Day 1 : Sunday: Brisbane Arrival
Check into our central Brisbane accommodation and make yourself at home. If you have time, we recommend hopping on one of the free CityHopper ferries to explore the city via the Brisbane River. Meet your guide and group at 5pm in the hostel reception and head down to Southbank to check out some of the many bars and restaurants.Accommodation: Brisbane YHA or similar
Day 2 : Monday: Brisbane to NoosaIt’s a relaxed departure today as we leave Brisbane mid-morning and make our way north to Noosa. We’ll stop along the way for lunch and a walk to see incredible views of Noosa and Noosa headlands before arriving at our accommodation in the afternoon.
Day 3 : Tuesday: Noosa Free Day
Today you have a completely free day to spend doing whatever you like. Explore the Everglades by kayak or book a skydive and see Noosa and surroundings from above. Grab a sun lounger and get some much needed R&R, go for a walk around the incredible headland, visit the beach or have a long, lazy lunch in the sun. The Noosa Surf Club is one of our faves so if you’d like to go out for dinner, you can’t go wrong with a local hotspot!Accommodation: Bounce
Day 4 : Wednesday: Noosa to K’gari (Fraser Island)It’s an early start this morning as you head out for your 3-day, 2-night K’Gari (Fraser Island) adventure. During this amazing experience you’ll explore the largest sand island in the world on a 4WD expedition, see the magical Lake Boorangoora (McKenzie), discover towering rainforests, spot a wild dingo, cruise along endless sandy beaches and lose yourself in the magic of stargazing. If you fancy learning how to drive a 4WD, you can do that! This is going to be one of the best experiences of your whole trip and is definitely the best way to explore this world-heritage listed National Park.
Accommodation: Beach Camp K’gari (Fraser Island) Safari Tents*
Day 5 : Thursday: K’gari
This morning, wake up to the gorgeous golden sunrise over the ocean, enjoy breakfast and get ready for a fun-filled morning exploring K’gari and her hidden treasures. Enjoy lunch on the beach and then spend the afternoon discovering more lakes (there are over 100!) and epic views before arriving back to camp in time for another dinner under the stars and some fun evening activities.
Accommodation: Beach Camp K’gari (Fraser Island) in 2-3 share Safari Tents*
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks
Included activities: K’gari adventure tour
Day 6 : Friday: K’gari to BundabergAfter breakfast today you’ll hit the inland tracks to discover towering trees and take one last refreshing dip, enjoy lunch in the forest and then begin your journey back to the mainland, arriving into Rainbow Beach around mid-afternoon ready for your next journey north up to Bundaberg.
Accommodation: Kelly’s Eco Resort in villas or similar
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks, BBQ Dinner
Included activities: K’gari adventure tour
Day 7 : Saturday: Bundaberg Free DayIt’s a day of exploring Bundaberg today! After breakfast we’ll head to the Mon Repos turtle centre for a wholesome morning learning all about these amazing animals. The centre supports the largest concentration of nesting mating turtles on the eastern Australian mainland. You can grab a snack or lunch at the onsite indigenous inspired Gidji cafe.
Optional paid activities: Lady Musgrave Full Day Snorkel Tour
Day 8 : Sunday: Bundaberg to Airlie Beach
Today is a big drive day to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the amazing Whitsunday Islands, so load up on the snacks, make sure your phone is charged and you’ve got some good tunes loaded up. We’ll make some stops to stretch our legs and see some sweet views along the way, arriving in Airlie in the evening.Accommodation: Base Airlie Beach or similar
Day 9 : Monday: Airlie Beach to Whitsunday IslandsThis morning, enjoy a sleep in, take a stroll down to the Airlie lagoon for a dip and then check in and receive your briefing for your sailing trip. After lunch, head down to the marina to meet your crew and jump onboard a 76-foot, maxi sailing yacht which will be your home for the next two days. As you leave the marina and Airlie Beach behind you, watch your crew hoist the sails for an exhilarating cruise out to the Whitsunday Islands - part of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Accommodation: Shared dorm cabins/sections on a maxi sailing yacht
Day 10 : Tuesday: Whitsunday Islands
This morning you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’re in paradise, as you wake up on a yacht surrounded by beautiful islands and enjoy a delicious breakfast on deck as you sail towards Whitsunday Island, home to the best beach in the world - Whitehaven Beach. You’ll disembark and enjoy a bush-walk to Hill Inlet Lookout and then spend the rest of the day exploring and relaxing on Whitehaven Beach. You can also go snorkelling today, enjoy a sunset beach session and another fun evening onboard with your group and the crew.Accommodation: Shared dorm cabins/sections on a maxi sailing yacht
Day 11 : Wednesday: Whitsunday Islands to Airlie BeachNote: From October 1st 2023 we head to Magnetic Island on this day and stay for 2 nights before heading to Cairns.
Accommodation: Base Airlie or similar
Day 12 : Thursday: Airlie Beach to YungaburraToday we’ll get on the road again and head up to the stunning Atherton Tablelands. We’ll stop at the famous Millaa Millaa Falls along the way for a swim and some amazing photo ops.
Accommodation: On the Wallaby Eco Lodge
Day 13 : Friday: Yungaburra to Cairns
Today we have an awesome day planned, visiting lots of cool spots before we reach our final destination of Cairns. In the morning we’ll visit the heritage-listed Curtain Fig Tree and Lake Eacham, a beautiful crater lake for a swim and a walk. Then we’ll head to the quirky Kuranda markets set in the rainforest, for lunch and a browse before heading to Cairns. Tonight, we’re staying at an amazing resort with its own person-made beach! We’ll have a group dinner at the resort and then check out the Cairns nightlife.Accommodation: Gilligans Cairns or similar
Day 14 : Saturday: Free Day Cairns
Today is a completely free day so if you have a few too many cocktails last night, enjoy a lazy sleep-in and perhaps some hair-of-the-dog by the pool in the afternoon. If you’re ready for another day of adventure, why not book into a tour of Cape Tribulation or go to see the iconic Great Barrier Reef?Accommodation: Gilligans Cairns or similar
Day 15 : Sunday: Cairns
Today is the final day of your Stray adventure. Give a wave and a hug to your new mates and head off for the next leg of your adventure, taking with you the most incredible memories, everything you’ve learned about Australia’s special culture and wildlife, and of course some classic Aussie lingo - G’DAY MATES!
This itinerary is a guide. Given the spontaneous nature of our trips and lack of control over Australia's weather(!), what we do each day might occasionally vary.
Meal(s) included: None
Departs: Every other Sunday (approx.)
Pick Ups: Check into our central Brisbane accommodation and make yourself at home - Brisbane YHA, 392 Upper Roma St, QLD 4000. Meet your guide and group at 5pm in the hostel reception.
*For any departures after October 1st 2023 the meeting point will be at Selina Brisbane - 466 George St, Brisbane City, QLD 4000.
What to Bring
Clothing (mainly light layers but some warm items)
Hat & Sunscreen
Motion sickness tablets
20kg + a day pack
Please specify any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
Any meals that aren't included.
Many activities are included but there is a free day in Noosa and Cairns if they want to add on any additional activities e.g. a skydive, kayak, Great Barrier Reef trip.