14 Day Cairns to Sydney 18 to 30 something

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14 Day Cairns to Sydney 18 to 30 something


Sun?  Sea? Sand? Surf?  Enjoy them all – along with pristine beaches and delicious food – on this active east coast adventure for the 18 to 30-somethings!

Surf, sail and island hop your way along the East Coast. Leave all things urban behind to visit beautiful beaches, a proper Aussie farm, a national park and the odd World Heritage site. Fill up your camera roll and make new friends as you tick off this side of Oz.


Day 1: Cairns

Just like a double-shot macchiato in the morning, two days in Cairns will get your heart started. Meet and greet the crew this morning, and get acquainted with some of Cairns’ hotspots. This afternoon is free for your to check out some of the region’s best adventure activities: bungy jumping, skydiving and whitewater rafting.

Optional activities:

-Whitewater rafting
-Bungy jumping

Day 2: Cairns

Like the thought of spending a whole day exploring the only place in the world nestled between two World Heritage areas? Go on then. Take an optional day trip on our most popular day trip to the Great Barrier Reef (and take home that elusive selfie with a photobombing fish).  (B)

Please note: Pre-book your Great Barrier Reef day-trip at the time of booking to secure your spot.

Optional activities:

-Great Barrier Reef day trip

Day 3: Cairns to Magnetic Island

Hard as it will be to leave, our time in Cairns has come to an end. Today we head south to explore the natural and wildlife wonders of Magnetic Island. Keep your eyes peeled for the rare and endangered cassowary bird on our morning drive, and then it’s a quick ferry trip before you have the afternoon to explore this amazing piece of paradise. Discover secluded beaches and national park walking trails or just laze by the pool with a cocktail. We won’t judge. (BD)

Day 4: Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach

Get stuck into a private tour of the local wildlife park, where you can kiss a baby crocodile, smooch a blue tongue lizard and even opt in for a photo op with a cuddly koala. Feeling like you need more air in your hair? Leave the bus and board your own private yacht for our overnight sailing trip in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Normally a toy for the rich and famous, today the yacht is 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.

Please note: We ask that you pack 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 two days. (BD)

Day 5: Whitsunday Sailing & Airlie Beach

Wake up to pure paradise in one of the many sheltered coves that make up the Whitsundays. Today we’ll set sail for golden sandy beaches, snorkel over coral reefs and soak up the sun. A visit to the famous blinding white sands of Whitehaven Beach and snorkel to see reef fish will also be an option if the weather behaves (fingers crossed!). If you’re a budding captain, you can even help set the sails and take the helm whilst further exploring the islands. Later this afternoon, set course for our return to land where we’ll spend the night in Airlie Beach. Read: pool, shower, dinner, dancing – all in that order!

Day 6: Airlie Beach to Myella Farm

Get out of the hammock and follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook as we head south to our farm stay: Myella Farm. Heading onto the farm you’ll be welcomed by the local Eather family and into the tranquil bush lifestyle on their cattle station. A highlight of any farm stay is always dinner, and here is no different, enjoy Myella’s renowned home cooked cuisine, followed by steaming billy tea and an evening around the campfire. Before heading to your comfy cabin rooms for a well-deserved rest, we dare you to don your Akubra hat and test your skills at cracking a whip or flinging the lasso! (BD)

Day 7: Myella Farm

Embrace your inner jackaroo and prepare yourself for an adventure-packed afternoon of horse riding and cow milking. Or go walkabout to find that right spot for the perfect outback sunset. Enjoy a hearty home cooked farm style dinner.  (BLD)

Optional activities:

-Horse riding
-Motorbike lesson

Day 8: Myella Farm to Fraser Island

Wake up and smell the coffee. Kick off your day with a farm breakfast before catching a ferry bound for the UNESCO World Heritage listed Fraser Island. This place is the world’s largest sand island, with the longest beach in Queensland – all 75 miles (120km) of it. But before we get that far, we stop at one of Australia’s truly iconic distilleries – Bundaberg Rum. In the heart of Sugar Cane country they are making more than just sugar from these crops. With a guided informative tour and of course some tastings at the end, you will find your perfect blend and fall in love with this Aussie Classic drink. (BD)

