43 Day Guided Tour Sydney to Cairns

From Sydney to Cairns, explore the best of Australia’s East Coast in an epic 6 week adventure. From Sydney’s city vibes to chilling in Byron Bay, explore K'gari Fraser Island by 4×4, sail the Whitsundays, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef & everything in between!

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  • Starting in Sydney, the journey travels up the East Coast, making stops at the best locations.
  • Highlights include Sydney Harbour, Bondi Beach, Fraser Island, Town of 1770, The Whitsunday Islands, and Mission Beach.
  • Includes a travel pass from Sydney to Cairns, a knowledgeable Ultimate guide, 42 nights of accommodation, exciting activities, and some meals.
  • The trip is ideal for solo travelers, as you'll have the opportunity to make new friends along the way.


  • 40 x Nights Accommodation (+ 2 overnight bus)
  • City Walk, Beach Walk & Sydney Party Night
  • Sydney Harbour Cruise
  • Bus Pass <> Sydney to Cairns
  • Surf Lesson & Byron Bay Lighthouse
  • Guided City Walks & Bush Hikes
  • 3 Day/ 2 Night Fraser Island Tour ($15 levy)
  • 2 Day / 2 Night Whitsunday Island Sailing Tour
  • Magnetic Island Adventure incl return ferry transfer, Fort’s Walk & Aussie Wildlife
  • Explore tropical Airlie & Mission Beach
  • 1 Day Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Tour ($20 levy)
  • 1 Day Atherton Tablelands Rainforest Tour

Day 1 : Welcome to Sydney

Your Aussie adventure kicks off in Sydney! When you land, our driver will take you directly to your accommodation - one of Sydney's best backpacker hostels. Settle in and get ready for your epic adventure in the land down under! Today, join us at Ultimate HQ where you'll meet the rest of your group. We'll talk you through the plans for the next few weeks, answer any questions you have and introduce you to the crew. Next, we'll take you on a guided city walk; think selfies in front of Sydney Opera House, lunch in Darling Harbour, lush Botanical Gardens and China Town. This evening we'll take you to our favourite backpacker bar for our Welcome dinner.

Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 2 : Sydney

Today, we explore Sydney Harbour on our private catamaran! We'll cruise under The Harbour Bridge and past the Opera House stopping off at one of Sydney's hidden bays for a swim. Enjoy your first Aussie BBQ, jump into the warm harbour waters and sip on a few chilled beers in the sunshine! What better way to spend your first two days in Sydney?

Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3-4 : Bondi Beach

This morning, leave the city behind and head to the world famous shores of Bondi. Your modern beach hostel is in prime position, overlooking Bondi beach. Learn to surf the waves in an optional surf lesson (add-on), take a dip in the clear blue waters, spot 'Bondi Rescue's' Lifeguards or take part in a yoga class on the rooftop of your hostel. This evening, enjoy a night at the hostel or out on the beach strip of Bondi with your group. You'll have two days here so unpack, unwind and soak up the beachy vibes of Bondi!

Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4 : Bondi Beach

Walk to popular Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, spanning approximately 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) and offering stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The walk takes you along the picturesque coastline, passing through several beautiful beaches, parks, and cliffs.

Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5 : Blue Mountains

This morning check out the boutique shops in Bondi's laneways before washing the sand off your feet ready to embark upon a truly special day in one of the most spectacular World Heritage listed National Parks, ‘The Blue Mountains’. You’ll be dropped-off back in the city this evening and have a free night to rest or explore Sydney a little more. Be sure to ask your Guide for some suggestions!

Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6 : Sydney

Spend the next day chilling, climb the iconic Harbour Bridge, go Skydiving, or hop on a ferry to Manly. This evening, get ready for the Ultimate party night! We'll take you on a pub crawl of the best backpacker bars and clubs in Sydney.

Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7 : Sydney

Meals :Breakfast, Lunch


Day 8 : Sydney to Byron Bay

This evening, we begin our East Coast adventure. We'll travel overnight by premium air-conditioned bus - complete with Wifi, USB ports and reclining seats - to our first destination, Byron Bay. Sit back, relax and get ready for your epic East Coast adventure!

