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21 Day Guided Tour Sydney to Cairns - Ultimate

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  • Explore the East Coast's top destinations: Byron Bay, Surfers Paradise, Brisbane, and Cairns
  • 3 days sailing around the Whitsunday Islands
  • Camping on Fraser Island
  • Partying in Surfer's Paradise
  • Learning to surf
  • Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef
  • Package includes travel pass from Sydney to Cairns, a knowledgeable Ultimate guide, 20 nights of accommodation, exciting activities, and some meals
  • Travel comfortably in a coach with WiFi and reclining seats, accompanied by your group and guide


  • All transport from Sydney to Cairns
  • Group Leader available 24/7 on tour
  • 20 nights’ Accommodation
  • Flashpacker Accommodation and 3 x overnight buses
  • Sydney city tour
  • Surf lesson in Surfers Paradise
  • Dolphin Kayaking
  • Guided Kayak trip in the Byron Bay marine park.
  • Brisbane Southbank tour
  • 3-day K'gari Camping Adventure
  • 3-day Whitsunday Islands Sailing Adventure
  • Australia Zoo
  • Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Trip
  • 4 x Breakfast 5 x Lunch 6 x Dinner



Day 1 : Welcome to Sydney

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 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.

Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 2-3 : Byron Bay

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.

Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3 : Byron Bay

Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4-6 : Surfers Paradise

This morning we arrive in Surfers Paradise where we’ll spend the next 3 nights! We spend the first afternoon exploring the golden sands of Surfers Paradise Beach and discover the endless entertainment of nightlife on offer! The next day, after a relaxing morning, we embrace the local way of life with a surf lesson - you'll be riding the waves like a pro in no time!

Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5 : Brisbane

Today our journey continues and we travel a short distance to Brisbane, the capital of the Queensland state. Our day is spent exploring the man-made city lagoons of Brisbane’s Southbank entertainment precinct. Includes: Southbank Brisbane Tour

Meals :Dinner


Day 6 : Brisbane

We rise early in the morning so that we can make our way to the home of the crocodile hunter, Australia Zoo! This zoo, made famous by Steve Irwin has endless wildlife action every day and there are always plenty of exciting wildlife shows to see. The entire day is spent interacting with Australian wildlife and learning about the famous Irwin family story. Includes: Australia Zoo Tour

Meals :Dinner


Day 7 : Rainbow Beach

Our second week on the East Coast includes three days on the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island. We will swim in the crystal waters of secret lakes, discover the famous Maheno shipwreck and explore various island lookouts for incredible island vibes and views. We spend our first night in Rainbow Beach so that we can get a safety briefing and to meet the specialised local guide will be spending the next three days with. Not included: $20 insurance payable on arrival (Paid by all customers. To drive, customers must be over 21 and have a manual driver's license for a minimum of one year. Driving is at the discretion of the partner operator and not guaranteed prior to travel)

Meals :None


Day 8 : Fraser Island

Once we have arrived on the world's biggest sand island, we then drive for 1 hour to the Eurong resort along 75 Mile beach...Fraser Island's own highway with speed limits! There you can grab a coffee and chocolate croissant (own cost) for morning tea. From here is when the big adventure begins as we drive to the famous Lake McKenzie...arguably the most popular and picturesque highlight of Fraser! Here we stop for some lunch, and for some quality time to have a play in the amazing clear waters with your new found friends! Around 3pm we drive up the beach to our campsite, for an early dinner and some well deserved drinks and fun!

Meals :None


Day 9 : Fraser Island

Arise in the morning for a quick breakfast before we begin our busiest day on Fraser Island and head off to see Eli creek, a beautifully clear creek perfect for a relaxing swim. Travelling north we then stop at Maheno shipwreck for some photos and short history lesson about this famous Fraser Island icon. Shortly after we travel up to Indian head, Fraser Island's highest point. From here you may be lucky enough to see whales and sharks in the ocean, before we travel to Champagne pools for a dip! We have lunch at either Maheno shipwreck or Champagne pools on Day 2 depending on time constraints, safety, and beauty! In the afternoon we travel back to camp for dinner and drinks. Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Meals :None


Day 10 : Fraser Island

Start with breakfast, before our cleaning and take down of our camp site. We then drive to the beginning of the Lake Wabby walk, where we walk through the sand dunes to this tropical paradise! Lunch follows our trip to Lake Wabby, before we begin our drive down the beach heading back to the barge. Once back on the mainland we head back to the 4WD shed where you unpack and quickly clean the cars. We return to Freedom Rainbow Beach between 3pm and 4pm Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch

Meals :None


Day 11 : Rainbow Beach

Meals :None


Day 12 : Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach

Meals :None


Day 13 : Airlie Beach

Our next destination is the coastal town of Airlie Beach. This location is the gateway to the Whitsundays Islands. We spend this first day at the local lagoon and exploring the coastline.

Meals :None


Day 14 : Whitsundays Sailing

Our next few days are spent waking up in paradise. We will spend 2 nights on board a maxi boat as we cruise and snorkel around some of the best coral reefs on the coast! Our trip plan always changes over these days because there’s so many amazing places to see in the Whitsundays. The definite experiences will be • Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet Lookout • Multiple snorkelling locations • Stargazing • Bushwalks • Beach Sunsets. All meals are included whilst sailing Meal(s) included : 2x Breakfast, 1x Lunch, 2x Dinner

Meals :None


Day 15 : Whitsundays Sailing

Meals :None


Day 16 : Airlie Beach

Meals :None


Day 17 : Airlie Beach

Overnight Bus

Meals :None


Day 18 : Cairns

The final stop on our adventure is at the home of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Cairns! This morning we arrive early and settle into the palm tree paradise! After getting acquainted with the city and local lagoon, you will have the option to join the group on the outskirts of the city for an afternoon of local music and sunshine. The rest of today is free to explore. Tonight the group will come together for a Cairns dinner. Includes: Group Dinner

Meals :None


Day 19 : Great Barrier Reef

Today we have the opportunity to spend a full day on the magnificent Great Barrier Reef with unlimited snorkelling! The vessel we travel on caters for snorkelers, certified and introductory divers. Our dive locations on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef (approx 70km offshore) offer outstanding underwater visibility, superb coral formations and abundant, colourful marine life. Includes: Great Barrier Reef Day Trip, Lunch

Meals :None


Day 20 : Cairns

Today is our last full day on tour and we can spend it however you like! Hang out at the popular Cairns Lagoon, learn more about Australian Indigenous culture or take on more adventure with a Skydive - Cairns has endless adventures on offer! On our final night in this North Queensland paradise your group leader will be available to help you plan your ongoing adventures and travels. Includes: Final Night Out in Cairns. Farewell Drink Not included: Onward Travel

Meals :None


Day 21 : Cairns

Today our East Coast Adventure comes to an end and we bid farewell to our new friends and the East Coast. Tour Ends 10am

Meals :None


Pickups / Departures

Airport transfer on arrival to Sydney airport can be organised if needed - contact our sales team

The group will meet on day 1, more detailed information will be sent to the customer pre-arrival.


Luggage Limit

1 carry-on bag, up to 25lbs & 1 checked bag, up to 50lbs

Extra Costs

Fraser Island Extras: $20 insurance levy (mandatory) & $10 (optional) sleeping bag hire payable locally
Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Trip Extras: $20 (mandatory) reef conservation levy payable locally


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Aidan N. 03 Oct 2023
I have just finished my 1 week tour with Ultimate Travel. I had George, Matty and Sophie as our tour guides. They were all super friendly and helpful and I had such a good time with them. I would definitely recommend ultimate travel.

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