You can take 3 days to get from Brisbane to Sydney or you can take your time. Take a walk at Danger Point - the New South Wales/Queensland border crossing, chill out at Byron bay and then hop off at Spot X surf camp to learn to surf.
Take a tour on Australia's East Coast
The east coast of Australia has awesome beaches, great nightlife and all the adventure activities you want to do. The east coast is the common name for the route between Sydney and Cairns in both directions.
It's the most popular place to travel in Australia since the weather is always warm, there are many small towns and infrastructure to all the things you want to see.
There are different ways to travel the east coast including by bus and/or train on our hop on hop off transport pass or on a fully guided tour.
It's on the east coast of Australia that you'll find these popular destinations which the 16 day Sydney <> Cairns tours go to:
- Blue Mountains
- Surf Camp
- Byron Bay
- Rainbow Beach
- Fraser Island
- Kroombit Outback Cattle Station
- Whitsunday Islands
- Mission Beach
For more information on travelling the East Coast check out some of our helpful blogs;
- How long does it take to travel Sydney to Cairns?
- How best to travel the East Coast of Australia.
- What to do in Sydney.
Current East Coast Specials: $500 off February and March departures on our 14 day boutique Sydney to Cairns tour.
Travelling the east coast of Queensland, Australia, has never been easier with this guided transport pass that allows you to hop and off the bus and train between Brisbane and Cairns.
Travel all the way from Cairns to Sydney down the east coast of Australia hopping off and on where you like on the route. Stay overnight in the Rainforest, Airlie Beach for Whitsunday Islands sailing trips, Noosa for the outstanding beach, Brisbane and the surf town of Byron Bay before heading to Sydney via Spot X Surf Camp where you can hop off to stay longer and learn to surf.
This classic east coast journey from Sydney to Cairns is on guided transport using buses and trains as you travel to overnight stops but also have the option to hop on and hop off along the route. Travel Sydney- Cairns. Valid for 12 months. Start date is fully flexible. Pay as you go for accommodation and activities
The journey from Sydney to Brisbane is packed with activities in the bush, on the beach and up a river as you travel in a mini bus to your overnight stops. Hop on and off along the route where you would like to as you travel with your guide and other travellers going your way.
Start from Sydney and return to Sydney on this guided hop on hop off tour that will take you north to Byron Bay via Barrington Tops where you will go for a guided walk to spot platypus, snorkel in a marine reserve, chill out at Byron Bay and be able to get off and stay longer at Spot X Surf Camp to learn to surf.
Whitsunday Bullet is an exhilarating day tour from Airlie Beach. This tour includes Hill Inlet Lookout, visit the Southern end of Whitehaven Beach, plus snorkeling.
Experience the World's Largest Sand Island on your own schedule. Fraser Island boasts blue crystal lakes, endless surf beaches, dense rainforests and the adventure can be all yours when you hire RBAC Fraser 4x4 Hire.
A great way to see Fraser Island from Rainbow Beach staying at Eurong Beach Resort on Fraser Island in comfortable lodge accommodation.Visit on a guided tour the highlights of 75 Mile Beach, Maheno Shipwreck, Indian Head, Eli Creek and Lake McKenzie in a large and comfortable 4WD vehicle.
3 day guided tour from Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island to see the highlights of Lake McKenzie, Indian Head, Eli Creek, 75 Mile Beach. You will stay in comfortable Wilderness Lodge accommodation at Kingfisher Bay.
Explore Fraser Island on a 4-wheel drive tag-a-long self drive adventure. The lead vehicle is driven by an experienced trip leader and one of the vehicles following could be driven by you. Whether travelling on your own or with a group of friends you’ll be equipped with everything you need to know and need to take with you (including food and camping equipment).
Relax by the campfire, live the outback lifestyle at Myella Cattle station. Become one of the family as you experience the adventure of a lifetime...horse riding, 4WD tours, cattle, kangaroos, talking birds, cow milking, animal feeding.
Enjoy a day over to Fraser Island from Hervey Bay. Visit the main highlights Maheno Shipwreck, Lake Mckensie, Eli Creek and the sandy highway of seventy-five-mile beach.
Two days on a small group guided tour of Fraser Island, Queensland, seeing all the highlights on the island including Lake Mckenzie, Indian Head, Maheno Shipwreck. You will stay in comfortable Wilderness Lodge accommodation.
