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This is the ultimate Sydney to Cairns East Coast package! We have squeezed one of the best Fraser Island tours, an incredible Whitsundays sailing adventure, the rainforest and the Magnetic Island into one amazingly fun East Coast tour! Stopping off in Byron Bay and off the beaten track country campout this tour package is the ultimate way to see the East Coast of Australia.

Travelling in a group of like-minded people and professional, experienced guides you will get to experience the ‘real’ Australia and meet some true Aussie locals.

16 Day Sydney to Cairns Tour Package Itinerary - 16 days

  1. Day 1 Sydney to Barrington Tops
    Start the East Coast Adventure tour by exploring the Hunter Valley wine area. You will do a tasting at one of Australia’s most famous vineyards. We then head through the rolling hills of New South Wales to our stunning stop on the edge of Barrington Tops National Park. This is a World Heritage listed area.

    Your first night on tour is spent in a private lodge overlooking the Barrington River. You have the option to ride an inner tube down a scenic part of the river. Relax and enjoy the incredible views in the evening. (D)
  2. Day 2 Barrington Tops to Spot X Surf Camp
    Up early this morning we head out on a bush walk. There is so much native Australia wildlife to spot including Kangaroos, plenty of birds and if you are lucky platypus. We head north with a visit a Koala hospital to learn about their efforts in preserving Koalas and what we can do to help, and then travel on to our waterfront accommodation at the Spot X Surf Camp, arriving in the early evening. (B, D)
  3. Day 3 Spot X Surf Camp to River Retreat
    This morning you can take part in a group surf lesson or just relax on the beach. In the
    afternoon we travel to our River Retreat. We go for a guided kayaking trip spotting wildlife
    along the way. In the evening have a few drinks around the campfire. We sleep in beds in a tipi or swags under the stars. In the winter months we stay in cabins. (B,D)
  4. Day 4 River Retreat to Byron Bay
    Today its off to the hippy town of Byron Bay, Australia’s famous surf and arts town. We stop in the picturesque town of Yamba along the way and go for a walk and a swim at the Angourie blue pools (weather dependent). Your guide will give you an orientation drive as you head into the Byron Bay township and help you book any activities for the following day. (B)
  5. Day 5 Free Day in Byron Bay
    A Free day to explore and experience Byron Bay. Our favourite thing in Byron is taking a walk to the lighthouse to view the Australian mainland’s most easterly point. you could also learn to surf, party, visit the alternative town of Nimbin (additional cost), or just relax and take in the laidback, hippy vibe. Your Loka guide is getting some hard-earned rest today, so its up to you what you do in Byron Bay.
  6. Day 6 Byron Bay (via Gold Coast & Brisbane) to Rainbow Beach
    We depart Byron Bay and cruise up to the New South Wales/Queensland border and hop out at Danger Point to stretch our legs and check out the view of one of Australia’s best surf spots, Snapper Rock. We then drive into the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Noosa before we continue onto Rainbow Beach for the night. At Rainbow Beach we take a walk up to Carlo Sand Blow for either the sunset or sunrise. (D)
  7. Days 7 and 8 Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island
    Get ready for two full days of exploring World Heritage Fraser Island. After a short 10-minute ferry ride from Rainbow Beach you start your adventure of four-wheel-driving on the roads of sand.

    During your stay on Fraser you will have the chance to spot dingoes in the wild, swim in crystal clear freshwater lakes and swimming holes and explore the diverse landscapes in this unique habitat. (Day 7: L, D and Day 8: B, L ,D)

    Before heading to bed don’t forget to look up to enjoy the millions of stars and maybe even spot the five stars on the Aussie flag – the Southern Cross.

    Your Loka guide won’t travel with you to Fraser Island but you will be well-looked after by the team on Fraser Island. Your next Loka guide will pick you up on Thursday / Day 10. In the late afternoon of day eight your guide will return you to your Rainbow accommodation where you have dinner included.
  8. Day 9 Rainbow Beach
    Today you will go on a 3 hour dolphin watching kayak tour. This is the perfect chance to see Bottlenose dolphins, Humpback whales, turtles, manta rays, sting rays and a wide array of marine birdlife.
  9. Day 10 Rainbow Beach (via Noosa) to Country Campout
    We hop in our bus and drive to Cooroy where we start our train journey. We travel to Rockhampton then get met by a local bus, which takes you to our remote farm stay for the night and a traditional swagman dinner around the campfire. We spend the night in an Aussie swag camping out under the stars. (D)
  10. Day 11 Country Campout/Emu Park to Airlie Beach
    In the morning we take a walk around the property and visit a sacred Indigenous site at the base of Mount Wheeler. We then head to the beautiful, little coastal town of Emu Park. In the afternoon you can just relax around the resort pool, go on a turtle spotting walk (seasonal), play lawn bowls or visit a crocodile farm (both extra cost). We catch the train in the evening and travel overnight to Airlie Beach, sleeping on the train. We travel in a modern train with large reclining seats, a bar and a dining carriage. We get into a town called Proserpine in the morning then take a local bus in to Airlie Beach – the gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands where you will have time to store your luggage before your Whitsundays day trip. (B)
  11. Day 12 Whitsunday Islands, snorkeling, reef and Whitehaven Beach
    Today provides an exhilarating ride to world famous Whitehaven Beach, pristine snorkeling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks.

