Cairns to Sydney

14 days from 2,799pp

In case you hadn’t noticed, Australia is an awfully big place. So big, in fact, that you’d need to come back a few times to get it all. Don’t have that kind of time? Hop aboard this 14-day trip down Australia’s East Coast and make the most of the time you do have. Offering a solid mix of must-do experiences and uncommon adventures, you’ll learn to surf at Byron Bay, sail the Whitsundays and trek through Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest. The best part: there’s still plenty more to come back for.
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14 days Cairns to Sydney

From 2,799 per person

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 3 – Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Cairns

Arrive at any time.

There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting:
1h19:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Optional Activities – Day 1

Bungee Jumping
Cairns

179AUD per person

Leave your fears at home and prepare to have your breath taken away as you jump from 164ft. Now’s the time to release your inner daredevil – what are you waiting for?

Minjin Swing
Cairns

129AUD per person

Soar through the rainforest on the fastest jungle swing in the world. Suit up and be pulled to 150ft above the ground before flying over the canopy at a heart-racing, adrenaline-pumping 120km/hr. We can already hear your screams!

Skydiving
Cairns2h-6h

310-400AUD per person

Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Cairns from an eagle’s perspective. Suit up, get briefed and board the prop plane to soar high above the land and sea. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like!

Whitewater Rafting
Cairns12h-12h30m

138-210AUD per person

Put on a helmet, grab a paddle and raft the Class 3 & 4 rapids of the mighty Tully River, considered the best rafting river in all Australia & New Zealand.

Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway
Cairns

111-124AUD per person

Settle into a comfortable 6 seat gondola for a ride with a spectacular view along the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Pass over the canopy one of Australia’s tropical rainforests, so close to the tree tops it’s as if you could reach out and touch the leaves. After, ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway through a lush tropical paradise framed by rugged mountains, waterfalls and ravines back to Cairns. Travel on authentic timber carriages via hand-hewn tunnels and across towering bridges, through the awe-inspiring Barron Gorge. Experience the exotic beauty of North Queensland’s tropical rainforests, marvelling at the incredible array of plants and animals encountered all along the way.

 

Day 2: Cairns/Cape Tribulation

Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest.

Private Vehicle
Cairns – Cape Tribulation3h140km

Travel 1.5 hrs to Mossman Gorge. Later, continue 2 hrs to Cape Tribulation.

Aboriginal Interpretive Walk
Mossman Gorge2h

Take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest. Follow the Aboriginal guide and learn about bush food, medicinal plants and the lasting relationship of the Kuku Yalanji people with their natural environment. Find out how to make bush soap, watch an ochre painting demonstration and sample some bush tea.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3: Cape Tribulation

With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park.

Free Time
Cape Tribulation Full Day

Head out and start exploring.

Optional Activities – Day 3

Great Barrier Reef Visit
Cape Tribulation

149AUD per person

Hop on a boat and head out to sea to reach the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Don a mask and opt to snorkel the largest coral reef in the world. Say g’day to Nemo, the clown fish, and some of the 1,500 other species of tropical fish that thrive in the warm waters off Australia’s east coast.

Daintree National Park Visit
Cape Tribulation

Free

Step back in time in this lush tropical rainforest, reported to be more than 110 million years old! Bring your binoculars to spot some of the 430 species of birds, including the buff-breasted paradise kingfisher and flightless cassowary. On the ground, look for possums, bandicoots, echidna and musky rat kangaroo. Discover why the Aborigines consider this a spiritual place.

Jungle Surfing
Cape Tribulation

95AUD per person

See the Daintree Rainforest from the canopy top. This two hour tour will have you ziplining between six canopy platforms, with guides pointing out the different flora and fauna as you zip by. Channel your inner tree kangaroo as you hop from tree to tree, seeing the beauty of the world’s oldest rainforest.

Daintree Rainforest Night Walk
Cape Tribulation

45AUD per person

Once the sun goes down, grab a torch and head out into the jungle for a guided night walk. With your guide you’ll spot various critters who call this region home. Keep your eyes peeled for sleeping bats, birds, lizards and spiders as you listen to the sounds of the rainforest at night.

Cape Tribulation Horseback Riding
Cape Tribulation2h-2h30m

110AUD per person

Hop in the saddle and explore the rainforest on your trusty steed. Ride through lush canopy floors and crystal clear streams, ending up on the stunning Myall beach. Cap off this adventure by galloping through the ocean spray!

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4: Cape Tribulation/Cairns
Return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city.
Private Vehicle
Cape Tribulation – Cairns3h30m Afternoon

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time
Cairns Afternoon

Make the most of a few hours in this city.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5: Cairns/Airlie Beach

Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach with time to explore the town. Stop en route for lunch and a tour of the G Adventures-supported Ingan Cultural Centre. Participate in a dreamtime story painting activity with members of the local community.

