14 Day Sydney to Cairns 18 to 30 something

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14 Day Sydney to Cairns 18 to 30 something


Walking? Wilderness? Wildlife? Wine?  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 from Sydney to Cairns. Leave all things urban behind to visit beautiful beaches, a proper Aussie farm, a national park and the odd World Heritage site. Make new friends as you tick off this side of Oz.


Day 1 – Sydney

Your East Coast Australia tour experience starts in Australia’s Harbour City, the glittering jewel in the east coast’s crown.  Make your own way to our joining hotel, where we meet this afternoon at 2pm in the lobby for a welcome meeting. Head out to to explore this historic area around the hotel and then onto dinner.
If you arrive into Sydney a few days early, check out the great range of Urban Adventures on offer.
Accommodation – Hotel
Optional Activities – Eat, Drink, Walk Sydney – Urban Adventure – AUD109
Meals Included – Dinner
Special Information – Please meet your guide in the lobby of the starting hotel at 2pm today.

Day 2 – The Hunter Valley & Newcastle

Leave the hustle and bustle of Sydney behind for the chilled out Hunter Valley. Our own personal wildlife ranger will point out koalas and kangaroos as we make our way to lunch – yes, there will be cheese, and wine, and chocolate (the Hunter is famous for it!). Continue to the beach side city of Newcastle, a friendly pub and hopefully an evening of live, local music.
Accommodation – Hotel
Included Activities – Hunter Valley wine, cheese, chocolate and organic vodka distillery tour, Wildlife Park
Meals Included – Breakfast

Day 3 – Port Macquarie

It’s all about water today. After an amazing local breakfast, we hit the scenic Lakes Way for a coastal walk and lookout climb. Afterwards, we’re off to Port Macquarie in time for a sunset cruise. Keep an eagle eye out for local pods of dolphins.
Accommodation – Motel
Included Activities – Port Macquarie sunset cruise
Meals Included – Breakfast

Day 4 – Dorrigo National Park

We start by meeting the volunteers at a local koala hospital. If you’re able to tear yourself away from the cuddly critters, you’ll be rewarded with a stop in Nambucca Heads to share in a unique and immersive Gumbaynggirr First Nations experience that will get you in touch with the traditional custodians of this land, lore and ancient cultural knowledge. We finish the day in true Aussie style in the Dorrigo National Park: at a traditional pub where you can relax, order some grub, have a few drinks and even play some pool
Accommodation – Pub
Included Activities – Dangar Falls,  Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal experience, Koala Hospital – Port Macquaire
Meals Included – Breakfast

Day 5 – Dorrigo National Park – Byron Bay

It’s off to Dangar Falls for a refreshing dip in its cascading waters. We visit Dorrigo National Park, known for its lush, sub-tropical rainforest and waterfalls. Once dry, we’re headed to Byron Bay, a laid-back surf paradise with boundless coastline, sand and friendly locals. We will be paying a visit to the local lighthouse for a unique photo opportunity and the chance for the eagle-eyed to spot dolphins, whales, and other marine life. We’ll finish the afternoon by popping to an organic farm where we’ll pick and prepare a healthy dinner
Accommodation – Hotel
Included Activities – Byron Bay farm to plate organic dinner
Meals Included – Breakfast / Dinner

Day 6 – Byron Bay

Get up early or sleep late, sunrises are pretty ace at from Australia’s most easterly point, but the choice is yours. It’s a free day today. Perhaps start the day with a swim in the ocean, indulge in a massage, or stretch out your limbs at an optional yoga class. Otherwise take a stroll around town and check out what all the fuss is about. Today is the last full day of your trip before we head into QLD tomorrow after breakfast.
Accommodation – Hotel
Optional Activities – Yoga in Byron Bay – AUD70 / Learn to Surf Byron Bay – AUD70 / Kayak Tour Byron Bay – AUD64
Meals Included – There are no meals included on this day.

