25-Day Tour | 24-Night | GROUP TOUR | LAUNCHING OCTOBER 2024

East Coast Essentials

Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Noosa, Rainbow Beach, Fraser Island, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Townsville, Magnetic Island, Cairns. LAUNCHING OCTOBER 2024

GBP

£1,749

EUR

€2,049

AUD

$3,349

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Start location

Sydney

End Location

Cairns

Accommodation

Popular Backpacker Hostels 6-10 Bed Dorms. Upgrades Available.

Transport

Premium Coaches. WIFI, Reclining Seats, USB Ports

semi-guided Group Tour

Perfect Combo of Guided Group Tours & Self-Guided Travel

Meals

6 x Breakfast
5 x Lunch
5 x Dinner

Fraser Island

2 Night Fraser Island Camping Experience

Whitsundays

Whitsundays Adventure Day Trip

Great Barrier Reef

Snorkel the Reef Exploring Corals and Marine Life

Start Location

Sydney or Cairns

End Location

Cairns or Sydney

Accommodation

Popular Backpacker Hostels 4-10 Bed Dorms. Upgrades Available.

Transport

Premium Coaches. WIFI, Reclining Seats, USB Ports

Semi guided

Perfect Combo of Guided Group Tours & Self-Guided Travel

Meals

6 x Breakfast
5 x Lunch
5 x Dinner

Tour Highlights

This package is designed for those who have limited time to travel the East Coast but also want to fit Sydney, Byron Bay and Surfers Paradise into their awesome travels. This fast-paced adventure will ensure that all the bucket-list experiences are included, helping you discover the best of the East Coast while making new mates and having the time of your life.

East Coast Basics

Everything included in the East Coast Basics Package and more!

Sydney

Explore Australia’s largest and most famous city.

Byron Bay

Experience the beautiful coastal town of Byron Bay.

Noosa

Surrounded by stunning beaches, lakes, and the lush hinterland, Noosa is the place to be

A choice of a surf lesson or Dolphin Kayak

A tough choice, both are awesome!

Magnetic Island Escape

Get welcomed onto this island with a welcome drink, a delicious dinner and a breakfast meal.

East Coast Basics

Everything included in the New East Coast Basics Package and more!

Sydney

Explore Australia’s largest and most famous city.

Byron Bay

Experience the beautiful coastal town of Byron Bay.

Noosa

Unleash Noosa's coastal charm: sun, surf, and gourmet delights await.

A choice of a surf lesson or Dolphin Kayak

A tough choice, both are awesome!

Magnetic Island Escape

Get welcomed onto this island with a welcome drink, a delicious dinner and a breakfast meal.

The Itinerary

  • All transport from Sydney to Cairns or vice versa.
  • 24 nights Accommodation
  • Admire Sydney Harbour’s key sights including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and more
  • Byron Bay Sunset Lighthouse walk
  • A choice between a Surf Lesson or a Dolphin Kayak in Byron Bay
  • Explore the wonders of the Gold Coast
  • Brisbane City walks
  • Noosa National Park walks
  • Visit Noosa’s Fairy Pools
  • Party it up on Fraser Island for 2 nights with your tour
  • Explore Lake Mckenzie, Eli Creek, Lake Wabby, Maheno Shipwreck, and much more.
  • Visit the Airlie Beach lagoon
  • Experience the best of the Whitsundays with a jam-packed adventure onboard Ocean Rafting!
  • Sunbathe on the famous Whitehaven Beach
  • Ferry to Magnetic Island from Townsville
  • 2 Night Magnetic Island Escape with Nomads Magnetic Island
  • Magnetic Island Forts Walk
  • Feed wild wallabies on Magnetic Island and spot wild koala bears.
  • Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Day Trip
  • 6 x Breakfast 5 x Lunch 5 x Dinner

We recommend a travel budget of approx $60-$80 (£30-£40) per day for meals when not included in the itinerary.

Disclaimer – itinerary is subject to change in accordance with Government travel restrictions. A reconfirmed itinerary will be issued prior to your tour payment.

Register your interest by clicking on the ‘Book This Tour’ button at the top of the page or just below. We will contact you as soon as we can to arrange a call with you.

You must be at least 18 years of age to join one of our packages. A lot of the tour operators we partner with have an age restriction of 18-35 years olds.

The beauty of MAP is that we allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds. Some of the tours in this package involve group tours where you’ll get the opportunity to meet and make friends with like-minded people. We also work with the most sociable and fun hostels who offer evening activities and are great for meeting solo-travellers like yourself. You also have free days where you get to spend them how you’d like. This way we ensure that our packages aren’t too restricted, allowing you opportunities to find your own hidden gems.

Please remember that for the 36 and 43 Day Packages, you will be travelling with a group of MAP travellers.

