28 Day Melbourne to Cairns Highlights Package

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Description

Our most popular Melbourne to Cairns package never disappoints. With the perfect mix of free time and activities, this epic 28 day tour from Melbourne to Cairns hits all the highlights of Australia's stunning East Coast including the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays, Fraser Island, Sydney and more! 


Details

Why You'll Love It

  • Get stunning views of the Australian hinterland on a Blue Mountains tour 
  • Snap a selfie in front of the Sydney Opera House 
  • Learn to surf like the locals 
  • Kick back in Byron bay 
  • Drive 4x4s across Fraser Island 
  • Sail the Whitsundays 
  • Party the night away in Cairns 
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  • Explore ancient rainforests and keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife 

What's Included

Accommodation

  • 3 Nights Sydney Accommodation at Wake Up

  • 3 Night Byron Bay Accommodation at Wake Up Byron Bay

  • 2 Nights Surfers Paradise at BUNK

  • 2 Nights Noosa Accommodation at Nomads Noosa

  • 3 Nights Rainbow Beach Accommodation at Freedom Rainbow Beach

  • 2 Night Airlie Beach Accommodation at Nomads Airlie Beach

  • 2 Night Cairns Accommodation at Freedom Cairns

Activities

  • 1 Day Blue Mountains Tour with Stray Australia
  • Dolphin Kayak with Go Sea Kayak
  • Half Day Surf Lesson with MojoSurf
  • 1 Day Nimbin Tour with Grasshoppers
  • 3 Day / 2 Night Dingos Fraser Island Tag Along Safari
  • 2 Day / 2 Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventure with Boomerangs
  • Return Ferry to Magnetic Island
  • 1 Day Great BArrier Reef Cruise with Passions of Paradise
  • 1 Day Trip to Cape Tribulation and Daintree

Itinerary

Day 1- Overnight bus from Melbourne to Sydney

Spend the day exploring the stunning architecture and mouth-watering eateries of Melbourne before hopping on an overnight bus to Sydney 


Day 2 - Arrive Sydney/Overnight Sydney

Check into your central hostel for 3 nights, drop your bags and get out to explore! Of course, your first stop is the Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour, but don't forget about iconic Bondi Beach, an abundance of museums, the stunning views from the Rocks and way more. Optional tours include a trip to Taronga Zoo, or be a bit greedy and pick up one of our iVenture cards to do the lot. 


Day 3 - 1 Day Blue Mountains Tour/Overnight Sydney

Today you'll be escaping the hustle and bustle of Sydney city and exploring some iconic Australian scenery. Combine a visit to an award-winning wildlife park with koalas and kangaroos, a relaxing lunch, fun guides and you have a memorable day out with amazing photos. Today you'll visit the Blue Mountains National Park, the Featherdale Wildlife Park, enjoy stunning views of the Three Sisters and relax over a picnic style lunch, stuffed full of local produce. 


Day 4 - Free day - Sydney

Today is another free day in Sydney City!


Day 5 - Overnight bus to Byron Bay

Spend one last day exploring Sydney before heading on an overnight bus up to laid-back Byron Bay. 


Day 6 - Dolphin Kayak / Overnight in Byron Bay

This 3 hour guided tour is the perfect Byron Bay experience. Our marine park is home to dolphins, turtles and whales so keep your eyes peeled as you join our team of surf lifesavers for an unforgettable paddle to Australia's most easterly point.

Day 7 - Surf Lesson/Overnight Byron Bay

This morning you get a real local experience - learn to surf with the stunning Byron Bay coast as your backdrop. 


Day 8 - Nimbin Day trip/Overnight Byron Bay

Today you're off for a 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. 


Day 9 - Bus to Surfers Paradise/Overnight Surfers Paradise

Wave goodbye to Byron as today you make your way to Surfers Paradise on the stunning Gold Coast. Check into your central hostel for 2 nights before heading out to explore the town. We're talking stunning beaches, towering skyscrapers and some of the country's best nightlife. 


Day 10 - Free day - Surfers Paradise

Today you have a full day to explore Surfers. This could be your perfect opportunity to hit the waves and put your new found surfing skills to the test. Otherwise, there are heaps of local shops to explore, secluded spots to work on your tan or hipster cafes with the best views in town. 


Day 11 - Bus to Noosa/Overnight Noosa

Wave goodbye to the Gold Coast 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 12 - Free day - Overnight Noosa

Take a stroll along the waterfront, opt for an Everglades tour or simply wander through the shops, stuffed full of charm. Today is yours to explore! 


Day 13 - 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 14 - Safety briefing for Fraser Island at 4pm/Overnight Rainbow Beach

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! 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 15 - 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 16 - 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 17 - 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 18 - Free Day / Overnight bus to Airlie Beach 

The day is yours free to explore Rainbow Beach. Tonight, pack your bags as you board your overnight bus to iconic Airlie beach


Day 19 - Arrive Airlie Beach/Overnight in Airlie Beach

Arrive bright and early in Airlie and check into your hostel for 2 nights. Today is yours free to Airlie this tropical paradise. Tonight, you can find out for yourself by Airlie nightlife is just so famous...


Day 20 - 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 21 - 2 day/2 Night 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 22 - 2 day/2 Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventure - Overnight Airlie Beach

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 23 - 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 24 - Free day - 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 25 - Ferry to Townsville, bus to Cairns/Overnight Cairns

Check out of your hostel and board your ferry back to Townsville where you will continue onto the adventure capital of Australia - Cairns. Check into your hostel where you'll be staying for the next week and then head out to explore. As well as stunning views and being stuffed full of adventure activities, Cairns is also a huge party town so get ready for tonight. The best way to say hello to Cairns is to hit the town.

 

Day 26 - 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 27 - 1 Day trip to Cape Tribulation & Daintree/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 28 - Check out, trip ends

This morning you will check out of your hostel where your trip will officially end. Don't cry! There's plenty more of Australia to explore. 


Pickups / Departures

Starts: Melbourne 

Finishes: Cairns 

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.