17 Day Flashpacker Brisbane to Cairns Tour

From the secluded Paradise Cove Resort amid the dreamy Whitsundays to a surreal world beneath the surface of the Great Barrier Reef, to the tranquillity of Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island, this Australian East Coast package surely caters to the flashpacker chasing the finer things in life. 

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Highlights:

  • Dive into the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie and wander through the tranquil Pile Valley Rainforest on Fraser Island
  • Paddle in a canoe through the stillness of the Noosa Everglades
  • Stay in the private Paradise Cove Resort between travelling the Whitsunday Islands
  • Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef and relax on a private island in the middle of a world heritage listed area 

Inclusions:

  • 5 breakfasts, 4 morning tea, 5 lunches, 1 BBQ lunch, 2 afternoon tea, 3 dinners
  • 3 nights Noosa at Halse Lodge
  • 2 day/1 night Fraser Island Tour with the Discovery Group
  • 1 day Noosa Everglades River Cruise/Canoe with the Discovery Group
  • 2 nights 1770 at Southern Cross Backpackers
  • 3 hour Motorbike Tour with Scooteroo
  • 2 nights Airlie Beach at Base
  • 2 day/2 night Whitsundays Trip on the Ride to Paradise
  • 2 nights Magnetic Island at Bungalow Bay
  • Return Magnetic Island Ferry transfers
  • Breakfast with the Koalas
  • 3 nights Cairns at Gilligans
  • 1 Day Great Barrier Reef Trip On Ocean Freedom including 1 introductory dive
  • 1 Day Cape Tribulation Trip with Active Tropics
  • Cruising Cairns Bike Tour 
  • Brisbane to Cairns Flexible Bus Pass 

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. 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 - Noosa 

Your adventure begins in the vibrant city of Brisbane, head downtown to get your taste of Fortitude Valley, the exciting strip known for its amazing restaurants and action-packed shopping before boarding your bus for a short ride to the dreamy coastal town of Noosa, known for one of the most spectacular national parks in the country, boasting striking views of the ocean from sheer cliff faces. Arrive in Noosa check into your accommodation for 2 nights and wander down to the beach for one of the most breathtaking sunsets you will witness.

  Included: 

  • 1 night Noosa hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras:

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

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 11am
  • Arrival: 1:50pm

Note: 

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

 

Days 2 and 3: Fraser Island 2 Day Tour 

It’s true what they say about Fraser Island, Lake McKenzie is the colour of emeralds and the sun shines all the time! Depart bright and early for 2 full days of exploring tranquil Pile Valley rainforest, feeding dolphins at Tin Can Bay and so much more, all the while, spending the night in comfortable accommodation right on the island, amazing! Return to Noosa late on the afternoon of day 3.

Meals: 

  • Day 2 – Morning tea, Lunch,  Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Morning tea, Lunch

Included:

  • 2 day/1 night Fraser Island Tour
  • 1 night at a Fraser Island accommodation
  • 1 night at a Noosa hostel accommodation  

Optional Extras: 

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

 

Day 4: Noosa Everglades

Gear up for an incredible, breathtaking journey through some of the most serene landscapes you’ll ever come across in the Noosa Everglades. The day will begin with a cruise down the magnificent lakes and wetlands before jumping into your canoe to paddle through the stunning “River of Mirrors”. You’ll be amazed by the smooth, glassy surface of the river water!

Meals: 

  • Day 4 - Morning tea and BBQ lunch 

Included: 

  • Everglades Day Trip   
  • 1 night Noosa hostel accommodation     

 

Day 5: Noosa - 1770 

This East Coast package is one dreamy East Coast location after another, today it’s on to beautiful Town of 1770 (Agnes Waters), home to some of the laziest, most beautiful beaches in Australia. Depart Noosa and arrive in 1770 where a shuttle will be waiting to take you to your hostel. Check into your accommodation for 2 nights and wander down to the beach for some serious relaxation.

Included:

  • 1 night 1770 hostel accommodation  

Optional Extras: 

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

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 9:50am
  • Arrival: 6:45pm

Note: 

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

 

Day 6: 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 3 hours tour
  • 1 night 1770 hostel accommodation  

Optional Extras: 

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

 

Day 7: 1770 - Airlie Beach 

Spend the day soaking up the rays as you farewell Town of 1770, this is also the last “surfable” beach on the East Coast heading north, so be sure to lock in a cheap surf lesson before you leave, Ask Us How! Board your overnight bus in the evening to Airlie Beach at 12:10 am. 