Meals :Breakfast, Lunch


Day 9-12 : Byron Bay

Byron Bay is famous for it's amazing beaches, laid-back-surfer attitude and boho vibes. Here we'll explore the relaxed town and some of the many beautiful beaches in the area as well as the famous Byron Lighthouse, standing at the most easterly point of the Australian mainland, at sunrise. Embrace the surfer vibes of Byron with a professional surf lesson. Keen for more? Get up close with friendly wild dolphins on a dolphin kayaking tour or check out the waterfalls and scenery outside of town on an optional excursion.

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Day 10 : Byron Bay

Enjoy a free yoga lesson in the morning and also an included sunrise tour of the most famous lighthouse in Australia.

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Day 11 : Byron Bay

Optional Extra: Dolphin Kayak Tour - Additional Cost Enjoy a welcome dinner with your group.

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Day 12 : Byron Bay

Optional Extra:Rise Up Tour - Additional Cost

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Day 13-15 : Byron Bay to Surfers Paradise

This morning, we'll hop on the bus to Surfers Paradise: where long stretches of stunning sandy beaches meet high rise buildings and never-ending nightlife! By day we'll explore the town and beaches and at night, we'll make the most of the nightlife! Get dressed up and join our optional party night (add-on) for the real Surfers experience! Join a stand up paddleboarding session (add-on) or if you love theme parks, your tour guide can also help you organise a visit Dreamworld, The Gold Coast's most famous theme park (optional add-on).

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Day 14 : Surfers Paradise

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Day 15 : Surfers Paradise

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Day 16-18 : Surfers Paradise to Brisbane

Days 16-18: After a short journey North of the Gold Coast, we'll arrive at our Brisbane accommodation, right in the city centre. We'll spend the next two days checking out some of Brisbane's hotspots including Street's Beach (Brisbane's man-made city lagoon), Brisbane River and the cultural hub of the South bank. You'll also have the option to head to the famous Australia Zoo to see some amazing wildlife! (add-on).

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Day 17 : Brisbane

Optional Extra: Australia Zoo - Additional Cost

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Day 18 : Brisbane

Optional Extra: Moreton Island - Additional Cost

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Day 19 : Noosa

If being surrounded by tropical greenery and beautiful beaches is your cup of tea, you'll love Noosa! We'll hike through National Park to lookouts boasting incredible views over Noosa's spectacular coastline, stopping off to spot amazing Australian wildlife along the way. Your hostel has it all; chill by the resort pool or enjoy a few cold ones at the bar. Anyone fancy a game of beer pong?

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Day 20 : Noosa

Optional Extra: 1 Day Self-Guided Noosa Everglades Kayak Adventure - Additional Cost

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Day 21 : Noosa to Rainbow Beach

We arrive at Rainbow beach, the gateway to Fraser Island. We'll check into our hostel and now it's time to rest before your K'gari adventure the following day!

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Day 22-24 : Fraser Island

Welcome to World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island! You'll be spending the next few days on this island paradise, exploring sand dunes by 4x4, driving through lush rainforest, swimming in crystal clear lakes, spotting rare Aussie wildlife and hiking to headlands for incredible 360 views of the island. At night, we'll set up camp at our own private campsite just metres from the beach. After an epic few days on Fraser Island we return to Rainbow beach for the night.

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Day 23 : Fraser Island

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Day 24 : Fraser Island

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Day 25 : Rainbow Beach

Spend some down time in Rainbow Beach. Take a guided walk to the Rainbow Steps for that perfect Instagram shot and then head to the Carlo Sand Blow for an unforgettable sunset over the dunes.

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Day 26 : Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach

Spend the day at Rainbow Beach before taking the overnight bus to Airlie Beach.

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Day 27-28 : Airlie Beach

Today we arrive in Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands! We'll check into our hostel in the centre of town and check out the harbourfront. Soak up the atmosphere - we're in paradise! Our next few days will be spent sailing around the Whitsunday Islands. We'll snorkel in pristine blue waters, getting up close with an abundance of tropical fish and visit some of the whitest sandy beaches in the world. The views here are breathtaking! Our home for the next few days is a Maxi Sailing yacht, where we'll eat delicious food, party and sleep in comfortable beds below deck (or under the stars!) - it doesn't get any better than this!

