24 Day Ultimate Cairns to Brisbane East Coast Package

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Why You'll Love It

  • Drive your own 4x4 across Fraser Island on a camping adventure 
  • Sail the Whitsunday Islands
  • Work on your tan at Magnetic Island 
  • Experience the adventure capital of Australia - Cairns! 
  • Did we mention your Cairns hostel boasts its very own club? 
  • Tick snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef of your bucket list 
  • get the best views in town with a 14,000 skydive 
  • Spot wildlife as you explore the ancient Daintree Rainforest 

What's Included

  • 6 Nights Accommodation in Cairns at Gilligans
  • 1 Day Waterfalls Atherton Tablelands Adventure
  • 1 Day Great Barrier Reef Tour including 1 introductory Dive
  • 2 Day 1 Night Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest Tour
  • 14,000ft Skydive with Beach Landing
  • 2 nights in Magnetic Island and return ferry
  • 2 nights Accommodation in Airlie Beach
  • 2 day/2 night Whitsundays Sailing Cruise
  • 2 nights in 1770
  • Motorbike Chopper Tour
  • 3 nights in Rainbow Beach
  • 3 hour dolphin experience in Tin Can Bay
  • 3 Day, 2 Night Fraser Island Tag Along, Self Driver Safari
  • 2 nights in Noosa
  • Hop on, hop off bus from Cairns to Brisbane
  • 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 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- Arrive Cairns anytime/Overnight Cairns

Arrive in Cairns at any time and check into your central hostel. Better get some rest, you've got a huge couple of weeks to come! 

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 -4 - 2 day/1 night Cape Tribulation &Daintree Rainforest Tour

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 evening you'll stay overnight in this stunning region before continuing your tour tomorrow! In the afternoon you'll be transferred back to Cairns where you'll head back to your hostel. 


Day 5 - Free day - Cairns

Today you've got a full day free in Cairns and you're totally spoilt for choice. Get the blood pumping with some epic white water rafting, get the best views in time with a AJ Hackett bungy jump, or opt to go tame and cruise the city by bike. Whatever you're feeling, Cairns has it all! 


Day 6 - 1 Day Waterfalls Tour / Overnight Cairns

Today you'll be treated to a waterfall tour - a MUST do for anyone wanting to experience the pristine rainforest, cascading waterfalls, stunning panoramas of Queensland’s highest peaks and maybe a glimpse of rare and unique native wildlife. You will explore countless waterfalls and rivers where you'll have the chance to spot incredible wildlife and more deep within these ancient forests. This afternoon you'll be transferred back to Cairns where you'll head back to your hostel. 

Day 7 - 14,000ft Skydive/Overnight Cairns

Today you're in for a treat! Offering Australia’s highest jump, paired with the most idyllic landing on shimmering sands of Mission Beach, this skydive is adrenaline packed with the views of the Great Barrier Reef, tropical Islands and Rainforest. Without a doubt Australia’s best drop zone and the unforgettable experience of your lifetime.

Day 8 - Bus to Townsville, ferry to Magnetic Island/Overnight 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. 

Day 9 - 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 10 - Ferry to Townsville, bus to Airlie Beach/Overnight Airlie Beach

Check out of your hostel and head back to the ferry. Pick up your bus in Townsville and head down to iconic Airlie Beach! Check into your hostel then get out and explore. Tonight, why not find out why the Airlie nightlife is just so famous... 

Day 11 - 2 day/2 Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventure

Don't forget your camera because today you're leaving on your Whitsundays adventure! This afternoon you will depart from Abell Point Marina where you'll hop on board your boat and be taken to your exclusive Whitsundays Resort. Settle down for a delicious dinner overlooking the iconic landscape of the Whitsundays and get some rest because tomorrow is a big one! 

Day 12 - 2 day/2 Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventure

Wake up and head down to the main house for a continental breakfast and fruit salad before packing your dry bag and heading off on a Whitsunday Adventure! First stop is Whitehaven Beach and the amazing Hill Inlet Lookout. Once you’ve taken those lifetime pictures at the Hill Inlets you can stroll down to the silica sand and do some exploring. You'll then be taken to Mantaray Bay for an exciting snorkel amongst 100s of fish! Head back to the resort for a well-deserved spa and relax as your crew cook you another delicious dinner. 

Day 13 - 2 day/2 Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventure - Overnight Airlie Beach

The boat will pick you up at the beach again before a refreshing morning race with the wind in your hair across the Whitsunday passage to Langford Sandbar. Here the boat will deposit you on the beach so you can enjoy a few hours of snorkelling with the resident turtles, or chillaxing on the beach. Soaking up your last bit of sun and enjoying morning tea. The ride home takes about 45 minutes, allowing you time to stare out across the islands and reflect on the last couple of day’s amazing adventures. 

Day 14 -  Bus to 1770/Overnight 1770

Rise and shine, it's an early start for your hostel checkout. Next, grab some snacks and prepare yourself for another travel day. Today you're heading up to the tropical paradise of 1770. Once you arrive, check into your hostel for 2 nights. 


Day 15 - Free Day - 1770

Here's a free day in 1770 to enjoy! Soak in some sun and work on the tan - this is what the East Coast is all about. 


Day 16 - Motorbike Chopper Tour/Overnight 1770

Today get ready for some unique sightseeing! Enjoy 3 full hours driving your very own chopper motorcycle! Don't worry, we'll let you ride the training track first. Once you're feeling confident, hit the roads around Agnes Water, keep your eyes peeled for Kangaroos in the wild and watch the sunset. To top it all off, you finish your tour with some complimentary wine punch. Yes, please. 


Day 17 - Bus to Rainbow Beach/Overnight Rainbow Beach

Check out of your hostel and make your way to Rainbow Beach. Check into your hostel and get yourself comfortable with the relaxed pace of life here. 

Day 18 - Dolphin Experience/Safety briefing for Fraser Island at 4pm/Overnight Rainbow Beach

This morning you will board your Rainbow Beach dolphin at 6:30 from your hostel. On arrival, visitors are welcome to join the volunteers in the water and get to know these beautiful mammals with a small group of people in the water at any one time. Fish for the feeding is available on site. Dolphin feeding does mean getting wet, at least up to your knees...so come prepared!  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 19 - 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 20 - 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 21 - 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 22 - Bus to Noosa/Overnight 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 23 - Free Day in Noosa /Overnight in Noosa

Today is yours free to explore Noosa - the darling of the Sunshine Coast! Ask our team how you can upgrade to a Noosa Everglades Kayaking tour - one of only two Everglade ecosystems in the world! Tonight is yours free to relax. 

Day 24 - Bus to Brisbane, trip ends

Today you're waving goodbye to Noosa, and hello to Brisbane! With your trip ending today, there's as much time in the world for you to explore this tropical city. Hit the shops, the parks, the museums or the bars! 

Pickups / Departures

Starts: Cairns 

Finishes: Brisbane

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



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.