37 Day Adventure Melbourne - Cairns (or Reverse)

Experience the ultimate East Coast package that soaks in the full length of the East Coast from Melbourne - Cairns. Including Fraser Island camping, Whitsunday Sailing, Mission beach skydiving, Great Barrier Reef snorkelling and so much more! 

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Highlights

  • Drive 4x4s on Fraser Island to hike through rainforests, swim in the aqua blue Lake McKenzie, hike Indian Head and so much more 
  • Camp beneath the stars in a private campsite just meters from the beach 
  • Skydive Mission Beach form 14,000 ft, take in incredible coastal views before landing right on the beach surrounded by palm trees 
  • Canoe the Noosa Everglades, an incredible serene "River of Mirrors" exclusive to Australia and Florida! 
  • Scuba dive one of the 7 Wonders of the Natural World with a day on the Great Barrier Reef 
  • Learn to surf on some of Australia's best waves 

Inclusions 

  • 3 nights Melbourne accommodation 
  • 3 nights Sydney accommodation 
  • 3 nights Byron Bay accommodation 
  • 1 Day Nimbin Tour
  • Half Day Surf lesson 
  • 2 nights in Surfers Paradise accommodation 
  • 2 nights Brisbane accommodation 
  • 2 nights Noosa accommodation 
  • 1 day Noosa Everglades River Cruise/Canoe
  • 3 nights Rainbow Beach accommodation 
  • FREE 3 hour Dolphin Experience
  • 3 day/2 night Dingos Fraser Island Tag Along Safari 
  • 2 nights Town of 1770 accommodation 
  • 2 nights Airlie Beach accommodation 
  • 2 day/2 night Whitsundays Sailing tour 
  • 2 nights Magnetic Island accommodation 
  • Return Magnetic Island Ferry 
  • 2 nights Mission Beach accommodation 
  • 14,000ft Skydive Mission Beach 
  • 3 nights Cairns accommodation 
  • 1 Day Great Barrier Reef Trip including 1 introductory dive 
  • 1 Day Atherton Tablelands Tour 

Day 1- Arrive Melbourne

Your East Coast package starts in the fan favourite city of Melbourne! This artsy capital has more than enough to keep you busy for a few days as you head into town and check into your Melbourne accommodation for 3 nights. 

Day 2 - Melbourne

Today is yours free to explore Melbourne! Hit the art galleries, check out Federation Square, cycle along the river and check out some of the many backstreet coffee houses this city is famous for. 

Day 3 - Melbourne

Today is another day free to explore the Victorian capital! Why not get to know the surrounding areas? Ask us how you can take a Great Ocean Road day trip to see this iconic stretch of coastal, head out to explore the Yarra Valley wineries or spot wild penguins on Phillip Island! 

Day 4 - Overnight bus from Melbourne to Sydney

This morning you'll check out of your Melbourne accommodation. The rest of the day is yours free to relax before you head on your overnight bus this evening to Sydney. 

Day 5 - Sydney

Welcome to Sydney! Check into your Sydney accommodation for 2 nights and then head out to explore all the city has to offer! Head to the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House for some classic photos before wandering the museums and parks. 

Day 6 - Sydney

Today is yours free to explore Sydney! As well as being one of Australia's most iconic cities, it also boasts heaps of awesome day trips including Bondi Beach, the Hunter Valley, and Blue Mountains tours! Chat to one of our travel experts to find out how to book! 

Day 7 - Sydney

Today is your final day free in Sydney! Head out to explore the surrounding area before heading out to enjoy your final night! 

Day 8 - Overnight bus from Sydney to Byron Bay

This morning you'll check out of your Sydney accommodation and spend the rest of the day soaking in the city vibe. This evening you'll jump on board your overnight bus to the iconic oceanside town of Byron Bay. 

Day 9 - Byron Bay

Today is yours free to kick back and enjoy Byron. With stunning coastal walks as well as plenty of hinterland, and awesome nightlife - there's plenty to keep you busy. 

