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30 Days & 29 Nights

Ultimate Cairns to Melbourne Flexi-Package

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Highlights

  • Drive 4x4s on K'gari Fraser Island with a 4x4 tag-along safari
  • Sail for 3 days through the beautiful Whitsunday Islands & Whitehaven beach
  • Stay on dreamy Magnetic Island for 2 nights
  • Discover the vibrant city of Sydney
  • Explore the Blue Mountains and Aussie wildlife
  • Enjoy 3 amazing days in beautiful Byron Bay, and hop on a surf lesson
  • Enjoy Brisbane's cultural, dining and bar scene 
  • Scuba dive, snorkel and relax on a glass bottom boat on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Explore stunning Mission Beach
  • Chase waterfalls and explore ancient rainforests on a Waterfalls Wanderer tour
  • Visit some awesome East Coast hot spots like Surfers Paradise, Brisbane, Cairns and Airlie Beach

Included

  • 2 Nights in Sydney
  • 1 Day Blue Mountains Explorer Trip
  • 3 Nights in Byron Bay 
  • Half-day Byron learn to surf lessons with Mojo
  • 2 Nights in Surfers Paradise
  • 2 Nights in Brisbane
  • 3 Nights in Rainbow Beach at Freedom Hostel
  • 3 Day / 2 Night Dingos K'gari Fraser Island Tag Along Safari
  • 2 Nights in Airlie Beach 
  • 3 Day / 2 Night Whitsundays Sailing 
  • 2 Nights on Magnetic Island
  • 2 Nights in Mission Beach
  • 4 Nights in Cairns 
  • 1 Day Great Barrier Reef Trip including 1 Intro Scuba Dive, Snorkel & Glass Bottom Boat
  • 1 Day Rainforest & Waterfalls Tour
  • 7 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 4 Dinners 
  • 30 Day Bus Pass (Optional)

Itinerary

Day 1: Cairns

Welcome to Cairns, the gateway to both the Great Barrier Reef as well as the Daintree Rainforest. This sub-tropical hub offers heaps of awesome activities for travellers from nature to extreme sports! Check into your Cairns accommodation for 4 nights and then head out to explore the city before getting super excited for your Great Barrier Reef experience tomorrow morning!

Meals included: None

  

Day 2: Great Barrier Reef / Cairns

This morning you can tick off one of Australia's must-do activities - a full day Great Barrier Reef tour. You'll board at 7:30 am for a day packed with fun and excitement as you explore the outer reef. With options to try snorkeling or even scuba diving, you'll spend up to 6 hours discovering 2 spectacular reef locations. Swim alongside schools of tropical reef fish and admire amazing coral formations. Learn about the underwater ecosystem during a glass-bottom boat cruise and Marine Biology presentation. It's a true bucket-list experience that you won't want to miss! 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 3: Cairns

Take the day to explore Cairns. You can go white-water rafting on the Tully River, bungy jump, skydive, or explore hiking trails. You may want to walk around the Esplanade - a vibrant hub with bars, cafes, and restaurants or go for a swim in the lagoon!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 4: Waterfall Wanderers / Cairns

Today prepare to be mesmerized by nature and wildlife within the ancient tropical rainforest. You'll explore Babinda Boulders, Josephine Falls (Natural rock slide), Crawfords Lookout (Big high lookout) and the stunning Millaa Millaa Falls (World famous hair flick waterfall). You will also have the opportunity to visit the dormant Volcanic Crater Lake filled with turtles and surrounded by wildlife. You will watch the sunset next to your last swim (don’t worry about getting cold the water in here never changes temperature 23 degrees all day all night)!

Meals Included: Snacks, Lunch

 

Day 5: Bus from Cairns to Mission Beach 

Today you'll explore Mission Beach, known for its long stretches of pristine, palm-fringed beaches with soft white sand. The scenery is picturesque, making it an ideal place for relaxation, sunbathing, beach walks, and water activities!

Meals included: None

 

Day 6: Mission Beach

This is one of the best places in the world to skydive, landing on the beach itself! Contact our team to add this exhilarating experience to your itinerary. Mission Beach also has a laid-back and tranquil atmosphere, making it an excellent destination to unwind in a peaceful setting.

