Take a day out from Sydney to the nearby iconic Blue Mountains and go bush walking, visit a wildlife park, see the Three Sisters rock formation, enjoy lunch and see Wentworth waterfall.
All about the 30 Day Australia's East Coast and Outback Package (Sydney to Cairns / Alice Springs to Darwin)
This full Australian adventure tour package includes the 16 Day Sydney to Cairns Tour Package, 10 Day Alice Springs to Darwin Safari Package, 3 nights Cairns, 1 night Alice Springs. See all our most popular destinations in Australia in only 4 weeks.
Sydney to Cairns tour highlights include Sydney city, wine tasting Hunter Valley, Barrington Tops National Park, Surfing at Spot X Surf Camp, River Retreat, Yamba, relaxing in Byron Bay, Gold Coast (Surfers Paradise), Brisbane, Noosa, explore the magic of Fraser Island, Rainbow Beach, Rockhampton, a true 'Real Aussie' experience at Emu Park / Proserpine, Airlie Beach, Sail on the Whitsunday Islands, Townsville, Magnetic Island, Tully, end in Cairns and see the Great Barrier Reef on an optional day tour. Alice Springs to Darwin highlights are Sunset and sunrise over Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Watarrka with great hikes and incredible sunrises and sunsets, Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks.
Traveling in a group of like-minded people you will explore Sydney to Cairns and Alice Springs to Darwin led by our team of professional, experienced guides to see the ‘real’ Australia and meet some true Aussie locals. Check out our dates of departure, we leave Sydney every Tuesday heading north to Cairns.
Great tour for your first visit to Australia, see all the highlights from Sydney to Cairns then Alice Springs to Darwin whilst getting to know a great bunch of new friends. What could be better?
30 Day Australia's East Coast and Outback Package (Sydney to Cairns / Alice Springs to Darwin) Itinerary - 30 days
Upon your arrival into Sydney choose to unwind and relax or explore the city. How you spend today is at your choosing, just ensure you make your way to Wake Up Sydney Central, 509 Pitt Street for the night, also where you will be met on the morning of day two. Costs associated with all activities, meals and accommodation transfers on this day are not included.
Sydney to Barrington Tops
We head to the Hunter Valley wine area to do a tasting at one of Australia’s most famous vineyards. We then head through the backcountry to our stunning stop on the edge of Barrington Tops National Park (a World Heritage Listed Area). We stay in a private lodge overlooking the Barrington River. We have included river tubing down a scenic part of the river for the afternoon. Relax and enjoy the incredible views in the evening.
STAY: Shared accommodation in hilltop lodge.
Barrington Tops to Spot X Surf Camp
In the morning you can go for a walk around the property before we begin our day’s journey. We stop for a visit to a Koala hospital to learn about their efforts in preserving Koalas, and at a nature reserve to spot wild kangaroos hopping along the incredible coastline, then travel on to our waterfront accommodation at the Surf Camp, arriving in the early evening.
STAY: Surf Camp
EAT: Breakfast and Dinner
Spot X Surf Camp to River Retreat
This morning you can take part in a group surf lesson or just relax on the beach. The surf lesson is included in the price of the tour package. In the afternoon we travel to our River Retreat and go for a guided canoeing trip, spotting wildlife along the way. In the evening have an Aussie BBQ, learn how to cook some damper and toast marshmallows around the campfire.
STAY: Camping in cabins
EAT: Breakfast and Dinner
River Retreat to Byron Bay
We leave our camp and head up towards Byron Bay, Australia’s famous surf and arts town. We stop in the picturesque town of Yamba along the way and go for a walk and a swim at the Angourie blue pools (weather dependent). You will have an orientation drive on the way to Byron Bay to help you get your bearings.
STAY: Nomads Backpacker Resort Byron Bay, 1 Lawson Lane, Byron Bay
Free Day in Byron Bay
Explore, learn to surf, party, visit the alternative town of Nimbin (additional cost), or just relax and take in the laidback, hippy vibe. We recommend taking a walk to the lighthouse to view the Australian mainland’s most easterly point.
