32 Day Budget Sydney to Cairns Tour

Travel the length of Australia's awesome East Coast without wasting your hard earned pennies. Peterpans budget Sydney to Cairns packages will take you through the wilderness of Fraser Island all the way to a sailing adventure at the stunning Whitsundays. 


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  • Explore the magic of Fraser Island as you drive 4x4’s to stunning Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, the Champagne Pools, Indian Head and more
  • Camp beneath the stars in a private campsite just meters from the beach
  • Sail through the stunning Whitsundays in a crew of young adventurous backpackers
  • Spend time on beautiful Whitehaven Beach and snorkel stunning coral reefs
  • Stop of in dreamy East Coast towns Byron Bay, Noosa, Town of 1770 and Cairns



  • 26 hostels, 1 night sail boat, 2 night camping, 2 nights overnight bus 
  • 3 nights Byron Bay at Backpackers Inn
  • 2 nights Surfers Paradise at Sleeping Inn
  • 2 nights Brisbane at Big Bird Backpackers
  • 2 nights Noosa at Nomads
  • 4 nights Rainbow Beach at Dingos Hostel
  • 3 day/2 night Dingos Fraser Island Tag Along Safari
  • 2 nights 1770 at Southern Cross Hostel
  • 3 nights Airlie Beach at Nomads
  • 2 day/1 night Whitsundays Trip
  • 2 nights Magnetic Island at Base
  • Return Magnetic Island Ferry
  • 2 nights Mission Beach at Jackaroo Hostel
  • 4 nights Cairns at Njoy
  • Hop on/hop off Sydney to Cairns bus pass
  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners


**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 to the beautiful town of Byron Bay from Pitt Street at 6:45pm. 

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 

Arrive at Byron Bay around 8:55am, 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 nights hostel accommodation 

Optional Exras: 

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


Days 5 and 6: Byron Bay - Surfers Paradise 

Board your bus to the exciting city on the beach that is Surfers Paradise, aka the Gold Coast. Arrive 10am and check into your central accommodation and head out to uncover the excitement. With a world renowned theme park, spectacular nightlife and beaches in every corner, it’s no wonder this city really is “famous for fun”. Ask Us How you can cuddle a koala at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary or get your adrenaline pumping at the theme parks.


  • 2 night hostel accomodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • Pub Crawl $40pp


Days 7 and 8: Surfers Paradise - Brisbane 

Next, it’s onto the vibrant city of Brisbane at 10am! Arrive at 11:20am and check your awesome accommodation and head into the city. See more when you board the free City Cat or cool off with a dip in the man made city beach.


  • 2 nights hostel accomodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • 1 Day Stradbroke island Tour - $129pp
  • 1 Day Moreton Island Tour - $194pp


Days 9 and 10: Brisbane - Noosa 

Farewell the excitement of Brisbane as you head for Noosa at 2pm, a dreamy coastal town boasting world class beaches and some striking National Parks. Arrive at Noosa at 4:20pm and check into your central accommodation 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 11 and 12: Noosa - Rainbow Beach 

Today you will 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! Arrive at 7pm and heck into your hostel for 2 nights and set out to wonder this dreamy beach town. On the afternoon of day 12, attend a safety briefing in preparation of your Fraser Island trip ahead and meet your fellow adventurers.


  • 2 nights hostel accomodation 
  • 1 Breakfast


Days 13, 14 and 15: 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 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. 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 Fraser Island 4x4 tour 
  • 2 nights camping  


  • Day 13: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Day 14: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Day 15: Breakfast, Lunch 


Day 16: Rainbow Beach 

Enjoy a relaxing day to kick back and recover from your Fraser Island adventure. 


  • 1 night hostel accommodation 
  • 1 Breakfast 


Days 17 and 18: Rainbow Beach - 1770 

These East Coast towns just keep getting better, board your overnight bus at 7pm to the sleepy Town of 1770 arriving at 12:10am before catching your included shuttle to your hostel and checking in for 2 nights.

Enjoy these free days to explore this gem of a place. Note, if heading north, Town of 1770 is one of the last places you can surf on the East Coast, be sure to lock in that surf lesson on these uncrowded, smooth waves. Perhaps you’d like to join a Scooteroo Chopper Motorbike tour and be part of a bikie gang for an afternoon, Ask Us How! On the afternoon of day 19, board your overnight bus to Airlie Beach arriving at the Port of Airlie around 9:30am. 


  • 2 nights hostel accomodation 
  • 1 Breakfast 

Optional Extras: 

  • Scooter - $85pp


Days 19, 20 and 21: 1770 - Airlie Beach 

On the afternoon of day 19, board your overnight bus to Airlie Beach arriving at the Port of Airlie around 9:30am. Upon arrival to Airlie Beach, check into Nomads for 1 night and set out to explore the town. Head down to the town lagoon to relax before your Whitsundays adventure ahead.


  • 1 night accomodation 

Optional Extras:

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


Days 22 and 23: 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 23 for one more night in Airlie Beach.


  • 2 day/1 night Whitsunday sailing tour 
  • 1 nights sail boat accomodation 


  • Day 22: Lunch, Dinner 
  • Day 22: Breakfast, Lunch 


Days 24 and 25: 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 accomodation 


Days 26 and 27: Magnetic Island - Mission Beach 

Farewell Magnetic Island and board your ferry back to Townsville where you will jump on your bus to Mission Beach at 1:50pm. Check into your hostel for 2 nights at 5:20pm. The next 2 days are yours to explore. Mission Beach is home to some of the best adrenaline activities in Australia so if you’re feeling adventurous, jump out of a plane to land on the beach or take on the rapids of the Tully River with a day of White Water Rafting, Ask Us How!


  • 2 nights hostel accomodation 
  • 2 Breakfasts 

Optional Extras: 

  • 14,000ft Skydive - $334pp
  • 1 Day River Rafting - $159pp


Days 28 29, 30 and 31: Mission Beach - Cairns 

Board your bus from Mission Beach to Cairns at 5:20pm. Upon arrival at 7:30pm, check into your hostel for 5 nights and set out to explore the town! 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!


  • 4 days hostel accomodation 

Optional Extras: 

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


Day 32: Cairns 

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


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**Please note 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 departs any Tuesday, Friday and Sunday of the year, the schedule is flexible and can be customised to better suit your travel dates.


Start Times: 

Sydney Pitt Street: 6:45pm 

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 $490 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. There is also an optional $10 sleeping bag hire for this leg of your journey. 
  • Please note, surcharges may apply to holiday periods, Christmas and New Years.
  • Extra accomodation can be purchased for the following fees: Sydney accommodaiton $25 per night, Byron Bay accommodation $40 per night, Cairns accommodation $19 per night

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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