12 Day Brisbane to Cairns Express East Coast Package

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This is the perfect package for those short on time who still want to experience Lake McKenzie and all the magic of Fraser Island, Whitehaven beach and other amazing islands on the Whitsundays and all the stunning marine life of the Great Barrier Reef. Zooming you from Brisbane to Cairns in 12 action-packed days, you don't want to miss this epic East Coast express!


Why You'll Love This Package:

  • Sail from island to island on the glistening Whitsundays, stopping off to relax on Whitehaven Beach
  • Drive 4x4's to Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek and more on Fraser Island and camp beneath the stars
  • Snorkel the incredible Great Barrier Reef, world heritage protected area and one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World
  • Explore East Coast towns Rainbow Beach, Airlie Beach and Cairns

What's Included: 


  • 3 Day / 2 Night Dingos Fraser Island Tag Along Safari
  • 2 Day / 2 Night Whitsundays Sailing on Boomerang
  • 1 Day Great Barrier Reef Tour including Introductory Dive with Passions of Paradise


  • 2 Nights Rainbow Beach Accommodation at Freedom Hostels Rainbow Beach
  • 2 Nights Airlie Beach Accommodation at Nomads
  • 2 Nights Cairns Accommodation at Freedom Hostels Cairns

Bus Pass

  • Greyhound WHIMIT 15 Days


  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • Free Internet Access in all our shops up the Coast
  • Backpackers World Travel Membership valued at $39
  • Free job help and advice from our dedicated Job Club


Day 1 - Bus to Rainbow Beach/Overnight bus Rainbow Beach
Jump on the bus from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach, where you will check in for 1 night.
Day 2-4 - 3 day/2 Night Fraser Island 4WD camping tour 
Join a 3 day Fraser Island, Self Drive, Tag Along Tour. This is an amazing trip around this World Heritage Listed island with a chance to explore, swim in freshwater lakes and creeks, camp in the sand dunes and even have a go driving the 4WD vehicles (providing you have had your full driving licence for at least 1 year). This tour is all inclusive so there is nothing to pay for food, ferries, petrol, etc. Once you have finished the tour, you will check back into the hostel in Rainbow Beach for 1 more night. Please note that to join this tour you must be at least 21 years old, and have held a full manual drivers license for 6 months. Please bring your license with you to be able to join! 
Day 5 - Overnight Bus to Airlie Beach
Today you have the day free to explore Rainbow Beach. Tonight, jump on the overnight bus from Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach.
Day 6 - Arrive Airlie Beach/ Overnight Airlie Beach
Arrive in Airlie Beach and check into the hostel for 1 night. You will also need to check in for your boat trip on this day. Explore the tropical paradise and Airlie Beach. Soak in some summer sun or pickle your liver with some beach-side cocktails. 
Day 7 - 2 day/2 Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventure
This tour offers time to explore the islands, including time to relax at the magnificent Whitehaven Beach, walk to famous Hill Inlet Lookout and experience two snorkelling stops on the fringing coral reefs which extend right from the edge of the islands. This itinerary will cover around 100kms around the islands and is achieved in this time due to the sailing performance and ability of your Maxi Yacht to sail faster than other charter yachts can go, even when they use a motor, which is also really friendly for the environment as we use wind power. You'll be fed well with afternoon tea, pre-dinner snacks and dinner today. Bring Your Own alcohol so long as it's not glass. Spend your first night of fun under the stars of the Southern Hemisphere. 

Meals Included : Dinner

Day 8 - Whitsundays Sailing Adventure
Not only will you visit the famous Whitehaven Beach on this trip but you will also get to the Northern end of the Whitsundays where the best fringing coral reefs in the Whitsundays are found - namely Langford Reef and Mantaray Bay. For guests who want to be involved, help the crew set the sails, have a turn on the wheel and get some amazing sailing photos. The Captain and crew will provide you with plenty of information on the Whitsunday Islands and the Marine Park. Meals today include breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, pre-dinner snack AND dinner. Are you full yet? 

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 - Whitsundays Sailing Adventure
Wake up on your final morning to that clear sea air before it's time for more thrilling sailing back to Airlie Beach. Pass along the western coast of Whitsunday Island, through Hook Passage and follow the eastern coast of Hook Island, passing the Molle Islands allowing you further opportunity for snorkelling and swimming. Arrive back to Airlie Beach at approximately 11am. 

Meals Included : Breakfast

Day 10 - Bus to Cairns/Overnight Cairns
Board the bus up to Cairns. On arrival in Cairns, you will check into a central hostel for 2 nights.
Days 11  - 1 Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise/Overnight Cairns
Cruise to first Outer Barrier Reef Location Passions of Paradise has a selection of more than 24 superior outer reef locations to choose from. Each day we will select the two best sites tailored to the weather conditions to give our guests the best possible experience. Lunch is served on-board; enjoy a sumptuous hot and cold buffet lunch including a selection of fresh salads and tropical fruits. Lunch is prepared daily by our chef on-board the vessel for maximum freshness and taste. Vegetarians are catered for daily. 12:45pm Depart First Outer Barrier Reef Location. Spending from 1pm - 2:45pm at the second Outer Barrier Reef Location. Between 3pm and 4:45pm (approx) is time to enjoy a cold beverage on the way home as we hoist the sales and sail back to Cairns. Enjoy our marine life presentation in our air conditioned saloon or soak up the sun on our boom nets 

Meals Included : Lunch

Day 12 - Check out, trip ends
Check out of the hostel to finish your trip!

Pickups / Departures

This package can depart on any day of the year so just let us know when you want to travel and we will check availability for you!


This is a completely flexible package so you can choose to book the activities and then plan it however you wish, or you can choose to take our suggested itinerary and book the accommodation package as well. Its also possible to book your transport with this package - with or without adding the accommodation! 


Please note there is a $20 levy to be paid on arrival for Fraser Island. This is quoted in your total price but must be paid directly to the suppliers on the day of your tours. 

Optional extras:

You also can hire a sleeping bag for your Fraser Island tour for just a $15 one off payment for your entire trip, or you may bring your own. Whilst on the Whitsundays, you are able to store your luggage for just $5, as you are only able to take a small zipless bag onto the Whitsundays.


This tour is 100% customisable and we can change the length of trip, what is included, or the destinations you’d like to go at a discounted rate. Some popular add on activities are as follows:

  • 15,000ft Skydive
  • Bungy Jumping
  • Scenic Flight over the Whitsundays
  • Chopper Tour
  • Noosa Everglades
  • Moreton Island
  • Dolphin kayaking
  • Surf camps
  • Double/twin rooms

Why Place a Deposit?

Be aware that at any time, the price of this package can fluctuate based on seasonality and availability. By simply placing a $100 deposit for this package, it will remain available to you at the current price and you are protected from fluctuating fares. You then have the option to pay off in installments and decide on your travel dates.