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

$1,625.00$2,095.00

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:
Cairns on day 26
Explore the East Coast of Australia with most activities and tours included!

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

You’ll explore the beautiful Byron Bay and check out the Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise before driving 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!

Includes:

  • 3 nights accommodation in Sydney
  • 3 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
  • 3 days 2 nights Fraser Island tour – click here to check it out
  • 2 nights accommodation in Airlie Beach
  • 2 days 2 nights sailing the Whitsundays on the Budget Boat, Adventure Boat, James Bond Boat or Party Boat!
  • 4 nights accommodation in Cairns
  • 1 day snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef – click here to check it out!

Simply choose if you would like to drive between destinations or 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.”  – 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!

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

Sydney to Cairns Cheap as chips tour calendar itinerary

Day 1 - Sydney

Arrive in Sydney at any time and check-in to your accommodation. The rest of the day free to explore as you please! See the Botanical Gardens, Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

Day 2 - Sydney

Today is free to explore Sydney at your leisure, head to one of the many beaches or go for a cruise on the harbour!

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

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 8 - Byron Bay to Gold Coast/ Surfers Paradise

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

Day 9 - Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise

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

Day 10 - Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise to Brisbane

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

Day 11 - Brisbane 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 Rainbow Beach

Travel to Rainbow Beach and check into your accommodation, you have a safety briefing at 4:00pm for your Fraser Island Tour.

Day 14 - 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 15- 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 16 - 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 17 - Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach

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

Day 18 - Airlie Beach

Arrive in Airlie Beach early and check-in for your Whitsundays tour.

Day 19 - The Whitsundays (Dinner)

Begin 2 days 2 nights Whitsundays sailing - click the 'Whitsunday Boat Options' tab to check out the boats and their itineraries.

Day 20 - The Whitsundays (Breakfast, Lunch Dinner)

Whitsundays sailing!

Day 21- Return to Airlie Beach (Breakfast)

Return to Airlie Beach this day and celebrate being back on land!

Day 22 - Airlie Beach to Cairns 

Take a bus from Airlie Beach to Cairns this day.

Day 23 - Cairns

Arrive in Cairns early, today is free to explore Cairns as you please.

Day 24 - The Great Barrier Reef (Lunch)

Day cruise on the Great Barrier Reef with snorkelling and lunch included.

Day 25 - Cairns 

Today is free to explore Cairns as you please!

Day 26 - Cairns

Your journey is complete, you are free to check out of your hostel and travel onward anytime this day.

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

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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 catamarans 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

*To drive on Fraser Island you must be 21 years of age or older.

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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