STAY: Nomads Backpacker Resort Byron Bay
Byron Bay (via Gold Coast & Brisbane) to Rainbow Beach
We depart Byron Bay and cruise up to the New South Wales/Queensland border and hop out at Danger Point to stretch our legs and check out the view of one of Australia’s best surf spots, Snapper Rock. We then drive to the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Noosa before we continue onto Rainbow Beach for the night. At Rainbow Beach we take a walk up to Carlo Sand Blow for either the sunset or sunrise.
STAY: Backpacker Resort Rainbow Beach, 18 Spectrum Street, Rainbow Beach
Day 8 and 9
Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island
Get ready for two full days of exploring World Heritage Fraser Island. After a short 10-minute ferry ride from Rainbow Beach you start your adventure of four-wheel-driving on the roads of sand. During your stay on Fraser you will have the chance to spot dingoes in the wild, swim in crystal clear freshwater lakes and swimming holes and explore the diverse landscapes in this unique habitat.
Before heading to bed don’t forget to look up to enjoy the millions of stars and maybe even spot the five stars on the Aussie flag – the Southern Cross. In the late afternoon of day eight your guide will return you to your Rainbow accommodation where you have dinner included. DAY 8 – (L,D). Day 9 – (B,L,D)
Today you will have the chance to witness some of the spectacular marine wildlife the Fraser Coast is famous for. You will be treated to a dolphin-watching kayak tour and Great Beach 4WD ride within the Great Sandy National Park.
On this three-hour tour you have the chance of seeing Bottlenose dolphins, Humpback whales (May to November), turtles, manta rays, sting rays, soldier crabs and an array of marine birdlife.
Make sure you bring along your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, water, camera, a dry change of clothes and any snacks you may wish to eat.
STAY: Backpacker Resort Rainbow Beach,
EAT: Breakfast and Dinner
Rainbow Beach (via Noosa) to Emu Park
We hop in our bus in Rainbow Beach and head to Tin Can Bay to see wild dolphins up close. We then head back to Noosa where we have a couple of hours to explore or relax on the beach. Hop back on the bus and drive to Cooroy where we start our train journey. We travel to Rockhampton then get met by a local bus, which takes you to Emus Beach Resort. We get welcomed onto the resort and find out more about our Loka Treasure Island Experience for the next day.
STAY: Emus Beach Resort, 92 Pattison Street, Emu Park
Emu Park to Airlie Beach
We have an awesome “Treasure Island” trip today with return ferry transfers to Great Keppel Island with its 17 stunning beaches, Treasure Hunt, Bluff Point Turtle Walk & evening meal before we catch the train in the evening and travel overnight to Airlie Beach. We travel in a modern train with large reclining seats, a bar and a dining carriage. We get into a town called Proserpine in the morning then take a local bus in to Airlie Beach – the gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands where you will have time to store your luggage before your Whitsundays day trip.
STAY: Overnight train in reclining seats
EAT: Lunch and Dinner
Whitsunday Islands, snorkelling, coral reef and Whitehaven Beach
Today provides an exhilarating ride to world famous Whitehaven Beach, pristine snorkeling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks.
Visit the Northern and Southern ends of Whitehaven Beach, spending at least two hours relaxing or exploring the 7km of white silica sand.
Walk to the Southern Whitehaven lookout with breathtaking views of Pentecost Island, join the guided walks to Hill Inlet lookout and snorkel for an hour enjoying the amazing hard and soft corals of the fringing reefs. Upon completion of your Whitsundays day trip, you will have the night free to explore Airlie’s great nightlife and choice of restaurants.
STAY: Backpacker Resort Airlie Beach, 336 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach (via Townsville) to Magnetic Island
We start early with a local bus to the train, a ferry out to tropical ‘Maggie Island’, and a local transfer to the accommodation. There is much to explore on the island, as nearly 50% of it is National Park with amazing beaches and abundant wildlife. Your guide will join you on a walk around the Island; otherwise you can do more exploring or just relax by the pool.
STAY: Bungalow Bay Koala Village, 40 Horseshoe Bay Road, YHA Magnetic Island
Free day Magnetic Island
Today is at your choosing! Opt to relax or meet Koala’s, Kangaroo's and more of Australia’s unique wildlife at the Resorts Wildlife centre (additional cost). Your guide will not be with you on this day.
