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Island Suntanner: Epic Trip from Sydney to Cairns (or v.v) for 18 to 39 year olds

Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,327

This exploration of Australia’s East Coast is ideal for adventurous travelers with stops in Sydney, Hawkesbury River, the Gold Coast and of course, the stunning Great Barrier Reef.


Australia’s east coast is the ultimate beach lover’s paradise. Designed for ages 18 to 39, this 14 day journey takes you from Sydney to Cairns for the ultimate sand and surf adventure.

Depart from Sydney, enjoying stops at New South Wales’ best beaches on your way to Byron Bay, the eastern tip of Australia. Enjoy Brisbane from the water on a river cruise, then continue to the beach resort town of Noosa. You’ll have the option to stop in at Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin.

The traditional caretakers of Fraser Island, the Butchulla, called it K’gari, meaning paradise. And that it is. Enjoy a guided tour to explore the coloured sands and shipwrecks of this wildlife and history-rich island. Further north, the idyllic Whitsunday Islands are your gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, and home to breathtaking Whitehaven Beach.

Airlie Beach and tropical Cairns are ideal hubs for snorkeling, diving, or just exploring the Reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft. Cairns also puts you in easy reach of Kuranda, a picturesque town in the tropical Atherton Tableland. Take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for an unforgettable ride over World Heritage listed rainforest.


 

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,327

Itinerary

Day 1

Sydney to Crescent Head (via the Hunter Valley)

G'day and welcome to your Island Suntanner trip with Topdeck! Your east coast adventure starts early as you wave Sydney goodbye, crossing the famous Harbour Bridge in search of surf, sun and sand. Detouring off the main roads, venture into the famous Australian wine region of the Hunter Valley. Your time in wine country begins with the feeling of grapes between bare toes. You guessed it - jump in an oak barrel and experience the age-old tradition of pressing the grapes by foot! Afterwards, it's on to the Hunter Wine Theatre where you'll learn all about the grape's fascinating journey from vine to bottle before enjoying an intimate, structured wine tasting. The Hunter Valley's local produce is mouth-watering and you'll have plenty of choice to sample this all right here in this stunning setting. Bidding farewell to the Hunter Valley, continue north to your base for the night, an idyllic surf camp in beautiful Crescent Head. Here you'll experience first-hand why surfing is one of Australia's most popular past times. Then as the sun sets, let your hair down and enjoy the live music before resting up for tomorrow's surf lesson.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 2

Crescent Head to Byron Bay

Wake up bright and early today and enjoy breakfast with your new buddies, it's just what you'll need to catch those early morning waves. With qualified instructors to watch over your every move in this morning's included surf lesson, you are sure to be up and on your feet in no time! What better way to celebrate becoming a surfer than with a hearty BBQ lunch back at the lodge. Surfed out and with full bellies, leave this remote paradise behind in search of another surfing icon -- Byron Bay. Firstly passing through Coffs Harbour and that very famous Big Banana, continue on through Northern Rivers towns of Grafton and Ballina before reaching your home for the next two nights - Australia's most easterly (and most laid-back) point. Renowned for its surf beaches, rainforests and eclectic lifestyle, Byron oozes a relaxed vibe that will instantly have you hooked.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Glen Villa Resort

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    Glen Villa Resort



    Glen Villa Resort is a quiet, green oasis catering for couples and mature groups. Either laze by their beautiful salt water pool and spa or take a 5 minute walk to Byron Bay beach. Glen Villa Resort is the perfect destination for your next getaway.

    Glen Villa Resort is a quiet, green oasis catering for couples and mature groups. Either laze by their beautiful salt water pool and spa or take a 5 minute walk to Byron Bay beach. Glen Villa Resort is the perfect destination for your next getaway.

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Day 3

Byron Bay

Beautiful Byron - if this town was a food, it'd be certified organic! From lush hinterland and sparkling beaches to the deliberate exclusion of fast food outlets, it really is a natural wonder. Whether you decide to start early and make a full day of it or choose to relax, you're guaranteed to fall in love with the lifestyle. It's a melting pot of surf culture, alternative philosophies, hedonistic indulgence, and the good life. Today is all yours to do with as you please and the activities are endless. Why not try skydiving for spectacular views, go scuba diving at Julian Rocks, jump in a sea kayak for a paddle and hopefully spot a dolphin, show off your new surf skills with another lesson or just chill out with a coffee on the beach! If you're in the mood for a casual adventure, make sure you take in the walk with your Topdeck crew to see some of the nearby highlights then extend on up to the lighthouse at Cape Byron for the best easterly views in Oz. Here it's not uncommon to spot dolphins or whales cruising past so have your camera ready. Tonight is your chance to let your taste buds run wild. Head to that cozy restaurant you spotted today in town, or check with your Trip Leader for suggestions on the Byron's best eats.

