Australia's East Coast Explorer, Sydney to Brisbane    *alt*

10 days, from £1715
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Explore Australia's stunning east coast, taking in the iconic sights of Byron Bay and Fraser Island, as you make your way from continental Sydney to bustling Brisbane. Sample wine and cheese in the Hunter Valley, get up close to koalas at an animal hospital, splash about in pristine swimming holes, and cruise around the picture-perfect Fraser Island.

* Three to four star hand-picked twin share accommodation, amazing inclusions such as a Port Macquarie sunset cruise and day trip to Fraser Island
* Amazing local food experiences such as a 'farm to plate' experience in beautiful Byron Bay
* Small group travel, maximum of 15 people


 Day 1 Arrival day into Sydney

Your East Coast Australia tour experience starts in Australia's Harbour City, the glittering jewel in the east coast's crown. Make your own way to our hotel, check in at reception, relax and get some sleep: the adventure begins tomorrow.

 Day 2 Sydney and the world famous Harbour

Meet your guide early this morning around 7am for a tour briefing, before hitting up a local cafe for breakfast. Then, set off to explore some of Sydney's most beautiful spots on a walking tour, taking in the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Hop on the ferry to Watson's Bay for lunch (fish and chips!), then walk along the towering coastal cliffs ' keep your eye out for dolphins swimming below. Return to the CBD for dinner and a chance to indulge in some of Sydney's famous nightlife.

 Day 3 Hunter Valley and Newcastle

Leave the hustle and bustle of Sydney behind for the chilled out Hunter Valley. Our own personal wildlife ranger will point out koalas and kangaroos as we make our way to a gourmet lunch ' yes, there will be cheese, and wine, and chocolate (the Hunter is famous for it!). Visit Newcastle for an evening of live music.

 Day 4 Port Macquarie via Forster

After breakfast, hit Lakes Way for a coastal walk, then climb up to the lookout for exceptional views across the water. In your free time, perhaps stretch out on the beach (don't forget the sunscreen) or, if you're feeling more adventurous, hire a stand-up paddleboard or kayak, or just enjoy a swim. In the afternoon, continue on to Port Macquarie for a sunset cruise.

 Day 5 Dorrigo National Park

Meet the fuzzy patients at the local koala hospital, then travel to Dorrigo National Park, an area famous for its lush rainforest and waterfalls. End the day in true Australian style ' at a traditional Aussie pub.

 Day 6 Dorrigo National Park ' Byron Bay

Splash about in Dangar Falls, then head to the laid-back surfer hub of Byron Bay. Visit the local lighthouse for photos, and keep your eyes open for a chance to spot dolphins and whales frolicking off the coast.

 Day 7 Byron Bay

It's a free day today. Perhaps start the day with a swim in the ocean, indulge in a massage, or stretch out your limbs at an optional yoga class. Visit an organic farm, where we'll pick our own veggies and herbs for a healthy lunch, then the rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy.

 Day 8 Noosa

Cross the border into Queensland and head to Noosa, one of Australia's top surf spots and home to some of the country's best beaches. Walk through the national park before hitting up Noosa's vibrant nightlife or taking it easy at your hotel. Decisions, decisions...

 Day 9 Fraser Island and Noosa

Explore the world's largest sand island by 4WD! Swim, walk and play in this wild wonderland, before heading back to Noosa for the evening.

 Day 10 Brisbane

After breakfast, we travel to Brisbane where its time to say farewell to your travel mates: You can be dropped either at Brisbane CBD (Hotel - Royal On The Park), or at Brisbane Airport between 10.30am & 11.30am* (Please check with us what time to meet when booking your tour, as each tour varies by a few hours depending on our scheduled flight time).

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