16 Days: Sydney to Cairns Tour (land-only)

(photo: Real Aussie & Kiwi Adventures)

From Sydney to Cairns - capture the essence of East Coast Australia, one of the most exciting road trips in the world. Stay on a private farm and try tubing, stay on a tropical Island, spend the night on the world’s largest sand island and visit stunning beaches. Kayak in remote areas, stay overnight with Indigenous custodians in the rainforest, learn how to surf and so much more on this an incredible journey of learning and self-discovery!


Package Includes:

  • 15 nights’ accommodation (accommodation varies from basic camping, shared/dorm accommodations, hostels and overnight train)
  • Some meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Hunter Valley wine tasting
  • Koala Hospital Port Macquarie
  • Surf lessons
  • Morning cruise to hand-feed wild dolphins
  • 2 full days four-wheel drive touring on Fraser Island
  • Whitsunday Islands/Whitehaven beach boat trip
  • Overnight Indigenous Camp Experience
  • National park fees and tour guide




Twin Share/Double occupancy

$3,325 per person

Single Occupancy

$3,847 per person




Day 1 - Sydney — Barrington Tops


  • Head to the Hunter Valley wine area for a tasting at one of Australia’s historic vineyards.
  • Then travel through the backcountry to a farm near the Barrington Tops National Park (a World Heritage Listed Area
  • Meals included:  Dinner
  • Overnight: Private Farm Barrington Region

Day 2 - Barrington Tops — Spot X


  • Morning in Barrington Tops for a bit of exploring.
  • You then visit a Koala hospital and research centre to learn about preserving Koalas
  • Travel to your next accommodation at the Spot X Surf Camp.  Those not wishing to try their hand at surfing are ideally located tonight on absolute beachfront.
  • Meals included:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • Overnight: Spot X Surf Camp

Day 3 - Spot X — River Camp


  • By kayak, your group paddles to your remote riverside camp, located in an inlet in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Along the way you can see sea eagles and other marine life.
  • Meals included:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • Overnight: Remote River Camp

Day 4 - River Camp — Byron Bay


  •  Hop in bus and head up to Byron Bay, Australia’s famous surf and arts town and Australia’s most easterly point. You’ll stop in the picturesque town of Yamba along the way and take a swim at the Angourie Blue Pool.
  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight: Budget Resort Byron Bay

Day 5 - Free Day in Byron Bay


  • Day at leisure to further enhance your surfing skills, maybe try some sea kayaking, take a trip to the alternative hippie town of Nimbin, or just chill out.
  • Overnight: Budget Resort Byron Bay

Day 6 - Byron Bay to Rainbow Beach via Brisbane


  • Head to Fingal Head to explore the headlands, then drive to the Gold Coast and Brisbane then on to the Sunshine Coast to the resort town of Noosa.
  • Meals included: Dinner
  • Overnight: Backpacker Resort Rainbow Beach

Days 7 & 8 – Two full days on Fraser Island


  • Two full days of exploring World Heritage Fraser Island
  • During your stay on Fraser Island, you will have the chance to spot dingoes in the wild, swim in crystal clear freshwater lakes and swimming holes and explore the diverse landscapes in this unique habitat.
  • In the late afternoon of day eight your guide will return you to your Rainbow accommodation where you have a group dinner.
  • Meals included on Day 7: Lunch, Dinner
  • Meals included on Day 8: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Overnight day 7: Eurong Beach Resort Fraser Island
  • Overnight day 8: Backpacker Resort Rainbow Beach

Day 9 – Hand-feed wild dolphins and relax in Rainbow Beach


  • Start the morning with hand-feeding wild dolphins.
  • Spend the remainder of the day in Rainbow Beach, relaxing and enjoy the last remaining surf beach as you travel North into the Australian bush.
  • Overnight: Backpacker Resort Rainbow Beach

Day 10 - Noosa — Cattle Station

  • Change of transport mode to the train. You will travel to Rockhampton are will be met by a local bus and taken to a remote cattle station for the night. Option to sleep under shelter or under the stars
  • Meals included: Dinner
  • Overnight: Swag camping on a cattle station

