12 Day Cairns to Brisbane Express Tour

Start in Cairns

Product Info

Duration 12 Day Package
Meals 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Starts Cairns
Ends Brisbane
Accommodation Dorms, Boat Cabins, Camping


Short on time? We've got you covered with this incredible 12 day package zipping you from Cairns to Brisbane. Stopping off in world class wonders like the Great Barrier Reef, magical Fraser Island and the stunning Whitsundays, this adventure covers the best bits of the Australian East Coast for those travellers limited on time. 

Trip Highlights: 

  • Drive 4x4’s over Fraser Island to amazing natural wonders like Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek and Indian Head
  • Snorkel with amazing marine life over spectacular coral formations on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Sail between the beautiful Whitsunday islands with time to relax on Whitehaven Beach  

This Awesome Package Includes:

  • 10 night’s accommodation
  • 1 Day snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef
  • 2 Days, 1 Nights Sailing in the Whitsundays
  • 3 Day, 2 Night Fraser Island Tag Along, Self Driver Safari
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Free Internet Access in all our Shops up the Coast


Day 1 - Arrive anytime and check into our central hostel for 3 nights. Have a free day of exploration and relax before you trip begins!


Day 2 – It’s off to the Great Barrier Reef for an amazing day snorkeling amongst some of the best coral that Cairns has to offer! You will visit two different reef destinations in the day to see a huge variety of reef species.


Day 3 - Jump on the bus from Cairns to Airlie Beach. On arrival, you will check into your accommodation for 1 night. You will also need to check in for your Whitsundays Sailing trip on this day.


Days 4-5 - Head out for 2 days and 1 nights Sailing the Whitsunday Islands on an incredible boat trip. You will sail around the Islands, snorkel over the beautiful coral and visit the breath-taking Whitehaven Beach. You will actually sleep on the boat and all meals/taxes/snorkel equipment/etc is included so there's nothing extra to pay or worry about. After your awesome trip, you will return to Airlie Beach for one more night.


Day 6 - You have a free day to explore Airlie Beach before heading on an overnight bus trip to Rainbow Beach, where you will stay for 2 nights.


Day 7 - You have arrived in Rainbow Beach. While you're here, you can relax on the beach or even add on a Skydive, Kite Surfing or Kayaking. Ask us for information.


Day 8- On this day, you will need to attend a compulsory safety meeting for Fraser Island


Days 9-11 - Join a 3 day Fraser Island, Self Drive, Tag Along Tour. This is an amazing trip around this World Heritage Listed island with a chance to explore, swim in freshwater lakes and creeks, camp in the sand dunes and even have a go driving the 4WD vehicles (providing you have had your full driving license for at least 1 year and are 21 years old). Once you have finished the tour, you will check back into the hostel in Rainbow Beach for 1 more night.


Day 12 - Check out of your hostel and catch a bus to Brisbane, where your trip sadly finishes.


*This is a package tour made up of several different trips with additional accommodation included where needed. You will be travelling on your own, but meeting loads of other like-minded travellers on the way and having a fantastic time. Although this is unguided, we provide you will full information for all pickups and transfers and is a really easy way to travel.


*This package is designed to work with a national bus pass but can be purchased without transport if you already have your bus ticket or other transport.


Pickups / Departures

This package can depart on any day of the year! Please note there may be surcharges for travelling during Xmas/New Years.


Contact us if you are keen on any of these great upgrade options:

  • Adding Scuba Diving to the Reef Trip
  • Accommodation upgrades are available to private rooms, premium backpackers or hotels

This package can be made completely flexible. If you are interested in making any changes to this package, please just Contact Us and we will plan you your perfect custom trip!