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East Coast Beachin' tour

East Coast Beachin'

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4.7 . Excellent
93%
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: $ 2,199 $ 157 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit Byron Bay
  • Visit Whitehaven Beach
  • Visit Magnetic Island
  • Visit Noosa
  • Visit Fraser Island (including Lake McKenzie)
  • Sail the Whitsunday Islands
  • Surf lesson in Crescent Head
  • Visit Byron Bay
  • Visit Whitehaven Beach
  • Visit Magnetic Island
  • Visit Noosa
  • Visit Fraser Island (including Lake McKenzie)
  • Sail the Whitsunday Islands
  • Surf lesson in Crescent Head

Short Description

Surf, sail and island hop your way along the East Coast. Leave all things urban behind to visit beautiful beaches, a proper Aussie farm, a national park and the odd World Heritage Site. Fill up your camera roll and make new friends as you tick off this amazing side to Australia.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type 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 N/A
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Cultural Singles Travel

Destinations

Australia

Cities & Attractions

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Activities

Culture

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Trip Includes

  • 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
  • 4 nights in hotels, 1 night in a motel, 5 nights in lodges, 2 nights in cabins, 1 night sailing on a private yacht
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Awesome Topdeck Crew

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Itinerary

Day 1

Set the tone for this authentic Aussie adventure by crossing the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge en route to the surfing haven of Crescent Head. But first up, we've got a spot of wine tasting and grape stomping in the beautiful Hunter Valley. Keep your eyes peeled for the cheeky kangaroos that hang around the vines here, and leave enough space in your backpack for a bottle of wine or two...

Included today:
-Wine tasting and grape stomping in Hunter Valley

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2

Wake up, grab breakfast and get ready to hit the waves with an included surf lesson today. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, your instructors will give you some top tips that’ll have you surfing like a local in no time. Tear yourself away from the big blue as our road trip continues with a stop by the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour. Then: say hello to Byron Bay with an included orientation tour. Here you can burn incense, sip chai, practice yoga and go on an epic night out all in the space of 24 hours. Oh, and the beaches here are gorgeous.

Included today:
-Surf lesson
-See the Big Banana
-Orientation tour of Byron Bay

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 3

Awww, yeah – you’ve got a free day to do your own thing! Anti McDonald's and anti anything mass produced but pro juice bars, beer gardens and beards, it’s no wonder Byron Bay is a traveller’s hotspot. Also, Chris Hemsworth has a house here. Eeeek! Optionals on the menu today? Surfing, stand up paddle boarding and skydiving.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Skydiving
-Stand up paddle boarding
-Surf lesson

Day 4

Leave Byron behind you as we head to Brisbane. But first up is the famous Surfers Paradise and an Aboriginal Cultural experience (with song, dance and storytelling). Once in Brisbane, there’s an orientation tour to get your bearings. Then, the night is yours to let your hair down.

Included today:
-Visit Surfers Paradise
-Aboriginal Cultural experience
-Orientation tour of Brisbane

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 5

On our way to Fraser Island, we’ll swing by Noosa for a tour and a walk in Noosa National Park. Ten points if you spot a koala! There are also hidden natural pools around here, so bring your swimmers in case you have time for a quick dip.

We ask that you have packed a small overnight bag to take to Fraser Island with you as luggage space is limited. Pack items like swimmers, beach towel, chargers, hat, sunscreen, camera, jacket, toiletries, sandals/flip flops and casual clothes for two days.

Included today:
-Visit Noosa

Meals:
- Breakfast
- Dinner

Day 6

It’ll be love at first sight as you hit up the peaceful Eli Creek, the Maheno Shipwreck, the crystal-clear Lake McKenzie and much more on Fraser Island.

Included today:
-Full-day Fraser Island 4WD experience

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 7

Wave goodbye to the coast this morning as our journey continues to the stunning landscape, wildlife and country hospitality of Myella Farm: a working cattle station and our unique home for the next two nights.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 8

Embrace your inner jackaroo (or jillaroo) and get amongst farm life during your time here. You could always go all out and opt in to explore the farm on horseback too. Giddy-up!

Meals:
- Breakfast
- Lunch
- Dinner

Optional activities:
-Horse riding

Day 9

Been on a private yacht before? You will today as you sail the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. This is the life.

Please note: We ask that you have packed a small overnight bag to take onboard with you as space on the overnight sailing is limited. Pack items like swimmers, beach towel, chargers, hat, sunscreen, camera, jacket, toiletries, sandals/flip flops and casual clothes for two days.

Included today:
-Sail the Whitsunday Islands

Please note: The twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Sailing in the Whitsunday Islands.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 10

Shorten your bucket list with a visit to Whitehaven Beach and get ready to feast, swim and snorkel the day away. Sounds good, huh? Grab a last pic of paradise before we head back to Airlie Beach tonight. The nightlife here is a backpacker’s dream. Get amongst it and celebrate an epic start to the trip with your new travel mates.

