33 Day Adventure Sydney to Cairns Tour

Experience the epic East Coast with this adventure package! Travel from Sydney to Cairns in 33 days of jumping out of planes, sailing the Whitsundays, exploring Fraser Island and riding Chopper motorbikes! 

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Highlights:

  • Kayak alongside dolphins across glistening waters
  • Wander through the quirky hippie town of Nimbin
  • Canoe across the glassy still waters of the Noosa Everglades
  • Drive 4x4’s on magical Fraser Island to dive into the Champagne Pools, swim through Lake McKenzie and hike Indian Head
  • Sail the stunning Whitsundays, stopping off to explore Whitehaven Beach and snorkel some world-class reefs
  • Stay in beachfront accommodation on Magnetic Island
  • Experience the adrenaline rush of a 15,000ft Skydive over Mission Beach, all to land on the beach!
  • Take on the rapids of the Tully River with a day of White Water Rafting
  • Discover the world’s oldest rainforest with a tour to Cape Tribulation and swim through the Mossman Gorge
  • Snorkel among incredible marine life on the Great Barrier Reef

Inclusions:

  • 2 nights Spot X at the Mojosurf Camp
  • 2 Mojosurf lessons with full equipment hire
  • 3 nights at Nomads Byron Bay
  • 1 Day Nimbin Tour with Grasshoppers
  • 3hr Dolphin Kayak Tour with Go Sea Kayak
  • 2 nights in Surfers Paradise at Bunk
  • 2 nights at Summer House Brisbane
  • 2 nights at Nomads Noosa
  • 1 day Noosa Everglades River Cruise/Canoe with the Discovery Group
  • 3 nights at Dingos Hostel Rainbow Beach
  • 3 hour Dolphin Experience with Dingos
  • 3 day/2 night Dingos Fraser Island Tag Along Safari
  • 2 nights at Southern Cross Hostel in Town of 1770
  • 3 hour Motorbike Tour with Scooteroo
  • 2 nights at Nomads Airlie Beach
  • 2 day/2 night Whitsundays Sailing on Wings
  • 2 nights at Base Magnetic Island
  • Return Magnetic Island Ferry
  • 3 nights at Jackaroo Hostel Mission Beach
  • 14,000ft Skydive Mission Beach
  • 1 day Tully Whitewater Rafting with Raging Thunder
  • 3 nights at Gilligans Cairns
  • 1 Day Great Barrier Reef Trip On Ocean Freedom including 1 introductory dive
  • 1 Day Cape Trib Tour with Active Tropics
  • 15 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 7 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 which 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. 

Days 1, 2 and 3: Sydney - Spot 'X'

Your adventure kicks off in the city of Sydney. Spend an afternoon among icons like the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera house before boarding your overnight bus to Spot X.  The next day 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. 

Meals:

  • Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Included:

  • 2 nights Spot X dorm or tipi accommodation
  • 2 surf lessons
  • 2hr board & bike hire

Optional Extras in Sydney: 

  • 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
  • Arrival: 8am

Note: 

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

 

Day 4: Spot 'X' - Byron Bay 

It’s an early start as you board your bus, bound for the beautiful town of Byron Bay. Arrive in Byron Bay to check into your hostel for 3 nights and set out to explore the bustling town, just bursting with culture! 

Included: 

  • 1 night Byron Bay hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 8am
  • Arrival: 12:10m 

Day 5: 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 5 - BBQ lunch 

Included: 

  • Nimbin Day Trip
  • 1 night Byron Bay hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

 

Day 6: Dolphin Kayaking / Byron Bay 

Experience the perfect Byron Bay morning as you embark on this 3 hour tour to the natural habitat of dolphins, whales and turtles, while you paddle to Australia's most easterly point. Spend the rest of the day discovering all the excitement Byron Bay has to offer!  You might like to take on the waves with another surf lesson, Contact Us to make it happen!

Included: 

  • Dolphin Kayaking Tour
  • 1 night Byron Bay hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • 15,000ft Tandem Skydive - $264pp + $35 APF Levy
  • Half Day Surf Lesson - $69pp
  • Hostel accommodation: private room.

 

Days 7 and 8: Byron Bay - 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 ride. 

Included: 

  • 2 nights Surfers Paradise hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

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

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 12:10pm
  • Arrival: 2pm

 

Days 9 and 10: Surfers Paradise - 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. Arrive at Brisbane Roma Street Transit Centre with plenty of time to 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!

Included: 

  • 2 nights Brisbane hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • 1 Day Stradbroke Island Day Trip - $149pp
  • 1 Day Moreton Island Day Trip - $149pp 

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 10am
  • Arrival: 11:20am

 

Day 11: Brisbane - Noosa 

Today, it’s on to the beautiful coastal town of Noosa. Arrive in Noosa before checking 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!

