16 Day Sydney to Cairns Express Tour

Sydney - Cairns Holiday Package Deals

Product Info

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


Go 4x4 driving on the magical Fraser Island with visits to Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, Indian Head, sailing through the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, stopping off in Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. Experience snorkelling with some of the worlds most fascinating marine life on the Great Barrier Reef and learn to surf in Byron Bay before heading to Nimbin on a hinterland tour. 

Tour 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 - Jump on the overnight bus from Sydney to Byron Bay

Day 2 - Arrive in Byron Bay and check into your hostel for 2 nights. In the afternoon, you will Head out with Mojo Surf for an awesome afternoon surfing 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! The guarantee that as long as you apply yourself, you will stand up with them (if you don't, you get your money back!)

Day 3 - 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 4 - Jump on the bus from Byron Bay to Brisbane. Tonight you'll check in to a centrally located Brisbane hostel for one night. Tonight, why not head to Fortitude Valley to hit the town!

Day 5 - Day you'll wave goodbye to Brisbane and hello to Rainbow Beach as you jump on board your bus. Check into your hostel and drop your bags to explore the town. 

Days 6-8 - 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 through the fresh water of Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek, camp in the sand dunes and even have a go at driving the 4WD vehicles (providing you have had your full driving license for at least 1 year). This tour is all inclusive so there is nothing to pay for food, ferries, petrol, etc. Once you have finished the tour, you will check back into the hostel in Rainbow Beach for 1 more night.

Day 9 - Jump on the overnight bus from Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach.

Day 10 - 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 11-13 - This 2 day, 2-night tour will take you sailing and snorkelling around the Whitsunday Islands reefs. Splash around on South Whitehaven Beach and take a short walk through the rainforest to Hill Inlet Lookout for a stunning view over the shifting sands. Once you return from the trip, you will have 1 more night in the hostel in Airlie Beach.

Day 14 - Board the bus up to Cairns. On arrival in Cairns, you will check into a central hostel for 2 nights.

Day 15 - Head out to the Great Barrier Reef for a day of snorkelling with incredible marine life, glass bottom boat tours and relaxing on a luxury catamaran as well as a private island. This is a great trip that visits two different sites on the reef, includes loads of food and snorkelling equipment.

Day 16 - Check out of the hostel to finish your trip!



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 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.

This package is designed to work with a National Bus Pass - if you need transport, please purchase the option that includes transport. Otherwise, if you have your own transport, you can purchase the package without a bus pass.

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, we can upgrade you for your whole trip or just select nights if you wish

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