For the New 16 and 25 Day Packages stating in October, you will also be travelling with a group of MAP travellers.

Absolutely. We put you up in the most popular backpacker hostels full of like-minded and friendly people. The hostels normally have activities going on which gives you other opportunities to make friends. The tours we also include in our packages are full of fun backpackers looking to make great memories and experiences.

Of course. You can add extra nights or even extra activities and tours to this package. Register your interest and a member of the friendly team will give you a call.

A semi-guided tour helps keep the freedom and flexibility of backpacking, but combines it with the stress-free, friendly nature of group travel, giving you the best of both worlds! It means there is no consistent group leader throughout the East Coast, but instead group leaders only for the tours featured. This allows for the group leaders to be incredibly knowledgeable in their specific area, whilst allowing yourself to have the independence and freedom away from the tours.

We believe this is the best way for group tours to be, as this means you aren’t heavily restricted by strict timings and the exact same itinerary as everyone else. It allows for independence, which is key to enjoying travel, but also allows for a tailorship to your itinerary, so you can fully maximise your experience for yourself and include everything you want to do without making any compromises. Best of all, you will also have the opportunity to meet other like-minded backpackers in the hostels and on the tours you are booked onto, alongside spending time with your group!

Group tours will start and meet in their chosen start city and continue up the East Coast together, ending in Cairns. Everyone will be booked on to the same tours, accommodation and transport options that are listed within the tour package. However, you are more than welcome to speak to us about changing/adding on any other options. We will always be happy to help!

We’re positive this won’t happen. However, if you really didn’t feel strongly about your group then this is exactly why semi-guided group tours are the best! This allows you to still meet other like-minded backpackers in the hostels and on the tours, so you can end up spending your days with all the amazing other travellers you meet.

As long as you are aged between 18-35 years old then you are more than welcome to join our trips!

This is a question we get asked a lot. We have experimented with different group sizes and based on your feedback we have decided to cap our group sizes at 16 travellers.

Yes of course! The premium group tour actually joins up with the 36 Day Adventure Group tour package to help you meet more people and make more friends!

Just like how travellers booked onto the New 16 Day Package will now join up with the New 25 Day Package in Brisbane and travel together!

Yes of course, we highly encourage that!

We want everyone to have the most amazing time over in Australia and not to be worried before they leave, so that’s why we help people to get in contact with each other just before the trip. We help to organise an online call before the trip so everyone can get to know each other, along with getting everyone set up with a group chat so nobody feels a stranger when they arrive!

Yes! There is no reason as to why you can’t make more friends!

No, not at all! All group tours are designed to allow yourself to meet others easily but also have the freedom to pick your own trip and design your itinerary to your liking. Group tours can be followed perfectly for the full group experience, or very loosely, it is entirely up to you!

For the cheapest and most sociable experience we would recommend staying in dorm rooms, but that doesn’t have to be the case! Private rooms and hotels are also accommodation options that we would be happy to help you with.

After you book, we’ll have a follow up call 2 weeks after everything has been finalised. We will go through all your tickets with you and explain your whole itinerary. If you book while you’re in the UK, we will also send you a MAP gift box which will include some exciting freebies!

It is completely up to you, as there isn’t such a thing as a ‘best’ time to visit Australia!

In the Australian winter (June-August) it is obviously slightly colder in the south, but it is also the dry season. In the Australian summer (December-February) it is a lot warmer along the coast but is also the wet season.

We recommend booking as soon as possible so that we can make sure your trip is as best as it can be! Certain tours can get booked up months in advance in high season, so it is best to book as soon as you are sure!

Even better, the trip doesn’t have to be paid for when you book, we just ask for everything to be paid 4 months in advance and that is all!

We are with you every step of the way, so if you ever need to get in contact with us because of a booking or just some general help we will be here for you! We’re just a quick Whatsapp message away!

The East Coast Essentials package includes 24 nights of accommodation. We include:

  • 21 nights at popular Backpacker Hostels
  • 2 nights camping on Fraser Island
  • 2 overnight premium coaches

Accommodation is based on 4-10 bed shared dorm arrangements. Upgrades to private rooms are available.

Travel from Sydney to Cairns (or vice versa) is by premium air-conditioned coach transport featuring comfortable reclining seats, toilets, free Wifi and in-seat USB chargers.

To book our 24 Day East Coast Essentials package, click on ‘Book This Tour’ at the top of the page or just below to register your interest. One of our friendly team will give you a call and will discuss the next steps.

Make sure you do the following:

  • Book your flights
  • Organise your travel insurance

Local charges:

  • Fraser Island Insurance Fee ($20 AUD) – Paid Direct on Arrival
  • Great Barrier Reef Conservation Levy ($20 AUD) – Paid Direct on Arrival
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