Best of Australia Sydney to Cairns - 15 Day Boutique Tour
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$6,790 USD $7,020 USD
Sydney, Hunter Valley, Port Macquarie, Byron...
15 days. Countless memories. This ultra-indulgent Sydney to Cairns trip is designed to give you a leisurely, expansive view of one of the world’s great coastlines, all with a small group. You’ll explore all the iconic hot spots, of course – Sydney’s glittering harbor, snorkeling with fish at the Great Barrier Reef, the bright sand at Whitehaven beach, and the chance to meet koalas, platypus, crocs and more – but you’ll also get the hidden gems that only locals know. And of course, out-of-this-world wine and seafood. Ready to discover the east coast?
Start Location: Sydney End Location: Cairns
  • Great Barrier Reef day cruise including snorkeling & glass bottom boat
  • Whitsunday Islands & Whitehaven beach day trip & snorkeling
  • K'gari (Fraser Island) 4WD Experience - the largest sand island in the world
  • Conservation Wildlife Park visit- Get close to koalas, Emus and more
  • Gumbaynggirr First nations experience
  • Koala Hospital Visit with Volunteers in Port Macquarie
  • Visit Cape Tribulation
  • Visit the oldest rainforest in the world (The Daintree)
  • Hunter Valley wine, cheese, chocolate tour
  • Nature cruise - Spot crocodiles, birds, fish in the wild
  • Mossman Gorge entry and soft walk
  • Byron Bay sights
Day 1: Sydney

We start in Australia's Harbor City, the glittering jewel in the east coast's crown. Check into yourroom, freshen up, then meet your tour leader and new travel mates for a welcome meeting and orientation walk at 6 pm. Afterwards, we are off for a great welcome dinner and the chance to get to know your fellow travellers.
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Dinner
Day 2: Hunter Valley and Newcastle

We leave behind Sydney's skyscrapers and sidewalks for a wildlife park boasting an all-star cast of koalas, kangaroos, and more guided by our own personal wildlife ranger. We're in the heart of the Hunter Valley, so there's nothing better than to take a wine, cheese & chocolate tasting tour.. We'll also visit the sunny port city of Newcastle, rounding off an eclectic day.
Overnight: Hunter Valley
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3: Port Macquarie & The Koala Hospital

After breakfast, we’re off to Port Macquarie, where we’ll meet the volunteers at a local koalahospital. If you're unable to tear yourself away from the cuddly critters, don’t worry – you’re not the first. Expect to come away with loads more knowledge about these often misunderstood creatures, & how by joining our tour, you are supporting this amazing centre's conservation efforts. Relax for the evening with a stroll along the foreshore & free night for dinner. Enjoy the sounds of the local birdpopulation and keep your eyes peeled for the local wild dolphins who frequent the area!
Overnight: Port Macquarie
Meals: Breakfast
Day 4: Byron Bay

Take part in an immersive First Nations experience with the Gumbaynggirr nation, that will get you in touch with the traditional custodians of this land. Then we're headed to Byron Bay, a laid-back surf paradise with boundless coastline, sand and friendly locals. We'll pay a visit to the local lighthouse for a unique photo opportunity, and the chance for the eagle-eyed to spot dolphins, whales, and other marine life.
Overnight: Byron Bay
Meals: Breakfast
Day 5: Byron Bay

Today we're talking relaxation, relaxation, and relaxation. Spend the morning on the warm sand, shopping for bargains, or indulge in one of our optional activities: surfing or kayaking. The day is all yours – put your feet up, head to a cosy bar, or watch the world go by from one of the local cafes.
Overnight: Byron Bay
Day 6: Noosa

Today sees a visit to sun-kissed Noosa (via one of Australia's top surf spots and home to some of our champion surfers). We're crossing into Queensland – the Sunshine State. Your first stop is laid-back Noosa, and Noosa National Park where you will have the chance to spot koalas and other Aussie critters. After checking into our accommodation for the next 2 nights, it's time to relax and soak up the atmosphere of vibrant Noosa.
Overnight: Noosa
Meals: Breakfast
Day 7: K’Gari (Fraser Island)

