33 Day Social Sydney to Cairns Tour

Make lifelong mates from Sydney to Cairns in 33 epic days! Party through the Whitsundays and camp beneath the stars on Fraser Island, all in the company of like-minded, adventurous travellers.

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Highlights:

  • Learn to surf with Mojo Surf at dreamy Spot X, a secret surf location that’s all about sunshine, surf, drinks by the campfire and good vibes
  • Ride a colourful bus into the Byron Bay hills to spend the day in Nimbin
  • Experience real Gold Coast nightlife on a night out with The Wicked Pub Crawl 
  • Paddle a canoe over the glassy surfaces of the Noosa Everglades
  • Join a dolphin kayaking tour over the glistening waters of Rainbow beach
  • Explore Fraser Island with Dingos in a crew of adventurous backpackers as you drive 4x4’s to stunning Lake McKenzie, Indian Head, Eli Creek and more, camping beneath the stars in a private campsite each night
  • Party your way through the stunning Whitsunday Island aboard the Atlantic Clipper, a world-famous sailing yacht, known for epic atmosphere and amazing parties
  • Spend 2 nights in beachfront accommodation on dreamy Magnetic Island
  • Take on the rapids of the Tully River with a full day of White Water Rafting
  • Skydive from a plane at 15,000ft and take in amazing coastal views before landing on the beach surrounded by palm trees
  • Snorkel the incredible Great Barrier Reef with Ocean Freedom and experience the reef from a whole different perspective with a scuba dive
  • Party your way through Cairns with the Ultimate Cairns Pubcrawl on a double-decker bus

Inclusions:

  • 2 nights Spot X at the Mojosurf Camp
  • 2 Mojosurf lessons with full equipment hire
  • 3 nights in Byron Bay at Nomads
  • 1 Nimbin Day Tour with Grasshoppers
  • 3hr Dolphin Kayak Tour with Go Sea Kayak
  • 3 nights in Surfers Paradise at Bunk
  • Wicked Club Crawl Surfers Paradise
  • 2 nights in Brisbane at Summer House
  • 2 nights in Noosa at Nomads
  • 1 day Noosa Everglades River Cruise/Canoe with the Discovery Group
  • 3 nights in Rainbow Beach at Dingos Hostel
  • 3 hour Dolphin Experience with Dingos
  • 3 day/2 night Dingos Fraser Island 4x4 Tag Along Safari
  • Dingos After Party
  • 3 nights in Airlie Beach at Nomads
  • 2 day/2 night Whitsundays Sailing Trip on the Atlantic Clipper
  • Atlantic Clipper After Party
  • 2 nights on Magnetic Island at Base
  • Return Magnetic Island Ferry
  • 3 nights in Mission Beach at Jackaroo Hostel
  • 14,000ft Mission Beach Skydive
  • 1 day Tully Whitewater Rafting with Raging Thunder
  • 3 nights in Cairns at Gilligans
  • 1 Day Great Barrier Reef Trip On Ocean Freedom including 1 introductory dive
  • Ultimate Party Pubcrawl Cairns
  • 1 Day Atherton Tablelands Tour with Waterfall Wanderers
  • 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 8 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' 

Spend the afternoon exploring the iconic bars and historic pubs of Sydney before boarding your overnight bus to Spot X. Arrive in epic Spot X, home of the Mojo Surf Camp, way off the beaten track and bustling with backpackers and travellers alike! The next 2 days are all about surf, sun, good times and great 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 Tour $135pp
  • Jenolan Caves Day Tour $149pp
  • Port Stephens Day Tour $165pp
  • Jervis Bay Day Tour $155pp
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tasting $155pp
  • Skydive $294pp + $35 APF Levy
  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 11:30pm
  • 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 farewell your new found mates at Spot X and board your Bus to the mellow town of Byron Bay! Upon arrival, check into your central accommodation at Nomads and get to know your dorm mates before setting out to explore the town. Byron comes alive at night with awesome beachside bars, bustling nightclubs and an epic line up of live music, get amongst it!

Included: 

  • 1 night Byron Bay hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

Bus time: 

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

 

Day 5: 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 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, 8 and 9: Byron Bay - Pub Crawl / Surfers Paradise 

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! Check into your central hostel and get to know your fellow dorm mates. The next 3 days are all yours to discover why this city is “famous for fun”. Spend time in this beautiful city on the beach, where the skyline meets the ocean and the sun is always shining. You also have an included pub crawl in Surfers! 

