21 Days
Duration
Sydney > Cairns
Location

The East Coast of Australia is a pretty amazing place to explore – there’s so much to see and do between Sydney and Cairns.

It’s also a firm favourite of award winning travel blogger Chris from BackpackerBanter.com – so we’re stoked to announce that he’s running his first reader tour – which will be tackling this famous backpacker trail!

Chris has been on the road since 2009 bouncing all over the globe but Australia is a destination he returns to again and again – in fact he’s now based out of the beachside town on Byron Bay.

 

Travelling The East Coast

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And of course his home base of Byron Bay where you’ll soak up the hippie vibes, learn to surf and take an amazing scenic walk to the most Easterly Point of Australia.

As well as all the major stops you’ll experience some amazing Loka Special Stops –  off the beaten path destinations at some unique locations such as Barrington Tops, a Country Campout and Indigenous Camp.

Chris has bundled in some epic exclusive extras into the trip too to get you even more value for money, these include;

  • 1 hour pre travel Skype planning session
  • Fully edited trip video & photos
  • Exclusive onward travel discounts including New Zealand, Fiji & South East Asia
  • Build a blog presentation and Q&A

All your transport from Sydney to Cairns with Chris and a dedicated Loka guide, alongside all the above is just $1100AUD.

We all know how stressful budgeting and saving for travels can be, which is why you can secure your spot with just a $250AUD deposit and spread the rest of the cost out with a payment plan – easy as!

 

Set Tour Or Flexibility – You Choose

Although this trip is designed to run as a set date tour the Loka setup means that if you fall in love with a location you can easily decide to extend you stay in any place.

Fancy becoming a surf instructor at Spot X? No worries!

Want to land your dream job on a yacht in Airlie Beach – go for it!

We’ll even help you book everything you need at a special discounted rate.

The flexibility is there if you need it, if not you can just kick back and explore with Chris and  your new travel buddies!

 

Pre Book And Save!

To help give you the most flexibility you can choose to add on an discounted activity pack – which is filled with Chris’s top to do’s en route – and also the accommodation package as well.

You can choose to book as you travel, but both of these options are exclusive pre book package deals designed to help you save some money!

Activity Package Includes;

Accommodation Package Includes;

  • 1 night at WakeUp! Hostel (Sydney)
  • 1 Night at Barrington Tops (inc 2 meals)
  • 2 Nights at Spot X (inc 2 meals)
  • 3 nights at Aquarius Backpackers (Byron Bay)
  • 2 nights at Nomads Noosa (Noosa)
  • 2 nights at Beaches Hostel (Airlie Beach)
  • 1 night at the Country Campout (inc 2 meals)
  • 1 night at the Indigenous Rainforest Experience (inc 2 meals)
  • 3 nights at Gilligans (Cairns)
  • $625AUD

As well as the main activities included in the activity package there are some other experiences you can fit into the tour too;

Other Optional Add Ons

  • Skydive (Byron Bay or Cairns)
  • Intro/Certified Scuba Dive (Byron Bay)
  • Upgrade Great Barrier Reef Trip to include Intro/Certified Scuba Dive (Cairns)
  • Accommodation upgrades
  • Sydney Arrival Pack
  • Cairns Departure Pack

It’s 3 weeks of East Coast chaos alongside one of the worlds top travel bloggers – so be prepared for heaps of adventure, fun and ocean based awesomeness!

 

 

**This trip is strictly limited to 25 places – so book now to avoid missing out!**

Secure your spot now for just a $250AUD deposit.

 If you have any questions regarding this tour please feel free to email Chris on hello@rtwbackpackers.com

Love the sound of this trip but can’t make the dates?

No worries – we can also offer this exact trip (but without Chris and his extras!) throughout the year. Contact us for more details.

Additional information

Tour DateApril 21st 2017 – May 12th 2017 (Arrive In Sydney April 20th)
Special GuestChris from BackpackerBanter.com
Optional ExtrasActivity Package, Accommodation Package, Sydney Arrival Package, Cairns Departure Package

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1

Day 1

Sydney — Barrington Tops (Special Stop)

2

Day 2

Barrington Tops — Spot X Surf Camp

3

Day 3

Spot X Surf Camp — River Retreat (Special Stop)