Day 10 - Nimbin / Byron Bay

Today you'll be heading out on one of the most famous Byron Bay tours to the neighbouring town of Nimbin, nestled high in the Byron Bay Hinterland. Travel in a custom built retro coach with kick-ass beats choreographed to the day! Visit beautiful national park and waterfall, check out an authentic country Aussie pub, venture into the rainforest and even cook up a massive Aussie BBQ lunch! Plus we have time to explore the historic village of Nimbin, where you can visit the hemp museum, check out some of the weird and wonderful local stores. This afternoon you'll head back into town for your second night's included Byron Bay accommodation. 

Meal(s) included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - Byron Bay

Today is yours free to explore Byron Bay! With so many stunning beaches, why not ask us how to add on a uniquely Australian coastal activity like surf lessons or a dolphin kayak? 

Day 12 - Surfers Paradise

Head from the laidback town of Byron to the thriving coastal city of Surfers Paradise! As well as incredible beaches, Surfers Paradise is also iconic for its thriving nightlife! You'll check into your Gold Coast accommodation for 2 nights and then head out to explore! 

Day 13 - Surfers Paradise

Today is another free day to explore the area. Chill out on the beach, head out on a national park day tour or simply hang out at one of the local beachside coffeeshops. 

Day 14 - Brisbane

Wave goodbye to Surfers Paradise and hello to the capital of sunny Queensland - Brisbane! You'll be staying here for 2 nights so soak in the city atmosphere and enjoy. 

Day 15 - Brisbane

You have one final day in the city vibe before moving onto Noosa so soak in the sites. Head to Southbank to check out the art galleries or hit the town in Fortitude Valley - an iconic nightlife district. 

Day 16 - Noosa

This morning you'll wave goodbye to Brisbane and hello to Noosa as you make your way to the Sunshine Coast. Check into your Noosa accommodation for 2 nights and then head out to explore! 

Day 17 - Noosa Everglades / Noosa

Today you'll be picked up for a Noosa Everglades tour - one of only 2 ecosystems in the world! You will kayak through the still waters and explore all the hidden waterways that make this area so iconic.  Set off across the shallow waters of Lake Cootharaba towards the mirrored waterways of the narrows and begin to experience the serene tranquillity of the Noosa Everglades under your own paddle. Keep an eye out for the majestic jabiru! 75min scenic paddle through ancient landscapes, sub-tropical rainforest and the stunning sea of lilies (certain times of year) to Fig Tree Point. Surrounded by expansive vistas and the vast Cooloola Sand Patch and crossing through the sublime sea of lilies, quietly spotting the abundant bird and river life along the way. After an inlcuded lunch, you will head back around 3pm where you have a final night to rest. 

Meal(s) included: Lunch

Day 18 - Rainbow Beach

Today you'll make your way up the East Coast to Rainbow Beach. Check into your beachfront accommodation and then head out to explore! You'll be staying at this Rainbow Beach hostel for a total of 3 nights so get comfortable - with daily free guided walks to the Carlo Sandblow and free pancake breakfasts, that's not hard to do! This evening you'll attend a compulsory 5pm safety briefing at your hostel for your upcoming Fraser Island tour tomorrow! 

Day 19 - Dolphin Experience / Rainbow Beach

This morning you're up bright and early to go see dolphins in the wild - a unique, Australian experience! Depart Rainbow Beach at 6:45am 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 directly on arrival and you will have the opportunity to feed the dolphins at an optional cost of $5 for a bucket of food. Midmorning you will be transferred back to Rainbow Beach. This evening you'll attend a compulsory 5pm safety briefing at your hostel for your upcoming Fraser Island tour tomorrow! 

Day 20 - Fraser Island

We begin with a morning brief where we cover the following: Pack cars, check equipment, Dingo’s safety, and driver briefing. at 9.30am we depart for Fraser Island. We drive approx 10 minutes to the barge (ferry) and board for our 10-minute barge crossing. Once we have arrived on the world's biggest sand island, we then drive for 1 hour to the Eurong resort along 75 Mile beach...Fraser Island's own highway with speed limits! There you can grab a coffee and chocolate croissant (own cost) for morning tea. From here is when the big adventure begins as we drive to the famous Lake McKenzie...arguably the most popular and picturesque highlight of Fraser! Here we stop for some lunch, and for some quality time to have a play in the amazingly clear waters with your new found friends! Around 3pm we drive up the beach to our campsite, for an early dinner and some well-deserved drinks and fun!  Fraser Island camping is the ultimate way to experience the true beauty of the island. 

