Australia East Coast: Mid-Semester



The East Coast: Mid-Semester Tour is the best way to experience the most popular travel route in the world, in a short amount of time. This tour was created with students in mind. 
If you’re studying and only have semester breaks to travel then this tour or the End of Semester tour is perfect for you. It will ensure you get to see the very best of Australia during your time off!



Whether you’re driving from the Gold Coast or flying in from a major city, we’ll be there to pick you up at Brisbane Airport at 12pm.

This is the first time you’ll meet your group and tour leader for the best 11 days of your life.

Once we’ve travelled to Noosa and got to know one another we’ll be checking into the hostel before heading to the beach and the extremely beautiful (and Instagrammable) Fairy Pools! It is time for you to relax and enjoy your journey….

That evening we’ll be having a welcome meal followed by a talk on how we’re going to travel to our next destination…Fraser Island.

Coastal Walk In Noosa

Fairy Pools

By the end of this trip it will be hard to pick the highlight but it is guaranteed that Fraser Island will be up there!

This place is paradise and a real once in a lifetime experience. With that in mind, we’ve organised to stay overnight on the island, with you and your travel family camping just minutes from the beach. Over the next 48 hours you will explore the world’s largest sand island in a convoy of 4×4 vehicles. Following your guide in the lead car, you’ll be able to drive on a 75 Mile Beach known as the freeway, before detouring inland discovering freshwater lakes, floating down lazy rivers and exploring the stunning rainforest.

After 2 days on Fraser it’s back to the mainland for a night in the beautiful town of Rainbow Beach.

Fraser Island – 4×4 Tag Along Safari

Perfect Insta Spots

You’ve been to one of Australia’s most idyllic towns, you’ve explored the world’s biggest sand island and now it’s time to tick off the number 1 Aussie bucket list item, SURFING!

A million miles away from the hustle and bustle of many surf spots, this quiet Queensland town is the perfect place to paddle out and catch a wave. After your surf lesson there’s time to chill by the pool, hit the beach or head to the Carlo Sandblow. This is a favourite of ours, a really stunning spot that looks back to Fraser Island from the mainland.

That evening it’s time to take the bus north to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the next life-changing destination…

Carlo Sandblow Lookout

Surfing in Rainbow Beach

THE WHITSUNDAYS! What more do we even need to say? You will snorkel, swim and bask in the sun as you sail around 74 paradise islands off the Queensland coast. In addition to this, we will also take you to the best beach in the world!

With its squeaky white sands and turquoise water, Whitehaven Beach is something that will stick in your mind for life. It is the jewel in the crown of the islands with that view of the swirling white sands (from Hill Inlet Lookout) providing the perfect backdrop for that ultimate travel fam group photo.

When you’re not spending your time taking in the epic views from the boat as you travel around the islands, there’s also the opportunity for swimming and snorkelling these crystal clear waters. That evening it’s time to cheers to an awesome day and an incredible sunset before calling it a night.

Where do you sleep? On the Whitsundays, in paradise itself, meaning if you didn’t go too hard the night before, you will see the sunrise over the ocean.

After heading back to the mainland, Airlie Beach is home for the night. You can either explore the towns’ vibrant nightlife or take it easy before the next day of travel up to Cairns.

The Whitsundays

Snorkelling On The Whitsundays

Wow, what a trip it’s been so far! Today we will take the bus to our last destination, Cairns. We are now deep into tropical Queensland, a totally unique part of the world and the perfect place to finish your trip in style!

We will spend our first day exploring the waterfalls and rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands. We’ll pose in front of waterfalls, slide down natural water slides and swim in volcanic crater lakes, all whilst learning some pretty cool things about this phenomenal landscape. That evening we will have a big family dinner and because Cairns is the ideal place to party, we’ll give you the best recommendations of where to head out that night.

Cairns and its surrounds are made for adrenaline junkies. Whether it’s skydiving or white water rafting, this crazy town has it all and guess what? These activities can all be organised with your guides whilst on tour. They’ve done all of these things before so they can answer anything and everything as well as get you booked in.

If all that adrenaline stuff isn’t for you and you want to have a chill day, that is completely fine. This is YOUR time and it’s up to you what you do with it. You can easily laze by the lagoon or check out the town, but we’d recommend taking advantage of being in Northern Queensland while you can.

