East Coast Tour

East Coast Tour Australia

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Australia's East Coast with Far North Escapes. Starting in vibrant Sydney, this incredible journey will take you through iconic destinations, before ending in tropical Cairns. Immerse yourself in diverse landscapes, stunning beaches, vibrant cities, and rich Aboriginal culture. Experience exceptional Australian hospitality and world-class cuisine, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Embark on our East Coast tour for the ultimate Australian adventure.


  • City Of Sydney
    • Sydney Harbour Bridge
    • Blue Mountains
  • Hunter Valley
    • The Great Dividing Range
    • Coffs Harbour
  • Lord Howe Island
    • Hervey Bay
    • Airlie

Day 1: The Grand Voyage from Sydney to the Picturesque Hunter Valley

The Morning Buzz: City of Sydney

Kick off your grand Australian adventure in the dazzling City of Sydney. Witness firsthand the stunning architectural marvels of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Discover the plethora of 'Things to do in Sydney', from embracing the buzzing city life, exploring the quaint cafes and gourmet restaurants, to taking leisurely strolls along the scenic harbour.

An Iconic Drive: Sydney Harbour Bridge

Aboard our 4WD Landcruiser, we'll make our way across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a world-renowned symbol of Australia. As you cross the 'Coathanger', enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the city skyline and the sparkling harbour.

A Breath of Fresh Air: Blue Mountains

As we bid the cityscape goodbye, we head towards the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Blue Mountains. Feel the excitement grow as the urban surroundings give way to undulating hills and pristine wilderness. The Blue Mountains region offers a retreat into nature, with its eucalyptus forests, sandstone cliffs, and captivating waterfalls.

Journey into the Wild: Katoomba & The Three Sisters

Arriving in Katoomba, the heart of the Blue Mountains, be ready for the awe-inspiring sight of the Three Sisters. This legendary rock formation stands tall against the landscape, a testament to the ancient Aboriginal legends. The lookout offers an unforgettable view of the Three Sisters, perfect for those memorable holiday pictures.

Nature's Own Display: Blue Mountain Botanic Garden

Next, immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the Blue Mountain Botanic Garden, an oasis showcasing the diverse flora of the region. With over 900 species, this garden is a haven for nature lovers. The cool mountain air, the scent of eucalyptus, and the rustling of leaves create an enchanting atmosphere.

Ending with a View: Blue Mountain Lookout

Finally, we'll reach one of the best vantage points in the Blue Mountains. From the Blue Mountain Lookout, you'll enjoy the stunning panoramic view of the Jamison Valley stretching out beneath the clear blue sky, an unforgettable sight that marks the end of our first day.

Embrace the night, resting in a cozy retreat in the Hunter Valley, ready for the adventures that await the following day.

Day 2: Exploring the Scenic Beauty from Hunter Valley to Coffs Harbour

The Wine Enthusiast’s Delight: Hunter Valley

Embark on the second day of your adventure in the splendid Hunter Valley, a region renowned for its exquisite wines and sweeping vineyards. Take time to visit the Hunter Valley Gardens, where the intricately landscaped floral displays offer a tranquil start to your day. Let the intoxicating aroma of blooming flowers and the view of ornate fountains mesmerize your senses.

Off to the Majestic: Great Dividing Range

As we steer our 4WD Landcruiser away from the valley, we begin the ascent into the spectacular Great Dividing Range. Experience the thrill of off-roading as we navigate through this extensive mountain range, boasting a unique blend of indigenous flora and fauna. The range unfolds a breathtaking panorama that embodies the wild heart of Australia.


The Cultural Encounter: Tamworth

Our journey continues towards the city of Tamworth, the 'Country Music Capital of Australia'. Amidst its charming blend of country culture and modern amenities, Tamworth offers a delightful pause in our journey. Explore the city's vibrant music scene, perhaps catch a live performance, and immerse yourself in the local culture.