Meal(s) included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 21 - Fraser Island

Arise in the morning for a quick breakfast before you begin your busiest day on Fraser Island and head off to see Eli Creek, a beautifully clear creek perfect for a relaxing swim. Travelling north we then stop at Maheno shipwreck for some photos and short history lesson about this famous Fraser Island icon. Shortly after we travel up to Indian Head, Fraser Island's highest point. From here you may be lucky enough to see whales and sharks in the ocean before we travel to Champagne pools for a dip! You'll have lunch at either Maheno shipwreck or Champagne pools on day 2 depending on time constraints, safety, and beauty! In the afternoon, travel back to camp for dinner and drinks. 

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22 - Fraser Island / Rainbow Beach

Start with breakfast, before cleaning and take down of your campsite. You'll then drive to the beginning of the Lake Wabby walk, where you'll walk through the sand dunes to this tropical paradise! Lunch follows your trip to Lake Wabby before you begin your drive down the beach heading back to the barge. Once back on the mainland, head back to the 4WD shed where you unpack and quickly clean the cars. Return to Dingos Resort between 3pm and 4pm.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 23 - 1770

Today you'll head to the Town of 1770 - an off the beaten path gem of the East Coast. You'll be spending 2 nights here so enjoy. Chose to either laze on the beach or else book some awesome optional add-ons like riding your own Chopper motorbike or surf lessons! Ask us how. 

Day 24 - Scooteroo / 1770

For a unique biker experience - come and join us for the ride of your life on your own mini Chopper motorbike. Check in at the Scooteroo shed and get fitted out with your leathers and helmets, then head to the training track to begin your session with our experienced Biker Staff. After a short safety briefing, mount your bikes and get ready for the Ride of Your Life all around Agnes Water and up to the historical Town of 1770.  Tonight is your final stay here so enjoy! 

Day 25 - Overnight bus to Airlie Beach

This morning you'll check out of your 1770 accommodation. This evening you will jump on board your overnight bus to the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands - Airlie Beach! 

Day 26 - Airlie Beach

This morning you'll check into your central Airlie Beach accommodation. No time to waste! Drop your bags and head out to explore this beachside town before preparing for your Whitsundays tour tomorrow! 

Day 27 - Whitsundays

At Check-in guests are provided with a soft bag to take on the tour. After check-in, guests are welcome to leave their carry-on luggage in our office, prior to the transfer to Abell Point Marina. If required, large bags can be stored in storage lockers near to our office. Guests may then explore Airlie Beach, enjoy a walk along the beach and have a meal before pickup. On 2 Night Cruise that departs at 5:30pm, a full meal will be provided tonight around 8pm.  

Meals: Dinner

Day 28 - Whitsundays

After Breakfast, make way to Tongue Bay for a guided bush walk to the Hill Inlet Lookout. A spectacular lookout over Whitehaven Beach.  Back on board Solway Lass enjoy lunch before heading around to Whitehaven Beach. Enjoy an hour on the beach before setting sail and heading north along the eastern side of Hook Island. Overnight anchor in one of the many bays on Hook Island. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29 - Whitsundays / Airlie Beach

After Breakfast, enjoy snorkelling and/or a glass bottom boat tour on the fringing coral reefs which extend right from the edge of the islands.  These reefs are teeming with marine life and the experience is memorable for the snorkelling novice through to seasoned snorkellers. Guests on the 2 Night Cruise will return to Abell Point Marina leaving the islands at around 11am. This afternoon you'll head back to your hostel where you'll check in for your last night in Airlie Beach.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 30 - Magnetic Island

Today you'll make your way to Townsville where a ferry will take you the stunning Magnetic Island. Check in for 2 nights and then kick back and relax on one of the island's many iconic beaches. 

