33 Day Adventure Cairns to Sydney Tour

We’ve jam-packed all of the very best East Coast adventures into this adrenaline pumping, thrill-seeking action-packed journey from Cairns to Sydney. From skydives over Mission Beach to sailing trips through the Whitsundays, our most popular Adventure Australian East Coast package has it all!


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  • Take in views of the north Queensland coastline before diving from your plane at 14,000 ft, all to land right on the beach amid palm tree’s by the sea, THIS is living
  • Sail through the Whitsundays aboard a dreamy catamaran, stopping off to see Whitehaven Beach and snorkel epic reefs
  • Drive 4x4’s across the beaches of Fraser Island to explore ancient rainforests, swim through Lake McKenzie and hike Indian Head
  • Spend an afternoon living the life of a bikie as you ride a Chopper Motorbike through Town of 1770
  • Try your hand at White Water Rafting amid the wilderness on the Tully River
  • Spend 3 nights in beautiful Byron Bay


  • 2 nights Spot X at the Mojosurf Camp
  • 2 Mojosurf lessons with full equipment hire
  • 3 nights Byron Bay at Nomads
  • 1 Day Nimbin Tour with Grasshoppers
  • 2 nights Surfers Paradise at Sleeping Inn
  • 2 nights Brisbane at Summer House
  • 2 nights Noosa at Nomads
  • 1 day Noosa Everglades River Cruise/Canoe with the Discovery Group
  • 3 nights Rainbow Beach at Dingos Hostel
  • Dolphin Kayaking with Epic Ocean Adventures
  • 3 day/2 night Dingos Fraser Island Tag Along Safari
  • 2 nights 1770 at Southern Cross Hostel
  • 3-hour Motorbike Tour with Scooteroo
  • 2 nights Airlie Beach at Nomads
  • 2 day/2 night Whitsundays Sailing on Wings
  • 2 nights Magnetic Island at Base
  • Return Magnetic Island Ferry
  • 3 nights Mission Beach at Jackaroo Hostel
  • 1 day Tully Whitewater Rafting with Raging Thunder
  • 14,000ft Skydive Mission Beach
  • 3 nights Cairns at Gilligans
  • 1 Day Great Barrier Reef Trip On Ocean Freedom including 1 introductory dive
  • 1 Day Cape Trib Tour with Active Tropics
  • Cruising Cairns Bike Tour


**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: Cairns

Kick off your trip in the adventure hub of Cairns. 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 2: Cairns and Great Barrier Reecf

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 3: Mossman Gorge

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 4: Cairns - Mission Beach

Today you’ll farewell Cairns to make your way down the coast for the tropical haven of Mission Beach. Check into your hostel for 3 nights and set out to discover this charming town teeming with incredible Australian wildlife, discover it all with a hike through the tropical rainforest.


Day 5: 14,000ft SkyDive

The day has finally arrived! Today you will jump out of a plane from 14,000ft over spectacular views of the Queensland coastline! Freefall for up to 60 seconds, then float high above the ocean before landing right on the beach next to palm trees and shorelines! We promise an unforgettable experience of a lifetime which you’ll be buzzing about for days after!


Day 6: White Water Rafting Tully River

Today you will be picked up bright and early for an action-packed day of White Water Rafting on the raging Tully River! With guaranteed water levels all year round, we promise an epic day of splashes, waterfall drops and adventure in huge rapids before a delicious BBQ lunch beside the river.


Days 7 and 8: Mission Beach -  Magnetic Island

The next stop is a secluded island off the coast of Townsville. A short ride will bring you to Townsville ferry terminal where you’ll cross glistening waters to reach Magnetic 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 9: Magnetic Island - Airlie Beach

Depart dreamy Magnetic Island on a ferry as you make your way to Airlie Beach via Townsville. 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.


Days 10, 11 and 12: Whitsundays 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 12 and check into your hostel for a final night in Airlie Beach.

Optional add-ons:

14,000ft Skydive $334pp

60 min scenic flight $219pp

Jetboat $69pp


Day 13: Airlie Beach - 1770

Spend a day relaxing after your Whitsundays adventure before boarding your overnight bus to Agnes Waters aka Town of 1770.

