Sydney to Cairns Adventure

Trip Code: PVOSC

Why we love it

Witness the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef on a bucket-list ticking snorkelling adventure. Brimming with colourful coral and tropical fish, enjoy an included cruise from Cairns to explore this underwater paradise., Take an incredible 4WD adventure through the breathtaking landscape of Fraser Island. Venture across undulating sand dunes and vast golden beach in search of that iconic outback creature, the dingo!, Keep your eye out for koalas and kangaroos on your way to a cheese, chocolate and wine-filled lunch in the chilled-out Hunter Valley – a picturesque region in the rural hills of New South Wales., Cruise through the postcard-perfect islands of the Whitsundays, including a stop at the world-famous Whitehaven beach. Surround yourself with dazzling white sands and azure waters as you discover this idyllic corner of Queensland., Soak up the beachside vibes of Byron Bay with a free day in this surfer’s haven. Go for a dip in the ocean, listen to buskers by the beach, join a yoga class or just hang loose in a quirky cafe – it’s a hard life!

Is this trip right for me?

This trip covers around 2600km / 1615miles over 14 days. There are some long travelling days. (An included flight between Brisbane and Proserpine speeds things up) but it’s all part of the adventure and a great way to get to know your fellow travellers.

The weather can change considerably between Sydney and Cairns. Please check out the weather info in this document and pack accordingly.

Important information

START TIME
Your trip starts with a group meeting at 2pm on day 1. Please make sure you plan your arrival into Sydney accordingly.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip, and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

COMBINATION TRIP
As this is a combination trip, the composition of your group may change on Day 7 in Brisbane.

What to bring/pack

Below are some essential items for this trip. Please review the ‘Climate and Seasonal Information’ to ensure you pack appropriately for the weather at the time of year you are travelling.

- Lightweight clothing. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing and layers. Long shirts and pants are useful to protect against the harsh Australian sun. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry. Maybe bring a change of smart clothes for dinner in larger cities. Australia is pretty casual, shorts or a skirt and a top, with sandals, is our usual warm weather wardrobe.
- Comfortable, closed-in shoes. These will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grasslands and will act as a protective barrier in the rare case of a bite or sting. A pair of sandals or thongs/flip flops are great for the beach.
- Sun protection. Wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, sunglasses.

VALUABLES
Try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables and use your hotel safe. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden. We strongly recommend that you photocopy all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.

MORE!
If you need some further tips for packing, you can always check out our ultimate packing list.

Physical rating

 
2

The physical activities on this trip, such as snorkelling and hiking, do require some consideration regarding your physical abilities to complete the activity. You are more than welcome to opt out of activities or talk to your Guide about tailoring a less physical option for you.

Joining your group

Macleay Hotel, 28 Macleay St, Elizabeth Bay, Kings Cross, Sydney, AUSTRALIA, Phone: +61 293577755

The Macleay Hotel is a small 126 room hotel with free wi-fi, an outdoor pool and BBQ area.
Check in time is approx. 2pm
The hotel is located in Potts Point, Sydney and is a short walk to Kings Cross station that allows access to Sydney's extensive train network.

Joining instructions

Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport is located approx 12km's / 7.5mi) to Potts Point.

Trains take around 20 mins and run every 10 mins in peak time. For further information on timetables and fares please visit
https://www.airportlink.com.au/

The closest station to Potts Point is Kings Cross. At Central station change to platform 24 for trains to Kings Cross)
Taxi's and ride share are both available. Taxi's cost between $A45-$A60 to Potts Point and are available from several ranks outside arrivals throughout the airport. Ride Share can be organised through their particular app and met at the priority parking point.
Sydney Buses, private shuttle buses and rental cars are all available at the airport.

Central Station is Sydney's land transport hub. Located at the southern end of the city, Central is well serviced by Sydney Buses, Light Rail, Long distance coaches and Sydney Trains.
Kings Cross is only a few stops from Central. For Sydney transport information please see https://transportnsw.info/#/

Finishing your trip

Crystalbrook Flynn Hotel, 85 Esplanade, Reception entrance at 72 Abbott St, Cairns, AUSTRALIA

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 11

Lunches included: 4

Dinners included: 2

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. If you have dietary requirements and/or food allergies, please let your booking agent know prior to departure.

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
Australia eats multi-culturally. Everything from meat pies to ramen, tacos, curries, rice and pasta are part of the national diet. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for in Australia and most restaurants and cafes will have a good selection of vegetarian meals. Gluten and lactose-free diets are also well catered for.

Climate & seasonal information

EAST COAST WEATHER
Australia’s east coast, from Sydney to Cairns, experiences a variety of weather and temperatures throughout the year.

Summer in Sydney is humid, with average highs of 26C/78F. Spring and autumn are pleasant, with highs of 22C/72F. Winter sees more rain and highs of 17C/63F.

Summer in Brisbane is the wettest time of year, with spectacular thunderstorms and highs of 30C/85F. Spring and autumn are warm and sunny with highs of 25C/77F. Winter is dry and mild, with highs of 21C/70F.

In Cairns, there’s a wet season and a dry season. The wet season begins building up around December, with the most rainfall in the summer. Summer temperatures are around 31C/88F. The rain dries up around April, with temperatures reaching daytime highs of 29C/84F.

ITINERARY CHANGES:
Please note that some of our planned activities are contingent on seasonal conditions. We will arrange alternative activities if this is the case. This is a flexible itinerary and may be altered to allow for better times to view certain inclusions depending on sunset/sunrise and weather conditions.

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below.

EAST COAST: ALL general enquiry must be directed to our Reservations team on 1300 654 604. In the case of a GENUINE EMERGENCY, or concerns about a missed pick-up on the DAY OF DEPARTURE ONLY please contact our Operations Manager in Cairns. If your call does NOT warrant an emergency situation you will be asked to call our Reservations team in business hours.’

Intrepid Emergency contact: +61 2 7229 1083

Accommodations

This is Comfort level trip and consists of a combination of hotels, private apartments and unique traditional Australian pub accommodation. All locations will have private ensuite bathrooms and linen and towels are supplied. Passengers travelling solo will be paired with another person of the same gender. A single supplement is also available for those wishing to have privacy throughout the trip.

Where our hotel of preference is not available, we will arrange to stay at another of similar Comfort level standard.

Transportation

DRIVING DISTANCES IN AUSTRALIA
Australia is a BIG country! In fact, the whole of Europe fits into Australia with plenty of room to spare. Australians are accustomed to driving long distances on holiday, but you may not be. Perth to Broome is roughly the length of Portugal. Driving from Alice Springs to Darwin is about the length of the UK, and Perth to Adelaide is about the same distance from Spain to Poland. However, that's why we think seeing Australia from the ground is better. We live in a country that has it all; stunning coastline and beaches, the outback, tropical rainforests, and some seriously amazing landscapes and wildlife. Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.


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