Trev Pass - Cairns To Sydney

The ultimate East coast travel pass to get you from Cairns to Sydney on a budget, ticking off the best destinations Australia has to offer on the way!

Think Beaches, cute animals, surfing, bucket list stops like Byron Bay, Airlie Beach and off the beaten track stops that will end up being your favourite stops. You’ll meet plenty of legends along the way and create memories to last a lifetime.

 This is our most popular Cairns to Sydney hop on hop off tour pass here at Real Aussie Adventures. And it's not surprising when you find out everything that's included.

What is our Hop on hop off style on the East coast? Stray Australia is an innovative and fun way to travel the East Coast of Australia for those that want to be flexible, get the best insight and information and get off the beaten track to see unique things as well as take in all the main attractions Australia’s Coastline has to offer.

You’ll experience flexible, fully guided travel by minibus and by train (between Cairns and Gympie) and unique Stray Australia Inclusions. You can travel on minimum time on the pass if you are short on time, or you can hop on and hop off and take up to 12 months to travel from Cairns to Sydney. It's totally up to you how you travel the amazing East Coast. Whichever way you choose you will have fun with our guides and your fellow travel buddies. 

When you get to each destination your guide can help you book your accommodation whether it be 10-bed dorm share room in the cheapest hostel or a private room with ensuite in the fanciest place in town. that's up to you!  Then you can add your extra activities surfing, Whitsunday Sailing, Fraser Island tours or just relaxing on the beach. Again the choice here is yours. 

Stray Australia offers travellers a different, unique and affordable way to check out the best spots on the coast with like minded people that all share the same dream, to have the time of their lives!

Once you have purchased your pass we will send you your Login to book your travel. You can book all your sectors and dates right now, or wait until you are on the East Coast and plan as you go.

The ultimate flexibility to travel Cairns to Sydney. 

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Real Aussie Says:
The definition of the hop on hop off pass is a flexible pass that travels along a predetermined route where passengers can jump on and jump off. On our trips you need to prebook your travel section a day or two before then you can take the pass to your next destination. Our Stray Australia passes are fully guided which means you get to experience a new guide if you have hopped off for a few extra days somewhere. 

