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Sydney to Cairns Express East Coast Tour Package – 20 days

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Mixed (Bus, 4X4, Boat)
Dorm, Twin/Double, Private
20 days, 19 nights
Some Meals
While on activities/tours
Cairns on Day 20
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 explore Sydney and the Blue Mountains, Byron Bay and check out the Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise before having an adventure on Fraser Island in a 4-wheel-drive warrior vehicle.

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

Simply choose 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. You can keep all your tours, buses and accommodation open dated or give us the date you want to start and we’ll book everything for you! If you want to add or take anything out just contact us for a custom quote!” 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

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

Day 1 – 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 2 – The Blue Mountains

You will have the chance to see 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 3 – Sydney

Explore Sydney at your own leisure.

Day 4 – Sydney to Byron Bay

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

Day 5 – Byron Bay

Arrive in Byron Bay early in the morning, it’s time to relax!

Day 6 – 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 7 – Byron Bay to Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise

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

Day 8 – Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise

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

Day 9 – Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise to Brisbane

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

Day 10 – Brisbane to Noosa

Travel to Noosa and hit the beach or explore.

Day 11 – Noosa

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

Day 12 – Noosa to Rainbow Beach

Travel to Rainbow Beach and check into your accommodation.

Day 13 - Fraser island 

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 (Lunch)of Satinay and Brushbox and navigate your way down the ‘sandy highway’ before returning to the Sunshine Coast

*Itinerary may vary

Day 14 - Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach

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

Day 15 - Airlie Beach

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

Day 16 - 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 17 - Airlie Beach to Cairns

Travel from Airlie Beach to Cairns this day

Day 18 - Great Barrier Reef (Lunch)

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

Day 19 - Cairns

Today is a free day to explore Cairns as you please.

Day 20 - 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!

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

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.

Derwent hunter Day TripSailing WhitsundaysWhitsundays Turtle

**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!

Luggage restrictions: 20 kg max

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.