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Cairns to Sydney CHEAP AS CHIPS East Coast Tour Package – 26 days

$1,625.00$2,081.00

Transport:
Mixed (Bus, 4X4, Boat)
Difficulty:
Easy
Accom:
Mixed(Dorm Share and Camping)
Duration:
26 days, 25 nights
Food:
Some Meals
Guided?:
While on activities/tours
Departs:
Daily
Arrives:
Sydney on day 26
Explore the East Coast of Australia with all the essential Activities and tours included!

This is the ultimate adventure up the East Coast of Australia with most popular tours and sightseeing included!

You’ll explore the beautiful Byron Bay and check out the Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise and drive a four wheel drive on the famous Fraser Island!

It doesn’t stop there! You’ll sail around the Whitsundays in style and adventure up to Cairns before snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef!

This great value package includes all accommodation, tours and most meals while on tours. What are you waiting for? Explore the East Coast of Australia today!

Includes:

  • 4 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 days 2 nights on a sailing boat in the Whitsundays on the Budget Boat, Adventure Boat, James Bond Boat or Party Boat!
  • 2 nights accommodation in Rainbow Beach
  • 3 days 2 nights Fraser Island tour – click here to check it out
  • 2 nights accommodation in Noosa
  • 1 night accommodation in Brisbane
  • 2 nights dorm accommodation in Surfers Paradise
  • 3 nights dorm accommodation in Byron Bay
  • 3 nights dorm accommodation in Sydney ( in the centre of the CBD)

Simply choose if you are driving yourself between destinations or if you need to add on 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.”  – Liz – One Stop Adventures Travel Expert

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Description

  • Explore  Sydney, Byron Bay, Surfers Paradise, Brisbane, Noosa,  Rainbow Beach, Airlie Beach and Cairns!
  • Visit Fraser Island
  • Sail and cruise around the Whitsundays
  • Snorkel 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 Tour itinerary

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 - The Great Barrier Reef (Lunch)

Enjoy a day trip snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef with lunch included!

Day 3 - Cairns

Today is free to explore Cairns at your leisure.

Day 4 - Cairns

Chill poolside at your hostel then party it up for your last night in Cairns!

Day 5 - Cairns to Airlie Beach

Checkout of the hostel and enjoy the day in Cairns before making your way to Airlie Beach.

Day 6 - The Whitsundays (Dinner)

Begin your 2 days 2 nights Whitsundays sailing trip! Itinerary will depend on the boat you choose, click the 'Whitsunday Boat Options' tab to check out the boats and their itineraries.

Day 7 - The Whitsundays (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Whitsundays sailing, sleep on the boat!

Day 8 - Return to Airlie Beach (Breakfast)

Return to Airlie Beach from your Whitsundays adventure and celebrate being back on dry land!

Day 9 - Airlie Beach to Rainbow Beach

Enjoy the full day in Airlie Beach before hopping on an overnight bus to Rainbow Beach.

Day 10 - Rainbow Beach

Arrive early in Rainbow Beach, there is a safety briefing at 4:00pm for your Fraser Island Tour

Day 11 - Fraser Island (Lunch, Dinner) 

Today you begin your Fraser Island tour! The morning of departure is a pretty hectic time, with excitement everywhere, we will again split you up into your groups and ask you to work together in checking off all your food to make sure it is all there before you go. You will pack your food into the eskies, alcohol into cool boxes, do a full vehicle inspection including checking all camping and cooking equipment is provided and then do a full driver briefing outlining the most important aspects of driving on soft sand and how to use the gears. Then it’s off you go!!

Day 12 - Fraser Island (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Due to tide times and changing conditions, the itinerary of the tour will forever change in terms of where you go, on what days but know that the experience of the lead driver will ensure you get to see the most important and beautiful sights on Fraser Island. Some of these should include Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby, Eli Creek, Champagne Pool, Indian Head and The Maheno Shipwreck to name but a few. You will only set up camp the one time and travel back to this area every evening so you can sit down, relax with a drink and cook your evening meals without the hassles of having to relocate every time.

Day 13 - Return to Rainbow Beach (Breakfast, Lunch)

Due to tide times and changing conditions, the itinerary of the tour will forever change in terms of where you go, on what days but know that the experience of the lead driver will ensure you get to see the most important and beautiful sights on Fraser Island. Some of these should include Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby, Eli Creek, Champagne Pool, Indian Head and The Maheno Shipwreck to name but a few. You will only set up camp the one time and travel back to this area every evening so you can sit down, relax with a drink and cook your evening meals without the hassles of having to relocate every time.

On the third and final day, you will arrive back into Rainbow Beach approximately around 4:00pm (depending on tides).

Day 14 - Rainbow Beach to Noosa

Travel to Noosa and check into your accommodation. Afterwards, it's time to hit the beach or explore!

Day 15 - Noosa

Explore Noosa at your own leisure, head to Australia Zoo, the Everglades, Noosa National Park or just chill on the beach.

Day 16 - Noosa to Brisbane

Travel from Noosa to Brisbane and enjoy the afternoon discovering the city.

Day 17 - Brisbane to Surfers Paradise

Travel to Surfers Paradise and hit the beach or visit the theme parks!

Day 18 - Surfers Paradise

Relax on the beautiful beach or go shopping!

Day 19 - Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay

Checkout of the hostel and travel to Byron Bay, it is now time to relax!!!

Day 20 - Byron Bay

Keep relaxing! You can also take a lovely walk to the lighthouse. There is the possibility to have a surf lesson, go on a kayak tour to see the dolphins or visit Nimbin ( extra cost)

Day 21 - Byron Bay

Keep relaxing! You can also take a lovely walk to the lighthouse. There is the possibility to have a surf lesson, go on a kayak tour to see the dolphins or visit Nimbin ( extra cost)

Day 22  - Byron Bay to Sydney

Enjoy a full day in Byron Bay before hopping on an overnight bus to Sydney.

Day 23 - Sydney

Arrive in  Sydney early, the rest of the day is free to explore at your own leisure. See the Botanical Gardens, Opera House and the Harbour Bridge or anything else you desire!

Day 24 - Sydney

Today is a free day to discover Sydney at your own leisure, check out the beaches! Bondi, Manly and Coogee.

Day 25 -  Sydney

Explore Sydney at your own leisure

Day 26 - Sydney

Today is the end of your journey, you can check out of the hostel and travel onward at any time.

What exactly are the differences? 

Greyhound 

  • 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

 

Premier

  • 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!

The Adventure Boat

A maxi sailing adventure on the British Defender, Condor, Boomerang, Broomstick with 28 guests maximum

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Click here to learn more about the Adventure Boat 

The James Bond Boat

The Powerplay is a sleek catamaran with a spa on deck and neon lights on the bottom to attract dolphins and squid with a maximum of 18 guests

Whitsundays Powerplay Catamaran Powerplay Whitsundays Jumping off Powerplay Blue lights

Click here to learn more about the James Bond Boat

The Party Boat

The Atlantic Clipper is a tall ship with an inflatable slide, spa on deck, dive board and a maximum of 55 guests

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Click here to learn more about the Party Boat

The Budget Boat

We usually choose between Wings or Tongarra as budget boat depending on the availability. They are both cool catamaran with an awesome crew and a maximum of 21 to 23 guests.

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Click here to learn more about the Budget Boat

These are our favourite boats to include on your East Coast Adventure though you can do the trip on any boat you want!

Click here to check out all the Whitsunday Boat Options

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 choose to have open dated tickets or 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.


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