Trev Pass - Cairns To Sydney
Tour itinerary - 12 Days

  • Travel Day Cairns to Magnetic Island
    G’day mate and welcome to your Stray adventure! Meet your Stray local legend first thing, who will make sure you have everything you need (especially your train tickets) before you jump aboard the train and head south to Townsville. You will arrive mid-afternoon and meet your Stray Guide at the station. We’ll travel together from there, taking the ferry out to our first overnight stop, the tropical Magnetic Island. Welcome to paradise! Nearly 50% of ‘Maggie Island’ is national park land, and it's chock-full of amazing beaches and abundant wildlife, so make sure you get out to do a little exploring before catching the sunset. Join in the group pizza dinner tonight (extra cost). Accommodation: Your choice of hostel, book via the Stray Mate App Free Activities: Watch the sunset
  • Free Day Magnetic Island
    Join your guide today for a scenic walk. You might head off the beaten track to beautiful Radical Bay beach for an ocean dip and amazing photo opportunities. Alternatively, your guide will take you up to the historic Forts Complex, where you’ll see incredible views over the island and ocean beyond. Accommodation: Your choice of hostel Activities Included: Forts Complex walk and/or Radical Bay Walking Tour Optional activities: Snorkel, rent a kayak
  • Travel Day Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach
    The morning is yours to explore more of the island, visit the wildlife park or just relax by the pool. In the afternoon, we’ll travel back to the mainland by ferry, and jump on the train to Proserpine, transferring to Airlie Beach in the evening. Your Airlie-based Stray Guide will meet you off the train and accompany you on the bus into Airlie Beach, where they’ll give you a brief orientation of the town to help you get your bearings. Accommodation: Your choice of hostel Activities Included: Orientation walk Free Activities: Explore the beaches, swim
  • Free Day Airlie Beach
    You have a full free day in Airlie Beach to soak up the tropical vibes. Join a multi-day sailing adventure around the famous Whitsunday Islands, jump out of a plane over the beautiful tropics, or just relax and spend your day discovering the local area. There are some beautiful rainforest hikes in the vicinity, and a splash in the lagoon is a must do on a hot afternoon. Please Note: Some trips may have an extra night at Airlie Beach. Accommodation: Your choice of hostel Optional Paid Activities: Whitsunday Island tour, skydiving Free Activities: Swim in the lagoon, hike in the rainforest
  • Travel Day Airlie Beach to Emu Park
    Spend most of the day at your leisure in Airlie Beach, before we jump on the train to Rockhampton in the early evening. Our destination tonight is our Strademark stop of Emu Park. Emu Park is a cool little coastal town and the gateway to the Keppel Islands on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. (Be sure to book Emu’s Beach Resort and the Great Keppel Island Adventure in the Stray Mate App prior to arrival.) Accommodation: Emu’s Beach Resort
  • Free Day Emu Park
    Today we highly recommend taking part in a Stray highlight, an Island Adventure on the tropical paradise of Great Keppel Island, with untouched coral, turtles, reef fish and manta rays all straight off the beach. We catch the ferry in the morning for a day of swimming, walking, snorkelling with turtles or kayaking (additional cost) before exploring the island itself in search of the perfect white sand beach for a little afternoon rest and relaxation. You’ll ferry back to the mainland in the late afternoon and gather together again at Emu’s Beach Resort. Accommodation: Emu’s Beach Resort Optional Paid Activities: Great Keppel Island Adventure, snorkeling or kayaking, lawn bowls Free Activities: Relax on the beach or around the poo
  • Travel Day Emu Park to Rainbow Beach
    We begin our day with an early morning bus to the train station. It’s a scenic train journey from here to Cooroy, where you'll meet your Stray Driver Guide and bus to head to Rainbow Beach. Rainbow Beach is a gateway to the world-famous Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. From here you can opt to take part in a multi-day tour of the island, or just spend your afternoon relaxing in this beachside paradise. Don’t miss the chance to walk to Carlo Sand Blow to catch a gorgeous sunset. Accommodation: Your choice in Rainbow Beach Activities Included: Walk to Carlo Sand Blow for sunset Optional Paid Activities: Fraser Island tours - available from both Noosa & Rainbow Beach
  • Travel Day Rainbow Beach to Byron Bay
    We hop back on the Stray bus this morning, heading to the relaxed resort town of Noosa. You can hop off here or join us as we continue down the coast, with quick stops in Brisbane and Surfers Paradise in the Gold Coast, also popular stops to hop off and stay longer. Our final destination today is Byron Bay, a relaxed, hippy surf town that travellers love! Upon arriving in Byron Bay, we’ll take you on an orientation drive around town to help you get your bearings, showing you the points of interest and the top spots for food, shopping and nightlife. Accommodation: Your choice of hostel Activities Included: Byron Bay orientation drive Free Activities: Explore Noosa, chill out at the beach
  • Free Day Byron Bay
    You have two full free days in Byron Bay to "cheer up, slow down, and chill out” as the town’s famous welcome sign instructs. And there is plenty to do in this laidback hippy town: practice your surfing skills down at the beach, walk to mainland Australia’s most easterly point at the Cape Byron Lighthouse, search for dolphins and other marine life on a sea kayaking trip, or visit the alternative town of Nimbin. Tonight, get out to experience Byron’s eclectic nightlife – there is always something going on! Accommodation: Your choice of hostel Optional Paid Activities: Surf lessons/hire, kayaking, Nimbin day trip, diving Free Activities: Walk to Cape Byron Lighthouse, relax on the beach, dance the night away!
  • Free Day Byron Bay
    You have another free day in Byron Bay today. Tick off any activities you didn’t get the chance to do yet, or pass the day wandering the township and exploring the many boutique shops and cafes. Eating your way around Byron is an experience in itself, and there are plenty of vegetarian options available! Accommodation: Your choice of hostel Optional Paid Activities: Surf lessons/hire, kayaking, Nimbin day trip, diving Free Activities: Walk to Cape Byron Lighthouse, relax on the beach, dance the night away!
  • Travel Day Byron Bay to Sydney (via Spot X)
    Today is an express travel day to the final destination of our trip, Sydney. Along the way we stop at Spot X, a famous surf camp with perfect waves for beginners and pros alike. Hop off here to hang 10, or continue with the bus to Sydney, arriving in the evening. If you have some time in Sydney, there is plenty to do! From Stray’s famous Blue Mountains day trip, whale watching tours to climbing the Harbour Bridge, you won’t be bored for a moment. We hope you had a blast on your Stray adventure! Accommodation: Your choice of hostel Optional Activities (for future days): Stray Blue Mountains day trip, Bondi to Coogee beach walk, explore King Street Wharf, Royal Botanic Gardens, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Bridge Climb, whale watching tour, skydiving, hop-on hop-off harbour cruise
Trev Pass - Cairns To Sydney Price information AUD per person

Tour code: TREV


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Departure information



Trip departs Cairns:

Monday (Minimum 12 days, extra free day at Rainbow Beach)
Wednesday (Minimum 12 days, extra free day at Airlie Beach)


This trip can also be run in reverse

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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour
  • You can break your journey at any of the stops through any of the travel days and just connect with a later Stray Australia bus or rail departure (guided or unguided). You can book your own accommodation or your guide will book it for you, you will usually get a bed-only option (averaging $28 per person per night), a twin/double option (averaging $100 per room) or where due to remoteness there is a package price for meals food and activities where applicable.
  • Travel passes are valid for travel in one direction over a route with each travel sector only being able to be used once.
  • Passes are valid for the person whose name they were originally issued in and are non-transferrable.
  • Passes are valid for twelve months from the date of your departure.
  • Travel is in coaches between Sydney and Noosa, and local bus and train (plus ferry to Magnetic Island) between Noosa and Cairns.
  • Guides travel on all routes on the set departure days – but you can travel on the train on other days without a guide.
  • You can only access the unique transfers and activities when traveling with the guide.
  • There is a minimum of three departures per week over all routes.
  • For specific departure days and times please see the Stray Australia timetable on the pass pages.
  • Accommodation and meals are not included in the pass price.

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