18 Day Gold Coast to Cairns Tour

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The Gold Coast is beautiful, but now it is time to depart on an epic East Coast trip. This package includes the major highlights from the Gold Coast to Cairns.


You've seen the Gold Coast - what's next? This package offers you a great value trip from the Gold Coast to Cairns, including all of the major highlights - snorkel, trek, sail and explore!


Tour Highlights:

  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  • Sail the beautiful Whitsunday Islands
  • Relax on the stunning Whitehaven Beach
  • Explore Fraser Island from your own 4x4 vehicle
  • Visit the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation
  • Meet local Aboriginals at Mossman Gorge
  • Spot wild Crocodiles on the Daintree River


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.


This Awesome Package Includes:

  • 2 Nights awesome accommodation in Noosa
  • 3 Nights accommodation in Rainbow Beach
  • 3 Day, 2 Night Fraser Island camping safari
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Airlie Beach
  • 2 Day, 2 Night Whitsunday Sailing Experience
  • 2 Nights accommodation on Magnetic Island including return ferry tickets
  • 3 Nights accommodation in Cairns
  • 1 Day Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef
  • 1 Day Tour to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation
  • 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners


This package is designed to work with a Greyhound bus pass (optional extra - see Extras tab for more information) but can be purchased without transport if you already have your bus ticket or other transport.


Day 1 - Your trip begins with a bus ride to beautiful Noosa. On arrival, you will check into an awesome hostel for 2 nights.

Day 2 - Free day to explore the beautiful beaches and National Parks that make Noosa famous.

Days 3-4 - Jump on the bus from Noosa to Rainbow Beach. On arrival, you will check into your hostel for 2 nights. On day 8, 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 5-7 - 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). This tour includes all national park fees, levies and food, so no extras to pay on arrival, apart from sleeping bag hire and/or insurance ($10 each). Once you have finished the tour, you will check back into the hostel in Rainbow Beach for 1 more night.

Day 8 - Check out of the hostel and jump on the overnight bus from Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach.

Day 9 - Arrive in Airlie Beach and check into your hostel for 1 night. In the afternoon, you will need to check in for your Whitsundays Sailing trip, but apart from that, you have the day to yourself to explore this town.

Days 10-12 - Head out for 2 days and 2 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 13 - Jump on the bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville. You will get off the bus right by the Ferry Terminal where you will be taken over to the beautiful Magnetic Island for 2 nights. The hostel is located right on the beach and includes a couple of meals as well as free snorkel hire so you can see some coral straight from the beach.

Day 14 - Free day in Paradise! There are several beautiful beaches and awesome walks on the island for you to enjoy. You can hire yourself a car and really explore the island.

Day 15 - Return on the ferry back to the mainland where you will jump on the bus up to Cairns. On arrival, you will check into your accommodation for 3 nights.

Day 16 - 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 17 - Join an awesome tour to the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. Explore the amazing jungle, swim in the stunning Mossman Gorge, meet the local Aboriginals and learn about their culture, spot crocodiles on a river cruise and so much more!

Day 18- Check out of your hostel and leave Cairns at any time.

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 - $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!