East Coast Australia in Style
Day 1 Sydney
Arrive in Sydney at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit the Botanical Gardens or the famous Opera House.
Day 2 Sydney (1B,1L)
Today we explore Sydney with a walk along the harbour to the iconic Sydney Opera House and into the Rocks area. We’ll have an early lunch before boarding a sleek former Americas Cup racing yacht for a 2 ½ hour sail on one of the world’s finest harbours. Meet in the early evening for an optional drink or dinner. We may head beachside to Bondi where there are plenty of excellent dining options.
Day 3-4 Byron Bay (2B,1L)
We meet mid-morning to catch our flight to the North Coast of New South Wales. Arrive early evening into beautiful Byron Bay. On the way to our hotel we’ll stop for a walk to the Cape Byron lighthouse located at the most easterly point of the Australian continent. You have the evening at your leisure. Talk to your CEO today about some optional activity options for tomorrow so they can make arrangements for you. Start Day 4 early to enjoy a yoga class to refresh your mind before meeting a local surfer for a surf lesson. We use soft big boards that provide more surface area and stability so everyone has a chance to ride a wave. We have lunch at a local vegetarian restaurant to ensure we fully get into the vibe of Byron Bay. The rest of the day is yours to explore - you may like to walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out at the beach hotel and people watch. Optional activities in the area include whale watching (seasonal), kayaking, or a day tripping to the beaches. Estimated travel time: 1.5 hour flight, then 45 minute transfer to hotel.
Day 5 Whitsunday Islands (1D)
This morning we leave Byron at 7am for Brisbane airport for a morning flight to the capital of Queensland. Upon arrival in Proserpine we’ll transfer to Abel Point Marina in Airlie Beach for a short transfer to Daydream Island, our home for the night. Estimated travel time: 3 hour drive, 1.5 hour fight, 30 min ferry Travel distance: 150 km
Day 6 Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach (1B)
We spend this morning relaxing on the island before embarking on a yacht for an afternoon of sailing and swimming around the islands. Enjoy an afternoon aboard the yacht before ending the day in Airlie Beach at our resort hotel for the evening.
Day 7 Cairns
Embark on a scenic train journey through sugar cane country and rainforest as we head north to Cairns. Arrive early evening and check-in to a centrally-based hotel before exploring the town and opting for a group dinner and drinks. Estimated travel time: 10 hours Travel distance: 600 km
Day 8-9 Port Douglas (2B,1D)
Travel up the stunning coastal road, stop to meet local Aboriginals and go on an interpretive walk, learning about traditional ways of life and survival techniques. Enjoy the unique opportunity to try spearfishing and gain perspective on how difficult it can be. Arrive mid-afternoon in the colourful resort town of Port Douglas. Take time to stroll the main streets, window-shopping on your way. Spend two nights at a local resort. Option to take a Great Barrier Reef snorkelling trip on Day 9. Estimated travel time: 1 hour Travel distance: 70 km
Day 10 Cairns (1B)
Travel from Port Douglas to Cairns where the tour ends upon arrival at approx 1pm. Feel free to book onward travel after 4:00pm. Estimated travel time: 1 hour drive Travel distance: 70 km drive