That evening we have something special planned… We’re hosting a party, but not just anywhere. We’re going to party at the only bungy jump site in Australia, how crazy is that?! After an Aussie BBQ and a drink or two in the rainforest you’ll have the chance to face your fears by jumping off a 50 metre platform amongst the rainforest. Are you brave enough?

Your Guide Will Be With You Every Step Of The Way

Where You’ll Be On The Great Barrier Reef

Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, so what kind of trip would this be if it didn’t take you there?! You’ll spend a full day exploring and snorkelling the world’s biggest living organism and get this, if you want to Scuba Dive, you can do that too, we’ll just organise it closer to the time. There’s nothing quite like experiencing the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef.

We want you all to say a proper goodbye, so we’ve got a farewell dinner and drinks planned at Gilligans, Australia’s most famous party spot. This will be a night to remember!

The next morning we’ll be saying our goodbyes and arranging your airport transfers. The real world awaits, but we can guarantee that you will go home with incredible memories, a new family of friends and bragging-rights from the time of your life up the East Coast of Australia!


10 nights accommodation.

7 dorm bed in hostels.

1 night camping on Fraser Island.

1 night on a maxi sailing yacht on the Whitsundays.

1 overnight bus.
Fraser Island Overnight 4 Wheel Drive Adventure

Overnight Whitsundays Sailing Trip

1 Day Great Barrier Reef Trip

1 Day Atherton Tablelands Trip

2 Hour Surf Lesson
4 Breakfast, 5 Lunches, 8 Dinners

Day 1 – Dinner

Day 2 – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Breakfast

Day 5 – Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 – Dinner

Day 8 – Lunch

Day 9 – Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 – Dinner
Private Shuttle: Brisbane Airport to Noosa

4×4 Vehicles: Noosa to Fraser Island / Rainbow Beach

Local Buses: Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach & Airlie Beach to Cairns

Private Maxi Sailing Yacht for The Whitsundays

Eco Certified Catamaran Boat For The Great Barrier Reef

Private Bus For The Atherton Tablelands
There will always be at least one Welcome to Travel guide with you from Brisbane Airport to Cairns but most of the time there will be two.

Alongside this we’ll be joined by local experts in Fraser Island, Whitsundays, The Atherton Tablelands & The Great Barrier Reef.
We don’t want you to do anything you don’t feel comfortable with.

The optional extras are:

Day 9: Skydiving

Day 9: White Water Rafting

Day 9: Bungy Jumping

Day 10: Scuba Diving

Add these in the ‘Book Now’ page or arrange with your awesome Welcome to Travel Guide on tour.


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The tour starts at Brisbane Airport. When future dates get announced, we will inform you of the best value for money flights.

Driving or getting the bus? No worries, meet us at the airport too. We’ll send the exact pickup details together with your confirmation.

You sure can! Your last day is a free day in Cairns which has plenty of activities on offer. We are experts in what to do and have options to add on everything from White Water Rafting to Skydiving! This can be organised during the booking process or with your guide whilst you are on tour.

A lot of the food is included on our tour and there are many destinations where you can bring your own drinks.

With this in mind, we’d say $300 – $500AUD spending money is realistic, but it also depends on if you want to add on any activities.

This is a unique itinerary with limited spots. The maximum group size is 25 people.

There can be a few small changes depending on the tour that you depart on.

The Mid-Semester tour option doesn’t allow for the optional canoeing trip in Noosa, however the End of Semester does.

The Whitsundays experience may change. We will either be sailing and staying on a boat or travelling on a fast catamaran and staying at a resort.

In Cairns we will be exploring the Atherton Tablelands, whereas the video shows parts of Cape Tribulation.

This tour is for everyone aged 18-39 years old, who wants to explore as much of the East Coast of Australia in a short amount of time.

The itinerary works perfectly for students in Australia wanting to travel in their mid-semester break. We also have an option for the End of Semester.

No! You can reserve your spot for just $299 and pay off the remainder 21 days before the start date.

Of course! Just let us know by filling in the “Special requirements” box during the booking process.

If you want advice on travelling the East Coast, but can’t travel on these dates, then go to our Travel Advice page and we can help you from there. We can also help with any other destination in Australia, New Zealand or Asia. We’re experienced experts and can organise anything to suit you and your travel style.

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