15 Day Guided Tour East Coast Brisbane to Cairns DINGO - Stray

Dingo Brisbane to Cairns 15-Day adventure. Explore the best of the East Coast from rainforests and beaches to picturesque islands and destinations that are off the tourist trail.

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  • Live it up in the resort town of Noosa.
  • Embark on a 3-day 4WD Safari to K’gari. 
  • Explore the breath-taking Whitsunday Islands.
  • Embrace your inner nature-lover on Magnetic Island (from October 2023 only).
  • Discover the magic of the Atherton Tablelands.
  • Enjoy the relaxed Cairns lifestyle and the fun nightlife that it’s famous for!


  • Private coach transport
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in 4-6 shared dorms in a range of hostels.
  • Backpacker resorts
  • Eco-lodges
  • Apart from 2 nights K’gari/Fraser Island (safari tents).
  • Whitsunday Sailing (shared dorms/sections onboard yacht).
  • 21 meals (11 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 6 Dinners).
  • 3 Day / 2 Night K’gari 4WD Adventure Tour.
  • 2 Day / 2 Night Whitsunday Sailing Experience
  • Rum Tasting, Bundaberg.
  • Walks and wildlife.
  • Waterfalls
  • Lookouts and so much more!

Day 1 - Sunday: Brisbane Arrival

Check into our central Brisbane accommodation anytime after 2pm and make yourself at home. If you
have time, hop on one of the free CityHopper ferries to explore the city via the Brisbane River. Meet
your guide and group at 5pm in the hostel reception and then we recommend heading down to
Southbank to check out some of the many bars and restaurants.

Accommodation: Selina Brisbane or similar
Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, restaurants
Free activities: Catch the Brisbane city ferry

Day 2 - Monday: Brisbane to Noosa

Have a sleep in this morning before leaving Brisbane and heading north to Noosa. We’ll stop along the
way to stretch our legs and see the amazing panoramic views of the Glasshouse Mountains and the
Sunshine Coast before enjoying some lunch in the quirky town of Eumundi, known for its artisanal crafts.
We’ll go for another walk to see some final views of Noosa and the gorgeous Noosa headlands before
arriving at our accommodation in the afternoon.

Our Noosa accommodation is less of a hostel and more of a resort, with a pool and a licensed bar/cafe
(did someone say poolside margaritas?) as well as designer dorms with privacy screens and USB
charging points. This evening, we’ll grab a drink and dinner at the bar and make plans to explore Noosa.

Accommodation: Bounce
Meals included: Breakfast, drink on arrival
Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, dinner at hostel
Free activities: Swim, walks, lookouts


Day 3 - Tuesday: Noosa Free Day

Today you have a completely free day to spend doing whatever you like. Explore the Everglades by
kayak or book a skydive and see Noosa and surroundings from above. Grab a sun lounger and get some
much-needed R&R, go for a walk around the incredible headland, visit the beach or have a long, lazy lunch in the sun.

Accommodation: Bounce
Meals included: Breakfast
Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, restaurants
Free activities: Chilling by the resort pool, going for a walk in the National Park, visiting the famous
beach or checking out the local boutiques and cafes
Optional paid activities: Everglades Kayak, Skydive

Day 4 - Wednesday: Noosa to K’gari (formerly Fraser Island)

It’s an early start this morning as you head out for your 3-day, 2-night K’gari (formerly Fraser Island)
adventure. During this amazing experience you’ll explore the largest sand island in the world on a 4WD
expedition, see the magical Lake Boorangoora (McKenzie), discover towering rainforests, spot a wild
dingo, cruise along endless sandy beaches and lose yourself in the magic of stargazing. If you fancy
learning how to drive a 4WD, you can do that! This is going to be one of the best experiences of your
whole trip and is definitely the coolest way to explore this world-heritage listed National Park.

After a bus, ferry and 4WD transfer, you’ll arrive at Beach Camp on K’gari (your accommodation for the
next 2 nights). You’ll have some tasty lunch and then you can check out the camp’s kitchen and deck
with ocean views before heading out for your first adventure to see some of the Island highlights. This
evening, you’ll arrive back at camp to enjoy dinner, share stories, play the didgeridoo around the
campfire and engage in some mind-blowing stargazing. Tonight, you’ll be lulled to sleep by the sound of
the waves as you settle into your safari tent (which includes a comfy mattress and hotel quality linens).

