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Boutique East Coast Australia Tour Packages - Small Group Bus Tours

Via Travel Australia - East Coast Tours

Discover our range of boutique tours on the East Coast of Australia. We offer small group tours guided by fantastic local guides. Discover our unique Australian wildlife and aboriginal history. Explore some of the most iconic hot spots in Australia and stay in boutique accommodations. This is your chance to get off the beaten track for an authentic local Australian experience. Get in touch if you are looking for an organised private group tour in Australia, we craft unique experiences.

What they say about us

Australian east coast itinerary
  • "This was an outstanding two weeks. The East Coast is full of beauty and surprises. Out tour guide Ralph Giles was knowledgeable and courteous, and eager to share his love of his country with his guests. We recommend highly Via Travel."
    John
  • "Just finished this amazing tour. We had such a fun group and all got on incredibly well. Complete mix of ages. A very small group which was also a bonus as we became like a big family, looking out for each other and making such good friendships."
    Christine
  • "I would definitely recommend Via Travel! Had the most amazing time on the east coast. A must for everyone who likes to travel in small groups and likes to experience the real culture instead of just tourist attractions."
    Saskia

Why choose Via Travel Australia East Coast Tours?

We are a locally owned tour operator & destination management company. We operate boutique tours ourselves & our guides are Australian locals, with a deep understanding of Australia’s history, wildlife and real local experiences. We offer a diverse range of Australia Tour Packages. Join us and experience small groups, wildlife, aboriginal experiences, nature, food, wine & lots more. Plus we make sure you sleep well in hand picked accommodation. Enquire about your special needs Australia tour package

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Taste of “real” Australia

Discover Australia´s east coast like a local. We want to introduce you to real people who are passionate about Australia´s environment, delicious food, wine and many more local delights.
Meet friendly faces everyday and experience real Australia culture with a variety of aboriginal/first nations families.

For active Travelers

We explore in small groups so you can discover the real Australia on our East Coast Australia Tours. Nature walks, waterfalls, rainforests, snorkeling, 4WD adventure, island cruising and much more. Or just relax with some “Me Time” if you are not feeling active on the day.

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Sleep well at night

Sleep well in our handpicked East Coast Australia Hotel Accommodation. We use a mix of boutique, family run properties, 4 star hotels & resorts + a special stay in a traditional Aussie pub.  We understand you need a good rest after a fun day exploring.

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Byron Bay and the home of chill....New blog now live!! Follow the link...
viatravel.com.au/byron-bay-and-the-home-of-chill/

On this blog you’ll read about the experience happening on day 5 of the following tours: 14 day Sydney to Cairns, 7 day Sydney to Brisbane, and 18 day Sydney to Daintree. Written by Calumn Hockey
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Byron Bay and the home of chill....New blog now live!! Follow the link...
https://viatravel.com.au/byron-bay-and-the-home-of-chill/

On this blog you’ll read about the experience happening on day 5 of the following tours: 14 day Sydney to Cairns, 7 day Sydney to Brisbane, and 18 day Sydney to Daintree. Written by Calumn Hockey

Whats your favourite Australian treat?

Australia is a melting pot of nationalities, cultures and customs. This is why we have practically every food you can think of on offer. Although we might not have a signature cultural cuisine – like Italy has its pizza or Japan its sushi – Australia has no shortage of iconic snacks and unique dishes.

25 iconic Australian foods you must try

1. Vegemite on toast
You either love it or hate it, but this salty savoury spread is a national icon. For a real Aussie breakfast, pair it with avocado, salt and pepper on toast, which makes a surprisingly delicious combo.

2. Meat pies
These hot, flaky packages are on the menu of every social party, sporting match and even for breakfast after a big night out. Try one with tomato sauce from the local bakery or service station.

3. Tim Tams
These much-loved chocolate-malted biscuits are now sold around the world due to their addictiveness. Do the ‘Tim Tam Slam’ by biting a corner off the top and opposite bottom side of the biscuit, then use it like a straw to drink a warm glass of milk or hot chocolate. you’ll thank me.