Included today:
-Sail the Whitsunday Islands
-Visit Whitehaven Beach
-Snorkelling

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 11

Hop on a short ferry ride to Magnetic Island (cue pretty views en route). Relax, recharge and take it easy in a hammock of your choice. Or, seek out hidden beaches, hikes and swim out for a snorkel. This place is awesome and a little slice of paradise.
        

Included today:
-Visit Magnetic Island

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 12

Before leaving, we've got a visit to a wildlife park lined up for you. Get ready for snakes, birds and koalas! Once we're in Cairns, get your bearings on an orientation tour. Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns has got adventure for days. Take a stroll around. Then the night is yours to get out and experience some of the East Coast's best nightlife.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Included Today:
-Visit a wildlife park
-Cairns orientation tour

Day 13

You’ve got two days to play with in Cairns. Start with an optional Great Barrier Reef trip. Snorkel or scuba dive this world-famous reef and see what all the fuss is about. You might see turtles, reef sharks and Nemo! This place is special, trust us. There’s also bungy jumping if you’re game (optional).

Please note: Pre-book your Great Barrier Reef day trip at the time of booking to secure your spot.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Great Barrier Reef day trip
-Bungy jumping

Day 14

After breakfast, say bye to your trip mates. But with so much more on offer in and around Cairns, we won’t blame you for sticking around.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 1

Welcome to the trip. You’re in Cairns, baby! Get your bearings on an orientation tour. Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns has got adventure for days. Take a stroll around. Then the night is yours to get out and experience some of the East Coast’s best nightlife.

Included today:
-Orientation tour in Cairns

Day 2

Wanna see turtles, reef sharks, rays and more? Then don’t miss the optional excursion to dive or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef today! Other optionals include skydiving, bungy jumping, Minjin Jungle Swinging and jungle surfing. Pluck up the courage and go for it.

Meals:
- Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Great Barrier Reef day trip
-Skydiving
-Bungy jumping
-Minjin Jungle Swinging
-Jungle surfing

Day 3

Leave the reef behind with a short ferry ride to Magnetic Island (cue pretty views en route). Relax, recharge and take it easy in a hammock of your choice. Or, seek out hidden beaches, hikes and swim out for a snorkel. This place is awesome and a little slice of paradise.

Included today:
-Visit Magnetic Island

Meals:
- Breakfast
- Dinner

Day 4

Before leaving Magnetic Island we’ve got a visit to a wildlife park lined up for you. Get ready for snakes, birds and koalas. Eeeek! Later, hop in the coach as we’re headed to the Whitsunday Islands. Been on a private yacht before? You will today as you sail the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. This is the life.

Please note: We ask that you have packed a small overnight bag to take onboard with you as space on the overnight sailing is limited. Pack items like swimmers, beach towel, chargers, hat, sunscreen, camera, jacket, toiletries, sandals/flip flops and casual clothes for two days.

Included today:
-Visit a wildlife park
-Sail the Whitsunday Islands

Please note: The twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Sailing in the Whitsunday Islands.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 5

Shorten your bucket list with a visit to Whitehaven Beach and get ready to feast, swim and snorkel the day away. Sounds good, huh? Grab a last pic of paradise before we head back to Airlie Beach tonight. The nightlife here is a backpacker’s dream. Get amongst it and celebrate an epic start to the trip with your new travel mates.

Included today:
-Sail the Whitsunday Islands
-Visit Whitehaven Beach
-Snorkelling

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 6

Wave goodbye (briefly) to the coast this morning as our journey continues to the stunning landscape, wildlife and country hospitality of Myella Farm. A working cattle station and our unique home for the next two nights, we’ve got a welcome dinner here to help get us settled.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 7

Embrace your inner jackaroo (or jillaroo) and get amongst farm life during your time here. You could always go all out and opt in to explore the farm on horseback too. Giddy-up!

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Horse riding

Day 8

Kick off your day with a farm breakfast before catching a ferry bound for the UNESCO World Heritage listed Fraser Island. This place is the world's largest sand island and has the longest beach in Queensland. Epic!

We ask that you have packed a small overnight bag to take to Fraser Island with you as luggage space is limited. Pack items like swimmers, beach towel, chargers, hat, sunscreen, camera, jacket, toiletries, sandals/flip flops and casual clothes for two days.

Meals:
- Breakfast
- Dinner

Day 9

It’ll be love at first sight as you hit up the peaceful Eli Creek, the Maheno Shipwreck, the crystal-clear Lake McKenzie and much more on Fraser Island.

Included today:
Visit Fraser Island (including Lake McKenzie)
Full-day Fraser Island 4WD experience

Meals:
- Breakfast
- Lunch

Optional activities:
-Scenic flights from the beach

Day 10

On our way to Brisbane, we’ll swing by Noosa for a tour and a walk in Noosa National Park. Ten points if you spot a koala! There are also hidden natural pools around here, so bring your swimmers in case you have time for a quick dip.

