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Melbourne to Cairns East Coast Express Tour – 11 Days 11 Nights

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Mixed (Bus, 4X4, Boat)
Dorm, Twin/Double, Private
11 Days 11 Nights
Some Meals
While on activities/tours
Ends in Cairns on Day 12
See the East Coast from Melbourne to Cairns in record time!!!

You are short on time but still have a short but still want to see the whole East Coast?

Let’s make the miracle happen! Travel overnight with the Greyhound bus to save on time and travel all the way from Melbourne to Cairns!

You’ll visit the Blue Mountains in Sydney and have an adventure on Fraser Island in a 4 wheel drive warrior vehicle. It doesn’t stop there! You will then to head up to Airlie Beach to explore the Whitsunday Islands and Cairns to discover the Great Barrier Reef. The 2 greatest places to snorkel in Australia!

This great value package includes all accommodation and some meals while on tours! What are you waiting for? Explore the East Coast of Australia today!


  • 2 nights accommodation in Sydney
  • 1 day Blue Mountains tour – click here to check it out
  • 1 night accommodation in Brisbane
  • 2 nights accommodation in Rainbow Beach
  • 1 day trip to Fraser Island – click here to check it out
  • 1 nights accommodation in Airlie Beach
  • Day trip to the Whitsundays on Ocean Rafting or The Thundercat
  • 1 night accommodation in Cairns
  • 1 day snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef – click here to check it out
  • Greyhound Bus pass 15 day Whimit
    *optional, can be booked without if you already have your bus pass

*You can do this trip in the reverse direction, click here*


“Australia is a big country and it can be overwhelming to try to see everything in a short time. This package is perfect for you if you are not worried to sleep on a bus at night time and want to see the best of the East Coast. Our packages offer the best tours, trips and accommodation at an amazing price! We’ve been sending people up and down the East Coast of Australia for years and are 100% confident you will have an amazing time on any of our packages!”  – Liz– One Stop Adventures Travel Expert



  • See the must do’s of the East Coast in less than 2 weeks!
  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Explore the Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet lookout in the Whitsundays
  • Get around the World’s Largest sand island – Fraser Island
  • Explore Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne

One Stop Adventures will always endeavour to make sure you have the best itinerary and time possible.

Melbourne to Cairns Itinerary

Day 1 – Melbourne to Sydney

Arrive in Melbourne and explore the city before catching a night bus to Sydney.

Day 2 – Sydney

Arrive in Sydney in the morning and explore the city and its beautiful beaches.

Day 3 – Blue Mountains (Lunch)

You will have the chance to see the Featherdale Wildlife Park, the Blue Mountains National Park, Wentworth Falls the Three Sisters and more!

Day 4 –  Sydney to Brisbane 

You will have the day to keep exploring the city before catching an overnight bus to Brisbane.

Day 5 – Brisbane 

Explore the river city as well as well known hot spots such as Fortitude Valley and Streets Beach in Southbank.

Day 6 – Brisbane to Rainbow Beach

Arriving into Rainbow Beach early afternoon, you will be picked up from the bus stop and taken to your accommodation to freshen up and then hit the beach.

Day 7 –Fraser Island

Jump aboard one of our brand new purpose built “Warrior” 20 seat 4WD and experience a great value tour of World Heritage Listed Fraser Island.

Your discovery departs from Rainbow Beach highlighting Teewah or Rainbow Beach coloured sands before stopping for morning tea on the beach.

Over to Fraser Island, we travel along the spectacular 75 Mile Beach to explore the natural beauty of this magnificent wilderness with a guided rainforest walk.  An authentic BBQ lunch followed by a refreshing freshwater lake swim tops off the perfect day of discovery on the World’s Largest Sand Island!

Return through the towering forests of Satinay and Brushbox and navigate your way down the ‘sandy highway’ before returning to the Sunshine Coast/Noosa.

*Itinerary may vary

Day 8 – Rainbow Beach then overnight bus to Airlie Beach

Today you have the full day to explore Rainbow Beach before hopping on an overnight bus to Airlie Beach.