4. Fairy Bread
A childhood classic at every kids birthday party (that I still wouldn’t refuse as an adult), it’s made of three simple ingredients: white bread, butter and hundreds and thousands (rainbow sprinkles).

5. Fish and chips
Nothing beats fresh fish and chips with a lemon wedge down by the beach. Try the popular Australian fish Barramundi, named from the Aboriginal language meaning ‘large-scaled river fish’. And don’t forget to ask for chicken salt on your chips.

6. Pub chicken parmigiana
Despite its Italian name, the “parmy” is an Aussie pub classic that consists of a chicken schnitzel topped with tomato sauce, ham and melted cheese.

7. Pavlova
Pavlova is Australia’s national cake, made of a soft filling and crisp meringue crust, topped with whipped cream and seasonal fresh fruits like banana, passionfruit, kiwi fruit and strawberries. Australia and New Zealand have a long running dispute over who invented the dessert.

8. Lamingtons
These square sponge cakes are Australia’s next most-cherished cake – filled with jam and cream and coated in chocolate and coconut icing.

9. Aussie barbecue
Sausages, pork, lamb, steak, you name it – Australians sure know how to grill up a feast. But I’m not sure where the infamous saying “chuck a shrimp on the barbie” came from… a) we call them prawns, and b) I’ve never seen an Australian actually BBQ them!

10. Golden Gaytime
Arguably Australia’s most-loved ice-cream, the Gaytime has a vanilla and toffee ice-cream centre, dipped in chocolate and coated in biscuit crumbs. “It’s hard to have a Gaytime on your own”, so says the iconic tagline.

11. Freddo Frogs and Caramello Koalas
These little chocolate frogs and koalas are made from the best of the best, Cadbury Milk Chocolate. They come in a range of delish flavours like strawberry, peppermint, pineapple and popping candy.

12. Pods
Pods are crunchy yet gooey bites of heaven with Mars bar, Snickers or Twix filling. Shockingly you’ll only find them in Australia and New Zealand.

13. Snags
“Snags” or sausages, are Australia’s version of the USA’s hotdog. Our version is simply a slice of white bread paired with a sausage and whatever sauce you fancy, and even caramelized onions if you want to be fancy. Head to the hardware store Bunnings Warehouse on the weekend to find yourself an iconic sausage sizzle.

14. Arnott's biscuits
Arnott’s is the brand responsible for our beloved Tim Tams, Mint Slices and Tiny Teddys. Buy an assorted biscuits pack to taste all the classics. They also have a range of savoury biscuits called Shapes that come in moreish flavours like Pizza, BBQ, Cheese and Bacon, and Chicken Crimpy.

15. Fantales
These are extremely chewy caramel lollIES coated in milk chocolate. The best part is their wrappers – each one comes with a different movie trivia question. It now comes in an ice cream flavour, too!

16. Caramel slice
This treat has a simple biscuit base with soft caramel filling and chocolate topping – all the ingredients for a recipe of success. It would be un-Australian for you to not indulge in one while you’re here!

17. Milo
Milo is a malt drink powDer added to milk to make a delicious, chocolatey, crunchy beverage. Ignore the tin’s recommendation of one scoop PER serving – you’ll want to add as much as possible to your glass of milk! During the cooler months, you can heat it up and drink it with the Tim Tam Slam.

18. Bowen mangoes
Australia has an amazing variety of tropical fruits, especially in the summer. There’s nothing better than a ripe, juicy mango to cool you down on a scorching day.

19. Bubble O'Bill
When a mango won’t do the trick on a summer’s day, you need a Bubble O’Bill. It’s a classic blend of strawberry, caramel and chocolate ice-cream on a stick with a bubble gum ball for a nose.

20. Twisties and Cheezles
These are two types of cheesy flavoured potato chips, comparable to the likes of Cheetos, but on a whole other level of finger lickin’ good.

21. Cherry Ripe
Australia’s oldest chocolate bar is one-of-a-kind. Cherry Ripe’s have a coconut and cherry filling coated in delectable dark chocolate.

22. Sausage rolls
Australian sausage rolls are another lunch time favourite, made of sausage meat wrapped in a flaky puff pastry, perfectly paired with tomato sauce.

