24 Day Budget Sydney to Cairns Tour

Tight on cash but don't want to miss out on the stunning Whitsundays and magical Fraser Island? Peterpans have got you covered with this awesome East Coast package, taking you all the way from Sydney to Cairns to see the best bits on a budget!


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  • Drive 4x4’s on Fraser Island with a 4x4 tag-along safari, stopping of at the amazing Champagne Pools, Indian Head, Eli Creek and of course stunning Lake McKenzie
  • Sail through the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, stopping off at stunning Whitehaven Beach and some amazing snorkelling locations
  • Stay in beach front accommodation surrounded by palm trees on dreamy Magnetic Island
  • Enjoy 3 amazing days in beautiful Byron Bay
  • Visit some awesome East Coast hot spots like Noosa, Cairns and Airlie Beach


  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 5 Dinners
  • 17 nights hostel, 2 nights camping, 2 nights sail boat, 2 overnight buses 
  • 3 nights in Byron Bay hostel accommodation 
  • 2 nights in Noosa hostel accommodation 
  • 3 nights in Rainbow Beach hostel accommodation 
  • 3 day/2 night Fraser Island Tag Along Safari
  • 3 nights in Airlie Beach hostel accommodation 
  • 2 day/2 night Whitsundays Trip
  • 2 nights on Magnetic Island in hostel accommodation 
  • Return Magnetic Island Ferry
  • 4 nights in Cairns hostel accommodation 


 **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: Sydney - Byron Bay 

Spend the afternoon exploring all the excitement Sydney has to offer before boarding your overnight bus from Pitt Street at 6:45pm to the beautiful town of Byron Bay. 

Optional Extras: 

  • 1 Day Blue Mountains Tour - $89
  • 1 Day Port Stephens Tour - $139pp
  • 1 Day Jonolan Caves Tour - $149pp


Days 2, 3 and 4: Byron Bay 

Arrival Byron Bay at 8:55am and check into your laid back, village style hostel that just buzzes with atmosphere. It’s then time to set out and explore the town! Byron Bay boasts some of the best beaches in the world and there is no better way to discover this than with a surf lesson on it’s awesome waves. Perhaps you’d like to kayak with dolphins along the glorious coastline, Ask Us How we can make it happen!


  • 3 night hostel accomodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • 1 Day Nimbi Tour - $55pp
  • Dolphin Kayaking - $69pp
  • 14,000ft Skydive - $334pp


Days 5 and 6: Byron Bay - Noosa 

Depart Byron Bay at 8:55 because today it’s onto Noosa, a dreamy coastal town boasting world class beaches and some striking National Parks. After a short stop in Brisbane City, arrive at Noosa Junction around 4:20pm.  Check into your central accommodation for 2 nights and dive into a glistening town lake or the ocean just down the road. Ever heard of the Noosa Everglades? A lake spanning 1948km’s wide, untouched by man! Canoe across its glassy surfaces with a guided tour, Ask Us How!


  • 2 nights hostel accomodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • 1 Day Noosa Everglades tour - $129pp


Days 7 and 8: Noosa - Rainbow Beach 

This afternoon depart Noosa at 4:20pm and head for Rainbow Beach, feel the excitement begin to bubble as this is the gateway to magical Fraser Island! The bus will drop you off outside your hostel at 7pm when you check into your hostel for 2 nights and set out to wonder this dreamy beach town. On the afternoon of day 8, attend a safety briefing in preparation of your Fraser Island trip ahead and meet your fellow adventurers.


  • 2 nights hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • 3 hour surf lesson - $65pp
  • 14,000ft Skydive - $369pp


Days 9, 10 and 11: Fraser Island 

Today you will set out on an unforgettable trip of a lifetime on magical Fraser Island. Your 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 with gem of a location? Return to Rainbow Beach via ferry late on the last day for a farewell gathering and one more night.


