Meet at Nomads Cairns, Gilligans or Cairns train station (please confirm prior to departure). We travel by train south to Townsville, getting in around mid-afternoon and then take the ferry out to tropical ‘Maggie Island’. There is much to explore on the island, as nearly 50% of it is National Park with amazing beaches and abundant wildlife.
Recommended accommodation: YHA Bungalow Bay
Meet at YHA Bungalow Bay reception or at the ferry terminal (please confirm). In the morning your guide will join you on the Forts walk, otherwise you can do some exploring, check out the local wildlife park or just relax by the pool. In the afternoon we travel back to the mainland on the ferry, then jump on the train to Proserpine with a transfer to Airlie Beach arriving approx. 19:00. Depending on which day you depart, you may have a free day to spend on Magnetic Island.
We have a full day in Airlie Beach for activities or to relax. There are great 1-3 day sailing adventure options around the Whitsunday Islands that you can do.
Meet outside Base Backpackers. We have most of the day free in Airlie and then in the early evening we transfer to the train and travel to Rockhampton. We hop off the train with a quick transfer to the cool, little coastal town of Emu Park where we spend 2 nights. While at Emu Park we have an amazing Stray Treasure Island option with accommodation, return ferry transfers to Great Keppel Island, Treasure Hunt, Bluff Point Turtle Walk for only approx. $134; or you can choose to just pay for accommodation only and do your own thing. Depending on the day you arrive you may have an additional night at Emu Park to relax, play Aussie lawn bowls or visit the local crocodile farm (both extra cost).
Recommended accommodation: Emu's Beach Resort
Meet at Emus Beach reception. We begin the day with an early morning bus transfer to the train. We travel to Cooroy then Stray bus to Rainbow Beach. Rainbow Beach is a departure point for Fraser Island and has a beautiful beach to chill on. We recommend walking up to Carlo Sand Blow with your guide for sunset.
Meet across the road from Frasers on Rainbow/Dingos hostels. We hop in the Stray bus in Rainbow Beach and head to Tin Can Bay to see wild dolphins up close. We then head back to Noosa where we have a couple of hours to check out the beach, markets or chill. We travel through Brisbane and Gold Coast, with pick-ups and drop offs. We stop for a walk at the Queensland/New South Wales border crossing at Danger Point to stretch our legs, and check out the view of one of Australia’s best surf spots Snapper Rocks before heading on to our night stop at Australia’s coolest surf town, Byron Bay.
Explore, learn to surf, party, do a dolphin kayak trip, visit the alternative town of Nimbin (additional costs), or just relax and take in the laidback, hippy vibe. We recommend taking a walk to the lighthouse to view the Australian mainland’s most easterly point.
Meet at the main bus stop on Jonson St or Arts Factory hostel (please confirm). We travel to Sydney via Spot X Surf Camp. Hop off if you want to learn to surf or just hang by the beach. We then express down to Sydney getting in early evening with drop offs to selected Sydney central hostels (Wake Up by Central Station and Nomads). *
* The itinerary is subject to change.
All transport along the route, including trains from Cairns to Cooroy and Stray bus from Cooroy
Rainbow Beach to Sydney, return ferry to Magnetic Island and local transfers
Guidance from a fun, local guide and Stray web app
Forts walk, Magnetic Island
Bluff Point walk, Emu Park
Carlo Sand Blow walk, Rainbow Beach
Dolphin Centre entry, Tin Can Bay
Danger Point border crossing walk
Byron Bay orientation drive
Opportunity to hop on and hop off