24 Day Social Sydney to Cairns Tour

Make moments, memories and lifelong mates with this incredible Sydney to Cairns package! Stopping off to explore Fraser Island and party through the Whitsundays on the Atlantic Clipper, the good times won't stop rolling with this East Coast tour. 

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Highlights:

  • Join a Dingos Tag Along tour and drive 4x4's on Fraser Island in a group of adventurous backpackers! Swim through Lake McKenzie and hike Indian Head between camping beneath the stars in a private campsite! 
  • Cruise through the Whitsundays on the Atlantic Clipper, a boat famous for its awesome facilities, great crew and amazing parties
  • Spend time on beautiful Whitehaven Beach 
  • Snorkel and scuba dive the spectacular Great Barrier Reef 
  • Stay in beachfront accommodation on Magnetic Island 
  • Travel through the Atherton Tablelands in a young, fun group of travellers with Uncle Brian 
  • Be shown the ropes of partying in Cairns and Surfers Paradise 

Inclusions:

  • 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 1 BBQ Lunch and 4 Dinners
  • 3 nights in Byron Bay at Nomads
  • 1 Day Nimbin Tour with Grasshoppers
  • Half Day Surf Lesson with Mojo Surf
  • 2 nights in Surfers Paradise
  • The Wicked Pub Crawl Surfers Paradise
  • 3 nights in Rainbow Beach at Dingos Hostel
  • Dolphin Kayaking with Epic Ocean Adventures
  • 3 day/2 night Dingos Fraser Island Tag Along Safari
  • Dingos Afterparty
  • 3 nights in Airlie Beach at Nomads
  • 2 day/2 night Whitsundays Sailing on the Atlantic Clipper
  • Atlantic Clipper Afterparty
  • 2 nights Magnetic Island at Base
  • Return Magnetic Island Ferry
  • 4 nights Cairns at Gilligans
  • 1 Day Great Barrier Reef Trip On Ocean Freedom including 1 introductory dive
  • Bungy Jump
  • 1 Day Atherton Tablelands Tour with Waterfall Wanderers
  • Ultimate Party Pub crawl Cairns
  • Flexible Sydney to Cairns East Coast bus pass 

 

*Please note that this package is designed to work with an East Coast bus pass. 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 the afternoon exploring the iconic bars and historic pubs 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
  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 7pm

 

Day 2: Byron Bay

Upon arrival to Byron Bay, check into your central accommodation at Nomads and get to know your dorm mates before setting out to explore the town. 

Included: 

  • 1 night Byron Bay hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

Bus time: 

  • Arrival: 7:45am

 

Day 3: Nimbin / Byron Bay

Today it’s off into the Byron Bay hinterland better known as Nimbin, a quirky hippie town full of dreadlocked locals and some “homegrown surprises”. Board your rainbow bus with your fellow backpackers and set out into the township for some “souvenir shopping”, a BBQ lunch (yes, there are vegetarian options) and an afternoon of tunes and waterfall hopping with an awesome crew! 

Meals:

  • Day 3 - BBQ lunch 

Included: 

  • Nimbin Day Trip
  • 1 night Byron Bay hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room.  

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!

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 - Surfer's Paradise & Club Crawl

Farewell beautiful Byron Bay as you board your bus to Surfers Paradise, home to Australia’s most amazing nightlife and an ongoing party in a city on the beach! Come evening, we’ve taken the stress out of your party planning and signed you up for the city’s biggest night out! “The Wicked Party Tour”, is infamous for its knowledge of the best clubs and bar owners. 

Included: 

  • Club Crawl Night  Surfers Paradise 
  • 1 night Surfers Paradise hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room.  

Day 6: Surfer's Paradise

Spend time in this beautiful city on the beach, where the skyline meets the ocean and the sun is always shining. You might like to visit Dreamworld to take on the 9 big thrill rides. Ask Us How.

 

Included: 

  • 1 night Surfers Paradise hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • Gold Coast 2 day/1 night Camping Adventures - $179pp
  • Springbrooke Rock Pool Trip - $70pp
  • Dreamworld Day Ticket - $85pp
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary - $79pp
  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

 

Day 7: Surfer's Paradise - Rainbow Beach

Today, it’s on to Rainbow Beach, feel the excitement bubble as you pull into this cruisy beach town which is also the gateway to magical Fraser Island. Join a free guided walk tour to Carlo Sandblow, this magnificent sand dune overlooks the coloured sands making sunset an incredible time of day.

Included: 

  • 1 night Rainbow Beach hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 9:30am
  • Arrival: 4:25pm

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.  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: 

  • Great Beach Drive Adventure + Dolphin Kayaking
  • 1 night Rainbow Beach hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

 

Days 9, 10 and 11: Fraser Island

Today you will set out on an unforgettable trip of a lifetime on magical Fraser Island in a group of fellow young, venturous backpackers. Dingo’s 4x4 tag along tour is world renowned as the ultimate way to discover Fraser Island. The next 3 days are spent driving 4x4’s along the beach to swim through crystal clear Lake McKenzie, dive into the Champagne Pools and 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. 