Magnetic Island to Tully Rainforest
We travel back to the mainland on the ferry, travel by train to Tully – getting in at around lunchtime. We travel by bus into the amazing rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park. Cool off with a swim in a beautiful swimming hole, before a BBQ dinner and stories about the campfire.
STAY: Swag Camping in a campground in a World Heritage Listed rainforest
Tully to Cairns
We wake early at our rainforest camp for breakfast and then have an interpretative walk through the forest, learning about the traditional indigenous use of the land. We then travel back to Tully to catch the train north, arriving into Cairns central train station at approximately 4.05pm, where your East Coast adventure comes to an end.
Free day Cairns
Capture the essence of Cairns and enjoy a day of exploration. If visiting one of the seven wonders of the natural word sounds like your kind of day; take a boat trip to the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef and snorkel or dive amongst tropical corals and fish. Adrenalin junkies can zip line through the tropical rainforests, skydive, try white water rafting or even give hot air ballooning a go! Book any of these tours through Real Aussie Adventures before your arrival or purchase on the day for a spontaneous adventure! Your guide will not be present on this day in Cairns. All meals and activities are at your own expense.
Fly from Cairns to Alice Springs
We leave behind the pristine white sands for the renowned red dirt of the Australian Outback today! Today's flight will need to be pre-purchased and secured on your own behalf. Present your travel voucher at Alice Springs airport to get to Haven Alice Springs by transfer for just 13 AUD. All meals, activities and your flight are not included today and you will not be accompanied by your guide on this day.
Alice Springs to Uluru
Today we travel to one of Australia's natural Icons; Uluru. Upon our arrival into Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, we visit a camel farm and get a taste of what life was like back when Australia was first settled. Choose to enjoy a camel ride at an additional cost. We then arrive at Uluru, this gigantic gem of the region is believed to be over 700 million years old! We enjoy a walk around the base of the sandstone structure and visit the cultural centre to gain an appreciation of its religious importance to the Aboriginal people of Australia. Uluru is known for it’s awe-inspiring sunsets of warm reds, purples and yellows so tonight have your camera’s on hand! We stay at a private campsite in the middle of the Outback for a real Aussie experience! (L,D)
Uluru to Kings Creek Station
Awake to an unforgettable Uluru sunrise, before we embark to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Here we view another of Australia's geological phenomena; the Domes. Water packed and hiking shoes on, we traverse through the ‘Valley of Winds’ walk, passing creeks, domes and embrace the wonderful Australian Outback. We leave Uluru behind and head to Kings Creek Station and camp in the peaceful surrounds of the Australian Outback. (B, L, D)
Kings Creek Station to Alice Springs via Kings Canyon
Today we travel to Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park, a region that boasts a range of geographic phenomena. You’ll have the chance to see a famous chasm; gigantic rock walls that create a thin walkway home to lush greenery and native wildlife. Pack your comfiest shoes today, as we visit the amphitheatre, lost city and the blissful garden of Eden. Tonight you will return to Haven at Alice springs where you can relax and unwind after an action packed day. (B, L)
Alice Springs to Banka Banka via Devils Marbles
Today we truly embrace the Territory. We’ll head north passing rugged plains and red Earth before stopping at the Devils Marbles, a scientific phenomenon! Be sure to take lots of photos! Tonight we’ll set up camp at Banka Banka Cattle station where we will camp beneath the stars and witness a gorgeous sunset of warm reds and yellows. (B, L, D).
Banka Banka to Mataranka
Live like the locals and visit Daly Waters Pub, a popular destination for a refreshing beverage and a place to get a taste of local history! We then take you to the crystalline waters of Mataranka Thermal pools. This natural oasis is encircled by thriving trees and palms and makes for the perfect swimming spot.(B,L,D).
Mataranka to Darwin
After a short drive we arrive at picturesque Nitmiluk National Park. Here the Katherine river has carved through ancient sandstone creating a valley between overhang by cliffs and rocks. This gorgeous scenery is best appreciated by boat or canoe, so opt for either (at an additional cost) and make sure you have your camera on hand! We then travel to the capital of the Northern Territory; Darwin. (B,L)
Free day Darwin
Discover Darwin by exploring its natural landscapes, enjoying the vibrant cafe culture, hitting the shops or relaxing in a swimming lagoon- it’s up to you! Please note that your guide will not be available on this day and that todays meal and activity costs are not included in the tour.
