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.
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.
-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)
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)
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