A Coastal Retreat: Coffs Harbour

In the afternoon, we descend from the mountainous landscapes towards the coastal town of Coffs Harbour. The transition from rugged ranges to serene beaches is genuinely magical. Coffs Harbour, with its pleasant climate and stunning beaches, is a haven for beach lovers.


Iconic Landmarks: Coffs Harbour Jetty

Upon arrival, visit the iconic Coffs Harbour Jetty, a historic pier that offers fantastic views of the coastline. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the jetty, feel the cool sea breeze, and witness the dazzling sunset over the ocean. This is the perfect spot to capture some memorable photographs of your Australian adventure.


Nightfall Serenity: Coffs Harbour Accommodation

As the day concludes, unwind in the comfort of your chosen Coffs Harbour accommodation. Whether it's a beachfront resort or a cozy boutique hotel, you're assured a good night's sleep. Recharge for another day of excitement, exploring the vast landscapes that this exceptional journey through Australia offers.


Day 3: Delightful Departure from Coffs Harbour to the Bohemian Byron Bay with an Optional Adventure to Lord Howe Island


The Morning Departure: Leaving Coffs Harbour

Awaken to a new day in Coffs Harbour, a city renowned for its stunning beaches and rich marine life. As we begin our journey in our 4WD Landcruiser, the cool morning breeze will be our companion, while the excitement of the open road ahead brings a spark to your eyes.


An Optional Detour: Lord Howe Island

Today offers an exclusive optional detour to the majestic Lord Howe Island, a paradise that's part of UNESCO's World Heritage List. Nestled in the Tasman Sea, the island is the pinnacle of natural beauty and biodiversity. Take a short flight to the island and immerse yourself in the breathtaking views of the sandy beaches, the crystal-clear waters, and the lush forests.

Lord Howe Island is a haven for adventure seekers with activities such as snorkeling, birdwatching, and hiking. Marvel at the island's unique fauna and flora, including the iconic Lord Howe Island stick insect and the Kentia palms. Don't miss the chance to hike to the top of Mount Gower, an eight-hour return journey offering panoramic views of the entire island.


A Scenic Route: Driving to Byron Bay

Returning from the island, continue your road journey towards Byron Bay, a town famous for its surf culture and alternative lifestyle. The journey is a part of the adventure as you pass through verdant landscapes and coastal towns, offering glimpses of Australia's diverse terrains.

Arrival at the Bohemian Paradise: Byron Bay

Finally, as the sun sets, arrive in the bohemian paradise of Byron Bay. Renowned for its laid-back lifestyle, vibrant arts scene, and breathtaking natural beauty, Byron Bay provides a peaceful contrast to the adventurous day.

End your day with a relaxing evening, perhaps exploring the local organic food scene or walking along the lighthouse trail, before settling in for the night in one of Byron Bay's charming accommodations, ready for the adventures tomorrow holds.


Day 4: Traverse from the Bohemian Byron Bay to the Tranquil Hervey Bay


Start of Day: Byron Bay

Awaken to the bohemian charm of Byron Bay. After a refreshing breakfast, embark on your 4WD Landcruiser, and get ready for a day full of adventures and captivating sights.


Glistening Waves: Gold Coast

As we traverse northwards, our first pit stop is the famed Gold Coast, a paradise for surfers and beach-lovers alike. Renowned for its golden beaches, high-rise dominated skyline, theme parks, and vibrant nightlife, the Gold Coast is a perfect blend of city life with natural beauty.


Retreat into Nature: Gondwana Rainforest

Post lunch, venture towards the Gondwana Rainforests, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world. The journey through these ancient forests, home to a multitude of rare species of flora and fauna, will truly be a journey back in time.


Sunshine Bliss: Sunshine Coast / Noosa

Continuing our journey, we'll arrive at the Sunshine Coast, a mesmerizing region famous for its laid-back atmosphere, pristine beaches, and the chic coastal town of Noosa. Explore the Noosa National Park's picturesque hiking trails, look out for koalas in the wild, and bask in the spectacular coastal views.