Ready, steady, go, for a once-in-a-lifetime 4WD K’Gari adventure today. Once known as Fraser Island, the destination has been renamed K’gari, the original Butchulla name for the island, meaning ‘paradise’ – you’ll find out why soon enough. You'll never want to leave, as we explore the largest sand island in the world, kick back at some of Queensland's most renowned lookouts, take a walk on the wild side in a lush rainforest, dive into acrystal-clear lake, and go dingo-discovering across golden beaches. The fun needn't stop there; after the tour feel free to enjoy the Noosa nightlife, or put your feet up in your accommodation.
Overnight: Noosa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8: Brisbane

It’s Bris-vegas baby! We’re off to Queensland’s capital, Brisbane, soon to be home of the summer Olympics. Laidback, sunny, optimistic, buzzing – in many ways it’s the quintessential Aussie city. See for yourself with a walk along the Brisbane river to orient yourself in the city.
Overnight: Brisbane
Meals: Breakfast
Day 9: Brisbane to Airlie Beach

Airport time! It’s up, up, and away, as we take the plane to Airlie beach, the jewel in the magnificent Whitsundays crown. It’s another choose-your-own-adventure day: take a stroll through the town, find a cool little bar, or explore the local swimming hole, the choice is yours.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 10: Airlie Beach & Whitsunday Islands

After breakfast, we're taking a leisurely day cruise through the postcard-perfect islands of the Whitsundays, including a stop at famed Whitehaven beach. Words can't do justice to the dazzling white sands, azure waters, and densely verdant vegetation of this incredible corner of the world (so we won’t try!). Get a closer look by snorkeling with colorful coral, and an array of playful fish and turtles. Afterwards, it's your chance to relax or seek out the town's best food and drink options.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11: Mission Beach

A change of scenery today as we head through undulating cane fields to picturesque Mission Beach. Time? We have plenty of it this afternoon, so kick back and enjoy the clear waters and stunning views. This is your chance to catch up on some reading, or just sit by the pool with a cold drink and enjoy thistropical paradise.
Overnight: Mission Beach
Meals: Breakfast
Day 12: Cairns via the Atherton Tablelands

Enjoy breakfast before we travel into the wet tropics of Far North Queensland. We'll discover a magnificent plunge waterfall nestled in dense tropical rainforest en-route to the Atherton Tablelands. Take a dip in the cool water before we head to Lake Eacham, a crater lake with crystal-clear water, and visit the massive ‘Curtain Fig Tree’. We'll finish the day in Cairns, one of Australia's most vibrant, tropical and energetic cities.
Overnight: Mission Beach
Meals: Breakfast
Day 13: Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef

It’s one of the highlights of any trip to Australia: the Great Barrier Reef. Today, we will take a cruise to the famed reef, where we’ll go snorkelling to see incredible marine life. Learn about this special reef with conservation commentary, onboard a fantastic boat. This is the big one, so get the camera ready!
Overnight: Cairns
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 14: Daintree Rainforest -Mossman Gorge, Cape tribulation & nature/crocodile cruise

It’s another big day – we’re going deeper into the tropical World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, and Cape Tribulation (don’t worry, it’s just a name!) on a short ferry ride. We’ll explore the ancient rainforest on a light walk, and keep our eyes peeled for ancient cassowary birds, crocs, and othertropical wildlife!
Overnight: Cairns
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15: Cairns

Start your final day with a delicious breakfast, it’s time to say farewell, return home or continue on your travels. Thanks for a wonderful adventure together!
Meals: Breakfast
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  • Friendly & experienced local guide
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  • Items (attractions and sightseeing & entrance fees) not listed as included in the itinerary
  • Meals not listed
  • Gratuities to guide & drivers

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What is the maximum number of travellers in a group?

