Trip Type : Small Group Tour
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
14 days
From: $ 2,849 $ 204 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Follow an aboriginal guide through the daintree rainforest
  • Opt to visit the great barrier reef
  • Sail around the scenic whitsundays
  • Try surfing in byron bay
  • Hike the blue mountains

Short Description

In case you hadn’t noticed, Australia is an awfully big place. So big, in fact, that you’d need to come back a few times to see it all. Don’t have that kind of time? Hop aboard this 14-day trip down Australia’s east coast and make the most of the time you do have. Offering a solid mix of must-do experiences and uncommon adventures, you’ll learn to surf at Byron Bay, sail the Whitsundays, and trek through Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest. The best part: there’s still plenty more to come back for.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Cairns
End City Sydney

Destinations

Australia

Age Requirement

You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

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Trip Includes

  • Your Discover Moment: Byron Bay Your Hands-On Moment: Surfing Lesson
  • Byron Bay
  • Guided rainforest walk
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion
  • Blue Mountains stay with hikes
  • Jenolan Caves visit
  • Scenic Railway
  • Jamison Valley walk
  • Orientation walk in Sydney
  • Free time in Cairns
  • Byron Bay
  • and Sydney
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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Itinerary

Day 1 Cairns

There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Cairns/Cape Tribulation (1B, 1L)

Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest. Included Activities: Aboriginal Interpretive Walk Transport: Travel 1.5 hrs to Mossman Gorge. Later, continue 2 hrs to Cape Tribulation. Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 140km)

Day 3 Cape Tribulation (1B)

With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park. If you've ever dreamt of soaring high above a treetop canopy, now's the time to make it happen. Pre-book the "Jungle Surfing Through The Daintree Rainforest" activity on the checkout page to include this optional on your tour.

Day 4 Cape Tribulation/Cairns (1B)

Return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))

Day 5 Cairns/Airlie Beach (1B)

Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach with time to explore the town. Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00-10.00 hours, 623km)

Day 6 Airlie Beach (1L)

Set sail for a day in the Whitsunday Islands, visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Opt to swim or snorkel, and hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand. Return to Airlie Beach for the night. Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands Sailing Excursion Barrier Reef Visit

Day 7 Airlie Beach/Byron Bay

Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this "hippie" paradise. Additional Notes: Please note that due to operational reasons the following departures will be staying in Kingscliff instead of Byron Bay: Best of Australia - Nov 21, 2019 & Dec 26, 2019 Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia - Nov 10, 2019 & Dec 15, 2019 Australia & New Zealand Encompassed - Dec 15, 2019 Australia & New Zealand Discovery - Dec 26, 2019 Transport: Plane (2.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 200km)

Day 8 Byron Bay

Spend the day wandering the town or taking part in a multitude of optional activities like skydiving, visiting Cape Byron Lighthouse, or relaxing on the beach. If staying active is more your speed, why not try sea kayaking? Pre-book the "Byron Bay Ocean Kayaking" activity on the checkout page to include this optional on your tour.

Day 9 Byron Bay/Port Macquarie

Hit the waves with an included surf lesson. Head to the coastal township of Port Macquarie, featuring all the beauty of the beach set alongside gorgeous national parks. Enjoy an evening in Port Macquarie. Included Activities: Surfing Lesson Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 397km)

Day 10 Port Macquarie/Blue Mountains

En route to the Blue Mountains, opt to stop at the Koala Hospital to learn about vital wildlife conservation work in the area. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 500km)

Day 11 Blue Mountains

Explore the area around Leura and Katoomba including the Three Sisters. Visit the Jenolan Caves, take a walk in Jamison Valley, and ride on the Scenic Railway, the steepest railway in the world. Included Activities: Jenolan Caves Tour Scenic Railway Jamison Valley Walk Blue Mountains Excursion

Day 12 Blue Mountains/Sydney

Travel to Sydney and enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city. Opt to rent a bike, stroll the botanical gardens, or visit the iconic Opera House. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

Day 13 Sydney

Get a feel for the city. Relax seaside at Bondi Beach. Enjoy an optional final night out with the group. For a rush of adrenaline, opt to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge or zip through the harbour on a jet boat. Pre-book the "Sydney Bridge Climb" or "Sydney Adrenaline Bundle" activity on the checkout page to add these optionals to your tour.