Included: 

  • 1 night Noosa hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

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

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 11am
  • Arrival: 1:50pm

 

Day 12: 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 12 - Morning tea and BBQ lunch 

Included: 

  • Everglades Day Trip   
  • 1 night Noosa hostel accommodation     

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room.

 

Days 13 and 14: Noosa - Rainbow Beach 

Today, it’s on to the cruisy town of Rainbow Beach, gateway to Fraser Island! Leave Noosa and arrive in laid-back 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. On the morning of day 14 you will head out on an included dolphin experience. 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.  

Meals: 

  •  Day 14 - Breakfast 

Included: 

  • 2 nights at a Rainbow Beach hostel accommodation 
  • 3 hour dolphin experience 

Optional Extras: 

  • 15,000ft Tandem Skydive - $334pp + $35 APF Levy fee
  • 3 hour Surf Lesson - $65pp
  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

Bus time: 

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

 

Days 15, 16 and 17: Fraser Island 

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. On the afternoon of day 17, you'll head back to Rainbow Beach for one more nights included accommodation. 

Meals: 

  • Day 15 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 17 - 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

 

Days 18 and 19: Rainbow Beach -  Scooteroo / 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. Board your overnight bus from the front of your hostel and arrive in 1770 where your shuttle will take you directly to your hostel. 

Included:

  • 2 nights 1770 hostel accommodation
  • Scooteroo Tour  

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

Bus time: 

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

 

Day 20: 1770 - Airlie Beach 

Spend the day farewelling Town of 1770 before boarding your overnight bus to Airlie Beach.

Optional Extras: 

  • 3 hour Surf Lesson - $65pp

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 9:40pm

 

Day 21: Airlie Beach 

Arrive bright and early to 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.

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 22, 23 and 24: 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! Return after midday on day 24 and check into your hostel for a final night in Airlie Beach.

Meals: 

  • Day 22 - Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 23 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 24 - 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 25 and 26: Airlie Beach - Magnetic Island 

Depart Airlie Beach as you head north to the amazing Magnetic Island, via Townsville. Your bus will drop you off outside the ferry terminal where you will board your ferry to Magnetic 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 27: Magnetic Island - Mission Beach 

Check out of your Magnetic Island accommodation and board your ferry back to Townsville, where you will depart for Mission Beach. Arrive 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.

Included: 

  • 1 night Mission Beach hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 2:40pm
  • Arrival:  6:20pm

 

Day 28: Mission Beach 15,000ft Tandem Skydive  

The day has finally arrived! Today you will jump out of a plane from 15,000ft 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!

Included: 

  • 1 night Mission Beach hostel accommodation 
  • 15,000ft Tandem Skydive

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

 

Day 29: 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.

Meals:

  • Day 29 - BBQ Lunch

Included: 

  • 1 night Mission Beach hostel accommodation 
  • White Water Rafting

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

 

Day 30: Mission Beach - Cairns 

Today it’s back en route to Cairns, gateway to world heritage sites, The Great Barrier Reef and ancient Daintree Rainforest. Depart Mission Beach and arrive in sunny Cairns where you will check into your central hostel for 3 nights and set out to explore the town full of endless activities. 

Included: 

  • 1 night Cairns Hostel accommodation

Optional Extras: 

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

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 10:20am
  • Arrival:  12:35pm

Note: 

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

 

Day 31: Great Barrier Reef Day Trip 

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 31 – 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 32: 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 32 – Lunch

Included: 

  • 1 night Cairns hostel accommodation
  • Cape Tribulation Day Trip

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

 

Day 33: Check out 

Today you will check out of your Cairns hostel at 10 am to look back on an incredible adventure of a lifetime, but it isn’t over yet! Farewell your East Coast trip than with a guided bike ride along Cairns Warf and down the esplanade. Visit butterflies and learn about the teachings of aboriginal bush tucker in the botanic gardens. Your trip ends at Marlin Marina with some locally made gelato and unforgettable lifelong memories.

Included: 

  • Cruising Cairns Bike Tour

 Optional Extras: 

  • Extra Cairns hostel accommodation - $24 per night
  • Waterfalls Day Trip - $109pp
  • 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 7pm

Finish Time: 

Cairns Central Railway Station: 12:35pm

  • 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 $15 Fraser Island levy, a $5 dolphin feeding levy, a $30 Mission Beach rafting levy and a $35 skydiving levy applicable to this package. These costs are factored into the total display price but need to be paid directly to your supplier on the day of travel. 
  • 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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