Day 1 : Sydney to Barrington Tops
We head to the Hunter Valley wine area to do a tasting at one of Australia’s most famous vineyards. We then head through the backcountry to our stunning stop on the edge of Barrington Tops National Park (a World Heritage Listed Area). We stay in a private lodge overlooking the Barrington River. We have included river tubing down a scenic part of the river for the afternoon. Relax and enjoy the incredible views in the evening. IMPORTANT NOTES: Private rooms cannot be guaranteed at this location. If available a local payment of $40.00 per person is payable.
Day 2 : Barrington Tops to Surf Camp
In the morning you can go for a walk around the property before we begin our day’s journey. We stop for a visit to a Koala hospital to learn about their efforts in preserving Koalas, and at a nature reserve to spot wild kangaroos hopping along the incredible coastline, then travel on to our waterfront accommodation at the Surf Camp, arriving in the early evening. IMPORTANT NOTES: Private rooms require a local payment of $60.00 per person if available. Female only dorms cannot be guaranteed at this location.
Meals :Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 : Surf Camp to River Retreat
This morning you can take part in a group surf lesson or just relax on the beach. The surf lesson is included in the price of the tour package. In the afternoon we travel to our River Retreat and go for a guided canoeing trip, spotting wildlife along the way. In the evening have an Aussie BBQ, learn how to cook some damper and toast marshmallows around the campfire.
Meals :Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 : River Retreat to Byron Bay
We leave our camp and head up towards Byron Bay, Australia’s famous surf and arts town. We stop in the picturesque town of Yamba along the way and go for a walk or a swim at the Angourie blue pools (weather dependent). We have an orientation drive on the way to Byron Bay to help you get your bearings.
Day 5 : Free Day in Byron Bay
Explore, learn to surf, party, visit the alternative town of Nimbin (additional cost), or just relax and take in the laidback, hippy vibe. We recommend taking a walk to the lighthouse to view the Australian mainland’s most easterly point. IMPORTANT NOTES: Your Stray Australia guide won’t be hanging out with you today, as he/she is getting a hard-earned rest. They will, however, be able to help you book any activities or give you some tips on restaurants etc before you arrive in Byron on day 4.
Day 6 : Byron Bay (via Gold Coast & Brisbane) to Rainbow Beach
We depart Byron Bay and cruise up to the New South Wales/Queensland border and hop out at Danger Point to stretch our legs and check out the view of one of Australia’s best surf spots, Snapper Rock. We then drive into the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Noosa before we continue onto Rainbow Beach for the night. At Rainbow Beach we take a walk up to Carlo Sand Blow for either the sunset or sunrise. IMPORTANT NOTES: After checking in to Frasers on Rainbow you will need to reconfirm the start time of your kayak tour which takes place on day 9, as tide times determine what time you will start your trip.
Day 7 : Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island
Get ready for two full days of exploring World Heritage Fraser Island. After a short 10-minute ferry ride from Rainbow Beach you start your adventure of four-wheel-driving on the roads of sand. During your stay on Fraser you will have the chance to spot dingoes in the wild, swim in crystal clear freshwater lakes and swimming holes, hike through world heritage rainforest and explore the diverse landscapes in this unique habitat. Before heading to bed don’t forget to look up to enjoy the millions of stars and maybe even spot the five stars on the Aussie flag – the Southern Cross.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 : Fraser Island to Rainbow Beach
After your second day on Fraser Island, your guide will return you to your Rainbow Beach accommodation in the late afternoon where you have dinner included.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 : Rainbow Beach
Today you will have the chance to witness some of the spectacular marine wildlife the Fraser Coast is famous for. You will be treated to a dolphin-watching kayak tour and Great Beach 4WD ride within the Great Sandy National Park. On this three-hour tour you have the chance of seeing Bottlenose dolphins, Humpback whales (May to November), turtles, manta rays, sting rays, soldier crabs and an array of marine birdlife. Make sure you bring along your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, water, camera, a dry change of clothes and any snacks you may wish to eat. IMPORTANT NOTES: Please ensure you have reconfirmed your kayak trip when you arrive in Rainbow Beach on day 6. In the event of inclement weather, the best possible alternative will be provided by Epic Ocean Adventures to give you the best chance of seeing some great marine wildlife and the beautiful coastline of Rainbow Beach. (Both activities are subject to minimum numbers of four people)
Meals :Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 : Rainbow Beach to Emu Park
We hop in our bus in Rainbow Beach and head to Tin Can Bay to see wild dolphins up close. We then head to Cooroy where we start our overnight train journey. We travel to Rockhampton then get met by a local bus, which takes you to Emus Beach Resort. We get welcomed onto the resort and find out more about our Loka Treasure Island Experience for the next day.
Day 11 : Great Keppel Island - Emu Park — Overnight train — Airlie Beach
We have an awesome “Treasure Island” trip today with return ferry transfers to Great Keppel Island with its 17 stunning beaches, Treasure Hunt, Bluff Point Turtle Walk & evening meal before we catch the train in the evening and travel overnight to Airlie Beach. We travel in a modern train with large reclining seats, a bar and a dining carriage. We get into a town called Proserpine in the morning then take a local bus in to Airlie Beach – the gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands where you will have time to store your luggage before your Whitsundays day trip.
Day 12 : Whitsunday Islands, snorkeling, reef and Whitehaven Beach
Today provides an exhilarating ride to world famous Whitehaven Beach, pristine snorkeling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks. Visit the Northern and Southern ends of Whitehaven Beach, spending at least two hours relaxing or exploring the 7km of white silica sand. Walk to the Southern Whitehaven lookout with breathtaking views of Pentecost Island, join the guided walks to Hill Inlet lookout and snorkel for an hour enjoying the amazing hard and soft corals of the fringing reefs. Upon completion of your Whitsundays day trip, you will have the night free to explore Airlie’s great nightlife and choice of restaurants. IMPORTANT NOTES: Please note that your Stray Australia guide won’t be present today and you will be in the safe hands of the crew from Ocean Rafting. Upon completion of your Whitsundays day trip, you will have the night free to explore Airlie’s great nightlife and choice of restaurants.
Day 13 : Airlie Beach (via Townsville) to Magnetic Island
We start early with a local bus to the train, a ferry out to tropical ‘Maggie Island’, and a local transfer to the accommodation. There is much to explore on the island, as nearly 50% of it is National Park with amazing beaches and abundant wildlife. Your guide will join you on a walk around the Island; otherwise you can do more exploring or just relax by the pool.
Day 14 : Free day Magnetic Island
Relax or visit the wildlife park at the resort (extra cost). Your guide will not be present today.
Day 15 : Magnetic Island to Tully Rainforest Experience
We travel back to the mainland on the ferry, travel by train to Tully – getting in at around lunchtime. We travel by bus into the amazing rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park. Cool off with a swim in a beautiful swimming hole, before a BBQ dinner and stories about the campfire.
Day 16 : Tully to Cairns
We wake early at our rainforest camp for breakfast and then have an interpretative walk through the forest, learning about the traditional indigenous use of the land. We then travel back to Tully to catch the train north, arriving into Cairns central train station at approximately 4.30pm, where your East Coast adventure comes to an end.