    Visit the Northern and Southern ends of Whitehaven Beach, spending at least two hours relaxing or exploring the 7km of white silica sand.

    Walk to the Southern Whitehaven lookout with breathtaking views of Pentecost Island, join the guided walks to Hill Inlet lookout and snorkel for an hour enjoying the amazing hard and soft corals of the fringing reefs. (L)

    Please note that your Loka guide won’t be present today and you will be in the safe hands of the crew from Ocean Rafting. Upon completion of your Whitsundays day trip, you will have the night free to explore Airlie’s great nightlife and choice of restaurants.
  12. Day 13 Airlie Beach (via Townsville) to Magnetic Island
    Today we take many modes of transport. First a local bus, then a train, then a ferry and another bus all to bring us to the tropical paradise of Magnetic Island. With nearly 50% of Magnetic Island being National Park you will find there is much to explore. You will have a guided walk around the Island, then its time to do more exploring or just relax by the pool. You will be staying at Bungalow Bay Koala Village YHA on Magnetic Island.
  13. Day 14 Magnetic Island
    Today you can just relax or visit the resort Wildlife park (extra cost). Your guide will be taking a rest, so you are free to explore the abundant beaches of Magnetic Island.
  14. Day 15 Magnetic Island to Tully Rainforest
    Travel back to the mainland on a ferry and then travel by train to Tully – getting in at around
    lunchtime. In the afternoon we head out to picturesque ‘Alligator’s Nest’ (no alligators
    thankfully). Enjoy a dip in the swimming hole, surrounded by tropical rainforest. We then
    head back to our accommodation - the historic Mt Tyson pub for dinner. (D)
  15. Day 16 Tully to Cairns
    We have an early start to hike to the summit of Mt Tyson, a mountain covered in lush
    rainforest, within the Tully Gorge National Park. We take selfies and time to get to get our
    breath back at summit, then head down to the pub again for a well-earned champagne
    We then travel back to Tully to catch the train north, arriving into Cairns central train station at
    approximately 4.05pm, where your East Coast adventure comes to an end. (B)
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Explore Australia's stunning East Coast stretching all the way from bustling Sydney to the sunny tropics of Cairns. Full of bucket list adventures, this travel package is designed to help you tick off all those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Perfect for those 18-35 years old.

16 Day Sydney to Cairns Tour Package Price information
AUD per person



Tour code: SC16
Multi share dorm
Twin/double share*

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Every Tuesday.

Except 13, 20, 27, December 2016. 24 January, 11 April; 18 July; 19 September; 07, 14, 21 and 28 November; 12, 19, 26 December 2017; 02 Jan 2018

From 8.00am Wake Up - 509 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000

Jeden Dienstag (außer 24. Januar, 11. April, 18. Juli, 19. September, 7., 14., 21. und 28. November, 12., 19., 26., Dezember 2017 sowie 2. Januar 2018)

um 8.00 vom Wake Up - 509 Pitt Street, Sydney


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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour
  • **Although the group you are travelling with will not exceed 24 passengers, a number of the activities including the cruise in the Whitsundays, four-wheel-drive touring on Fraser Island, and rail journey are not exclusive to the group. You will travel with additional people and will have larger group sizes on those days. You will also travel with guides specific to those activities, rather than your Loka guide.
  • As this is a tour package, your guide and group will change throughout your journey. You will travel on Loka transport with Loka guides. While you will have a fixed pre-arranged itinerary, other Loka customers on a more flexible pass will hop on and off throughout the trip.
  • This is an open-aged tour, however most passengers are between the ages of 18-39. Tour is not suitable for passengers under the age of 18.
  • Private rooms are not available all nights and may incur local payment.
  • This itinerary is subject to change due to cultural, operational or seasonal conditions.


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