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Ultimate Australia East Coast Adventure

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6 weeks
Starts: Sydney
Finishes: Cairns
Min Age : 18 to 39
Max People : 25


From Sydney to Cairns, we’ll explore the best of Australia’s East Coast in an epic 6 week adventure. From Sydney’s city vibes to the surf culture of Bondi Beach, we’ll experience everything this amazing city has to offer before starting our Ultimate Australia East Coast adventure! Chill in Byron Bay, explore Fraser Island by 4×4, sail the Whitsundays, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and everything in between – we’ll check everything off your Aussie bucket list!


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.

The minimum age to join this trip is 18.


– Sydney Harbour Cruise, Bondi Beach Day, Wine & Cheese Night + Rooftop Yoga

– Byron Bay Yoga, Cheese & Wine Night, Lighthouse Walk & Surf Lesson

– Magnetic Island Adventure incl return ferry transfer & Guided Fort’s Walk

– 2 day / 2 night Whitsunday Island Sailing

– Brisbane City Tour & Streets Beach

– 3 day / 2 night All inclusive Fraser Island Tour


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.
Enjoy your trip with a group of up to 20 other 18-30-somethings from all over the world with most groups even celebrating reunions years after their trip! Chat with other people from your group before you leave home!


The trip lasts 6 weeks with start dates throughout the year.
Trips do book out quickly, so get in touch today!


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.


Sure! We recommend searching and comparing flight prices using SpareStay.com.
Travel insurance is highly recommended for all of our trips in Australia. You can get this in the Insurance section of our site.


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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 Ultimate Australia East Coast Adventure tour departs from Sydney on Monday on Day 1 of the itinerary (04:00 pm). It’s best to arrive on the actual start date.
Arriving early? Choose to add additional pre-tour nights when you book with us, or chat with our res team to organise extra nights.


Your Aussie adventure kicks off in Sydney! When you land, our driver will take you directly to your accommodation – one of Sydney’s award-winning backpacker hostels. Settle in and get ready for your epic adventure in the land down under! Today, join us at the office where you’ll meet the rest of your group. We’ll talk you through the plans for the next few weeks, answer any questions you have and introduce you to the crew. Next, we’ll take you on a guided city walk; think selfies in front of Sydney Opera House, lunch in Darling Harbour, lush Botanical Gardens and China Town. This evening we’ll take you to our favourite backpacker bar for our Welcome dinner.

16:00 | Start point: Haymarket New South Wales 2000, Australia.


Today, we explore Sydney Harbour on our private catamaran! We’ll cruise under The Harbour Bridge and past the Opera House stopping off at one of Sydney’s hidden bays for a swim. Enjoy your first Aussie BBQ, jump into the warm harbour waters and sip on a few chilled beers in the sunshine! What better way to spend your first two days in Sydney?


This morning, leave the city behind and head to the world famous shores of Bondi. Your modern beach hostel is in prime position, overlooking Bondi beach. Watch the surfers, take a dip in the clear blue waters, spot ‘Bondi Rescue’s’ Lifeguards or take part in a yoga class on the rooftop of your hostel. This evening, enjoy a ‘cheese and wine night’ with new mates. You’ll have two days here so unpack, unwind and soak up the beachy vibes of Bondi!
Please note: Days 3-5 are unguided however the Travel Crew are always here to help throughout!

Day 5 - 6: IT'S PARTY TIME!

This morning join an optional surf lesson in Bondi (add-on) or check out the boutique shops in Bondi’s laneways before washing the sand off your feet and heading back to the city. Spend the next day chilling, take a stroll over the top of The Harbour Bridge, hop on a ferry to Manly or join a day trip to The Blue Mountains (add-on). This evening, get ready for the ultimate party night! We’ll take you on a pub crawl of the best backpacker bars and clubs in Sydney.


There’s no better way to shake off last night’s hangover than with some fresh sea air! After a little lie-in, we’ll take you on the famous Coogee to Bondi coastal walk, stopping off at five stunning beaches and coves along the way. Just another reason to fall in love with Sydney!


This evening, we begin our East Coast adventure. We’ll travel overnight by luxury air-conditioned bus – complete with Wifi, USB ports and reclining seats – to our first destination, Byron Bay. Sit back, relax and get ready for your epic East Coast adventure!


Byron Bay is famous for it’s amazing beaches, laid-back-surfer attitude and boho vibes. Here we’ll explore the relaxed town and some of the many beautiful beaches in the area as well as the famous Byron Lighthouse, standing at the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. Embrace the surfer vibes of Byron with a professional surf lesson. Keen for more? Get up close with friendly wild dolphins on a dolphin kayaking tour or check out the alternative hippie hub of Nimbin (add-ons).


This morning, we’ll hop on the bus to Surfers Paradise: where long stretches of stunning sandy beaches meet high rise buildings and never-ending nightlife! By day we’ll explore the town and beaches and at night, we’ll get dressed up and head to some of our favourite party bars and clubs for the real Surfers experience! If you love theme parks, your tour guide can also help you organise a visit Dreamworld, The Gold Coast’s most famous theme park (optional).

