Ultimate Australia – 5 week

Get ready for an epic guided group adventure on the Ultimate East Coast Australia Explorer tour from Sydney to Cairns.

Discover the most amazing locations in Aus, have heaps of fun in a group tour, create unforgettable memories and make friends for life! We’ll show you some of the very best spots along the East Coast including Byron Bay, Brisbane, Magnetic Island & Cairns! We’ll sail around the Whitsunday Islands, camp on Fraser Island, party in Surfer’s Paradise, spot Aussie wildlife, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef & more! What are you waiting for?


  • Duration: 36 Days / 35 Nights
  • Starts: Sydney
  • Finishes: Cairns

Ultimate Australia – 5 week: Trip Highlights

  • Make life-long friends in a fully-guided group tour
  • Explore The Gold Coast, Brisbane & Noosa
  • Encounter Dolphins at Rainbow Beach
  • Visit Fraser Island Tour
  • Discover Town of 1770
  • Sail around the famous Island of Whitsunday
  • Discover Aussie Wildlife
  • Visit Exquisite Beaches
  • Party it up in Cairns
  • Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system
  • Gaze upon Beautiful Waterfalls tour
  • Plus Loads More…

Ultimate Australia – 5 week Photos

Ultimate Australia – 5 week: Full Details

We’ll organise your airport transfer so your arrival into Sydney will be smooth, easy and hassle-free.

The Ultimate Australia – 5 week tour departs from Sydney on Mondays on Day 1 of the itinerary. We recommend arriving in Sydney the day before the tour starts.

Arriving early? Choose to add additional pre-tour nights when you book online or chat with our reservations team to organise extra nights.

If you are keen to explore Sydney before your East Coast Tour? You can add-on our Sydney ConneXion, just chat to our team and we can make it happen for you.


Day 1: Sydney

Your Ultimate East Coast adventure starts here in Sydney, with a guided tour of the city and welcome dinner before we begin our epic journey up the East Coast.

(Includes Airport Transfer, Orientation, City Walk & 1N Overnight Bus)

Days 2-5: Byron Bay

This morning, we arrive in Byron Bay. Chill on the stunning beaches and embrace the laid-back surfer vibes of Byron. We’ll explore the beaches, take part in a surf lesson and head to the famous Byron lighthouse to take in the gorgeous ocean views. Tomorrow we’ll zen out at morning yoga on the beach, enjoy more time exploring Byron, and then have some tasty wine & cheese at our hostel this evening!

(Includes 4N Byron Bay, BBQ Dinner, Beach & City Tour, Morning Yoga, Wine & Cheese Night, Surf Lesson, Optional Personal Training Session, Nimbin (add-on), Dolphin Kayaking (add-on))

Days 6-8: Surfers Paradise 

Known for its awesome waves, never-ending nightlife and long sandy beaches, Surfers Paradise is a real highlight of the East Coast. We’ll explore the beautiful beaches and head out to our favourite bars and clubs for a fun night out on the town. Bar cover fees and optional Pub Crawls not included ($$). Spend the next day chilling by the pool, soaking up the sun or exploring the city, before we get together for a Sausage Sizzle and a few bevvies.

(Includes 3N Surfers Paradise, Sausage Sizzle, City & Beach Tour)

Days 9-10: Brisbane

In the morning, we’ll hop on the bus and head to Brisbane! With accommodation right in the buzz of the city, we’ll explore the best bits of Brisbane, from man-made Streets Beach to Southbank, the cultural hub!

(Includes 2N Brisbane, Guided City Tour & Streets Beach, Australia Zoo (add-on))

Days 11-12: Noosa

Tropical greenery, diverse wildlife, and beautiful beaches – Noosa, our next stop, is gorgeous. Chill by the beach, take a hike over the coastal headlands taking in the amazing sea views or have a couple-a beers at the bar.

(Includes 2N Noosa, Beach & Sunset, Headland Coastal Walk)

Days 13-14: Rainbow Beach 

Our next stop is Rainbow beach, the gateway to Fraser Island! Check into our hostel and head out for a short hike where you can watch the sunset over the southern tip of Fraser Island! In the morning, we head out to see some Australian Humpback dolphins! Explore Rainbow or relax at the hostel – before our Fraser Island safety briefing.

