You fall and glide through the sky, landing on the beach like a true action hero, letting the buzz make you feel so alive. You’ll definitely need the rest of the day to relax and reflect upon your bucket list scratch off.
Day 28: Cairns
Your final journey will be from Mission Beach to Cairns. Arrive in the tropical North Queensland city and check into your central accommodation. Spend the rest of your day and evening enjoying the culture and nightlife. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep for your Great Barrier Reef trip the following day.
Day 29: Great Barrier Reef/Cairns
Today, you will be part of a unique reef experience, catering for small groups only, and for both experienced and first time snorkelers and divers. The tour will have a very relaxed, chilled, tropical vibe, allowing passengers to experience both the reef and a sand cay. We will have a later departure time and return to Cairns at sunset. Today will be a chilled day with mind-blowing reef to explore.
Meal(s) included: Lunch
Day 30: Atherton Tablelands/Cairns
Today, you’ll be venturing into the depths of the Australian Rainforests on the hunt for watering holes. The Atherton Tablelands is a circuit of waterfalls that need to be seen to be believed. You’ll spend your day swimming, jumping, and sliding into some of the most picturesque waterfalls and lakes you’ll see on your Australia trip. Try the famous “hair flick” at Milla Milla and try your best to recreate the TV adverts. Arrive back in Cairns in the evening.
Meal(s) included: Lunch
Day 31: Cairns
This morning, you will have a completely free day. Add on a rainforest trip or bungy jump if you want to experience even more of Cairns.
- All Accomodation
- 3 Day 2 Night Fraser Island Tag Along Safari Tour
- Whitsundays Adventure Sailing
- 2 Night Magnetic Island Escape
- Great Barrier Reef Trip
- 32 Day East Coast Adventure
Add a Bus Pass: SAVE 10% on any of the following passes when booking together with the package
Greyhound – WHIMIT Bus Passes starting from just $265
Alternatively, why not add a Campervan: Let us find a great deal on a campervan for you: Custom Campervan Quote
We can build an itinerary taking into account the fact that you have your own transport already. If you need information on planning your journey why not contact one of our friendly travel specialists.
What to bring
- Comfortable Shoes
- Spending Money
- Overnight Bag
Supplier Terms & Conditions
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Frequently asked questions
What is the best way to travel Australia?
There is definitely no wrong way. We recommend either taking a WHIMIT or Hop on Hop off bus pass such as Greyhound or renting a campervan with some mates and hitting the open road. If you feel like getting pretty adventurous and want to get amongst the true Australian terrain, a 4WD may be better suited for you. Enquire now and we can help you find the most suitable transport option.
Do I need insurance when travelling to Australia?
Before your visit, you should arrange a sufficient and helpful medical and travel insurance. You should make sure the policies are adequate to cover costs for any possible emergency, including ambulance, boat, or helicopter rescue.
What do I need to know about driving in Australia?
Australians drive on the left hand side of the road. The steering wheel is on the right hand side of the car. Maximum speed limits in cities and towns do not exceed 60km/h and on highways/country roads, they range from 100km/h-110km/h. Strict drink-driving laws apply and drivers/passengers must wear seat belts at all times.
Does every town have hostel or budget friendly accommodation?
Most small cities and towns do offer hostels or some type of budget accommodation, but if not, we recommend being prepared with appropriate camping gear in case you want to go off the normal track.
What if something comes up and I can't make my tour?
We get it. Life is all about the unexpected, especially when you are travelling. If you are unable to make your pre-arranged tour you will need to reach out to our support email so we can give you a helping hand. In all cases we strongly recommend having a valid travel insurance policy which covers you for unexpected cancellations.
What is the best time of year to travel the East Coast?
It really depends on where you are going! Summers (December-February) brings the warmest temperatures, but in Far North Queensland, the cooly dry season from April to November is the best time to visit. Winter in Australia can get wet, but hardly every drops before 12C.rnrnThere are plenty of things to do in Australia year round, so it is quite difficult to get bored with loads of festivals, nightlife, adventures, and beautiful natural sights to see.
What do I do if I need help with my existing package booking?
If you need help with an existing booking please email us at [email protected], if your enquiry is urgent please follow up your email with a quick call on +61 2 5633 1149 so we can help you.
Do you offer payment plans?
Absolutely, we understand that paying off a big trip in one go isn’t always that easy. We offer flexible payment plans to suit all types of travellers with zero interest or fee’s (minimum $100AUD deposit required).
Do I need travel insurance?
We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travelers take out travel insurance. If you already have Travel Insurance please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your Travel Insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.
Can I book a package but travel in the reverse direction?
Absolutely, just let us know your preferred start and finish location and we’ll make it work.
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