21 Day Campervan Road Trip Package Cairns - Sydney

Hit the open road with our 21-day East Coast campervan freedom package. From Cairns to Sydney, explore stunning destinations like the Blue Mountains, K'gari Fraser Island, Whitsundays, Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef. Swim, surf, hike, and relax on pristine beaches. An unforgettable road trip for the ultimate Aussie experience!


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Explore Australia YOUR way with our flexible 21-day self drive adventure. Travel from Cairns to Sydney, discovering the captivating K'gari Fraser Island including Champagne Pools & Lake Mckenzie, the picturesque Whitsundays, Whitehaven Beach, and the vibrant Great Barrier Reef. Cruise at your own pace with freedom and flexibility along the East Coast. 

Note: The price advertised is per person, we have divided the campervan cost. Maximum 2 travellers per campervan. 

Ready to hit the road? If you find a better campervan rental price, we'll try our best to beat it just let us know! Strap in and let's drive this journey together

Included Rental & Experiences;

21 Day Campervan Rental

Johnny Feelgood model - Nissan Elgrand
2 Seatbelts, Sleeps 2
Unlimited KMs
FREE table & chairs hire
Power Steering, Air Conditioning
Heat Rejection Window Tint
Cutlery & Utensils, Pots & Pans
Kitchenette with Sink
Stainless Steel Table and Pull-out Chopping Board
25L Non-Potable Water with Electric Pump
Surf Shower
Portable Gas Cooker (gas not provided)
Font and Rear Fridges
All fees (Damage cover, oneway fees included)

3 Day 2 Night K’gari Fraser Island Tour

All your food for K'gari (Fraser Island)
Fuel for 4x4s
Tent, camp mat and sleeping bag
All camping, National Park and vehicle permits
Return ferry transfer
4WD driver training on the beach
All 4x4s have iPod / MP3 adaptor cables
4x4s escorted onto the ferry
Luggage storage and safety deposit

1 Day Whitsundays Islands Adventure Cruise

Hill Inlet Lookout (swirling sand)
Whitehaven Beach
2 snorkels on the fringing Great Barrier Reef
Swim in crystal clear waters
Free use of snorkelling equipment
All meals plus morning and afternoon snacks
Lycra suit or wetsuit hire (winter months only)
Parks fees and fuel levy

1 Day Great Barrier Reef Snorkel & Scuba Dive

2 Outer Great Barrier Reef Locations
Guided Snorkel Tours
Buoyancy vests and Stinger Suits (seasonal)
Snorkelling equipment and tuition
Intro or Certified Dive
Glass bottom boat tour
Marine Biology Presentation
Breakfast, bacon and egg BBQ roll
BBQ Lunch, drinks and snacks
Reef tax, fuel levy & national park fees

Eco Everglades Explorer

Advanced Eco-Certified Cruise
Dedicated, informative skippers.

Half Day Surf lesson

Pick up and transport to the beach (and return)
All equipment provided during lessons

Note:  Driving time is based on the direct route

Day 1: Cairns 

Suggested Stay (2 Nights) 

Welcome to the land down under, mate! Your East Coast adventure is about to start. Collect your vehicle and explore the tropical region of Cairns. With so much to do, you’ll be spoilt for choice including visiting the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest, Atherton Tablelands, skydiving, bungy jumping, white water rafting, and more! Check out JosephineFalls a scenic waterfall from the tallest peak in Queensland and for an epic swimhole head to the Babinda Boulders surrounded by lush rainforest. 


Day 2: Cairns - Great Barrier Reef Intro Dive/ Snorkel  

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!  


Day 3: Cairns - Cape Tribulation

Driving time 2 h 44 min 

Suggested Stay (1 Night) 

Today you can get up early and road trip to Cape Tribulation - a hidden gem in the tropics. Head to Mason's Swimming Hole, a crocodile-free waterhole that's sure to be a highlight of your trip. The rocks are perfectly round, while the crystal-clear water is ideal for a refreshing swim. And the best part? You'll be surrounded by the lush green canopy of the rainforest overhead! Then you’ll journey to Cape Tribulation to relax in paradise! 


Day 4: Cape Tribulation - Port Douglas

Driving time 1 h 49 min 

Suggested Stay (1 Night) 

Road trip this morning from Cape Tribulation to sub-tropical Port Douglas. Experience the Daintree Rainforest and River which is home to a variety of wildlife such as saltwater crocodiles, birds, snakes, frogs, and other creatures. Contact us for a Daintree cruise optionYou’ll then continue through to Port Douglas and find a campsite of your choice. 


Day 5: Port Douglas - Mission Beach

Driving time 2 h 57 min 

Suggested Stay (1 Night) 

Get ready for an adventure as you road trip from Port Douglas to Mission Beach. Make sure you head to the gorgeous Palm Cove and hit up the stunning Babinda Boulders for a refreshing swim in crystal clear waters surrounded by lush rainforest. You'll wrap up the day with an overnight stay near Mission Beach - home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.… did someone say SKYDIVE beach landing?... Contact us to add this to your itinerary! 


