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East Coast Vibes: Sydney to Cairns

16 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 2,918

Get ready for sun-soaked beach parties, swim stops, and a whole bunch of adrenaline-fueled activities as you take on Australia’s East Coast. On this adventure from Sydney to Cairns, you’ll try your hand at surfing, spot wildlife, suntan on famous Airlie Beach, and explore the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

This 16-day Australian vacation takes you along Australia’s East Coast from Sydney to Cairns. It features hostel accommodations, escorted coach touring, and is perfect for 18-20 somethings on a gap year vacation.

Your adventure starts in Sydney, Australia’s largest city and one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Join your crew and bond during your journey up the coastline to the famous surf haven of Spot X. At Spot X, you’ll join a full-day surf camp, where you’ll slap on the sunscreen and hit the waves to try your hand at the most exciting aquatic sport out there. Continue the party as you head up to Byron Bay and spend two nights on the coastline, surfing, skydiving, and kayaking in search of dolphins in the daytime and partying in the nighttime. Next stop is Surfers Paradise, another of Australia’s surf meccas. Spend a day putting your new surf skills to the test on Surfers Paradise’s famous breaks before connecting to the Rainbow Beach via Brisbane, where you’ll unwind with some yoga on the beach and bask on the golden sands.

On Fraser Island, you’ll satisfy your desire for land-based adventure as you head on a full-day exploration. Ride a 4x4 across the white sand dunes towards Lake McKenzie and along Eli Creek before stopping off to snorkel through the waters off the coast. Connect to the nearby Emu Park to spend the afternoon at the pool. It is then on to Airlie Beach, widely considered one of the world’s best beaches. Hop on a Jet Ski to zoom across the waves and take a day trip out to Whitsunday Islands to snorkel through the coral reefs. You’ll have two full days at Airlie Beach to take advantage of beach life and exploring the surrounds.

After living it up on Airlie Beach, catch the ferry and ride to Townsville and Magnetic Island, where you’ll take a day to explore the collection of secluded bays, small villages, and bountiful snorkelling opportunities. You’ll also hike across the inland, spot some koalas, and see adorable wallabies at Geoffrey Bay.

The final stop on your adventure is Cairns, the resort town that’s the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. You can take an optional excursion to the reef to explore the world’s largest living structure and dive beneath the waves to discover the underwater world of untold marine life. From Cairns, you can also connect into the nearby tropical rainforest to try out some jungle surfing. If you’re really itching for excitement, you can even go skydiving.

The next morning, bid your new friends farewell and head to the airport to connect to your next destination.


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16 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 2,918

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Day 1

Sydney to Spot X

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!

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 2

Spot X

Ready for a day of surf camp? Slap on that sunscreen and take to the water - 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.

Included activities: Surf Lesson

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Spot X to Byron Bay

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 sunset tonight? Guaranteed feels.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Byron Bay

You've got lots of optional activities to choose from today. Refine your newfound skills on a surf lesson in the popular breaks at Byron, take to the air and skydive over the stunning shoreline, or shorten that bucket list of yours and head out on a kayak in search of dolphins. Eek!

Optional activities: Skydiving, Surf lesson and Kayaking.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Byron Bay to Gold Coast

Bye-bye Byron, we're off to Surfers Paradise to swoon over the pro surfers. This place warrants its name, trust us!

Included today: Visit Surfers Paradise

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach via Brisbane

Next up: the laid back awesomeness that is Rainbow Beach. Channel those chilled out vibes and practice your best yoga poses on the golden sands, go for a dip or simply bask in the sun like a beached mermaid/man. This is the life.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island

We're off to Fraser Island today. Spend some time hanging out at the beach or opt in for an awesome 4x4 expedish ticking off the likes of Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek. Expect crystal clear waters and more fun than you can shake a snorkel at.

Included today: Stay overnight on Fraser Island

Optional activities: Full day Fraser Island 4x4 experience

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 8

Fraser Island to Emu Park

First things first: shake the sand out of everything you own. Then, it's 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 9

Emu Park to Airlie Beach

Ready for another dose of picture-perfect beaches? We thought so. Opt in for a jet ski ride, or hop on an optional day trip to the stunning Whitsunday Islands for snorkelling, exploring, plenty of tanning time and pictures that'll make your friends shout 'Photoshop!'.

Optional activities: Visit the Whitsunday Islands and Jetskiing

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 10

Airlie Beach

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

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 11

Airlie Beach

Hit up the esplanade and go people watching, or assume your favourite sunbathing position on the sand. Whatever you do, it's your last full day in Airlie Beach, so make it count! Did we mention the nightlife here is epic? Get amongst it!

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 12

Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island

A short ferry ride from Townsville and we're on Magnetic Island. #islandlife awaits. Let's go!

Included today: Visit Magnetic Island

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 13

Magnetic Island

With secluded bays, cute villages and snorkelling opportunities for days, Magnetic Island was made for exploring. Wanna get your heart pumping? Take a hike -- and keep an eye out for wild koalas while you're at it. For more wildlife, head to Geoffrey Bay and say hello to the resident wallabies.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 14

Magnetic Island to Cairns

Farewell, Magnetic Island! We're getting a wriggle on and heading for Cairns today.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 15


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 optional include skydiving, bungy jumping, Minjin Jungle Swinging and jungle surfing. Pluck up the courage and go for it.

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

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 16


After one last breakfast, it's time to say your goodbyes to the crew. Is it ever too early to start planning the next adventure? Hint: nope!

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information


2019: Dec 2. 9
2020: Jan 6, 20; Feb 3


  • Transport in modern air conditioned vehicles with free Wi-Fi
  • Professional Topdeck Driver Guide
  • 14 nights accommodation in hostels
  • 2 nights at a surf camp
  • 15 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • Surf lesson at Spot X
  • Stay overnight on Fraser Island


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

20 Jan 2020
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