24 Day Adventure Sydney to Cairns Tour

Travel from Sydney to Cairns in 24 days of non-stop action! Drive 4x4s on magical Fraser Island and sail through the spectacular Whitsundays with this incredible adventure East Coast Tour!


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  • Drive 4x4’s on Fraser Island to incredible sites like the Champagne Pools and Maheno Shipwreck with Dingos 4x4 Tag Along Tour
  • Hike Indian Head and swim through stunning Lake McKenzie
  • Sail the amazing Whitsundays on Wings, stopping off to explore the magic of Whitehaven Beach and snorkel some spectacular reefs
  • Discover an underwater wonderland on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Paddle a canoe through the breathtaking Noosa Everglades
  • Ride a Chopper Motorbike through Town of 1770
  • Spend a morning exploring Nimbin before an afternoon hopping through waterfalls
  • Travel through the ancient Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation


  • 10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 5 Dinners
  • 3 nights in Byron Bay at Nomads
  • 1 Day Nimbin Tour with Grasshoppers
  • Half Day Surf Lesson with Mojo Surf
  • 2 nights in Noosa at Nomads
  • 1 day Noosa Everglades River Cruise/Canoe with the Discovery Group
  • 3 nights in Rainbow Beach at Dingos Hostel
  • 3 hours Dolphin Kayaking with Epic Ocean Adventures
  • 3 day/2 night Dingos Fraser Island Tag Along Safari
  • 2 nights in 1770 at Southern Cross Hostel
  • 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
  • 3 nights in 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 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: Sydney - Byron Bay

Spend an afternoon exploring all the excitement and icons of Sydney before boarding your overnight bus at 6:45 pm to beautiful Byron Bay!

Optional add-ons:

1 Day Blue Mountains Tour $135

1 Day Port Stephens Tour $139pp

1 Day Jenolan Caves Tour $149pp


Day 2: Byron Bay 

Arrive bright and early in Byron Bay at 8:55 am and check into Nomads for 3 nights. Set out to explore everything this little hippy hub has to offer. You might like to kayak alongside dolphins or take on the waves with another surf lesson, Contact Us to make it happen!


Day 3: Nimbin / Byron Bay 

Board a colourful bus and head for the hills of the Byron Bay hinterland, also known as Nimbin. Spend the morning exploring the streets of dreadlocked locals and village vibes before an afternoon of waterfall hopping. Travel from one cascading waterfall to another, diving into each to cool down before a relaxing drive back to Byron Bay.


Day 4: Byron Bay 

Today is all about great waves, sand and sun as you join a Mojo Surf lesson on a beautiful, uncrowded beach. You’ll be riding like a pro in no time!

Optional add on's:

14,000ft Skydive $334pp 


Day 5: Byron Bay - Noosa 

Today, it’s on to the beautiful coastal town of Noosa with your bus departing Byron Bay at 8:55 am. Have a brief stopover in Brisbane before arriving in Noosa at 4:20 pm. Check into your hostel for 2 nights and head down to spend your afternoon on one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches. Take a hike through the National Park in search of spectacular wildlife and awesome views!


Day 6: Noosa Everglades 

Gear up for an incredible adventure as you head with your tour group to the start point of 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!


Day 7: Noosa - Rainbow Beach 

Today, it’s on to the cruisy town of Rainbow Beach, gateway to Fraser Island! Depart Noosa at 4:20 and arrive Rainbow Beach at 7 pm. Check into your hostel 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. Spot migrating whales if you’re very lucky as well as dolphins at Tin Can Bay, this is also a great time to meet some of your fellow Fraser Island adventurers.


Day 8: Rainbow Beach 

Today you’ll join a tour to 4WD along the beach, before kayaking alongside frolicking dolphins beyond the waves and along the coastline of Rainbow Beach. You may even have the chance to watch the sun rise over the horizon, amazing! In the afternoon, join a quick safety briefing at the hostel with your Fraser Island tour group in preparation for the adventure ahead.

Optional add ons:

3 hour surf lesson $65pp

14,000ft Skydive $369pp


Days 9, 10 and 11: Fraser Island 4x4 Tour 

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. What better way to experience this gem of a location? Return to Rainbow Beach via ferry late on day 11 for a farewell gathering and one more night.


Day 12: Rainbow Beach - 1770 

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. Depart Rainbow Beach at 7 pm and arrive 112:10 am10am where your shuttle will 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!

Optional add on's:

3 hour surf lesson $65pp

14,000ft Skydive $369pp


Day 13: 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!


Day 14: 1770 -Airlie Beach 

Spend the day farewelling Town of 1770 before boarding your overnight bus at 12:10 am to Airlie Beach.


Day 15: Airlie beach 

Arrive Airlie at 9:30 am and check into your hostel for 1 night and head down for a refreshing dip in the town lagoon. Afterwards set out to explore the towns great walking tracks and bustling bars.

Optional add on's:

14,000ft Skydive $334pp

60 min scenic flight $219pp

Jetboat $69pp


Days 16, 17 and 18: 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 18 and check into your hostel for a final night in Airlie Beach.


Days 19 and 20: Airlie Beach - Magnetic Island 

Depart Airlie Beach at 9:30 am as you head north to the amazing Magnetic Island, via Townsville. Your bus will drop you outside the ferry terminal at 1:50 am. Board your ferry to Magnetic Island and 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.


Day 21: Magnetic Island - Cairns 

Board your ferry back to Townsville and board your bus to Cairns, gateway to world heritage sites, The Great Barrier Reef and ancient Daintree Rainforest. Arrive at 7:30 pm Check into your central hostel for 3 nights and set out to explore the town full of endless activities. 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!


Day 22: Great Barrier Reef Day Tour 

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!


Day 23: Cape Tribulation 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 24: Cairns 

Today you will check out of your Cairns hostel to look back on an incredible adventure of a lifetime with unforgettable lifelong memories. 



**Please note that this package is designed to work 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: Sydney Central Station: 6:45 pm 

Finish Times: Cairns Central Accommodation: 10 am checkout 


Please note, surcharges may apply to holiday periods, Christmas and New Year.

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

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 payment that isn't answered above? Feel free to ask us on live chat, give us a call on free phone 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 supplies this can be an additional cost. Our online team are fully knowledgable on what suppliers/tours charge extra for which dietary requirements so feel free to contact us for more information. 

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