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Cairns to Sydney Time Saver East Coast Tour Package 22 days
Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling Set Sail and enjoy the beautiful Whitsundays Party at Eli Creek

Cairns to Sydney Time Saver East Coast Tour Package – 22 days

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Mixed (Bus, 4X4, Boat)
Mixed(Dorm Share and Camping)
22 days, 21 nights
Some Meals
While on activities/tours
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 trips to Fraser Island and the Whitsundays to save you time!

You’ll visit Sydney and the Blue Mountains then travel to Byron Bay and check out the Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise.

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 accommodation in Airlie Beach
  • 2 day 1 night tour sailing the Whitsundays on the Siska, Hammer or SV Whitehaven
  • 2 nights accommodation in Rainbow Beach
  • 2 day 1 night tour of Fraser Island
  • 2 nights accommodation in Noosa
  • 1 nights 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. 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
  • 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. 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.

Cairns to Sydney East Coast Map

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, 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 6 – 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.

Day 7 – Airlie Beach to Rainbow Beach

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

Day 8 – Rainbow Beach

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

Day 9 – Fraser Island (Lunch, Dinner)

Departure for the 2 days 1 night Fraser Island tour: 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.

Day 10 – 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 11 – Rainbow Beach to Noosa

Travel to Noosa and hit the beach or explore.

Day 12 – Noosa

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

Day 13 – Noosa to Brisbane

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

Day 14 – Brisbane to Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise

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

Day 15 – Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise

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

Day 16 – Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay

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

Day 17 – 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 18 – 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 19 – Sydney

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

Day 20 – Sydney

Explore Sydney at your own leisure.

Day 21 – 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 22 –  Sydney

Today your journey comes to an end, you can check out of the hostel and are free to travel onward anytime this day!

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

**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 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*


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.