Included today:
-Visit Noosa

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 11

Leave Brisbane behind you as we head to Byron Bay. But first up is the famous Surfers Paradise beach and an Aboriginal Cultural experience (with song, dance and storytelling). Don’t miss the nightlife in Byron Bay tonight. It’s pretty special!

Included today:
-Visit Surfers Paradise
-Aboriginal Cultural experience

Day 12

In Byron Bay, you can burn incense, sip chai, practice yoga and go on an epic night out all in the space of 24 hours. Oh, and the beaches here are gorgeous. Get a feel for the place with an included orientation tour. Then, you’ve got a free day to do your own thing! Anti-McDonald's and anti-anything mass produced but pro juice bars, beer gardens and beards, it’s no wonder Byron Bay is a traveller’s hotspot. Also, Chris Hemsworth has a house here. Eeeek! Optionals on the menu? Surfing, stand up paddle boarding and skydiving.

Included today:
-Orientation tour of Byron Bay

Optional activities:
-Skydiving
-Stand up paddle boarding
-Kayaking

Meals:
- Breakfast

Day 13

See ya Byron. It’s been real. Tear yourself away as our road trip continues with a stop by the Big Banana statue in Coffs Harbour. Then: say hello to our epic Surf Camp in Crescent Head. Once here, get ready to hit the waves with an included surf lesson today. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, your instructors will give you some top tips that’ll have you surfing like a local in no time. Dinner’s on us tonight.

Included today:
-Surf lesson
-See the Big Banana statue

Meals:
- Breakfast
- Dinner

Day 14

Bye Surf Camp! We’re continuing our journey down the coast and we’ve got a spot of wine tasting and grape stomping in the beautiful Hunter Valley. Keep your eyes peeled for the cheeky kangaroos that hang around the vines here, and leave enough space in your backpack for a bottle of wine or two... Then we’ll be crossing Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge on our way back to the big city. Cheers Topdeck, it’s been epic.

Included today:
-Wine tasting and grape stomping in Hunter Valley

Included today:
-Surf lesson

Meals:
- Breakfast
- Lunch

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East Coast Beachin'

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Extremely knowledgeable

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Amazing staff who are very friendly and also extremely knowledgeable. My trip was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I did the Spirit of Europe last year and couldn’t recommend Topdeck enough.
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Fast-Paced Tour of Western Europe that highlighted most Bucket List Sights. Awesome Company. Great Food and Tour Leader

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I jumped on this tour with very little notice and planning, and I was thoroughly impressed. Our Topdeck trip leader was very knowledgeable, fun, and adjusted the trip to the group (34 people). The meals provided were delicious, and they worked hard to cater to dietary needs. Accommodations were good, typically with 2-6 people in a hostel room. Keep in mind they are hostels, not hotels (bring your own towel).

I loved the itinerary, as it highlighted the must-see places and had variety (ex. Paris, Rome vs. Switzerland). The optionals in each city were all wonderful. However, many were not presented in the Topdeck literature online and were not introduced on the trip more than a day in advance. All are paid for in cash (Euros). Because of how the optionals were presented, it was a bit harder to budget. I would recommend inquiring more about the optionals when booking and at the beginning of your tour via your trip leader. Don't feel pressured to do all of them and remember to keep your own interests in mind.

The solo travelers easily found others with similar interests to explore with. For many on this trip, drinking and going out to bars/clubs was a major component (as alcohol is often cheaper than water). Because of the shortness of this tour along with all the destinations, prepare for lots of driving and to make the most of the time you have in each city.

This trip provided am amazing sampling of Western Europe and opened my eyes to cultures and history I was unfamiliar with. Overall, I would highly recommend this itinerary and touring company, as it provided a good balance between budget and experiences.

P.S. Stay flexible with plans, but some of the popular sights need more pre-planning than expected, like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam).
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Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash.

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Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.
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Winter Spirit around Europe!

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I did the 24 day Winter Spirit around Europe! I would definitely recommend booking a Topdeck tour! It was the best experience ever. Doing my second Topdeck in July around New Zealand!
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Most amazing experience ever!

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Did Uluru discovery in Australia and Grand Kiwi in NZ back in November and it was the most amazing experience ever! Awesome guide and driver. Well organized and took great care of us!
Only one bad hostel accommodation wise, but other than that it was amazing.
It was so nice not having to worry about accommodations, transportation, and most meals when we got there! On the days it wasn’t included, the guide/driver would tell us what’s in the area!
For sure will be doing another topdeck tour in the future!
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Extremely knowledgeable

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My partner and I just completed the 20 day Discover Winter tour and it was absolutely outstanding! What really made the trip though was the Trip Leader, Alex, and the driver, Deyan. They were both extremely knowledgeable people and explained everything we needed to know to enjoy every place we went to. I highly recommend this tour and hope that everybody else has the opportunity to meet Alex and Deyan.
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