(Includes 2N Rainbow Beach, Sand Blow Walk, Dolphin Encounter, Fraser Island Orientation)

Days 15-17: Fraser Island

Today, we will begin our Fraser Island adventure! We will drive on the beach highway, take a dip in the amazing clear waters of Lake McKenzie, bathe in the champagne pools, and take in amazing views. Kick back and take in the amazing views from your very own private campsite! We’ll head back to Rainbow beach for another night, before journeying to our next spot.

(Includes 2N Fraser Island, 1N Rainbow Beach, 2 Dinner, 3 Lunch, 2 Breakfast, Indian Heads Lookout, Champagne Pools, Beachside Camping, Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby & Eli Creek, Drive 4×4 on the island)

Days 18-20: Town of 1770

Our next stop is Town of 1770. Enjoy a classic Aussie camp fire with marshmallows on the fire, play games by the pool, hire a surfboard and catch some waves or join 1770’s famous scooter tour (add-on). In the evening, we’ll hop on the overnight bus to Airlie beach, arriving the next morning.

(Includes 2N 1770, 1N Overnight Bus, Camp Bonfire, Pool Day, Scooteroo (Add-On))

Days 21-23: Airlie Beach + Whitsunday Islands

Check into your hostel before heading out to explore tropical Airlie Beach, taking a dip in the famous harbourfront lagoon. The next day, it’s time to start our Whitsundays adventure! We’ll be spending the next few days cruising around the stunning Whitsunday islands on a Maxi sailing yacht. We’ll be sleeping onboard so get comfy, have a drink, enjoy some delicious food, and settle into the gorgeous surroundings. Snorkel in pristine blue waters, visit some of the whitest sandy beaches in the world, chill with your mates and witness some incredible sun sets. The Whitsundays are breathtaking! After two amazing days on the boat, we’ll head back to our hostel in Airlie Beach for the next two nights.

(Includes 1N Airlie Beach, 2N Whitsunday Island Cruise, 2 Dinner, 2 Lunch, 2 Breakfast, Whitehaven Beach, Sail Whitsunday Islands)

Days 24-25: Airlie Beach

Arriving in the evening, we’ll hit the hostel terrace bar and reminisce on our Whitsundays adventure! The next day, soak up the paradise vibes at Airlie’s lagoon, wander around the town or explore the surrounding national park before our journey to Townsville.

(Includes Lagoon Hangout, Post Island Party, Whitsunday Heli Experience (add-on))

Days 26-28: Magnetic Island

You’re in for a treat as we spend the next 3 days exploring Magnetic Island – home to wild koalas, wallabies, and golden sandy beaches. Snorkel in the pristine island waters, take the guided Fort’s walk offering incredible views of the island and chill at the hostel. Our hostel even has an on-site wildlife park where you can get up close to Aussie wildlife such as koalas and wallabies! Want to explore the rest of the island? Rent a 4×4 ‘barbie car’ and drive around the island with your mates (available for hire)!

(Includes 3N Magnetic Island, Forts Walk, Wildlife Park, Barbie Car (add-on) Koala Park (add-on))

Days 29-30: Mission Beach

Our next stop is Mission beach, where the rain-forest and the reef meet and renowned for incredible sunrises. We’ll wake and explore the neighbouring National Park, traditional country of The Djiru Aboriginal people. If you’re up for a bit of adrenaline action, you have the option of joining an awesome white water rafting adventure in Tully or Australia’s highest skydive (15,000ft!) – get signed up! (add-on). Fly over a reef, jump out a plane and land on a beach. Awesome!

(Includes 2N Mission Beach, Local Beaches & Hike, White Water Rafting (add-on), Skydive (add-on)).

Days 31-35: Cairns

Arrive In Cairns

Tonight we arrive in Cairns – the Ultimate backpacker destination, and home to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy luxury air conditioned en-suite dorm rooms, a huge pool and daily entertainment in our resort style accommodation. We’ll be spending the next 5 days here, so settle in and get ready for an exciting few days ahead!

Rain-forest & Waterfalls

Our first full day in Cairns will be spent exploring the Tablelands region, swimming under waterfalls, exploring rain-forest and sliding down natural rock slides. If you’re lucky, you may even see some shy platypuses in the wild!

Great Barrier Reef

What better way to spend your last few days in paradise than a day trip to the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef? We’ll take a boat to the outer reef and snorkel around the vibrant coral, encountering turtles, stingrays and maybe even Nemo – an experience you’ll never forget! The final two days are open for you to explore Cairns. Chill at the hostel pool, make the most of the nightlife, visit the Cairns Lagoon and soak up the sun while you reminisce on the past 5 week of adventure with your new mates!

