WELCOME TO OZ!
Welcome to Australia! Are you ready to start your epic east coast trip? Fly into Sydney International Airport where you’ll start the next BONZA 16 days. It’s going to be the time of your life! Your travel ninja will meet you at the airport and we’ll catch a train into the city. Our accommodation is a short walk from the station. Check in and the day is yours to spend as you please, chill, freshen up, or depending on the jet lag get out and explore the city! With countless cafes, bars and sights, all suggested by your very own expert Travel Ninja, we’re sure you won’t have a second to spare. The evening is the real kick off where we’ll meet and greet with the TruFam at one of the hottest backpacker bars and after a couple tinnies, we’ll hit the one of the most famous cities in the world.
EXPLORING SYDNEY & BONDI BEACH
Rise and shine! This morning we’re heading out through the botanical gardens for an Aboriginal tour. We’ll hear about the rich history of this city and take in the beautiful surroundings as we learn about this incredible country. Afterwards we head down to the port to get those EPIC insta pics of the Opera House and famous Harbour Bridge. When in Sydney right? We’ll stop for a tasty lunch and pinch ourselves that yes, we are in Australia! After grabbing some grub we’ll jump aboard the bus to Bondi beach! You know the world famous, golden sandy, surfers everywhere beach? Yeah that’s the one. We’ll then spend the afternoon chilling and catching some rays. Explore the beach, the shops, fall asleep in the sunshine (sun cream on of course) and relax the day away. Afterwards we’ll freshen up for dinner, drinks and head out! Get to know your TruFam under the magic of Sydney by night. Perfection.
ABORIGINAL BUSH TOUR AT THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, SYDNEY WALKING TOUR & BONDI BEACH
SPOT X SURFING
It’s an early start on day 3, but don't worry, It’s totally worth it as we head to a beautiful remote and secret location on the east coast of Australia, Spot X! Situated in a National Marine Park, Spot X is a surf school in one of the most beautiful coastal areas in Australia. The evening is spent unforgettable nights by the campfire. Sounds perfect right? Well, it is. It really really is. The EPIC dorm accommodation is only one minute from the beachfront, even for the slowest walkers. Plus we have dinner included and it's BYO so we’ll stock up on all the coldies, frosties, schooners or whatever you call it. All we do know is we’re in for an amazing night!
SURF SCHOOL - RIDE THOSE WAVES
Surf’s Up for our full day at Spot X, with an early start to catch the morning swells, we head out for a 2.5 hour surf session. Shaka’s at the ready, you’re going to be riding some waves! Fully qualified instructors will help you whether it's your first time or 40th to ensure you surf at your best. Spot X has amazing waves with access to a variety of breaks and we’ll have you on your feet by midday. After all that kick ass surfing, it won't take long before you’ve surfed up an appetite. We’ll stop for a big buffet lunch before heading out for the infamous kangaroo trek. Is this the most Australian day of all time? It might just possibly be. Back at camp, hit up the volleyball courts, pool table or borrow the boards and catch a sunset surf. Whatever you like, it’s your trip after all. We guarantee a life changing experience at Spot X, a place you don't want to miss, with delicious food, awesome staff and the greatest memories. You’re welcome.
Surf Lesson, Kangaroo Trek
1 X Breakfast, 1 X Lunch, 1 X Dinner
BYRON BAY BABY! & SEA KAYAKING
This morning we replace a beautiful beachfront haven for another! As we jump on our bus over to Byron Bay. Fun fact - it’s the most easterly point of the country! Who knew?! We’ll join the 1.5 million visitors to the bay every year. Checking in to our awesome accommodation, with great facilities, you know complimentary surf boards, a rooftop bar, all the essentials! We’ll walk down to the bay to explore and hit the kayak! Dependent on tidal conditions of course. Keep an eye out! Dolphins and whales have been known to be spotted in the area and we promise not to cry with happiness if we see one. Experience a unique view of the Cape Byron Lighthouse before heading back to shore for dinner with the TruFam and a test of Byron's nightlife!
BEACHES IN BYRON BAY
What time is it? Who cares? After a chill morning, catching some zzzzzz’s and refuelling on coffee, we’ll recover and head back to the bay for some exploration by foot! Admire the 23 metre lighthouse, built in 1901. Feel free to visit and climb to give you the chance to see a 360 panoramic view of Byron. 10/10 would recommend. We’ll have the day to throw your towel down and grab your spot on the beach. Top up your tan, daydream about how perfect life is or frolic in the waters. Byron Bay is the ultimate chill vibe so you do you today! Home to quirky boutique markets and cute coffee shops, take some time to explore the area. Trust us, you won’t regret it!
1 X Breakfast, 1 X Dinner
SURFERS PARADISE PAAAARTYY
We’ll check out of our surf house and jump on our private bus to Surfers Paradise. It’s in the name, it’s paradise. This haven is an infamous party spot on the East Coast and we’re only here for one night so we of course we make the most of it. You only live once right? This gorgeous coastal Queensland city has blossomed into a popular destination for party-goers. After a day exploring the pristine beaches and markets, it's time to see what all the fuss is about. We’re going OUT OUT!
Beach Afternoon, Surfers Paradise Nightlife
NOOSA IS CALLING!
After a lazy morning (We need it after last night) we’ll jump aboard the bus and head to our next stop Noosa! Catch some zzz’s along the way after a big night last night. We’re heading to the hottest destination on your east coast adventure, a sought after place for swimming, fishing, wildlife and backed by sensational cafes and boutiques. Sounds great right? Noosa marks the start of the tropics and southern tip of the great barrier reef. Water starts to turn more turquoise from here on up! We check into our hotel, grab a swim at the pool and chill on the deck before heading out to the centre to explore and grab some grub!
