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Melbourne to Cairns Express East Coast Tour Package – 24 days

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Mixed (Bus, 4X4, Boat)
Mixed(Dorm Share and Camping)
24 days, 23 nights
Some Meals
While on activities/tours
Cairns on day 24
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!

Check out Melbourne and one of the top ten drives in the world – the Great Ocean Road.

You’ll explore Sydney, 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 Melbourne
  • 1 day Great Ocean Road Tour – click here to check it out!
  • 3 nights accommodation in Sydney
  • 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
  • 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 (lunch incl) – click here to check it out

Simply choose if you are driving or if you would like to add in a Greyhound 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 Melbourne, Sydney, Byron Bay, Surfers Paradise, Brisbane, Noosa, Rainbow Beach, Airlie Beach and Cairns!
  • Experience the Great Ocean Road - one of the top ten drives in the world
  • 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.

Melbourne to Cairns Tour

Day 1 - Melbourne

Arrive in Melbourne at any time this day and check into your accommodation, the rest of the day is free to explore!

Day 2 - Melbourne

Today is a free day to explore Melbourne as you please!

Day 3 - The Great Ocean Road (Lunch)

Depart Melbourne around 7:00am and enter the Great Ocean Road arriving at a beautiful coastal town for coffee, cookies and tea. Visit Loch Ard Gorge and learn the tale of the famous shipwreck, descend the Gibson Steps and have an epic view of the Apostles from sea level on the beach!

*Tour itinerary may vary slightly due to weather.

Day 4 – Melbourne to Sydney

Today you have a full day in Melbourne before hopping on an overnight bus to Sydney.

Day 5 – 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 6 – Sydney

Today is free to explore as you please! You could maybe head to the beaches or take a day trip to the blue mountains? The choice is yours.

Day 7 – Sydney

Explore Sydney at your own leisure

Day 8 – Sydney to Byron Bay

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

Day 9 – Byron Bay

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

Day 10 – 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 11 – Byron Bay to Surfers Paradise

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

Day 12 – Surfers Paradise

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

Day 13 – Surfers Paradise to Brisbane

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

Day 14 – Brisbane to Noosa

Travel to Noosa and hit the beach or explore

Day 15 – Noosa

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

Day 16 – Noosa to Rainbow Beach

Travel to Rainbow Beach and check into your accommodation.

Day 17 - 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 18 - Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach

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

Day 19 - Airlie Beach

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

Day 20 - 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 21 - Airlie Beach to Cairns

Travel from Airlie Beach to Cairns this day

Day 22 - Great Barrier Reef

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

Day 23 - Cairns

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

Day 24 - Cairns

Today is the end of your journey, you can check out at anytime today and travel onward.

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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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.

*To drive on Fraser Island you must be 21 years of age or older (please note if you don't have a drivers licence or don't want to drive you can be a passenger)

What to bring:

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

Luggage restrictions: 20 kg max

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