Accommodation: Beach Camp K’gari (formerly Fraser Island) Safari Tents*
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks
Included activities: K’gari adventure tour
*Accommodation can alternate between safari tents and beach camp cabin accommodation.
Do More: Take part in a beach clean-up on the island of K’gari and contribute to keeping this piece of
paradise as nature intended.

Day 5 - Thursday: K’gari (formerly Fraser Island)

This morning, wake up to the gorgeous golden sunrise over the ocean, enjoy breakfast and get ready for
a fun-filled morning exploring K’gari and her hidden treasures. Enjoy lunch on the beach and then spend
the afternoon discovering more lakes (there are over 100!) and epic views before arriving back to camp
in time for another dinner under the stars and some fun evening activities.
Accommodation: Beach Camp K’gari (formerly Fraser Island) in 2-3 share Safari Tents*
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks
Included activities: K’gari adventure tour
*Accommodation can alternate between safari tents and beach camp cabin accommodation.

Day 6 - Friday: K’gari (formerly Fraser Island) to Bundaberg

After breakfast today you’ll hit the inland tracks to discover towering trees and take one last refreshing
dip, enjoy lunch in the forest and then begin your journey back to the mainland, arriving into Rainbow
Beach around mid-afternoon ready for your next journey north up to Bundaberg.
Bundaberg is well-known for sugarcane, rum, ginger beer and more recently has been called the
‘Bundaberg Bowl’ for its reputation of growing and producing fresh food that’s served across the
country. Your accommodation in Bundaberg is a relaxed eco-resort, this time you’ll be located by a
nature reserve and have access to a spa, sauna, tennis courts and more! Tonight, we’ll have a group
BBQ dinner and a chilled evening.

Accommodation: Kelly’s Eco Resort in villas or similar
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks, BBQ Dinner
Included activities: K’gari adventure tour

Day 7 - Saturday: Bundaberg Free Day

Today you get to have a relaxing morning in Bundaberg. Enjoy a sleep in, go for a swim at the resort pool
or why not play a game of tennis? We’ll have breakfast at the resort and then head to Bundaberg for
lunch and to explore the area.
After lunch, we’ll head to the Bundaberg Rum Centre for a tour of their distillery and a tasting of their
iconic rum. Or, if you’d prefer a full day out on the water and the chance to visit the Southern part of the
Great Barrier Reef, your guide can book you onto the incredible Lady Musgrave Full Day Tour for a day
of snorkelling, a boat cruise, island walk and delicious food.

Accommodation: Kelly’s Eco Resort or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Included Activities: Rum Tasting
Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, restaurants
Optional paid activities: Lady Musgrave Full Day Snorkel Tour
Free activities: Swimming, tennis or checking out Bargara Beach

Day 8 - Sunday: Bundaberg to Airlie Beach

Today is a big drive day to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the amazing Whitsunday Islands, so load up on
the snacks, make sure your phone is charged and you’ve got some good tunes loaded up. We’ll make
some stops to stretch our legs and see some sweet views along the way, arriving in Airlie in the evening.

Accommodation: Base Airlie Beach or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, bakery, restaurants

Day 9 - Monday: Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Islands

This morning, enjoy a sleep in or take a stroll down to the Airlie lagoon for a dip. After lunch, head down
to Coral Sea Marina to meet your crew and jump onboard a 76-foot, maxi sailing yacht which will be
your home for the next two days. As you leave the marina and Airlie Beach behind you, watch your crew
hoist the sails for an exhilarating trip out to the Whitsunday Islands - part of the World Heritage Listed
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Once you arrive out around the Islands, jump in for a swim or snorkel amongst the fringing reef and then
enjoy the sunset with a drink in hand on one of the crew's favourite little beaches. In the evening relax
on deck, have a few drinks, get to know the crew, stargaze and let the calm waters gently rock you to
sleep - for the adventurous, mats are provided to sleep on deck under the stars or if you prefer a bit
more comfort, a bed awaits you below deck.

Accommodation: Open shared dorm style accommodation on a maxi sailing yacht
Meals included: Breakfast, Afternoon Snacks, Dinner and Dessert (BYO drinks)
Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes
Included activities: Sailing, snorkelling and exploring the Whitsunday Islands

Day 10 - Tuesday: Whitsunday Islands

This morning you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’re in paradise, as you wake up on a yacht surrounded by
beautiful islands and enjoy a delicious breakfast on deck as you sail towards Whitsunday Island, home to
the best beach in the world - Whitehaven Beach. You’ll disembark and enjoy a bush-walk to Hill Inlet
Lookout and then spend the rest of the day exploring and relaxing on Whitehaven Beach. You can also
go snorkelling today, enjoy a sunset beach session and another fun evening onboard with your group
and the crew.

