Ultimate East Coast Highlights (3 Weeks) Sydney – Cairns


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Package Description

Our Ultimate East Coast Explorer Package offers fun and adventure for backpackers, hitting all the best spots along the East Coast in just 3 weeks.

Discover all the iconic highlights of the Australian East Coast with our Ultimate East Coast Highlights tour. From Sydney to Great Barrier Reef, This fast-paced adventure will lead you to bohemian beach towns, world heritage sites, iconic surf beaches, pristine landscapes and the Great Barrier Reef! If you’re looking to make new mates and discover the best of the Aussie East Coast, then this Ultimate East Coast Highlights is for you.

The East Coast Highlights tour starts in Sydney and ends in Cairns. At the end of your adventure your Group Leader can help you to arrange onward travel. You can continue your adventure with our Outback add-on or select a return transfer to take you to the airport at the end of the tour

Our East Coast Highlights tour is designed for travellers 18-35 that wish to experience the best of the East Coast in a short period of time. The Ultimate East Coast Highlights tour is a fast-tracked tour packed full of inclusions, visiting all the hot spots on the coast in 3 weeks.  The tour requires a moderate level of fitness. We spend 2-4 nights in each location and activities are included at each stop.


  • Airport arrival transfer
  • All transport from Sydney to Cairns
  • Group Leader available 24/7 on tour
  • 20 nights’ Accommodation: Flashpacker
  • Accommodation and 3 x overnight buses
  • Sydney city tour: heck out the Harbour City key sights including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and more
  • Surf lesson in Surfers Paradise: Hit the waves on the Gold Coast with a half day beginner surfers lesson.
  • Byron Bay Lighthouse: Morning hike to Australia’s most Easterly point.
  • Dolphin Kayaking: Guided Kayak trip in the Byron Bay marine park.
  • Brisbane Southbank tour: Explore Brisbane’s Southbank district and hang out by the city lagoon.
  • 3-day Fraser Island Camping Adventure: Explore Fraser Island by 4WD and visit Lake McKenzie, Champagne Pools, Eli Creek and more!
  • 3-day Whitsunday Islands Sailing Adventure: Spend 2 nights sailing the Whitsundays. Visit Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Look Out plus more
  • Australia Zoo: The Ultimate Wildlife Adventure and experience at the famous Irwin Family Zoo.
  • Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Trip: Experience the Great Barrier reef and snorkel the key reefs on a full day trip out in the wonder of the world.
  • 4 x Breakfast 5 x Lunch 6 x Dinner
  • Some meals included along with great local recommendations throughout the journey.

Where We Stay


The Ultimate East Coast Sydney to Great Barrier Reef Highlights tour includes 20 nights total.

We've included 13-nights dorm accommodation in the very best hostels on the Aussie East Coast. You'll be staying in a beachfront hostel and some resort-style flashpacker accommodations.  You'll also spend 2 nights sailing around the Whitsunday Islands and 2-nights camping on Fraser Island.

The accommodation on this trip is a mix of Hostel – mixed gender multishare and camping in unpowered tents. The minimum age for this trip is 18 years old. Upgrades to private rooms are available.

Optional Extras

  • Extra Night Cairns $25 
  • Extra Night Sydney $45
  • Single Room Upgrade $800
  • Twin Room Upgrade $350 
  • Skydive 
  • Cape Tribulation 
  • Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays scenic flight 
  • White water rafting 
  • Whitsundays jet ski tour 

Transport & Leaders



We travel from Sydney to Great Barrier Reef via public transport, train and coaches. Our point to point transport features air-conditioning, leather reclining seats, Wifi, in-seat USB chargers, and onboard toilets. To make the most of our time in each location, we use several overnight coach services to travel, so we arrive rested, refreshed and ready for our next adventure!



Your Ultimate East Coast Group Leader will be travelling with you from start to finish and will showcase the very best of the East Coast to you. 

Not Included


LOCAL CHARGES (Paid direct on arrival)

We have done our best to include the key touring components but have listed the below fee's that are required to be paid on arrival whilst on tour.  

  • Fraser Island Insurance Fee ($20 AUD) - Paid direct on arrival 
  • Fraser Island Sleeping Bag Hire ($10AUD) - Paid direct if required
  • Great Barrier Reef Conservation Levy ($20 AUD) Paid direct on arrival
  • Whitsundays National Park EMC Levy ($30 AUD) Paid direct on arrival
  • Your flights into Sydney 
  • Your travel insurance which is required to participate in this tour



Important Note: Dolphin Kayaking is a tour inclusion for tours departing prior to 30 June 2024. For tours departing from 1 July 2024, a Waterfall tour from Byron Bay is included where you will visit Killen Falls, Lake Ainsworth and Lennox Head!

We recommend a travel budget of approx. $80-$100/ day for meals when not included in the itinerary.


** All information & pricing is current as of 23/2/24 but is subject to change


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