  • 3 Day/2 night 4x4 Fraser tour 
  • 2 nights camping 
  • 1 night hostel accomodation 


  • Day 1 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch 


Day 12: Rainbow Beach - Airlie Beach 

Enjoy a relaxing day to kick back and recover from your Fraser Island adventure before boarding your overnight bus at 7pm from the front of your hostel to Airlie Beach.


  • Breakfast 

Optional Extras: 

  • 3 hour surf lesson - $65pp
  • 14,000ft Skydive - $369pp


Days 13 and 14: Airlie Beach 

Arrive at the Port of Airlie at 9:30am and check in for 2 nights and set out to explore the town. Head down to the town lagoon to relax before your Whitsundays adventure ahead. 


  • 1 night hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • 14,000ft Skydive - $334pp
  • 60 min scenic flight - $219pp
  • Jetboat - $69pp


Days 15, 16 and 17: Whitsunday Sailing 

The day has arrived! Today you will begin to sail through the spectacular Whitsundays on a smaller catamaran ideal for backpackers and adventurous travellers! The next three days will be action packed with snorkelling stunning reefs like Blue Pearl Bay and Mantaray Bay with of course, a stop off on stunning Whitehaven Beach. Meet young, fun travellers, enjoy a flexible schedule and sleep under the stars if you wish! Arrive back in Airlie Beach in the afternoon on day 17 for one more night in Airlie Beach.


  • 3 Day/2 night Whitsunday sailing tour 
  • 2 night sail boat accomodation 
  • 1 night hostel accomodation


  • Day 1 - Lunch, Dinner 
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch 


Days 18 and 19: Airlie Beach - Magnetic Island 

Depart Airlie Beach at 9:30am as you head north to the amazing Magnetic Island, via Townsville. Your bus will drop you off outside the Sealing Ferry Terminal at 1:50pm where you will board your ferry to Magnetic Island. A short cruise will bring you to shores lined with palm trees on a dreamy island, check into your beach front 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.


  • 2 nights hostel accommodation 


Day 20: Magnetic Island - Cairns 

Fare well Magnetic Island as you board your ferry back to Townsville. Your bus will meet you at the terminal at 1:50pm to take you on to Cairns! Arrive at the Central Railway Station at 7:30pm and check into your hostel for 4 nights and set out to explore Cairns.


  • 1 night hostel accomodation 


Days 21, 22 and 23: Cairns 

These days are yours to play with! With the world heritage listed areas, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef right at your door step, there has never been a better time to tick waterfall hopping and world class snorkelling off your bucket list! Peterpans can sort you out, just Ask Us How! Perhaps you’re feeling brave enough to plummet from a 50 metre ledge in thick wilderness with a Cairns Bungy? Your opportunities for adventure are endless, let us show you!


  • 3 nights hostel accomodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • 1 Day Great Barrier Reef trip including dive - $249pp
  • 1 Day Atherton Tablelands Tour - $109pp
  • Bike tour - $69pp


Day 24:

Today you will check out of your hostel at 10am and look back on an incredible trip and lifelong memories.


Want to add a little more action to your East Coast Adventure? Check out our 24 Day Adventure Sydney to Cairns tour for all the sweet spots plus some of that heart pumping adrenaline. 


**Please not 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

This package can depart every day of the week and can be altered to better suit your travel dates.



Start Times: Sydney Pitt Street Station, Bay 17: 7:45pm 

Finish Times:Cairns Central Accomodation: 10am checkout 



  • Please note that this package includes dorm hostel accommodation however you are able to upgrade to private accommodation (Fraser Island is camping in your own tent) for $355 pp (based on 2 people travelling).
  • Apart from the $10 levy for Fraser Island which needs to be paid directly on the day of travel, 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.
  • Please note surcharges may apply to holiday periods, Christmas and New Years.
  • Extra accomodation can be purchased for the following fees:

                                                                                     -Sydney accommodation - $25 pn

                                                                                     -Byron Bay accommodation - $40 pn

                                                                                      -Cairns accommodation $19 pn 

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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