Day 16 - 17: BRISBANE

After a short journey North of the Gold Coast, we’ll arrive at our Brisbane accommodation, right in the city centre. We’ll spend the next two days checking out some of Brisbane’s hotspots including Street’s Beach (Brisbane’s man-made city lagoon), Brisbane River and the cultural hub of the South bank. You’ll also have the option to head to the famous Australia Zoo to see some amazing wildlife! (add-on).

Day 18 - 19: NOOSA

If being surrounded by tropical greenery and beautiful beaches is your cup of tea, you’ll love Noosa! We’ll hike through National Park to lookouts boasting incredible views over Noosa’s spectacular coastline, stopping off to spot amazing Australian wildlife along the way. Your hostel has it all; chill by the resort pool or enjoy a few cold ones at the bar. Anyone fancy a game of beer pong?


This morning, we arrive at Rainbow beach, the gateway to Fraser Island. We’ll check into our hostel and head out for a short hike to Carlo Sand Blow, a unique sand mass where you can watch the sunset over the southern tip of Fraser Island! The next morning, we’ll head to Tin Can Bay, home to wild humpback dolphins where you’ll get the opportunity to hand feed the resident pod of dolphins. The rest of the day is yours to chill on the beach, explore Rainbow or relax at the hostel. This evening you’ll recieve a safety briefing at our hostel, ready for your Fraser Island adventure the following day!

Day 22 - 24: FRASER & RAINBOW

Welcome to World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island! You’ll be spending the next few days on this island paradise, exploring sand dunes by 4×4, driving through lush rainforest, swimming in crystal clear lakes, spotting rare Aussie wildlife and hiking to headlands for incredible 360 views of the island. At night, we’ll set up camp at our own private campsite just metres from the beach. After an epic few days on Fraser Island we return to Rainbow beach for the night. But the adventure doesn’t stop here! Next stop: Town of 1770

Day 25 - 27: TOWN OF 1770

This evening, we arrive in the small coastal town of 1770, named after the second landing sight of Captain James Cook. We’ll check in to our accommodation, spark up the barbie and gather around the fire pit for some wood-fired marshmallows. Keen to explore the area? Join 1770’s famous scooter tour of the town; get tattoed up, put on a leather flame jacket and channel your inner biker (add-on). This evening, we’ll hop on the bus, waking up in Airlie Beach!


Today we arrive in Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands! We’ll check into our hostel in the centre of town and check out the harbourfront. Soak up the atmosphere – we’re in paradise! Our next few days will be spent sailing around the Whitsunday Islands. We’ll snorkel in pristine blue waters, getting up close with an abundance of tropical fish and visit some of the whitest sandy beaches in the world. The views here are breathtaking! Our home for the next few days is a Maxi Sailing yacht, where we’ll eat delicious food, party and sleep in comfortable beds below deck (or under the stars!) – it doesn’t get any better than this!

Day 31 - 32: AIRLIE

This morning, we return to the tropical bliss of Airlie beach where we’ll spend the next two nights. Later on, we’ll head to the bar for our post-island party; eat, drink and be merry as we reminisce on our past few days in paradise! Wander to Airlie’s harbourfront lagoon for a dip, explore the surrounding national park or see the Whitsundays from the air on the Whitsunday Heli Experience.


Just a short ferry crossing from Townsville, we’ll arrive in Maggie island, a gorgeous tropical haven with heaps to see and do! Explore the many bays and golden sandy beaches, snorkel the pristine island waters, take the guided Fort’s walk offering incredible views of the island and come up close with koalas and wallabies at our hostels on-site wildlife park. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a few drinks and games at our hostel bar. Feeling adventurous? Take your new mates on a tour of the island in a 4WD ‘barbie’ car (available for daily hire). The photo opportunities are endless!

Day 36 - 37: MISSION BEACH

This afternoon we leave Magnetic Island and travel to the beautiful beachside town of Mission beach where the reef and rainforest meet. The sunrise here in Tropical North Queensland is magical! We’ll rise early the following morning and hike into the neighbouring National Park, part of the traditional country of The Djiru Aboriginal people. Feeling adventurous? Mission beach is also home to Australia’s highest (15,000ft!) and most popular skydiving spot – an experience not to be missed for the adrenaline junkies out there! Because where else can you jump out of a plane, fly over reef and land on the beach!? Pre-book your skydive (add-on) or arrange with the help of your guide as you travel, no worries! You also have the option of joining our awesome white water rafting adventure in Tully, just a short distance from Mission Beach! (add-on)

Day 38 - 42: CAIRNS

This evening we arrive in Cairns, our final stop along the East Coast and the Ultimate backpacker destination – you are in for a treat! Our resort style accommodation is one of the best in Cairns, with luxury air-conditioned en-suite dorm rooms, a huge pool and daily entertainment. Sit back, relax, and prepare for the next few exciting days!


