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Cairns to Sydney Budget East Coast Tour Package
Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling Set Sail and enjoy the beautiful Whitsundays Lake Mackenzie Fraser Island

Cairns to Sydney – 14 Day Budget East Coast Tour

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Mixed (Bus, 4X4, Boat)
Dorm, Double or Private
14 Days 14 nights
Some Meals
While on activities/tours
Maximise the destinations you’ll see with a 14 Day Budget East Coast tour package!

Are you short on time? This is a great value package from Cairns to Sydney that will get you to all the highlights! Travel on an overnight Greyhound bus to save on time and travel, all the way from Cairns to Sydney!

You’ll visit Cairns, Airlie Beach, Noosa, Brisbane, Surfers Paradise, Byron Bay and then Sydney! You will have an adventure on Fraser Island in a 4-wheel drive warrior vehicle, plus discover the Whitsunday Islands before making your way up to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef!

This great value package includes all accommodation and some meals while on tours! What are you waiting for? Explore the 14 Day Budget East Coast tour of Australia today!


  • 2 nights dormitory accommodation in Cairns
  • 1 day snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef (lunch included) – Click here to check it out
  • 2 nights dormitory accommodation in Airlie Beach
  • Day trip to the Whitsundays on Ocean Rafting or The Thundercat
  • 3 nights dormitory accommodation in Noosa
  • Day trip to Fraser Island – Click here to check it out
  • 1 night accommodation in Brisbane
  • 2 nights accommodation in Surfers Paradise
  • 2 nights accommodation in Byron Bay

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


“Our East Coast 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 most popular destinations on the East Coast of Australia in only 2 weeks!
  • Visit Byron Bay, Surfers Paradise, Brisbane and Noosa
  • 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 in a 4X4 Warrior vehicle

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

Day 1 – Cairns

Arrive into Cairns and check into your hostel accommodation and explore Cairns!

Day 2 – Great Barrier Reef (Lunch)

Enjoy a day of snorkelling on various exclusive sites on the Great Barrier Reef! *Scuba diving optional extra payable onboard. Intro and Certified options available. (Lunch Included)

Day 3 –Travel to Airlie Beach

Depart early morning to travel to Airlie Beach which is where you will go to the Whitsunday Islands from. You will arrive in the evening.

Day 4 – Whitsundays (Lunch)

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!

Day 5 – Airlie Beach  to Noosa 

Explore Airlie Beach and the lagoon before catching an overnight bus to Noosa that evening.

Day 6 – Noosa

Arrive in Noosa and check into an awesome hostel located 200m from the Noosa Main Beach! You then have free time to explore Hastings St, the national park or grab a beer at the surf club overlooking the beach at your own leisure.

Day 7 – Noosa

Explore Noosa at your own leisure, head to Australia Zoo, the Everglades, Noosa National Park or just chill on the beach.

Day 8 –  Fraser Island (Lunch)

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 9 – Noosa to  Brisbane

Jump on a bus to make your way to Brisbane and check into your hostel and then free time to explore the river city!

Day 10 – Brisbane to Surfers Paradise/ Gold Coast

Catch a bus to Surfers Paradise and check into an awesome hostel, lay by the pool and spa, or head out and experience the nightlife and amazing beaches.

Day 11 – Surfers Paradise/ Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise is the tourism hub of the Gold Coast, there is plenty of awesome optional activities to do on the Gold Coast!

Day 12 – Surfers Paradise/ Gold Coast to Byron Bay

Arriving into Byron Bay, you will be picked up from the bus stop and taken to your accommodation to freshen up and then hit the beach or take a stroll up to the Cape Byron Light House which is the most easterly point of Australia.

Day 13 –Byron Bay 

Have a free day to explore Byron Bay, hit the beach or immerse yourself in the fantastic laid back restaurant and bar culture with the small beach town vibe that Byron Bay has to offer.

Day 14 – Byron Bay  to Sydney

Free day in Byron Bay and then catch an overnight bus to Sydney

Day 15 – End of trip

Arrive into Central Station in Sydney early morning and end of the trip!

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

**Certain boats on the Whitsundays will incur a $40 per person public holiday fee, which is payable on check-in. If you would like to check if this applies to your boat, please contact our office**

What you need to bring:

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

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: 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.

Q: Will I meet lots of people this way?

A: Definitely, this is the most popular way of travelling and experiencing Australia’s East Coast, so no matter if you’re on tour or on a bus or in a hostel you’ll make lots of new friends.

Q: What accommodation will I be staying at? 

A: You will be staying in dorm rooms at the accommodation we book for you, we use accommodation that we know are awesome because we've been sending people there for years. If you would like to stay somewhere in particular just let us know and we will do our best to make it happen.

If you would like to stay in private rooms, get in touch with us and we can make a custom package for you.

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

A: 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.