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East Coast Vibes tour
Cairns Everglades East Coast Vibes Trip

East Coast Vibes

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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
17 days
From: $ 1,499 $ 88 / day
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Short Description

Prepare for sun-soaked beaches, swim stops and a whole bunch of adrenalin-fuelled activities as we take on Australia’s famous East Coast, Topdeck-style! Hop on this classic trip from Sydney to Cairns, then take to the water at surf haven Spot X, spot wildlife on Magnetic Island and chill out at picture-perfect Airlie Beach. This is the Australia you’ve been dreaming about!

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

Activities

Culture

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Trip Includes

  • 16 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D)
  • 14 nights in hostels, 2 nights at a surf camp
  • Modern air-conditioned vehicle with free Wi-Fi
  • Awesome Topdeck Driver Guide

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Itinerary

Day 1

Meet your fellow Topdeckers today as we travel from Sydney to the famous surf haven, Spot X. Get to know your travel mates over an included dinner and get ready for a classic east coast trip. Let's go!

Meals:
- Dinner

Day 2

Ready for your day of surf camp? Slap on that sunscreen and take to the waters – it’s time to hit the waves, Aussie style! Whether you’re just starting out or have surfed before, the dudes and dudettes from Spot X have got your back. Work up an appetite for an included dinner this evening.

Included activities:
-Surf lesson

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 3

Today, we’re off to the iconic Byron Bay. A surfing, partying and foodie haven, we reckon you’ll fall a little bit in love with this place. Why not take a hike up to the lighthouse for the afternoon sunset? Guaranteed feels.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 4

Lots of optional activities to choose from today. Refine your newfound skills on a surf lesson in the popular breaks at Byron. For the adrenalin junkies, take to the skies and skydive over this stunning shoreline. Or shorten that bucket list of yours and head out on a kayak in search of dolphins. Eek!

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Skydiving
-Surf lesson
-Kayaking

Day 5

Bye-bye Byron, we’re off to Brisbane. But first, a quick pit stop at Surfers Paradise to swoon over the pro surfers. This place warrants its name, trust us.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 6

Noosa is a real gem on the Sunshine Coast. Check in, drop your bags and explore the town or take a hike in Noosa National Park this afternoon.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 7

Another day in paradise, we’re sorry to say, hope you love sea, sand and sun.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 8

What’s it going to be today? Take your pick from lounging around some stunning beaches, wandering the nearby national park or upping your selfie count at the beautiful Noosa River.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 9

Next up: the laidback haven of Rainbow Beach. Channel the area’s chilled out vibes and find that perfect yoga pose on the golden sands.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 10

First things first: shake the sand out of everything you own. Then, across the tropics to Emu Park we go! Spend the afternoon getting acquainted with the pool or just sit back and relax with a cool beverage. You’ve earned it.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 11

Ready for more of those picture-perfect beaches? Cue snorkelling, exploring, plenty of tanning time and pictures that’ll make your friends shout ‘Photoshop!’.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 12

Another day in paradise. Swim, laze, tan, repeat. You could get used to this.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
- Day sailing trips to islands

Day 13

Hit up the esplanade and people watch, there’s no better place for it. Whatever you do, it’s your last full day in Airlie Beach, so make it count!

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 14

Hard as it will be to leave, our time in the Whitsundays has come to an end. Turn that frown upside down, though – today we’re setting a course for the wildlife wonders of Magnetic Island! Grab a mango smoothie, hop on a short ferry ride from Townsville and what do you know? We’re already there. #islandlife awaits.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Included today:
-Return Ferry to Magnetic Island

Day 15

With secluded bays, cute villages, and lots of snorkelling options, Magnetic Island was made for exploring. So make the most of it on your free day here. Wanna get your heart pumping? Take a hike on the Forts Walk to learn about some local history and spy on some wild koalas. And for more wildlife, head to Geoffrey Bay to say hello to the resident wallabies. Cue new profile pic!

Included activities:
- Island Hopper bus pass

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 16

You’ll notice a change of scenery on our travels today as we continue up the coast to the far north tropic region. Pro tip: keep your swimmers out for our stop at Josephine Falls. Afterwards, it’s onwards to colourful Cairns. This evening, head to the famous night markets or soak up the local nightlife at one of the many bars and clubs.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 17

Don’t miss the optional excursion to dive or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef today – this is one you’re not gonna want to miss. We’re talking the chance to see turtles, reef sharks, rays and so much more. Today’s also your last chance to skydive, so pluck up the courage and go! Cue emotional farewells to your travel mates tonight and get planning that next adventure.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Great Barrier Reef Trip
-Skydiving
-Tully River Rafting

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East Coast Vibes

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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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Accomodations

You will use a variety of multi-share accommodation, which may include hotels, hostels, motels, cabins, an overnight boat and even a traditional Maori marae! The number of people in a room varies depending on the type of accommodation. To keep costs down accommodation is based on a four-share, same sex basis.

The 'More Inclusions' section of this document details what type of accommodation is used for our overnight stops.

If you are travelling with a friend and require twin or double accommodation, this is available at a small extra charge and can be requested at the time of booking.

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Meals Included:

Your included meals are detailed in the 'More Inclusions' sectio n of this document.

Breakfasts are included each day (except on the first morning). A typical breakfast consists of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, a range of spreads, and fruit juice, tea or coffee. It is rare to get a hot breakfast, though on some occasions it may be available.

Included evening meals will be combination of those prepared by the Topdeck Road Crew, local restaurants and places in which we stay.

If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or Topdeck Trip Consultant when you book. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

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