- Explore the East Coast on a hop-on-hop-off style tour
- Take your time exploring with a 12-month flexible travel pass (bus and train) included in the price
- Enjoy flexible travel with open dated activities, accommodation and transport (valid for 12 months )
- Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef and sleep on a boat in the Whitsunday Islands
- Explore Fraser Island in a 4WD and take a surf lesson in Surfers Paradise
- Swim under waterfalls and party in Cairns
- Embark on a wine tasting tour in the Hunter Valley
- Explore Magnetic Island and bustling Noosa
- Relax with 28 nights accommodation in funky hostel dorms
- Enjoy 2 nights camping
- All activities can be booked with open dated tickets, valid for 12 months so you can use them when it suits you
Additional activities such as the 'country campout' at Emu Park and Rainforest Experience at Tully are available for upgrade at an additional cost.
Why do we love this
We love how flexible this tour is, meaning you get to see the East Coast exactly the way you want! Not many other tours let you choose how long you travel for and when you'll do each activity, which makes this trip pretty cool.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Want to see the Great Barrier Reef, explore Brisbane, drive around Fraser Island and cruise the Whitsundays? Then this is the trip for you! Travel to Magnetic Island, explore the Noosa esplanade, take a surf lesson in Surfer's Paradise and get ready for a party in Cairns. This is the ultimate East Coast escape.
With this tour, you'll get flexible travel options so you can see the East Coast exactly the way you want. You'll get a 12 Month Travel Pass, which includes all your travel from Sydney up to Cairns, valid for one year. Travel by air-conditioned minibus, on a high-speed train with your own movie screen and by ferry!
Your trip with start in Sydney and since you'll be travelling in a hop-on-hop-off bus, you'll get to choose which activities you want to do and when! All your activities can be booked with open dated tickets, valid for 12 months.
You'll also get 28 days of awesome accommodation included in the price! This includes 2 nights onboard a luxury boat and 2 nights camping on Fraser Island. Your accommodation can be open-dated, so you can use it when it suits you or opt to have a set itinerary... it's up to you!
How it works:
After you've booked, all that's left to do is decide your itinerary! Want to pack all the activities into 4 weeks, or make the most of your 12-month travel pass and spread them over the year?
The following activities are all included in the Ultimate East Coast package.
Hunter Valley Wine Tasting - 1/2 day
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head to the stunning Hunter Valley wine region for the backpacker’s dream. Go wine tasting at one of Australia’s most famous vineyards! Yum!
Barrington Tops National Park - 1 night
Stay in a private lodge overlooking the Barrington River surrounded by beautiful National park. Get your heart racing with some river tubing or hiking, then enjoy a beer in the hot tub – the perfect way to start your East coast trip!
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
Stop off at Australia beautiful coastal town, Port Macquarie, to visit the koala hospital and learn about how the hospital cares for and preserves these well-loved animals. As an added bonus you'll get to make some new furry friends.
Spot X - 1 night
Spend the night in the famous waterfront tipi dorms at Spot X. What a cool place to sleep! Try out ocean rafting and soak up the sun on the private beach. This is paradise.
River Retreat - 1 night
It's time to go camping! Go snorkelling in the marine park, head on a kayaking adventure and then spend the night around the campfire. Sleep under the stars in a swag at our private river retreat. If you're travelling in June – August you'll be spending the night in a historic country pub instead.
Byron Bay - 2 nights
It's chill time. Spend 2 days in the beach paradise of Byron Bay, famous for its awesome beaches and laid back surf lifestyle. Eat your way around the delicious cafes, catch some live music and hit the waves on a surfing lesson.
Gold Coast - 3 nights
You’ll be staying at the biggest and best hostel in the heart of Surfers Paradise – the party mecca of the Gold Coast! If you love beaching it up, crazy nightlife and theme parks, you’re definitely in the right spot!
Learn to surf in Surfers Paradise. With amazing beaches and beautiful weather, it’s the perfect place to experience surfing. Afterwards, sit back on the pristine beach and catch some sun.
Brisbane - 2 nights
Bustling Brisbane is waiting for you! You will be staying at an awesome hostel located in the heart of the cafe, cultural and nightlife scene of Brisbane. Make sure to check out Streets Beach, a pretty public beach on the South Bank of Brisbane River. There's also plenty of great cafes, art galleries, parks and more to check out.
Noosa - 2 nights
Enjoy 2 nights in paradise at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. Your accommodation is surrounded by lush tropical gardens with direct access to the resort pool and sand volleyball court.
Wander the esplanade, visit the beach and tuck into seafood for dinner.
Rainbow Beach - 2 nights
It’s time to head to Rainbow Beach, the gateway to World Heritage Fraser Island. Check out the pristine sand, enjoy a guided bushwalk, relax at your hostel with a BBQ and get ready for your Fraser Island adventure!
Fraser Island - 3 days/2 night. All Inclusive
Time for an island escape! Explore the world’s largest sand island by 4WD, take a drive along the beach, swim in Australia’s clearest freshwater lakes, check out the Maheno shipwreck and hike to Indian heads lookout for stunning views across the island. 2 nights dorm accommodation, tour guide and meals included.
Emu Park - 1 night
Explore the coastal town of Emu Park. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the resort pool or go turtle spotting. Upgrade to the country campout for an unforgettable experience where you'll meet a local cowboy, cook on an open fire, go bushwalking in the Aussie outback and feed the farm animals!
Airlie Beach - 3 nights
Airlie Beach is one of the East Coast’s best party towns, with awesome bars and a swimming lagoon! Spend 3 nights in tropical paradise, hang out with the locals and get ready for your Whitsundays Sailing trip!
Whitsunday Islands - 2 days/2 nights
Spend 2 awesome days and nights sailing around the Whitsunday Islands and snorkelling the crystal clear waters. Sleep on the boat, enjoy amazing freshly prepared food and relax and sunbathe on deck. Heaven!
Magnetic Island - 2 nights
Magnetic Island will blow you away. Your hostel is located right on the beach - perfect! Chill out in the sun by day and groove to funky tunes at the Island Bar by night. Take in the stunning scenery on your guided Forts walk. Includes ferry transfer.
Tully - 1 night
Welcome to the town of cassowaries and alligators! Go for a dip in a swimming hole surrounded by tropical rainforest and head to a historic pub for an authentic Aussie experience! The following morning you’ll get the opportunity to climb Mt Tyson. The views from the top are well worth the hike!
You can also upgrade to the Rainforest Experience and visit the picturesque spot ‘Alligators Nest’.
Cairns - 3 nights
Cairns is the adventure capital of Australia! Whether it’s skydiving, scuba diving, snorkelling, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, bungy jumping or exploring the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns will not let you down. Get ready for an exciting stay fun of adventure and tropical vibes.
Great Barrier Reef - 1 night
Experience an amazing day snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system. Meet turtles, sea cucumbers and try to find Nemo! Lunch is included today. $20 Reef Conservation Tax to pay on arrival.
Atherton Tablelands - 1 night
Experience the highlights of this stunning tropical rainforest located west of Cairns! You get to swim in a volcanic crater lake and play in fairy-tale like waterfalls on a fun and laid-back tour! Beautiful scenery is guaranteed.
So, what are you waiting for? With heaps of great activities to choose from, your bound to have an amazing time on this tour. The Aussie East Coast is waiting for you!