24 Day Sydney to Cairns Tour

Sydney - Cairns Holiday Package Deals - ACUXtra

Fraser + Whitsundays + Great Barrier Reef

Product Info

Duration 24 Day Package
Meals 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Starts Sydney
Ends Cairns
Accommodation Dorms, Camping and Boat Cabins


We have squeezed one of the best Fraser Island tours, an incredible Whitsundays sailing adventure, Cape Tribulation rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef into one amazingly cheap East Coast tour! Stopping off in Byron Bay for a surf lesson, this package is the ultimate way to see the East Coast of Australia!

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
  • Enjoy an aboriginal cultural experience at Mossman Gorge
  • Spot wild Crocodiles on the Daintree River
  • Enjoy an epic Surf Lesson

This Awesome Package Includes:

  • 21 Nights Accommodation
  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 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, 2 Night Whitsunday Sailing Experience
  • Magnetic Island including return ferry tickets
  • 1 Day Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef
  • 1 Day Tour to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation


Day 1 - Jump on the overnight bus in the evening from Sydney to the beautiful Byron Bay.

Day 2 - Arrive in Byron Bay and check into your central hostel for 3 nights. You'll have this day free for exploring and relaxing on the beach.

Day 3 - It's time to hit the waves and have a go at Surfing - a true Australian past-time that you have to experience when you're here! This half day adventure will take you to a quiet beach with perfect beginner waves and includes plenty of instruction as well as all the equipment you'll need.

Day 4 - Join an incredible day trip to explore the surrounding countryside of Byron Bay and the quirky Hippie Town of Nimbin. Here you can explore the funky shops and cafes, before heading to a beautiful lake and nature reserve for lunch. On the way back to Byron, you will visit a stunning waterfall to make your day complete!

Day 5 - Check out of the hostel and board the bus up to Surfers Paradise. You will stay for two nights in a backpackers right in the heart of Surfers Paradise, only a short 1-block walk to the beach!

Day 6 - Free day to explore and relax in Surfers Paradise. Why not visit one of the awesome Theme Parks this area is famous for? (Optional extra)

Day 7 - Check out of the hostel and jump on a bus to Noosa. On arrival, you will check into an awesome hostel for 2 nights.

Day 8 - Free day to explore the beautiful beaches and National Parks that make Noosa Famous.

Day 9 - Jump on the bus from Noosa to Rainbow Beach. On arrival, you will check into your hostel for 2 nights.

Day 10 - Take the morning to explore the beach and rainforest that surrounds the town. In the afternoon, you will need to attend the compulsory briefing meeting for your Fraser Island tour.

Days 11, 12 & 13 - Head out for an incredible 3 days and 2 nights Fraser Island 4x4 Safari Tour. This amazing tour involves traveling around in a convoy of 8-seater, 4x4 vehicles, following a lead car. If you have a driver's license you can actually have a go driving the vehicles, although you don't have to if you don't want to! Explore the unique rainforest and stunning freshwater lakes that make this World Heritage Listed island one of the top places to visit in Australia. This tour includes all food, permits and camping equipment (apart from a sleeping bag which you can hire if you need), so there's nothing extra to pay. After the tour, you will return to Rainbow Beach for one more night in the hostel.

Day 14 - Check out of the hostel and jump on the overnight bus from Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach.

Day 15 - 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 16, 17 & 18 - 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 19 - 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 20 - Free day in Paradise! There are several beautiful beaches and awesome walks on the island for you to enjoy.

Day 21 - 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 22 - 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 23 - 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 24 - Check out of your hostel and leave Cairns at any time. 

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 - 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.

A $47 surcharge may occur for Magnetic Island stay falls on any of the following full moon party dates:

20th May, 17th June, 23rd July, 19th August, 16th September, 29th October, 25th November


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!