14 Day Express Cairns to Brisbane Flexi-Package

Short on time but want to see the best of the East Coast? Hop on our 14 Day express Cairns to Brisbane semi-guided tour. (Note: you can depart or start from Sydney too)! Wake up to a dreamy sunrise on the largest sand Island in the world – K'gari (Fraser Island) & experience a tag-along safari. Sail the famous Whitsundays over 2 nights & discover the Great Barrier Reef!


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  • Snorkel & Scuba Dive among incredible marine life on a Great Barrier Reef tour 
  • Wake up in paradise on dreamy Magnetic Island 
  • Discover the best of the Whitsundays and Whitehaven beach on a 2 night sailing adventure
  • Drive 4x4s on K’gari (Fraser Island) with a tag-along safari for 3 day 2 nights


  • 2 Nights in Cairns
  • 1 Day Great Barrier Reef Trip (Optional upgrade to Scuba Dive)
  • 2 Nights on Magnetic Island
  • 2 Nights in Airlie Beach
  • 2 day / 2 night Whitsundays Sailing Adventure
  • 2 nights in Rainbow Beach at Freedom Hostel
  • 3 Day / 2 Nights Dingos Fraser Island Tag Along Safari
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners 
  • Bus Pass (optional)


Day 1: Arrive in Cairns 

Today you'll arrive, Cairns! The one place on earth where two marine parks meet! This city 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. If you want to add some time to this trip but don’t want to add on destinations, Cairns is a great place to add on a few nights and explore!

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 - Magnetic Island

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

Meals Included: None


Day 4: 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 5: Magnetic Island - Airlie Beach

Experience the vibrant nightlife of Airlie Beach, 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 6: Whitsundays Sailing Trip - Airlie Beach to Whitsundays

The day has come... explore the Whitsundays on our 2 day / 2 night adventure! This Whitsundays tour offers time to explore the islands, relax at the magnificent Whitehaven Beach and take a  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 Marine Park).  

Meals included:  Lunch, Dinner


Day 7: 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 family. With 2 slides and a Jacuzzi onboard you'll be kept endlessly entertained.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 8: 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.  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 9: Airlie Beach / overnight bus to Rainbow Beach

Today is your last day in Airlie Beach and it is time to explore! Kick back and relax on the beach or test your limits and opt for something a bit higher off the ground...Chat with our crew about how you can add on a scenic flight to see the iconic Heart Reef or why not try skydiving in one of Australia's most stunning coastal locations? Tonight you will board the bus to Rainbow Beach!


Day 10: Rainbow Beach

You've got the day to yourself! So settle in and explore this beach-side paradise. If you're not sure where to go, we recommend checking out Rainbow Beach's famous Carlo Sandblow, a 'moonscape' of windblown sand.

Meals included: None


Day 11: 3 Day / 2 Night K'gari (Fraser Island) Dingo's Tag Along Safari

Your 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 K'gari Beach Resort along 75 Mile beach - Fraser Island's own sand 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:  Lunch, Dinner


Day 12: 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 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 13: 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 5:00 pm, depending on the tides

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 14: Rainbow Beach - Brisbane

This morning you will check out of your hostel and head to Brisbane! Check out South Bank for awesome views of the river, live music, and some delicious restaurants and epic bars. You'll then wave goodbye to your East Coast adventure 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 journey! 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 Sydney/ Brisbane

Returns: Brisbane/ Sydney Or Cairns 

Extra Costs

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.

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

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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 hello@peterpans.com, 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!

If you prefer a full guided East Coast tour click here to view the options.


  • ·         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 hello@peterpans.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 installments?

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 hello@peterpans.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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