Duration: 14 days and 13 nights
Location: Start in Sydney finish in Cairns
Time: Day 1 Sydney at 9 am
Meet Location: Your hostel in Sydney
Vibe: BackPacker, Group, Adventure Fun
Fees on Arrival: $0
Cheaper than booking direct Free date changes 5 Reputation Personalised All The Way
From Sydney make your way with Top Deck to Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, swapping island sailing and beaches with cattle stations in the Outback along the way!
Day 1: Sydney to Crescent Head
Set the tone for this fair dinkum (i.e. authentic) Aussie adventure by crossing Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge as we
venture toward the surfing haven of Crescent Head. Before testing the waters, dip your toes into an oak barrel (literally) in the Hunter Valley.
-Wine tasting and grape stomping in the Hunter Valley
Day 2: Crescent Head to Byron Bay
Try a barrel of a different kind with an early morning private surf lesson on one of the best beaches in the world. Here’s your chance to become a bonafide surf master. Our road trip continues with a traditional BBQ lunch and a cruise past the Big Banana icon before pulling into Byron Bay – where you can burn incense, sip chai and become a yoga teacher all in one day.
-Surf lesson at Topdeck’s surf retreat
Day 3: Byron Bay
Anti-McDonald’s and anti-anything mass produced (but pro juice bars, beer gardens and beards), Byron is glitzy on the outside but small town-hearted underneath. Hit the shops, test out those newly acquired surfing skills, paddle a sea kayak, or watch whales breach from the Lighthouse in winter. This is the town where peace and tranquillity go to relax. You should too. Or jump out of a plane. Byron doesn’t care as long as you’re happy.
-Byron Bay highlights walking trip
Day 4: Byron Bay to Gold Coast
Leave the blissful buzz of Byron behind you as we head to Springbrook National Park and its major landmark, Natural Bridge. Next, swap the national park for the golden sand beaches and bustling nightlife of Surfers Paradise.
-Rainforest walk in Springbrook National Park
Day 5: Gold Coast to Fraser Island
***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 2 days.***
Next stop: BrisVegas (aka Brisbane). Don’t let its namesake fool you – there are no late-night wedding chapels in the sunshine state capital. Get your bearings on a walking tour of the city centre, before catching a ferry bound for UNESCO World Heritage listed, and the world’s largest sand island Fraser Island.
-Brisbane city walking tour
Day 6: Fraser Island
Fraser is literally one huge pile of sand – as if someone dropped the Sahara Desert into the Pacific Ocean and scattered it with dingoes and rainforests. Included four-wheel-drive along the beach highway to mingle with the Pinnacles Coloured Sands (considered a place of good luck for the Indigenous Butchulla women), Eli Creek and the Maheno Shipwreck before testing out your stand up paddling skills on the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie.
-Fraser Island 4WD tour
-Scenic flights from the beach
Day 7: Fraser Island to Myella Farm
Live like a local family with a home-cooked meal and cattle station visit. Think dusty plains and wide open spaces – this is the Oz that people dream of. Go walkabout on a real Aussie farm to find that right spot for the perfect outback sunset and enjoy a hearty home cooked farm-style dinner.
Day 8: Myella Farm to Emu Park
Embrace your inner jackaroo and prepare for horse riding, motorbiking, whip cracking and lassoing. Then leave the campfire to follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook as we head back to the coast for Emu Park. Take a selfie as you pass into the Tropic of Capricorn. Enjoy the Aboriginal experience where you get to learn about totems and artefacts, see some traditional dancing, try your hand at boomerang throwing and make some artwork to take home.
-Aboriginal experience and artefact souvenir
Day 9: Emu Park to Airlie Beach
***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 3 days.***
Feeling like you need more air in your hair? Leave the bus and board your own private yacht for our overnight (2 day, one night) sailing trip in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Normally a toy for the rich and famous, today it’s all yours to learn the ropes while sailing in paradise. More of a land-lover? Take the diva option and let the crew do the work whilst you feast, swim and snorkel.
Please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Sailing in the
Whitsunday Islands. This has not been included in when upgrade rates were calculated.