Anderson Vacations specializes in Small Group Fully Escorted tours. If the tour is classified as a ‘Classic Tour’ up to 24 persons may join the tour although tours commonly travel with anywhere between 18 to 24 travellers. If the tour is classified as a 'Tour of Distinction’ only up to 18 persons may join the tour and many 'Tours of Distinction' travel with 12 to 18 travellers.

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After dreaming about travel to an exciting destination, arranging for time off work, booking your flights the last thing you need is for your trip to be cancelled. Anderson vacation's pre-Guaranteed tours take the uncertainty away from planning your travel and give you peace of mind to book our tours. Pre-Guaranteed Tours are group tours that we have already confirmed as certain to travel on the specified date. All 'Guaranteed Tours' will travel except in the event of a natural disaster or a catastrophic event that is beyond our control. They may already have the minimum number of people booked or else are tours that are known to be popular. Only select departures of tours are 'pre-Guaranteed'.

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We pride ourselves on providing “a small shared group experience.” In the event that we have fewer than ten participants on a tour we will offer a “small-group surcharge” to ensure that the tour runs as scheduled. This fee, which is up to 15% of the “land” portion of the tour, will be offered to you as an option to continue with the trip. This fee will cover the costs associated with handling a smaller group.

What is the average age of passengers for this tour?

Our tours are suitable for all age demographics. The average age of travelers is typically 45+.

How physically demanding is this tour? Are you able to accommodate people with mobility restrictions/limitations?

Some tours are mainly coach based and may not be physically demanding while others may require walking inclines or on rough surfaces to access interesting locations. Please check with us and your booking agent carefully and discuss your mobility restrictions before completing any tour booking to ensure this style of travel is right for you.

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Yes, we can assist you with airport transfers for you in most locations at a reasonable extra cost. Several tours have airport transfers already included. Please contact us for more details.

Can you assist with booking additional accommodation?

Yes, we can certainly assist with booking additional nights of hotel accommodation for you before and after your fully escorted tour. This is available upon request and subject to availability. Please inquire for further information and prices.

How much luggage should I bring?

Each passenger may bring one large suitcase and one carry-on bag. The weight limit for baggage is 20 kilograms or about 40 pounds. Baggage handling is provided at the hotels in our tour packages but there may be places where you will be required to wheel in your bags for quicker access. Be sure to advise our reservations staff if you will be bringing additional items such as a cane, walker, or wheelchair. You may also bring one small soft-sided carry-on bag, which should easily fit into the overhead shelf of a coach. Each person is responsible for his/her own carryon luggage. Remember to check your airline baggage restrictions if you are flying, as they may differ from Anderson Vacations guidelines.

I am a solo traveller. Is there a single surcharge?

There are options for single travelers to join most tours. Solo travellers can choose to pay a Single Supplement and have their own room throughout the tour. For those willing to share with a co-traveller of the same gender, we have a Twin Share option that is offered for most tours where you share a hotel room with another same gender traveller. In this case, you will not be charged for Single Supplement.

Is it possible to book a triple share accommodation?

Yes, it is possible to book triple share accommodations on select trips. Please inquire or contact us regarding this option, as prices and availability vary from tour to tour.

Can we book this tour with our exclusive group?

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Are gratuities included in the tour cost?

For convenience, gratuities for local guides and meals that are specified in the itinerary are included in the tour price. For meals not included in your tour package please remember that it is customary to tip your server 10-20% in North America. Gratuities for your Coach Driver (where appropriate) and Tour Director are entirely at your discretion. We recommend about CDN $5.00 per person, per day, for your Driver and CDN$7.00 per person, per day for your Tour Leader.


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These travel experiences are fully customizable to better fit your needs. Every itinerary is created based on your comfort level, accommodation choices, and personal interests. Whether you are looking for a rail adventure, self drive holiday, unique experiences, or a short city stay our team will work with you on combining accommodation, transportation, and activities based on your preferences to create the perfect itinerary for you.

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