- Spend two nights glamping on a secret beach, with a private chef
- Cruise around the hidden caves and lagoons of Bacuit Archipelago via private boat
- Quad bike over the legendary Chocolate Hills
- Paddle board down Loboc river, amid a vast terrain of jungle wilderness
- Stay at a series of luxury boutique hotels, with infinity pools and idyllic settings
- Snorkel and sea-kayak your way around remote beaches in turquoise waters
Discover the hidden delights of Australia’s most iconic city before getting out into the rural beauty of the stunning east coast. Immerse yourself in the local way of life and adopt the infamous Aussie laid back, adventurous attitude. Discover one of the worlds most photographed cities on an urban hike before visiting wine regions, rainforests and coral reefs on your intrepid journey north. Sand board and quad bike on the dunes of Port Stephen and taste some of the best wines and cheeses that Australia has to offer in the Hunter Valley. Embrace your inner adventurer as you navigate the world’s largest sand island in a 4×4 and enjoy a day onboard a luxury yacht in amongst the natural beauty of the Whitsunday Islands. The Great Barrier Reef and Daintree National Park offer further opportunities for some wildlife spotting before your epic adventure culminates with a visit to the urban coastal oasis of Cairns.
If you’ve always dreamt of visiting the promised land of Australia but just not quite known where to start then this is the adventure for you. Australia is such a vast expanse that it can be a challenge to know where the best places to go are, so think of this trip as the perfect introduction to the land of sunshine, blue skies and awesome chilled out vibes. Your adventure begins in the world famous city of Sydney where you will get to know your fellow Flashpackers during an urban hike and ferry ride around the diverse areas of the city. No trip to Australia is complete without sampling the wine on offer therefore your next stop will be the Hunter Valley wine region, following which you will head further north to the sand dunes of Port Stephens for some sand boarding and quad biking. Dorrigo National Park houses the famous Dangar Falls where we will stop off on our way to the beach town of Byron Bay. If there is anywhere that you want to have your first surf lesson then surely it is Byron Bay?! We will work up an appetite for a ‘pick to plate’ farmers lunch with an introductory surf lesson and then head on further up the coast to the sunshine coast which will be our base for a day of cruising around Fraser Island in our 4×4. Anyone looking for THAT Instagram photo opp will not be disappointed by our next stop which is the Whitsunday Islands, famed for their powder white sands and sparkling azure waters. As if that is not enough sun, sea and sand, we will spend the next day snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef – a bucket list activity if ever there was one. Our final day will be spent with the crocs in Daintree National Park before finishing up in the chilled out coastal town of Cairns. A truly epic adventure with the perfect mix of decadence, adrenaline and an absolute plethora of instagrammable moments.
- Discover the highlights of Sydney on an urban hike
- Drink in the sights and tastes of the Hunter Valley Wine region with a boutique tasting
- Get that adrenaline pumping with a sand boarding experience in Port Stephens
- Cruise around the world’s largest sand island in a 4x4
- Get up close and personal with the multi-coloured world of the barrier reef
- Come face to face with the wild crocs in Daintree National Park
- Soak up the chilled vibes of Byron Bay
- Enjoy a luxury yacht cruise around the idyllic Whitsunday Islands
Day 1: SENSATIONAL SYDNEY
Take a private transfer from the airport to your trendy hotel in the cool neighbourhood of Potts Point. Settle in and catch a first glimpse of the iconic opera house and harbour bridge before meeting your fellow Flashpackers for some welcome drinks in a typical Aussie pub.
Flashpackers, welcome to Sydney! You can arrive at any time on day one and we will meet you at the airport and whisk you away to start your epic adventure, exploring Australia’s awesome east coast. Settle into your harbour view hotel where you will catch your first glimpse of that oh so famous Sydney view – the iconic Sydney Opera House juxtaposed against the modern high rises that offer headquarters to many of the FTSE 500 companies present in Sydney. Look slightly to the right and you will also see the beautiful harbour bridge – you’ve landed in an Instagram dream world! Your first evening will be spent meeting and getting to know your fellow Flashpackers over some food and drinks at a typical Aussie pub before bedding down and getting ready for some serious exploration and adventure over the next 14 days.More +
Day 2: URBAN DISCOVERY
Enjoy an urban hike around Sydney, exploring it’s many different neighbourhoods and imbibing the local culture and vibe. You will then hop on to a Sydney Ferry to the beautiful Watson’s Bay for the freshest fish and chip lunch you have ever tasted. The leisurely amble back in to central Sydney will take in a cooling swim at Bondi Beach to rejuvenate you for an evening out in the buzzing bars of the city.