Day 14 Sydney

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

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Aug-08-2019Aug-21-2019$ 3,039Yes8 spots left Reserve
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Sep-05-2019Sep-18-2019$ 2,849Yes10 spots left Reserve
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Nov-14-2019Nov-27-2019$ 3,581Yes13 spots left Reserve
Nov-21-2019Dec-04-2019$ 3,979YesSold Out Reserve
Dec-05-2019Dec-18-2019$ 4,149Yes6 spots left Reserve
Dec-12-2019Dec-25-2019$ 4,149Yes13 spots left Reserve
Dec-26-2019Jan-08-2020$ 4,149YesSold Out Reserve
Jan-16-2020Jan-29-2020$ 3,979Yes11 spots left Reserve
Jan-23-2020Feb-05-2020$ 3,979Yes13 spots left Reserve
Jan-30-2020Feb-12-2020$ 3,979Yes10 spots left Reserve
Feb-13-2020Feb-26-2020$ 4,149Yes12 spots left Reserve
Feb-20-2020Mar-04-2020$ 4,149Yes16 spots left Reserve
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Mar-26-2020Apr-08-2020$ 4,149Yes11 spots left Reserve
Apr-16-2020Apr-29-2020$ 4,149Yes16 spots left Reserve
May-14-2020May-27-2020$ 3,979Yes16 spots left Reserve
Jun-11-2020Jun-24-2020$ 3,979Yes16 spots left Reserve
Jul-09-2020Jul-22-2020$ 3,799Yes15 spots left Reserve
Aug-06-2020Aug-19-2020$ 3,799Yes16 spots left Reserve
Aug-27-2020Sep-09-2020$ 3,799Yes16 spots left Reserve
Sep-03-2020Sep-16-2020$ 3,799Yes16 spots left Reserve
Sep-17-2020Sep-30-2020$ 3,799Yes16 spots left Reserve
Oct-08-2020Oct-21-2020$ 3,799Yes12 spots left Reserve
Oct-15-2020Oct-28-2020$ 3,799Yes16 spots left Reserve
Oct-29-2020Nov-11-2020$ 3,799Yes16 spots left Reserve
Nov-12-2020Nov-25-2020$ 3,979Yes16 spots left Reserve
Nov-19-2020Dec-02-2020$ 3,979Yes16 spots left Reserve
Nov-26-2020Dec-09-2020$ 3,979Yes16 spots left Reserve
Dec-03-2020Dec-16-2020$ 4,149Yes16 spots left Reserve
Dec-10-2020Dec-23-2020$ 4,149Yes16 spots left Reserve
Dec-17-2020Dec-30-2020$ 4,149Yes16 spots left Reserve
Dec-31-2020Jan-13-2021$ 4,149Yes16 spots left Reserve
Jan-07-2021Jan-20-2021$ 3,799Yes16 spots left Reserve
Jan-14-2021Jan-27-2021$ 3,799Yes14 spots left Reserve
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This was a trip with our two 30+ daughters and they picked it so they would have others in their own age group and a more active itinerary

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This was a trip with our two 30+ daughters and they picked it so they would have others in their own age group and a more active itinerary. I think this hit the mark on both points.

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Brilliant location, great people an fun activities

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Brilliant location, great people an fun activities. The trip of a lifetime which I will never forget

From exploring the rainforest, to snorkelling the reef, to relaxing on the beaches and ending in the amazing city of Sydney

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From exploring the rainforest, to snorkelling the reef, to relaxing on the beaches and ending in the amazing city of Sydney...one of the best experiences you can have!

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So good I want more!

The trip could have been some days longer, so we could have spent some more days in Byron Bay or Port Macquire

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The trip could have been some days longer, so we could have spent some more days in Byron Bay or Port Macquire. But overall a very nice tour, with a lot of good activities and amazing people!

Details

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Private vehicle, sailboat, plane, walking A variety of transport modes are used on this coastal tour.

Local Flights

Local flights are included in this itinerary. The max luggage allowance on domestic flights within Australia is 1 checked bag (20 kgs) and 1 carry on (7 kgs) per person.

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Max 16, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accomodations

Hotels (11 nts), rainforest cabin (2 nts).

Guides

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes. 2. Please be aware that wifi and internet access is not as readily available in Australia as in other parts of the world. There are often additional charges to connect to the internet, and speeds may be slower than what you are used to. 3. Over public holidays in Australia and New Zealand (such as Christmas, New Years Day, Easter, and Anzac Day) there may be some limitations of services and disruptions to schedules. In general our tours still operate effectively over public holidays, but there may be closures of optional activities and restaurants, and slight itinerary adjustments in order to provide all tour inclusions.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility. Our groups tend to eat together for most meals but there is no obligation to so. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. On this trip we include one local breakfast experience. We love checking out what the locals are doing and what makes up their daily routines. In Italy that could be starting the day with an espresso and cornetto standing at the bar in a local café. in Australia it might include an iced coffee and sausage roll by the beach and in Vietnam it could be slurping a steaming bowl of pho sitting on a plastic stool on a busy street corner. Hey, variety is the spice of life!

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Rules & Other Requirements

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Trip ID#:

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Meals Included:

4 breakfasts, 2 lunches

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