Pool Time, Chill Afternoon
NOOSA EVERGLADES CRUISIN’
Wakey, wakey! Today is one of those bucket list OMG I’m in Australia days. We’ll pick you up from the hostel and head out of town to Noosa Everglades. With only two Everglades on the planet, our safari will explore a unique environment and Australia’s only Everglades. Pure and utter nature bliss. An experience like no other. Camera’s at the ready. We’ll hop aboard the boat and glide through the breathtaking and tranquil waterways of the ‘River of Mirrors.’ Jump in a canoe and paddle through the jawdropping emerald greenery. You’ll find peace and serenity as the local sounds of wildlife surround us. Once we return to Everglades camp we’ll sample their very own eco brewery where fresh world class beer is made on site. If there’s one thing to know about us at Tru it is that we will always sample the beer. C’mon it’s only right.
Noosa Everglades boat trip, Everglades Eco Brewery
FRASER ISLAND ADVENTURE!
FRASER ISLAND IS CALLING! One of the biggest and best things to do on the east coast of Australia and we’re taking you there! An early departure from the Sunshine Coast begins with a scenic drive through the Toolara State Forest and Cooloola National Park. This morning after a quick stop off at Rainbow Beach, just south of Fraser Island, we’ll head straight to the largest sand island in the world. Our vehicle will board the barge to cross the Great Sandy Strait (where we’ll hopefully spot some dolphins) to Fraser Island, also known as K’gari. We will then travel inland along sand tracks through heathlands towards our next destination... Lake McKenzie. Here we will have plenty of time for swimming and relaxing by the lake! Lunch will be an “Aussie Style Bush Picnic” - now we're living our best Aussie lives! After having a final wonder through Central Station (which is nothing like the one in The Big Apple!) Sadly this magical day has to come to and end but this magnificent rainforest is the perfect way to end our time here on Fraser Island. We will head back to the Sunshine Coast late afternoon ready for a more chilled day tomorrow!
FROM NOOSA TO BRISBANE
Wake up to the sounds of the ocean. It is tru-ly is paradise. Hasn't the timeflown past so far! Today is all about relaxing. So have a chilled breakfast and have an explore around the local area and tick of the things you have missed so far. We’ll then drive down to Brisbane. This cool city will be a tour highlight, with it thriving arts and live music scene there's so much to see! We will have an orientation walk this afternoon to get to know the city and some of its history. Then you'll have some free time in the afternoon to check out some bars, some museums, or whatever takes your fancy in this fabulous city!
BRISBANE & BEER TASTING
Today we’ll have a free morning, chill or explore Brisbane in the sunshine! Brisbane enjoys 283 sunny days a year, so odds are it’s going to be a beauty of a day! . Visit the many sights of the city, shop till you drop or head to streets beach and top up your tan. In the afternoon we’ll head to Felons Brewery where beer enthusiasts will be hosting a guided tour of this beautiful brewery. Try 1 or 12 of the local tastings before we head back, grab dinner and head out to see Brisbane by night. Cocktails at the ready.
Brisbane Orientation Walk, Felons Brewery
AIRLIE BEACH & WHITSUNDAY DREAMING
This lovely Brisbane morning, we’ll check out and catch the train straight to the airport. We’ll take to the skies and catch our flight to Proserpine. The internal flight is one of the best in the world with sensational views of the Great Barrier Reef. After a transfer, we’ll arrive at Airlie Beach, located in the heart of the Whitsundays. We’ll check in and explore as this is our last location, where we stay on land for three nights and venture out by boat each day. So we’ll make sure these last few days are ones to remember!
An adventure of a lifetime, we are going to paradise. P-A-R-A-D-I-S-E! This morning we’ll board one of the fastest catamarans in the Whitsundays to explore around the iconic Whitehaven beach. Picture this, jaw-dropping white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and 10/10 unbelievable views. No for real, whitsundays is the definition of beach lover haven. We take a guided bush walk to Hill Inlet Lookout before exploring Whitehaven beach, 7 km long and jaw-droppingly beautiful. Grab a mask and we’ll dive into the water. We’ll snorkel two different locations on the fringing Great Barrier Reef. Is this what dreams are made of? We think so..keep an eye out for whales, yes WHALES have known to be in the surrounding waters! After a day under the water it’s back to the boat for an evening under the stars. Plus it's BYOB so did someone say boat party?
Whitehaven Beach Boat Trip, Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef
SAILING THE WHITSUNDAYS
Today we’ll board the sailing boats and take you off the beaten track to experience the Whitsunday Islands’ secret spots. The Whitsundays area is home to some of the best sailing in Australia, with gentle breezes and crystal clear waters, it’s the perfect place to spend your last few days on tour. We’ll explore the most incredible range of marine life and witness the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef from both up above and below the waters. Feel the wind in your hair as we sail the day away topping up the tans and sipping cold beers. Bliss. In the evening it’s dinner, drinks and PARTY central for our last night together on the east coast with the TruFam! No tears please, only good vibes!
Whitsunday Islands Boat Trip, Snorkelling, Sunset Sail back to Airlie Beach
CHILLED CHECK OUT
Today is a chilled check out and time to say goodbye to your TruFam, nurse your hangover or spend all morning planning a reunion. Hey, whatever helps we’re here for it. It’s been a wild 16 days exploring the beautiful east coast of Australia and making memories of a lifetime. We’re family now so it’s not goodbye, it’s see you later. Your Travel Ninja is on hand for any wanderlust inspired last minute plans or onward travel dreaming.