A two day fully guided tour to see the highlights of Fraser Island from Hervey Bay travelling in a large 4WD vehicle for your comfort. Stay at Eurong Beach resort in comfortable accommodation.
3 day guided tour from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island to see the highlights of Lake Mckenzie, Indian Head, Eli Creek, 75 Mile Beach. You will stay in comfortable Wilderness Lodge accommodation at Kingfisher Bay.
Kingfisher Bay’s adventure package gives you the opportunity to see Fraser’s iconic beauty spots - Seventy Five Mile Beach, Lake McKenzie and beautiful Wanggoolba Creek from the comfort of an airconditioned, custom-designed 4WD coach.
Share the love with your special someone on this romantic three night package on famous Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. Enjoy a free upgrade to a spa room, a massage each and a cheese platter and bottle of wine to indulge in on the beach.
Visit three top destinations whilst having the ride of your life! An Ocean Rafting day includes an exhilarating ride to world famous Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Beach and Lookout, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Parks walks, all in one day! The semi rigid inflatable vessels are super fast allowing you to experience a fun ride, adventure and education amongst the natural beauty of the Whitsundays. Ocean Rafting’s Whitehaven Beach tours visit the “Wild Side” of the Whitsunday Islands, the uninhabited islands with beautiful natural scenery brimming with marine, bird and animal life. We are the only tour operator to have direct access to the stunning and iconic Hill Inlet beach on our Whitehaven Beach tours and special snorkel sites at Hook Island and Border Island ensure a memorable underwater experience.
Sail in style on Whitsunday Blue with deluxe double ensuite cabin accommodation on this catamaran yacht with a maximum of 8 guests.
Visit the Whitsunday Islands on a 2-day/2-night sailing tour and discover the pristine beaches, flourishing marine life and amazing snorkelling sites. Travel on Wings, an ultra-modern, purpose-built cruising catamaran and visit Whitehaven Beach, walk to Hill Inlet Lookout, enjoy multiple sessions of snorkelling and savour freshly prepared meals on-board.
An awesome day out on the Lady Enid sailing the Whitsundays. A stunning yacht with great staff, great food and a visit to Whitehaven beach for a potter, swim and picnic.
Sail for 2 days and 2 nights on the Catamaran Entice. A short walk takes you up the Hill Inlet Lookout, from where you have a breathtaking view over Whitehaven Beach. The tour stops in various of the dreamy Whitsunday Bays for snorkeling. Underwater you’ll find a whole world of itself, full of colorful corals and fish.
Whitsundays Bliss is our most luxury sailing boat on the Whitsundays. We take only 6 people on this comfortable, stylish yacht. An Australian designed Jutson 60 luxury cruising yacht available for sailing holidays in the beautiful Whitsundays, heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Aptly named for the experience it provides, 'Bliss' sets a new standard in luxury yacht charter in Australia.
Our small number vessel in the Whitsundays that ventures to the 'Outer' Great Barrier Reef with only 14 passengers
Travel from the popular beach town of Byron Bay to the adventure capital of Cairns in far north Queensland. Along the way experience an Aussie farm stay, Magnetic Island and an Indigenous rainforest camp included in your pass. Hop on and off where and when you like along the way. Travel with a guide at every step of your adventure travelling on buses and trains.
Ideal for those traveling alone, this 8-night arrival package offers Sydney airport pick ups, accommodation as well as opportunities to meet with other travelers like you and do day tours and activities together coordinated by OzIntro guides.
Summertime sails from Airlie Beach for 2 days and 1 night of exploring through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Relax and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime on board a beautifully constructed traditional sailing boat and experience the Whitsundays in style.
Experience sailing like it was done in years past on a classic tall ship with the old renovated fixtures and feel on this tall ship.Take your time over three days and stay in multi-share, twin or double cabin accommodation.
This two day, one-night adventure is a once in a lifetime experience. There can be few more unique experiences offered in the world than the chance to sleep under the stars, 39 nautical miles from shore on the Great Barrier Reef. Our permanently moored pontoon is located on Hardy Reef - one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef.
Experience all the fun and adventure of a Cape Byron Kayaks guided tour. Feel the exhilaration as you paddle with dolphins, turtles, and whales that frequent the enticing waters of Byron Bay. Whether you are a novice or experienced kayaker, you will love paddling our gorgeous Marine Park!