Day 9 – Airlie Beach

Arrive in Airlie Beach, it’s time to relax, head to the lagoon and soak up the sun and go for a swim!

Day 10 – Whitsundays

Enjoy a scenic day of beaches and snorkelling on a fantastic speed boat giving you the chance to see the highlights such as Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout with plenty of beach time in the Whitsundays in only 1 day! Following this tour bid farewell to your tour mates and jump on a night bus to Cairns.

Day 11 – Cairns / Great Barrier Reef Day trip 

Arriving into Cairns at 5:35am. Take a short walk to your hostel and check your luggage into storage, then grab some breakfast at a local cafe then head to the reef fleet terminal for 7am departure of your Great Barrier Reef day trip.  Enjoy a day of snorkelling at various exclusive sites on the Great Barrier Reef! Following your reef trip, you can now check into your hostel in Cairns.

Day 12 – End of trip

Check out from the hostel. It is now time to organise your next adventure!

Greyhound (if you haven’t organised transport between locations you can add on a Greyhound bus pass) 

  • Goes to all the places you want to visit on the East Coast
  • Newer luxury coaches with Wifi and USB Charging Ports
  • Overnight buses can be utilised to save on accommodation while travelling
  • Here is a helpful article on Travelling Australia with Greyhound

Ocean Rafting

Ocean Rafting offers an exhilarating thrill ride around the Whitsundays, it’s fast and able to make sure you can experience as much as possible in a day trip to the Whitsundays with 25 to 32 guests onboard. One Stop Adventures will book you on the Southern lights tour but you can let us know if you would rather the northern exposure itinerary instead.

Rafting in the Ocean Whitehaven Ocean rafting boatWhitehaven fun

Click here to learn more about Ocean Rafting

The Thundercat

Zip around the Whitsundays on a boat designed for speed and comfort, it’s a smooth ride on the Thundercat with a maximum of 31 passengers on board.

Thundercat Whitsundays Thundercat Whitsundays Thundercat Whitsundays

Click here to learn more about the Thundercat


Q: Is this a fully guided Tour?

A: No, This is a combination of accommodation and separate tours that we organise for you. You need to choose how you travel between your destinations whether by bus or driving. You can then choose to have open dated tickets or select a starting date and we’ll organise everything and send you an itinerary!

Q: What kind of accommodation is available to choose in this package?

There are 3 types of accommodation available with this package. Please see below. All accommodation will be in great quality reputable hostels along the East Coast of Australia which we are constantly reviewing to make sure our clients are happy, all hostels will have pools or will be super close by to the beach which is why we get great reviews!

Dorm room: This type of accommodation is shared accommodation usually around 6 – 8 persons per room. It will be a bunk bed with linen provided. There are always places to securely store valuables at every hostel.

Double /Twin room: This type of accommodation is a secure private room with either a double bed or two separate beds, most hostels have private bathrooms connected to the room, though in some cases the bathrooms and showers will be located close by outside the room, still indoors of the hostel. (Please note the double or twin room rate must be booked in multiples of 2). 

Single Room: This type of accommodation is a secure private room with a double bed, most hostels have private bathrooms connected to the room, though in some cases the bathrooms and showers will be located close by outside the room, still indoors of the hostel.

Q: I am a solo traveller, will I still meet people on this package?

A: Yes, for sure! Hostels are very social places, if you stay in dorms it is very easy to strike up conversations with fellow travellers about where and what they have done on their travels! If you are in a private room, just head to the hostel common areas like the bar, swimming pool or tv rooms and you will be sure to meet some fellow travellers! Also, when you are on tours such as Fraser Island, Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef and on the busses you will be travelling with like-minded travellers as well, so it’s super easy to meet other travellers!

Q: Can I change anything?

A: Of course, just call or email us and we can organise a custom package in no time and set you on your adventure.

What to bring:

  • Water
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm and cool clothing
  • Flashlight
  • Toiletries
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera
  • Towel
  • Insect repellent
  • A sense of adventure!

Luggage restrictions: 20 kg max


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