Day 31 - Magnetic Island

Today is yours free to soak in the sunshine of Magnetic Island for your final day here. 

Day 32 - Mission Beach

Today you'll be waving goodbye to Magnetic Island and hello to Mission Beach. Don't let the idyllic location fool you - Mission Beach is home to some of Australia's most extreme adrenaline activities! Check into your hostel for 2 nights and then kick back on the sand. 

Day 33 - Skydive / Mission Beach

Today you're treated to an awesome Mission Beach Skydive! Test your limits and jump from 15,000ft over some of tropical North Queensland's most iconic coastline. After your morning of heart-racing adrenaline, this afternoon is best spent lazing on the beach. 

Day 35 - Cairns

Today you'll wave goodbye to Mission Beach and hello to Cairns! This city is the gateway to both the Great Barrier Reef as well as the Daintree Rainforest and offers heaps of awesome activities for travellers from nature to extreme sports! Check into your Cairns accommodation for 3 nights and then head out to explore the city. 

Day 36 - Great Barrier Reef / Cairns

This morning you're treated to one of Australia's must-do bucket-list activities - a Great Barrier Reef tour. You'll board at 7:30am for a full day including an introduction dive! First, you'll explore the beautiful beautiful Upolu Cay.  Surrounded by stunning turquoise water and many types of corals, reef fishes, stingrays, sea cucumbers, sea stars - this makes for a great introduction to the reef. Snorkel and dive here under the watchful eye of our safety conscious staff. Lunch is at approximately 12:30am and is a self-serve buffet before you head off to your second site, the amazing "Wonder Wall" on the Outer Edge of Upolu Reef. View many different types of hard and soft coral in addition to fans, giant clams, turtles, a huge diversity and abundance of reef fish of all sizes, including Nemos everywhere! After a leisurely day cruising the reef, you'll return to Cairns around 4:30pm. Transfer back to your hostel for your final nights Cairns accommodation. 

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 37- Atherton Tablelands/ Cairns

Today you'll be heading into Australia's ancient rainforests - some of the oldest and most diverse on the planet! Travel south and discover the majesty and beauty of North Queensland’s most iconic waterfalls, a MUST see for anyone wanting to experience the pristine rainforest, cascading waterfalls, stunning panoramas of Queensland’s highest peaks and maybe a glimpse of rare and unique native wildlife. Journey on to Australia’s most iconic waterfall Millaa Millaa Falls made famous by Qantas and herbal essences commercials. This 18 m single drop waterfall lies in the heart of the Wet Tropics World Heritage listed rainforest. You will return to Cairns around 6:30pm where you'll spend one final night! 


Day 38 - Depart Cairns

This morning you will check out of your hostel and wave goodbye to your East Coast adventure! 

Day 1: Arrive Cairns

Today you'll arrive Cairns! The one place on earth where two marine parks meet! This city is the gateway to both the Great Barrier Reef as well as the Daintree Rainforest and offers heaps of awesome activities for travelers from nature to extreme sports! 

Day 2: Great Barrier Reef / Cairns

This morning you're treated to one of Australia's must-do bucket-list activities - a Great Barrier Reef tour. You'll board at 7:30am for a full day including an introduction dive! First, you'll explore the beautiful beautiful Upolu Cay.  Surrounded by stunning turquoise water and many types of corals, reef fishes, stingrays, sea cucumbers, sea stars - this makes for a great introduction to the reef. Snorkel and dive here under the watchful eye of our safety conscious staff. Lunch is at approximately 12:30am and is a self-serve buffet before you head off to your second site, the amazing "Wonder Wall" on the Outer Edge of Upolu Reef. View many different types of hard and soft coral in addition to fans, giant clams, turtles, a huge diversity and abundance of reef fish of all sizes, including Nemos everywhere! After a leisurely day cruising the reef, you'll return to Cairns around 4:30pm. Transfer back to your hostel for your final nights Cairns accommodation. 

