DAY 1: WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA
Today our East Coast Explorer 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.
DAYS 2-3: BOHO VIBES & KAYAKING
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.
DAY 4: SURFERS PARADISE
This morning we bid farewell to Byron and arrive in the famous Surfers Paradise where we’ll spend the night! On arrival, we will go explore the golden sands of Surfers Paradise Beach and get acquainted with the local way of life by learning to surf the waves! This evening we will head out and discover the endless entertainment on offer in this lively town.
DAYS 5-6: CITY TOUR, BEACH & AUSTRALIA ZOO
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!
DAY 7-10: GET READY FOR YOUR FRASER ADVENTURE!
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.
Our journey from Sydney to the Great Barrier Reed continues with a short hidden stop via the Town of 1770, Agnes Waters. This picturesque East Coast hot spot is built on the site of the second landing in Australia by James Cook. We will spend a day here recovering from the adventure that was Fraser Island. Here we will explore the National Parks and lookouts and hit the beach. Sunsets in the town of 1770 are not to be missed, and we will be sure to take it all in before we continue to Airlie Beach.
DAYS 13-17: SAIL, SNORKEL & SWIM IN PARADISE
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.
DAY 18-21: CAIRNS ADVENTURE
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 clown fish 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 in this North Queensland paradise. we say farewell with a group dinner. Ultimate and your group leader will be available to help you plan your ongoing adventures and travels.