Accommodation: Open shared dorm style accommodation on a maxi sailing yacht
Meals included: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Snacks, Dinner and Dessert
Included activities: Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, bush-walk, sailing, snorkelling

Day 11 - Wednesday: Whitsunday Islands to Magnetic Island via Airlie Beach

Enjoy your final morning on-board the yacht, have one last magical swim or snorkel and then sail on
back to Airlie Beach. This afternoon we’ll jump back on the bus and head to Townsville. We’ll then catch
the ferry over to our next destination of Magnetic Island in the late afternoon. Nearly 50% of ‘Maggie
Island’ is national parkland, and it's surrounded by amazing beaches and abundant wildlife. Your guide
will fill you in on the activities you can do around the island over the next couple of days.

Accommodation: Selina or similar
Meals included: Breakfast, Morning Tea
Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, restaurants
Included Activities: Sailing, snorkelling, Magnetic Island Ferry
See More: This island paradise is your best chance on the East Coast to see koalas in the wild. Keep your
eyes out for these sleepy marsupials, rock wallabies, and colourful birds as you explore the forested

Day 12 - Thursday: Magnetic Island Free Day

Today you will wake up in paradise and have a full free day to explore. This beautiful island is home to
the historic Forts Complex, which you see in a scenic walk with your Guide. At the end, you’ll be
rewarded with some incredible views over the island and ocean beyond. Spend the rest of your day
relaxing on the secluded beaches, hiking through native bush or searching for wildlife! Top tip: stay alert
and keep your eyes on the trees, Maggie Island is one of the best places in Australia to see koalas in the

Accommodation: Selina or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Meal options: Self-cater, bakery or cafes
Free activities: Walk
Optional activities: Snorkel

Day 13 - Friday: Magnetic Island to Cairns via Atherton Tablelands

We catch the ferry back to the mainland in the morning and then we’ll get on the road again and head
up to the stunning Atherton Tablelands. We’ll stop at the famous Millaa Millaa Falls along the way for a
swim and some amazing photo ops.

We’ll go for a walk and a swim in Lake Eacham - a beautiful crater lake, and visit the heritage-listed
Curtain Fig Tree, before making our way to Cairns. Tonight, we’re staying at an amazing resort with its
own person-made beach! We’ll have a group dinner at the resort and then check out the legendary
Cairns nightlife.

Accommodation: Gilligans Cairns or similar
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, restaurants
Included activities: Magnetic Island ferry, swim, walk, waterfalls

Day 14 - Saturday: Cairns Free Day

Today is a completely free day so if you have a few too many cocktails last night, enjoy a lazy sleep-in
and perhaps some hair-of-the-dog by the pool in the afternoon. If you’re ready for another day of
adventure, why not book into a tour of Cape Tribulation or go to see the iconic Great Barrier Reef?

Accommodation: Gilligans Cairns or similar
Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, restaurants
Free activities: Hang out at the amazing resort pool, walk the Esplanade, visit the Botanical Gardens
Optional Activities: Cape Tribulation Day Trip, bungy jump, Great Barrier Reef trip, skydive, rafting

Day 15 - Sunday: Cairns
Today is the final day of your Stray adventure. Give a wave and a hug to your new mates 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

Departs: Every other Sunday (approx.)

Pick Ups: Check into our central Brisbane accommodation and make yourself at home - Brisbane YHA, 392 Upper Roma St, QLD 4000. Meet your guide and group at 5pm in the hostel reception.

*For any departures after October 1st 2023 the meeting point will be at Selina Brisbane - 466 George St, Brisbane City, QLD 4000.

Return: Cairns







What to Bring

Waterproof jacket
Clothing (mainly light layers but some warm items)
Hat & Sunscreen
Water bottle
Motion sickness tablets
Insect repellent

Luggage Limit

20kg + a day pack

Dietary Requirements

Please specify any dietary requirements at the time of booking. 

Extra Costs

Any meals that aren't included.
Many activities are included but there is a free day in Noosa and Cairns if they want to add on any additional activities e.g. a skydive, kayak, Great Barrier Reef trip.


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