17 Day Adventure Brisbane to Cairns Tour

Travel from Brisbane to Cairns in 17 action-packed days! Stop off to drive 4x4s on Fraser Island, sail the Whitsundays and so much more with this epic East Coast adventure!

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Highlights:

  • Discover the magic of Fraser Island with a Dingos Tag Along Tour. Drive 4x4’s on 75 Mile Beach, swim through Lake McKenzie and the Champagne Pools and hike Indian Head
  • Sail through the stunning Whitsundays, stopping off to explore Whitehaven Beach and snorkel with incredible marine like on world class reefs 
  • Scuba dive and snorkel the spectacular Great Barrier Reef
  • Discover the awesome hiking trails, snorkelling spots and dreamy beaches of Magnetic Island 
  • Be a bikie for a day and ride Chopper motorbikes through Town of 1770 with Scooteroo 

Inclusions:

  • 3 nights in Rainbow Beach at Dingos Hostel
  • 3 hour Dolphin Experience with Dingos
  • 3 day/2 night Dingos Fraser Island Tag Along Safari
  • 2 nights in 1770 at Southern Cross Backpackers
  • 3 hour Motorbike Tour with Scooteroo
  • 2 nights in Airlie Beach at Nomads
  • 2 day/2 night Whitsundays Sailing on Wings
  • 2 nights on Magnetic Island at Base
  • Return Magnetic Island Ferry transfers
  • 2 nights Cairns at Gilligans
  • 1 Day Great Barrier Reef Trip On Ocean Freedom including 1 introductory dive
  • 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

Notes: 

  • Hostels are subject to availability. Please check the exact hostel and room type on your voucher.

 

*Please note that this package is designed to work with an East Coast bus pass which is available at an additional cost. If you already have a set of wheels drop us a line to find out how to purchase this package without transport. 

Day 1: Brisbane - Rainbow Beach 

Your adventure kicks off in Brisbane. Spend the afternoon exploring before boarding your bus to Rainbow Beach, gateway to Fraser Island! Arrive in Rainbow Beach and be dropped off out the front of your hostel where you will check in for 2 nights and set out on a free guided walk tour to Carlo Sandblow, this magnificent sand dune overlooks the coloured sands making sunset an incredible time of day.

Included: 

  • 1 night Rainbow Beach hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. (Check with our travel experts the options and rates available).

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 12pm
  • Arrival: 4:25pm

Note: 

  • Bus times are subject to change, please check the exact time on your ticket.

 

Day 2: Rainbow Beach 

Today is yours free to soak in all the beauty of Rainbow Beach! In the afternoon, join a quick safety briefing at the hostel with your Fraser Island tour group in preparation for the adventure ahead.

Meals: 

  •  Day 2: Breakfast 

Included: 

  • 1 night Rainbow Beach hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

 

Days 3, 4 and 5: Fraser Island 

Today you will set out on an unforgettable trip of a lifetime on magical Fraser Island. Dingo’s 4x4 tag along tour is world renowned and the ultimate way to discover Fraser Island. The next 3 days are spent in a tour group of young adventurous backpackers driving 4x4’s along the beach to swim through crystal clear Lake McKenzie, dive into the Champagne Pools float down Eli Creek. Hike Indian Head to take in 360-degree views of the island, stop off at world-renowned icons like Maheno Shipwreck and trek through the tranquil, ancient rainforests. Nights will be spent with your group telling tales beneath the stars in your own private campsite, just metres from the beach.  Return to Rainbow Beach via ferry late on day 5 for a farewell gathering and one more night.

Meals: 

  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch

Included:

  • 3 day/ 2 night Fraser Island Tag Along Camping Safari
  • 2 nights camp accommodation
  • 1 night Rainbow Beach hostel accommodation  

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room.