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Atherton Tablelands/ Cairns

Today you'll be heading into Australia's ancient rainforests - some of the oldest and most diverse on the planet! Travel south and discover the majesty and beauty of North Queensland’s most iconic waterfalls, a MUST see for anyone wanting to experience the pristine rainforest, cascading waterfalls, stunning panoramas of Queensland’s highest peaks and maybe a glimpse of rare and unique native wildlife. Journey on to Australia’s most iconic waterfall Millaa Millaa Falls made famous by Qantas and herbal essences commercials. This 18 m single drop waterfall lies in the heart of the Wet Tropics World Heritage listed rainforest. You will return to Cairns around 6:30pm where you'll spend one final night!

Day 4: Mission Beach

Today you'll be waving goodbye to Cairns and hello to Mission Beach. Don't let the idyllic location fool you - Mission Beach is home to some of Australia's most extreme adrenaline activities! Check into your hostel for 2 nights and then kick back on the sand.

Day 5: Skydive / Mission Beach

Today you're treated to an awesome Mission Beach Skydive! Test your limits and jump from 15,000ft over some of tropical North Queensland's most iconic coastline. After your morning of heart-racing adrenaline, this afternoon is best spent lazing on the beach. 

Day 6: Magnetic Island

Today you'll make your way to Townsville where a ferry will take you the stunning Magnetic Island. Check in for 2 nights and then kick back and relax on one of the island's many iconic beaches. 

Day 7: Magnetic Island

Today is yours free to soak in the sunshine of Magnetic Island

Day 8: Airlie Beach

Today you'll wave goodbye to Magnetic Island and hello to Airlie beach- the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands!

Day 9: Whitsundays

At Check-in guests are provided with a soft bag to take on the tour. After check-in, guests are welcome to leave their carry-on luggage in our office, prior to the transfer to Abell Point Marina. If required, large bags can be stored in storage lockers near to our office. Guests may then explore Airlie Beach, enjoy a walk along the beach and have a meal before pickup. On 2 Night Cruise that departs at 5:30pm, a full meal will be provided tonight around 8pm.  

Meals: Dinner

Day 10: Whitsundays

After Breakfast, make way to Tongue Bay for a guided bush walk to the Hill Inlet Lookout. A spectacular lookout over Whitehaven Beach.  Back on board Solway Lass enjoy lunch before heading around to Whitehaven Beach. Enjoy an hour on the beach before setting sail and heading north along the eastern side of Hook Island. Overnight anchor in one of the many bays on Hook Island. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Whitsundays / Airlie beach

After Breakfast, enjoy snorkelling and/or a glass bottom boat tour on the fringing coral reefs which extend right from the edge of the islands.  These reefs are teeming with marine life and the experience is memorable for the snorkelling novice through to seasoned snorkellers. Guests on the 2 Night Cruise will return to Abell Point Marina leaving the islands at around 11am. This afternoon you'll head back to your hostel where you'll check in for your last night in Airlie Beach.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Overnight bus to 1770

Today you have a day off in Airlie beach and it is time to explore! Kick back and relax on the beach or test your limits and opt for something a bit higher off the ground...Chat with our crew about how you can add on a scenic flight to see the iconic Heart Reef or why not try skydiving in one of Australia's most stunning coastal locations? This evening you will board the bus to 1770.

Day 13: 1770

Today you'll arrive in the Town of 1770 - an off the beaten path gem of the East Coast. You'll be spending 2 nights here so enjoy. Chose to either laze on the beach or else book some awesome optional add-ons like riding your own Chopper motorbike or surf lessons! Ask us how. 

Day 14: Scooteroo / 1770

For a unique biker experience - come and join us for the ride of your life on your own mini Chopper motorbike. Check in at the Scooteroo shed and get fitted out with your leathers and helmets, then head to the training track to begin your session with our experienced Biker Staff. After a short safety briefing, mount your bikes and get ready for the Ride of Your Life all around Agnes Water and up to the historical Town of 1770.  Tonight is your final stay here so enjoy! 

