East Coast Cruisin'

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East Coast Cruisin'

from £1,395
Duration: 12 days
Countries: Australia
Cruise Australia’s East Coast with us as we take in some of the most exciting experiences a tour of Australia has to offer.
Summary

East Coast Cruisin'

Take to the waves at our own surf camp, enjoy the daytime thrills and night-time excitement of Gold Coast and Brisbane, and spend three spectacular days sailing the magical Whitsundays!

Itinerary

Day 1: Airlie Beach to The Whitsundays

***We ask that you have packed a small overnight bag to take onboard with you as space is limited. Pack items like swimmers, beach towel, chargers, hat, sunscreen, camera, jacket, toiletries, sandals/flip flops and casual clothes for 3 days***

Feeling like you need more air in your hair? Bail out of the bus and board your own private yacht for our overnight sailing trip in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands (cue clichéd sailing soundtrack). Normally a toy for the rich and famous, today it's all yours to learn the ropes while sailing in paradise. Landlubber? Take the diva option and let the crew do the work whilst you feast, swim and snorkel. (B, D)

Day 2: The Whitsundays to Daydream Island

Keep those sunnies on as the blinding white sands of Whitehaven stretch before you like a 7km sea of diamonds and swim with the resident Maori Wrasse at Blue Pearl Bay. Back on board, keep adrift of your seafaring skills by helping to set the sails or steer at the helm as we set course for land and two nights at Daydream Island Resort. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Daydream Island

Did someone say buffet breakfast? (Over) indulge, recharge and relax with water sports, beach volleyball and fish feeding right off the jetty. Appropriately named, Daydream Island has walking tracks, palm trees and secluded beaches. In keeping with tradition, a looong list of activities has been provided ranging from water sports to mini golf and tennis. Grab a cocktail from the swim up pool bar then make a date with a hammock and get in your happy place overlooking the pools. (B)

Day 4: Daydream Island to Emu Park

Get out of the hammock and follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook as we head south to Emu Park. Then spread out on the sand, crack a “cold one” and 'stump' yourself with the rules of beach cricket with yer mates just before dinner. (B, D)

Day 5: Emu Park to Myella Farm

Sand and salt got your goat? Trade the beach for the bush and enjoy an authentic outback experience at a 2,500-acre cattle station. Now's your chance to bust out the sayings like “strewth mate” and “bewdy sheila”. Take to the life of a cowboy like a horse to oats with an adventure-packed afternoon of horse riding or motor biking. Or get your boots dirty, milk your first cow, or go walkabout on a real Aussie farm to find that right spot for the perfect outback sunset. Enjoy a hearty home cooked farm style dinner before you take to whip cracking and lassoing. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Myella Farm to Fraser Island

Wake up and smell the coffee. Kick off your day with a farm breakfast before burning down the highway to catch a ferry bound for the world's largest sand island, with the longest beach in Oz - all 75 Miles (120kms) of it. (B,D)

Day 7: Fraser Island

Fraser is literally one huge pile of sand - as if someone dropped the Sahara Desert into the Pacific Ocean and scattered it with dingoes and rainforests. Four-wheel-drive along the beach highway of 75-mile Beach to mingle with the Pinnacles Coloured Sands, Eli Creek and Maheno Shipwreck before testing out your SUP skills on the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie. (B, L)

Day 8: Fraser Island to Gold Coast

Next stop: BrisVegas (aka Brisbane). Don't let its namesake fool you - there are no late-night wedding chapels in the sunshine state capital. Get your city centre fix on before burning down the highway to a piece of man-made awesome perched on the edge of golden sandy beaches, aka Surfers Paradise. Welcome to the GC. (B)

Day 9: Gold Coast to Byron Bay

Leave the Gold Coast glitz behind you as we head to Springbrook National Park and its major draw card, Natural Bridge. Next, swap the national park for surf vibes in Byron - where you can burn incense, sip chai, become a yoga teacher and win cash for being a Cheeky Monkey all in one day. (B)

Day 10: Byron Bay

Anti-Maccas and anti-anything mass-produced (but pro juice bars, beer gardens and beards), Byron is glitzy on the outside but small town-hearted underneath. Hit the shops, paddle a sea kayak, or watch whales breach from the Lighthouse in winter. This is the town where peace and tranquillity go to relax. You should too. Or jump out of a plane. Byron doesn't care as long as you're happy. (B)

Day 11: Byron Bay to Crescent Head

Let the wave chasing begin as we cruise down the coast to the surfing cloud nine of Crescent Head. Grab some BBQ lunch before we hit the beach for a private surf lesson on one of the best right-handers in the world. Here's your chance to become a bona fide shredder. Kelly Slater, who? (B, L, D)

Day 12: Crescent Head to Sydney

Try a barrel of a different kind and dip your toes into an oak barrel (literally) in the Hunter Valley today. Swill some vino and taste some of the best grapes in the country before we roll onto the beachside hustle and bustle of Sydney. (B)


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Inclusions

Full-day 4WD experience on Fraser Island
Authentic farm stay experience at Myella Farm
Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands
Visit to stunning Whitehaven Beach
Two nights on a tropical island
Unique wine tasting experience in the stunning Hunter Valley
Surf lesson at Topdeck’s Surf Lodge
Rainforest walk in Springbrook National Park

More Inclusions

11 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D)
10 nights in hotels, lodges and cabins
1 night ‘liveaboard’ sailing
Escorted services of a fully trained Topdeck Trip Leader and Driver

Group Size

Average 15, maximum 36

Transport

Modern air-conditioned coach, including power points for charging electronics.
During peak season, some coaches will not have Wi-Fi

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