23. Smashed avo on toast
Avocado on toast is a breakfast staple among Aussies, usually sprinkled with feta cheese, pepper, olive oil, sesame seeds or topped with poached eggs. You’ll find it in nearly any breakfast or brunch cafe, and don’t forget to order it with a delicious Australian coffee roast.

24. Chiko rolls
Inspired by the Chinese spring roll, Chikos are deep-fried rolls of beef, cabbage, celery and veg, typically EATEN by surfers after a day at the beach and sold at our fish and chip shops.

25. Kangaroo
Some might find it weird that Australians eat their national animal, but kangaroo is one of the healthiest meats. It’s low in fat and high in protein, iron and omega-3. You can buy it in fillet steaks, sausages or minced meat.

Is your favourite Aussi treat on the list? Let us know in the comments below 😉
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Whats your favourite Australian treat?

Australia is a melting pot of nationalities, cultures and customs. This is why we have practically every food you can think of on offer. Although we might not have a signature cultural cuisine – like Italy has its pizza or Japan its sushi – Australia has no shortage of iconic snacks and unique dishes. 

25 iconic Australian foods you must try

1. Vegemite on toast
You either love it or hate it, but this salty savoury spread is a national icon. For a real Aussie breakfast, pair it with avocado, salt and pepper on toast, which makes a surprisingly delicious combo.

2. Meat pies
These hot, flaky packages are on the menu of every social party, sporting match and even for breakfast after a big night out. Try one with tomato sauce from the local bakery or service station. 

3. Tim Tams
These much-loved chocolate-malted biscuits are now sold around the world due to their addictiveness. Do the ‘Tim Tam Slam’ by biting a corner off the top and opposite bottom side of the biscuit, then use it like a straw to drink a warm glass of milk or hot chocolate. you’ll thank me. 

4. Fairy Bread
A childhood classic at every kids birthday party (that I still wouldn’t refuse as an adult), it’s made of three simple ingredients: white bread, butter and hundreds and thousands (rainbow sprinkles). 

5. Fish and chips
Nothing beats fresh fish and chips with a lemon wedge down by the beach. Try the popular Australian fish Barramundi, named from the Aboriginal language meaning ‘large-scaled river fish’. And don’t forget to ask for chicken salt on your chips. 

6. Pub chicken parmigiana 
Despite its Italian name, the “parmy” is an Aussie pub classic that consists of a chicken schnitzel topped with tomato sauce, ham and melted cheese.

7. Pavlova
Pavlova is Australia’s national cake, made of a soft filling and crisp meringue crust, topped with whipped cream and seasonal fresh fruits like banana, passionfruit, kiwi fruit and strawberries. Australia and New Zealand have a long running dispute over who invented the dessert. 

8. Lamingtons
These square sponge cakes are Australia’s next most-cherished cake – filled with jam and cream and coated in chocolate and coconut icing. 

9. Aussie barbecue
Sausages, pork, lamb, steak, you name it – Australians sure know how to grill up a feast. But I’m not sure where the infamous saying “chuck a shrimp on the barbie” came from… a) we call them prawns, and b) I’ve never seen an Australian actually BBQ them!

10. Golden Gaytime
Arguably Australia’s most-loved ice-cream, the Gaytime has a vanilla and toffee ice-cream centre, dipped in chocolate and coated in biscuit crumbs. “It’s hard to have a Gaytime on your own”, so says the iconic tagline. 

11. Freddo Frogs and Caramello Koalas 
These little chocolate frogs and koalas are made from the best of the best, Cadbury Milk Chocolate. They come in a range of delish flavours like strawberry, peppermint, pineapple and popping candy. 

12. Pods
Pods are crunchy yet gooey bites of heaven with Mars bar, Snickers or Twix filling. Shockingly you’ll only find them in Australia and New Zealand. 

13. Snags
“Snags” or sausages, are Australia’s version of the USA’s hotdog. Our version is simply a slice of white bread paired with a sausage and whatever sauce you fancy, and even caramelized onions if you want to be fancy. Head to the hardware store Bunnings Warehouse on the weekend to find yourself an iconic sausage sizzle.

