18 Day Melbourne to Cairns Express Tour

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Product Info

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


This amazing East Coast package takes you straight from Melbourne to Cairns, stopping off for only the best experiences like driving 4x4's on Fraser Island, sailing between Islands on the beautiful Whitsundays, snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef and exploring the Blue Mountains! 

Tour Highlights:

  • Enjoy a day of snorkelling the spectacular Great Barrier Reef
  • Sail the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, stopping off at incredible reefs and Whitehaven Beach
  • Drive 4x4’s on Fraser Island to magical sites like Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek
  • Journey through the immense Blue Mountains
  • Learn to surf on awesome waves in Byron Bay

This Awesome Package Includes:

  • 14 night’s dorm, camping and cabin style accommodation
  • 6 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 1 Day tour to the beautiful Blue Mountains
  • Half day Learn to Surf Adventure
  • 1 Day tour to Nimbin and the surrounding countryside
  • 3 Day, 2 Night Fraser Island camping safari
  • 2 Day, 1 Night Whitsunday Sailing Experience
  • 1 Day Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef
  • Free Internet Access in all of our Shops up the Coast


Day 1 - After an afternoon of exploring one of the world’s most diverse cities, jump on the overnight bus from Melbourne to Sydney.

Day 2 - Arrive in Sydney and check into your central accommodation for 3 nights. Remember to visit the famous Opera House while you're here along with the beautiful beaches in the surrounding suburbs. You may also what to head to the incredible Taronga Zoo, ask us how!

Day 3 - Head out to the stunning Blue Mountains National Park. While you are here, you'll be checking out the amazing waterfalls, venturing through the bush and seeing heaps of wildlife - you'll also get to visit the infamous Three Sisters.

Day 4 - Take your time as you explore the city of Sydney; cruise around and visit the locals favourite sites, such as St Paddy's Markets. In the evening, you will take the overnight bus in the evening to the beautiful Byron Bay.

Day 5 - Arrive in Byron Bay and check into your hostel for 2 nights. In the afternoon, you will head out with Mojo Surf for an epic 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! 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 6 - Head out on the awesome Grasshoppers Nimbin tour to check out this fun little town in the hills where the locals embrace the hippie lifestyle and all visitors. 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.

Days 7-8 - Jump on the bus from Byron Bay to Rainbow Beach where you will check in for 2 nights. Ask us about adding on a Skydive, Kayaking, Sandboarding, Kite Surfing or Surfing! On day 8, you attend a safety brief for your Fraser Island to hear a little bit more about your self-drive safari.

Days 10-12 - 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 such as Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek, 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 and a farewell gathering with your fellow explorers.

Day 13 - Jump on the overnight bus from Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach.

Day 14 - Arrive in Airlie Beach and check into the hostel for 1 night. You will also need to check in for your amazing Whitsundays boat trip on this day.

Days 15-16 - Head out for 2 days and 1 night sailing the beautiful Whitsundays! This tour 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 16 - Board the bus up to Cairns. On arrival in Cairns, you will check into a central hostel for 2 nights.

Day 17 – Today, it’s out to the Great Barrier Reef for a day of snorkelling world heritage protected reefs, lounging on private islands and getting up close to some of the world’s most amazing marine life. This is a great trip that visits two different sites on the reef, includes loads of food and snorkelling equipment. Ask us about adding a scuba dive to your Great Barrier Reef experience and view this amazing place from a completely different angle.

Day 18 - 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 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 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!