8 Day Guided Sydney To Brisbane Koala Tour


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Adult (18+)
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Friendly Local Guide

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7 Nights Included

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Comfortable Coach

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Sydney + Byron Bay + Gold Coast + More

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Social + Fun Vibes

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2 Breakfasts + 1 Dinner

8 Day Guided Sydney To Brisbane Koala Tour


Grab your hat, camera and don’t forget a sense of adventure as you embark on the jam-packed coastal 8-Day Guided Koala Tour! Venture from the city lights of iconic Sydney to the vibrant CBD of Brisbane on this awesome, nature-filled Aussie experience. Make new friends, delve into the wonder-filled East Coast and get off the beaten path as a local guide delivers you seamlessly to some of the best hidden gems in Australia! 

The perfect itinerary for backpackers, travel-lovers and social explorers short on time, see the very best and most unique towns in NSW and QLD. Spend ample time on the beaches of Byron Bay, Bondi Beach and the Gold Coast, as well as venturing inland to the Hunter Valley for a foodie experience. Stop at magical towns such as Port Stephens, Port Macquarie and Bellingen for coastal wonders and Indigenous history experiences, with plenty of flexibility for you to do as much or as little as you like! You can’t experience the East Coast like a local any better way, so let’s dive into this local, social and adventurous guided itinerary!

  • Explore Sydney and Brisbane, two dazzling and iconic Aussie cities bound to entice and excite you.
  • Escape to lesser-known gems like Hunter Valley for a wine tasting and Port Macquarie for a koala experience.
  • Dive into the bohemian magic of Byron Bay with ample time for surfing, hiking and wandering at your own pace.
  • A totally-guided and social experience including all accommodation, transport and tours.
  • Add on optional extras such as dolphin kayaks, sandboarding, surf lessons and zoo entry with this flexible group experience.

Your Sample Itinerary

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Day 1 


Welcome to Sydney

Your adventure begins in Sydney, so start your East Coast journey with a day of exploring this iconic city. Take today at your own pace, checking into your accommodation anytime after 2 pm, located just across the road from the CBD’s Central Station. Head downstairs for a celebratory cocktail to welcome your week of adventuring, before hitting the Sydney icons! We’re talking the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the bustling Circular Quay… make sure there’s space on your camera! Or if you want to make more of a day of it, start early and head to Bondi Beach, Darling Harbour, the Botanical Gardens or  Manly! Whatever your adventures, mosey on back to your hostel pizza bar to meet your local guide and travel buddies at 7 pm for a relaxed introduction over delicious food!


Central Sydney Hostel

Trip Extension

  • Want to explore Sydney for a little longer before jetting off? Check out our popular Sydney Arrival Package.

Trip Upgrade

  • Day at Taronga Zoo

glasses of red wine cheersing

Day 2


The Hunter Valley Wine Tasting + Port Stephens Coastal Hike

Depart Sydney for the dreamy Hunter Valley region, where a sun-dappled afternoon of wine and chocolate tasting awaits! Enjoy the finer things in one of Australia’s most renowned food provinces. Friendly guides and local growers will enlighten you about this exquisite food country, and all of its divine delicacies! Then, continue onto Port Stephens, a coastal paradise just out of Sydney. Check in to your eco-boutique accommodation at Surfside Hotel, set on a vast bushland property home to kangaroos and wallabies! Then, head out on an afternoon walk to the top of Tomaree Head, a dazzling coastline summit that will provide you with incredible panoramic views of the whole region at sunset and some Aussie marinelife. Return to your accommodation for a classic Aussie BBQ as you get to know your group of fellow travellers! 


Surfside Hotel, Port Stephens

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Day 3 


Beach Adventueres + Port Macquarie Koala Experience

Choose to enjoy a sleep-in at your flora-adorned hotel before wandering down to the beach for a salty morning swim! Or, if you’re inner-daredevil desires, head out on an options activity and learn how to sandboard down the golden Stockton Dunes! Learn about this iconically Aussie past-time, as well as the rich Indigenous history of the area. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and then, hit the road and drive up to Port Macquarie. Stop in at local eateries on the way for lunch before making your way to the Koala Hospital. Snap your essential Aussie koala photos and learn about the centre’s rehabilitation and protection of these fluffy and dozy bears!


Port Macquarie Hostel

Trip Extension

  • Sandboarding Lesson

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Day 4


Indigenous Cultural Experience + Waterfall Walk

Spend your morning en route to the cruisy and famous Byron Bay, renowned for its authentic surf culture and worry-free vibes. Make a couple of stops along the way at the amazing Dangar Falls and the trendy town of Bellingen. Here you will grab some lunch, before embarking on an incredible Indigenous cultural experience where you will learn about the Gumbaynggirr people, the stunning location of “Niigi Niigi.” This two-hour tour will weave an important and spiritual historical journey of Australia with stories, songs, language and plants, leaving you with a whole and special understanding of Australia’s First Nations importance. Continue on to Byron Bay, where you will be shown a brief tour of the town; that’s right, the best bars, pubs, restaurants, clubs, beaches, walks and secret spots! Retire to your beachfront accommodation, the Surf House, your home for the next couple of nights and right on Main Beach! 


The Surf House, Central Byron Bay

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Day 5 & 6

Friday & Saturday

Byron Bay’s Your Oyster! 

