Discover all the iconic highlights of the Australian East Coast with our Ultimate East Coast Adventure tour. This fast-paced adventure will lead you to bohemian beach towns, world heritage sites, iconic surf beaches, pristine landscapes and the Great Barrier Reef! If you’re looking to make new mates and discover the best of the Aussie East Coast, then this East Coast Adventure is for you.
This trip is a great way to start your adventure in Australia! Whether for a working holiday or just a trip around the country East Coast Adventure is the perfect introduction to the Aussie way of life.
– Discover the world-famous Whitesundays island and the spectacular Great Barrier Reef!
– Sail around the gorgeous Whitsundays on a live-aboard maxi yacht!
– Take in the best backpacker destinations on the Aussie East Coast, including Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane and Cairns.
– Spend 2 nights camping and exploring on Fraser Island.
You will be travelling with a group of fun, exciting and interesting people from everywhere in the world! And you can easily make new friends along the trip.
Small groups, insider access, and personal freedom to follow the whim of the moment are the order of the day, every day.
Groups sizes are usually between 3 – 10 people with most groups even celebrating reunions years after their trip! Chat with other people from your group before you leave home!
All visitors to Australia (excepting those from New Zealand) will require a visa or e-visa/ETA to enter. These must be applied for before departure, and if you’re planning on working in Australia whilst you’re out here you’ll need a Working Holiday Visa. If you are just heading to Australia for fun however, an ETA will suffice. Both visas can be applied for online. Please feel free to contact us if you need any more information.
Also, check out the general Australian visa requirement here.
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Travel insurance is highly recommended for all of our trips in Australia. You can get this in the Insurance section of our site.
If your start date is more than 40 days away, you can secure your spot by paying a 10% deposit.
Simply select the ‘deposit’ option when you Check out. We’ll hold you a spot on your chosen start date and send you a link to pay the remaining amount.
The balance must be paid in full at least 40 days prior to your tour start date. If you are booking within 40 days of your start date the deposit option is not available so you need to pay in full.
We’ll organise your airport transfer so your arrival into Sydney will be smooth and easy. You will need to go to a pre-set meeting point at Sydney airport and a greeter will direct you to the shuttle bus which will take you directly to your hostel to begin your East Coast adventure!
The East Coast tour departs from Sydney on Thursday’s on Day 1 of the itinerary (11:00 am). Arriving early? Choose to add additional pre-tour nights when you book with us, or chat with our res team to organise extra nights.
Keen to explore Sydney before your East Coast adventure? Our Sydney add-on tour is available to combine with this East Coast tour. See more details in tour add-ons.
Today our East Coast Adventure tour kicks off in Sydney with a City Orientation tour. We will visit all of the cities famous landmarks and finish at the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House! Tonight, we depart the city on our journey up the East Coast. First stop, the vibrant Byron Bay.
Meeting Point: Sydney, 509 Pitt Street, Haymarket New South Wales 2000, Australia.
After settling into our beachfront Byron Bay home, we enjoy an afternoon learning about local history, Aboriginal culture and marine biology with an unforgettable kayak to Australia’s most Easterly point. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as we kayak through the marine park, home to bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales and various species of sea turtles. Tonight, we get to know our travel mates at our first group dinner.
The next day, we’ll wake early and head to Byron Bay lighthouse in time for the sunrise. We’ll explore the area of Cape Byron by foot, taking in the incredible coastal views from the walking track then spend our final afternoon soaking up Byron’s unique vibes and exploring the town by bike.
This morning we arrive in Surfers Paradise where we’ll spend the next 2 nights! We spend the first afternoon exploring the golden sands of Surfers Paradise Beach and discover the endless entertainment of nightlife on offer! The next day, after a relaxing morning, we embrace the local way of life with a surf lesson – you’ll be riding the waves like a pro in no time!
We continue our travels up the coast to Brisbane, the capital of the Queensland state. We spend our first day exploring the Southbank cultural precinct of the city featuring man-made Streets Beach (outdoor swimming pool!), walking tracks and picnic areas. Our second day is spent at the home of the crocodile hunter, Australia Zoo! We’ll spend the day learning about the conservation efforts of the famous Irwin family and getting up close to a variety of native Australian wildlife including kangaroos, koalas and wombats!
Today we arrive into Hervey Bay, the gateway to the World’s largest sand island. We settle into our accommodation for the night and get ready for an exciting few days ahead on stunning Fraser Island.
The next three days are spent exploring world famous Fraser Island. We’ll swim the crystal waters, discover secret lakes, explore the Maheno shipwreck and hike to island lookouts for stunning panoramic views across the island. On our third day of island paradise, we return to Hervey Bay ready for the next part of our adventure.
We continue our journey to Airlie Beach, home to the Whitsundays Islands. We settle into the vibrant coastal town before boarding our sailing boat for a two night sailing adventure exploring some of the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays! Here you will be treated to the perfect mixture of adventure and relaxation; Take it easy on deck while you sail around the islands, stopping off to snorkel, swim and explore the world famous Whitehaven beach.
It’s time to head back to land! Our afternoon is spent in Airlie Beach, chilling by the Harbourfront lagoon, wandering around the local shops and checking out some of the great backpacker bars.