Meals included: None

 

Day 7: Bus from Mission Beach to Townsville - Magnetic Island

Today you'll make your way to Townsville where a ferry will take you to the stunning Magnetic Island (extra cost $36 AUD approx). Check in for 2 nights and then kick back and relax on one of the island's many iconic beaches. 

Meals included: None

 

Day 8: Magnetic Island

Today is yours free to soak in the sunshine of Magnetic Island for your final day here. A beautiful place for hiking, kayaking, and full relaxation! Explore Horseshoe Bay and Picnic Bay for a pristine beach day. The island is home to a variety of wildlife, including koalas, rock wallabies, and over 180 species of birds. 

Meals included: None

 

Day 9: Bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach

You'll arrive in the tropical paradise of Airlie Beach bright and early. This morning you'll check into your central Airlie Beach accommodation. No time to waste! Drop your bags and head out to explore this beachside town before preparing for your 3 day Whitsundays tour tomorrow! 

Meals included: None 

 

Day 10: Whitsundays Sailing Trip - Airlie Beach to Whitsundays

This unique 3 day 2 night Whitsundays tour offers time to explore the islands, including 5 hours to relax at the magnificent Whitehaven Beach, walk to the famous Hill Inlet Lookout. Experience up to 4 snorkelling locations to check out the magnificent fringing reef around the Islands (all part of the Great Barrier Reef Marina Park). stops on the fringing coral reefs which extend right from the edge of the islands. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 11: Whitsundays Sailing Trip

Today you can enjoy multiple bush-walks and hikes (with lookouts and stunning views) - don't forget to charge up your phone/ camera! Enjoy Standout delicious meals made by the crew who are fun, and experienced and welcome you into the Prosail family. With 3 full days, you have more time to explore, relax and not be rushed - this is a great amount of time to explore this iconic location.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 12: Whitsundays Sailing Trip - Whitsundays to 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. this ex-racing yacht has heaps of extra comforts like rain & sun shades, hot showers, yoga mats, hammocks, USB charging stations, and thicker snorkel/swimming suits in the cooler months. Also, note - this experience is one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly ways to explore the Whitsunday Islands! Arrive back at Airlie Beach at approximately 3.30pm. Straight after your tour, keep the adventure alive and meet your crew and fellow passengers for a catch-up at the after-party in Airlie Beach – you will have a reserved table, drink discounts and meal deals!   

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 13: Overnight bus to Rainbow Beach

This morning you'll check out of your hostel and have a final chance to soak in the atmosphere of Airlie Beach. Tonight you'll be heading on an overnight bus to Rainbow Beach - the gateway to the K'gari Fraser Island. 

Meals included: None

 

Day 14: Rainbow Beach

Check into your beachfront accommodation and then head out to explore! You'll be staying at this Rainbow Beach hostel for a total of 3 nights so get comfortable - with daily free guided walks to the Carlo Sandblow, that's not hard to do! Get excited and prepare for your K'gari Fraser Island tag-along tour tomorrow!

Meals Included: None

 

Day 15: 3 Day / 2 Night K'gari (Fraser Island) Tag Along Safari - Dingos

Your K'gari 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 16:  3 Day / 2 Night K'gari (Fraser Island) Tag Along Safari - Dingos

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 17:  3 Day / 2 Night K'gari (Fraser Island) Tag Along Safari - Dingos

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 18: Rainbow Beach

Today, you're free to explore! You can visit the famous Colored Sands. They are a unique geological formation that consists of over 70 different shades of sand and offers stunning panoramic views of the coastline. You can hike to the top of the sand blow for a breathtaking view of the area. 

Meals Included: None

 

Day 19: Bus from Rainbow Beach to Brisbane

Jump on board a bus to Brisbane in the Queensland Region where you will check-in for 2 nights. Spend your first day exploring the area! Brisbane is known for its thriving arts and cultural scene. You can explore the Queensland Cultural Centre, which houses several world-class museums and galleries.

