9 Day Budget Brisbane to Cairns Tour

Travel up the stunning East Coast from Brisbane to Cairns and explore the tropical wonderland of Far North Queensland without having to splash some serious cash. Get exploring on a 4x4 Fraser Island adventure and take the ultimate selfie while sailing the aqua waters of the Whitsunday Islands. 

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Highlights:

  • Join a awesome 4x4 tag along tour and experience the magic of Fraser Island! Travel in self driven 4x4’s to Lake McKenzie, the Champagne Pools, Indian Head and much more
  • Camp beneath the stars on Fraser Island just meters from the beach
  • Sail through the Whitsundays on an award-winning sailboat stopping off at incredible snorkelling locations and stunning Whitehaven Beach
  • Take in all the excitement of epic East Coast towns like Rainbow Beach, Airlie Beach and Cairns

Inclusions:

  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • 4 nights in a hostel, 2 nights camping, 1 night overnight bus, 1 night sail boat
  • 2 nights at a Rainbow Beach Hostel
  • 3 day/2 night Fraser Island Tag Along Safari
  • 2 nights in a Airlie Beach hostel
  • 2 day/1 night Whitsundays sailing trip

 

**Please note that this package is designed to work in conjunction with an East Coast bus pass. We can help you arrange your epic East Coast adventure inclusive of transport so you don't have to worry about a thing with our range of flexible travel passes including Premier, Greyhound and Loka. Drop us a line to find out how.

Day 1: Brisbane - Rainbow Beach 

Spend your day exploring the vibrant city of Brisbane before boarding your bus to the dreamy East Coast town of Rainbow Beach from the Roma Street Transit Centre at 2pm. The bus will drop you right outside your Rainbow Beach hostel at 7pm where you will check in for a night before setting out to explore the town!

Included: 

  • 1 night Rainbow Beach hostel accomodation 

 

 

Days 2, 3 and 4: Fraser Island 

Today you will set out on an unforgettable trip of a lifetime on magical Fraser Island. Your awesome 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 metres from the beach. What better way to experience with gem of a location? Return to Rainbow Beach via ferry late on the last day for a farewell gathering and one more night.

Included:

  • 3 day 4x4 Fraser Island Tour
  • 2 nights camp accommodation 

Meals: 

  • Day 1 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch

 

 

Day 5: Rainbow Beach - Airlie Beach 

Enjoy a relaxing day to kick back and recover from your Fraser Island adventure before boarding your overnight bus to Airlie Beach at 7pm from outside your hostel. 

 Meals: 

  • Breakfast 

Optional Extras: 

  • 3 hour surf lesson - $65pp
  • 14,000ft Skydive - $369pp

 

 

Day 6: Airlie Beach 

Arrive at tropical Airlie Beach around 9:30am and check into your hostel for 1 night and set out to explore this awesome coastal town. Head down to the town lagoon to relax before your Whitsundays adventure ahead.

Included: 

  • 1 night Airlie Beach hostel accomodation 

Optional Extras: 

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

 

 

Days 7 and 8: Whitsunday Sailing 

The day has arrived! Today you will begin to sail through the spectacular Whitsundays on a small catamaran ideal for backpackers and adventurous travellers! The next three days will be action packed with snorkelling stunning reefs like Blue Pearl Bay and Mantaray Bay with of course, a stop off on stunning Whitehaven Beach. Meet young, fun travellers, enjoy a flexible schedule and sleep under the stars if you wish! Arrive back in Airlie Beach in the afternoon on day 10 for one more night in Airlie Beach.

Included: 

  • 2 day/1 night Whitsunday Sailing tour 
  • 1 night sail boat accommodation 
  • 1 night hostel accomodation 

Meals: 

  • Day 1 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch

 

 

Day 9: Airlie Beach - Cairns 

Check out of your Airlie Beach accommodation and board your 9:30 from the Bus Terminal at the Port of Airlie for your bus to the next destination. Arrive at Cairns Central Railway Station at 7:30pm and check out all this awesome town has to offer. 

