All about the 14 Day Sydney to Cairns East Coast Tour

An exciting small group East Coast adventure from Sydney to Cairns, perfect for you if you love nature, food, wine and the friendly faces to travel with and guide you. Includes nature-based activities and the chance to relax with some Me-Time too.

The exclusive feat of this East Coast tour is that it not only includes an Australian East Coast Tours ‘must-see’ attractions like Sydney, Byron Bay, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef, but also exposes you to family-run hospitality, locally-produced food and wine, and a variety of down-to-earth experiences. We understand the importance of utilizing the local community and businesses to create sustainable and long-lasting relationships. We visit best local cafes, restaurants and food producers every day.

This is an active tour style, which provides you opportunities for nature walks, snorkeling, swimming, spotting animals in the wild. Plus we have a great music playlist, informative, enthusiastic tour guides, and absolutely no boring commentary! We donate $1 per day towards the food rescue charity “Oz Harvest” for every guest on board. They educate on how the local volunteers are helping rescue food in Australia, redistributing food to those in need. 

Key Destinations visited between Sydney and Cairns.

Sydney, Byron Bay, Fraser Island, Whitsundays, Aboriginal experience, Great Barrier Reef, nature walks, snorkeling, swimming, Aussie wildlife, gourmet food and wine

We use a mix of 4 star, boutique, and family-run accommodation so you sleep well at night. Accommodation is hand-picked for the location, service, and comfort. We stay at:
Sydney: Macleay Hotel
Newcastle: The Lucky Hotel
Port Macquarie: El Paso Motor Inn
Dorrigo National Park: Dorrigo Heritage Motel (Traditional Australian Pub) or Bellingen Valley Lodge
Byron Bay: Byron Bay Hotel and Apartments
Noosa: Noosa Lakes Resort
Airlie Beach: Mantra Club Croc
Tully: Mt. Tyson Hotel/Motel (Traditional Australian Pub)
Cairns: Pacific Hotel or The Abbott Boutique Hotel
*Similar accommodation may be used if necessary

This is a not a backpacker budget East Coast party tour. If that's your style check out our 16 days Sydney to Cairns tour package. This is our comfort back to nature, 'real' East Coast small group tour. Food, wine, beaches, walks, wildlife, and nature, perfect two weeks of travel.

