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14 Day Budget East Coast Sydney to Cairns Tour

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Mixed (Bus, 4X4, Boat)
Dorm, Double or Private
14 Days 14 nights
Some Meals
While on activities/tours
Day 13 in Cairns
Maximise the destinations you’ll see with a 14 Day Budget East Coast Sydney to Cairns tour package!

Are you short on time? This is a great value 14 day Budget East Coast tour package from Sydney to Cairns that will get you to the highlights! Travel overnight with the overnight Greyhound bus to save on time and travel, all the way from Sydney to Cairns!

You’ll visit Byron Bay, Surfers Paradise, Brisbane, Noosa, Airlie Beach and Cairns! 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 Byron Bay
  • 2 nights dormitory accommodation in Surfers Paradise
  • 1 nights dormitory accommodation in Brisbane
  • 3 nights dormitory accommodation in Noosa
  • Day trip to Fraser Island – click here to check it out
  • 2 nights dormitory accommodation in Airlie Beach
  • Day trip to the Whitsundays on Ocean Rafting or The Thundercat
  • 2 nights accommodation in Cairns
  • 1 day snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef (lunch included) – click here to check it out
  • Greyhound Bus from Sydney to Cairns
    *optional, can be booked without if you already have your Greyhound bus pass

*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
  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef!
  • Visit Byron Bay, Surfers Paradise, Brisbane and Noosa
  • 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
  • Stay at great quality hostels along the East Coast of Australia

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

Day 1 – Sydney

Explore Sydney at your own leisure before catching an overnight bus to Byron Bay.

Day 2 – 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 3 – 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 4 – Byron Bay to Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise 

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

Day 5 – Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise 

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

Day 6 – Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise to Brisbane

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

Day 7 – Brisbane to Noosa

Catch a bus to 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 8 – Noosa 

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

Day 9 – 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 10 – Noosa to Airlie Beach

Spend the morning in Noosa and then jump on an overnight bus to Airlie Beach.

Day 11 – Arrive in Airlie Beach

Arrive in Airlie Beach in the morning and make your way to the hostel, then explore Airlie Beach.

Day 12 – 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 13 – Bus to Cairns

Depart Airlie Beach in the morning and arrive into Cairns that evening and check-in to hostel.

Day 14 – Great Barrier Reef (Lunch)

Enjoy a day of snorkelling at various exclusive sites on the Great Barrier Reef! *Scuba diving optional extra payable onboard - introductory and certified options available.

Day 14 – End of trip

Check out of the hostel.

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.

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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 to bring:

  • Water
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm and cool clothing
  • Flashlight
  • Rain jacket
  • 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: 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.