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Stray Australia Nat Sydney to Byron Bay and Return Bus Pass

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Pass Validity:
1 year
Regular Stops
Travel from Sydney to Byron Bay and Return by bus 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: Sydney
Finishes: Sydney
Minimum Time: 7 Days
Maximum Time: 12 Months


  • Transport by mini bus
  • Friendly, informative tour guide
  • Access to Stray app
  • Wine tasting in the Hunter Valley
  • Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie
  • Guided walk at Barrington Tops National Park*
  • Beach time at Spot X Surf Camp
  • River retreat 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. 

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 is a description of how Travel Days on Stray works! You can travel by train on non guided days as well.

Travel Day: Sydney — Barrington Tops (Special Stop)
MEET: outside Wake Up hostel at 8am or outside Nomads (if confirmed) at 8.10am
We depart the big city and head to the Hunter Valley wine area for a tasting at one of Australia’s most famous vineyards. We then travel through the backcountry to our stunning stop on the edge of Barrington Tops National Park (a World Heritage Listed Area). We stay in our own private lodge overlooking the Barrington River. You have the option to ride an inner tube down a scenic part of the river or go mountain biking (additional cost). Have a few drinks and relax in the hot tub in the evening.
SLEEP: $60 for dinner, dorm bed and breakfast at Twistops Retreat.

Travel Day: Barrington Tops — Spot X Surf Camp
MEET: at the lodge
In the morning we do a bush walk to take in the scenery and wildlife (there are kangaroos, a variety of birds and even platypus!) We then visit a Koala hospital to learn about their efforts in preserving Koalas and what we can do to help, and then travel on to our waterfront accommodation at the Spot X Surf Camp, arriving in the early evening.
SLEEP: $28 for shared accom.

Travel Day: Spot X Surf Camp — River Retreat (Special Stop)
MEET: at Loka bus
We have the morning at leisure at Spot X. You can go ocean rafting (included), or choose to take a surf lesson (additional cost). We recommend hopping off and getting a Surf & Stay package for a 2-5 days to really have a proper go at surfing. In the afternoon we have some remote exploring. We travel to the Solitary Islands Marine Park where you have the option to go snorkeling or we take a walk on the headlands. We then head into the River Retreat – our exclusive tipi camp, on the edge of the park for the night. In the evening have a few drinks and/or play volleyball or petanque. We sleep in beds in a tipi or swags under the stars. Note: in the middle of winter we will stay in a historic country pub.
SLEEP: $60 for camping/dorm bed, dinner and breakfast.

Travel Day: River Retreat — Byron Bay
At camp
We leave our camp early, hop in our bus and head up towards Byron Bay, Australia’s famous surf and arts town. We stop in the picturesque town of Yamba along the way where you can have a walk around or have a swim in the Angourie Blue Pool.
SLEEP: Your choice of Byron accom*, you can book through the Stray web app.

Free Day in Byron Bay
Explore, learn to surf, party, visit the alternative town of Nimbin (additional cost), or just 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. We have an orientation drive on the way to Byron Bay to help you get your bearings.
SLEEP: Your choice of Byron accom*.

Travel Day: Byron Bay (via Spot X) – Sydney
We express down to Sydney getting in early evening with drop offs to selected Sydney central hostels.

*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 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 Loka 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.