Day 10: Airlie Beach
Keep those sunglasses on as the blinding white sands of Whitehaven stretch before you like a 7km sea of diamonds and swim with the resident Maori Wrasse at Blue Pearl Bay. Back on board, keep adrift of your seafaring skills by helping to set the sails or steer at the helm as we set course for land. Later this afternoon set course for our return to land where we’ll spend the night in Airlie Beach, pool – shower – dinner – dancing all in that order!
Day 11: Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island
Leaving the Whitsundays for Magnetic Island and you have the afternoon to trip around this amazing piece of paradise. Discover secluded beaches, National Park walking trails or just laze by the pool with a cocktail.
-Magnetic Island Hopper Pass
Day 12: Magnetic Island to Cairns
A private tour of the local wildlife park where you can kiss a baby Crocodile, smooch a Blue Tongue Lizard, and even cuddle a Koala*, is included into our morning before we leave the island. We’ll pass palm tree lined streets this afternoon as we make our way into Cairns, nestled between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range.
-Private tour of the local wildlife park
-Cuddle a koala
Day 13: Cairns
The only place in the world nestled between two World Heritage areas. And you’ve got two days to take it all in. Why not start with an optional Great Barrier Reef trip? It’s like a kid’s gone crazy with their paint set down there! Snorkel or scuba to get that elusive selfie with a photobombing fish.
*Pre-book your Great Barrier Reef day-trip at the time of booking to secure your spot
-Great Barrier Reef Day Trip
Day 14: Cairns
Ramp up the adventure metre today’s optionals. You could be paddling the rapids of the Tully River, zip lining over a crocodile or getting an aerial view of the tropics by plummeting towards it. There’s hot air ballooning, horse riding and bungee jumping…or just kick back with a coconut.
– Full-day 4WD experience on Fraser Island
– Authentic farm stay experience at Myella Farm
– Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands
– Visit to stunning Whitehaven Beach
– Two nights on a tropical island
– Unique wine tasting experience in the stunning Hunter Valley
– Surf lesson at Topdeck’s Surf Lodge
– Rainforest walk in Springbrook National Park
– 13 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D)
– 12 nights in hotels, lodges and cabins
– 1 night ‘liveaboard’ sailing
– Escorted services of a fully trained Topdeck Trip Leader and Driver
– Group Size, average 15, maximum 36
-White water rafting
-Daintree National Park day trip
-Hot air ballooning
I don’t even know where to begin with this review because there are too many good things to say about RatPack Travel! I originally planned on travelling
the East Coast of Australia completely on my own without the help of any travel agents or companies until I stumbled across this cute little office
in Byron Bay… and I’m so glad I did! I wouldn’t call RatPack just any ol’ travel agency because if we’re being honest, most of them just try
to push everything they can onto you. Sam and his team are so dedicated in making your trip as memorable and awesome as possible but in the most
genuine of ways, it makes you happy you put your trip planning in their hands. Plus they are so accommodating if you change your mind about a particular
trip. You need a refund? Not a problem! Sam has handled everything for me with no issues or hassles of any kind. Thank you RatPack, you guys have
made my time in Australia better than I could have ever imagined. Next time I visit Byron Bay, your office will be my first stop to say hello 🙂
Sam was such a great help when it came to booking various trips whilst travelling up the east coast as well as camper van hire in NZ! Would deffo reccomend
Thank you so much RatPack Travel for the most epic trip of a lifetime down the east coast! Loved every second and would do it all again in a heartbeat!
Thanks Sam for all your help, you’ve been amazing 🤙🏽 From Kelly and Jenny x
Sam at RatPack have been so helpful and provided us with some great deals such as Fraser Island. We booked a lot of things last minute and Sam was still
able to get us on sociable tours at a really good rate. Our Whitsundays tour got cancelled and Sam was really quick with ensuring that we received
a full refund. We will definitely you be booking any future tours through RatPack and would 100% recommend over using a big agency. Thanks Sam!!
Booked my Fraser Island trip with RatPack Travel and couldn’t of asked for better service. The guys know everything there is to know and couldn’t of
been more helpful. 5* Thank you!