14. Arnotts biscuits
Arnott’s is the brand responsible for our beloved Tim Tams, Mint Slices and Tiny Teddys. Buy an assorted biscuits pack to taste all the classics. They also have a range of savoury biscuits called Shapes that come in moreish flavours like Pizza, BBQ, Cheese and Bacon, and Chicken Crimpy.

15. Fantales
These are extremely chewy caramel lollIES coated in milk chocolate. The best part is their wrappers – each one comes with a different movie trivia question. It now comes in an ice cream flavour, too!

16. Caramel slice
This treat has a simple biscuit base with soft caramel filling and chocolate topping – all the ingredients for a recipe of success. It would be un-Australian for you to not indulge in one while you’re here!

17. Milo
Milo is a malt drink powDer added to milk to make a delicious, chocolatey, crunchy beverage. Ignore the tin’s recommendation of one scoop PER serving – you’ll want to add as much as possible to your glass of milk! During the cooler months, you can heat it up and drink it with the Tim Tam Slam. 

18. Bowen mangoes
Australia has an amazing variety of tropical fruits, especially in the summer. There’s nothing better than a ripe, juicy mango to cool you down on a scorching day.

19. Bubble OBill
When a mango won’t do the trick on a summer’s day, you need a Bubble O’Bill. It’s a classic blend of strawberry, caramel and chocolate ice-cream on a stick with a bubble gum ball for a nose. 

20. Twisties and Cheezles
These are two types of cheesy flavoured potato chips, comparable to the likes of Cheetos, but on a whole other level of finger lickin’ good. 

21. Cherry Ripe
Australia’s oldest chocolate bar is one-of-a-kind. Cherry Ripe’s have a coconut and cherry filling coated in delectable dark chocolate. 

22. Sausage rolls
Australian sausage rolls are another lunch time favourite, made of sausage meat wrapped in a flaky puff pastry, perfectly paired with tomato sauce. 

23. Smashed avo on toast
Avocado on toast is a breakfast staple among Aussies, usually sprinkled with feta cheese, pepper, olive oil, sesame seeds or topped with poached eggs. You’ll find it in nearly any breakfast or brunch cafe, and don’t forget to order it with a delicious Australian coffee roast.

24. Chiko rolls
Inspired by the Chinese spring roll, Chikos are deep-fried rolls of beef, cabbage, celery and veg, typically EATEN by surfers after a day at the beach and sold at our fish and chip shops. 

25. Kangaroo
Some might find it weird that Australians eat their national animal, but kangaroo is one of the healthiest meats. It’s low in fat and high in protein, iron and omega-3. You can buy it in fillet steaks, sausages or minced meat. 

Is your favourite Aussi treat on the list? Let us know in the comments below 😉

6 Day Whitsundays Islands Paradise Explorer Tour - Next tour departing: 3rd Feb 2021!

What previous travellers say: "This week I was lucky enough to sail on the incredible 118 year old Solway Lass... a beautiful tall ship with a fascinating history. 2 days and 2 nights spent sailing the Whitsundays, snorkelling around the islands and exploring Whitehaven beach. This epic trip is part of Via Travel's 6 Day Whitsundays Islands Paradise Explorer Tour. Very grateful to the boys for giving me the opportunity to see the Whitsundays in a way I'de never seen before"⁠⠀
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If you are interested in joining, check out our website for full itinerary: viatravel.com.au/tour/6-day-whitsundays-islands-paradise-explorer-tour/
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6 Day Whitsundays Islands Paradise Explorer Tour - Next tour departing: 3rd Feb 2021!

What previous travellers say: This week I was lucky enough to sail on the incredible 118 year old Solway Lass... a beautiful tall ship with a fascinating history. 2 days and 2 nights spent sailing the Whitsundays, snorkelling around the islands and exploring Whitehaven beach. This epic trip is part of Via Travels 6 Day Whitsundays Islands Paradise Explorer Tour. Very grateful to the boys for giving me the opportunity to see the Whitsundays in a way Ide never seen before⁠⠀
⁠⠀
If you are interested in joining, check out our website for full itinerary: https://viatravel.com.au/tour/6-day-whitsundays-islands-paradise-explorer-tour/

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This looks amazing!! Hope to join one day 👌🥰

So beautiful!

