12 Day Guided Tour East Coast Cairns to Brisbane CASSOWARY - Stray

This 12 day tour begings in tropical Cairns, will lead you to the island paradise of Magnetic Island and the stunning Whitsunday Islands, finishing off in the riverside city of Brisbane. This Select tour includes 3-4* twin/double accommodation and a selection of must-do activities ...

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  • Enjoy the relaxed Cairns lifestyle, welcome dinner with a native bush food tutorial and the fun nightlife.
  • Embrace your inner nature-lover on Magnetic Island, a wildlife paradise filled with koalas and wallabies.
  • Explore the breath-taking Whitsunday Islands on an exhilarating day tour visiting both ends of the famous Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet lookout and snorkeling over amazing fringing reef.
  • Stay at an Eco Resort in the relaxed seaside town of Bargara near Bundaberg.
  • Head out on a full day tour to the jewel of the Southern Great Barrier Reef - Lady Musgrave Island and Lagoon where you will encounter abundant marine and wildlife.
  • Visit Noosa and spend three nights glamping in safari tents at Habitat Noosa Eco Camp - set amongst 65 acres of National Park on the edge of Lake Cootharaba and the gateway to 1 of only 2 everglades in the world.
  • Embark on a 4WD day Safari to the largest sand island in the world - K’gari.
  • Visit a shipwreck, rainforest and swim in crystal clear waters.


  • Experienced tour guide.
  • Private coach transport.
  • 11 nights twin/double accommodation including 4 nights 3-4* hotel and resort accommodation.
  • 3 nights glamping in Noosa and 4 nights in cabins/villas.
  • 10 Breakfasts 3 Lunches and 4 Dinners.
  • Native Australian bush food tutorial.
  • Whitsunday Islands Ocean Rafting day tour including Whitehaven Beach & snorkeling.
  • Lady Musgrave Island and lagoon tour including glass bottom boat & snorkeling.
  • Full day tour to K’gari including Lake Mackenzie, Eli Creek, Maheno Shipwreck and more.
  • Walks, waterfalls, wildlife spotting, lookouts and much more.
  • Free time in Cairns, Noosa and Byron Bay.

Day 1 : Monday: Arrive Cairns

G’day and welcome to your epic East Coast adventure. If you’ve just flown in, we recommend jumping on a shuttle bus from the airport to our centrally located accommodation. Check into your hotel between 2pm and 4.30pm and then at 5pm head down to reception to meet your Stray guide and your new Stray mates. Tonight, everyone will head out for a special welcome dinner - a Taste of Australia Experience with a bush food tutorial and a 3-course menu featuring native foods that have been used by indigenous Australians for thousands of years. You’ll get an awesome taste of Aussie and get to know your new travel mates in the process - what a way to start your adventure! Accommodation included: Mercure Cairns in hotel rooms or similar Included activities: Native Australian bush food tutorial Optional activities: Explore Cairns Esplanade and lagoon, have a cocktail at Salt House on the water, visit Cairns Aquarium, visit Cairns Night Markets Meals included: Dinner 

Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Tuesday: Free Day Cairns

Today you’re free to do whatever you choose. Walk the Esplanade and go for a refreshing dip, check out the many shops and cafes in town, or visit the tropical Botanical Gardens. If you’d like to visit Cape Tribulation, Kuranda via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, the Great Barrier Reef or even skydive on this day please let Stray or your agent know in advance so we can reserve your spot as the best activities book up quickly (additional cost). Accommodation: Mercure Cairns in hotel rooms or similar Meals included: Breakfast Meal options: Local cafes, restaurants Free activities: Relax around the resort pool, walk the Esplanade, visit the Botanical Gardens Optional Activities: Cape Tribulation day trip, bungy jump, skydive, rafting, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Great Barrier Reef snorkel or scuba trip 

Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Wednesday: Cairns to Magnetic Island via Townsville