4

Day 4

River Retreat — Byron Bay

5

Day 5

Byron Bay

6

Day 6

Byron Bay

7

Day 7

Byron Bay

8

Day 8

Byron Bay to Noosa

9

Day 9

Fraser Island

10

Day 10

Fraser Island

11

Day 11

Noosa to Country Campout

12

Day 12

Emu Park – Overnight Train to Airlie Beach

13

Day 13

Whitsundays Sailing Adventure

14

Day 14

Whitsundays Sailing Adventure

15

Day 15

Whitsundays Sailing Adventure & Airlie Beach

16

Day 16

Airlie Beach

17

Day 17

Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island

18

Day 18

Magnetic Island

19

Day 19

Magnetic Island to Indigenous Camp

20

Day 20

Indigenous Camp to Cairns

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Day 21

Cairns

22

Day 22

Goodbye :'(

This trip includes:

  • All transport including the Loka bus between Sydney and Rainbow Beach/Cooroy, fast, comfortable trains between Cooroy and Cairns, and return Magnetic Island ferry,
  • Guidance from fun, local guide and access to Loka web app,
  • Wine tasting Hunter Valley,
  • Guided walk at Barrington Tops National Park,
  • Koala hospital visit,
  • Beach time at Spot X Surf Camp,
  • Kayaking through the Solitary Island Marine reserve,
  • Angourie Blue Pools
  • Danger Point NSW/QLD Border Crossing walk,
  • Byron Bay orientation drive,
  • Carlo Sand Blow Walk, Rainbow Beach
  • Turtle spotting and Bluff Point walk at Emu Park,
  • Forts Walk at Magnetic Island,

Backpacker Banter exclusive inclusions;

  • 1 hour pre trip Skype planning session
  • Build a blog presentation and Q&A
  • Exclusive travel discounts in New Zealand, Fiji and South East Asia
  • Heaps of photo and a fully edit trip video!

Activity Package Includes;

  • Surf Lesson at Spot X Surf Camp
  • Dolphin Kayaking in Byron Bay
  • Surf Lesson in Byron Bay
  • 2 day, 1 night Fraser Island Tour
  • 2 day, 2 night Whitsundays Sailing Adventure
  • Great Barrier Reef Day Trip
  • $1100AUD

Accommodation Package Includes;

  • 1 night at WakeUp! Hostel (Sydney)
  • 1 Night at Barrington Tops (inc 2 meals)
  • 2 Nights at Spot X (inc 2 meals)
  • 3 nights at Aquarius Backpackers (Byron Bay)
  • 2 nights at Nomads Noosa (Noosa)
  • 2 nights at Beaches Hostel (Airlie Beach)
  • 1 night at the Country Campout (inc 2 meals)
  • 1 night at the Indigenous Rainforest Experience (inc 2 meals)
  • 3 nights at Gilligans (Cairns)
  • $625AUD

Other Optional Add Ons

  • Skydive (Byron Bay or Cairns)
  • Intro/Certified Scuba Dive (Byron Bay)
  • Upgrade Great Barrier Reef Trip to include Intro/Certified Scuba Dive (Cairns)
  • Accommodation upgrades

Our own fun, local guides travel with you on our buses and on public transport, to give you the best advice and access to the attractions over the routes.

Unique, authentic experiences hunted out by us, our customers and locals over our routes — all established and supported in a sustainable manner.

Departs from outside Nomad’s Westend and Wake Up hostels in Sydney CBD.

Barrington Tops National Park
Special lodge stay, we do a scenic walk to take in the incredible wildlife (there are kangaroos and a variety of birds) and scenery of this World Heritage Listed Area.
Tubing = $27.
Mountain biking = $12.

River Retreat

We kayak through the Solitary Islands Marine reserve to the River Retreat – our exclusive tipi camp, on the edge of the park. In the evening have a few drinks and/or play volleyball or petanque. We sleep in beds in a tipi or swags under the stars.   Note: in winter we take a walk on the headlands through a wild kangaroo sanctuary and stay in a historic country pub on the river. 

Country Campout
Farm Experience, Swagman’s dinner (vege/GF free options available), Camping in swags, Breakfast, Dinner before overnight train departure.

Indigenous Camp
Indigenous Rainforest Experience, Dinner, Breakfast, Camping, Spotlighting Wildlife, Transfers and Interpretative Walk.

Travel is in Loka’s 24 seat mini coaches between Sydney and Noosa/Rainbow Beach (Cooroy train station), and local bus and train (plus ferry to Magnetic Island) between Noosa/Rainbow Beach and Cairns. Loka’s guides travel on all routes on the set departure days.

Payment Plan

Secure your place with just a $250AUD deposit – then the following payment plan applies;

  • 2 weeks after booking – final deposit payment of $250
  • 3.5 months before tour departure – $300
  • 2.5 months before tour departure – $300
  • 1.5 months before tour departure – final balance of  $100 + activity packs

By purchasing your Loka pass you are agreeing to Loka’s Terms & Conditions

Provider Details
Loka Pty Ltd & BackpackerBanter.com
Phone: 0266984901

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