12 Day Gold Coast to Cairns Express Tour

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This package takes in all of the major highlights of the East Coast of Australia between Gold Coast and Cairns on limited time. Sail the Whitsundays, explore Fraser Island and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef - you might even find Nemo! This is a package tour made up of several different trips with additional accommodation included where needed. You will be traveling on your own, but meeting loads of other like-minded travelers on the way and having a fantastic time. Although this is unguided, we provide you will full information for all pick ups and transfers and is a really easy way to travel. Experience all the highlights: snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, sail the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, relax on the stunning Whitehaven Beach and explore Fraser Island from your own 4x4 vehicle!


This Awesome Package Includes:

  • 3 Nights accommodation in Rainbow Beach
  • 3 Day, 2 Night Fraser Island camping safari
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Airlie Beach
  • 2 Day, 1 Night Whitsunday Sailing Experience
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Cairns
  • 1 Day Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 3 Dinners



Days 1-2 - Jump on the bus from Surfers Paradise to Rainbow Beach where you will check in for 2 nights. On day 2, you attend a safety brief for your Fraser Island to hear a little bit more about your self-drive safari. Ask us about adding on a Skydive, Kayaking, Sandboarding, Kite Surfing or Surfing!


Days 3-5 - 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 6 - Jump on the overnight bus from Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach.


Day 7 - Arrive in Airlie Beach and check into the hostel for 1 night. You will also need to check in for your boat trip on this day.


Days 8-9 - Head out for 2 days and 1 night sailing the Whitsundays on an amazing boat trip! This is a great tour that takes in all the highlights of the Whitsunday Islands, including Whitehaven Beach and several snorkelling spots. The trip is all inclusive so there is nothing extra to pay for food, reef taxes, snorkelling equipment, etc. Once you return from the trip, you will have 1 more night in the hostel in Airlie Beach.


Day 10 - Board the bus up to Cairns. On arrival in Cairns, you will check into a central hostel for 2 nights.


Day 11 - Head out to the Great Barrier Reef for 1 day on the amazing Passions of Paradise. This is a great trip that visits two different sites on the reef, includes loads of food and snorkelling equipment.


Day 12 - Check out of the hostel to finish your trip!

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:

  • Premier Bus Pass from Sydney to Cairns - $295
  • Adding Scuba Diving to the Reef Trip - $70
  • Dreamworld Theme Park Ticket - $49
  • 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!