This morning we’ll jump on the Stray bus and head south, stopping at the famous Josephine Falls along the way for a refreshing swim and some amazing photos. Next, we’ll dry off and make our way to Townsville where we’ll catch the ferry to our destination for the next two nights, Magnetic Island (known to the locals as ‘Maggie’). Nearly 50% of ‘Maggie Island’ is national parkland so it’s absolutely steeped in natural beauty, it’s surrounded by beaches and is also home to loads of wildlife, including koalas and wallabies! Settle in for a dreamy couple of days in an island paradise. Accommodation included: Selina Magnetic Island in cabins or similar Included activities: Magnetic Island ferry, swim, walk, waterfalls Included meals: Breakfast at Mercure Cairns, welcome drink on Magnetic Island Meal options: Self-cater, onsite restaurant, local restaurants or cafes 

Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Thursday: Free Day Magnetic Island

Today you have a full free day to explore so have a relaxing sleep-in or get an early start with a morning hike! This beautiful island is home to the historic Forts Complex, which you’ll get to see during a scenic walk with your Guide, finishing with amazing views over the island and ocean beyond. Spend the rest of your day relaxing on a secluded beach, hiking through native bush, searching for wildlife or joining in on a wellness activity at your accommodation. Top tip: throughout the day, make sure you stay alert and keep your eyes on the trees - Maggie Island is one of the best places in Australia to see koalas in the wild. Accommodation: Selina Magnetic Island in cabins or similar Meals included: Breakfast Meal options: Self-cater, onsite restaurant, local restaurants or cafes Included activities: Scenic walk with your guide Free activities: Walk, swim Optional activities: Snorkel 

Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 : Friday: Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach

This morning we’ll say goodbye to Maggie Island and catch the ferry back to the mainland where we’ll hit the road travelling south to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the amazing Whitsunday Islands! Check in and then spend some time checking out Airlie Beach - we recommend heading around to the lagoon for a swim and then to one of the many local bars for sundowners. Accommodation included: Colonial Palms Motor Inn in hotel rooms or similar Included activities: Magnetic Island ferry Free activities: Explore Airlie Beach, swim Included meals: Breakfast Meal options: Local cafes, restaurants & bars 

Meal(s) included : Breakfast

Day 6 : Saturday: Airlie Beach & The Whitsunday Islands

Today you’ll head out on the water to see the spectacular Whitsundays Islands up close. Starting with an exhilarating ride to the world-famous Whitehaven Beach where you can actually polish jewellery with the white silica sand, we’ll explore Hill Inlet Beach and a guided walk-through Whitsunday Island National Park to the lookout for the most amazing views. We’ll have lunch together and then do some snorkelling over vibrant fringing reefs. If you’d like to see the Islands from above, there’s time for a scenic flight (optional extra) over the outer Great Barrier Reef (including Heart Reef) in the morning before the Whitsundays tour departs. Accommodation included: Colonial Palms Motor Inn in hotel rooms or similar Included Activity: Ocean Rafting Whitsunday Islands day tour including Whitehaven Beach and snorkelling Optional activities: Scenic flight over Whitehaven Beach & outer Great Barrier Reef Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch Meal options: Local cafes, restaurants & bars 

Meal(s) included : Breakfast

Day 7 : Sunday: Airlie Beach to Bundaberg

Today is a big travelling day to Bargara, a beachside suburb of Bundaberg, so load up on snacks, make sure all your devices are charged and keep your eyes on the road for some amazing views along the way. We’ll make some stops to stretch our legs and arrive in Bargara in the evening, where we’ll have a bush BBQ dinner together. Accommodation: Kelly’s Eco Resort in villas or similar Included meals: Breakfast, BBQ dinner Meal options: Self-cater, onsite restaurant, local cafes, bakery or restaurants 

Meal(s) included : Breakfast

Day 8 : Monday: Bargara & Lady Musgrave Island

Rise and shine this morning for a big adventure, today is going to be special so make sure to pack your camera! We’ll head to the marina where we’ll board the Reef Empress, a luxury high speed catamaran. To wake us up we’ll get a barista-made coffee which we can enjoy as we set sail for Lady Musgrave Island. The Island is a 14 hectares coral cay, a turtle breeding area and is the second southernmost island in the Great Barrier Reef chain of islands so it’s pretty spectacular. On arrival to Lady Musgrave Island, we’ll be welcomed by one of their guides who will share some history and acknowledgement of our traditional owner tribes, as well as the important safety points about visiting this highly protected marine park. After exploring the island, we’ll have a delicious lunch and then we’ll get to go snorkelling in the Lady Musgrave Lagoon. There’s so much vibrant coral and marine life including manta rays, turtles and reef sharks, as well as ledges and caves just waiting to be explored. After all the under the sea fun, we’ll head back to the mainland in the late afternoon. Accommodation included: Kelly’s Eco Resort in villas or similar Included activity: Lady Musgrave Island Day Tour Optional activity: Scuba dive (must be booked in advance) Included meals: Morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea 

