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6 Week Ultimate East Coast Australia Tour | Sydney To Cairns

East Coast Australia, Australia

From Sydney to Cairns, you'll explore the best of Australia’s East Coast over 6 weeks with stops in the Whitsundays, Byron Bay & Fraser Island.

Duration43 Days & 42 Nights
Start & End Time
Start & End TimeDay 1 – 11:30am to Day 43 – 10am
Minimum Age
Minimum Age18+
Start & End Location
Start & End LocationSydney - Cairns
Hostel8-12 Bed Dorms

6 Week Ultimate East Coast Australia Tour | Sydney To Cairns Highlights

  • Get $50 cashback to spend on any tour or attraction along the East Coast
  • Journey along Australia's east coast, travelling from Sydney to Cairns

  • All accommodation: Hostel (36 Nights), Camping (2 Nights), Sailing Boat (2 Nights), Overnight Bus (2 Nights)

  • Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners (from 1 July 2024, meals reduce to 17 in total)

  • Take a Sydney city tour to see the highlights, followed by a welcome dinner

  • Cruise the Sydney Harbour, taking in the views from the water

  • Soak up the sun on Bondi Beach & walk the coast from Coogee to Bondi

  • Join a day tour to the Blue Mountains

  • Stay in Byron Bay with a beach & city tour plus a lighthouse walk & surf lesson

  • Take a city & beach tour in both Surfers Paradise & Brisbane

  • Walk through Noosa Headland National Park 

  • Enjoy a Rainbow Beach Sand Blow Walk

  • Spend 3 Days & 2 Nights in an all-inclusive Fraser Island Tour, seeing Lake Mckenzie & Eli Creek

  • Explore the Town of 1770 & enjoy a hostel campfire

  • Sail around the Whitsundays with a 2- Day 2 Night Whitsunday Island Sailing Tour

  • Snorkelling the reef & stopping at Whitehaven Beach

  • Join the revelry at an Airlie Beach post-cruise party

  • Spend a day at Magnetic Island with return ferry transfers

  • Enjoy the Magnetic Island Fort’s Walk

  • Visit Mission Beach & the Cairns Lagoon

  • Hop aboard a boat for a 1 Day Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Trip

  • Discover North Queensland with a 1 Day Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls tour

  • Departs from the meeting point at WakeUp Hostel Sydney Central, 509 Pitt St, Haymarket NSW


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The 6 Week Ultimate East Coast Australia Tour starts in Sydney on Mondays at 11.30 am and ends in Cairns on Mondays at 10 am. At the end of your adventure, your Group Leader can help you to arrange onward travel.

Tour Meeting Point: WakeUp Hostel Sydney Central at 11.30 am.

Tour End Point: Gilligan's Hostel and Resort Cairns at 10:00 am on checkout.

The beauty of this group style of travel is that it caters to travellers who are travelling solo and who want to meet and share experiences with like-minded people.

Rooming is organised on a twin-share basis. Solo travellers will be paired with another traveller of the same gender.

There is also an optional single supplement available on most trips for travellers who prefer to have their own room. 


The East Coast Explorer tours are designed for travellers 18-35 that wish to experience the best of the East Coast. Some travellers will be on Gap Years, and others will be on short holiday breaks looking to have fun, meet new people and experience Australia.

The tours are social and fun, and the itineraries are designed for those who are eager to travel and experience their ultimate travel moment. You should join if you are looking to meet other travellers, make the most of every moment and experience the best of the East Coast.

All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity).

Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent.

It is your own responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. Visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from and where you are going.


Yes, travel insurance is compulsory on this trip.

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

You can have a plate of food for a street vendor for AU$5-$20, however there are always more expensive options. From a mid-range, sit-down restaurant, expect to pay AU$20-$100 - not including alcohol. 


Below are some essential items for this trip. Please ensure you pack appropriately for the weather at the time of year you are travelling.

  • Lightweight clothing. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing and layers. Long shirts and pants are useful to protect against the harsh Australian sun. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry. Maybe bring a change of smart clothes for dinner in larger cities. Australia is pretty casual; shorts or a skirt and a top, with sandals, is our usual warm-weather wardrobe.
  • Comfortable, closed-in shoes. These will help protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grasslands and act as a protective barrier in the rare case of a bite or sting. A pair of sandals or thongs/flip-flops are great for the beach.
  • Sun protection – a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
  • Try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables and use your hotel safe. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden. We strongly recommend that you photocopy all important documents, e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.

Due to limited vehicle space and strictly enforced road laws regarding weight limits, your main piece of luggage must be soft-sided and weigh no more than 15kg/33lb. You can also bring a day pack/bag to carry water, camera, sunscreen, etc when you’re exploring during the day.

  • All accommodation: Hostel (36 Nights), Camping (2 Nights), Sailing Boat (2 Nights), Overnight Bus (2 Nights)

  • Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners (from 1 July 2024, meals reduce to 17 in total)

If you have an existing medical condition or disability that may affect your trip or how the Operator delivers your experience, they ask that you inform them in writing at the time of your booking. You may be asked to obtain a medical certificate, and if they reasonably feel they are unable to accommodate your particular needs, they reserve the right to decline your booking.

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While travelling on this tour, you'll experience a vast array of wonderful food. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, only some meals are included in this tour price.

This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule, groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. If you have dietary requirements and/or food allergies, please let The Operator know at the time of booking or prior to departure. 

Vegetarians and vegans are well-catered for in Australia and most restaurants and cafes will have a good selection of vegetarian meals. Gluten and lactose-free diets are also well-catered for.

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Ultimate Adventure Travel
WakeUp Hostel Sydney Central, 509 Pitt St, Haymarket NSW