An amazing East Coast Australia Tour 7 Days from Brisbane to Cairns in a small group. Enjoy food, wine, beaches, walks, wildlife, and nature from our locally owned and operated East Coast Australia experts.
It's easy to understand why the Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the World on this scenic flight. On our Reef and Whitehaven Beach flight, see the ultimate view of the Whitsundays. Sights include Shute Harbour, Hamilton Island, Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach, Heart Reef, Hook Reef, Hayman Island, Hook Island, and Daydream Island.
Experience the beauty and excellent photo opportunities of Bait Reef, Hook Reef, Hearty Reef and Heart Reef as you fly over, then enjoy 2 hours of personalized snorkelling and coral viewing in a private sheltered lagoon, where you will also enjoy sparkling wine, chilled water, cheese and crackers!
Experience the beautiful marine life at one of the most amazing places in the world - The Great Barrier Reef. A perfect mix of nature, relaxation and swimming with an extremely passionate crew who will treat you like friends as they aim to give you the best day of your life.
The Tully River is Australia’s premier white water rafting experience and you will start your adventure from the upper gorge of the river. You’ll spend the day rafting through up to 44 rapids guaranteed to satisfy your thirst for adrenalin! Half way down the river stop to take in the spectacular scenery and enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch on the riverbank, then it’s back to the action in the churning white water of the lower gorge. After changing into dry clothes you'll jump back on the bus and transfer to our café where you can view images of the day’s adventure (available for purchase).
Jump out of a plane one day and take to the sea to visit the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns the next. Life doesn't get much better. Come and enjoy it with this combo of activities. Choose from a sailing catamaran or a fast catamaran to the reef.
Minke Whale expeditions to The Great Barrier Ribbon Reefs between May and July yearly. Explore the wonders of the Ribbon Reefs on board our luxury liveaboard vessel OceanQuest. See the best of The Great Barrier Reef at our most exciting time of year. BOOK NOW 2019 DATES AVAILABLE!
This 8 day trip from Sydney to Brisbane is an active tour style providing the opportunity for nature walks, snorkeling, swimming, spotting animals in the wild. Stay in a mix of 4 stars, boutique and family-run accommodation so guests sleep well at night.
This adventure is for active people who want to explore the east coast of Australia in a small group that loves nature, beaches, food, wine and the friendly locals we meet along the way. Australia East Coast Tour 14 days from Sydney to Cairns in twin share hotel and lodge accommodation.
Capture the essence of the East Coast of Australia, one of the best road trips in the world, on this 17-day adventure. This tour offers iconic destinations including Byron Bay, Fraser Island, Magnetic Island and the Whitsundays. You will visit three very different islands, four World Heritage National Parks and some secret spots recommended by locals. You will enjoy a great mix of unique accommodation and experiences including wine tasting, wildlife, beaches, hiking, rainforest, reef, off-roading, surfing, and kayaking. This is your adventure!
Visit iconic destinations including Byron Bay, Fraser Island, Magnetic Island and the Whitsundays. We stay on two farms, visit three very different islands, four World Heritage National Parks and some secret spots in between. It offers a great mix of unique accommodation and experiences including wine tasting, wildlife, indigenous culture, beaches, hiking, rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, off-roading, horse-riding, surfing, kayaking….and more.
This great value package is a combination of our Sydney to Cairns tour and 10 Day Alice Springs to Darwin tour package including Uluru and Kakadu National Parks plus five nights extra accommodation spread across Cairns, Alice Springs and Darwin. Let the Aussie Adventure begin!
Discover amazing Aussie locations, have heaps of fun, create unforgettable memories and make friends for life! We’ll show you the very best spots along the East Coast including Byron Bay, Brisbane, Magnetic Island & Cairns! We’ll sail around the Whitsunday Islands, camp on Fraser Island, party in Surfer’s Paradise, spot Aussie wildlife, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef & more!
This 17 day experience offers iconic destinations including Cape Tribulation, Magnetic Island, the Whitsundays, Fraser Island, Byron Bay and The Blue Mountains. We visit three very different islands, four World Heritage National Parks and some secret spots recommended by locals. It offers a great mix of unique accommodation and experiences including snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, wildlife, beaches, hiking, rainforest walks, off-roading, and kayaking