Day 9: 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. 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. (BL)

Day 10: Fraser Island to Brisbane

This morning, have some chill time in sensational Noosa. Walk the National Park to spot koalas, check out the beach and lunch options on Hastings Street. Next up, the Glasshouse Mountains. It’s a fruit producer’s paradise with rich red volcanic soils and spectacular dormant volcanic mountain formations. Next stop: BrisVegas (aka Brisbane). Don’t let its namesake fool you – there are no late-night wedding chapels in the sunshine state capital. (B)

Day 11: Brisbane to Byron Bay

Leave Brisbane behind you as we head to Byron – before that we tackle Surfers Paradise. Here, we’ve got a couple of awesome optionals for you to get involved in. What’s it going to be? Theme park or skywalk? Byron Bay next, where you can burn incense, sip chai, become a yoga teacher and win cash for being a Cheeky Monkey all in one day. (B)

Day 12: Byron Bay

Anti-McDonald’s and anti-anything mass produced (but pro juice bars, beer gardens and beards), Byron has a small-town vibe waiting to be discovered. Hit the shops, or opt in to paddle a sea kayak with the dolphins, or take a surfing lesson or watch whales breach from the Lighthouse in winter. This is the town where peace and tranquillity go to relax. You should too. Byron doesn’t care as long as you’re happy. (B)
Optional activities:
-Dolphin kayaking
-Surf lessons

Day 13: Byron Bay to Crescent Head

Let the wave chasing begin as we cruise down the coast to the surfing mecca of Crescent Head. Here’s your chance to become a bona fide surf master. Kelly Slater, who? (BLD)

Day 14: Crescent Head to Sydney

Wrap up your surfari adventure with a final surf lesson, then it’s onwards to the beachside hustle and bustle of Sydney, where we say our goodbyes. It might be the end of this trip, but there is plenty more Oz out there and plenty more Topdeck trips to pick from. (B)


B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner


Additional information


14 days / 13 nights


13th of May 2018
10th of June 2018
8th & 15th of July 2018
5th & 12th of August 2018
2nd, 9th & 30th of September 2018
28th of October 2018
4th, 21st & 25th of November 2018
2nd, 23rd & 30th of December 2018
9th, 20th & 27th of January 2019
6th, 17th & 24th of February 2019
17th & 24th of March 2019


12 nights in Motels, Hotels, Lodges & Cabins / 1 night sailing on a Yacht


If you are travelling with a friend and require twin or double accommodation, this is available at a small extra charge. Should this be required, you can select this at the time of booking.

Group Size

Maximum of 36


Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi

Meals Included

13 Breakfasts / 4 Lunches / 6 Dinners
(Special Dietary Requirements can be catered for and must be advised at time of booking)

Luggage Restrictions

75cm x 50cm x 25cm and a Maximum Weight of 20 kilogrammes & 1 small Day Pack

Fitness Level

Moderate level of fitness required

What to bring

Comfortable, casual clothing for day wear and 'smart casual' for dining and those nights out. Remember that Autumn/Winter you will need warmer lothing as well as a raincoat/jacket. A pair of comfortable walking shoes is essential. Swimwear and towel, hats and sunscreen, insect repellent, toiletries. And of course, your camera.

Optional Activities

Byron Bay
Tandem Skydive $299 AUD
Dolphin Kayaking $69 AUD
Surf Lesson $60 AUD

Fraser Island
Scenic Flight $80 AUD

Myella Farm
Motorbike Lesson $65 AUD
Horse Riding $75 AUD

Tandem Skydive $309 AUD
Tully River Rafting (Full Day) $209 AUD
Tully River Xtreme (Full Day) $250 AUD
Baron River Rafting (Half Day) $138 AUD
Full Day Great Barrier Reef Trip $189 AUD
Bungy Jump $179 AUD

Please advise which Optional Activities you would like added to your purchase at the time of booking

Personal Safety

One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it’s important to be aware of the following:

When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellow Topdeckers if you become separated.

In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.

It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don’t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.


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