A bucket-list escape to Australia’s East Coast
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14
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24 Jan
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£200
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£3799 - £3899
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Trip Highlights

catamaran boat Snorkelling
Great Barrier Reef

Snorkel and swim around the world’s oldest living organism, on a day-long catamaran trip

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Fraser Island Fraser Island
Off-road dream

Leap into 4×4 jeeps to explore the lakes and rainforest of Fraser Island, with incredible fauna all around

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quadbiking sandboarding
Desert adventure

Sandboard and quad bike across the 40-metre drifts of Stockton Sand Dunes

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Whitsunday yacht
Island idyll

Explore the hidden coves and beaches of the Whitsunday Islands by yacht 

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river cruise crocodile
Wildlife high

Look out for humpback whales, turtles and dingoes in their natural habitat, and see saltwater crocodiles on a Daintree River cruise

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Surfing wine tasting
Surf and wine time

Learn how to surf with a lesson in Byron Bay and visit the wine estates of Hunter Valley

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What's included

  • 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners

  • 13 nights’ accommodation in twin room hotels

  • All activities, from sandboarding to off-road jeeping, included. Local Flash Pack guide

  • Max 14 Flashpackers

  • 2 internal flights to Proserpine and Cairns

  • Private airport transfers anytime on Day 1, country travel in private air-conditioned minibus

About the trip

Dream of visiting Australia but don’t know where to start? Let this escapade to the land of sunshine and chilled-out vibes be your guide.

We’ll kick off things in Sydney, exploring on foot and by ferry, then push onto Hunter Valley to drink fine wine in rolling vineyards. We’ll turn the dial up by sand boarding and quad biking the sand dunes of Port Stephens, then visit the handsome Dangar Falls. We’ll pop by Byron Bay for a surfing lesson before heading off-road in 4×4 jeeps amid the rainforest and lakes of Fraser Island.

We’ll sail between the awe-inspiring Whitsunday Islands by luxury yacht and take a catamaran around the Great Barrier Reef, for snorkelling you’ll never forget. To top it off, we’ll say hi to the crocs of Daintree National Park and kick back in the coastal city of Cairns.

A truly momentous adventure with a perfect mix of decadence, adrenaline and Instagrammable moments.

Where you will stay

hotel pool hotel bed

The Lord Byron, Byron Bay

Beautiful resort hotel close to Byron Bay’s Main Beach

Chic ensuite rooms in a palette of white and ocean blue, with private balconies overlooking tropical gardens or the pool (or both if you’re lucky!).

Why we stay here

There’s plenty to do here, from the tennis court, BBQ area and the lovely pool for chill days, plus free bike hire for when you want to head off and explore.

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hotel view bedroom

Noosa Blue Resorts, Noosa Heads

Yoga and spa hotel close to Noosa’s Main Beach

Smart rooms with a long list of welcome extras: cafe, yoga studio, fitness centre, massage rooms and a steam room. There are also two outdoor pools (one with a slide) and a poolside hot tub.

Why we stay here

This is a sweet spot that’s hard to leave – but leave you should because Noosa’s highlights are just a short stroll away.

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hotel location hotel bedroom

The Abbott Hotel, Cairns

Boutique hotel by Cairns Esplanade

Spotless hotel with air con, free wifi with complimentary morning pastries served every day. It’s smack bang in the middle of lively Cairns but free from the boozy backpack crew.

Why we stay here

This is a prime spot for bars and restaurants, plus you can hire bikes to head off and discover tropical Queensland’s delights on your own steam.

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The Flash Pack Promise

Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

Itinerary

Day 1

Sensational Sydney

G’day Flashpackers and welcome to Sydney!  Arrive at any time today and we’ll meet you at the airport and whisk you away to start your epic adventure, exploring Australia’s incredible east coast. Settle into your hotel and catch your first glimpse of that oh-so-famous Sydney view – the iconic Sydney Opera House juxtaposed against the modern high-rises that offer headquarters to many of the city’s FTSE 500 companies. Look slightly to the right and you will also see the beautiful harbour bridge: you’ve landed in an Instagram dream world. Your first evening will be spent meeting and getting to know your fellow Flashpackers over some food and drinks at a typical Aussie pub before bedding down and getting set for some serious exploration and adventure over the next 14 days.

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Sydney harbour

Day 2

Urban discovery

Awake to magnificent views over the gorgeous harbour and enjoy breakfast in your hotel before setting out to explore. Today we’ll take in the contrasting areas of the bustling Central Bustling District. This includes the legendary Opera House and Harbour Bridge, The Rocks neighbourhood with its stunning architecture and fab coffee culture, and the historic Macquarie Street with the State Parliament House, The Barracks and Rum Hospital. After a brief sojourn to the botanical gardens, we’ll hop on a ferry and enjoy a trip around the coast to Watson’s Bay, famous with locals for being the best place to get your freshly caught fish. We’ll sit down to freshest, tastiest fish and chips you will ever have tried (a bold claim we know) before ambling back towards the city via the crashing waves and surfer dudes of Bondi Beach. The evening is then yours to sample the buzzing nightlife of Sydney, your Flashpacker squad in tow.