 

Day 6: Dolphin Experience / 1770 

Depart Rainbow Beach at 7am to take a 20-minute coach ride to Tin Can Bay. Here you will meet the resident pod of 9 humpback dolphins who have been visiting the area since 1991. There is a $5 marine park fee to pay on arrival and you will have the opportunity to feed the dolphins at an optional cost of $5 per bucket of food. The trip takes approximately 3 hours. Farewell Rainbow Beach and your Fraser Island adventure to head on to the dreamy, coastal Town of 1770, home to some awesome wave breaks, beautiful beaches and hiking tracks. Your overnight bus will arrive at 1770 where a shuttle will be waiting to take you to your hostel. Check into your hostel for 2 nights and set out to explore the town. Keen to brush up on your surfing skills? Get amongst the 1770 surf with another lesson, Ask Us How!

Included:

  • 1 night 1770 hostel accommodation  

Optional Extras: 

  • 15,000ft Tandem Skydive - $334pp + $35 APF Levy fee (Rainbow Beach)
  • 3 hours surf Lesson $35pp (1770)
  • Hostel accommodation: private room. (Check with our travel experts the options and rates available).

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 12:45pm
  • Arrival: 6:45pm

 Day 7: Scooteroo / 1770 

After a morning on the beach, you’ll gather in your Scooteroo tour group to get decked out in leather, fake tattoos and bandanas for 3 hours of riding Chopper Motorbikes. Feel like a real-life bikie as you ride with your gang down the open roads of Agnes Waters. These machines are very easy to ride. If you can ride a bike you can ride with Scooteroo! 

Included:

  • Scooteroo Tour
  • 1 night 1770 hostel accommodation  

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: a private room. 

 

Day 8: 1770 - Airlie Beach 

Spend the day farewelling Town of 1770 before boarding your overnight bus to Airlie Beach. 

Optional Extras: 

  • 3 hours surf Lesson $35pp

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 9:40pm

 

Day 9: Airlie Beach 

Arrive in Airlie Beach check into your hostel for 1 night and head down for a refreshing dip in the town lagoon. Afterwards set out to explore the town’s great walking tracks and bustling bars.

Included:

  • 1 night Airlie Beach hostel accommodation

Optional Extras: 

  • 15,000ft Tandem Skydive - $299pp + $35 APF Levy fee
  • 60 min Scenic Flight - $219pp
  • Ultimate Bay Blast Jet boat - $69pp
  • Hostel accommodation: a private room. 

Bus time: 

  • Arrival: 7:30am

 

Days 10, 11 and 12: Whitsunday Sailing 

Feel a rush of excitement as you board Wings 2, your luxury catamaran and home for the next 2 days of snorkelling exploring and sailing! Cruise across crystal clear waters to glistening white beaches and stunning coral reefs. There will be stops at beautiful Whitehaven Beach and plenty of time to explore the stunning rainforests, walking trails and beach stretches that make up this world-class destination! Return after midday on day 12 and check into your hostel for a final night in Airlie Beach.

Meals: 

  • Day 10 - Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Breakfast

Included: 

  • 2 day/2 night Whitsunday boat Trip 
  • 1 night Whitsundays boat accommodation 
  • 1 night Airlie Beach hostel accommodation  

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: a private room. (Check with our travel experts the options and rates available).

Note: 

  • Whitsundays boat tour charges extra $12pp for special dietary requirement such as vegetarian and vegan. 

 

Days 13 and 14: Airlie Beach - Magnetic Island 

Depart Airlie Beach as you head north to the amazing Magnetic Island, via Townsville. Your bus will drop you off at the Sealink Ferry Terminal where you will board your ferry to Magnetic Island. A short cruise will bring you to shores lined with palm trees on a dreamy island, check into your beachfront hostel for 2 nights and enjoy your free welcome cocktail at the Island Bar. Grab your free hire snorkel gear and discover the stunning coral reefs right off the shore or set out on one of the many awesome island hiking tracks.

 Included: 

  • 2 nights Magnetic Island hostel accommodation
  • Welcome drink
  • Snorkel hire

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: a private room. 

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 7:30am
  • Arrival:  12:20pm

 

Day 15: Magnetic Island - Cairns 

Today it’s back en route to Cairns, gateway to world heritage sites, The Great Barrier Reef and ancient Daintree Rainforest with your bus debating from the Townsville Sealink Ferry Terminal. Check into your central hostel for 2 nights and set out to explore the town full of endless activities.

