Yes this trip starts on a Sunday. This is the day you arrive in Sydney.
This is your ultimate road trip. One action packed backpacker trip you will never forget, taking in the very best of Australia. Surfing, skydiving, and diving as you head up the Australian coast in search of good times and incredible adventures. Everything is arranged for you: arrival, transport and awesome activities with new mates! It is flexible too, so you can spend up to 6 months completing it, and even include some work travel too.
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Ultimate Australia: Trip Highlights
HOW THIS WORKS:
Hands down the most excitement you can cram into any Australia trip! You will love it because you do everything, without worrying about running out of money on your travels,because all of the essential East Coast activities and experiences are included.
Starting out with a superb arrival package Sydney, you travel the East coast. It is flexible so you can set your own pace allowing you to find a job or just stop off in places for longer. It is a great laugh meeting loads of people on your travels and sharing insanely awesome adventures all along the East coast of Australia. We will take you from Sydney to Cairns. This really is the trip of a lifetime and one that we think is a life changer. You might leave home a nervous, first-time traveler, but you´ll return a daring adventurer with more friends than you could have imagined!
MOST OF OUR TRAVELLERS TRAVEL ALONE, AND ARE A BIT ANXIOUS, SO LET US EXPLAIN HOW THIS TRIP WORKS
We get it; you are nervous! But with your first 3 nights in Sydney arranged,including lots of activities, and a 5 day surf trip with a big group of other travellers followed by 1 night in Byron Bay… you will wonder why you were nervous. By this time you will have already made friends for life, it´s easy!
Remember 85% on the trip backpacks solo, so everyone is up for making new friends, but also everyone picks their own pace. After a few amazing days in Sydney, you get on the flexible backpacker bus and you can hop on and hop off where ever you like. People tend to travel together for a few days or weeks and then meet others again. As you might have 6 weeks and someone else has 5 months to travel and maybe also work in Australia. That is the deal with backpacking. It´s about meeting people, doing amazing stuff together and move on… but have memories for life!
As there are lots of activities included, a 5-day surf trip, a trip on Fraser island, where you go camping with a group on a stunning sand island and get a chance to drive the jeep too! A skydive which gives you an adrenaline shot you won’t believe, sailing on the great barrier reef and adrenaline activities in Cairns, they are all with other travellers. Enough people to meet I would say!
Here are just some of the main highlights (Click here for an overview of each activity):
To kick-off the Ultimate Australia package we start you out with a great fun arrival package in Sydney. You get to spend a couple of days checking out the sites and doing fun activities. Located in a funky downtown hostel in Sydney, representatives are on hand to help sort you out with anything you need to know and settle you in.
- Pre-paid airport transfer ( 24 h)
- 3nts dorm accommodation
- Free activity schedule ( Activities vary at our hostel in Sydney)
- Breakfast daily
- 48 hours free Wi-fi
- Sydney harbour 24h hop on hop off ticket/cruise OR Hop on hop off explorer bus ( 24 hour tkt)
TRANSPORT ON THE OZ EXPERIENCE BUS PASS AUSTRALIA
Getting around after the intro in Sydney is a breeze as we include a flexible bus pass to take you from Byron Bay to Cairns and everywhere in between.
Australia is big! Remember, with our Hop On Hop Off passes, you can get on and off as many times as you like, as long as you continue to travel in one direction. Each pass is valid for 6 months, so you have loads of time to experience the beauty of Australia!
Immediately after your Sydney arrival package its time to hit the road and checkouts beaches on an amazing surf tour. We will put you together in a big group and take you up the East coast on comfortable transport, stopping off at our amazing surf camp. The purpose built surf camp is right on the beach… Here you’ll learn to surf on our great learner friendly surf beaches. You do not have to be up to surf just be up to having a great time which we guarantee you will have!
- 4nts dorm accommodation
- 3 meals a day
- 5 amazing days of surf, sun, parties, great food and even better people
- A lot more activities available at our camp: kayaking, volleyball, kangaroo golf, rock pool swimming, dolphin and whale spotting… The list goes on and is for you to discover!
Then it is onto the cool town of Byron Bay where you have a night included in the Nomads Flashpackers and a final night out with the surfari group in the legendary cheeky monkeys!
Have you ever wanted to do a skydive? Well now is your big chance! You can opt to jump from one of four locations all along the East Coast, from Byron Bay to mission beach over Sydney or over the barrier Reef you choose which option you would prefer and this also means there should be no problems with the weather getting in the way.Our jump partners offer Australia’s higher skydive and have a 100% safety record spanning over 30 years.
