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Australian Escape

15 days from £2,849

Sun, sea and surf, from Sydney to Cairns

Nowhere says ‘beach life’ quite like Australia, and from the sun-kissed sands of Bondi to the tropical shores of Cairns, the East Coast does it best. Travel the length of the coast over 15 amazing days, stopping at beaches, reefs, and rainforests. Stroll down the whitest sand in the world in Jervis Bay, take a 4WD tour of freshwater lakes and epic sand dunes on K'gari, and spend the day on Whitehaven Beach – officially one of the world’s most beautiful. Oh, and did we mention the day you’ll spend snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef? It doesn’t get better than this.   

Highlights include

Great Barrier Reef
K'gari day trip
Whitsundays sailing
Whitehaven Beach
Jervis Bay day trip
Moreton Island boat trip
Sydney city tour
Noosa National Park
Internal flight


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Accommodation & Meals


This trip features a hand-picked range of accommodation, from modern city hotels with rooftop pools, to traditional Queensland style resorts with decor inspired by the sea. All rooms are on a twin share basis with en suite.

Lots of our travellers are solo travellers, so when you book with us, we’ll pair you up with a like-minded roommate of the same sex. Our trips are great for couples or friends as well - just let us know you’re together, so we can be sure to put you in the same room.

  • Sydney (3 nights): Modern hotel with city centre views, heated rooftop pool, fitness centre, and award-winning restaurant and bar.
  • Surfers Paradise (2 nights): Newly renovated, boutique hotel with outdoor pool, rooftop bar, and a stylish, natural aesthetic, inspired by the beach.
  • Noosa (2 nights): Modern motel-style hotel with lagoon pool, and central location.
  • Overnight train (1 night): Sleeper train from Noosa to Airlie Beach
  • Airlie Beach (3 nights): Traditional Queensland style hotel with coastal inspired decor, large tropical pool, and fully equipped gym.
  • Cairns (3 nights): Award-winning adventure hotel with swimming pool, 3 bars, beer hall, nightclub, restaurant, and gaming lounge.

The above information is only intended to be used as a guide, giving you a flavour of some of our accommodation providers, and the style of accommodation you may be staying in. Please note that all nights are subject to change.


2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll have the freedom to eat wherever and whenever you like the rest of the time. Thanks to the country’s vast multicultural population, food here is more than just the iconic Aussie barbecue. From sushi and curry to fish and chips, there’s barely a cuisine that’s not on the menu. Coffee lovers will be in heaven as well, with one of the world’s great cafe cultures. Wine buffs will be blown away by Australia’s winemaking regions, and those who love to brunch will be all over the Aussie breakfast like avo on sourdough!

Dates & Prices


To get a flight quote use the buttons below or call our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037.

Cheapest flights between London and Sydney for the next 6 months.

Cheapest: £574 November, 2023
Most expensive: £1,252 December, 2023

Extra information

This trip begins on day 1 in Sydney. You’ll need to fly into Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (SYD) and to make your own way to our starting accommodation in the heart of the city. There are no activities planned until a welcome dinner tonight so arrive at a time that suits you. Airport transfers are not included but it’s easy to make your way into the city centre. The Airport Link Train whizzes you into the centre in 13 minutes, or you can get a taxi, which takes around 20 minutes.

The trip ends on day 15 in Cairns. Return airport transfers are not included but your tour guide can help you book onward travel. Cairns Airport (CNS) is easily reached by taxi in 10 - 15 minutes depending on traffic.

The maximum group size is 20.

This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-35.

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