Following a good nights sleep, you will awake to those magnificent views over the gorgeous harbour and enjoy breakfast in your hotel before setting out to explore the real Sydney. You will take in the contrasting areas of the bustling CBD with its landmarks the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, The Rocks with its stunning architecture and fab coffee culture and the historic Macquarie Street with the State Parliament House, The Barracks and Rum Hospital. After a brief sojourn to the botanical gardens for some more instagrammable photo moments, you will hop on one of the traditional yellow and green Sydney ferries and enjoy a trip around the coast to the slightly more chilled out vibes of Watson’s Bay. Being so close to the sea, Watson’s Bay is infamous with the locals for being the best place to get your freshly caught fish. We will sit down to enjoy the freshest, tastiest fish and chips you will ever have tasted (bold claim we know!) before ambling back towards the city via the crashing waves and surfer dudes of Bondi Beach. The evening is then your own to sample the night life of Sydney!More +
Day 3: BOUTIQUE WINE AND STUNNING VISTAS
Leave the hustle and bustle of Sydney behind for the all together more chilled vibes of the Hunter Valley. You will visit family run, boutique wineries and sample their wares amongst the most stunning scenery. Suitably satiated, you will then make your way to Newcastle where you will have some free time before your high octane adventures tomorrow…
The Hunter Valley is one of the worlds largest wine producing regions and is just a short drive away from the cosmopolitain hub of Sydney. Prepare to adopt the slow and chilled out pace of life that Aussies are so famous for as you leave behind the bright lights of the city for the vast expanse of glorious vineyards. You will visit boutique, family run operations where you will learn all about how they produce their famous wines whilst sampling some of the best they have to offer. There will also be some accompanying cheeses and chocolates to taste that have been specially chosen for the way that they complement the delicious wines.. Once you have been suitably satiated and educated, we will hop back in our air conditioned vehicle and mosey on up to Newcastle. On arrival, you will check in to your hotel and have the chance to chill and snooze off all that wine before grabbing some dinner and preparing yourself for some super high octane fun and adventure tomorrow…More +
Day 4: SANDBOARDING AND QUAD BIKING
Fuel up on a good hotel brekkie this morning as you are heading to the adult playground that is the fabulous ‘desert’ of Port Stephens. You will kick off with some sandboarding before jumping on your quad bike and being let loose amongst the dunes, bashing your way around. You will then head to the Dorrigo national park and take a little visit to the spectacular Danger Falls. This evenings accommodation is a typical Aussie pub, pool table and fully stocked bar and all!
Today is the day you will get that adrenaline pumping and discover a lesser known point on the east coast. After a hearty brekkie in your hotel, you will head out to the sandy wilderness to try your hand at some heart pumping activities. Starting off with sandboarding, you will be taught the basics of this unknown sport before being set free to throw yourself down the sandy mounds! Following this, you will be fully kitted out (helmet and all!) and provided with a quad bike to really start bashing up those dunes. The dunes really are a grown-up playground so go for it and release your inner wild child in this awesome setting. As your heart rate returns to normal, you will head towards the beautiful Dorrigo National Park. It’s a long drive up to the park so make sure you have plenty of snacks and books to keep you entertained! The drive will be worth it though when you arrive at the typically Aussie pub which will serve as your resting place for the night. You will check in to the pub before heading out in to the park to visit the spectacular Dangar Falls – a photo opportunity if ever there was one. The evening will be spent eating, drinking, shooting some pool and enjoying the laid back vibes.More +
Day 5: BEACH BOUND
Today we are heading for the beach! Byron Bay is iconic and one of the coolest places in Australia. You will check in to your super chic hotel before an afternoon stroll to the infamous lighthouse, a well-known spot for dolphin, whale and seal spotting.