Meals Included: None 

 

Day 20: Brisbane

Enjoy your free day in Brisbane! Opt for a koala river cruise, or take a leisurely stroll along the scenic South Bank Parklands, where you'll find picturesque views, riverside dining options, and the iconic Wheel of Brisbane.

Meals Included: None

 

Day 21: Bus from Brisbane to Surfers Paradise

Head down the East Coast to popular Surfers Paradise where you can take a dip in the ocean and look at the city skyline at the same time! Explore the endless shoreline and vibrant nightlife for 2 nights. 

Meals Included: None

 

Day 22: Surfers Paradise 

Today you can check out the dining scene here, with numerous restaurants, cafes, and eateries at Surfers Paradise serving a variety of cuisines. Perhaps ride a wave... whether you are an experienced surfer or a beginner, the area offers excellent surfing conditions and a range of surf schools to help you learn. Get pumped for Byron Bay tomorrow!!

Meals Included: None 

 

Day 23: Bus from Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay

You'll arrive early in Byron and today is yours free to kick back and enjoy. With stunning coastal walks as well as plenty of hinterlands, and awesome nightlife - there's plenty to keep you busy. If you want to make the most of this free day head to the iconic lighthouse to do the famous Lighthouse Walk.

Meals Included: None

 

Day 24: Byron Bay - Learn to Surf with Mojo

Surfs up! It's time to tackle some waves like the locals. From Byron Bay your surf school will take you to the best beaches with perfect learning waves and will have you riding in no time! You’ll enjoy a half day Surf lesson with an expert local team and all equipment will be provided.

Meals Included: None

 

Day 25: Byron Bay

Today you can soak up Byron Bays' charm and relaxed atmosphere. It is also a hub for artists, musicians, and creatives, plus you'll find a vibrant arts scene, live music performances, street markets, and an array of unique and eclectic shops.

Meals Included: None

 

Day 26: Overnight Bus from Byron Bay to Sydney

Today is your final day free in bohemian Byron! Soak up the chilled vibes, hire a surfboard and try some of the local market foods. Tonight you'll catch the overnight bus to vibrant Sydney, so rest up and take in the quirky atmosphere!

Meals Included: None

 

Day 27: Sydney

Welcome to Sydney! Check into your Sydney accommodation for 2 nights and then head out to explore all the city has to offer! Head to the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House for some classic photos before wandering the museums and parks. As well as being one of Australia's most iconic cities, it also boasts heaps of awesome day trips including Bondi Beach and the Hunter Valley.

Meals Included: None

  

Day 28: Blue Mountains / Sydney

Hop on a small group tour for a day in the epic Blue Mountains National Park. See the highlights of the Majestic Blue Mountains with a knowledgeable tour guide who knows the area. The “Grand Canyon” of Australia, which is now World Heritage listed, has deep gorges, steep cliffs, spectacular lookouts, excellent bushwalks and rich flora and fauna. Get involved!

Meals Included: None 

 

Day 29: Sydney Overnight Bus to Melbourne

Head out to explore numerous stunning beaches, including Bondi Beach, Manly Beach, and Coogee Beach before relaxing on your final day before catching the overnight bus to the coffee mecca that is Melbourne!

 

Day 30: Depart Melbourne

Today is free for you to explore Melbourne's rich culture, lively atmosphere, and countless attractions. Melbourne is also famous for its laneways, street art, and graffiti so make sure you discover it all! It is time to depart for your next adventure, or if you want to add some time to this trip but don’t want to add on destinations, Melbourne is a great place to add on a few nights and explore! Say goodbye to like-minded friends and set off on the rest of your travels.

We hope you have made memories to last a lifetime and hope to help you on your next adventure! Fiji or New Zealand anyone….?

Meals included: None


Pickups / Departures

This package has select departure dates.

Please contact our travel specialists to discuss your preferred date of travel.

Departs: Cairns or Melbourne

Returns: Melbourne or Cairns 


Extras

You will need to pay the "Magnetic Island Ferry" cost directly (approx $36 AUD return ticket)
There is an optional driving insurance levy to pay directly for the K'gari 4WD Safari 
The bus + package price includes a specific bus pass, selected to work with this trip length

Contact Us today if you wish to explore alternative trip lengths or transport options.

