- Drive 4x4s on K'gari Fraser Island with a 3 day tag-along safari
- Cruise & snorkel through the beautiful Whitsunday Islands on a day trip
- Enjoy relaxed Rainbow Beach & epic colourful sand walks
- Visit awesome East Coast hot spots like Cairns & Airlie Beach on your flexible Bus Pass
- 2 Nights in Rainbow Beach at Freedom Hostel
- 3 Day / 2 Night Dingos Fraser Island Tag Along Safari
- 1 Night in Airlie Beach
- 1 Day Whitsundays Cruise & Snorkel
- 2 Nights Cairns
- Bus Pass (can be optional)
- Some Meals
Day 1: Cairns
Welcome to Cairns! This hot location is the gateway to both the Great Barrier Reef as well as the Daintree Rainforest and offers heaps of awesome activities for travellers from nature to extreme sports! This vibrant tropical city is a top destination for backpackers from all over the world, thanks to its stunning natural beauty, laid-back atmosphere, and lively nightlife. If you're keen on a skydive, bungy jump or unreal rafting trip - ask us, the experts today for more information! Check into your Cairns accommodation for 2 nights and then head out to explore the city.
Meals Included: None
Day 2: Cairns
We highly recommend a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef when in Cairns. The vibrant marine life, colourful coral and chance to scuba dive is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - contact us for more information! Kick back and relax in this thrilling location and take a stroll to the lagoon.
Meals Included: None
Day 3: Overnight Bus to Airlie Beach
Today you can soak up the last of the Cairns heat before preparing for your overnight bus to Airlie Beach. You'll have the chance to explore the stunning sights of Airlie Beach. Experience the vibrant nightlife, where the bars, restaurants, and nightclubs keep you entertained until the wee hours of the morning. Thrill-seekers can indulge in adventure activities like skydiving and jet skiing - just ask us for more information! The town's relaxed and laid-back atmosphere makes it an ideal spot for everyone to enjoy.
Meals included: None
Day 4: Airlie Beach
Kick back in paradise! Airlie Beach and its surroundings are filled with natural beauty, including lush rainforests, diverse wildlife, and tropical landscapes. Explore the beautiful coastline with palm-fringed beaches, including the Airlie Beach Lagoon, a man-made swimming area perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sun. Airlie Beach is also known for its beautiful sunsets so take in the breathtaking colors as the sun sets over the ocean and get excited for your Whitsundays day trip and snorkel tomorrow!
Day 5: Whitsundays Sailing Trip - Overnight bus from Airlie Beach to Rainbow Beach
The day has come to discover the Whitsunday Islands on your day sailing and snorkeling adventure! You will encounter the most incredible range of tropical fish, colourful coral and witness the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef from above and below the surface. This day sail offers a large comfortable catamaran with a huge deck, spacious seating, chilled tunes and spectacular scenery. Snorkel at pristine locations in secluded anchorages and bays.
Tonight you will take the overnight bus to Rainbow Beach - the gateway to K'gari (Fraser Island)!
Meals included: Snacks, Lunch
Day 6: Rainbow Beach
Check into your accommodation and then head out to explore! You'll be staying at Freedom Rainbow Beach for a total of 2 nights so get comfortable - with daily free guided walks to the Carlo Sandblow, that's not hard to do!
Meals included: None
Day 7: 3 Day / 2 Night K'gari (Fraser Island) Dingo's Tag Along Safari
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 8: 3 Day / 2 Night K'gari (Fraser Island) Dingo's Tag Along Safari
The day begins with a quick breakfast to fuel your busiest day on K'gari 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 9: 3 Day / 2 Night K'gari (Fraser Island) Dingo's Tag Along Safari - Rainbow Beach
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 5:00pm, depending on the tides
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10: Rainbow Beach - Depart Brisbane
Your East Coast adventure has come to an end in Brisbane, today you can say goodbye to like-minded friends as you 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
This package has select departure dates.
Please contact our travel specialists to discuss your preferred date of travel.
Departs: Cairns or Brisbane
Returns: Brisbane or Cairns
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.
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- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, phone +61 3 9125 3620 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 Peterpans 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!
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- 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 3 9125 3620 or send us an email at email@example.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 3 9125 3620 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.