18 Day Cairns to Melbourne Express Tour

Start in Cairns

Product Info

Duration 18 Day Package
Meals 6 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Starts Cairns
Ends Melbourne
Accommodation Dorms, Boat Cabins, Camping


This package squeezes the wonders of Fraser Island, the stunning Whitsundays and the magical Great Barrier Reef into 18 action packed days, stopping off to learn to surf in beautiful Byron Bay! 

Trip Highlights:

  • Explore Fraser Island from your own 4x4 vehicle, venturing through sparkling Lake McKenzie and hiking Indian Head 
  • Spend a day on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, snorkelling with tea turtles, amazing marine life and coral formations 
  • Visit Whitehaven Beach on an epic sailing adventure through the Whitsunday Islands 
  • Learn to surf in Byron Bay 
This Awesome Package Includes:
  • 1 Day Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef
  • 10 nights accommodation 
  • 2 Day, 1 Night Whitsunday Sailing Experience
  • 3 Day, 2 Night Fraser Island camping safari
  • Half day Learn to Surf Adventure
  • 1 Day tour to Nimbin and the surrounding countryside
  • 6 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 3 Dinners


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


Day 2 - Its 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 Byron Bay, where you spend two nights. On this day, 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 13 -  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 14 - You have a free day in Byron Bay to really explore this lovely hippy town before heading on the overnight in Sydney


Day 15 - You have arrived in Sydney! Check in at your centrally located hostel for 2 nights.


Day 16 - Head out to the Blue Mountains for a day trip to visit the iconic three sisters, spot wildlife and do some beautiful hikes.


Day 17 - Check out of your hostel before making your overnight bus from Sydney to Melbourne.


Day 18 - And you have arrived to Melbourne and from here can depart anytime.




*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!