Darwin to Kakadu National Park via Mary River Wetlands
Today we embrace life in the Northern Territory with a wildlife cruise through the magnificent Mary River Wetlands! You’ll glide through the water by boat, see Saltwater crocodiles; the largest reptile on Earth, and hear the calls of over 250 species of birds!
We enjoy a picnic lunch beneath the trees and then enter world renowned Kakadu National park. Treat yourself with a take home souvenir from Bowali Visitor Centre before we arrive in Ubirr. You’ll have the unique opportunity to view traditional Aboriginal artworks and have them explained by your guide. Your guide will also tell you the story of the Rainbow Serpent. Next up, we see for ourselves just how vast and boundless this region is, from Nadab lookout. Enjoy dinner before we sleep at our secluded campsite. (L,D)
Kakadu National Park to Mount Bundy
Today we visit the largest national park in Australia; Kakadu National Park. We ditch the bitchumen for gravel road and travel by 4WD and then boat before arriving at secluded Twin Falls, a gem of the Kakadu region. We then continue todays adventure with a walk through rocky outcrops and dense bush that lead us to Jim Jim Falls. This natural oasis provides the perfect playground for our afternoon. We leave the world famous landscapes of Kakadu behind tonight, with an overnight stay close to tomorrow's location. (B,L,D)
Litchfield National Park to Darwin
Today we venture through Litchfield National park. We’ll encounter much native wildlife, swim
beneath the cascading Florence and Wangi Falls (water level dependent) and discover the naturally carved swimming pools of the Buley Rockhole. You’ll also get the opportunity to view the weirdly wonderful magnetic termite mound and the towering Cathedral mound which stands at over 4m tall! We depart for Darwin in the early evening and you’ll enjoy your final night reminiscing over your month long journey through Australia. (B, L).
Your journey with us ends today! Choose to have some downtime in Darwin or depart to your next destination. Any activities, meals or accommodation on this day will be at your own expense. We hope Australia has been a memorable experience for you and wish you safe travels in your departure.
|Tour code: SYDDRW30|
Multi share dorm / camping
Monday (except 17, 24 Sep; 5, 12, 19, 26 Nov; 17, 24, 31 Dec; 21 Jan; 4, 11, 18, 25 Mar)
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
- **Although the group you are traveling with will not exceed 24 passengers, a number of the activities including the cruise in the Whitsundays, four-wheel-drive touring on Fraser Island, rail journey and dolphin cruise is not exclusive to the group. You will travel with additional people and will have larger group sizes on those days. You will also travel with guides specific to those activities, rather than your Loka or Wayoutback Safaris guide.
- As this is a tour package, your guide and group will change throughout your journey. On the section between Sydney and Cairns, you will travel on Loka transport with Loka guides. While you will have a fixed pre-arranged itinerary, other Loka customers on a more flexible pass will hop on and off throughout the trip.
- Optional activity prices are subject to change
- *Please note that Twin and Jim Jim Falls are both seasonal attractions (usually June to November) and access to them is dictated by National Parks at the time of travel. During the time when they are not open, they will be substituted with locations such as Gunlom, Maguk (Barramundi Falls), Yurmikmik or Gubara Springs.
- Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics, and accessibility.
- For the Top End and Red Centre safaris please restrict luggage to a day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack (maximum 10kg) as the majority of your luggage can be stored at your accommodation. For the Darwin <> Alice Springs and Cairns <> Sydney safaris, a maximum of 23kg in a soft bag or suitcase plus a small day pack is permitted.
- Swags are used as standard on nights 20 and 21. Clients wishing to hire a dome tent will need to pre-book this and pay a $60 local payment on departure from Alice Springs.
- Single travelers will be paired with another customer of the same gender on the camping nights
- This is an open-aged tour, however, most passengers are between the ages of 18-39
- Travel insurance is recommended. Get a quote here.
- Flight from Cairns to Alice Springs is not included and needs to be prebooked before departure.
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