The final stop on our journey is Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the adventure capital of Australia! Check into our resort-style accommodation, chill by the pool and settle in ready for an awesome few days ahead!
Discover UNESCO World Heritage Great Barrier Reef on our snorkel day trip of the outer reef. Encounter marine life such as turtles, stingrays and clownfish at the best snorkel spots, enjoy a buffet lunch onboard and learn all about the areas diverse reef.
During our time in Cairns you’ll have the opportunity to customise your experience and add some additional activities to your adventure. From Skydiving and Bungy Jumps to White Water Rafting and Rainforest Tours, Cairns has endless adventures on offer!.
On our final night (Day 20) in this North Queensland paradise we say farewell with a group dinner. Our work & travel experts and your group leader will be available to help you plan your ongoing adventures and travels.
We’ll pre-arrange your Airport Shuttle and email you a voucher with details instructions and contact number in case you get stuck. Your driver will be waiting at the ‘Meeting Point’ in the Sydney Airport arrivals area, just outside the customs area. You’ll be dropped-off at your hostel in no time.
Sydney city tour
Byron Bay lighthouse
Brisbane Southbank tour
3 day / 2 night Whitsunday Islands Sailing Adventure
Swim the crystal waters, discover secret lakes, explore the Maheno shipwreck
Chilling by the Airlie’s Harbourfront lagoon
3 day / 2 night Fraser Island Camping Adventure
World-famous Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Trip
Surf lesson in Surfers Paradise
The Australia East Coast Adventure tour includes 20 nights total.
We’ve included 13-nights dorm accommodation in the very best hostels on the Aussie East Coast. You’ll be staying in a beachfront hostel, resort-style flashpacker accommodation and a leafy island bungalow with an on-site wildlife park. You’ll also spend 2 nights sailing around the amazing Whitsunday Islands and 2-nights camping on the world-famous Fraser Island.
Accommodation is based on 4-8 bed shared dorm arrangements.
Twin and private room upgrades are available to book but are subject to availability and single supplement charges.
Note: Twin and Private room upgrades are not available on the Whitsundays.
4 x Breakfast 5 x Lunch 6 x Dinner.
This tour offers Vegetarian and Vegan food options on request. Simply let our Customer Support team know the food option that you prefer.
Your Australia East Coast guide will be travelling with you from start to finish and available 24/7. Our guides are experienced, first-aid trained, professional, fun and have expert local knowledge – they will show you the best time!
All transfers included.
We travel from Sydney to Cairns by premium air-conditioned coach transport featuring comfortable leather reclining seats, free Wifi, in-seat USB chargers, and onboard toilets. To make the most of our time in each location, we use several overnight coach services to travel, so we arrive rested, refreshed and ready for our next adventure!
International flights not included.
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Travel Insurance is NOT included, however it is mandatory for you to have travel insurance for the duration of your tour. You can get this in the Travel Insurance section of our website.
Whilst our tours are jam-packed with awesome activities, you may choose to add our optional activities to your booking.
Whether you’d like to brave a Skydive, a Bungy Jump, go White Water Rafting, visit the Daintree Rainforest or extend your stay in Cairns, we’re here to help you plan the trip of a lifetime!
You can pre-book optional activities guaranteeing availability on your chosen departure date or organise any additional activities with your tour guide as you travel, for the same price (subject to tour availability.) Check out some of our popular optional extras and simply add them to your booking at checkout.
Explore Sydney before your East Coast adventure begins with our 3-day guided Sydney arrival package.
3 nights accommodation at Sydney’s best backpacker hostel
City orientation tour – explore all the highlights
Iconic Sydney Harbour Cruise onboard the private Catamaran
Experience Outback Australia on our 3-day tour of the iconic Red Centre. Visit the sacred sites of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon, sleep in an Aussie swag under the stars and learn about Aboriginal history and current day Aboriginal culture.
Of course you are – anyone would be – and of course we will! We completely understand you because we’ve been you.
One thing about our tours that amazes us the most is how close our travellers get on tour, and how they become one big, tight-knit family at the end.
We have people who were in the same tour group with us a year ago, who are still travelling the world together now! Everyone’s in the same boat, and you will make friends for life.
It was a perfect mix of included and optional activities and free time to do some of your own exploring, or just relax by the beach if you wanted! Would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to travel the east coast and make amazing friends :)
Australia is amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to show me around this gorgeous country. Tom is calm, patient, knowledgeable and knows how to party when the time comes for it.
Loved it!! Weather wasn’t fantastic to begin with but trip was so much fun and well organised. Sailing Whitsundays was the highlight!
The trip was well laid out with enough time in each location. The guides definitely made the trip, always up for fun but also took care of everyone when mass food poisoning hit the group. The people in the group wasn’t what I had expected. The ratio was 9 girls to 3 guys and it definitely changed the flow of the trip. I think more care should be taken to try to keep groups smaller and more of an equal mix. Still a great time to see Australia and some awesome hidden gems!
I went on a 3 weeks Aussie East coast trip and it was awesome! This tour is rather unstructured so if you prefer every minute planned then this is not for you! But saying that there were always a variety of things to do at each place! The tour leaders were super nice and always pointed out cool things to do at each place.