18 Day Cairns to Brisbane Highlights Package

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Why you'll Love It 

  • Explore the adventure capital of Australia - Cairns 
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  • Camp on Fraser Island 
  • Sail the Whitsunday Islands
  • Learn to surf in Byron Bay 
  • Party in the Gold Coast

What's Included

Accommodation

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

Activities

  • 1 Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise including Introductory Dive with Ocean Freedom
  • 1 Day Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest Adventure
  • Return Ferry from Townsville to Magnetic Island
  • 2 Day / 2 Night Whitsundays Sailing on Boomerang
  • 3 Day / 2 Night Dingos Fraser Island Tag Along Safari
  • 1 Day Everglades Cruise with Everglades Eco Safaris

Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive in Cairns anytime/Overnight Cairns

Arrive in Cairns at any time and check into your central hostel where you'll be spending the next few days. Tonight, rest up - you've got a big couple of weeks ahead of you!


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.


Day 3 - 1 Day Cape Tribulation & Daintree Tour/Overnight Cairns

Spend the day visiting the Oldest living Rainforest in the world! This tour will show all of the highlights that the Daintree and Cape Tribulation have to offer, you will even get to dine on Cape Trib Beach. Meet with one of the Indigenous owners of Mossman Gorge and learn about local traditions all while soaking in there stunning views of the surrounding rainforest! This afternoon you'll return to Cairns where you'll spend the night. 


Day 4 - Bus to Townsville, ferry to Magnetic Island/Overnight Magnetic Island

Check out of your hostel and make your way to Townsville where you will meet up with the ferry that will take you to Magnetic Island for the next 2 days. 


Day 5 - Free day - 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 6 - Ferry to Townsville, bus to Airlie Beach/Overnight Airlie Beach

Check out of your hostel and board your ferry back to Townsville where you will continue onto Airlie Beach. Check into your hostel where you'll be staying for the next week and then head out to explore. 


Day 7 - 2 day/2 Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventure

Today you're heading out to the Whitsundays! Board your vessel at Abel Point Marina where you'll be taken to your first snorkel location - no time to waste! As you head to one of the northern islands of the Whitsunday Islands you will cross Whitsunday Passage and pass the Mole group of islands before arriving at Hook or Hayman Island. Once you're at your first location it’s time to take the plunge into the blue tropical waters and get to see what the Great Barrier Reef is really about. After the snorkelling has finished its back on board for a cold beer and some sunset snacks whilst you cruise to your overnight anchorage. After dinner the crew will invite you to view an eco slide show, showing you some photos of what you may see and observe underwater and also pictures that have been taken whilst that day.  Look out after dark for shooting stars or sit on the back deck and watch the fish swim in and out of our underwater blue lights


Day 8 - 2 day/2 Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventure

After breakfast, you will be taken to the magnificent Whitehaven Beach where you will be able to explore the beautiful white silica sands of Whitehaven. You will be taken on a short bush walk to the lookout where you will be able to overlook the entire beach and the inlet and view it in its finest glory. After Whitehaven beach its back on board for a sail to two more different snorkel sites.  Another great opportunity to explore the reefs of the Whitsunday Islands.


Day 9 - 2 day/2 Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventure - Overnight Airlie Beach

After breakfast, it’s the final splash at another new snorkel site. It’s your last chance to see the amazing underwater world of the Whitsunday Islands before you make the journey back to Airlie Beach


Day 10 - Overnight bus to Rainbow Beach

Check out of your hostel and stock up on snacks - tonight you've got an overnight bus to Rainbow Beach. 


Day 11 - Free day - Overnight in Rainbow Beach

Check into your hostel and get yourself comfortable with the relaxed pace of life here.


Day 12 - Safety briefing for Fraser Island at 4pm/Overnight Rainbow Beach

This afternoon, you will attend your compulsory safety briefing to prepare you for your next couple of days driving 4x4s across stunning Fraser Island!  


Day 13 - 3 day/2 Night Fraser Island 4WD camping tour

Rise and shine, at 9.30am you depart for Fraser Island! Drive approx 10 minutes to the barge (ferry) and board for your 10 minute barge crossing. Once you have arrived on the world's biggest sand island, you then drive for 1 hour to the Eurong resort along 75 Mile beach - Fraser Island's own highway with speed limits! From here is when the big adventure begins as you drive to the famous Lake McKenzie - arguably the most popular and picturesque highlight of Fraser! Here, stop for some lunch, and for some quality time to have a play in the amazingly clear waters with your new found friends! Around 3pm you drive up the beach to your campsite, for an early dinner and some well-deserved drinks and fun!


Day 14 - 3 day/2 Night Fraser Island 4WD camping tour

Get up in the morning for a quick breakfast before you begin your busiest day on Fraser Island. First, head off to see Eli Creek, a beautifully clear creek perfect for a relaxing swim. Travelling north you then stop at Maheno shipwreck for some photos and short history lesson about this famous Fraser Island icon. Shortly after, travel up to Indian Head, Fraser Island's highest point. From here you may be lucky enough to see whales and sharks in the ocean before you travel to Champagne pools for a dip! In the afternoon, travel back to camp for dinner and drinks.


Day 15 - 3 day/2 Night Fraser Island 4WD camping tour/Overnight Rainbow Beach

Start with breakfast, then drive to the beginning of the Lake Wabby walk, where you walk through the sand dunes to this tropical paradise! Lunch follows your trip to Lake Wabby, before you begin your drive down the beach heading back to the barge. Once back on the mainland, head back to the 4WD shed where you unpack and quickly clean the cars. Tonight, enjoy a well-deserved rest in Rainbow Beach before checking out in the morning. 


Day 16 - Bus to Noosa/Overnight Noosa

This morning is yours to explore! Why not catch the morning sun over Carlo Sand Blow? Soak in the views and kick back and relax; you've got a couple of big days to come! Wave goodbye to Rainbow Beach and hello to the darling of the Sunshine Coast, Noosa! Check into your hostel for 2 nights then treat yourself to a drink at one of the many cafes that boast stunning coastal views. The best way to experience Noosa is to kick back and go with the flow. We're talking lazy afternoon drinks, sunset beach walking and all the other good stuff. 


Day 17 - Everglades / Overnight in Noosa 

Enjoy a magnificent afternoon Everglades tour. Cruise departs at approximately 2:15pm from Habitat Noosa. Advanced Eco, Certified Cruise and spacious, purpose-built vessel with large opening viewing windows. Dedicated and informative skipper with over 20 years experience on the Noosa River. Includes afternoon tea and a complimentary glass of bubbly with nibbles. Returns to Habitat Noosa at approximately 4:45pm. 

Day 18 - Bus to Brisbane, trip ends

Check out of your hostel this morning and hope on your bus bound for Brisbane! Today your trip officially comes to an end. 


Pickups / Departures

Starts: Cairns 

Finishes: Brisbane

Departs: This flexible package departs any day of the year 


Extras

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!

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

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.