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Stray Australia: Sydney to Brisbane - Freestyle Tour

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Get further off the beaten track from Sydney to Brisbane. You'll see more and do more with Stray - learn to surf at our favourite surf camp, spend the night on the edge of a Gondwana national park, spot kangaroos and visit a koala hospital, and spend a few days chilling out in hippy Byron Bay.

The best part? It’s flexible adventure travel! You can complete your trip in the minimum amount of time or you can hop off and extend your stay in any destination on the route. Use the Stray Mate App to book extra nights’ accommodation and activities along the way.

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Day 1: Arrive into Sydney

Stop At: Stray Australia, U 2 11 Grevillea St, Sydney, New South Wales 2481 Australia
Check into your centrally located hostel and get ready for your epic East Coast adventure. Start the Tour in Sydney with a day to yourself to discover the city sights and world famous landmarks.
Duration: 12 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: central Sydney accommodation

Day 2: Blue Mountains Day Trip

Stop At: Blue Mountains, Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Prepare for a day of adventure to see some of the most spectacular scenery in Australia. Our first stop out of Sydney is at Euroka to spot wild kangaroos and other wildlife in a natural clearing. Next, we stop off in the local town Glenbrook for a coffee/snack break to fuel up for a 1.5-hour hike to the stunning Wentworth Falls and viewpoints of the beautiful Jamison Valley. Enjoy a light picnic lunch and a cold drink. Trek to a remote waterfall and lookout. We head up to view the famous 3 Sisters lookout to take a couple of selfies, before driving back to central Sydney.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
Accommodation included: central Sydney accommodation

Day 3: Sydney

Pass By: Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales
You have a free day in Sydney to explore this beautiful harbourside city. We recommend checking out the Sunday Markets at the famous Rocks district, or for a thrilling view of the city, head out on a bridge climb over the Harbour Bridge. Between June and October, look for humpback whales off the coast – why not jump on a whale watching tour to see these beauties up close? On sunny days, nothing beats the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: central Sydney accommodation

Day 4: Sydney to Barrington Tops

Stop At: Barrington Tops National Park, New South Wales Australia
We depart the big city early this morning to make our way to the Hunter Valley wine region for a tasting at an award-winning vineyard. From there, we carry on through the backcountry to our first stunning Strademark stop right on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park. At our Stray exclusive accommodation overlooking the Barrington River, you’ll spend the afternoon river tubing on the mild rapids. Finish the day with a shared group dinner and a scenic soak in the massive hot tub.

Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Lodge at Barrington Tops

Day 5: Barrington Tops to Spot X Surf Camp

Stop At: Spot X Surf, 46 Arrawarra Beach Rd, Arrawarra NSW 2456, Australia
We depart after breakfast and journey north through the remote countryside back towards the coast. Our next stop is the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, where you can get a closer look at Australia’s laziest (and arguably cutest) marsupials. Check out the information centre to learn all about the hospital’s efforts to rehabilitate, protect and preserve the koalas. After this, we head to Emerald Beach, an iconic kangaroo hangout, where if you’re lucky you can spot them hopping along the beach. We arrive at our beachfront overnight stop Spot X in the early evening, where you’ll have dinner at camp.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Spot X Surf Camp accommodation

Day 6: Spot X Surf Camp to River Retreat

Stop At: Nymboida, Nymboida, New South Wales
The morning at Spot X you’ll take part in a fun group lesson to learn the basics of surfing on some of the best beginner waves in Australia. If you love the beach or are keen to hone your surf skills, we recommend staying longer to do a Surf & Stay. We depart around midday, grabbing a bite to eat in town before travelling to our relaxing, rural River Retreat. Spend the afternoon on a guided canoe trip down the Nymboida River to learn about the area, which is home to amazing birds, snakes, and the incredibly shy platypus. This evening, we’ll crank up the barbeque for a shared dinner, then gather round the bonfire for a few drinks before bed.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: River Retreat wilderness cabins

Day 7: River Retreat to Byron Bay

Stop At: Byron Bay, Byron Bay, Byron Shire, New South Wales
Next up - Byron Bay, known as the most chilled out town in Australia. On the way there, we stop in the picturesque seaside town of Yamba for lunch. We'll also visit the Angourie Blue Pool, an old quarry that was accidentally (and awesomely) filled by an underground spring, meaning you can now cool off in an epic fresh water pool right on the beach! Upon arriving in Byron Bay, we’ll take you on an orientation drive around town to help you get your bearings, showing you the points of interest and the top spots for food, shopping and nightlife.
Duration: 12 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Byron Bay accommodation

Day 8: Byron Bay

Stop At: Byron Bay, Byron Bay, Byron Shire, New South Wales
You have a free day in Byron Bay to "cheer up, slow down, and chill out” as the town’s famous welcome sign instructs. There is plenty to do in this laidback hippy town: practice your surfing skills down at the beach, walk to mainland Australia’s most easterly point at the Cape Byron Lighthouse, or search for dolphins and other marine life on a sea kayaking trip.
Duration: 12 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Byron Bay accommodation

Day 9: Nimbin Day Trip

Stop At: Nimbin, Nimbin, New South Wales
Today you’ll head out on an epic day trip to Nimbin, another hippy town worth exploring. You’ll journey through the beautiful Byron hinterland on an entertaining guided bus trip, and see the sights of Nimbin. Enjoy a traditional Aussie BBQ lunch, visit Nightcap National Park, and see a stunning waterfall. You’ll return to Byron Bay in the early evening.

Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Byron Bay accommodation

Day 10: Byron Bay to Brisbane

Stop At: Brisbane, Brisbane, Brisbane Region, Queensland
This morning we cross the border from New South Wales into Queensland. Our destination today is Brisbane, but those with more time might want to hop off and explore tourist hot spot Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. We hope you had a blast on your Stray adventure!
Duration: 12 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Brisbane accommodation

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • All the activities/accommodation listed are open-dated, please contact Stray’s reservations team ( at least 48 hours prior to arrival to confirm your bookings. For Fraser Island and Whitsunday Sailing trip bookings, we recommend booking at least 7 days in advance to guarantee your spot.
  • In peak periods (e.g. Christmas/New Years Eve, Easter, School Holidays/Events) some accommodation may be subject to an additional surcharge or minimum number of nights
  • You can break your journey at any of the stops through any of the travel days and just connect with a later Stray bus or rail departure (guided or unguided). You can pre-book your own accommodation via our Stray Mate App or your guide will help book it for you. If travellers choose to hop-off and extend their stay in any location, all additional accommodation, meals and activities are at their own expense. Additional accommodation and activities can be booked via the Stray Mate app.
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • 2x Breakfast
  • 2x Dinner
  • 2x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 10 nights
  • All transport (bus)
  • Guidance from Stray guide
  • Blue Mountains Day Trip
  • Wine tasting, Hunter Valley
  • River tubing, Barrington Tops National Park
  • Surf lesson, Spot X Surf Camp
  • Koala hospital visit, Port Macquarie
  • Kangaroo spotting, Emerald Beach
  • Canoeing experience, River Retreat
  • Angourie Blue Pools, Yamba
  • Byron Bay Orientation Drive

  • Some meals
  • Additional nights accommodation if you hop off

Departure Point
Wake Up! Sydney, 509 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Departure Time
8:00 AM

10 days

Return Details
Brisbane QLD, Australia

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