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Australia Road Trip

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The Australian Road Trip takes you through the beautiful cities of Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne over 21 days. During your time travelling along the East Coast and visiting some of Australia’s most vibrant cities, you will be able to experience some of the country’s unique culture, natural beauty, wildlife and architecture and also get to know some locals. So that you’re able to familiarise yourself with the main stops of the trip, there will be a walking tour of every city you visit.

The Road Trip is packed with activities such as wine and cheese tasting, snorkelling, optional surfing, visits to wildlife sanctuaries and conservation centres and spending time at some of the many serene and pristine beaches Australia has to offer along the way. You will visit several monuments and sites of historical and cultural significance and, as with all Frontier projects, there will also be a meaningful environmental conservation volunteering component to the trip.

Project Highlights

  • Experience the East Coast of Australia on a unique road trip!
  • Visit many sites of natural, cultural and historical significance.
  • Contribute to the conservation of Australia's unique envuironment.

Project Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18
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East Coast of Australia


Conservation activities
City walking tours
Dolphin watching cruise

Yoga and relaxation

Surf lesson



Transport between locations

Accommodation  Youth hostels and guesthouses

Before you go

Pre-departure support
Travel and medical advice
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)


In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

47 meals

What does the project do?

This action packed tour enables you to see the best of the East Coast of Australia. As you journey from Melbourne to Brisbane you'll take in many world famous sites and take some time out to assist on a vital conservation program. You'll be travelling and working as a group sharing these unforgettable experiences.

What will I be doing?

Day 1: Melbourne - sights and walking tour.
Soak up the sights of the city on a guided walking tour before learning about Australian culture at Melbourne museum and Heritage gardens. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 2: Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles.
Drive along the famous Great Ocean Road, visit Kennett River and see the famous 12 Apostles rock formations. On this action packed day you will also visit London Bridge, Lord Ard Gorge and The Arch. Breakfast and lunch is included.

Day 3: Sydney - walking tour and explore.
Get a real feel of this energetic city on a guided walking tour. There will be plenty of great photo opportunities as you explore the city. Look out for famous landmarks including Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Breakfast and dinner is included.

Day 4: Bondi to Coogee walk and Sydney Harbour Ferry.
Take in the stunning coastline of this area as you walk along the cliff tops, there will be plenty of opportunities to swim, snack or rest as you make your way. You will then make your way back to Sydney on an exciting, scenic ferry ride. Breakfast and dinner is included.

Day 5: Blue Mountains World Heritage area.
Known for its unique plant and animal life you will spend the full day exploring the world famous Blue Mountains, taking in the best sights and experiences. There will be a guided walk of the Three Sisters Rock formation, Wentworth Falls and Katoomba Falls. Breakfast is included today.

Day 6: Free time in Sydney before travelling to Port Stephens.
Spend the morning exploring more of Sydney or relaxing on one of it’s beautiful beaches before travelling onwards to Port Stephens. Breakfast and dinner is included.

Day 7: Tomaree Head bushwalk and Dolphin watching cruise.
Hike to Tomaree Head for spectacular views of Port Stephens. You'll also take an exciting boat ride where you'll have the chance to spot wild dolphins. Breakfast and dinner is included.

Days 8 - 12: Environmental Conservation volunteer program.
On this exciting program participants will be involved in important work to maintain and preserve Australia’s cultural and natural heritage, by working with local communities to assist on a variety of land conservation and rehabilitation programs across New South Wales. Daily activities vary and can include monitoring affected areas, cleaning bushland, re-vegetation efforts, fence construction and maintenance against feral animals and clearing rivers and important waterways. You will work on the project for approximately 3-4 hours each day, depending on the needs of the day, leaving you plenty of time to relax and explore the area. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided during these days.

Day 13: Byron Bay yoga and relaxation.
Travel to the coastal village of Byron Bay for some relaxing and an afternoon yoga session. Breakfast and dinner is included.

Day 14: Sunrise at Cape Byron Lighthouse and surfing lesson.
Wake up early to watch the sunrise over Australia's most easterly point- Cape Byron Lighthouse. Later in the day you'll try your hand at surfing. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 15: Native Australia Animal Sanctuary.
Spend the day at this sanctuary with countless different species of Australian animals. There'll be the chance to get up close and personal with kangaroos and koalas! Breakfast and dinner is included.

Day 16: Sand boarding and sunset at Carlo Sand Blow.
Spend the morning exploring Brisbane before heading to Rainbow Beach. You'll walk to Carlo Sand Blow before having a go at sand boarding! Breakfast and dinner is included.

Day 17: Fraser Island World Heritage Area.
Explore the worlds largest sand island and the Great Sandy National Park on an exciting 4x4 adventure! Highlights include Seventy-Five Mile beach, Lake McKenzie, Maheno Shipwreck and Eli Creek. Breakfast lunch and dinner is included today.

Day 18: Rainbow beach.
Explore Rainbow beach and relax before travelling to the town of Bundaberg. Breakfast and dinner is included.Day 19- Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef.
Travel on a luxury catamaran to Lady Musgrave Island before having the chance to snorkel over the Great Barrier Reef. Scuba diving is available at an extra cost. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 20: Brisbane walking tour and farewell dinner.
Catch the train back to Brisbane for a guided walking tour around some of the city’s most impressive sights. In the evening head for a delicious farewell dinner with your new friends. Breakfast and dinner included today.

Day 21: Depart Brisbane.

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival make your own way to Melbourne Central YHA where you will be met by your trip coordinator. You will have Sunday evening to get to know the other participants over dinner before beginning the road trip on Monday morning.

Where will I be staying?

Throughout the trip you will be staying in shared accommodation in various youth hostels, guesthouses and centres.

What will I be eating?

The trip includes 21 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 18 dinners. This means that you will also have the chance to sample some local Australian cuisine.

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There are several optional activities that you will be able to do along the way at an extra cost. Speak to your road trip leader for more information after you've arrived!


21 days US$ 5,145

Departure dates


Please note you should arrive on the Sunday to begin your trip on the Monday.

This program is not available between 24 December- 7 January.


3 weeks

What's included?

Before you go

  • Comprehensive pre-departure support
  • Travel and medical advice
  • Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)


  • Accommodation
  • Transfers from the camp to the project
  • 47 meals
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Melbourne (FL) (MLB)



Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


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Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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