Today you will journey to one of the coolest places in Aus … Byron Bay.. The locals here are so laid back they might as well be lying down and the only pace of life is slow and relaxed – the word stress hasn’t even entered the dictionary in this part of the world. The Byron Bay lighthouse is well-known for being an awesome spot for some fab wildlife spotting including dolphins, whales and seals. You will take a casual stroll along the boardwalk to see what you can spot yourself before heading back to your uber chic hotel for a night of barefoot banter and beers – heavenly or WHAT?!
Day 6: YOU DO YOU
Today is your chance to kick back and relax with your fellow Flashpackers. The delights of Byron Bay are on your doorstep, so spend today doing whatever you please. To the pool or beach? Tough decision…
It’s been a whirlwind of awesome experiences since you touched down in Aus so this is your chance to recharge and reflect on the amazing time you are having with your fellow adventure lovin’ Flashpackers. A day at leisure in Byron Bay for you to do with what you wish; poolside chilling, massages, sea frolicking…the options are endless.More +
Day 7: SURFING AND PICK YOUR OWN LUNCH
Today is a perfect combination of activity and goooood food! You will start the day with a beginners surf lesson and then head to a local ‘pick to plate’ farm where you will indulge in the freshest of produce. With mere minutes between picking and eating, it doesn’t get much better!
Byron Bay is a surfers paradise, the standard uniform is a wetsuit (or wettie if you really want to get down with the local lingo!) and every second person walks around with a surf board casually under their arm. This morning, you are going to have the opportunity to sample the surfer lifestyle for yourself with a beginners surf lesson on the baby waves with your cooler than cool surf instructor. Surfing is hard work so what better way to refuel and feed that insatiable appetite by heading slightly out of town to a local farm where you will enjoy a ‘pick to plate’ lunch. Here, you will get the chance to pick your very own ingredients before sitting down to devour the freshest of meals. Bellies full and muscles weary from the surfing, you will drive to the sunshine coast and check in to your Noosa hotel for a well deserved sleep. Anyone with a second burst of energy can always head to the main drag of Hastings Street and watch the beautiful sunset with a beer in hand before checking out the Noosa nightlife.More +
Day 8: LIVE OUT YOUR SHIPWRECK FANTASIES
Today you are heading to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island and probably one of the most popular travel magazine cover stars! A quick ferry ride from the mainland will take you across to the island where you will spend the day cruising around the varied terrains in a specially adapted 4×4 vehicle. There will be plenty of stops along the way for swimming and walking as well as spotting the plethora of wildlife. This evening you will have free reign to enjoy the night life of Noosa on the beautiful sunshine coast.
It is a day of four-wheel driving with a full day Fraser Island discovery tour. This gigantic World Heritage listed sand bar measuring 120km in length is the world’s biggest sand island with a diverse ecology. A place unlike any other location on earth, with rainforest and freshwater lakes, dunes, dingoes, whales, dolphins and turtles off-shore will deliver a day of unforgettable adventure. You will hop on a short ferry ride from the mainland across to the island where you will spend the day exploring the diverse and varied environment incorporating plenty of stops for swimming, walking and nature spotting. Once you have circumnavigated the island, you will head back over to the mainland where you can hit up Hastings Street for a second night of sunshine coast cocktails.
Day 9: BEACHY CHILL TIME
Today you will leave Noosa and head towards Brisbane airport before boarding your quick 1.5 hour flight up to Proserpine airport, your gateway to the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands. You will have the afternoon to chill by the pool or go and check out the local area. Your accommodation is at the heart of this small town giving great access to plenty of dinner and evening options.