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Day 28 : Airlie Beach

Optional extra: Jet Ski Tour - additional cost Optional extra: The Great Barrier Reef/Whitsunday Islands Scenic Flight - additional cost

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Day 29 : Whitsunday Islands

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Day 30 : Whitsunday Islands

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Day 31-32 : Whitsunday Islands to Airlie Beach

This morning, we return to the tropical bliss of Airlie beach where we'll spend the next two nights. Later on, we'll head to the bar for our post-island party; eat, drink and be merry as we reminisce on our past few days in paradise! Wander to Airlie's harbourfront lagoon for a dip, explore the surrounding national park or see the Whitsundays from the air on the Whitsunday Scenic Flight Experience (optional add-on)

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Day 32-35 : Airlie Beach to Townsville to Magnetic Island

Just a short ferry crossing from Townsville, we'll arrive in Maggie island, a gorgeous tropical haven with heaps to see and do! Explore the many bays and golden sandy beaches, snorkel the pristine island waters, take the guided Fort's walk offering incredible views of the island and come up close with koalas and wallabies at our hostels on-site wildlife park (add-on). In the evening, we'll enjoy a few drinks and games at our hostel bar. Feeling adventurous? Take your new mates on a tour of the island in a 4WD 'topless jeep' car (available for daily hire). The photo opportunities are endless!

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Day 33 : Magnetic Island

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Day 34 : Magnetic Island

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Day 35 : Magnetic Island

Optional Extra: Breakfast with the Koalas - Additional cost

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Day 36-37 : Magnetic Island to Mission Beach

Today we leave Magnetic Island and travel to the beautiful beachside town of Mission beach where the reef and rainforest meet. The sunrise here in Tropical North Queensland is magical! We recommend hiking into the neighbouring National Park, part of the traditional country of The Djiru Aboriginal people. Feeling adventurous? You have the option of joining our awesome white water rafting adventure in Tully, just a short distance from Mission Beach! (add-on). Mission beach is also home to Australia's highest (15,000ft!) and most popular skydiving spot - an experience not to be missed for the adrenaline junkies out there! You'll get the chance to do a skydive the following morning, before we travel on to Cairns. Pre-book your skydive (add-on) or arrange with the help of your guide as you travel, no worries!

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Day 37 : Mission Beach

Optional Extra: Tully Full Day White Water Rafting - Additional Cost

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Day 38-42 : Mission Beach to Cairns

This evening we arrive in Cairns, our final stop along the East Coast and the Ultimate backpacker destination - you are in for a treat! Our resort style accommodation is one of the best in Cairns, with luxury air conditioned en-suite dorm rooms, a huge pool and daily entertainment. Sit back, relax, and prepare for the next few exciting days!

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Day 39 : The Great Barrier Reef

Explore the famous Great Barrier Reef. We'll cruise to the outer reef to snorkel with inquisitive Nemos, stingrays, turtles and friendly Maori Wrasse and learn all about the diverse marine life of the reef. When we're not exploring the rainforest and reef, we'll hang out at Cairn's famous harbourfront lagoon, hit the local bars and party the night away at our hostel's very own club! On our last evening we'll take you to our favourite spot to reflect on an epic 6 weeks of Aussie East Coast fun!

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Day 40 : Rainforest & Waterfalls

This adventure in Cairns takes us to the Tablelands region where we'll spend the day swimming under waterfalls, sliding down natural rock slides and spotting shy platypuses in the wild.

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Day 41 : Cairns

Optional Extra: Active 1 Day Tour to Cape Tribulation - Additional Cost

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Day 42 : Cairns

Optional Extra: River Tubing - Additional Cost Optional Extra: Canyoning - Additional Cost

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Day 43 : Onward Travel

Whether you plan to stay in the tropics, travel elsewhere in Australia or onto a different destination, your tour guide and the crew at Ultimate HQ will be here to support you and help you plan your adventure!

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Airport transfer on arrival to Sydney airport can be organised if needed - please contact our sales agents.

The group will meet on day 1, more detailed information will be sent to the customer pre-arrival.

  • Fraser Island Extras: $10 insurance levy (mandatory) & $10 (optional) sleeping bag hire payable locally
  • Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Trip Extras: $20 (mandatory) reef conservation levy payable locally

Optional extras are available and are listed in the itinerary 

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