Day 11 - Cattle Station — Overnight train — Airlie Beach


  • Whole morning spent on the cattle property and are taken on a tour to feed animals and visit sacred Aboriginal sites.
  • Travel overnight to Airlie Beach by train. There are no sleeper carriages but it is modern with large reclining seats, a bar and a dining carriage.
  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight: Train

Day 12 – Whitsunday Islands, snorkeling reef and Whitehaven Beach

  • Visit world famous Whitehaven Beach.
  • Our vessels are fast and fun, allowing you to experience an exhilarating ride amongst the natural beauty of the Whitsundays. The skipper and Host offer personalized service in the pleasure of a small group.
  • Meals included: Lunch
  • Overnight: Budget Resort Airlie Beach

Day 13 - Airlie Beach — Magnetic Island


  • Ferry out to tropical ‘Maggie Island’, nearly 70% of it is National Park with amazing beaches and abundant wildlife. Your guide will take you on a walk to the top of the island so you can learn about the reef marine life of the area.
  • Overnight: Budget Resort Magnetic island

Day 14 – Free day Magnetic Island


  • Further enjoy this magnificent tropical island for another day at leisure.
  • Overnight: Budget Resort Magnetic island

Day 15 - Magnetic Island — Indigenous Camp


  • Travel back to the mainland on a ferry, travel by train to Tully – getting in around lunchtime. You’ll be met by local Aboriginals and travel into the dense rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park. You’ll be welcomed onto their traditional lands in ‘Jirrbal’ language then help the Aboriginal guides prepare traditional food and set up a campfire and camp oven for dinner. You’ll then go exploring with a walk to ‘Misty Falls’, then ride inner tubes down the river to our camp for dinner. After dark you’ll go ‘spotlighting’ in the rainforest for tree kangaroos.
  • Meals included: Dinner
  • Overnight: Indigenous Camp

Day 16 - Indigenous Camp – Cairns


  • Enjoy a cultural experience this morning as your Aboriginal guide shows you how to build a traditional ‘Mija’ hut and then you get to have a go yourself.
  • Meals included: Breakfast

*Options to extend your stay, see one of our Destination Specialists

*Itinerary is considered open-aged although ideally suited for travellers between the ages of 18 – 40

*Valid for travel:  01 May 2016  – 30 Mar 2017

*Package is land-only and does not include international airfare


We recommend you bring:

  • Hat, sunscreen, walking shoes/boots, insect repellent, water bottle
  • Bathers/towel, flip flops and camera.





Terms & Conditions:-

Valid for travel between: 01 May 2016 – 31 Mar 2017.  This is an open-aged tour; however, most passengers are between 18-39 years of age.  This package is land-only and does not include international airfare.  Although the group you are travelling with will not exceed 24 passengers, a number of the activities including the cruise in the Whitsundays, four-wheel-drive touring on Fraser Island, rail journey and dolphin cruise are not exclusive to the group. You will travel with additional people and will have larger group sizes on those days.  As this is a tour package, your guide and group will change throughout your journey.  All bookings are subject to availability at time of booking.  Downunder Travel Ltd. is the agent/broker in this equation and for that reason is not responsible for any issues or incidents which result in clients expenditure outside of the package booked paid for and agreed upon.  All passengers traveling to Australia must have an Australian travel Visa. Please advise your Downunder Travel Specialist should you be traveling on anything other than a Canadian or U.S. passport.  All Canadian Citizens must re-enter Canada on a valid Canadian Passport. Prices advertised are subject to change without notice until such time as the package is booked and paid for. We highly recommend that all passengers protect themselves with cancellation / interruption insurance which will cover them against cancellations due to non pre-existing medical conditions which cause them penalties or other expenses. We also highly recommend medical insurance for any travel outside of your home province. Your Downunder Travel Specialist can assist with both Cancellation/Interruption Insurance and Medical Insurance.