The Perfect East Coast Australian Road Trip Itinerary

Sunrises that paint the sky fifty shades of orange, beaches that appear never-ending, rugged rocky mountains and the largest coral reef in the world; your wildest adventure dreams are sure to come true on an east coast Australia road trip. With epic landscapes, spectacular scenery and adventures that’ll see you coming face to face with some of Australia’s coolest natural wonders, you’ll be hiking, sailing, wine tasting, snorkelling and koala cuddling your way along Straya’s east coast one adventure after another.

When it comes to Sydney to Cairns tour packages, we’ve chosen the most iconic destinations and epic activities so you can experience the best road trip in Oz. We’ll take you from the bright lights of Sydney to the tropical waters of Cairns via beaches, mountains and epic islands in between. Our intention? Simply to whisk you away on a fun-filled roadie with new mates, good music and plenty of opportunities to nail the perfect Insta shot. This post covers all the places you’ll experience when travelling with Wild Kiwi on our east coast Australia tour including destinations you’ll visit, adventure highlights and a 14-day route guide. Check out our perfect east coast Australia road trip itinerary below and prepare to fade away into a dreamy state of wanderlust.

Sydney to Byron Bay (Day 1 – 6)

Spot X

Journey from the bustling city of Sydney to the laid-back beach feels of Byron Bay, taking in some of east coast Australia’s finest adventure spots and natural landscapes in between as you travel through New South Wales. The first 6 days of your Oz small group tour offers the opportunity to experience a real variety of adventure all while soaking up natural landscape after natural landscape, getting to know your travel mates, and making some seriously cool memories. Explore the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park via van and foot, see vineyards for days and sip on the local drop in the Hunter Valley, learn how to ride waves at an authentic, locally owned surf camp, cruise your way into sunset with a BYO beer or two in Port Macquarie and kayak around the cape in chilled Byron Bay.

Destinations you’ll visit:

• Sydney
• Blue Mountains National Park
• Hunter Valley, Port Macquarie
• Spot X Surf Camp
• Byron Bay

Adventure highlights:

• Chase waterfalls in the Blue Mountains National Park
• Jump aboard a sunset cruise in Port Macquarie
• Set off on a kayak adventure around the cape in Byron Bay

Brisbane to Fraser Island (Day 6 to Day 9)

Fraser Island

Epic coastlines give way to city-scapes as the adventure continues into Queensland, past the famous Gold Coast – home to Surfer’s Paradise – with a lunch stop in Brisbane to see the city and chow down on some trendy local grub. Soak up the spectacular scenery on route as the concrete jungle gives way once again to the forest and beaches beyond. Noosa is a must-visit destination for anyone travelling on an Oz small group tour; with tropical trees, surf breaks and the beautiful Noosa Heads, it’s a haven for anyone looking to get back to beach basics (aren’t we all?!). From there, you’ll hop over to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island filled with ancient rainforests and freshwater lakes – a must visit on any Oz adventure tours. And yes, it’s just as epic as it sounds!

Destinations you’ll visit:

• Brisbane
• Noosa
• Fraser Island

Adventure highlights:

• SUP board or kayak adventure in Noosa
• Explore by 4×4 in Fraser Island

Whitsundays to Cairns (Day 9 to Day 14)


Love turquoise waters? You’re going to love this part of the trip. The adventure continues with 48 hours of sun, sea and sails, exploring the tropical paradise which is the Whitsunday Islands on a fully catered yacht; think sunrise dips on the reef and more shades of turquoise than you even knew existed. If that wasn’t enough, head back to land and onwards to Cairns where you’re sure to end the trip on a massive high as you venture out into the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Teaming with wildlife, you’ll have the opportunity to explore by snorkelling, diving, or opting for the bird’s eye view – a skydive. Adrenalin junkies and nature seekers alike are sure to be buzzing for the tropical-themed final few days of this east coast Australia tour!

Destinations you’ll visit:

• Airlie Beach
• Whitsundays
• Tablelands
• Cairns

Adventure highlights:

• Skydive, snorkel or dive (take your pick!) to explore the world-famous Great Barrier Reef
• Cruise the Whitsundays by yacht

Let the adventure begin! Check out dates and prices for the 14-day Absolute Aussie adventure here. Short on time? Hop on the 6-day East Coast Voyager and explore Sydney to Brisbane.

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