Wave goodbye to the blue skies and glorious sun of Noosa before taking the short drive up to Brisbane Airport and flying north to Airlie Beach – the gateway to the wonderful Whitsunday islands! Your hotel is located in the heart of this seaside town offering the perfect base to explore. The afternoon is yours to explore and do some well deserved chilling with your fellow Flashpackers; relax by the pool and enjoy some sunset beers on the beach ahead of your full day sailing adventure tomorrow.More +
Day 10: SUN, SEA, SAND AND SAILING
Discover the beautiful Whitsunday Islands today with a full day sailing adventure including the picture-perfect Whitehaven Beach. Tonight will be spent back at your Airlie Beach hotel before you continue your northwards journey tomorrow.
Whitehaven Beach is arguably Australia’s number one beach. The sand is soft, perfectly white and makes your feet squeak. It is also made from quartz and can only be found at Whitehaven Beach. No other island in the Whitsundays (74 islands) have the same kind of sand which makes this beach pretty special! Your full day sailing adventure today will take you to this, and many other breath taking locations that will simply blow your mind. No photograph will ever be able to recreate the natural beauty and wonder so take a mental picture and remember this moment. You will be on board a luxury yacht where the crew will cater for your every need. Food and drink provided all day and access to some of the lesser known spots means that this is truly a once in a lifetime experience! Get ready for a day of boating, snorkeling, marine life and beach fun. You will definitely sleep well tonight back in Airlie beach after all that sea air.More +
Day 11: BYE BYE SOFT WHITE SANDS, HELLO URBAN OASIS
Today will see you head further up the coast to Cairns. You will take a ferry ride and a short flight before touching down in this eclectic coastal town. You will enjoy a relaxed walk around the local area before sampling the Cairns nightlife.
After breakfast in your hotel, still fresh with the amazing memories of yesterday’s sailing adventure, you will board your quick ferry ride to Hamilton Island where your flight up north awaits. Take in the last of the epic beach scenery here as we are now heading back to civilisation and urban ‘hubub’ in the coastal town of Cairns. On arrival in Cairns, you will check in to your hotel and take a casual walk around town to orientate yourself and plan your attack on the bars and restaurants this evening. This afternoon offers some free time to further explore, do some shopping or just relax before heading out to sample the local bars and restaurants in this fun and eclectic town. Your hotel for the night is widely heralded to be Cairns’ best and is awesomely located as a base for your evening fun.More +
Day 12: DISCOVER THE UNDERWATER WONDERS OF THE REEF
Today you will join the ‘Passions of Paradise’ catamaran trip to the iconic Great Barrier Reef. There will be stops for snorkelling and you will be amazed by the coral and fish found in their own little underwater metropolis. We will return to Cairns just in time for happy hour!
Today you will explore another living wonder … the Great Barrier Reef, also on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Depart early morning and cruise to the reef in style on a modern catamaran. During the day you will get to explore two reef sites on the Outer Barrier Reef. Enjoy snorkeling, swimming and lazing on the deck or try scuba diving (optional extra). The different colours found within the coral and the fish will amaze and delight your eyes and while you are having fun the crew will prepare a wholesome lunch. You will enjoy your lunch on board with your fellow Flashpackers and we will return to Cairns just in time for Happy Hour!
Day 13: CRUISING AND CROCS
Today’s destination is another UNESCO world heritage site of Daintree National Park. You will cruise around looking for crocs as well as hiking through the rainforest. This evening, you will enjoy a farewell dinner and drinks back in Cairns.
Travel north along one of the most beautiful coastal routes towards Daintree National Park. This offers yet another ecosystem which is a stark contrast to the powder white sands and azure blue waters of the reef. Enjoy a cruise on the Daintree River in search of the saltwater crocodiles, then cross the river by ferry and continue towards the Alexandra Lookout. Enjoy the 2-hour walk through the oldest section of the rainforest during which you will learn about the ancient flora and fauna that inhabit this rainforest. This ecosystem is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Then return to Cairns late afternoon. Tonight we have a group farewell dinner and drinks and the perfect chance to reminisce about the most amazing two weeks you have all experienced together.More +
Day 14: G’DAY AUS
Grab your last brekkie at the hotel before checking out and heading to the airport; salty toes, sandy hair and a heart full of the joie de vivre only a true adventure can bring.More +
Fly into: Sydney Airport (SYD)
Fly out of: Cairns Airport (CNS)
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
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