East Coast Wanderer

East Coast Wanderer

24 Days

Experience the exhilarating East Coast of Australia. Swimming with dolphins, partying in Byron Bay and Surfers Paradise, explore Fraser Island & Great Keppel Island, come sailing at Airlie Beach, try whitewater rafting or tandem skydiving? Swim and snorkel among the vibrant corals in the warm tropical waters of the Barrier Reef before finishing your 24 days with a sunrise sea kayak adventure. A real holiday experience.

Tour Information

Leave Sydney behind we take a short drive to Nelson's Bay. Join our unique catamaran for a leisurely cruise with the dolphins before overnighting at the quiet riverside town of Taree. Explore the Dorrigo National Park, a startlingly beautiful area of rainforest where you can do the Skywalk - a wooden walkway stretched high over the rainforest canopy, before spending the night in Coffs Harbour.

Take a leisurely drive up the coast to Byron Bay where you can walk to Australia's most Easterly point at Cape Byron and maybe see dolphins playing in the surf. You can also explore the alternative shops, market stalls and cafes in the relaxed town, or sunbathe on the beach. Then we'll head further up the coast to Queensland's Gold Coast and Surfer's Paradise. Maybe take a surfing lesson or visit one of the theme parks - Seaworld, Dreamworld, Movieworld or the Wet n Wild water park.

The next 3 days find us exploring the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island. We'll pick up our 4WD vehicle in Hervey Bay and take the ferry across to Fraser Island and begin our adventure. Some of the highlights on Fraser Island include: Lake McKenzie - a crystal clear lake surrounded by white sand where you can swim in cool water; Indian Head - a rocky outcrop overlooking the ocean and great for spotting dolphins and sharks in the surf and the ship wreck Maheno. We'll overnight in our island beach resort and the roads we use will literally be a 75 mile stretch of beach with tracks leading into bush.
Briefly leave the coast for our two day stay on a typical Australian cattle station. Jump on a horse or motor bike and help with the daily fun on this working cattle property. Home cooked meals and real family hospitality are just some of the attractions of this unique outback station.

Sun, sails, sand and fun await you as we leave the bush and cruise out to Great Keppel Island, the largest of the 18 Keppel islands. The island is ringed by white sandy beaches and clear blue sea, making it ideal for sunbathing and water sports. Inland you can do a number of hikes in the woodlands of the interior. You can also snorkel at Monkey Beach or explore the nearby sand dunes.

Further north to Airlie Beach we join our 20 metre yacht for our three day/two night sailing cruise through the Whitsunday Islands. One of the highlights of any East Coast Adventure, you'll live aboard the yacht and cruise between these paradise islands, mooring to explore or snorkel the reef. One of the highlights of this cruise is Whitsunday Island, which is home to Whitehaven Beach - one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You'll also have plenty of time to gaze into the turquoise waters, sunbathe on the deck and spot turtles or dolphins following the yacht. Everything is supplied on this unique Australian adventure.

Next spend three magical nights at a resort in Mission Beach. The days are free for you to try some of the amazing range of activities on offer on Australia's East Coast. Here we'll give you the chance to try white water rafting on the Tully River, tandem sky diving over the beach, sea kayaking, rainforest hiking or cassowary and crocodile spotting! After all these adrenaline rushes you'll appreciate the chance to relax on the pretty beaches or take a boat over to Dunk Island for some great hikes.

Heading north again through Cairns to the Daintree National Park area. We overnight in the rainforest at a unique hostel and start your day with an exhilarating three hour, Sunrise Sea kayaking trip complete with breakfast. Then explore the many rainforest hikes around the Mossman Gorge before heading back to Cairns.

Our last day see us all aboard the Passions of Paradise catamaran for a full day tour to the Outer Barrier Reef. Go scuba diving (no experience needed) or snorkel among the colourful coral. There's plenty of time to see the vast array of marine life including fish, stingrays, blue starfish, and multi- coloured coral and heaps more. This is the longest day trip available to the reef and will be a day to remember.

Booking Information What's Included?
  • Services of a professional tour leader
  • All transportation by Mercedes or Toyota mini-bus
  • 23 nights fully accommodated
  • All National park entry fees
  • Over 12 meals
  • Dolphin Cruise
  • Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary
  • 3 day 4WD tour of Fraser Island
  • 2 day cattle station stay with horse & motor bike riding
  • 2 day visit on Great Keppel Island with transfers
  • 3 day/2 night Whitsunday sailing cruise
  • Full day Outer Barrier Reef day trip with snorkelling.
  • Three hour sunrise sea kayak adventure