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Australia Road Trip

Explore the East Coast of Australia on this exciting 21 day road trip!

Prices from US$5,145

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



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


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

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
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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