Day 7 – Brisbane to Noosa

The adventure begins in the Queensland capital. From Brisbane, travel to sun-kissed Noosa, visiting one of Australia’s top surf locations en route. Go koala-spotting in a national park, then head to a coastal lookout to take in a magnificent sunset over the Sunshine Coast hinterland. In the evening, relax and unwind, or perhaps head out on the town for some dinner and drinks.
Accommodation – Hotel
Meals Included – There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information – Meet at the Hotel Royal on the Park at 10:00am

Day 8 – Fraser Island and Noosa

Set off on a 4WD adventure on Fraser Island. This incredible slice of land is the largest sand island in the world, stretching some 123 kilometres down Queensland’s southern coast. Take a dive into a crystal clear lake, and head out in search of that most iconic outback creature, the dingo. When it’s all over, relax back at your accommodation or soak up some of Noosa’s vibrant nightlife.
Accommodation – Hotel
Included Activities – Fraser Island 4WD day trip
Meals Included – Lunch

Day 9 – Airlie Beach

It’s up, up, and away, as we take the plane to Airlie beach, hub of the magnificent Whitsundays. You get the chance to take the reins today; whether you want to stroll through the town, find a cool bar, or explore the local swimming hole, the choice is all yours!
Accommodation – Hotel
Included Activities – Flight Brisbane to Airlie Beach
Meals Included – Breakfast
Special Information – Today’s flight departs approx. 1:40pm from Brisbane to Proserpine

Day 10 – Whitsundays Cruise and Airlie Beach

After breakfast, take a leisurely day cruise through the postcard-perfect islands of the Whitsundays, including a stop at the famed Whitehaven beach. Words can’t do justice to the dazzling white sands, azure waters and densely verdant vegetation of this incredible corner of the world. Whitehaven is about as impressive as a beach can get! Get a closer look by snorkelling with colourful coral and an array of playful fish and turtles.
Accommodation – Hotel
Included Activities – Whitsunday Islands sailing
Meals Included – Breakfast / Lunch

Day 11 – Mission Beach

A change of scenery today as we head through undulating cane fields to picturesque Mission Beach in a private vehicle. We’ll have the perfect day to enjoy paradise this afternoon with free time as we arrive onto crystal clear waters and stunning views. Grab a book, have a swim in the pool or just sit and enjoy the tropical bliss.

Accommodation – Resort
Meals Included – Breakfast

Day 12 – Atherton Tableands – Cairns

Enjoy breakfast in a local cafe before travelling into the wet tropics of Far North Queensland. Here you’ll discover a magnificent plunge waterfall nestled in dense tropical rainforest en route to Atherton Tablelands. Take a dip in the cool water, then head to Lake Eacham, a crater lake with beautiful water. Also pay a visit to the massive, unique, heritage-listed ‘Curtain Fig Tree’. The day draws to a close in Cairns, one of Australia’s most lively tropical towns.
Accommodation – Hotel
Meals Included – Breakfast

Day 13 – The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the highlights of any trip to Australia. Cruise over to this famous reef and enjoy some snorkelling and a marine conservation commentary. After an extraordinary day in this underwater world, brimming with amazing coral and dazzling tropical fish, freshen up at the hotel and enjoy a farewell dinner. It’s a chance to compare memories, swap stories, and say farewell to your travel companions.
Accommodation – Hotel
Included Activities – Great Barrier Reef day cruise
Optional Activities – Beautiful Cairns: Hiking, Nature & Epic Views – Urban Adventure – AUD79 / Cairns by Night – Urban Adventure – AUD90
Meals Included – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 14 – Cairns

Trip ends after breakfast. Enquire about booking some extra nights in cairns for further exploration of this tropical paradise.
Meals Included – Breakfast

Additional information


14 days / 13 nights


27th of May 2018
24th of June 2018
1st, 22nd & 29th of July 2018
19th & 26th of August 2018
16th & 23rd of September 2018
14th & 21st of October 2018
11th & 18th of November 2018
5th and 16th of December 2018
6th, 13th & 23rd of January 2019
3rd, 10th, & 20th of February 2019
3rd & 10th 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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