Spend the next two days slowing down and really embracing the beachy magic found in Byron Bay. Start your Friday with a morning yoga class like a real Byron Bay local, before a refreshing morning swim. With plenty of free, self-explorable adventures to be had, hit the beach (every day, all day), pop on your thongs for a hike up to the Byron Bay lighthouse, wander the Byron markets, embrace your foodie holiday with awesome cafes and restaurants and unwind at local gigs with new friends in the evenings. The best of Byron is on your doorstep, so spend more time amongst the gems of this coastal NSW town. If you’re looking to dive deeper and go further, choose to add one of the many adventurous day activities available to your itinerary! Surf lesson anyone?


The Surf House, Central Byron Bay 

Trip Upgrades

  • Byron Bay surf lesson
  • Dolphin kayak
  • Snorkel or dive at Julian Rocks
  • Skydive over Byron Bay

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Day 7


Gold Coast + Brisbane Roadtrip!

Get ready for a day of adventures as you meet your group and guide in reception at 8:30 am. A visit to Mullumbimby, a local hippy town renowned for its charming and alternative charm, start off your day of coastal exploring.  Then, hop back on the bus for a journey to the Gold Coast. Discover the wonders of Surfers Paradise where you and the group will eat some lunch, check out the beach and discover a local nature reserve home to some pretty cute local kangaroos. Then, return to the bus for the final leg of your East Coast day. Brisbane awaits your arrival, so let the vibrant city life amaze you! Take a stroll along the winding Brisbane River to Southbank, where you can indulge and unwind at a busy bar or boutique restaurant. Return for a good sleep, or hit Fortitude Valley for a lively night of dancing, before heading back to your central hostel for the night.


Central Brisbane Hostel

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Day 8


Say Farewell To Friends + Hello To Next Adventures!

Your ultimate day of your Guided Koala Tour, it’s time to say bye to your friends and guide! Hug, exchange numbers and give a huge wave, as you part a lot richer in mates, memories, local culture and photos on your camera roll! It’s time for the next chapter of your East Coast Adventure, and there really are an array of options! Whatever you choose to do next, don’t forget to use some of that Aussie slang you picked up along the way!

Trip Upgrade

  • Fancy heading up to the tropical north for a Great Barrier Reef adventure? Check out our 9-Day Brisbane to Cairns Itinerary, jampacked with island marvels, exquisite tours and social experiences.

What's Included?

  • 3 meals  (2 breakfasts and 1 dinner)
  • 7 nights of accommodation in a range of hostels, backpacker resorts and an eco-lodge
  • A friendly, knowledgable and fun tour guide
  • All transport on the spacious Stray Coach
  • Hunter Valley and taste award-winning samples fresh from the vineyard
  • Port Stephens guided coastal hike
  • Port Macquarie Koala Hospital experience
  • Time at the hippy towns of Mullumbimby and Bellingen
  • Aboriginal Culture bush walk and cultural experience
  • Morning Byron Bay Yoga Class
  • Time at Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

What's Extra?

Travel Insurance (compulsory)

Trip Extensions

Trip Upgrades

  • Byron Bay Surf lesson
  • Byron Bay dolphin kayak
  • Byron Bay snorkel or dive at Julian Rocks
  • Byron Bay Skydive
  • Port Macquarie Sandboarding Lesson
  • Sydney Taronga Zoo Entry

Important Information

  • 2024 departures: 8 Apr, 6 May, 3 Jun, 15 Jul, 12 Aug, 9 Sept, 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 11 Nov, 25 Nov
  • 2025 departures: 6 Jan, 20 Jan, 3 Feb, 17 Feb, 3 March, 17 March

Terms and Conditions

Please read our terms, conditions and cancellation policies before booking your East Coast itinerary package. 


Do I need travel insurance?

It is compulsory to have travel insurance for the entire duration of this itinerary.

What are the upcoming departure dates?

Please chat with our friendly travel agents about available upcoming dates for this itinerary.

Is there a tour guide the whole way?

Yes! This trip is completely guided, meaning that a friendly and knowledgeable guide will lead the way and illuminate hidden local spots.

Who will I travel with?

You will travel with a small, fun group of other adventure travellers aged 18 and over, and of course, your group leader.

What accommodation is included?

This itinerary includes 7 nights of accommodation in a range of hostels (shared-dorms), backpacker resorts and an eco-lodge.

Are meals included?

3 meals (2 breakfasts and 1 dinner) are included in your itinerary. The others are up to you, with ample cafe, restaurant, bar and supermarket options readily available along the way.

What should I pack?

Check out our ultimate East Coast packing list for everything you need to bring along.

What is the age bracket for this trip?

This trip is perfect for anybody with a taste for adventure aged 18 and up. Designed for young-at-heart travellers, this social and jam-packed Aussie trip is perfect for solo backpackers, couples, small groups of friends and first-time overseas trippers looking to discover the wonder of the East Coast and make new friends along the way.

What is the transport like?

You will travel from Sydney to Brisbane in a private, comfortable coach bus with the rest of your group! Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

I'm vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, allergic to some foods. Can this be catered for?

Please advise our travel agents as soon as possible when booking this trip to ensure your dietaries can be catered to where possible. Please note that some tours charge small fees to cover the cost of accommodating dietary requirements.

East Coast Tours acknowledges all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Owners of Country and recognises their continuing connection to land, sea, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples.

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