 Meals: 

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

Included:

  • 3 day 4x4 Fraser Island Tour
  • 2 nights camp accommodation
  • Dingos after party
  • 1 night Rainbow Beach hostel accommodation

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

 

Day 12: Rainbow Beach - Airlie Beach 

Enjoy a much-needed sleep in and a day recovering from your adventure by the ocean before boarding your overnight bus to Airlie Beach.

Meals: 

  • Day 12 - Breakfast

Optional Extras: 

  • 3 hour surf lesson - $65pp
  • 15,000ft Tandem Skydive - $334pp + $35 APF Levy fee

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 4:25pm

 

Day 13: Airlie Beach

Arrive in Airlie Beach early on day 13 and check into Nomads for 1 night. Head to the town lagoon for chill time before an evening spent partying in true tropical Queensland! Be sure to head to Mama Africa’s and Down Under Bar for those cheap drinks, awesome atmosphere and good tunes!

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: 9:45pm

 

Days 14, 15 and 16: Whitsundays Sailing

Are you ready for the ride of your life? Feel the excitement kick in as you board the world famous Atlantic Clipper for 2 days and 2 nights as you sail through the Whitsundays on a party boat equipped with 52 young, fun travellers, 2 waterslides, a dive platform, a heated spa bath and many other awesome facilities. 

 Meals: 

  • Day 14 – Dinner
  • Day 15 – Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Day 16 – Breakfast

Included: 

  • 2 nights Whitsundays sailboat accommodation
  • Atlantic Clipper Whitsundays boat trip
  • 1 night Airlie Beach hostel accommodation
  • Atlantic Clipper after party

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

 

Day 17: Airlie Beach

Enjoy a cruisy day in Airlie Beach to recover from your amazing Whitsundays adventure.

Included:

  • 1 night Airlie Beach hostel accommodation

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

 

Days 18 and 19: Airlie Beach - Magnetic Island

Pull yourself out of bed as your adventure kicks on to Magnetic Island! Board your bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville, 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!  On day 19, grab your free hire snorkel gear and discover the stunning surrounding coral reefs or round up a crew to hire a convertible Barbie car to drive around the island, we guarantee laughs!

Included: 

  • 2 nights Magnetic Island hostel accommodation
  • Welcome drink
  • Snorkel hire

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room.  

Day 20: Magnetic Island - Cairns

Farewell the island vibes of Magnetic Island as you board your ferry and head back to Townsville. Your bus will then take you further on to Cairns! Check into Gilligans for 4 nights, a hostel famous for its social atmosphere, pool and central nightclub!

Included: 

  • 1 night Cairns Hostel accommodation

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room.

Bus time: 

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

 

Day 21: Great Barrier Reef & Pub crawl

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! Later on you will meet up with our mates at Ultimate Cairns Pub Crawl to show the ropes of partying through this town on a double-decker bus, stopping off at all the best bars and hotspots. 

Meals: 

  • Day 21 – Breakfast, lunch

Included: 

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

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 22: Bungy Jump Cairns

Feeling adventurous? Why not take the plunge form 50 meters high into the dense wilderness in the heart of tropical Queensland! Bungy jump Cairns with AJ Hackett! 

Included: 

  • Bungy Jump
  • 1 night Cairns hostel accommodation

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

Day 23: Atherton Tablelands

Discover the majesty and beauty of North Queensland’s most iconic waterfalls, pristine rainforests, and stunning panoramas on this breathtaking 1-day tour with Waterfall Wanderers. Swim beneath cascading Milla Milla falls, get your famous hair flick photograph, slide down Josephine falls, natures own waterslide, visit ancient crater lake, Lake Eacham and spot an abundance of amazing Australian wildlife. 

  Meals: 

  • Day 23 – Lunch

Included: 

  • 1 night Cairns hostel accommodation
  • Waterfalls 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 full of amazing memories and lifelong mates! 

Optional Extras: 

  • Extra Cairns hostel accommodation - $24 per night
  • Cruising Cairns Bike Tour - $69pp
  • Cape Tribulation Day Trip - $169pp
  • 15,000ft Tandem Skydive - $299pp + $35 APF 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 at 6:45pm

Finish Time: 

Cairns Central Accommodation: 10am checkout 

 

  • 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
  • Please note that there is a $10 Fraser Island levy, and a $10 Cairns bungy jump levy applicable to this package. These fees are already factored into the cost of your package and need to be paid directly on the day of travel to the supplier. 
  • 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 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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