Optional add ons:

14,000ft Skydive $334pp

60 min scenic flight $219pp

Jetboat $69pp


Day 14: 1770

Arrive in the coastal Queensland Town of 1770, home to some awesome wave breaks, beautiful beaches and hiking tracks. 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!


Day 15: 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 16: 1770 - Rainbow Beach

Board your bus for a short ride to the cruisy town of Rainbow Beach, gateway to Fraser Island! 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.

Optional add ons:

3-hour surf lesson $65pp

14,000ft Skydive $369pp


Day 17: 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 on’s:

3-hour surf lesson $65pp

14,000ft Skydive $369pp


Days 18, 19 and 20: Rainbow Beach - Fraser Island - Rainbow Beach

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 meters from the beach. What better way to experience this gem of a location? Return to Rainbow Beach via ferry late on day 20 for a farewell gathering and one more night.


Day 21: Rainbow Beach - Noosa

Today, it’s on to the beautiful coastal town of Noosa, 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 22: Noosa

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!


Days 23 and 24: Noosa - Brisbane

Board your bus to the vibrant city of Brisbane for 2 days and 2 nights trekking through botanic gardens, swimming in man-made city beaches and experiencing Queensland’s capital city. Board the free City Cat ferry and cruise the iconic Brisbane River. You might even like to head out to Moreton Island for a day of sandboarding, snorkelling, riding Quad Bikes and more. Ask Us How!

Optional add-ons:

1 Day Stradbroke island Tour $129pp

1 Day Moreton Island Tour $194pp


Days 25 and 26: Brisbane - Surfers Paradise

Check into your Surfers Paradise accommodation for 2 nights on the “famous for fun” Gold Coast. 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 or jump into a powerful Surfers Paradise Jet Boat for some 360-degree spins and shallow water skimming, Ask Us How.

Optional add-ons:

Pub Crawl $40pp


Day 27: Surfers Paradise - Byron Bay

Board your bus, bound for the beautiful town of Byron Bay. Check into your hostel for 3 nights and set out to explore the bustling town, just bursting with culture! You might like to take on the iconic “lighthouse run”, spot whales on the horizon along the way and be rewarded with 360-degree views of the town once you reach the top!


Day 28: Nimbin

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.


Days 29: Byron Bay

Today is yours to discover all the excitement Byron Bay has to offer! You might like to kayak alongside dolphins or take on the waves with a surf lesson, Contact Us to make it happen!

Optional add ons:

Dolphin Kayaking $69pp

14,000ft Skydive $334pp


Day 30: Spot X

Head south to Spot X. You’ll know you’re on the East Coast when your bus rolls up to the Spot X Mojo Surf Camp, the next 2 nights are spent well off the beaten track at a secluded secret surf location.

Optional add-ons:

Dolphin Kayaking $69pp

14,000ft Skydive $334pp


Day 31: Byron Bay

Today you’ll awake to the sound of the waves crashing right outside your door before joining your first Mojo surf lesson on some of Australia’s best waves. The next two days are all about sand, surf and action, nights will be spent relaxing by the campfire as the sun sets, what could be better?


Day 32: Byron Bay - Sydney

After your final surf lesson and a blissful day spent living the life of a professional, board your overnight bus to Sydney.


Day 33: Sydney

Arrive bright and early in Sydney where your East Coast adventure comes to an end. Where to next? Sydney is the starting point for a plethora of other incredible Australian trips, so what will it be? Uluru? Melbourne? Thailand? The sky is the limit, let Peterpans help you plan your next adventure!

Optional add on’s:

Sydney accommodation $25 per night

1 Day Blue Mountains Tour $135

1 Day Port Stephens Tour $139pp

1 Day Jenolan Caves Tour $149pp



Note: This package is designed to work with a Premier Bus timetable and is available without transport if you wish to travel by car!

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

  • Some meals are not included, see inclusions
  • Optional $10 for sleeping bag hire on Fraser Island
  • Compulsory $35 Australian Parachute Federation fee for skydive, payable on arrival
  • Compulsory $30 insurance fee for white water rafting, payable on arrival

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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