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17 Days / 16 Nights

17 Day Cairns to Sydney Express East Coast Package

Cairns

Inclusions

Accommodation

  • 2 Nights Byron Bay Accommodation at Byron Beach Hostel
  • 2 Night Rainbow Beach Accommodation at Freedom Hostels Rainbow Beach
  • 2 Nights Airlie Beach Accommodation at Nomads Airlie Beach
  • 2 Nights Magnetic Island Accommodation at Base Magnetic Island
  • 2 Nights Cairns Accommodation at Freedom Hostels Cairns

 

Activities

  • Full day Nimbin and Byron Hinterland Tour with Grasshoppers
  • 3 Day / 2 Night Dingos Fraser Island Tag Along Safari
  • 2 day/2 night Whitsundays Sailing 
  • 1 Day Great Barrier Reef Trip On Ocean Freedom including 1 introductory dive

 

Transport & Food

  • Return Ferry to Magnetic Island 
  • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 15 Day WHIMIT Greyhound Bus

 


Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive in Cairns anytime/Overnight Cairns

Arrive in Cairns at any time and check into your hostel. Tonight, why not find out for yourself why Cairns nightlife is so famous... 

 

Day 2 - 1 Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise/Overnight Cairns

It's here. The day you've been waiting for. Today, you're heading out onto the big blue to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Today you get to explore 2 stunning reef sites; Upolu Cay and the 'Wonder Wall' on the Outer Edge of Upolu Reef. You're treated to 6 full hours exploring the reef with plenty of snorkelling and diving opportunities, awesome lunch and knowledgeable eco-guides.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 3 - Bus to Townsville, Ferry to Magnetic Island / Overnight in Magnetic Island

Make your way to Townsville where you will catch a ferry over to the magical Magnetic Island. Settle into your beachside hostel where you will stay for 2 nights and then why not hit the beach. 

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Day 4 -  Free Day Magnetic Island / Overnight in Magnetic Island

Today is yours free to explore. There's plenty to do on the island, but our personal favourite is to do nothing...kick back and relax. Once you soak in the views of the aqua water and swaying palm trees, you'll know exactly what we're talking about. 

 

Day 5- Ferry to Townsville, Ferry to Airlie Beach / Overnight in Airlie Beach

Make your way back to Townsville where you will catch a ferry Airlie Beach and spend the night in a beachside paradise. 

  

Day 6: Whitsundays Sailing - Airlie Beach to Whitsundays

This itinerary will cover about 100kms around the islands and will be done at this time due to the sailing capacity and skill of your Maxi Y. This tour provides time to discover the islands, including time to relax at the stunning Whitehaven Beach, walk to the popular Hill Inlet Lookout and enjoy two snorkelling stops on the fringing coral reefs that stretch right from the edge of the islands. 

Meal(s) included: Dinner

 

Day 7: Whitsundays Sailing

Not only are you going to visit the famous Whitehaven Beach on this journey, but you'll also get to the northern end of Whitsundays where the best fringing coral reefs in Whitsundays are found-namely Langford Reef and Mantaray Bay. For the guests who want to be part of it, help the crew set up their sails, turn on the wheel and take some awesome sailing pictures. The Captain and the crew are going to give you the wit.

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8: Whitsundays Sailing - Whitsundays to Airlie Beach

Wake up to that clean sea air in your final morning before it's time for more fun sailing back to Airlie Beach. Travel along the western coast of Whitsunday Island, along Hook Passage, and follow the eastern coast of Hook Island, past the Molle Islands, giving you the opportunity to snorkel and swim. Return to Airlie Beach at about 11 am.

Meal(s) included: Breakfast

 

Day 9 - Free Day - Overnight bus Rainbow Beach

Tonight you've got a free day to explore the city before packing your bags and heading off an overnight bus to Rainbow Beach.

 

Day 10 - Safety briefing for Fraser Island 5 pm/Overnight Rainbow Beach

Today is yours free to explore Rainbow Beach. This afternoon you'll attend a compulsory safety briefing at 5 pm to prepare you for your upcoming Fraser Island adventure! 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 11 - 3 day/2 Night Fraser Island Adventure

Your Fraser Island adventure begins with a quick morning brief at Freedom Hostel. At 9:30 am, depart for Fraser Island and drive approximately 10 minutes to the barge (ferry) and board for your 10-minute barge crossing. Once you have arrived on the world's largest sand island, drive for 1 hour to the Eurong Beach Resort along 75 Mile beach - Fraser Island's own highway with speed limits!  There you can grab a coffee and chocolate croissant (own cost) for morning tea. From here, the adventure really begins, as we drive to the famous Lake McKenzie, one of the most popular and picturesque highlights of Fraser. We stop for lunch and time to swim and relax in the amazingly clear waters of the lake before driving up the beach to your campsite. Settle in for an early dinner, some well-deserved drinks and plenty of fun! 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 12 - 3 day/2 Night Fraser Island Adventure

The day begins with a quick breakfast to fuel your busiest day on Fraser Island! First stop is Eli Creek, a beautifully clear creek perfect for a relaxing swim. Travelling north, stop at Maheno Shipwreck for a photo opportunity and a short history lesson about this famous Fraser Island icon before continuing on to Indian Head. Fraser Island's highest point, from here you may be lucky enough to see whales and sharks in the ocean before travelling to Champagne Pools for a drop. Lunch is served at either Maheno Shipwreck or Champagne Pools on Day 2 depending on time constraints, safety and beauty. In the afternoon, travel back to camp for dinner and drinks. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 13 - 3 day/2 Night Fraser Island Adventure / Overnight Rainbow Beach

Start with breakfast before cleaning and disassembling your campsite. Once packed up, you'll drive to the beginning of the Lake Wabby walk where you'll stride through the dunes to find a tropical paradise! Lunch follows your trip to Lake Wabby before you begin the drive down the beach and back to the barge. Once arrived on the mainland, head to the 4WD shed where you can unpack and quickly clean the cars. You will return to Freedom Hostel between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm, depending on the tides

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 14 - Bus to Byron Bay/Overnight Byron Bay

Wave goodbye to Rainbow and hello to Byron! Check into your hostel where you'll be spending the next 2 nights then drop you bags and get out there to explore the town. 

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 15 - Full Day in Nimbin and Byron Hinterland / Overnight Byron Bay

Today you're off for real local experience - hippy central Nimbin. This tour is all about venturing into village vibes so bring out the hippie colours to explore Nimbin and the incredible surrounding Byron Bay hinterland. Spend the morning meeting dreadlocked locals and exploring the colourful street before a fun-filled afternoon of waterfall hopping. This afternoon, head back to Byron Bay for a well-deserved beer on the beach. 

Meal(s) included: Lunch

  

Day 16 - Free day in Byron Bay / Overnight Bus to Sydney

Today is your last day in  Byron! Explore the town, hike to the lighthouse, chill on the beach. Tonight, have a drink and listen to live music by the buskers in this chilled-out town. Tonight you'll board your overnight bus to Sydney. 

 

Day 17 - Arrive in Sydney, trip ends

Arrive in Sydney bright and early where your trip will officially come to an end. Don't cry though! There's plenty more of Australia to explore. 


Pickups / Departures

Starts: Cairns

Finishes: Sydney

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


Extras

Levies:

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.

Customisations:

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

Pay In Instalments

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.


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