Arrival at Destination: Hervey Bay

As the sun starts to dip, we reach Hervey Bay, an idyllic coastal city known for its calm, clear waters and a direct access point to Fraser Island. Known as the whale-watching capital of Australia, Hervey Bay offers an excellent end to the day with a chance to spot humpback whales frolicking in the bay.

As night falls, settle into your cozy accommodation in Hervey Bay, reminiscing about the day's adventure as you prepare for the next exciting day of your Australian tour.


Day 5: A Day of Beach Bliss and Island Adventures at Hervey Bay


Greet the Dawn: Hervey Bay

Begin your day in the enchanting Hervey Bay, a coastal city known for its connection to Fraser Island and its whale-watching opportunities. A hearty breakfast will set you up for a day of exploration in this charming seaside community.


Sand and Surf: Fraser Island Beach

As we continue our journey, we hop onto a ferry to Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our first destination is the renowned Fraser Island Beach. Feel the thrill as our 4WD Landcruiser makes its way along the 75 Mile Beach, a highway-beach like no other. With the sparkling Pacific Ocean on one side and towering sand dunes on the other, it's an unforgettable ride.


In Awe of Nature: Exploring Fraser Island

Discover the diversity of Fraser Island as we venture into its heart. Home to lush rainforests growing directly out of sand dunes, serene freshwater lakes, and a myriad of wildlife species, Fraser Island promises adventure at every turn. See ancient Satiny trees in Pile Valley, be mesmerized by the crystal-clear waters of Lake McKenzie, and keep an eye out for native dingo sightings.


Into the Wild: 4WD Adventure on Fraser Island

Climb back into our 4WD Landcruiser as we explore the rugged terrains of the island, carving out a path where the rainforest meets the beach. This is where your adventurous spirit comes alive as the vehicle navigates through bumpy sand tracks, dense forest canopy, and bubbling creeks.


Sundown Serenity: Return to Hervey Bay

As the sun dips and casts a golden hue on the island, we return to Hervey Bay via ferry, carrying memories of the untouched beauty and untamed wilderness of Fraser Island. In the evening, relax at your beachfront accommodation in Hervey Bay, listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean.

Day 5 ensures an unforgettable experience, blending the sun-kissed beaches and rich biodiversity of Fraser Island with the laid-back charm of Hervey Bay. This Australian adventure continues to deliver the very best of nature, wildlife, and exhilarating off-road experiences.


Day 6: The Exhilarating Journey from Hervey Bay to Airlie Beach


The Dawn Break: Hervey Bay

Your day begins in the idyllic city of Hervey Bay, known for its calm, clear waters and the glorious Fraser Island. As we bid farewell to this tranquil bay, you'll be treated to one last glimpse of its stunning sunrise, a sight that truly captures the charm of 'Hervey Bay Australia'.


A Day on the Road: Epic Australian Landscapes

Prepare for an epic day on the road as we drive northward on our 4WD Landcruisers, traversing the vast Australian landscapes. As we navigate this 'Hervey Bay to Airlie Beach' route, immerse yourself in the ever-changing panorama of wild bushlands, rugged mountain ranges, and verdant fields. This is a perfect day to take advantage of our vehicle's comfort, enjoy camaraderie with fellow travellers, and truly absorb the spirit of an Australian road trip.


Pit Stops: Uncover Hidden Gems

Though a day largely dedicated to travel, it's not without its gems. We'll make brief stops at local towns along the way, each boasting unique local flavours. Sample local cuisine, interact with the friendly locals, and learn more about the culture and history of the Queensland region.


Captivating Vistas: Queensland's Coastline

For much of the journey, we'll be driving parallel to Queensland's spectacular coastline. Be captivated by the turquoise waters of the Coral Sea, with golden sand beaches stretching out as far as the eye can see. This is a day to sit back, relax, and let the vibrant beauty of Queensland's landscapes sweep you off your feet.


