When it comes to awesome natural attractions, golden beaches and pristine waterways, Australia's popular east coast has the lot. Travelling from Cairns to Sydney - this is the perfect holiday to kick back, relax and enjoy the ride!
Selected Days Apr 2013 - Mar 2014
|Vehicle||Modern Air-conditioned Vehicle|
|Start||Cairns @ 02.00 pm|
|Finish||Sydney @ 06.30pm|
Pick up at Hide Hotel 02.00 pm
Itinerary is for 1st of April 2015 to March 2016
Just like a double-shot macchiato in the morning, two days in Cairns will get your heart started. Find yourself paddling the rapids of the Tully River, zip lining over a crocodile or getting an aerial view of the tropics by plummeting towards it. Save time for a snorkelling or scuba trip to the Great Barrier Reef and take home that elusive selfie with a photobombing fish.
*Pre-book your Great Barrier Reef day-trip at the time of booking to secure your spot.
Want another day to explore the only place in the world nestled between two World Heritage areas? Go on then. Ramp up the adventure metre with hot air ballooning, horse riding, bungee jumping and all those things you didn't do yesterday. Or just kick back with a coconut.
Feeling like you need more air in your hair? Bail out of the bus and board your own private yacht for our overnight sailing trip in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands (cue clichéd sailing soundtrack). Normally a toy for the rich and famous, today it's all yours to learn the ropes while sailing in paradise. Landlubber? Take the diva option and let the crew do the work whilst you feast, swim and snorkel.
Keep those sunnies on as the blinding white sands of Whitehaven stretch before you like a 7km sea of diamonds and swim with the resident Maori Wrasse at Blue Pearl Bay. Back on board, keep adrift of your seafaring skills by helping to set the sails or steer at the helm as we set course for land and two nights at Long Island Resort.
(B, L, D)
Did someone say buffet breakfast? (Over) indulge, recharge and relax with water sports, beach volleyball and fish feeding right off the jetty. Appropriately named, Long Island is 9km of National Park walking tracks, palm trees and secluded beaches. In keeping with tradition, a looong list of activities has been provided ranging from water sports to mini golf and tennis. Grab a cocktail from the swim up pool bar then make a date with a hammock and get in your happy place overlooking Happy Bay.
Get out of the hammock and follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook as we head south to Emu Park. Then spread out on the sand, crack a "cold one" and 'stump' yourself with the rules of beach cricket with yer mates just before dinner.
Sand and salt got your goat? Trade the beach for the bush and enjoy an authentic outback experience at a 10,000-acre cattle station. Now's your chance to bust out the sayings like "strewth mate" and "bewdy sheila". Take to the life of a cowboy like a horse to oats with an adventure-packed afternoon of horse riding, quad biking and trap shooting. Then get your boots dirty as we take on a goat rodeo, take a dip in the pool and get bucked on the mechanical bull.
(B, L, D)
Wake up and smell the coffee. Kick off your day with a proper farm breakfast before burning down the highway to catch a ferry bound for the world's largest sand island, with the longest beach in Oz - all 75 Miles (120kms) of it.
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 of 75-mile Beach to mingle with the Pinnacles Coloured Sands, Eli Creek and Maheno Shipwreck before testing out your SUP skills on the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie.
Next stop: BrisVegas (aka Brisbane). Don't let its namesake fool you - there are no late-night wedding chapels in the sunshine state capital. Get your city centre fix on before burning down the highway to a piece of man-made awesome perched on the edge of golden sandy beaches, aka Surfers Paradise. Welcome to the GC. (B)
Leave the Gold Coast glitz behind you as we head to Springbrook National Park and its major draw card, Natural Bridge. Next, swap the national park for surf vibes in Byron - where you can burn incense, sip chai, become a yoga teacher and win cash for being a Cheeky Monkey all in one day.
Anti-Maccas and anti-anything mass-produced (but pro juice bars, beer gardens and beards), Byron is glitzy on the outside but small town-hearted underneath. Hit the shops, paddle a sea kayak, or watch whales breach from the Lighthouse in winter. This is the town where peace and tranquillity go to relax. You should too. Or jump out of a plane. Byron doesn't care as long as you're happy.
Let the wave chasing begin as we cruise down the coast to the surfing cloud nine of Crescent Head. Grab some BBQ lunch before we hit the beach for a private surf lesson on one of the best right-handers in the world. Here's your chance to become a bona fide shredder. Kelly Slater, who?
(B, L, D)
Try a barrel of a different kind and dip your toes into an oak barrel (literally) in the Hunter Valley today. Swill some vino and taste some of the best grapes in the country before we roll onto the beachside hustle and bustle of Sydney.
Drop off at Wake up Hostel Sydney at 06.30 pm