Day 15: Rainbow Beach

Today you will make your way down to Rainbow Beach! Check into your beachfront accommodation and then head out to explore! You'll be staying at this Rainbow Beach hostel for a total of 3 nights so get comfortable - with daily free guided walks to the Carlo Sandblow and free pancake breakfasts, that's not hard to do! 

Day 16: Dolphin Experience / Rainbow Beach

This morning you're up bright and early to go see dolphins in the wild - a unique, Australian experience! Depart Rainbow Beach at 6:45am 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 directly on arrival and you will have the opportunity to feed the dolphins at an optional cost of $5 for a bucket of food. Midmorning you will be transferred back to Rainbow Beach.

This evening you'll attend a compulsory 5pm safety briefing at your hostel for your upcoming Fraser Island tour tomorrow! 

Day 17: Fraser Island

We begin with a morning brief where we cover the following: Pack cars, check equipment, Dingo’s safety, and driver briefing. at 9.30am we depart for Fraser Island. We drive approx 10 minutes to the barge (ferry) and board for our 10-minute barge crossing. Once we have arrived on the world's biggest sand island, we then drive for 1 hour to the Eurong resort along 75 Mile beach...Fraser Island's own highway with speed limits! There you can grab a coffee and chocolate croissant (own cost) for morning tea. From here is when the big adventure begins as we drive to the famous Lake McKenzie...arguably the most popular and picturesque highlight of Fraser! Here we stop for some lunch, and for some quality time to have a play in the amazingly clear waters with your new found friends! Around 3pm we drive up the beach to our campsite, for an early dinner and some well-deserved drinks and fun!  Fraser Island camping is the ultimate way to experience the true beauty of the island. 

Meal(s) included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Fraser Island

Arise in the morning for a quick breakfast before you begin your busiest day on Fraser Island and head off to see Eli Creek, a beautifully clear creek perfect for a relaxing swim. Travelling north we then stop at Maheno shipwreck for some photos and short history lesson about this famous Fraser Island icon. Shortly after we travel up to Indian Head, Fraser Island's highest point. From here you may be lucky enough to see whales and sharks in the ocean before we travel to Champagne pools for a dip! You'll have lunch at either Maheno shipwreck or Champagne pools on day 2 depending on time constraints, safety, and beauty! In the afternoon, travel back to camp for dinner and drinks. 

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Fraser Island / Rainbow Beach

Start with breakfast, before cleaning and take down of your campsite. You'll then drive to the beginning of the Lake Wabby walk, where you'll walk through the sand dunes to this tropical paradise! Lunch follows your trip to Lake Wabby before you begin your drive down the beach heading back to the barge. Once back on the mainland, head back to the 4WD shed where you unpack and quickly clean the cars. Return to Dingos Resort between 3pm and 4pm.  

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 20: Noosa

This morning you'll wave goodbye to Rainbow and hello to Noosa as you make your way to the Sunshine Coast. Check into your Noosa accommodation for 2 nights and then head out to explore! 

Day 21: Noosa Everglades / Noosa

Today you'll be picked up for a Noosa Everglades tour - one of only 2 ecosystems in the world! You will kayak through the still waters and explore all the hidden waterways that make this area so iconic.  Set off across the shallow waters of Lake Cootharaba towards the mirrored waterways of the narrows and begin to experience the serene tranquillity of the Noosa Everglades under your own paddle. Keep an eye out for the majestic jabiru! 75min scenic paddle through ancient landscapes, sub-tropical rainforest and the stunning sea of lilies (certain times of year) to Fig Tree Point. Surrounded by expansive vistas and the vast Cooloola Sand Patch and crossing through the sublime sea of lilies, quietly spotting the abundant bird and river life along the way. After an inlcuded lunch, you will head back around 3pm where you have a final night to rest. 

Meal(s) included: Lunch

Day 22: Brisbane

Wave goodbye to Noosa and hello to the capital of sunny Queensland - Brisbane! You'll be staying here for 2 nights so soak in the city atmosphere and enjoy.

Day 23: Brisbane

You have one final day in the city vibe before moving onto Surfers Paradise so soak in the sites. Head to Southbank to check out the art galleries or hit the town in Fortitude Valley - an iconic nightlife district.

