15 Day Brisbane to Cairns Budget East Coast Package

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Adventure through famous beaches of Australia’s East coast. Book with Backpackers World Travel and see Cairns, Noosa, the Whitsundays and more.


Why You'll Love It

  • Access to all the East Coast's hottest destinations 
  • Explore Fraser Island
  • Kick back and relax on Magnetic Island 
  • Snap a selfie at Whitehaven Beach 

What's Included

  • 2 nights in Noosa
  • 3 nights in Rainbow Beach
  • 1 Day Fraser Island Adventure
  • 3 nights in Airlie Beach
  • 2 day/1 night Whitsundays Adventure
  • 2 nights in Magnetic Island
  • Return ferry to Magnetic Island
  • 2 nights in Cairns
  • Hop on hop off bus from Brisbane to Cairns
  • Backpackers World membership card valued at $39
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Free Internet Access in all our Shops up the Coast
  • Discount and Freebie Vouchers in all of our Shops up the Coast
  • Free job help and advice from our dedicated Job Club
  • Backpackers World Travel Membership, worth $39


Day 1- Bus to Noosa/Overnight Noosa

Bye Brisbane, hey Noosa. Explore the Darling of the Sunshine Coast after you check into your central hostel. 

Day 2 - Free day - Noosa

Explore the Everglades, hit the beach or enjoy a well-deserved beer overlooking the incredible coastline - you've earnt it. 

Day 3 - Bus to Rainbow Beach/Overnight Rainbow

This morning say goodbye to Noosa and hello to Rainbow Beach. This afternoon head and explore the town and the beach. 

Day 4 - 1 Day Fraser Island Adventure/Overnight Rainbow 

Over to Fraser Island we travel along the spectacular Seventy Five Mile Beach to explore the natural beauty of this magnificent wilderness with a guided rainforest walk. On for a refreshing Lake McKenzie swim and an authentic Aussie lunch tops off a perfect day of discovery on the World’s largest sand island! Return through the towering forests of Satinay and Brushbox and navigate your way down the ‘sandy highway’ enjoying an afternoon tea stop on remote beach stretches before returning to Noosa. Experience the excitement of the worlds best beach drive in one of our purpose built “Warrior” 4WD vehicles. Specially designed and engineered for our day tours, they are simply the toughest and most comfortable 4WD on Fraser.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 5 - Free Day - Rainbow Beach 

Today is yours free to explore Rainbow Beach! Grab some rays at the beach with an optional surf lesson or kick back with a coffee. It's up to you

Meal(s) included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Overnight Bus to Airlie Beach 

This morning is your last chance to soak in the relaxed vibe of Rainbow Beach before hopping on your overnight bus to Airlie Beach! 

Meal(s) included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Arrive/Overnight Airlie Beach 

Arrive bright and early in Airlie Beach

Day 8 - 2 Day/1 Night Whitsundays Adventure 

Depart Airlie Beach at about 8.45am. Once on board our friendly crew will brief you about safety and sailing, before setting sail to cross the Whitsunday passage. Get involved with sailing, and take a turn at the helm under the guidance of our skill full crew. After morning tea, at 11am arrive at your first snorkelling destination, our crew will give you an introduction to snorkelling and take you ashore by dinghy to snorkel from the safety of a protected beach, a great way to gain confidence in the water. 12.30pm head back to the ship for a scrumptious buffet lunch of cold meats, salads and rolls, all freshly prepared on board. Then set sail for the next afternoon location. Set sail to our overnight anchorage at Nara Inlet, enjoy kayaking activities and visit the Aboriginal Caves and learn all about the Ngaro tribe from your crew. Enjoy a hot shower, afternoon Hor dourves, a cold beer or wine and hear our tree hugging crew tell some fascinating tales of life below and above the water on the Great Barrier Reef. Listen out for the friendly dolphin pods which frequent the Northern islands. Enjoy a delicious dinner, and enjoy some fun on the back deck, or find a quiet spot and star gaze before falling in to bed for a good nights sleep  

Meal(s) included : Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - 2 Day/1 Night Whitsunday Adventure - Overnight Airlie Beach 

Another early rise, you wouldn't want to miss a thing in this neighbourhood - mantarays, dolphins, turtles, Whales (in season). After breakfast, enjoy a kayaking expedition, and combine a bit of exercise with some wildlife spotting. Enjoy a race back to the ship to find the champion kayaking team on board! After morning tea, its time to hit the water, for one last snorkelling opportunity - everyone will be experts by now, recognising and identifying even more marine wonders. By midday its back to the ship for a rewarding lunch before setting sail back to Airlie Beach across the Whitsunday passage. Return to Airlie Beach at 4pm, but the fun doesn't end here... Join your ship mates for the "After Party" were everyone gets chance to let their hair down and go a little bit wild- details provided at the end of the trip!  

Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch


Day 10 - Free Day - Airlie Beach 

Today is yours free to enjoy Airlie Beach! Head to the beach, treat yourself to an epic skydive or simply kick back and relax at a waterfront bar. 

Day 11 - Bus to Townsville, ferry to Magnetic Island/Overnight Magnetic Island

This morning check out and catch a bus to Townsville where it will connect with your ferry to take you over to magical Magnetic Island. Check-in for your 2-night stay. 

Day 12 - Free day/Overnight in Magnetic Island

Today you've got a full day in Magnetic Island so make it count. Tonight, enjoy your last night on the island. 

Day 13 - Ferry to Townsville, bus to Cairns/Overnight Cairns

This morning you will check out and catch the ferry back to Townsville where the connecting bus will take you to Cairns. Check into your hostel then head out for the night - trust us, ain't no party like a Cairns party. 

Day 14 - Free day - Cairns

Today is yours free to explore all that Cairns city has to offer. Tonight, you have another nights' included hostel accommodation before your trip ends. 


Day 15 - Check out, trip ends

This morning you'll check out of your hostel and your trip officially comes to an end. 



Book now and get a FREE upgrade to a 2 day/2 night Whitsundays boat while you’re in Airlie Beach!

Pickups / Departures

Starts: Brisbane 

Finishes: Cairns

Departs: This flexible package can depart any day of the week


Optional extras:

Whilst on the Whitsundays you are only able to take a small zipless bag onto the Whitsundays and we offer $5 luggage storage if alternative arrangements cannot be made.  


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
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Bungy Jumping
  • Scenic Flight over the Whitsundays
  • Chopper Tour
  • Fraser Island Tag-Along Safari Upgrade
  • Noosa Everglades
  • Moreton Island
  • Dolphin kayaking
  • Surf camps
  • Double/twin rooms