Please note: If you are travelling in Peak Season between the 15th December to the 15th January 2024 there is a slight rate increase as reflected on our package pricing.
Please contact us for any questions.


FAQs

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Here is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about our packages.

Don't see yours here? Contact Us to find out more.

  •  Can I make changes to the package?

It is no problem to customize your package to suit your travel plans by adding/removing anything that you wish. If you wish to make changes, please contact us via email hello@backpackersworld.com, phone +61 2 9070 1025 or live chat and we will be more than happy to assist you by providing you with an updated itinerary/package inclusions/price.

 

  • Is this a guided trip?

This trip consists of a combination of tours and hostels, selected to fit in with your chosen style of travel (budget or flexi flashpacker). Whilst this means that you will not be with the same group of people for the entire duration of your tour, you will be with a group for each tour that you do, and it is very likely that the people that you do the tours with will be booked in the same accommodation in the area. As travellers often travel to similar destinations, it is likely that you will see some of these people, again and again, throughout your tour!

We book all of your tours/accommodation on your behalf and you will be given a voucher for each with all of the information needed ie travel date and pick up location/time. For your buses, we provide you with a bus ticket which has all of the individual departure and arrival times/details.

As Backpackers World Travel is one of the largest travel agencies in Australia, these packages are heavily discounted. Should you need any extra guidance, we are always on hand to help!

This is the most popular way of travel for backpackers along the East Coast, whether you are a solo traveller or travelling in a group of friends - it is the perfect way to meet other travellers and get the most out of your East Coast trip!

 

  • How much should I budget for spending money?

All of our packages include some meals (you can find the included meals in the inclusions and in the day-to-day itinerary) which means that you will only have to budget for the meals that are not included. The amount that these meals will cost vary however all of the hostels have communal kitchens so you can cook your own meals instead of eating out. Some travellers will only spend an extra $5 a day whereas some will spend an extra $50!

 

  • Do I have to choose the exact dates?

Due to limited availability in hostels and on tours we recommend that you book your package as far in advance as possible to guarantee availability on your chosen dates.

 

  • What hostels are included in the package?

We hand-pick the best selection of hostels on the East Coast that are available for your travel dates. We include 6-8 bed dorms in the package price however double/twin share room upgrades are available at an additional cost. Please contact us with your preferred travel date and package name if you would like a price to upgrade to double/twin share rooms.

 

  • Does this package depart daily?

This package is available to depart most days of the week (subject to availability). To check availability for your preferred departure date please ask us on live chat, give us a call on +61 2 9070 1025 or send us an email at hello@backpackersworld.com. Alternatively you can book directly on the website by selecting your preferred date and we will reply within 48 hours with a booking confirmation or a secondary option that suits your dates.

 

  • Do I have to pay upfront for this tour or can I pay a deposit/in instalments?

The majority of our customers book and pay for their package in full, meaning that we will book everything in advance to guarantee availability. However, as the prices of our packages can change due to price increases, you are able to secure this amazing package price with a small deposit of just $100pp. You are then able to pay off the package in instalments as and when you wish. As we are unable to make the bookings for the hostels and tours until we have received full payment, due to availability, we do recommend completing payment for your package as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment. Because of this, it is no problem to tweak the itinerary until full payment has been received - the deposit just locks in the discounted price of this package. If you are worried about availability, let us know as so we can go ahead and look into options for you, for example locking in certain parts of your trip that are likely to fill up in advance such as the Whitsundays/Fraser Island. Have a query about the payment that isn't answered above? Feel free to ask us on live chat, give us a call on +61 2 9070 1025 or send us an email at hello@backpackersworld.com

 

  • Is it possible to cater for specific dietary requirements?

Most if not all suppliers are able to cater for specific dietary requirements, however for some suppliers this can be an additional cost. Our online team are fully knowledgeable on what suppliers/tours charge extra for which dietary requirements so feel free to contact us for more information. 


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