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Day 4

Byron Bay to Gold Coast

An early start this morning as our short journey takes you inland via Murwillumbah and Springbrook National Park where you'll enter the sunshine state, Queensland. Make a stop at the stunning "Natural Arch" -- an unusual geographical feature created over millions of years by water tumbling through the roof of a basalt cave. Then, travel through the Numinbah Valley and Nerang, to the Gold Coast's entertainment hub and your home for the night, Surfers Paradise. With its great climate, famous surf beaches, extreme adventure activities and well known Theme Parks, this region is one of Australia's most popular holiday destinations and this afternoon it's yours to explore. The restaurants and nightlife here are pumping every night of the week and your champion Topdeck crew will take you on a short walk to Cavill and Orchid Avenues tonight where we'll enjoy some of the Gold Coast's hot spots!

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Duration1 Night
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Vibe Hotel Gold Coast

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    Vibe Hotel Gold Coast



    Overlooking the beautiful Nerang River, Vibe Hotel Gold Coast is everything you could want. A unique combination of comfort and hospitality set discretely apart, yet perfectly located just a few steps from the vibrant and exciting heart of Surfers Paradise. The property offers 199 stylishly ...

    Overlooking the beautiful Nerang River, Vibe Hotel Gold Coast is everything you could want. A unique combination of comfort and hospitality set discretely apart, yet perfectly located just a few steps from the vibrant and exciting heart of Surfers Paradise. The property offers 199 stylishly appointed guest rooms and suites.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 5

Gold Coast to Fraser Island

Today, have time to explore the Queensland capital of Brisbane starting with a city walking tour. Check out all that is happening in this riverside CBD with a relaxed vibe before you are introduced to the Bruce Highway bound for Fraser Island. Crossing the Great Sandy Straight on the ferry, you may be lucky enough to catch the sunset before we arrive to a hearty dinner waiting for you at the infamous Dingo Bar. Be sure to fill up as you have an awesome day of exploring planned for tomorrow! Perfectly located at Kingfisher Bay, Wilderness Lodge accommodation is set in a eucalypt forest, on the western side of the island.

Included: Brisbane City walking tour

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Kingfisher Wilderness Lodge

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    Kingfisher Wilderness Lodge



    Set in Eucalypt forest the Kingfisher Wilderness Lodge offers multi-share lodge style, each lodge sleeping 16-20 people in modern quad and twin share room. Bathrooms are spacious and clean and all bedding, linen and towels are supplied. The lodge features a large screened living area ...

    Set in Eucalypt forest the Kingfisher Wilderness Lodge offers multi-share lodge style, each lodge sleeping 16-20 people in modern quad and twin share room. Bathrooms are spacious and clean and all bedding, linen and towels are supplied. The lodge features a large screened living area and deck, ceiling fans, iron, fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. Located adjacent to the Wilderness Lodge is the Wilderness Bar. Featuring the latest in sound, lighting and party games, the bar opens from 7pm until the wee small hours.

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Day 6

Fraser Island

Fraser Island - Great Sandy National Park is World Heritage Listed and the world's largest sand island. It was home to the Badtjala Aboriginal people for some 5000 years and was known as "K'gari". This special place supports an extraordinarily diverse rainforest, wildflower heath, mangroves, birds and a now small population of dingoes. The island has dunes that reach 240 metres in height and about 40 perched sand dune lakes. The very best way to explore this vast national park is with an expert local guide on the included 4-wheel drive trip. As you travel along Seventy-Five Mile Beach get your camera ready for the iconic Pinnacles Coloured Sands and Maheno Shipwreck, learn about the rich logging history amongst the ancient rainforest at Central Station, and float your troubles away at the picturesque Eli Creek. You'll even have an opportunity to perfect your skills at stand-up paddle boarding on the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie! The more you learn about Fraser Island, the more you'll understand how truly a remarkable place it is. At the end of the day, you might like to join your crew for a bite to eat poolside at the always popular Sand Bar.

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Day 7

Fraser Island to Myella Farm

Today it's time to venture from the beach to the bush as you head into Central Queensland for some real Outback hospitality. You'll be welcomed by the local Sandilands family and into the tranquil bush lifestyle on their cattle station. Think dusty plains, kangaroos, wide-open spaces -- this is the Australia many dream of. You can walk up to a point to enjoy a moment with nature as the sun sets over the wide open plains, a cover photo classic. A highlight of any farm stay is always dinner, and here is no different, enjoy Myella's renowned home cooked cuisine, followed by steaming billy tea and an evening around the campfire. Before heading to your comfy cabin rooms for a well-deserved rest, dare to don your Akubra hat and test your skills at cracking a whip or flinging the lasoo!