Meal(s) included : Breakfast

Day 9 : Tuesday: Bundaberg to Noosa

Today we’ll have a leisurely start to the morning and then jump back on the bus to head down towards the Sunshine Coast, arriving at Habitat Noosa, an Eco Camp where we’ll spend the next three nights. Set amongst 65 acres of the Great Sandy National Park and perched on the edge of picturesque Lake Cootharaba, your accommodation is super close to some awesome walking trails that show you the rich history of the region and help you get up close and personal with some wildlife! Habitat is the gateway to one of only two everglades in the world, and it has its own bar and bistro serving up local produce plus there’s even a Microbrewery onsite! Accommodation included: Habitat Noosa in glamping safari tents or similar Optional paid activity: Stand up paddle boards, canoes, wave skis, kayaks and tinnie hire. Beer tasting Free Activity: Bush walks Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner Meal options: Local cafes, bakery, restaurants 

Meal(s) included : Breakfast

Day 10 : Wednesday: Free Day Noosa

Today you have a completely free day to spend doing whatever you like. Explore the Everglades by kayak or boat (optional extra), head into Noosa town and check out the boutiques and cafes on Hastings Street, or just spend the day at Habitat and enjoy some beer tasting or water sports (optional extra). The Noosa Surf Club is one of our faves so if you’d like a long lunch in the sunshine, you can’t go wrong with a local hotspot! Accommodation included: Habitat Noosa in glamping safari tents or similar Optional paid activity: Stand up paddle board, canoe, wave ski, kayaks or tinnie hire, Beer tasting, Everglades tour Free Activity: Explore Noosa, swim, bush walks Included meals: Breakfast Meal options: Self cater, local cafes, bakery, restaurants or onsite restaurant 

Meal(s) included : Breakfast

Day 11 : Thursday: K’gari (formerly Fraser Island)

This morning, get an early start to make sure you can explore as much of the world's largest sand island as possible on a specially curated one-day 4WD adventure. Led by an experienced local guide, you’ll see K’gari's most iconic sights from Lake McKenzie and 75 Mile Beach to Eli Creek, World Heritage-listed rainforest and the historic Maheno Shipwreck. After all the action of the day it’s back to Habitat and our glamping tents under the stars. Accommodation included: Habitat Noosa in glamping safari tents or similar Included Activity: K’gari Island Day Tour Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner 

Meal(s) included : None

Day 12 : Friday: Noosa to Brisbane (or Byron Bay)

Today is the final day of your Stray adventure. After breakfast we’ll depart Noosa and head into central Brisbane (you can also finish your tour in Byron Bay, subject to availability). Give your Guide and your new mates a hug or a wave and head off for the next leg of your adventure, taking with you the most incredible memories, everything you’ve learned about Australia’s special culture and wildlife, and of course some classic Aussie lingo - G’DAY MATES! Included meals: Breakfast This itinerary is a guide. Given the spontaneous nature of our trips and lack of control over Australia's weather(!), what we do each day might occasionally vary. 

Meal(s) included : None


Departs: Varies - Ask your agent for availability upon enquiry 

Pick Ups: Check into your hotel between 2pm and 4.30pm and then at 5pm head down to reception to meet your Stray guide and your new Stray travel mates.

Mercure Cairns, 15 Florence St, Corner of Florence and Lake St, Cairns.

Return: Brisbane









What to Bring

Flip Flops/Sandals
Clothing (mainly light layers but some warm items)
Waterproof jacket
Hat & Sunscreen
Reusable water bottle
Motion sickness tablets
Insect repellent

Luggage Limit

20kgs including a day pack.

Dietary Requirements

Please specify any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Extra Costs

Any additional meals.
We make regular supermarket stops so you can self-cater for other meals, or there are usually quite a few cafe/restaurant options in each location.
Optional activities in Cairns, Noosa and Byron Bay.


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