Our first adventure in Cairns takes us to the Tablelands region where we’ll spend the day swimming under waterfalls, sliding down natural rock slides and spotting shy platypuses in the wild.


The next day, we explore the famous Great Barrier Reef. We’ll cruise to the outer reef to snorkel with inquisitive Nemos, stingrays, turtles and friendly Maori Wrasse and learn all about the diverse marinelife of the reef. When we’re not exploring the rainforest and reef, we’ll hang out at Cairn’s famous harbourfront lagoon, hit the local bars and party the night away at our hostel’s very own club! On our last night we’ll meet for a farewell dinner and reflect on an epic 6 weeks of Aussie East Coast fun!


Whether you plan to stay in the tropics, travel elsewhere in Australia or onto a different destination, your tour guide and the crew in Sydney will be here to support you and help you plan your adventure!

10:00am | End point: Cairns, Gilligan’s Backpackers Hotel & Resort, 57 Grafton St., Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia.



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 & Welcome Dinner
Sydney Harbour Cruise
Explore Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach Day, Wine & Cheese Night + Rooftop Yoga
Sydney Party Night
Guided Coastal Walk from Coogee to Bondi
Byron Bay Yoga, Cheese & Wine Night, Lighthouse Walk & Surf Lesson
Byron Bay Beach & City Tour
Surfers Paradise Beach & City Tour
Brisbane City Tour & Streets Beach
Noosa Headland Walk
Dolphin Encounter in Rainbow Beach
Rainbow Beach Sand Blow Walk
3 day / 2 night All inclusive Fraser Island Tour ($15 insurance levy payable locally + $10 optional sleeping bag hire)
Discover Town of 1770 + Hostel camp fire
2 day / 2 night Whitsunday Island Sailing – departs Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach post cruise party
Magnetic Island Adventure incl return ferry transfer & Guided Fort’s Walk
Visit Mission Beach
Visit Cairns Lagoon
1 day Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Trip ($20 reef conservation levy payable locally)
1 day Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls tour


40 nights accommodation + 2 nights overnight bus
You’ll be staying in our favourite hostels in Sydney and along the East Coast, a private campsite by the beach and 2 nights on a luxury boat!


9 x Breakfast, 7 x Lunch, 7 x Dinner + Wine & Cheese Night

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.
Return travel to Bondi.
Travel Pass (Sydney to Cairns).
Return transfers to Fraser Island.
Return ferry to Magnetic Island.



International flights not included.
We recommend searching and comparing flight prices using SpareStay.com or contact us for a great flight deal.


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.


Optional experiences are available on this tour for an additional cost and will be provided to you with your finalised travel documents.


Whilst our tours are jam-packed with awesome activities, you may choose to add our optional activities to your booking.

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. These are bookable before you go or through your tour guide on the road.

Bondi Beach Surf Lesson
Blue Mountains Day Tour
Dolphin Sea Kayak Tour
Nimbin Tour
One Day Ticket Dream World
Australia Zoo 1 Day
Self-Guided Noosa Everglades Kayak
Adventure Scooteroo 1770 Mini Chopper Motorbike Tour
Whitsundays Helicopter Experience
Tully Full Day White Water Rafting
Skydive Mission Beach
Day Tour to Cape Tribulation

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Ashley Judd

Solo Traveller

Overall I had a great time on my trip. Lots of fun, new adventures, new friends and great experiences that I will have for the rest of my life. I feel like I’ve become less ignorant, and more appreciative of many things. We were lucky to have 2 great leaders, Daniel and Sam, who both did everything they could to make sure everyone was having a good time, doing well, and living their trip. They always made it clear that everyone can do pretty much whatever they want, which is awesome to have within a tour. My only issues with the trip is that I think our group should have been smaller, with a better ratio of guys to girls. With all these girls, many cliques formed and there was a lot of drama, which I managed to avoid but still influenced the vibe of my trip. However, as I was not involved I overall had a great time.

April 29, 2019

Jessica Zafra

Solo Traveller

Great 6 weeks! Had a few bumps with bags on trips but the group was so great and supportive that I barely even missed it. Fantastic experience.

April 20, 2019

Meghan Mccain

Solo Traveller

I enjoyed this trip overall. It wasn’t really what I expected I thought there was going to be more activities that were covered but other than that I enjoyed it. I like all the transportation and accommodations.

April 1, 2019

Sarah Paulson

Solo Traveller

The 6 weeks dose of paradise tour was everything and more! Great combination of partying and activities all in 6 weeks

January 31, 2019

Nicolette Collier

Solo Traveller

I first of all met the most amazing people. strangers became friends and those friends became family in such a short period of time. once you have great people everything else becomes great. it was very beautiful and I would always recommend saying yes to hikes in Australia. do things that scare you and step out of your comfort zone. everyone here has your back! plus who doesn’t like drinking beer and watching beautiful sunsets or swimming in the ocean and getting tan. plus we have boat parties!

September 20, 2018
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