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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Highlights:

  • 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

Inclusions:

  • 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 Evergaldes River Cruise/Canoe with the Discovery Group
  • 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 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
  • 10 breakfasts, 8 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 that 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: Sydney - Byron Bay

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

Optional Extras: 

  • Sydney Hostel Accommodation $25pp
  • Blue Mountains Day Trip $135pp
  • Jenolan Caves Day Trip $149pp
  • Port Stephens Day Trip $165pp
  • Jervis Bay Day Trip $155pp
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tasting $155pp
  • 15,000ft Tandem Skydive $294pp + $35 APF Levy

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 7pm

 

Day 2: Byron Bay 

Arrive bright and early in Byron Bay check into Nomads for 3 nights. You might like to kayak alongside dolphins or take on the waves with another surf lesson - it's up to you! 

Included: 

  • 1 night Byron Bay hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

Bus time: 

  • Arrival: 7:45am

Note: 

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

 

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.

Meals:

  • Day 3 - BBQ lunch 

Included: 

  • Nimbin Day Trip
  • 1 night Byron Bay hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

 

Day 4: Surfing / 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!

Included: 

  • Half Day Surf Lesson
  • 1 night Byron Bay hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • 15,000ft Tandem Skydive $264pp + $35 APF Levy
  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

 

Day 5: Byron Bay - Noosa 

Today, it’s on to the beautiful coastal town of Noosa. Have a brief stopover in Brisbane before arrive and check into your hostel for 2 nights. 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!

Included: 

  • 1 night Noosa hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • 15,000ft Tandem Skydive $334pp + $35 APF Levy
  • Hostel accommodation: private room. (Check with our travel experts the options and rates available).

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 7:45am
  • Arrival: 1:50pm

 

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!

Meals: 

  • Day 6 - Morning tea and BBQ lunch 

Included: 

  • Everglades Day Trip   
  • 1 night Noosa hostel accommodation     

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

 

Day 7: Noosa - Rainbow Beach 

Today, it’s on to the cruisy town of Rainbow Beach, gateway to Fraser Island! Arrive in Rainbow Beach to 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.

Included: 

  • 1 night Rainbow Beach hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 9:50am
  • Arrival: 12:45pm

 

Day 8: Dolphin Experience / Rainbow Beach 

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 hump back 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.  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 8 - Breakfast 

Included: 

  • 3 hour dolphin experience 
  • 1 night Rainbow Beach hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • 15,000ft Tandem Skydive - $334pp + $35 APF Levy fee
  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

 

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. This afternoon you'll head back to Rainbow Beach to enjoy your last night in the town. 

Meals: 

  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Lunch

Included:

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

 

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. Arrive in Agnes Water where your shuttle will take you to your hostel in 1770. 

Included:

  • 1 night 1770 hostel accommodation  

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

Bus time: 

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

 

Day 13: 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: private room. 

 

Day 14: 1770 - Airlie Beach 

Spend the day farewelling Town of 1770 before boarding your overnight bus to the beautiful Airlie Beach. Keen to brush up on your surfing skills? Get amongst the 1770 surf with another lesson, Ask Us How!

Optional Extras: 

  • 3 hours surf Lesson $35pp (1770)

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 9:40pm

 

Day 15: Airlie beach 

Arrive in Airlie, 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: private room. 

Bus time: 

  • Arrival: 7:30am

 

Days 16, 17 and 18: Whitsunday Sailing 

Feel a rush of excitement as you board Wings, 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! You'll arrive back to port the morning of the 18th day where you will head back to your hostel for one more night in Airlie Beach. 

Meals: 

  • Day 16 - Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 17 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 18 - Breakfast

Included: 

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

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room.

Note: 

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

 

Days 19 and 20: Airlie Beach - Magnetic Island 

Depart Airlie Beach as you head north to the amazing Magnetic Island, via Townsville. Your bus will drop you outside the ferry terminal where you will board your ferry to Magnetic Island and a short cruise will bring you to shores lined with palm trees on a dreamy island. 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: private room. 

Bus time: 

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

 

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. 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!

Included: 

  • 1 night Cairns Hostel accommodation

Optional Extras: 

  • Bungy Jump - $169pp + $10 insurance Levy fee
  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

Bus time: 

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

 

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! 

Meals: 

  • Day 22 – Breakfast, lunch

Included: 

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

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: 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 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!

Meals: 

  • Day 23 – Lunch

Included: 

  • 1 night Cairns hostel accommodation
  • Cape Tribulation Day Trip

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room.  

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. 

Optional Extras: 

  • Cruising Cairns Bike Tour  - $79pp
  • Extra Cairns hostel accommodation - $24 per night
  • Waterfalls Day trip - $109pp
  • 15,000ft Tandem Skydive - $299pp + $35 APF 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:  Sydney Pitt Street Station, Bay 17 at 7pm

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 Sydney hostel accommodation $25/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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