Private Vehicle
Cairns – Airlie Beach9h-10h623km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

G Adventures for Good: Cafe Chloe

Enjoy a tour of the G Adventures-supported Ingan Cultural Centre and have an opportunity to participate in a painting activity with traditional Jirrbal Aboriginal artists – an excellent opportunity to see the diversity of an Aboriginal people from a local perspective!

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 6: Airlie Beach

Set sail for a day in the Whitsunday Islands, visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Opt to swim or snorkel, and hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand. Return to Airlie Beach for the night.

 

Whitsunday Islands Sailing Excursion
Whitsunday Island8h08:00-17:30

Enjoy a day sailing amidst some of the 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsunday archipelago. Visit Whitehaven Beach, jump overboard for a quick refreshing dip, and make friends with the tropical fish that thrive within Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Barrier Reef Visit
Whitsunday Island

The Whitsunday Islands are in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the day sailing, then when it gets too hot, pull on a mask and snorkel and dive overboard to check out the variety of brightly coloured marine plants, coral and fish that thrive right in these warm tropical waters.

Optional Activities – Day 6

Whitsunday Islands Snorkelling
Whitsunday Islands30m-1h

Free

Take advantage of the included snorkel gear, throw on a mask and see what lives in the Great Barrier Reef. (Note that fins are not provided in order to adhere with local coral conservation efforts.)

Meals included:

Lunch

Day 7: Airlie Beach/Byron Bay

Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this “hippie” paradise.

 

Plane
Airlie Beach – Brisbane2h30m

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

Private Vehicle
Brisbane – Byron Bay2h-2h30m200km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Day 8: Byron Bay
Spend the day wandering the town or taking part in a multitude of optional activities like sea kayaking, visiting Cape Byron Lighthouse, or relaxing on the beach.
Carte Blanche
Byron Bay Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Byron Bay, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like sea kayaking, yoga, and skydiving. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities – Day 8

Hinterland and Minyon Falls Tour
Byron Bay

139AUD per person

Head inland to Nightcap National Park, a subtropical rainforest in part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, for a 2-hour guided walk through the rainforest to beautiful Minyon Falls. After a refreshing swim at the base of the 100m falls, visit the quaint town of Bangalow, the oldest town in the region and known for its historic storefronts. After perusing local shops and cafés, enjoy the drive back to Byron Bay, passing through historic towns and beautiful scenery. Locally sourced barbecue lunch included.

Yoga Class
Byron Bay

18AUD per person

Zen out during a yoga class with a qualified instructor and learn various stretches, postures, and breathing exercises.

Whale Watching
Byron Bay2h30m-3h

89AUD per person

Enjoy a thrilling excursion on the water in search of the magnificent Humpback whales. Between June and November, they migrate north from their feeding grounds in Antarctica to breed and birth in the tropics. See the distinctive flukes (tails), and also look for dolphins, turtles and a variety of sea birds.

Cape Byron Lighthouse Visit
Cape Byron30m-2h

Free

Cape Byron Lighthouse is 3km (1.9 mi) northeast of Byron Bay. The popular white structure emits the most powerful light of all working lighthouses in the country, and it’s also located at the most easterly point of the Australian continent. Head up to the top of the tower to scan the ocean for whales (the Southern Cross University’s Whale Research Centre is located here).

Byron Bay Ocean Kayaking
Byron Bay

Slice through the waters of the iconic Byron Bay on this half-day kayaking adventure. Paddle past the most easterly point of the Australian mainland, see the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, and ride the waves into shore. On top of it all, keep a close eye for dolphins and whales (in season) who call these waters home. Epic? Definitely.

 

Day 9: Byron Bay/Port Macquarie

Hit the waves with an included surf lesson. Head to the coastal township of Port Macquarie, featuring all the beauty of the beach set alongside gorgeous national parks. Enjoy an evening in Port Macquarie.

Private Vehicle
Byron Bay – Port Macquarie5h397km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Hands-on: Surfing Lesson

Hit the beach and get ready to hang ten with a surf lesson from trained surf instructors. Spend some time in the water getting friendly with the waves, practice paddling, then pop up to balance on the wider, softer beginner boards. Too easy.

Day 10: Port Macquarie/Blue Mountains

Opt to visit a koala hospital before travelling to the Blue Mountains Region.

Private Vehicle
Port Macquarie – Blue Mountains6h-7h500km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Activities – Day 10

Koala Hospital Visit
Port Macquarie

2AUD per person

Visit the Koala Hospital, learn about these unique creatures and even adopt your very own Koala!