Arrival at Twilight: Airlie Beach

As the sun begins to set, we will arrive at our destination, Airlie Beach. This vibrant town, gateway to the Whitsundays, will be your home for the night. Celebrate the day's journey with a relaxing evening by the beach, reflecting on the adventures you've had and the ones still to come.

This long but rewarding day signifies the adventurous spirit of this tour, highlighting the vastness and stunning diversity of the Australian landscape. Tomorrow, get ready to explore Airlie Beach and the magical Whitsunday Islands.


Day 7: Unravelling the Magic of Airlie - A Day Amidst Oceanic Wonders


Dive into Adventure: Whitsunday Island Cruise Tour

Get ready for an invigorating day as you embark on the Whitsunday Island Cruise Tour. Our 4WD Landcruiser will whisk you to the harbour, from where your ocean adventure begins. As you cruise through the turquoise waters of the Whitsunday Islands, enjoy the magnificent view of idyllic islands dotting the shimmering sea. Feel the tropical sun on your skin and the ocean breeze in your hair, as you soak in the panoramic views of untouched beaches, lush rainforests, and azure waters.


An Island Paradise: Whitsunday Islands

The Whitsunday Islands offer you a piece of paradise. The white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and vibrant marine life create a picture-perfect setting for an unforgettable day. Go ashore and explore the islands or just relax on the deck, basking in the surreal beauty around you.


Immersion in Wonder: The Great Barrier Reef

Your journey then takes you to one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the Great Barrier Reef. You will have the opportunity to witness this marvel firsthand, either by snorkeling or taking a glass-bottom boat tour. Witness the rich tapestry of marine life that calls the reef home. Watch the corals come alive with myriad colors and be captivated by the sight of dazzling fish darting between the coral formations.


Endless Blue: Airlie Beach

As the day draws to a close, return to Airlie Beach, a coastal locality known for its breathtaking views of the Coral Sea. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beach or indulge in some local seafood as you watch the setting sun paint the sky in hues of pink and orange.

After an exhilarating day exploring the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef, return to your luxury accommodation in Airlie. Relax and reminisce about the day's adventures, while the coastal breezes whisper tales of the ocean into the balmy night. Prepare for another day of exploration and excitement as your Australian adventure continues.


Day 8: The Thrilling Final Chapter from Airlie to Cairns


Morning Departure: Leaving Airlie

On this final day of our tour, we begin our journey from the tropical town of Airlie, making our way through lush landscapes and breathtaking coastal views that make the drive itself an adventure. Our destination today is the vibrant city of Cairns, but before we reach there, we have one more unique Australian gem to explore – Mission Beach.


Unexplored Paradise: Mission Beach

We arrive at Mission Beach, a coastal destination where rainforest meets the sea. This unspoiled paradise is a popular stopover for travelers seeking serene beauty, wildlife encounters and water sports. Here, you can choose to indulge in a refreshing swim, take a stroll on the golden sandy beach, or even try your hand at paddle-boarding.

Mission Beach is also the gateway to the stunning Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Here, embark on a unique journey into the wilderness, where you'll see fascinating wildlife, lush vegetation, and cascading waterfalls. Don't forget to keep an eye out for the elusive Cassowary, a rare flightless bird that calls this region home.


Coastal Drive: Journey to Cairns

Post our nature-filled adventure, we get back on the road, heading towards Cairns. Enjoy the scenic coastal drive, as we travel past sugarcane fields, cross rivers, and meander through quaint towns. This route is a beautiful reminder of Australia's diverse landscapes and the perfect conclusion to our road trip.


Arrival in Cairns: The End of a Grand Journey

We finally reach Cairns, the 'gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef', as the sun begins to set. The city is a vibrant and colorful place, known for its lively esplanade, night markets, and seafood restaurants. As our journey concludes, we celebrate the adventure we've shared, filled with discoveries, camaraderie, and countless memories.

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