18 Day Cairns to Brisbane East Coast Explorer

Fraser Island Whitsundays Packages


Description

Experience all the highlights of the East Coast between Cairns and sunny Brisbane. Sail the Whitsundays, hang out at Airlie Beach, catch a ferry over to Magnetic Island, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and ride 4x4s over Fraser Island. 


Details

Highlights 

  • Explore the adventure capital of Australia - Cairns 
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  • Camp on Fraser Island 
  • Sail the Whitsunday Islands
  • Learn to surf in Byron Bay 
  • Party in the Gold Coast

What's Included

  • 3 nights in Cairns at Gilligans
  • 1 Day Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest Adventure
  • 1 Day Great Barrier Reef Tour including 1 introductory Dive
  • 2 nights in Magnetic Island and return ferry
  • 2 nights Accommodation in Airlie Beach
  • 2 day/2 night Whitsundays Sailing Cruise
  • 3 nights in Rainbow Beach
  • 3 Day, 2 Night Fraser Island Tag Along, Self Driver Safari
  • 2 nights in Noosa
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Free Internet Access in all our Shops up the Coast
  • Discount and Freebie Vouchers in all of our Shops up the Coast

Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive in Cairns anytime/Overnight Cairns

Arrive in Cairns at any time and check into your central hostel where you'll be spending the next few days. Tonight, rest up - you've got a big couple of weeks ahead of you!


Day 2 - 1 Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise/Overnight Cairns

It's here. The day you've been waiting for. Today, you're heading out onto the big blue to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Today you get to explore 2 stunning reef sites; Upolu Cay and the 'Wonder Wall' on the Outer Edge of Upolu Reef. You're treated to 6 full hours exploring the reef with plenty of snorkelling and diving opportunities, awesome lunch and knowledgeable eco guides. 


Day 3 - 1 Day Cape Tribulation & Daintree Tour/Overnight Cairns

Spend the day visiting the Oldest living Rainforest in the world! This tour will show all of the highlights that the Daintree and Cape Tribulation have to offer, you will even get to dine on Cape Trib Beach. Meet with one of the Indigenous owners of Mossman Gorge and learn about local traditions all while soaking in there stunning views of the surrounding rainforest! This afternoon you'll return to Cairns where you'll spend the night. 


Day 4 - Bus to Townsville, ferry to Magnetic Island/Overnight Magnetic Island

Check out of your hostel and make your way to Townsville where you will meet up with the ferry that will take you to Magnetic Island for the next 2 days. 


Day 5 - Free day - Over night in Magnetic Island

Today is yours free to explore. There's plenty to do on the island, but our personal favourite is to do nothing...kick back and relax. Once you soak in the views of the aqua water and swaying palm trees, you'll know exactly what we're talking about. 


Day 6 - Ferry to Townsville, bus to Airlie Beach/Overnight Airlie Beach

Check out of your hostel and board your ferry back to Townsville where you will continue onto Airlie Beach. Check into your hostel where you'll be staying for the next week and then head out to explore. 


Day 7 - 2 day/2 Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventure

Today you're heading out to the Whitsundays! Board your vessel at Abel Point Marina where you'll be taken to your first snorkel location - no time to waste! As you head to one of the northern islands of the Whitsunday Islands you will cross Whitsunday Passage and pass the Mole group of islands before arriving at Hook or Hayman Island. Once your at your first location its time to take the plunge into the blue tropical waters and get to see what the Great Barrier Reef is really about. After the snorkeling has finished its back on board for a coldbeer and some sunset snacks whilst you cruise to your overnight anchorage. After diner thecrew will invite you to view an eco slide show, showing you some photos of what you may see and observe underwater and also pictures that have been taken whilst that day.  Look out after dark for shooting stars or sit on the back deck and watch the fish swim in and out of our underwater blue lights. 


