Australia East Coast Tour (In partnership with Via Travel)

Description

Tour Inclusions
(Full Itinerary and accommodation choices are
listed at the bottom of this document)

·      Small
Group Tour (Min 4, Max 16 Guests)

·      All
transport (Private buses, flight, train & boat trips)

·      Included
free activities most days (Walks, waterfalls, beaches, local experiences)

·      11
breakfasts, 6 lunch experiences, 3 dinner experiences

·      Local
aboriginal experience in Tully with dinner included (Ingan Tours)

·      Fraser
Island 4wd adventure with lunch included (Fraser Island Discovery Group or
Similar)

·      Great
Barrier Reef day cruise including 2 reef sites, bird sanctuary, snorkeling,
lunch on board and optional              scuba diving (Passions of Paradise or Similar)

·     
Whitsundays Island Explorer day cruise
with a visit to Whitehaven beach, snorkeling opportunities & lunch on          board
(Thundercat or Similar)


 

Focus and unique selling points:

1.    
Small groups allow for an intimate touring experience (Min 4, max 16)

2.    
We include ‘must-sees’ like
Sydney, Byron Bay, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef, but we also expose           our guests to family-run hospitality, locally-produced food and wine, and a
variety of down-to-earth                           experiences that can only be enjoyed in small groups.

3.    
We understand the importance of
utilising the local community and businesses to create sustainable and long         lasting relationships. We visit best local cafes, restaurants & food
producers everyday.

4.    
We use a mix of 4 star,
boutique & family run accommodation so guests sleep well at night.

5.    
Active tour style provides opportunities for nature walks, snorkeling,
swimming, spotting animals in the wild

6.    
Great music playlist, informative, enthusiastic guides & no boring
commentary 


7.    
In Tully, north Queensland, we
provide a contemporary tailor made Aboriginal experience with the Grant family,         who provide insight into the past, present & future of Aboriginal heritage
in the area






























































8.     Via also donates $1 per day towards the food rescue charity “Oz
Harvest” for every guest on board. They                 educate on how the local volunteers are
helping rescue food in Australia, re-distributing food to those in need 

Full itinerary

Key: B =
Breakfast, L = lunch, D = Dinner

Day
0: Sydney

We
start in Australia's Harbour City, the glittering jewel in the east coast's
crown. Check in, relax, and get some sleep: the adventure begins tomorrow.

Day
1: Sydney

We
begin with a walking tour of Australia's most famous city. Watch how the sun
glints on the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and even the historic ferry we
take to Watson’s Bay. Over fish ’n chips, we'll plot our next course: a walk
along the east coast's towering cliffs – aboriginal rock carvings, ocean spray
and stunning views. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and even the occasional
whale. We're back in the heart of the city later for a multicultural welcome
dinner, and the chance to sample Sydney’s funky nightlife. (B, L, D)

Day
2: Hunter Valley and Newcastle

We
leave behind Sydney's skyscrapers and sidewalks for a wildlife park boasting an
all-star cast of koalas, kangaroos, and more guided by our own personal
wildlife ranger. We're in the heart of the Hunter Valley, so there's nothing
better than to take a wine, cheese, chocolate and organic vodka tasting tour,
complete with gourmet lunch. We'll also visit the sunny port city Newcastle,
rounding an eclectic day off with local live music. (B, L)

Day
3: Port Macquarie via Forster

It's
all about water today. After an amazing local breakfast, we hit the scenic
Lakes Way for a coastal walk and lookout climb. Sunbathe on the sand or, if
you're feeling more adventurous, dive into a stand-up paddle or kayak
experience. Afterwards, we're off to Port Macquarie in time for a sunset
cruise, with complimentary drinks and snacks to enjoy – if you're not
distracted by the dolphins that frequently swim past. (B)

Optional:
Stand-up paddle board, kayak

Day
4: Dorrigo National Park

We
start by meeting the volunteers at a local koala hospital. If you're able to
tear yourself away from the cuddly critters, you'll be rewarded with a stop at
gorgeous Dorrigo National Park, known for its lush, sub-tropical rainforest and
waterfalls. We finish the day in true Aussie style: a traditional pub where you
can relax, order some grub, have a few drinks and even play some pool. Seeking
something stronger? Ask about our visit to the local gin distillery. (B)

Day
5: Dorrigo National Park – Byron Bay

It's
off to Dangar Falls for a refreshing dip in its cascading waters. Once dry,
we're headed to Byron Bay, a laid-back surf paradise with boundless coastline,
sand and friendly locals. We'll pay a visit to the local lighthouse for a
unique photo opportunity, and the chance for the eagle-eyed to spot dolphins,
whales, and other marine life. (B)

