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Brisbane to Cairns Time Saver East Coast Tour Package – 16 Days


Mixed (Bus, 4X4, Boat)
Mixed(Dorm Share and Camping)
16 days, 15 nights
Some Meals
While on activities/tours
Cairns on day 16
Explore the East Coast of Australia even if you are short on time!

The East Coast time saver packages include all the essential spots on the East Coast as well as 2 day 1 night trip to Fraser Island and the Whitsundays to save you time!

You’ll have time to check out Brisbane before having an adventure on Fraser Island in a 4-wheel drive warrior vehicle.

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!


Simply choose below if you are driving or if you would like to add in a Greyhound or Premier 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



  • Explore Brisbane, Noosa, Rainbow Beach, Airlie Beach, Magnetic Island and Cairns
  • Get around the world's largest sand island - Fraser Island
  • Sail around the Whitsundays
  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef!

Below is an example calendar and written itinerary - your itinerary will depend on the availability of tours and accommodation from your start date.

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

Brisbane to Cairns Tour

Day 1 – Brisbane

Arrive in Brisbane anytime this day and check-in to your accommodation, you can then explore or relax!

Day 2 - Brisbane

Today is free to explore Brisbane as you please, walk around the CBD or Southbank or head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary!

Day 3– Brisbane to Noosa

Travel to Noosa and hit the beach or explore.

Day 4 – Noosa

Explore Noosa as you please - head to the beach, Australia Zoo, Noosa National Park or even the everglades!

Day 5 – Noosa to Rainbow Beach

Travel to Rainbow Beach and check into your accommodation.

Day 6 – Fraser Island (Lunch, Dinner)

Get picked up from your Rainbow Beach accommodation and take a ferry across to the World Heritage sand island that is Fraser Island. Today you will get to have a swim in famous Lake McKenzie, visit the historical heart of the island – Central Station and the rainforest boardwalk, see ancient King Ferns at Wanggoolba Creek, visit Pile Valley’s famous Satinay trees and trek to Basin Lake which is perched high in the dunes.

*Itinerary and accommodation may vary

Day 7 – Fraser Island (Breakfast, Lunch) 

Today we discover the ocean highway of 75-Mile Beach and it’s famous icon of the SS Maheno Shipwreck, swim in crystal-clear Eli Creek with ocean views, visit The Pinnacles Coloured Sands where you learn about local mythology, climb Indian Head for Fraser Island’s most spectacular views, experience the natural rock pool jacuzzis at Champagne Pools plus time for an optional joy flight with Air Fraser taking off right from the beach. Take the ferry back to the mainland and be dropped at your accommodation around 6:00pm (times vary due to tides).

*Itinerary may vary

Day 8 - Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach

Enjoy the day relaxing in Rainbow Beach before hopping on the overnight bus to Airlie Beach.

Day 9 - Airlie Beach

Arrive in Airlie Beach in the morning with the rest of the day free to relax.

Day 10 – Whitsundays (Lunch, Dinner)

Enjoy a scenic day of beaches and snorkelling on the Whitsundays! Click the 'Whitsunday Boat Options' tab to check out the boats and their itineraries!

*All Whitsundays trips in the time saver packages are on sailing boats with 22 to 24 passengers maximum on board, you can let us know if you have a preference otherwise we will put you on the boat that best lines up with the rest of your trip.

Day 11 – Whitsundays (Breakfast, Lunch)

Today is your second day on the Whitsundays! Enjoy the beaches, snorkelling and sailing before returning to Airlie Beach in the afternoon. Click the 'Whitsunday Boat Options' tab to check out the boats and their itineraries!

Day 12 - Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island 

Travel from Airlie Beach to Townsville and board the ferry to Magnetic Island this day. This includes the ferry return, 2 nights of accommodation, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner and 1 complimentary drink.

Day 13 - Magnetic Island 

Explore Magnetic Island as you please, go hiking, hire a topless car and explore the island or snorkel one of the many beaches.

Day 14 - Magnetic Island to Cairns

Today you depart Magnetic Island and travel to Cairns.

Day 15 - Great Barrier Reef (Lunch)

Enjoy a day of snorkelling at various reef sites on the Great Barrier Reef!

Day 16 - Cairns

Today is the end of your journey, you can check out at anytime today and travel onward.

What exactly are the differences? 


  • Up to 3 departures a day
  • 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


  • 1 departure a day, some departures are at painful times (such as Coffs Harbour which is 3:00am)
  • Does not go to 1770, stops at the turn-off and some hostels will come and pick you up at midnight/1:00am for $15 each way
  • Older buses
  • Will get you from A to B
  • The cheapest option!

All Whitsundays trips in the time saver packages are on sailing boats with 22 to 24 passengers maximum on board, you can let us know if you have a preference otherwise we will put you on the boat that best lines up with the rest of your trip.

The Siska

Siska Sailing WhitsundaysSnorkelling on the siskaSnorkel the Whitsundays

Click here to learn more about the Siska Whitsundays Boat

The Hammer

Whitsundays Hammer Whitsundays Hammer Hammer Whitsundays

Click here to learn more about the Hammer Whitsundays Boat

The SV Whitehaven

The Whitsundays Sail BoatWhitsundays SunsetWhitsundays sailing

Click here to learn more about the SV Whitehaven Whitsundays Boat

What you need to bring:

  • Water
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm and cool clothing
  • Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Most importantly, 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: 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.

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