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Cairns to Sydney Express East Coast Tour package
Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling Set Sail and enjoy the beautiful Whitsundays Fraser Island Lazy River Rafting in the Ocean Thundercat Whitsundays Fraser Island 4WD Trip

Cairns to Sydney East Coast Express tour – 8 Days 8 Nights

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Mixed (Bus, 4X4, Boat)
Dorm, Twin/Double, Private
8 days 8 nights
Some Meals
While on activities/tours
See the East Coast from Cairns to Sydney in record time!!!

You are short on time but still have a short but still want to see the whole East Coast? Let’s make the miracle happens! Travel overnight with the overnight Greyhound bus to save on time and travel all the way from Cairns to Sydney!

You’ll visit Cairns and the Great Barrier before before to head down to Airlie Beach to explore the Whitsunday Islands. The 2 greatest ways to snorkel in Australia!  It doesn’t stop there! You will have an adventure on Fraser Island in a 4-wheel drive warrior vehicle.

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!


  • 1 night accommodation in Cairns
  • 1 day snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef (lunch included) – Click here to check it out
  • 1 night accommodation in Airlie Beach
  • Day trip to the Whitsundays on Ocean Rafting or The Thundercat
  • 2 nights dormitory accommodation in Rainbow Beach
  • Day trip to Fraser Island – Click here to check it out
  • 1 night accommodation in Brisbane
  • Greyhound Bus pass 15 day Whimit
    *optional, can be booked without if you already have your bus pass

***You can do this trip in the reverse direction, click here***

“Australia is a big country and it can be overwhelming to try to see everything in a short time. This package is perfect for you if you are not worried to sleep on a bus at night time and want to see the best of the  East Coast. Our 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. If you want to add or take anything out just contact us for a custom quote!”  – Liz – One Stop Adventures Travel Expert



  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef!
  • Explore the Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout in the Whitsundays
  • Get around the World's Largest sand island - Fraser Island in a 4X4 Warrior vehicle

Express Sydney to Cairns itinerary

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

Day 1 – Cairns

Arrive in Cairns this day and check-in to your accommodation, the rest of the day is free to explore at your own leisure.

Day 2 – Great Barrier Reef/ Cairns to Airlie Beach

Be sure to wake up early enough to check out of the hostel and store your luggage before you start your day tour. Enjoy a day of snorkelling on various exclusive sites on the Great Barrier Reef! *Scuba diving optional extra (payable onboard). Intro and certified options available. Following your reef trip, you need to fill in time until your late night/early morning bus to Airlie Beach departs (usually around 1:00am).

Day 3 – Airlie Beach

Arrive in Airlie Beach in the morning around 11:10am and check-in at the hostel before to explore the town and chill by the famous Airlie Beach lagoon!

Day 4 – Whitsundays (Lunch)/ Airlie Beach to Rainbow Beach

Enjoy a scenic day of beaches and snorkelling on a fantastic speed boat giving you the chance to see the highlights such as Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout with plenty of beach time in the Whitsundays in only 1 day! Following this tour, bid farewell to your tour mates and jump on a night bus to Rainbow Beach.

Day 5 – Rainbow Beach

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

Day 6– 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 on the ferry back to Rainbow Beach.

*Itinerary may vary

Day 7 – Rainbow Beach to Brisbane  

Arrive in Brisbane and explore the river city!

Day 8 – Explore Brisbane then catch overnight bus to Sydney

Go and discover Southbank precinct and Streets Beach and catch an overnight bus to Sydney

Day 9 – Sydney

Arrive in Sydney early morning at Central Station to end the trip.

Greyhound (if you haven't organised transport between locations you can add on a Greyhound bus pass)

  • 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
  • Here is a helpful article on Travelling Australia with Greyhound

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.

Rafting in the Ocean Whitehaven Ocean rafting boatWhitehaven fun

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.

Thundercat Whitsundays Thundercat Whitsundays Thundercat Whitsundays

Click here to learn more about the Thundercat

**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**

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: What kind of accommodation is available to choose in this package?

There are 3 types of accommodation available with this package. Please see below. All accommodation will be in great quality reputable hostels along the East Coast of Australia which we are constantly reviewing to make sure our clients are happy, all hostels will have pools or will be super close by to the beach which is why we get great reviews!

Dorm room: This type of accommodation is shared accommodation usually around 6 – 8 persons per room. It will be a bunk bed with linen provided. There are always places to securely store valuables at every hostel.

Double/Twin room: This type of accommodation is a secure private room with either a double bed or two separate beds, most hostels have private bathrooms connected to the room, though in some cases the bathrooms and showers will be located close by outside the room, still indoors of the hostel. (Please note the double or twin room rate must be booked in multiples of 2). 

Single Room: This type of accommodation is a secure private room with a double bed, most hostels have private bathrooms connected to the room, though in some cases the bathrooms and showers will be located close by outside the room, still indoors of the hostel.

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.

What you need to bring:

  • Water
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Towel
  • Insect repellent
  • A sense of adventure!