Day 6: Mission Beach - Townsville

Driving time 3 hours 

Suggested Stay (1 Night) 

This morning journey to Townsville and along the way you can stop off at the picturesque Murray Falls. Take a trip to Paluma Range National Park, where you can hike to breathtaking waterfalls and swim in crystal-clear rock pools, before finally reaching Townsville - they entry point to Magnetic Island. Magnetic Island, is a great 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 and is also surrounded by beautiful coral reefs, making it a popular spot for snorkelling and scuba diving Note - You’ll have to jump on a ferry (own cost) to get to the Island and pre-book your accommodation.  


Day 7: Townsville - Magnetic Island - Airlie Beach

Driving time 3 h 13 min 

Suggested Stay (2 Nights)  

Today you can head to the coastal town of Ayr and pit stop at Bowen's Big Mango for some awesome photo ops! You’ll then reach the tropical paradise that is Airlie Beach - the gateway to the spectacular Whitsundays. 


Day 8: Airlie Beach - Whitsundays Adventure Cruise 

Today you’ll jump on an unforgettable day trip to the Whitsunday Islands! Discover the incredible underwater world of the Whitsundays through snorkeling at one of its most picturesque islands. Then, head to the world-famous Whitehaven Beach for a dip in its crystal-clear waters and a hike to the Hill Inlet Lookout for some stunning views and Insta-worthy sand swirl pictures. With two snorkeling opportunities, you'll get to see the vibrant marine life up close and personal. 

Your day cruise is one of the fastest catamarans in the Whitsundays and is proud to be accredited as a Climate Action Leading tour. Encounter a small part of The Great Barrier Reef while taking care of the environment. You’ll arrive back at Airlie beach around 5 pm. 

 Meals Included; Lunch & Snacks


Day 9: Airlie Beach - 1770/ Agnes Water

Driving time 7 h 43 min 

Suggested Stay (1 Nights) 

Let's hit the road and take in the stunning coastal scenery towards idyllic 1770/ Agnes Water - the site of Captain Cook's first landing in Queensland in 1770. On the way, you can head to the charming town of Mackay to stroll through the botanical gardens and check out the local markets. Time permitting, drive to Eungella National Park for an epic bushwalk, and you may even see a platypus in their natural habitat. Make your way to 1770/ Agnes Water for the night. 


Day 10: 1770/ Agnes Waters - Rainbow Beach

Driving Time 3 h 46 min 

Suggested Stay (2 Nights + 2 Nights Camping) 

Today you can visit the Paperbark Forest Walk that takes you through a beautiful paperbark forest and is a great way to experience the area's unique flora and fauna. You may want to check out the Discovery Coast Markets held on the second and fourth Sunday of every month, these markets offer a great selection of local produce, crafts, and live music - a must do! Make your way to stunning Rainbow Beach - the gateway to K’gari Fraser Island - the largest sand island in the world! 


Day 11: Rainbow Beach 

Explore the rainbow cliffs, the Carlo Sand Blow for stunning views of the coastline and dunes, search for the rainbow stairs and relax in paradise. You may wish to venture around the surrounding national parks and nature reserves such as the Great Sandy National Park and Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area. There are heaps of breathtaking walking trails and hikes that are great for wildlife spotting. Make sure you're at the Freedom Rainbow hostel tomorrow at 7am for your Fraser Island safety brief tomorrow! 


Day 12: Depart Rainbow Beach - 3 Day / 2 Night K'gari (Fraser Island) Tag Along Safari - Dingos

The morning starts bright & early with our compulsory tour briefing at 7am sharp at Freedom Hostel. Here you will be placed into groups and have the opportunity to organise sleeping bag hire and luggage storage. You will also be taught how to drive safely on Fraser Island ahead of your big adventure! Once you have arrived on the world's largest sand island, drive for 1 hour to the Eurong Beach Resort along 75 Mile beach - K'gari's (Fraser Island) 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 K'gari (Fraser Island). 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 around 3:00 pm. Settle in for an early dinner, some well-deserved drinks and plenty of fun!   

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 13: 3 Day / 2 Night K'gari (Fraser Island) Tag Along Safari - Dingos 

The day begins with a quick breakfast to fuel your busiest day on K'gari (Fraser Island)! The 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 K'gari (Fraser Island) icon before continuing on to Indian Head, K'gari's (Fraser Island) highest point. From here you may be lucky enough to see whales and sharks in the ocean before travelling to Champagne Pools for a dip. Lunch is served at either Maheno Shipwreck or Champagne Pools on Day 2. In the afternoon, travel back to camp for dinner and drinks.   

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 14: 3 Day / 2 Night K'gari (Fraser Island) Tag Along Safari - Dingos Return to Rainbow Beach 

After brekkie and 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. From 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 4:00 pm.  

Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch 


Day 15: Rainbow Beach – Noosa

Driving time 1 h 38 min 

Suggested Stay (2 Nights) 

Its time to say goodbye to Rainbow and hello Noosa! You may have time this morning to head to the quaint town of Eumundi to check out the famous Eumundi Markets, where you'll find unique handmade crafts and local delicacies. From there you can road trip to the popular local spot of Noosa and select a campsite of your choice.  


Day 16: Noosa - Everglades Cruise 

Today you’ll discover Noosa’s iconic Everglades off-the-beaten-path! Explore the serene and scenic waterways of Australia's only Everglades on a specially designed eco boat or by canoe. This untouched, pristine wilderness area located within the sand dunes of the Cooloola National Park is home to over 44% of Australia's bird species and offers stunning reflections of the surrounding tea tree infused ecosystem. 


Day 17: Noosa – Byron

Driving time 3 h 23 min 

Suggested Stay (2 Nights) 

Get ready for an epic road trip from the tropical paradise of Noosa to the famous Byron Bay. Continue through the Sunshine Coast for some more beach adventure and then reach the buzzing city of Brisbane. From here you can drive next to the Gold Coast beaches - take a dip, and time permitting explore the natural beauty of Mount Tamborine and or Mount Warning before reaching Byron Bay for a few nights. 


Day 18: Byron Bay - Learn to Surf 

Surfs up! Its time to tackle some waves like the locals. From Byron Bay your surf school will take you to the best beaches with perfect learning waves and will have you riding in no time! You’ll enjoy a half day Surf lesson with an expert local team and all equipment will be provided. Byron Bay has several stunning beaches that are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing. Check out Main Beach, Wategos, and Tallows Beach for a more chilled beach vibe! You can also hike in the Hinterland and explore the Minyon Falls walk/ lookout, which takes you to a stunning waterfall. In the evening head to one of the beaches or hilltops in Byron Bay to watch the sun go down. 


Day 19: Byron Bay - Port Macquarie

Driving time 4 h 5 min 

Suggested Stay (1 Night) 

Wake up early and take the most incredible scenic drive to Port Macquarie. For some more laid back surf and locals drop into Lennox Head and drive to the beautiful coastal town of Yamba and explore the beaches, coastal walks, and rock pools. Take a dip in the crystal clear waters of Trial Bay along the way to freshen up.. before reaching Port Macquarie for the night. 


Day 20: Port Macquarie - Blue Mountains

Driving time 5 h 2 min 

Suggested Stay (1 Night) 

Ready for an epic road trip from the coastal paradise of Port Macquarie to the breathtaking Blue Mountains? Take a dip at the stunning Ellenborough Falls, a 200 metre horsetail waterfall that will nicely break up this journey. Check out campsites near Katoomba - close to the Blue Mountains National Park for more options.  


Day 21: Blue Mountains - Sydney Departure

Driving time 1h 33 min 

Oh hello, nature! Today you may wish to stroll along the Cliff Top Walk in Katoomba and then head to Echo Point Lookout for amazing views of the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley. Check out the stunning Leura Cascades before making our way to the vibrant city of Sydney where you can drop off your vehicle and say goodbye to like minded friends and 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….! 

Itinerary Vehicle Pick Up - Cairns

Itinerary Vehicle Drop Off - Sydney

OR Reverse.

Pick ups & Drop offs are available in:

Melbourne, Cairns, Brisbane & Sydney:

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Optional K'gari Fraser Island $25 - $50 vehicle insurance levy to pay directly.

Please note: Due to seasonal rates you must select the correct travel date or contact us for the exact pricing. 

If you are traveling from the 15th Dec - 15th Jan 2024 please contact us for the festive rate.

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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 the itinerary flexible?

We book all of the included tours/activities on your behalf and you will be given a voucher for each with all of the information needed ie travel date and departure/pick up location/time.

We also provide a recommended driving and overnight stay itinerary with loads if info on what to see along the way. You are welcome to follow this suggested itinerary or change it up as you travel. Please just keep in mind you will need to arrive at the departure points for the booked activities as per the dates you are booked.

It is your responsibility to prebook the suggested campsites or find free freedom camping areas along the way. Most travellers find this is a really flexible way to explore the East Coast whilst still seeing all the bucket list destinations.  


  • 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! Your campervan rental includes everything you need to cook your meals.

You will also need to budget $9-35 per/person per night if you wish to stay at dedicated camp sites with full amenities if you wish to pre book these. When you book your package you will receive a document with all of our favourite campsites. This also includes free campsite options (with limited availability) if you wish to use these and save money.


  • Do I have to choose the exact dates to start and finish?

Due to limited availability for the campervan rental and tours/activities we recommend that you book your package as far in advance as possible to guarantee availability on your chosen dates.


  • Does this package depart daily?

Yes this package is available to depart daily (subject to availability).


  • Do I have to pay upfront for this package 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 campervan 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

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