Optional Extras: 

  • 3 hours surf Lesson $35pp (1770)

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 9:40pm

Note: 

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

 

Day 8: Airlie Beach 

Arrive in Airlie Beach check into your hostel for 1 night and head out to explore beautiful Airlie Beach or relax by the lagoon in preparation for your Whitsundays adventure ahead.

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

Bus time: 

  • Arrival: 7:30am

Note: 

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

 

Days 9, 10 and 11: Whitsunday Sailing 

Prepare to have your breath taken away by the serene beauty of the Whitsundays as you board the newest Whitsundays adventure out, Ride to Paradise is taking you on 2 incredible days of speeding across sparkling, aqua blue waters to explore some amazing corners and coves, spectacular snorkelling locations and of course, Whitehaven Beach. All the while, you’ll be retreating to an exclusive private island stay by night. There is no Whitsundays journey quite like Ride to Paradise, where adventure meets luxury in the best possible way! Return to Airlie beach on the afternoon of day 11 and check into your Airlie Beach accommodation for 1 more night.

Meals: 

  • Day 9 – Afternoon tea and Dinner
  • Day 10 – Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon tea and Dinner
  • Day 11 – Breakfast and Morning tea

Included: 

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

Optional Extras: 

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

Note: 

  • Whitsundays boat tour charges extra $12pp for vegetarian meals.

Ride to Paradise doesn’t provide vegan meals option. 

 

Day 12: Airlie Beach - Magnetic Island 

Farewell Airlie Beach as your bus takes you north to Magnetic Island! Board your bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville arriving at the Sealink Ferry Terminal, upon arrival you’ll be able to hop right off the bus and onto the ferry, a short ride will bring you to the sandy shores of beautiful Magnetic Island! Check into Bungalow Bay Resort for 2 nights, a hostel set on a spectacular seven acres of natural bushland set in the heart of Horseshoe Bay, surrounded by incredible Australian wildlife. Be sure to enjoy your free welcome drink and a full day of snorkel gear for exploring the reef surrounding the island.

 Included: 

  • 1 night Magnetic Island hostel accommodation
  • Welcome drink
  • Snorkel hire

Optional Extras: 

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

Bus time: 

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

Note: 

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

 

Day 13: Magnetic Island 

This morning is all about cuddly marsupials, incredible wildlife and some adorable Instagram photos when joining a 2 hour guided tour of the koala sanctuary.

 Included: 

  • 1 night Magnetic Island hostel accommodation
  • Breakfast with Koalas tour

Optional Extras: 

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

 

Day 14: Magnetic Island - Cairns 

Depart Magnetic Island via ferry, in Townsville where you will meet your bus to take you further into tropical northern Queensland to a town better known as Cairns! Cairns is famous for its endless activity options, amazing restaurants and bustling bars, not to mention, the gateway to world heritage listed areas the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Arrive in Cairns check into your accommodation for 3 nights and set out to explore.

Included: 

  • 1 night Cairns Hostel accommodation

Optional Extras: 

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

Bus time: 

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

Note: 

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

 

Day 15: 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 a world-class scuba diving opportunity!

Meals: 

  • Day 15 – Breakfast, lunch

Included: 

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

Optional Extras: 

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

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 16: Daintree Rainforest Day Trip 

You will be collected from your accommodation bright and early to make your way into the oldest living rainforest in the world! Meet one of the Indigenous owners of the Mossman Gorge and participate in a “Welcome to my Country” and Smoking ceremony. Dive into the refreshing waters of Mossman Gorge before continuing on to Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the sea. Enjoy many guided rainforest hikes and meet an abundance of Australian wildlife!

Meals: 

  • Day 16 – Lunch

Included: 

  • 1 night Cairns hostel accommodation
  • Cape Tribulation Day Trip

Optional Extras: 

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

 

Day 17: Cairns 

Today you will check out of your Cairns hostel at 10 am to look back on an incredible journey of a lifetime, but it isn’t over yet! Farewell your East Coast with a guided bike ride along Cairns Warf and down the esplanade. Visit butterflies and learn about the teachings of aboriginal bush tucker in the botanic gardens. Your trip ends at Marlin Marina with some locally made gelato and unforgettable lifelong memories.

Included: 

  • Cruising Cairns Bike Tour

Optional Extras: 

  • Extra Cairns hostel accommodation - $24 per night
  • 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: 11am

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
  • 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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