Day
6: Byron Bay

Today
we're talking relaxation, relaxation, and relaxation. Spend the morning on the
warm sand, shopping for bargains, or indulge in one of our optional activities:
yoga, surfing, kayaking, skydiving or getting a massage. We'll pop to an
organic farm where we'll pick and prepare a healthy lunch, then the rest of the
day is all yours – put your feet up, head to a cosy bar, or watch the world go
by from one of the local cafes. (L)

Optional: Yoga session, surf
lesson, kayak experience, skydive or massage

Day
7: Noosa

We're
a week into our adventure and today sees a visit to sun-kissed Noosa (via one
of Australia's top surf spots and home to some of our champion surfers). We're
crossing into Queensland – the Sunshine State – which means koala-spotting in a
national park followed by a magnificent sunset overlooking the Sunshine Coast
hinterland from a coastal lookout. Rest up in the evening, or hit the bustling
town for dinner and nightlife. (B)

Day
8: Fraser Island & Noosa

Ready,
steady, go, for a once-in-a-lifetime Fraser Island 4WD adventure today. You'll
never want to leave, as we explore the largest sand island in the world, kick
back at some of Queensland's most renowned lookouts, take a walk on the wild
side, dive into a crystal-clear lake, and go dingo-discovering. The fun needn't
stop there; after the tour feel free to enjoy Noosa's vibrant nightlife, or put
your feet up in your accommodation. (L)

Day
9: Airlie Beach

It's
up, up, and away, as we take the plane to Airlie beach, hub of the magnificent
Whitsundays. You get the chance to take the reins today; whether you want to
stroll through the town, find a cool bar, or explore the local swimming hole,
the choice is all yours! (B)

Day
10: Whitsunday Islands Cruise and Airlie Beach

After
breakfast, we're taking a leisurely day cruise through the postcard-perfect
islands of the Whitsundays, including a stop at famed Whitehaven beach. Words
can't do justice to the dazzling white sands, azure waters, and densely verdant
vegetation of this incredible corner of the world. Get a closer look by
snorkeling with colourful coral, and an array of playful fish and turtles.
Afterwards, it's your chance to relax or seek out the town's best food and
drink options. (B, L)

Day
11: Tully

All
aboard! It's an early morning train ride and a change of scenery today as we
head through undulating cane fields to historic Tully. We'll meet an Aboriginal
family who'll escort us to a secluded swimming hole in the rainforest. You'll
also get the chance to play bush explorer, as we venture into the dense
rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park, prepare traditional food, and set up a
campfire. We finish the day with a night spotlighting tour and the chance to
see another world: Australia's animals under the cover of darkness. (D)

Day
12: Cairns via the Atherton Tablelands

Enjoy
breakfast in a local café before we travel into the wet tropics of Far North
Queensland. We'll discover a magnificent plunge waterfall nestled in dense
tropical rainforest en-route to the Atherton Tablelands. Take a dip in the cool
water before we head to Lake Eacham, a crater lake with crystal-clear water,
and visit the massive ‘Curtain Fig Tree’. We'll finish the day in Cairns, one
of Australia's most vibrant, tropical and energetic cities. (B) 

Day
13: Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

It's
one of the highlights of any trip to Australia: The Great Barrier Reef. Today,
we take a cruise to the famed reef, where we'll go snorkeling and hear a marine
conservation commentary. After an extraordinary day, we'll freshen up at the
hotel before having our farewell dinner. It's a chance to compare memories,
swap stories, and say farewell to your friends on the tour. (B, L, D)

Optional: Scuba dive on the
Great Barrier Reef

Day
14: Cairns
























































































































Start
your final day with breakfast on us, then enjoy a city walk along the Esplanade,
through the CBD and to Cairns’ famous fruit and vegetable markets, try an
organic coffee or freshly squeezed sugarcane juice, or put your feet up and
relax. Thanks for a wonderful adventure together! (B)


Age
Requirements & Tour Style:

Must be 18+ to travel on the tour unless an approved
minor (12+ years old) is accompanied by an adult. Age limit is 65 years old,
but all guest must be young in spirit & active enough to participate daily
in light to medium walks, some lasting up to 2 hours

 

Accommodation:
Hand
picked for the location, service & comfort

·     
Sydney: Macleay Hotel

·     
Newcastle: The Lucky Hotel

·     
Port Macquarie: El Paso Motor
Inn

·     
Dorrigo National Park: Dorrigo
Heritage Motel (Traditional Australian Pub) or Bellingen Valley Lodge

·     
Byron Bay: Apartments Inn

·     
Noosa: Noosa Lakes Resort

·     
Airlie Beach: Airlie Beach
Hotel

·     
Tully: Mt. Tyson Hotel/Motel
(Traditional Australian Pub)

·     
Cairns: Holiday Inn Harbourside
or Cairns Plaza Hotel














































*Similar accommodation may be
used if necessary

Product Code : PPGFHE

From AUD $5,490.00

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