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Undiscovered Sydney

Day 3

Boutique wines and stunning views

Goodbye bright lights of Sydney – today we’ll drive three hours north to the pretty, laid-back Hunter Valley, one of the world’s largest wine-producing regions. We’ll visit boutique, family-run wine estates, where we’ll learn all about how they produce their famous vintages while sampling some of the best they have to offer. We’ll also tuck into accompanying cheeses and chocolates that have been specially chosen for the way that they complement the delicious wines. Once you have been suitably satiated and educated, we’ll hop back in our air-conditioned vehicle and mosey on up to the harbour city of Newcastle. Check in to your hotel and snooze off all that wine before grabbing some dinner and getting an early night. Tomorrow awaits with a day of super high-octane fun and adventure…

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Flashpackers jumping

Day 4

Sandboarding and quad biking

After brekkie in your hotel, head outdoors into the desert wilderness to try your hand at some heart-pumping activities at Stockton Sand Dunes, the largest moving dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. We’ll kick things off with sandboarding. You’ll be taught the basics of this thrilling sport before being set free to throw yourself down the sandy mounds, some of which tower up to 40 metres high. The adventure then continues as you’re kitted out and provided with a quad bike to start bashing up those dunes. Go flying across the horizon on a rollercoaster ride. As your heart rate returns to normal, we’ll push on towards the beautiful Dorrigo National Park. It’s a long drive up but it will be worth it when you arrive at your Aussie pub home for the night. Freshen up and then head out into the park to visit the spectacular cascades of Dangar Falls – a photo opportunity if ever there was one. After an action-packed day, wind down with a few beers and a game of pool.

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Sandboarding

Day 5

A beach day on Byron Bay

Today we’ll journey to one of the coolest places in Australia: the chilled-out surfing hotspot of Byron Bay. The locals here are so laid-back they might as well be lying down, and the only pace of life is slow and relaxed – the word stress hasn’t even entered the dictionary in this part of the world. Instead, it’s all about palm-fringed beaches, tropical creeks and pavement cafés, underscored by a creative, arty feel. Break out your flip-flops as you and your Flashpackers take a stroll along the boardwalk to Byron Bay lighthouse. This lovely landmark is well-known locally for being an awesome spot to spy out wildlife, including dolphins, humpback whales and seals. Keep your eyes peeled over the endless blue horizon and drink in the euphoric ocean views, before we head back to our hotel for evening drinks. You’re on beach time here: wind down and take it easy.

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Byron Bay

Day 6

Recharge by the sea

Flashpackers, throw your diaries to the wind – you’ve got a whole free day in paradise. It’s been a whirlwind of awesome experiences since you touched down in Aus, so today we give you a chance to recharge and soak up the excellent vibes of Byron Bay. From poolside chilling and massages, to sea frolicking and pottering the cute shops around the town centre, the options in this lovely corner of the world are endless. Make a beeline for local artisan and farmer’s markets, or hit up Byron Bay Arts Trail for your culture fix. You could even head off to kayak the crystal waters, or venture into the hinterland of nearby National Parks to explore lush foliage and waterfalls. You might want to rally your Flashpackers for an evening out in friendly Byron but take our advice and don’t go too hard – you’ll want a clear head for tomorrow’s sea-faring foray…

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Day 7

A surf lesson and foraging lunch

Byron Bay is the kind of place where the standard uniform is a wetsuit and every second person walks around with a surfboard. This morning, you’ll sample the surfer lifestyle yourself with a beginners surf lesson on the baby waves. Rustle up your courage as you go flying across the surf (or more likely, wobble a bit and fall in – happens to the best of us). All that exercise is hungry work, so we’ll refuel by heading out of town to a local farm for a ‘pick to plate’ lunch. Harvest your own ingredients before sitting down to devour the freshest of meals, sourced just moments from the table. Bellies full, we’ll drive more than three hours north to the sunshine coast town of Noosa, where yet more idyllic beaches await. Those with a second burst of energy can head to the main drag of Hastings Street to watch the beautiful sunset, beer in hand, before checking out the Noosa nightlife.

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surfing at byron

Day 8

Live out your shipwreck fantasies

Flashpackers, today we’re off for an intense and sometimes bumpy ride around Fraser Island, on a fleet of 4×4 jeeps. Hop on a short ferry ride over from the mainland, before heading off-road for a day of unforgettable adventure. Measuring 120 kilometres, this gigantic World Heritage-listed sandbar is the world’s biggest sand island, home to a rich and diverse ecology. It’s quite unlike any other place on earth, so drink in the unique setting as we cruise amid a canvas of rainforest, dunes and freshwater lakes. Keep a lookout for dingoes and turtles, along with offshore whales and dolphins, as we explore the diverse and spectacular environment. There’ll be plenty of stops for swimming, walking and nature spotting en-route, as we make the most of the sandbar wilderness. Once we’ve circumnavigated the island, we’ll head back over to the mainland to hit up Hastings Street, for a second night of sunshine coast cocktails.