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Myella Farm Stay

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    Myella is a 2600 acre cattle property near Baralaba and 11/2 hours from Rockhampton. Myella is a magical place where you can get up close to the nature, the animals and the people who live here. The original idea of Myella Farm Stay was to ...

    Myella is a 2600 acre cattle property near Baralaba and 11/2 hours from Rockhampton. Myella is a magical place where you can get up close to the nature, the animals and the people who live here. The original idea of Myella Farm Stay was to share "a country lifestyle". Some things have changed like the building of a swimming pool, air-conditioned bedrooms and an outdoor dining area; also helmets and rules for safety were introduced. People come for various reasons either for accommodation and meals, or to spend time on a farm or they just love animals. The owners try to accommodate everyone's interests but of course Myella is like most things in life the more you put in the more you get in return.

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    • Pool (s)

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Day 8

Myella Farm to Emu Park

After counting all of those stars and a good nights' rest you will be refreshed and ready to take on the day ahead. Horse riding, motor bike riding lesson or meet the animals are just some of the activities you might want to try this morning before we say goodbye to your family hosts. From Myella, cross into the tropics at the beef capital of Queensland -- Rockhampton, or "Rocky" to the locals -- before arriving at Emu Park. This casual coastal town is the perfect location for you to be treated to a very deep insight into the local Aboriginal Culture as you learn about Totems, Artefacts, show your skill of throwing a Boomerang and even create our very own piece of Indigenous Art work to take home. Take a dip in the resort pool before you'll enjoy some local hospitality as you sit down together to enjoy a delicious combination of local beef and seafood.

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Duration1 Night
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Emu's Beach Resort

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    Emu's Beach Resort



    Looking to sit back and take it easy for a while? Emu's Beach Resort is perfect for you. Situated in the casual stress-free central Queensland coastal town of Emu Park, Emu's is the perfect place to sit back, take it easy and forget the commotion ...

    Looking to sit back and take it easy for a while? Emu's Beach Resort is perfect for you. Situated in the casual stress-free central Queensland coastal town of Emu Park, Emu's is the perfect place to sit back, take it easy and forget the commotion of those large towns and overcrowded cities you have been visiting. Emu's is a short walk from the main street of Emu Park and directly across the road from one of the areas more attractive beaches.

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    • Bar
    • Barbeque
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Pool (s)

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Day 9

Emu Park to the Whitsundays (Sailing)

Who's up for sailing the Whitsundays? Today you'll do just that as you make your way to Airlie Beach. This buzzing party town is your gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Passage and the 74 nearby tropical islands, and by far the best way to experience the islands is onboard your own private yacht! This will be your home for the night and the experienced sailing crew will provide you with a feast of freshly prepared meals along the way. You'll be able to learn the basics of sailing by lending a hand with hoisting and trimming the sails and there is plenty of time for swimming and snorkelling the reefs at your leisure too. By night you'll stargaze at the Milky Way without a worry in the world -- it's a tough life, but someone has to do it! If there's a heaven on earth, this is it.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 10

Whitsunday Island Resort (Whitehaven Beach)

Wake up to pure paradise in one of the many sheltered coves that make up the Whitsundays. Today you'll set sail for golden sandy beaches, snorkel over coral reefs and soak up the sun. A visit to the famous blinding white sands of Whitehaven Beach and Blue Pearl Bay will also be an option if the weather behaves - fingers crossed! If you're a budding captain, you can even help set the sails and have a turn at the helm whilst further exploring the islands. Later this afternoon set course for land where you'll spend the next two nights at stunning Whitsunday Island Resort.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Daydream Island Resort and Spa

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    Daydream Island Resort and Spa



    Located in the Whitsunday's, 4km from Shute Harbour, Daydream Island is a jewel of just 16.6 hectares. To stroll the length of the island takes only 10 minutes through rainforest and majestic native pines. The hotel is a perfect place for a leisure getaway with ...

