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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  • Dive into the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie and wonder 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 



  • 5 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 3 dinners
  • 3 nights Noosa at Halse Lodge
  • 2 day/1 night Fraser Island Tour with the Discovery Group
  • 1 day Noosa Evergaldes 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 Trib Tour with Active Tropics


**Please note that this package is designed to work in conjunction with an East Coast bus pass. We can help you arrange your epic East Coast adventure inclusive of transport so you don't have to worry about a thing with our range of flexible travel passes including Premier, Greyhound and Loka. Drop us a line to find out how.

Day 1: Brisbane - Noosa 

Your adventure begins in the vibrant city of Brisbane, head down town to get your taste of Fortitude Valley, the exciting strip known for its amazing restaurants and action-packed shopping before boarding your 2pm 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 Noosa around 4:20pm and check into your accommodation for 2 nights and wonder down to the beach for one of the most breathtaking sunsets you will witness.


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 4.


Day 4: Noosa 

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 on the river water!


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 at 4:20pm and arrive in 1770 at 12:10am where a shuttle will be waiting to take you to your hostel. Check into your accommodation for 2 nights and wonder down to the beach for some serious relaxation.

Optional add on's:

3 hour Surf Lesson $65pp

14,000ft Skydive $369pp


Day 6: 1770 

After a morning on the beach, you’ll gather in your Scooteroo tour group to get decked out in leather, fake tattoo’s and bandanas for 3 hours of riding Chopper Motorbike’s. 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! 


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 12:10am. 


Day 8: Airlie Beach 

Arrive in Airlie at 9:30am. Today is yours to explore beautiful Airlie Beach or relax by the lagoon in preparation for your Whitsundays adventure ahead.

Optional add on's:

14,000ft Skydive $334pp

60 min Scenic Flight $219pp

Jetboat $69pp


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 snorkeling 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.


Day 12: Airlie Beach - Magnetic Island 

Farewell Airlie Beach at 9:30am as your bus takes you north to Magnetic Island! Board your bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville arriving at the Sealink Ferry Terminal around 1:50pm, 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 fully day of snorkel gear for exploring the reef surrounding the island.


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.


Day 14: Magnetic Island - Cairns 

Depart Magnetic Island via ferry, in Townsville were you will meet your 1:50pm 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 listen areas the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Arrive Cairns 7:30pm and check into your accommodation for 3 nights and set out to explore.


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!


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!


Day 17: Cairns 

Today you will check out of your Cairns hostel at 10am 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 bushtucker in the botanic gardens. Your trip ends at Marlin Marina with some locally made gelato and unforgettable lifelong memories.


**Please note that this package is designed to work in junction with an East Coast bus pass and transportation times quoted above refer only to the Transport Included package. Already got a set of wheels? No worries! You can also purchase this package without transport. If you have any questions, drop us a line

The duration of this package is subject to availability.
This package can depart any day of the week and can be altered to better suit your travel dates.



Start Times: Brisbane Roma Street Transit Centre: 2pm 

Finish Dates: Cairns Central Accomodation: 10am checkout 

Please note, surcharges may apply to holiday periods, Christmas and New Year. This also includes Magnetic Island Full Moon Party Dates.

  • Some meals are not included, see inclusions
  • Optional $10 fee for sleeping bag hire on Fraser Island

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