 Included: 

  • 1 night Cairns Hostel accommodation

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: a private room. 

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 2:40pm
  • Arrival:  8:20pm

 

Day 16: Great Barrier Reef Day Trip 

Make your way to the Cairns marina to depart for a day of snorkelling the amazing Great Barrier Reef! Today you will cruise on luxury catamaran Ocean Freedom to Upolu Cay. You’ll spend the day snorkelling over stunning coral reefs alongside an abundance of incredible fishes, turtles and marine life. Hop aboard a glass bottom boat tour before spending the afternoon sun lounging on a private island! There will be seafood smorgasbords for lunch, unlimited snorkelling and world class scuba diving opportunities! 

 Meals: 

  • Day 16 – Breakfast, lunch

Included: 

  • 1 night Cairns hostel accommodation
  • Great Barrier Reef Day tour including introductory dive

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: a private room. 

Notes: 

  • An introductory dive requires no previous experience. The dive instructors on Ocean Freedom boat are specialists in first time diving – guaranteed 1 instructor per 2 divers on your first dive (normal ratio 1:4)!
  • To be able to dive, you must have no medical condition/not be taking any medication that interferes with diving. If you have a medical condition/are taking medication that interferes with diving you are able to change from including 1 introductory dive to snorkelling instead which would reduce the price of your package by $44. 

 

Day 17: Cairns 

Today you will check out of your Cairns hostel to look back on an incredible adventure of a lifetime with unforgettable lifelong memories. Embark on a hike along the Barron Falls wilderness track or if you’re feeling very adventurous Ask Us How you can add a 50-metre bungy jump to your bucket list! 

Optional Extras: 

  • Extra Cairns hostel accommodation - $24 per night
  • Cape Tribulation Day Trip - $169pp
  • Waterfalls Day Trip - $109pp
  • 15,000ft Tandem Skydive - $299pp + $35 APF Levy fee
  • Bungy Jump - $169pp + $10 insurance Levy fee
  • White Water Rafting Day Trip - $179pp + $30 insurance Levy fee
  • Cairns hostel private room – price available upon request.

This package can depart any day of the week and can be altered to better suit your travel dates.

Start Time:  Roma Street Transit Centre Brisbane: 12pm

Finish Time:  Cairns Central Railway Station: 8:20pm

 

  • Please note that this package includes dorm hostel accommodation however you are able to upgrade the accommodation to private
  • Fraser Island accommodation can’t be upgraded as it is camp accommodation
  • Apart from the $15 levy for Fraser Island which needs to be paid directly on the day of travel, and the $5 dolphin feeding levy, there are no other compulsory extra costs for this package.
  • Please be advised that the price advertised includes this levy but when you proceed to checkout, the price you pay does not include the levy.
  • There is an optional $10 sleeping bag hire on Fraser Island. 
  • Extra accommodation can be purchased for the following fees: 

-       1 night Brisbane hostel accommodation $28/night

-       1 night Cairns hostel accommodation  $29/night

  • Please note that surcharges may apply to holiday periods, Christmas and New Years.

 

Love this package but have some questions? No worries! 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 one of our online staff who 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, chosen to fit in with your chosen style of travel (budget, adventure, social or flash packer). 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 the largest travel agency in Australia, these packages are heavily discounted. Moreover, while you are travelling you will find at least one, if not more, Peterpans agencies in most of the destinations you visit. Should you need any extra guidance, we are always on hand to help! You can ask our friendly staff for help during their opening hours, or we can offer assistance via phone and email form our Online Call Centre, which is open 14 hours a day during weekdays or 12 hours a day on weekends! 
 
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 exact dates?
You are either able to choose fixed dates for this package or if you would prefer to be flexible with your travels and stay longer in certain destinations, you are able to purchase this package as open dated and book in the date for each hostel/tour as you travel. Please note, if you do decide to purchase the package as open dated, we recommend that you book in the date of your main tours such as the Whitsundays and Fraser Island as far in advance as possible.
  • 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 freephone 1800 669 424 or send us an email at info@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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