Optional Extras: 

  • Cairns accommodation - $24 per night
  • Great Barrier Reef trip inc dive - $249pp
  • Cape Tribulation - $159pp

 

**Please note that this package is designed to work in junction with an East Coast bus pass and transportation times quoted above refer only to the Transport Included package. Already got a set of wheels? No worries! You can also purchase this package without transport. If you have any questions, drop us a line

This package can depart Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

 

Start Time: 

Roma Street Transit Centre Brisbane: 2pm

Finish Time: 

Cairns Central Railway Station: 7:30pm 

 

  • Please note that this package includes dorm hostel accommodation however you are able to upgrade to private accommodation (Fraser Island is camping in your own tent) for $$74 pp (based on 2 people travelling).
  • Apart from the $10 levy for Fraser Island which needs to be paid directly on the day of travel, there are no other compulsory extra costs for this package. Please be advised that the price advertised includes this levy but when you proceed to checkout, the price you pay does not include the levy. There is also an optional $10 sleeping bag hire on Fraser Island. 
  • Please note, surcharges may apply to holiday periods, Christmas and New Years.
  • Extra accomodation can be purchased for the following fees: 

                                                        -Extra Brisbane accommodaiton $18 per night

                                                        -Extra airlie beach accommodation $30 per night

                                                        -Cairns accommodation $24 per night

Love this package but have some questions? No worries! Here is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about our packages. Don't see yours here? Contact Us to find out more.

  •  Can I make changes to the package?

It is no problem to customize your package to suit your travel plans by adding/removing anything that you wish. If you wish to make changes, please contact one of our online staff who will be more than happy to assist you by providing you with an updated itinerary/package inclusions/price.

  • Is this a guided trip?
This trip consists of a combination of tours and hostels, chosen to fit in with your chosen style of travel (budget, adventure, social or flash packer). Whilst this means that you will not be with the same group of people for the entire duration of your tour, you will be with a group for each tour that you do, and it is very likely that the people that you do the tours with will be booked in the same accommodation in the area. As travellers often travel to similar destinations, it is likely that you will see some of these people, again and again, throughout your tour!
We book all of your tours/accommodation on your behalf and you will be given a voucher for each with all of the information needed ie travel date and pick up location/time. For your buses, we provide you with a bus ticket which has all of the individual departure and arrival times/details.
 
As Peterpans is the largest travel agency in Australia, these packages are heavily discounted. Moreover, while you are travelling you will find at least one, if not more, Peterpans agencies in most of the destinations you visit. Should you need any extra guidance, we are always on hand to help! You can ask our friendly staff for help during their opening hours, or we can offer assistance via phone and email form our Online Call Centre, which is open 14 hours a day during weekdays or 12 hours a day on weekends! 
 
This is the most popular way of travel for backpackers along the East Coast, whether you are a solo traveller or travelling in a group of friends - it is the perfect way to meet other travellers and get the most out of your East Coast trip!
  • How much should I budget for spending money?
All of our packages include some meals (you can find the included meals in the inclusions and in the day-to-day itinerary) which means that you will only have to budget for the meals that are not included. The amount that these meals will cost vary however all of the hostels have communal kitchens so you can cook your own meals instead of eating out. Some travellers will only spend an extra $5 a day whereas some will spend an extra $50!
 
  • Do I have to choose exact dates?
You are either able to choose fixed dates for this package or if you would prefer to be flexible with your travels and stay longer in certain destinations, you are able to purchase this package as open dated and book in the date for each hostel/tour as you travel. Please note, if you do decide to purchase the package as open dated, we recommend that you book in the date of your main tours such as the Whitsundays and Fraser Island as far in advance as possible.
 
  • Do I have to pay upfront for this tour or can I pay a deposit/in instalments?
The majority of our customers book and pay for their package in full, meaning that we will book everything in advance to guarantee availability. However, as the prices of our packages can change due to price increases, you are able to secure this amazing package price with a small deposit of just $100pp. You are then able to pay off the package in instalments as and when you wish. As we are unable to make the bookings for the hostels and tours until we have received full payment, due to availability, we do recommend completing payment for your package as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment. Because of this, it is no problem to tweak the itinerary until full payment has been received - the deposit just locks in the discounted price of this package. If you are worried about availability, let us know as so we can go ahead and look into options for you, for example locking in certain parts of your trip that are likely to fill up in advance such as the Whitsundays/Fraser Island. Have a query about payment that isn't answered above? Feel free to ask us on live chat, give us a call on free phone 1800 669 424 or send us an email at info@peterpans.com
 
  • Is it possible to cater for specific dietary requirements?
Most if not all suppliers are able to cater for specific dietary requirements, however for some supplies this can be an additional cost. Our online team are fully knowledgable on what suppliers/tours charge extra for which dietary requirements so feel free to contact us for more information. 

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