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Sydney to Cairns East Coast Map Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling Set Sail and enjoy the beautiful Whitsundays Fraser Island Lazy River

Sydney to Cairns 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
Cairns on day 22
Explore the East Coast of Australia even if you are short on time!

The East Coast time saver package includes all the essential spots on the East Coast such as Fraser Island and the Whitsundays to save you time!

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!


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

Sydney to Cairns Time Saver Map

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 (Lunch)

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 (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.

Day 14 – 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 spectactular 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 15 - Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach

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

Day 16 - Airlie Beach

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

Day 17 – Whitsundays (Lunch, Dinner)

Enjoy a scenic day of beaches and snorkelling on the Whitsundays! Click the 'Whitsunday Boat Options' tab to checkout 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 18 – Whitsundays (Breakfast, Lunch)

Today is your second day on the Whitsundays! Enjoy the beaches, snorkelling and sailaing before returning to Airlie Beach in the afternoon.

Day 19 - Airlie Beach to Cairns

Travel from Airlie Beach to Cairns this day.

Day 20 - Great Barrier Reef  (Lunch)

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

Day 21 - Cairns

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

Day 22 - Cairns

Today is the end of your journey, you can checkout 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 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: 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’s the difference between Greyhound and Premier Buses?

A: Greyhound has new buses with Wi-Fi, USB plugs for charging devices and up to 3 departures per day, Premier has older buses with usually 1 departure a day.

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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