    Located in the Whitsunday's, 4km from Shute Harbour, Daydream Island is a jewel of just 16.6 hectares. To stroll the length of the island takes only 10 minutes through rainforest and majestic native pines. The hotel is a perfect place for a leisure getaway with a large variety of room choices.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Children's Activities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Dive Center
    • Fishing Facilities
    • Games Room
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mini Golf
    • Parasailing
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Swim-up Bar
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball
    • Watersport Activities
    • Wedding Chapel

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Day 11

Whitsunday Island Resort

Live the Island life and relax over an indulgent buffet breakfast as the day unfolds on this little slice of paradise. Be submersed in the endless array of activities this idyllic resort has on offer. You might choose to get the blood pumping with a morning game of beach volleyball or if you're feeling adventurous, enjoy the numerous water sports on offer. Be sure to checkout the huge indoor / outdoor living reef aquarium complete with sting rays and sharks. Even challenge your trip leader to a game of mini golf or tennis, but be warned -- they can get quite competitive! Of course, if a slower pace is more your thing you can always relax in a hammock in the shade of the coconut palms, feed the fish from the jetty, take a leisurely paddle in a kayak or simply watch the sunset by the lagoon bar, cocktail in hand.

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Day 12

The Whitsundays to Cairns

You probably won't want to leave the Whitsundays but that's only until you realise colourful Cairns is your next destination. You'll notice a change of scenery on your travels today as you continue your way up the coast to the far north tropic region. You'll pass palm tree lined streets this afternoon as you make your way into Cairns, nestled between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range. After checking in to your centrally located hotel you'll head out to enjoy a meal - you're spoilt for dining choices here. After dinner the revelry is up to you - head to the famous Night Markets or soak up the local nightlife at one of the many bars and clubs!

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Duration2 Nights
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Hides Hotel

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    The 105 room Hides Hotel Cairns offers affordable Cairns Holiday Accommodation right in the city heart. It is only a short walk from the Historic Hotel to the Casino, Reef Terminal, Esplanade and Kuranda Railway Station. With the convenience of public transport outside the entrance ...

    The 105 room Hides Hotel Cairns offers affordable Cairns Holiday Accommodation right in the city heart. It is only a short walk from the Historic Hotel to the Casino, Reef Terminal, Esplanade and Kuranda Railway Station. With the convenience of public transport outside the entrance and tours that collect you from the Hotel you will be able to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree and all of what Tropical North Queensland has to offer.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 13

Cairns

One is never enough so you're given two full days to enjoy in tropical Cairns! It's the perfect opportunity to go wild with optional activities and day trips, from white water rafting on the Tully River to a full day tour of the World Heritage listed Daintree region. Why not get up close and personal with a cuddly Koala or even zipline over a Saltwater Crocodile! There's also horse riding, quad biking, bungy jumping, tandem skydiving, hot air ballooning - you name it, Cairns has it. If it's time out you're after, there are cafes and shops aplenty not to mention the famous art-lined Cairns Esplanade with its lagoon style pools and lush grass sun bathing areas right in the heart of town. A very popular option and a Topdeck favourite is of course a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef with friends at Passions of Paradise. This is certainly an incredible, almost unbelievable day - one that is guaranteed you'll remember forever. Setting sail for the outer reef onboard this multi award winning catamaran; you'll stop at two unique locations - Michaelmans Cay and the exclusive Paradise Reef. All snorkelling equipment is included and if you're keen to dive, optional introductory and certified scuba diving is available too. Michaelmans Cay National Park is a world-famous bird sanctuary featuring a beautiful sandy beach that provides the rare opportunity to snorkel and dive straight off the edge in calm, protected waters. Sea turtles are abundant here and you're likely to see giant trevally fish, small black tip reef sharks and bat fish among many other species. Paradise Reef is an exclusive mooring just for Passions of Paradise so there are no crowds as you snorkel the hard coral reef with depths of up to 25 metres. There's also a tasty buffet lunch included on this day trip, freshly prepared by your onboard chef and including prawns and fresh tropical fruit. Also check with your Topdeck crew for a local walk to point out some of the Cairns top spots and a hike to grab some lasting views. To celebrate your new found friendships and such an amazing trip along the East Coast of Australia, there are two nights to check out all of the local restaurants and hotspots in Cairns after dark.

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Day 14

Cairns

Spend another day enjoying Cairns.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Feb. 13*, 17, 19*, 27; Mar. 3*, 5, 13*, 19*, 27; Apr 2, 12, 23, 30; May 21, 28; Jun 18, 25; Jul 1, 16, 23; Aug 13, 20; Sep 10, 17, 28; Oct 8, 15, 26; Nov 5, 12 23; Dec 3, 10.

2018: Jan. 2, 4, 7, 18, 28; Feb. 4, 15, 25; Mar. 4, 15, 25.

* Indicates reverse itinerary

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 13 nights multi share accommodation in a mix of hotels, lodges and hostels. Depending on location, tours may also include accommodation in underground properties, live aboard sailing or sleeping in swags
  • Transportation in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with WIFI internet
  • Awesome driver/guide
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Meals as indicated by BLD

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

  These tours available to guests between the ages of 18 – 39 years only.

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