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Brisbane to Cairns Stu Bus Pass
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Stray Australia Brisbane to Cairns Stu Bus Pass

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Mixed(Minibus, Boat, train)
Pass Validity:
12 months in one direction
Regular Stops
Travel from Brisbane to Cairns by bus and train on a flexible fully guided tour. 

Stray is an innovative and fun way to travel the East Coast of Australia for those that want to be flexible, get the best insight and information and get off the beaten track to see unique things as well as take in all the main attractions Australia’s Coastline has to offer.

You’ll experience flexible, fully guided travel by mini bus and by train(between Noosa and Cairns) and unique Stray inclusions.

Stray offers travellers a different, unique and affordable way to check out the best spots on the coast with like minded people that all share the same dream, to have the time of their lives!

Starts: Brisbane
Finishes: Cairns
Minimum Time: 8 Days
Maximum Time: 12 Months


  • Transport by mini bus and Train(between Noosa and Cairns) including Magnetic Island Ferry
  • Friendly, informative tour guide
  • Access to Stray app
  • Country Campout experience*
  • Indigenous camp experience*
  • Turtle spotting at Bluff Point, Emu Park

*Stray has four unique locations where local fees apply – click the itinerary tab to see an example itinerary and the fees paid at these locations.

Once you have purchased your pass One Stop adventures will send you your Stray Login Details by email, you can then use the Stray App or Login on the Stray Website to book your travel. 

Jono Small Face“It’s Awesome being part of the Stray Community – learning, giving back, changing your life, all while having a mind blowing time!” – Jono – Stray Crew


  • Transport by Mini Bus and Train(between Noosa and Cairns) including Magnetic Island Ferry
  • Unique overnight Stray Stops
  • Fully guided and Flexible!
  • Get off the beaten track
  • Travel with like minded people
  • Passes are valid for up to a year

Below are all the places Stray Stops on your journey, overnight stops are highlighted in bold however you can stop at any of the other locations!

  • Brisbanea
  • Noosa(to access Fraser Island)
  •  Rainbow Beach
  • Cooroy / Miriam Vale (hop off the train here to access 1770 & Agnes Water)
  •  Rockhampton
  •  Country Campout
  • Emu Park
  •  Proserpine
  •  Airlie Beach (to access Whitsunday Islands)
  •  Townsville
  •  Magnetic Island
  • Tully
  •  Indigenous Camp
  •  Cairns

Below is a description of how Travel Days on Stray works! You can travel by train on non guided days though you will miss out on the cattle station experience if you do this.

Travel Day: Brisbane – Noosa or Rainbow Beach
outside Base Central or Bunk Backpackers (please confirm).
We pick you up in Brisbane city centre then travel on to the upmarket beach resort town of Noosa. Hop off here or continue onto Rainbow Beach for the night. Rainbow Beach and Noosa are both departure points for Fraser Island (a backpacker must-do). At Rainbow Beach we take a walk up to Carlo Sand Blow for either the sunset or sunrise.
SLEEP: Your choice of Noosa or Rainbow Beach accom*, you can book via the Stray web app.

Travel Day: Rainbow Beach (via Noosa) — Country Campout
outside Dingos/Frasers at Rainbow Beach or outside Nomads at Noosa
We hop in our bus in Rainbow Beach and head back to Noosa, pick up passengers, and then drive to Cooroy where we hop on the train. We travel to Rockhampton then get met by a local bus, which takes you to our options of a remote farm stay for the night (traditional swagman’s dinner around the campfire, sleep in swags, breakfast, morning farm tour, and dinner at Emus Beach Resort the next night – for an inclusive price of $75) or you can stay the night at Emus Beach Resort and self-cater.
SLEEP: Country Campout experience for $75 or dorm at Emus Beach resort for $30.

Travel Day/Night: Country Campout— OVERNIGHT TRAIN — Airlie Beach
At the farm or Emus Beach Resort
If you have stayed on the farm, we take a walk around the property and visit a sacred Indigenous site at the base of Mount Wheeler. We then head to the beautiful, little coastal town of Emu Park. In the afternoon you can just relax around the resort pool, go on a turtle-spotting walk (seasonal), or visit the local crocodile farm (additional cost). We catch the train in the evening and travel overnight to Airlie Beach. It is a modern train with large reclining seats, a bar and a dining carriage. We get into a town called Proserpine in the morning then take a local bus in to Airlie Beach – the gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.
Note: Depending which day you depart Noosa/Rainbow you may have an extra day at Emu Park.
SLEEP: Overnight train (price included), then your choice of Airlie accom*.