(Includes 5N Cairns, Guided Atherton Tablelands Tour, Includes Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Tour, Bungy (add-on) Cape Tribulation Day Tour (add-on)).

Day 36: Check Out Day or Keen For More?

Whether you plan to stay in the tropics, travel elsewhere in Australia or onto a different destination, your tour guide and our crew HQ will be here to support you and help you plan your adventure!


The Ultimate Australia 5 week tour includes 33 nights of accommodation and 2 overnight buses.

29-nights are spent in dorm share accommodation in the very best hostels on the Aussie East Coast. You’ll be staying in a beachfront hostel, resort-style flashpacker accommodation and an island bungalow with an on-site wildlife park.

You’ll also spend 2 nights aboard a boat sailing around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands and 2-nights camping on Fraser Island.

Accommodation is based on 4-10 bed shared dorm arrangements.

Twin-share and Private room upgrades are available.


What's Included?


  • Airport Transfer pre-arrange for a smooth arrival
  • Travel Pass (Sydney to Cairns)
  • Return transfers to Fraser Island
  • Return ferry to Magnetic Island

Accommodation & Meals

  • 33 nights accommodation + 2 nights overnight bus
  • Some Meals & Drinks Included


  • Byron Bay Yoga, Cheese & Wine Night, Lighthouse Walk & Surf Lesson
  • Explore The Gold Coast, Brisbane & Noosa
  • Dolphin Encounter in Rainbow Beach
  • 3 day / 2 night All-inclusive Fraser Island Tour ($10 insurance levy payable locally)
  • Discover Town of 1770
  • 2 day / 2 night Whitsunday Island Sailing – departs Airlie Beach
  • Magnetic Island Adventure incl return ferry transfer, Fort’s Walk & Aussie Wildlife
  • Explore tropical Airlie & Mission Beach
  • Party in Cairns
  • 1 day Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Trip ($20 reef conservation levy payable locally)
  • 1 day Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls tour

Our Guides

  • First aid trained
  • Our guides are professional, fun, have the best local knowledge & will make sure that you have the best time!

What's Excluded?

Not Included (Contact us for assistance)

  • International airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa to enter Australia
  • Tariffs and Levys as mentioned above.

Optional Activities – Available to book during the tour.

While the trip includes loads of amazing bucket list items, if you would like to add on extra activities to make your Aussie adventure even more awesome, we have listed some of our favourites are below. These are bookable through your tour guide after arrival.

  • Dolphin Sea Kayak Tour
  • Nimbin Tour
  • One Day Ticket Dream World
  • Australia Zoo
  • 1 Day Self-Guided Noosa Everglades Kayak Adventure
  • Scooteroo 1770 Mini Chopper Motorbike Tour
  • Whitsundays Helicopter Experience
  • Tully Full Day White Water Rafting
  • Skydive Mission Beach
  • Day Tour to Cape Tribulation

Frequently Asked Questions

  • This tour starts in Sydney on Mondays at 11am and ends in Cairns on Mondays at 10am. At the end of your adventure, your tour guide can help you to arrange onward travel.

    We recommend arriving in Sydney the day before the tour starts, please ask us to book an additional night for you if needed. Cost: £40/ 35€

  • You’ll be travelling with a group of 18-30-somethings from all over the world, and a fully licensed tour guide available 24/7 whilst on tour. Group sizes vary but you can generally expect to travel with a group of approximately 10-20 people.

  • We have done our best to include all fee’s and charges but there are some key touring components that are required to be paid on arrival whilst on tour.

    • Fraser Island Insurance Fee ($20 AUD) – Paid direct on arrival
    • Fraser Island Sleeping Bag Hire ($10AUD) – Paid direct if required
    • Great Barrier Reef Conservation Levy ($20 AUD) Paid direct on arrival
    • Dolphin Feeding ($5 AUD) Paid direct on arrival. Optional only.

    Optional Activity Levies – Whilst on tour, various local activity operators may charge a levy that is to be paid direct on the day your activity takes place. These will be communicated to you when booking any optional activities.  A local ‘levy’ is generally a tax or administration fee.

  • Yes, lots of people come on our trips alone, it’s a great way to meet new people and you will never feel alone from the moment you arrive as you will instantly be travelling with an awesome group of like-minded people.

  • Yes, you will have to pre-arrange a visa. Please remember that it is your responsibility to make sure that you have the correct visa information and that you acquire the correct visa(s)

    You can click here for more info on the different types of visas.


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