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Stray Cairns to Sydney Bus Pass
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Stray Australia Cairns to Sydney Trev Bus Pass

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Mixed(Minibus, Boat, train)
Pass Validity:
12 months in one direction
Regular Stops
Travel from Cairns to Sydney 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 Cairns and Gympie) and unique Loka 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: Cairns
Finishes: Sydney
Minimum Time: 10 Days
Maximum Time: 12 Months


  • Transport by mini bus and train (between Cairns and Gympie)
  • Friendly, informative tour guide
  • Access to Stray app
  • Indigenous Camp Experience
  • Country Campout experience

*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. 

“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 Cairns and Gympie)
  • Unique overnight Stray stops
  • Fully guided and flexible!
  • Get off the beaten track
  • Travel with like minded people
  • Passes 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!

  • Cairn
  • Indigenous Camp
  • Tully
  • Townsville
  • Proserpine
  • Airlie Beach (to access Whitsunday Islands)
  • Rockhampton
  • Emu Park
  • Gympie
  • Rainbow Beach (to access Fraser Island)
  • Noosa (also to access Fraser Island)
  • Brisbane
  • Gold Coast
  • Byron Bay
  • Spot X Surf Camp
  • Sydney

Below is a description of how travel days on Loka 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: Cairns — Indigenous Camp (Special Stop)
MEET: at Nomads Cairns, Gilligans or Cairns train station (please confirm prior to departure).
We travel by train south to Tully, getting in 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 special Stray 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 for an all inclusive price of $120 or Mt Tyson Hotel for accom only price of $35.

Travel Day: Indigenous Camp (via Townsville) – Airlie Beach
MEET: at 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. You may want to hop off in Townsville on the way to access Magnetic Island. We travel to Proserpine then transfer to Airlie Beach arriving approx. 7pm. Note: depending on which day you depart you may have a day/night at Tully on your way to Airlie.
SLEEP: Your choice of Airlie accom*, you can book via the Stray web app.

Free Day in Airlie Beach
We have a full day in Airlie Beach for activities or to relax. There are great 1-3 day sailing adventure options around the Whitsunday Islands that you can do.
SLEEP: Your choice of Airlie accommodation*.

Travel Days: Airlie Beach – Emu Park (Special Stop)
MEET: outside Base backpackers.
We have most of the day free in Airlie and then in the early evening we transfer to the train and travel to Rockhampton. We hop off the train with a quick transfer to the cool, coastal town of Emu Park. We have organized a great package here that’s $75 for 2 nights accommodation at Emu Resort and an Aussie farm experience that includes a ‘swagman’s’ dinner (and a tour around the property). While at Emu Park you can sit around the resort pool or go on a turtle-spotting walk up to Bluff Point. Note: Depending on the day you arrive you may have an additional night to sleep in swags at the Country Campout. This is an extra $34 for camping experience and breakfast.
SLEEP: Emu Park $75 for the 2 night package or $109 for the 3 night package (no need to pre-book). These packages are $60 and $90 for no meals or Country Campout experience included.

Travel Day: Emu Park – Rainbow Beach
MEET: at Emus Beach reception
We begin the day with an early morning bus transfer to the train. We travel to Gympie then jump on the Loka bus to Rainbow Beach. Rainbow Beach is a departure point for Fraser Island and has a beautiful beach to chill on, or we recommend walking up to Carlo Sand Blow with your guide for sunset or sunrise.
SLEEP: Your choice of Rainbow Beach accom*. You can book this via the Stray web app.

Travel Day: Rainbow Beach (via Noosa, Brisbane & Gold Coast) — Byron Bay
MEET: across the road from Frasers on Rainbow/Dingos hostels.
We travel in our own Loka bus through Noosa, Brisbane and Gold Coast, with pick-ups and drop offs. We stop for a walk at the Queensland/NSW border crossing at Danger Point to stretch our legs, and check out the view of one of Australia’s best surf spots Snapper Rock, before heading onto our night stop at Australia’s coolest surf town, Byron Bay.
SLEEP: Your choice of Byron Bay accom*. You can book this via the Stray web app.

Free Day in Byron Bay
Explore, learn to surf, party or relax and take in the laidback, hippy vibe. We recommend taking a walk to the lighthouse to view the Australian mainland’s most easterly point.
SLEEP: Your choice of Byron Bay accom*.

Travel Day: Byron Bay (via Spot X) – Sydney
MEET: at the main bus stop on Jonson St or Arts Factory hostel (please confirm).
We travel to Sydney via Spot X Surf Camp. Hop off if you want to learn to surf or just hang by the beach. We then express down to Sydney getting in early evening with drop offs to selected Sydney central hostels.
SLEEP: Your choice of Sydney accom*. We drop off outside Wake Up (by Central Station) and Nomads.

*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 Loka’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 Loka’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 Stray 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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