Travel Day: Airlie Beach (via Townsville) — Magnetic Island
MEET: outside Base Backpackers
We start early with a local bus to the train, a ferry out to tropical ‘Maggie Island’, and a local transfer to the accommodation. There is much to explore on the island, as nearly 50% of it is National Park with amazing beaches and abundant wildlife. Your guide will join you on a walk around the Island; otherwise you can do more exploring or just relax by the pool. Note: Depending on which day you depart, you may have a free day to spend on Magnetic Island.
SLEEP: YHA Bungalow Bay or your choice of Magnetic Island accom*.

Travel Day: Magnetic Island — Indigenous Camp (Special Stop) / Tully
MEET: at YHA Bungalow Bay reception or at the ferry terminal (please confirm).
We travel back to the mainland on a ferry, travel by train to Tully – getting in at around lunchtime. You have the option of staying in Tully at a historic hotel (for hostel prices) or taking part in Loka’s exclusive Indigenous Rainforest Experience for the Loka special price of $120. We get met by local Aboriginals and travel by bus into the amazing rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park. Get welcomed onto their traditional lands in ‘Jirrbal’ language. We go for a swim in the scenic Tully River before having a group dinner (modern food with a traditional twist). After dark we go ‘spotlighting’ in the rainforest for native wildlife. An enchanting evening of dreamtime stories around a campfire.
SLEEP: Indigenous Camp $120 for an all inclusive package, or Mt Tyson hotel, $35 for accom only.

Travel Day: Indigenous Camp – Cairns
Indigenous Camp or Tully train station (please confirm).
In the morning, enjoy a big breakfast then head off for an interpretative walk into the national park. We then travel back to Tully to catch the train north. You may like to spend more time in Tully to do the kayak trip, whitewater rafting or some of the rainforest walks. We travel to Cairns by train arriving late afternoon. Note:Depending on which day you depart, you may have a free day/night to spend in Tully at the historic Mt Tyson hotel before heading to Cairns.
SLEEP: Your choice of Cairns accom*, you can book via the Stray web app.

*NOTE:  Usually a dorm bed will cost between $24 – $45 per person depending on the size of the dorm and time of year (averaging $32 per person per night), a twin/double option will range from $75 – $180 (averaging $100 per room). You can pre-book your accommodation through Stray’s web app, you just pay a deposit to reserve your spot and pay the remainder direct to the operator. At most locations you are welcome to stay where you like, however please be aware of Stray’s set departure points as outlined by the meeting place on the travel days. For a full list of these points, you can download the pdf from the Timetable section.

Download departure itineraries by clicking on the images below

Once you have purchased your pass One Stop adventures will send you your Loka Login Details by email, you can then use the Stray App or Login on the Stray Website to book your travel.

+ Passes are valid for up to 12 months from your date of departure. You can hop on and off anywhere at any of our overnight stops and key activity stops for the total validity of the pass. You have up to 12 months from your date of purchase to start your Stray pass.

+  Travel is in our own 24 seat mini coaches between Sydney and Noosa/Rainbow Beach, and local bus and fast trains (with toilets, showers and a dining carriage) between Noosa/Rainbow Beach and Cairns.  The return ferry to Magnetic Island is also included in your Mick pass.

+  Our guides travel on all routes on the set departure days.  You can travel on the train on other days without a guide, however you can only access our unique transfers and activities when travelling with the guide.

+  There is a minimum of 2 departures per week (up to 5 in summer) over all routes. For specific departure days and times please see our timetable.

+ Accommodation and food are not included in your Stray pass. You can book your accommodation through our web-app along the way. We hold spots in our preferred locations so you’re guaranteed a bed.

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 3am)
  • Does not go to 1770, stops at the Turn off and some hostels will come and pick you up at midnight/1am for $15 each way
  • Older buses
  • Will get you from A to B
  • The cheapest option!


  • Fully guided travel up the East Coast in 24 seater mini buses and by train from Noosa to Cairns
  • 4 unique location stops along the way!
  • Get off the beaten track
  • Departs minimum 2 times a week.


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