14 Day Sydney to Cairns East Coast Tour Itinerary - 14 days

  • Sydney Arrival Day
    Your journey begins in Iconic Sydney, a city teeming with life and things to do. Check-in and enjoy some rest before beginning your adventure tomorrow. Meet the group in the heart of the city this evening for a multicultural welcome dinner, and the chance to sample Sydney’s funky nightlife.
  • Day 1 Sydney
    Your journey begins with a walking tour of some of Australia’s greatest icons. You’ll stand beneath the Harbour Bridge and walk up the stairs to the outstanding Opera house. Up next, it’s a ferry ride to Watsons bay; here over a scrumptious fish and chip lunch, you’ll get to know your fellow adventurers. We then enjoy a scenic walk of Sydney's coastline which is shaped by soaring cliffs and ragged rocks. With plenty of things to do in Sydney, tonight we leave you to explore Sydney by night and experience its effervescent nightlife. (B,L,D)
  • Day 2 Hunter Valley and Newcastle
    We travel inland to the homely Hunter Valley and enjoy a visit to a wildlife park. Here, you’ll be greeted and welcomed by Kangaroos and Koalas and guided by an experienced and knowledgeable ranger. No visit to the Hunter Valley is complete without a tour to taste some local produce. This afternoon you’ll taste local cheeses, chocolates and vodka before sitting down to enjoy some of Australia’s finest food for lunch. Next up, Newcastle, this port city boasts an atmosphere like no other, so soak up the afternoon sun and kick back and listen to live local music! (B,L)
  • Day 3 Port Macquarie via Forster
    Awake and enjoy a local breakfast to fill the stomach before the action packed day ahead. We begin with a coastal walk and lookout climb at Lakes Way that promises rewarding views. Soak up the sun on the sand or test your balance with stand up paddle boarding or kayaking. After an adventurous morning we respite with a sunset cruise at Port Macquarie. You’ll sit back and enjoy snacks and drinks as dolphins dance next to the boat. (B)
    Optional: Stand-up paddle board, kayak
  • Day 4 Dorrigo National Park
    Koalas are arguably Australia’s cutest marsupial, and today you’ll see volunteers in action to conserve these cuddly critters at a Koala Hospital! After a rewarding morning, we pitstop at Dorrigo National Park. This renowned region showcases the lush landscapes of Australia’s East coast with waterfalls, swimming holes and endless rainforest to please the eyes! Time to tickle your tastebuds, with a dinner at a traditional ‘Aussie’ pub, and of course a few drinks! (B)
  • Day 5 Dorrigo National Park to Byron Bay
    Danger Falls, despite the name, is an inviting waterfall with a perfect swimming spot to match. We’ll enjoy a refreshing swim and respite here before heading to beautiful Byron Bay. Byron is a coastal community that lives and breathes relaxation. The atmosphere is one that will make you want to put your feet up, order a drink and soak up the sun! We’ll head to the iconic Byron Bay lighthouse, for a chance to take a photo at Australia’s most easterly location. This lighthouse lookout offers the opportunity to spot whales and dolphins too! (B)
  • Day 6 Byron Bay
    Beachy Byron is all yours today. Choose to grab breakfast at one of Byron’s boho cafes, slurp on a fresh fruit smoothie, shop to your hearts content or indulge in an optional activity such as yoga, surfing, skydiving or kayaking. For lunch we head to an organic farm, where you’ll get the chance to choose and create your own lunch. Byron is again all yours to fall in love with this afternoon. With plenty of things to do in Byron, we’re sure you’ll never want to leave!
    Optional: Yoga session, surf lesson, kayak experience, skydive or massage
  • Day 7 Noosa
    Next up Noosa! This coastal promenade is teeming with cafes, shops and friendly locals! The beach is a favourite for surfers who take to the waves all year round. Today we cross the border to Queensland, the Sunshine State that boasts warm weather and wildlife. A visit to an evergreen national park will have us looking for Koalas hanging in the trees. We’ll then round off the day watching the sun come down over the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. (B)
  • Day 8 Fraser Island and Noosa
    Famous Fraser Island awaits. The island, which is the largest sand island in the world; promises a day of thrill and excitement! We’ll bounce along the beach by 4WD before boarding the ferry to the island at Rainbow beach. The island has it all; plunge into pristine lakes and swimming spots, relax by the beach or lookout for native wildlife in the lush forests. After a day of discovery, explore Noosa by night or relax at your accommodation. (L)
  • Day 9 Airlie Beach
    We take to the sky and fly to Airlie Beach, an East Coast town with a vibrant coastal culture. Enjoy a walk up the main street bursting with bars, cute cafes and shops or take a walk along the dreamy coastline- the choice is yours. (B)
  • Day 10 Whitsunday Islands Cruise and Airlie Beach
    After an early breakfast we’re headed to the jewel of the East Coast; the Whitsundays. This picturesque paradise is an array of islands boasting white sands and clear seas. We’ll stop at Whitehaven beach to admire the winding wind-swept sands before diving beneath the surface to surround ourselves with colourful corals, turtles and stunning fish. Tonight is yours to explore Airlie Beach or relax after a day in the sun. (B, L)
  • Day 11 Tully
    Today we ride the rails and board a train to Tully. You’ll wind in and out of cane fields and banana plantations as you sit back and enjoy the ride. Welcomed by an Aboriginal family, we’ll be taken to a secret swimming spot screened by lush rainforest. We’ll venture even further into the forest to prepare traditional bush tucker and set up a glowing campfire beneath the stars. Tonight we take to the forest by torch, on the lookout for the Nocturnal wildlife of Australia’s East. (D)
  • Day 12 Cairns via the Atherton Tablelands
    After a divine breakfast we travel to the lush tropics of Far North Queensland. This region boasts rainforests, stunning swimming spots and lush landscapes- so there is plenty of things to do! We’ll begin with a visit to a cascading waterfall hidden in dense greenery. Cool off beneath the falls or enjoy a walk through the tropical forest. Next up, we visit Lake Eacham; a crater lake filled with crystalline water. Get your cameras ready as we also visit the ‘Curtain Fig Tree’. Tonight we settle in Cairns, a city combining coast with rainforests! (B)
  • Day 13 Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef
    Today’s unforgettable experience is a journey to the largest living system on the planet; The Great Barrier Reef! We’ll cruise crystal clear seas before jumping right in and snorkelling amongst colourful corals and tropical fish. You’ll fall in love with the natural beauty of the reef and meet turtles, reef sharks and more. Tonight, you’ll sit back and enjoy a dinner with your newfound friends and share stories and highlights of your amazing Australian adventure. (B,L,D)
    Optional: Scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef
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Small groups allow for an intimate touring experience. We include ‘must-sees’ like Sydney, Byron Bay, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef, but we also expose you to family-run hospitality, locally-produced food and wine, and a variety of down-to-earth experiences that can only be enjoyed in small groups.


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14 Day Sydney to Cairns East Coast Tour Price information AUD per person



Tour code: VTD
Twin/Double Ensuite per person
Single Ensuite
Child 12+ sharing with one adult
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Departure Dates (*Day 1 always starts in Sydney on a Friday)

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6 Jul, 20 Jul,

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Important Notes

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  • Age Requirements and Tour Style: Must be 18+ to travel on the tour unless an approved minor (8+ years old) is accompanied by an adult. Age limit is 65 years old, but all guest must be young in spirit and active enough to participate daily in light to medium walks, some lasting up to 2 hours.
  • Twin Share/Double Room with own bathroom: AUD $4990 per person: Accommodation in all locations will be private double or twin rooms with private facilities. This package is ideal for single travellers (who want to share a room with a new travel buddy), couples or close friends traveling together and wanting some private time in the evenings. Single Room with own bathroom: AUD $6390 per person: Accommodation in all locations will be in private rooms with own facilities. This package is ideal for solo travellers enjoying the company of others by day and having the option of returning to their private rooms for alone time and a good nights’ sleep. Family Package with 2 Twin/Double rooms with own bathroom: AUD $4990 per person | $4490 per child (12-17 years old. Applies to any combination of up to 2 adults & 3 children): Accommodation in all locations will be either a private family room or two twin rooms.

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