16 Day Cairns to Sydney Express Tour

Start in Cairns

Product Info

Duration 15 Day Package
Meals 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Starts Cairns
Ends Sydney
Accommodation Dorms, Boat Cabins, Camping


Starting in Cairns and heading to Sydney? Want to drive 4x4s on Fraser Island, sail the stunning Whitsundays and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, but you're short on time? This amazingly cheap East Coast package zooms from Cairns down to Sydney in 16 action-packed days!


Trip Includes: 

  • 13 Nights Accommodation
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 1 Day Tour to Nimbin
  • Half day learn to Surf Adventure
  • 3 Day, 2 Night Fraser Island Tag Along, Self Driver Safari
  • 2 Days, 2 Night Sailing in the Whitsundays
  • 1 Day Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Free Internet Access in all of our Shops up the Coast


Day 1 - Arrive anytime and check into our central hostel for 2 nights. Have a free day of exploration and relax before your trip begins!

Day 2 - It's off to the Great Barrier Reef for an amazing day snorkelling 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. You will also need to check in for your Whitsundays Sailing trip on this day.

Days 4-6 - Head out for 2 days and 2 night 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. After your awesome trip, you will return to Airlie Beach for one more night.

Day 7 - You have a free day to explore Airlie Beach before heading on an overnight bus trip to Rainbow Beach.

Day 8- Today explore Rainbow Beach before 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 - Today you'll wave goodbye to Rainbow Beach and hello to Brisbane as you check into the city for one night's accommodation. 

Day 13 - Check out of your hostel and catch a bus to Byron Bay. Today, you'll also be going on a half day surfing adventure on one of the amazing beaches around Byron Bay. Mojo Surf are one of the best surf schools in town and have access to loads of different beaches so they will take you to the best beach on the day! They guarantee that as long as you apply yourself, you will stand up with them (if you don't, you get your money back!)

Day 14 -  Head out on the awesome Grasshoppers Nimbin tour to check out this fun little town in the hills where they embrace the hippie lifestyle. The tour includes plenty of time in Nimbin, a BBQ lunch at a secluded nature reserve and a chance to explore the local waterfall and national park. Overnight in Byron Bay.

Day 15 - You have a free day in Byron Bay to really explore this lovely hippy town before heading on the overnight in Sydney

Day 16 - You have arrived in Sydney!



*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!