 

Day 11: Blue Mountains

Explore the area around Leura and Katoomba including the Three Sisters. Visit the Jenolan Caves, take a walk in Jamison Valley, and opt for a ride on the Scenic Railway, the steepest railway in the world.

Blue Mountains Excursion
Blue Mountains

With charming Leura as your base, explore the major attractions of the Blue Mountains from sightseeing to bushwalking to cafés and more.

Jenolan Caves Tour
Blue Mountains1h30m-2h

Jenolan Caves are a protected feature of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. These limestone karst caves are the world’s oldest caves and are significant both a scientific and sightseeing perspective. Enjoy a guided tour in the cool climes of this fascinating underworld.

Jamison Valley Walk
Blue Mountains1h-2h30m 1-3km

Take in some amazing lookouts over the Jamison Valley, via the iconic Three Sisters. Descend down the 900 step giant staircase to the valley floor. Walk amongst the beautiful forest to the steepest incline railway in the world — The Katoomba Scenic Railway. Opt to ride its 52-degrees angle or take the Scenic Cableway. If you’re keen for more walking, and time permitting, take the 900 stairs back up.

Optional Activities – Day 11

Scenic Railway
Blue Mountains

16-35AUD per person

This railway is steep and plunges into the rainforest and through the valley. The ride is scenically stunning. At the end, opt to take a rainforest walk or a cable car back to the visitor’s centre.

 

 

Day 12: Blue Mountains/Sydney
Travel to Sydney and enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city. Opt to rent a bike, stroll the botanical gardens, or visit the iconic Opera House.
Private Vehicle
Blue Mountains – Sydney2h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Orientation Walk
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Free Time
Sydney Evening

Get out and explore.

Optional Activities – Day 12

Sydney Opera House Visit
Sydney

37-165AUD per person

Stroll along the waterfront to admire Sydney’s most iconic landmark, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and opened by Queen Elizabeth 11 in 1973. Take a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site to discover its history, folklore, and more.
Some two million people a year come to see concerts and cultural performances Opera House. Catch the boom of the grand organ–with more than 10,000 pipes, it took 10 years to build and is the largest mechanical organ in the world.

Taronga Zoo
Sydney

46AUD per person

 

Day 13: Sydney

Get a feel for the city. Opt to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, zip through the harbour on a jet boat, or relax seaside at Bondi Beach. Enjoy an optional final night out with the group.

Free Time
Sydney Full Day

Enjoy a free day to explore one of Australia’s most exciting cities.

Optional Activities – Day 13

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
3h-4h

Climb one of the most famous bridges in the world – the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Soak in amazing panoramic city views of Sydney at the top – a perfect photo opp and memory to take home with you!

Jet Boat Ride
Sydney

85AUD per person

Want an adrenaline rush? A jet boat is the way to go. Hold on and get ready for a white-water thrill while gorgeous scenery whizzes past. Explore Sydney Harbour, jetting by the Opera House, Harbour Islands and more!

Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach Coastal Walk
Coogee Beach – Bondi Beach

Go for a walk along one of the most iconic trails in Australia. Pass by secluded beaches, massive cliffs, and more breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean than imaginable – all before arriving at the world-famous Bondi Beach. From May to December, keep a keen eye on the ocean to try and spot migrating humpback whales.

Sydney Opera House Visit
Sydney

37-165AUD per person

Stroll along the waterfront to admire Sydney’s most iconic landmark, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and opened by Queen Elizabeth 11 in 1973. Take a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site to discover its history, folklore, and more.
Some two million people a year come to see concerts and cultural performances Opera House. Catch the boom of the grand organ–with more than 10,000 pipes, it took 10 years to build and is the largest mechanical organ in the world.

Sydney Adrenaline Bundle
Sydney

Admire the city from new perspectives with this Adrenaline Bundle. Start with a climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge – 134m (440 ft) above sea level! Learn the story of the bridge from an expert guide and soak in the epic views. Next, board a jet boat and enjoy the thrill of spins, slides, and fish tails, spotting iconic landmarks like the Opera House, Taronga Zoo, and Shark Island along the way. Book this Adrenaline Bundle and save on both activities.

Day 14: Sydney

Depart at any time.

 

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What’s Included

  • G Adventures for Good: Cafe Chloe, Tully
  • Hands-on: Surfing Lesson, Byron Bay
  • Guided rainforest walk
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion
  • Blue Mountains stay with hikes
  • Jenolan Caves visit
  • Jamison Valley walk
  • Orientation walk in Sydney
  • Free time in Cairns, Byron Bay, and Sydney
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (11 nts), rainforest cabin (2 nts).

Meals

4 breakfasts, 2 lunches
Allow USD720-940 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private vehicle, sailboat, plane, walking

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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