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Brisbane to Cairns Cheap as Chips East Coast Tour – 20 Days

$1,399.00$1,789.00

Transport:
Mixed (Bus, 4X4, Boat)
Difficulty:
Easy
Accom:
Mixed(Dorm Share and Camping)
Duration:
20 days, 19 nights
Food:
Some Meals
Guided?:
While on activities/tours
Departs:
Daily
Arrives:
Cairns on Day 20
Explore the East Coast of Australia with the most popular activities and tours included!

This is the ultimate adventure up the East Coast of Australia with all the must do tours and sightseeing included. You’ll drive a four-wheel-drive on the famous Fraser Island, discover the Whitsunday Islands and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns!

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

Includes:

Simply choose below if you would like to drive between destinations yourself or add on 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.”  – Cameron – One Stop Adventures Travel Expert

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Description

  • Visit Brisbane, Noosa, Rainbow Beach, Airlie Beach, Magnetic Island and Cairns
  • Explore Fraser Island
  • Sail and cruise around the Whitsundays
  • Snorkel 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 at any time and check-in to your accommodation. The afternoon is free to do as you please!

Day 2 - Brisbane

Today is free to explore Brisbane at your leisure.

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 before you have a safety briefing at 4:00pm for your Fraser Island Tour.

Day 6 - Fraser Island (Lunch, Dinner)

Today you begin your Fraser Island tour! The morning of departure is a pretty hectic time, with excitement everywhere, we will again split you up into your groups and ask you to work together in checking off all your food to make sure it is all there before you go. You will pack your food into the eskies, alcohol into cool boxes, do a full vehicle inspection including checking all camping and cooking equipment is provided and then do a full driver briefing outlining the most important aspects of driving on soft sand and how to use the gears. Then it’s off you go!!

Day 7 - Fraser Island (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Due to tide times and changing conditions, the itinerary of the tour will forever change in terms of where you go, on what days but know that the experience of the lead driver will ensure you get to see the most important and beautiful sights on Fraser Island. Some of these should include Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby, Eli Creek, Champagne Pool, Indian Head and The Maheno Shipwreck to name but a few. You will only set up camp the one time and travel back to this area every evening so you can sit down, relax with a drink and cook your evening meals without the hassles of having to relocate every time.

Day 8 - Return to Rainbow Beach (Breakfast, Lunch)

Due to tide times and changing conditions, the itinerary of the tour will forever change in terms of where you go, on what days but know that the experience of the lead driver will ensure you get to see the most important and beautiful sights on Fraser Island. Some of these should include Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby, Eli Creek, Champagne Pool, Indian Head and The Maheno Shipwreck to name but a few. You will only set up camp the one time and travel back to this area every evening so you can sit down, relax with a drink and cook your evening meals without the hassles of having to relocate every time.

On the third and final day, you will arrive back into Rainbow Beach around 4:00pm (depending on tides).

Day 9 - Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach

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

Day 10 - Airlie Beach

Arrive in Airlie Beach early and check-in for Whitsundays tour.

Day 11 - The Whitsundays (Dinner)

Begin your 2 days 2 nights Whitsundays sailing trip - itinerary will depend on the boat you choose, click the 'Whitsunday Boat Options' tab to check out the boats and their itineraries.

Day 12 - The Whitsundays (Breakfast, Lunch Dinner)

Whitsundays sailing - the itinerary will depend on the boat you choose, click the 'Whitsunday Boat Options' tab to check out the boats and their itineraries.

Day 13- Return to Airlie Beach (Breakfast)

Return to Airlie Beach this day and celebrate being back on land!

Day 14 - Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island (Dinner)

Travel to Townsville and catch the ferry to Magnetic Island. This includes the return ferry, 2 nights of accommodation, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner and 1 complimentary drink.

Day 15 - Magnetic Island (Breakfast)

Second day on Magnetic Island. You can relax, go snorkelling or visit the Koala Sanctuary.

Day 16 - Magnetic Island to Cairns

Ferry to Townsville, travel to Cairns where you will spend the next 4 nights in a hostel.

Day 17 - The Great Barrier Reef (Lunch)

Day Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef with snorkelling and lunch included.

Day 18 - Cairns 

Today is free to explore Cairns as you please.

Day 19 - Cairns 

Today is free to explore Cairns as you please.

Day 20 - Cairns

Your journey is complete, you are free to check out of your hostel and travel onward anytime this day.

What exactly are the differences? 

Greyhound 

  • 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

Premier

  • 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!

The Adventure Boat

A maxi sailing adventure on the British Defender, Condor, Boomerang, Broomstick with 28 guests maximum.

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Click here to learn more about the Adventure Boat 

The James Bond Boat

The Powerplay is a sleek catamaran with a spa on deck and neon lights on the bottom to attract dolphins and squid with a maximum of 18 guests.

Whitsundays Powerplay Catamaran Powerplay Whitsundays Jumping off Powerplay Blue lights

Click here to learn more about the James Bond Boat

The Party Boat

The Atlantic Clipper is a tall ship with an inflatable slide, spa on deck, dive board and a maximum of 55 guests.

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Click here to learn more about the Party Boat

The Budget Boat

We usually choose between Wings or Tongarra as budget boat depending on the availability. They are both cool catamarans with an awesome crew and a maximum of 21 to 23 guests.

whitsundays TongarraWings Whitsundays Cabin on TongarraNational Parks Whitsundays

Click here to learn more about the Budget Boat

These are our favourite boats to include on your East Coast adventure though you can do the trip on any boat you want!

Click here to check out all the Whitsunday Boat Options

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!

Luggage restrictions: 20 kg max

*To drive on Fraser Island you must be 21 years of age or older*

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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