Brisbane to Cairns
Jump on the Share Bus from Brisbane to travel with a bunch of other backpackers between Brisbane and Cairns to see the biggest highlights of the East Coast. This is the stuff of backpacker dreams, take the opportunity to 4WD Fraser Island, kayak in the Whitsundays, see incredible beaches, mountains, rainforest and animals. Think Noosa, Sunshine Coast, and incredible islands, beaches and towns.
This trip goes for 17 days and 16 nights. The destination is set, but the route is not – take control of your own adventure!
See some incredible hinterland, rainforest and beaches as you travel the Sunshine Coast and stop by Noosa. We’ll get you a sweet deal on shared 4WD hire to see Fraser Island, so you can head over there to drive along the beach, tube down a creek, or spot the shipwrecks (and dingoes!). Or you can stay on the mainland to chill out at Rainbow Beach. Keep heading north as you explore the coastline and stop at beaches to swim. You could even go for a surf at Agnes Waters or hang out with some kangaroos at a beach at sunrise. Once in Airlie Beach you can look into taking a water taxi to an island in the Whitsundays to camp overnight and explore the area by kayak. Continue further north swimming, surfing, hiking throughout the wonderful nature and beaches. Don’t forget Magnetic Island and Mission beach! Swim by a few waterfalls near Cairns and then finally, head into Cairns to celebrate and enjoy a night at a hostel.
Expect to get fit with lots of hiking, snorkeling and exercise as you appreciate the natural sights. This is a no-frills adventure – you’ll be setting up your own tents, sharing the driving, cooking your own dinner and sharing your tent with another person. The target age group is 18-35.
Things to note
Please note this is a minibus rental, not a guided tour. You rent a seat on the bus. We provide a recommended itinerary to help guide you. You will rent your seat as either a ‘driver’ or ‘non-driver’. Non-drivers must never drive. Drivers can share driving and must be aged 21+ A few days before your trip you will be given a full guide book with free activities, paid activities, recommended campsites to visit, access to discounts, as well as recommended sights to see. Please bring your own water bottle, sunscreen and torch. However please limit your luggage to about 20kg – 1 big bag, and one day bag/small backpack. The minibus seats 12, anyone with a regular driver’s license can drive it. There is a trailer attached with all camping equipment and space for your bags. Be prepared to mostly free camp! Trip Highlights
We’ve not quite finalised the detailed day-by-day itinerary, so watch this space. But don’t worry you will get to see:
– Glasshouse Mountains
– Sunshine Coast
– Noosa + Hinterland
– Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island
– Agnes Water
– Cape Hillsborough
– Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays
– Townsville and Magnetic Island
– Cardwell Spa Pool
– Mission Beach
– Atherton Tablelands and Waterfalls near Cairns
But if there’s anything extra you want to see, the itinerary is totally flexible so just let your busmates know and you should be able to stop and see it!
Brisbane to Cairns
Trip length: 17 days
Early bird: $622 (4+ weeks before Start date)
Full fee: $693
- 6th May 2020
- 19th June 2020
- 2nd August 2020
- 15th September 2020
Discounts are available:
- if you book more than 4 weeks in advance
- for groups of friends travelling together
- if you want to stay on the Share Bus for more than one trip
Please send us an email for details and to ask for your discount eligibility.
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