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Cairns to Sydney Express East Coast Tour Package 20 days
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Cairns to Sydney Express East Coast Tour Package – 20 days

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Mixed (Bus, 4X4, Boat)
Mixed(Dorm Share and Camping)
20 days, 19 nights
Some Meals
While on activities/tours
Explore the East Coast of Australia even if you are short on time!

If you want to experience as much of the East Coast as you can but are short on time then this package is the time and money saver for you!

You’ll visit Sydney and the Blue Mountains, Byron Bay and check out the Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise before having an adventure on Fraser Island.

It doesn’t stop there! You’ll explore the Whitsundays in style and adventure up to Cairns before snorkelling 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 East Coast of Australia today!


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

Simply choose if you are driving or if you would like to add in a 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.”  – Cameron – One Stop Adventures Travel Expert



  • Explore Sydney, Byron Bay, Surfers Paradise, Brisbane, Noosa, Rainbow Beach, Airlie Beach and Cairns!
  • Experience the Blue Mountains - Australia's most visited national park
  • Get around the world's largest sand island - Fraser Island
  • Sail/motorboat around the Whitsundays
  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef

Below is an example calendar and written itinerary. However, 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.

Day 1 – Cairns

Arrive in Cairns at any time this day and check-in to your accommodation, the rest of the day is free to explore at your own leisure.

Day 2 – Cairns

Today is a free day to explore Cairns as you please. Head to Kuranda or enjoy the lagoon.

Day 3 – Great Barrier Reef

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

Day 4 – Cairns to Airlie Beach

Travel from Cairns to Airlie Beach this day.

Day 5 – Whitsundays (Lunch)

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

Day 6 – Airlie Beach to Rainbow Beach

Enjoy a relaxing day in Airlie Beach before boarding the overnight bus to Rainbow Beach.

Day 7 – Rainbow Beach

Arrive in Rainbow Beach and check into your accommodation before spending the afternoon exploring or relaxing!

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.

*Itinerary may vary

Day 9 – Rainbow Beach to Noosa

Travel to Noosa and hit the beach or explore.

Day 10 – Noosa

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

Day 11 – Noosa to Brisbane

Travel to Brisbane and spend the afternoon checking out the city!

Day 12 – Brisbane to Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise

Travel to Surfers Paradise and hit the beach or head to one of the theme parks.

Day 13 – Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise

Explore Surfers Paradise at your own leisure, go shopping or visit a theme park!

Day 14 – Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay

Travel to Byron Bay, it’s time to relax, surf or explore!

Day 15 – Byron Bay

Enjoy Byron Bay as you please! There is the possibility to have a surf lesson, go on a kayak tour to see the dolphins or visit Nimbin (extra cost).

Day 16 – Byron Bay to Sydney

Today you have the full day to relax or explore Byron Bay before hopping on an overnight bus to Sydney.

Day 17 – Sydney

Arrive in Sydney early in the morning with the rest of the day free to explore as you please! See the Botanical Gardens, Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

Day 18 – The Blue Mountains (Lunch)

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

*a medium level of fitness is required to join this trip

Day 19 – Sydney

Today is free to explore as you please! You could maybe head to the beaches and do the scenic walk.

Day 20 –  Sydney

Today your journey has come to an end, check out of the hostel and you are free to travel onward at anytime this day.

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.

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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

The Derwent Hunter

If you enjoy sailing or even if you’ve never tried it before the Derwent hunter makes for a great day out on the spectacular Whitsundays with 39 people maximum on board.

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**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**

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 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.

What you need to bring:

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

Luggage restrictions: 20 kg max

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