You can choose to jump in one of 4 locations: Amazing!
Frazer island is one big adventure playground. It is the world’s largest sand bar island stretching over 100 miles, and is the only place in the world where a rainforest grows directly out of the sand. It’s a big place so you need wheels to get around. You will join a self-drive group and you will be equipped with a 4×4, like a land cruiser or Land Rover and then you’re off to go camping on the island for a couple of days. There is so much to see and do here, plenty of fresh water lakes to cool off in, with lots of interesting wildlife all around you including plenty of dingoes (Australian wild dogs).As Frazer island is quintessentially one big beach is the ultimate place to get a suntanned there are plenty of places you want to check out along the way like the Moreno shipwreck, big sand dunes and Lake McKenzie.
As you come in to land at Sydney Airport you can gaze in awe as you see the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House for the first time. Your excitement levels will go through the roof as you think about the possibilities and excitement that await you in this vibrant city!
To help you get over the dreaded jet lag we have organized a fantastic three-night arrival pack , where you can settle in straight away at one of the coolest hostels in Sydney, right in the heart of the backpacker district, think comfy beds. Wild nights out with new friends and all the essentials you need, such as internet access and daily breakfast . You don´t need to worry about a thing!
One of the highlights today is the Sydney harbour 24h hop on hop cruise, or if you do not like boats you can join the Hop on hop off explorer bus. The best way to explore Sydney. nice and relaxing.
With three full days to explore the city, you can join in on the free hostel activities. These vary, just check with reception when you check in, so you won´´ t miss out.
What else? Stroll around the many colourful markets, people-watch on famous Bondi Beach and visit the gorgeous little islands scattered around Port Jackson.
By now jetlag should be a distant memory, but after three action-packed days and nights in Sydney you´ll probably be glad to have a break from the big city lights and lie on a gorgeous beach instead. Well, tough luck because you´re going surfing! You´ll be picked upsuper close to the hostel, to embark on an amazing five-day surfari. Learn to catch the perfect wave by day and party by night two typical Aussie pastimes.
Thanks to the all-inclusive style of the trip the only thing you need to bring is yourself. All surf equipment, accommodation, and meals (except lunch on travelling days) is included. We even throw in that all important sun cream during the surf trip. By the time you arrive at the surf camp, you´ll already have got to know your new mates on the train, but if you are a bit shy don´t worry as there is no better icebreaker than beers and BBQ´s, not to mention falling off a surfboard!
The surfari takes you (by train) to Spot X, where you can enjoy the best beach parties and improve your surf skills from the first couple of days. The expert instructors will really look after you, so there is no need to be nervous just get in there and make the most of this amazing opportunity.
We guarantee that by the end of these five days you´ll be a surf convert and what better way to impress (and annoy) your mates back in cold Blighty? The tour ends in the cool beach side town of Byron Bay, where you can continue straight on with the next part of the tour, or take some time out to lounge on the beach, go snorkeling and explore the rainforests.
A quick note here to point out that after the Surf Camp all of the sectors included in the Ultimate Australia Trip can be done at your own pace, allowing you to combine your travels with some work in-between, should you need to top up those funds.
If you wish to complete the trip all in one go then you should allow for around 5 – 7 weeks, but you can take up to 6 months, which is highly likely once you get a taste of the Aussie lifestyle!
The hop on-hop off style bus can be booked a few days in advance for each of the following sectors.
There are 21 Nights Accommodation included in the price of this trip.
- 3 Nights in Sydney
- Surf Trip – 4 nights
- Arts Factory Byron Bay – 1 night
- Fraser Island tour – 2 nights on the Island, 1 night on Noosa before and 1 night in Noosa after.
- 2d1n Whitsunday sailing – 1 night + 1 night before and after on Airlie Beach
- 1 night magnetic island (included transfer) from Townsville
- Cairns – 5 nights
That’s 21 nights of not having to find a bed for the night included in the price!
A Rough Idea of Price
All of our gap year holidays are completely customised to your needs and prices will therefore vary based on things like the time of year and level of accommodation; but we want to give you as good an idea of how much this itinerary will cost.
5 Week - Standard
5 Week - Boomerang Option
6 Week - With Great Barrier Reef live aboard
6 Week - With Great Barrier Reef open water & live aboard