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Day 9

Chill time by the waves

Wave goodbye to the blue skies and glorious sun of Noosa because we’re heading towards Brisbane airport for a 90-minute flight to Proserpine. A short drive then takes us to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands. Check into your hotel before spending an afternoon of free time in this lively coastal town. Ramble around the lagoon – the town’s free public park and swimming pool – find a patch of beach to call your own, wallowing in some well-deserved sand time with your fellow Flashpackers. There are plenty of boutiques to wander around, along with some great bars and seafood restaurants. You could also pop over to Cedar Creek Falls for a dip in the secluded rockpool there. Stock up on sleep tonight: tomorrow’s full-day sailing adventure is going to be epic.

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Day 10

Sailing the Whitsunday Islands

Whitehaven Beach is arguably Australia’s number one beach. The sand is soft, perfectly white and makes your feet squeak. It is also made from quartz, something that can only be found here. Our full-day sailing escape aboard a luxury yacht today will take us to this beautiful spot, alongside many other mind-blowing islets and coves that scatter the Whitsunday Islands. No photograph will ever be able to recreate the wonder of this idyllic maze, so take a mental picture and remember this moment. Onboard your boat, the crew will cater to your every need.  Food and drink are provided all day, and the ice boxes will be heaped with beer. Soak in the sunshine and sensational views, as you sail between lesser-known beaches, snorkelling in warm, turquoise waters to admire the incredible marine life.

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sailing boat

Day 11

Hello, urban oasis

After breakfast in your hotel, still fresh from the amazing memories of yesterday’s sailing, we’ll board a quick ferry ride to Hamilton Island and catch a flight up north. Take in your last glimpse of the remote and shimmering scenery as we head back to civilisation and the urban hubbub in the coastal city of Cairns, the entry point to the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland’s tropical north. Check in to your hotel and take a wander around the neighbourhood to orientate yourself and plan your attack on the bars and restaurants this evening. This afternoon offers some free time to further explore. There’s plenty of markets nearby, along with a vibrant café scene and the Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park, where you can learn all about Aboriginal history. Come evening, soak up the night-time vibes in this fun and eclectic metropolis.  

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Day 12

The glorious barrier reef

You’ll want to load up on carbs at breakfast this morning because today we’ll explore the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO wonder and the oldest living organism on Earth. This magnificent hotbed of biodiversity sprawls for over 1,500 miles off the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia, and is home to countless species of tropical fish and vibrant spools of coral. We’ll head out early morning and cruise to the reef in style on a catamaran. On a full day’s sail, we’ll explore two reef sites on the Outer Barrier Reef, with swimming and lazing on the deck in-between. Grab your snorkels (you can scuba dive as an optional extra) and paddle around in the company of vibrant parrotfish, coral trout and beautiful Maori wrasse, along with over 160 species of sharks who call this region home. If you’re lucky, you might also spot seahorses, green sea turtles and humpback dolphins. Get set for a bucket-list ocean dip as you admire this fragile and wondrous structure. Grab lunch onboard with your Flashpacker crew before we return to Cairns just in time for Happy Hour.

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Great Barrier Reef

Day 13

Cruising and crocs

It’s almost time to say farewell to this epic adventure but before we do, we’re making a few more awesome memories. After an early breakfast, we’ll travel north along the beautiful coastal route towards Daintree National Park. This stretch of dense steamy forest and mountain peaks offers yet another ecosystem, and a real contrast to the azure waters of the reef. We’ll hop on board a boat cruise on the Daintree River in search of the saltwater crocodiles, then cross the river by ferry and continue towards the Alexandra Lookout. Enjoy a two-hour walk through the oldest section of the rainforest to learn about the ancient flora and fauna of the UNESCO-listed ecosystem here, including rare butterflies, lizards and kingfishers. Then return to Cairns in the late afternoon. Tonight we’ll gather for a farewell dinner and drinks. Reminisce about your incredible fortnight voyage together, as the sun goes down over your finale Australian night.

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Dangar Falls

Day 14

G’day Aus

Grab your last brekkie at the hotel before checking out and making your own way to the airport; salty toes, sandy hair and a heart full of the joie de vivre only a true adventure can bring. As you jet back home, think back on the incredible adventure you’ve just had, from getting under the skin of Sydney’s cosmopolitan city life, and drinking fine wines in Hunter Valley, to sandboarding and quad biking in Port Stephens and surfing in Byron Bay. You’ve bumped around Fraser Island in a 4×4 jeep, sailed around the Whitsunday Islands, and snorkelled along the Great Barrier Reef. Oh, and let’s not forget our meeting with majestic – and terrifying – saltwater crocodiles while cruising down the Daintree River. It’s been a jaw-dropping trip along the east coast of Australia, brimming with wow factor moments. So good, in fact, you might not want to ever leave. You’ve been warned…

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harbour

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Important notes
  • Fly into Sydney Airport and fly out of Cairns Airport.
  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
  • We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.

Trip dates

13 Nights
Deposit
£200
Total
£3899
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£200
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£3899
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13 Nights
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£200
Total £3899
£3799
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13 Nights
Deposit
£200
Total £3899
£3799
On Request