Day 24: Surfers Paradise

Head from the crowded city of Brisbane to the thriving coastal city of Surfers Paradise! As well as incredible beaches, Surfers Paradise is also iconic for its thriving nightlife! You'll check into your Gold Coast accommodation for 2 nights and then head out to explore!

Day 25: Surfers Paradise

Today is another free day to explore the area. Chill out on the beach, head out on a national park day tour or simply hang out at one of the local beachside coffeeshops. 

Day 26: Byron Bay

You will arrive around midday in Byron and check into your central accommodation for the next 3 nights. This laid back coastal town is iconic for its pristine coastline and relaxed vibe. 

Day 27: Nimbin / Byron Bay

Today you'll be heading out on one of the most famous Byron Bay tours to the neighbouring town of Nimbin, nestled high in the Byron Bay Hinterland. Travel in a custom built retro coach with kick-ass beats choreographed to the day! Visit beautiful national park and waterfall, check out an authentic country Aussie pub, venture into the rainforest and even cook up a massive Aussie BBQ lunch! Plus we have time to explore the historic village of Nimbin, where you can visit the hemp museum, check out some of the weird and wonderful local stores. This afternoon you'll head back into town for your second night's included Byron Bay accommodation. 

Meal(s) included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 28: Byron Bay

Today is yours free to explore Byron Bay! With so many stunning beaches, why not ask us how to add on a uniquely Australian coastal activity like surf lessons or a dolphin kayak? 

Day 29: Overnight bus from Byron Bay to Sydney

Today is your last day in Byron. Wake up early and go for a walk to the lighthouse. The sunrise at the lighthouse is stunning! Maybe you will even get to see whales, dolphins or rockwallabees on your way there! In the evening it is time to board the bus to your last destination of this trip – Sydney!

Day 30: Sydney

Welcome to Sydney! Check into your Sydney accommodation for 3 nights and then head out to explore all the city has to offer! Head to the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House for some classic photos before wandering the museums and parks.

Day 31: Sydney

Today is yours free to explore Sydney! As well as being one of Australia's most iconic cities, it also boasts heaps of awesome day trips including Bondi Beach, the Hunter Valley and Blue Mountains tours! Chat to one of our travel experts to find out how to book! 

Day 32: Sydney

Today is your final day free in Sydney! Head out to explore the surrounding area before heading out to enjoy your final night! 

Day 33: Overnight bus from Sydney to Melbourne

This morning you'll check out of your Sydney accommodation and soak in the last of the city vibe before jumping on board your overnight bus to the famous city called Melbourne!

Day 34: Arrive Melbourne

Your East Coast package ends in the fan favourite city of Melbourne! This artsy southern capital is worth a few extra days.

Day 35: Melbourne

Today is yours free to explore Melbourne! Hit the art galleries, check out Federation Square, cycle along the river and check out some of the many backstreet coffee houses this city is famous for. 

Day 36: Melbourne

Today is another day free to explore the Victorian capital! Why not get to know the surrounding areas? Ask us how you can take a Great Ocean Road day trip to see this iconic stretch of coastal, head out to explore the Yarra Valley wineries or spot wild penguins on Phillip Island! 

Day 37: Depart Melbourne

This morning you will check out of your hostel and wave goodbye to your East Coast adventure! 

This package can depart any day of the week and can be altered to better suit your travel dates.

Departs: Melbourne or Cairns 

Returns: Cairns or Melbourne

  • 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 compulsory $15 Fraser Island levy, and a $35 local skydiving levy. These costs are factored into the package cost but must 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. 

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The bus + package price includes a specific bus pass, selected to work with this trip length. Contact Us today if you wish to explore alternative trip length or transport options. 

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  •  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 flashpacker). 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 the 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 installments?
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 installments 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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Our team is made up of like-minded adventurers. We're super keen on travel, just like you! Whether you dream of chasing an adventure, meeting incredible new people or experiencing truly unique culture, we get it, and we're the experts in customising journeys to match your dreams. We will listen to what you want out of your trip and make sure it’s the perfect fit.

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