Included: 

  • Club Crawl Night  Surfers Paradise 
  • 3 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. 

 

Days 10 and 11: Surfers Paradise - Brisbane 

Farewell Surfers Paradise as you board your bus to buzzing Brisbane. Arrive in sunny Brisbane and check into your central hostel for 2 nights and set out to get amongst all this city has to offer. Head to Fortitude Valley to experience one of the most vibrant nightlife on the East Coast. 

Included: 

  • 2 nights Brisbane hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • 1 Day Stradbroke Island Day Trip - $149pp
  • 1 Day Moreton Island Day Trip - $149pp 
  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 9:30am
  • Arrival: 10:45pm

 

Day 12: Brisbane - Noosa 

Board your bus for a short ride to Noosa, check into Nomads and set out to fall in love with this dreamy beach town. Explore the bustling bars, beautiful beaches and a lively main street of Noosa. It’s all yours for the next 2 nights.

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 13: Noosa Everglades 

Gear up for an incredible adventure as you head with your group of young, adventurous travellers 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 13 - Morning tea and BBQ lunch 

Included: 

  • Everglades Day Trip   
  • 1 night Noosa hostel accommodation     

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

Days 14 and 15: Noosa -  Dolphin Experience / 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. Arrive in Rainbow beach just outside your hostel, check into Dingos hostel for 2 nights and meet your fellow dorm mates, we guarantee most of them will be joining you on your Fraser Island safari! On the morning of day 15, you will 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 humpback 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. 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 15 - Breakfast 

Included: 

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

Optional Extras: 

  • 3 hour Surf Lesson - $65pp
  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

Bus time: 

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

 

Days 16, 17 and 18: Fraser Island 4x4 Tour 

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. Nights will be spent with your group telling tales beneath the stars in your own private campsite, just metres from the beach. On the afternoon of day 18 you'll head back to Rainbow Beach for an afterparty and your last night of accommodation here. 

Meals: 

  • Day 16 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 17 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 18 - 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

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

 

Days 19, 20 and 21: 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. Arrive in Airlie Beach early on day 20 and check into Nomads for 3 nights.

Included: 

  • 2 nights 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: 

  • Departure: 4:25pm
  • Arrival: 9:45am

 

Days 22, 23 and 24: Whitsunday 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 night 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. On day 24 you'll head back to port for an afterparty and your last night of accommodation here. 

 Meals: 

  • Day 22 – Dinner
  • Day 23 – Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Day 24 – 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. 

 

Days 25 and 26: 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 26, 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: 

  • 15,000ft Tandem Skydive - $299pp + $35 APF Levy fee (Airlie Beach)
  • Hostel accommodation: private room. 

Bus time: 

  • Departure: 7:30am
  • Arrival:  12:20pm

Note: 

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

 

Day 27: Magnetic Island - Mission Beach 

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 beautiful Mission Beach. Check into Jackaroo Hostel for 3 nights and meet your dorm mates.

Included: 

  • 1 night Mission Beach hostel accommodation 

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room.

Bus time: 

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

Note: 

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

 

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. (Check with our travel experts the options and rates available).

 

Day 29: Tully River White Water Rafting 

Today you will be picked up bright and early for an action-packed day of White Water Rafting on the raging Tully River! There is no experience necessary, just a can-do attitude and taste for adventure as you head into the rainforest in a crew of other adventurous travellers. 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 Day Trip

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

 

Day 31: Great Barrier Reef Day Trip / Pub crawl / Cairns 

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! Tonight you have an inlcuded pub crawl so you can hit the town! 

Meals: 

  • Day 31 – Breakfast, lunch

Included: 

  • 1 night Cairns hostel accommodation
  • Great Barrier Reef Day tour including introductory dive
  • 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 32: 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 32 – Lunch

Included: 

  • 1 night Cairns hostel accommodation
  • Waterfalls Day Trip

Optional Extras: 

  • Hostel accommodation: private room. (Check with our travel experts the options and rates available).

 

Day 33: Cairns 

Today you will check out of your Cairns hostel 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. 

Included: 

  • Cruising Cairns Bike Tour

 Optional Extras: 

  • Extra Cairns hostel accommodation - $24 per night
  • Cape Tribulation Day Trip - $169pp
  • 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 11:30pm

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 a $15 Fraser Island levy for Fraser Island, a $30 white water rafting levy and a $35 local skydiving levy apply to this trip. These costs are factored into the total prie but need to be paid directly to the 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 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 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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