What a wonderful place!!

Merry Christmas everyone!! We wanted to thank everyone for their amazing support this year...its been a crazy ride. and we are looking forward to 2021 and some fantastic new adventures we are planning for you all!!

We wanted to send a massive shout out to all of our amazing guides, suppliers, venues for helping to provide these amazing experiences and without whom none of this would be possible.

We appreciate and love you all!!!

Can't wait to see you all in 2021!!!

Check out or Website for all of our Australia tours
viatravel.com.au

Thank you, the Via Travel team xxx
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Merry Christmas everyone!! We wanted to thank everyone for their amazing support this year...its been a crazy ride. and we are looking forward to 2021 and some fantastic new adventures we are planning for you all!!

We wanted to send a massive shout out to all of our amazing guides, suppliers, venues for helping to provide these amazing experiences and without whom none of this would be possible.

We appreciate and love you all!!!

Cant wait to see you all in 2021!!! 

Check out or Website for all of our Australia tours
https://viatravel.com.au

Thank you, the Via Travel team xxx

Time to Netflix and Chill.....For a relatively small filmmaking nation, Australia has pumped out a staggering number of top-shelf documentaries.

All time top 10 Australian Documentaries at the Box Office
ranked by total reported gross earnings as of March 2020

1. Antarctica
2. Africa's Elephant Kingdom
3. Mountain
4. That Sugar Film
5. Bra Boys
6. 2040
7. Sherpa
8. Embrace
9. Mrs. Carey's Concert
10. Mystify: Michael Hutchence

How many of these have you watched? Let us know your favourite Australian Doco in the comments below….
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Time to Netflix and Chill.....For a relatively small filmmaking nation, Australia has pumped out a staggering number of top-shelf documentaries. 

All time top 10 Australian Documentaries at the Box Office
ranked by total reported gross earnings as of March 2020

1. Antarctica
2. Africas Elephant Kingdom
3. Mountain
4. That Sugar Film
5. Bra Boys
6. 2040
7. Sherpa
8. Embrace
9. Mrs. Careys Concert
10. Mystify: Michael Hutchence

How many of these have you watched? Let us know your favourite Australian Doco in the comments below….

Start 2021 in style 🎉🥂🍾🐠🌴...... in tropical paradise exploring the beautiful whitsunday islands on a beautiful tall ship.

6 Day Whitsundays Islands Paradise Explorer Tour⁠....Next tour departing.... 6th Jan 2021!⁠

"This week I was lucky enough to sail on the incredible 118 year old Solway Lass... a beautiful tall ship with a fascinating history. 2 days and 2 nights spent sailing the Whitsundays, snorkelling around the islands and exploring Whitehaven beach. This epic trip is part of Via Travel's 6 Day Whitsundays Islands Paradise Explorer Tour. Very grateful to the boys for giving me the opportunity to see the Whitsundays in a way I'de never seen before"⁠
Photos 1-4 by our awesome guide @lucius82⁠

Check out our website for all tours and full itinerary's...⁠
viatravel.com.au
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1 month ago

Start 2021 in style 🎉🥂🍾🐠🌴...... in tropical paradise exploring the beautiful whitsunday islands on a beautiful tall ship.  
⁠
6 Day Whitsundays Islands Paradise Explorer Tour⁠....Next tour departing.... 6th Jan 2021!⁠
⁠
This week I was lucky enough to sail on the incredible 118 year old Solway Lass... a beautiful tall ship with a fascinating history.  2 days and 2 nights spent sailing the Whitsundays, snorkelling around the islands and exploring Whitehaven beach.  This epic trip is part of Via Travels 6 Day Whitsundays Islands Paradise Explorer Tour.  Very grateful to the boys for giving me the opportunity to see the Whitsundays in a way Ide never seen before⁠
Photos 1-4 by our awesome guide @lucius82⁠
⁠
Check out our website for all tours and full itinerarys...⁠
https://viatravel.com.au
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