Day 8 - 2 day/2 Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventure

After breakfast you will be taken to the magnificent Whitehaven Beach where you will be able to explore the beautiful white silica sands of Whitehaven. You will be taken on a short bush walk to the lookout where you will be able to overlook the entire beach and the inlet and view it in its finest glory.  After Whitehaven beach its back onboard for a sail to two more different snorkel sites.  Another great opportunity to explore the reefs of the Whitsunday Islands.


Day 9 - 2 day/2 Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventure/Overnight Airlie Beach

After breakfast it’s the final splash at another new snorkel site.  It’s your last chance to see the amazing under water world of the Whitsunday Islands before you make the journey back to Airlie Beach. 


Day 10 - Overnight bus to Rainbow Beach

Check out of your hostel and stock up on snacks - tonight you've got an overnight bus to Rainbow Beach. 


Day 11 - Free day - Over night in Rainbow Beach

Check out of your hostel and make your way to Rainbow Beach. Check into your hostel and get yourself comfortable with the relaxed pace of life here. 


Day 12 - Safety briefing for Fraser Island at 4pm/Overnight Rainbow Beach

This morning is yours to explore! Why not catch the morning sun over Carlo Sand Blow? Soak in the views and kick back and relax; you've got a couple of big days to come! This afternoon, you will attend your compulsory safety briefing to prepare you for your next couple of days driving 4x4s across stunning Fraser Island!  


Day 13 - 3 day/2 Night Fraser Island 4WD camping tour

Rise and shine, at 9.30am you depart for Fraser Island! Drive approx 10 minutes to the barge (ferry) and board for your 10 minute barge crossing. Once you have arrived on the world's biggest sand island, you then drive for 1 hour to the Eurong resort along 75 Mile beach - Fraser Island's own highway with speed limits! From here is when the big adventure begins as you drive to the famous Lake McKenzie - arguably the most popular and picturesque highlight of Fraser! Here, stop for some lunch, and for some quality time to have a play in the amazing clear waters with your new found friends! Around 3pm you drive up the beach to your campsite, for an early dinner and some well deserved drinks and fun!


Day 14 - 3 day/2 Night Fraser Island 4WD camping tour

Get up in the morning for a quick breakfast before you begin your busiest day on Fraser Island. First, head off to see Eli creek, a beautifully clear creek perfect for a relaxing swim. Travelling north you then stop at Maheno shipwreck for some photos and short history lesson about this famous Fraser Island icon. Shortly after, travel up to Indian head, Fraser Island's highest point. From here you may be lucky enough to see whales and sharks in the ocean, before you travel to Champagne pools for a dip! In the afternoon, travel back to camp for dinner and drinks.


Day 15 - 3 day/2 Night Fraser Island 4WD camping tour/Overnight Rainbow Beach

Start with breakfast, then drive to the beginning of the Lake Wabby walk, where you walk through the sand dunes to this tropical paradise! Lunch follows your trip to Lake Wabby, before you begin your drive down the beach heading back to the barge. Once back on the mainland, head back to the 4WD shed where you unpack and quickly clean the cars. Tonight, enjoy a well deserved rest in Rainbow Beach before checking out in the morning. 


Day 16 - Bus to Noosa/Overnight Noosa

Wave goodbye to Rainbow Beach and hello to the darling of the Sunshine Coast, Noosa! Check into your hostel for 2 nights then treat yourself to a drink at one of the many cafes that boast stunning coastal views. The best way to experience Noosa is to kick back and go with the flow. We're talking lazy afternoon drinks, sunset beach walking and all the other good stuff. 


Day 17 - Free day - Overnight in Noosa

Take a stroll along the waterfront, opt for an Everglades tour or simply wander through the shops, stuffed full of charm. Today is yours to explore! 

 

Day 18 - Bus to Brisbane, trip ends

Check out of your hostel this morning and hope on your bus bound for Brisbane! Today your trip officially comes to an end. 


Pickups / Departures

Starts: Cairns 

Finishes: Brisbane

Departs: This flexible package departs any day of the year 


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