17-Day Australia Self-Guided Adventure Tour: Sydney to Cairns
Product Code: 3955-201460


  • • Take the ultimate Australia tour from Sydney to Cairns
  • • Enjoy day trips to Fraser Island and Whitsundays
  • • Snorkel through the spectacular Great Barrier Reef
  • • Cruise on a boat along the Daintree River
Tour Code
17 days
Departure City
End City
Tour Type:

Experience: Nature, Adventure, Backpacker

Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who wants to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures

Style: Independent

No guide will be available except during included excursions/activities/transfers

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Budget

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries

Accessibility: Not accessible

Tour does not have wheelchair accessible vehicles/attractions or allow service dogs

Day 01

Home - Sydney

Hotel: Local hotel or similar

As you arrive at Sydney airport you will be picked-up and transferred to your Sydney accommodation for check-in. Enjoy the day at leisure to settle in and overnight.

The name of the hostel or the hotel will be provided to you once the reservation is confirmed.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02

Sydney - Woolgoolga

Hotel: Surf Camp (beachside dorm share) or similar

Today you'll begin your self-guided journey from Sydney to Cairns as you hop aboard an early morning bus from the bus terminal and travel north to the Woolgoolga Spot X Surf Camp.

Your comfortable ride comes complete with WiFi, charging stations by your seat and panoramic windows to see the beautiful landscape during this 11-hour journey!

On arrival in the evening make your way to the Surf Camp for dinner and a good night's rest.

Dinner is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03


Hotel: Surf Camp (beachside dorm share) or similar

Enjoy a full day at Spot X Surf Camp, a place totally devoted to the surf lifestyle. Located in a National Marine Park, Spot X provides a unique opportunity to spend time in one of Australia's most beautiful coastal areas. Long days in the sun and waves leading to memorable nights around the campfire, Spot X is truly a place you don't want to miss.

With great food, awesome staff and comfortable clean accommodation, this is going to be an amazing experience, taking optional surf lessons (own expense) if you wish and enjoying the beach lifestyle.

Spot X has all the facilities including laundry, cooking area, a shop for all your basic necessities, an entertainment area with internet access, tour desk, TV & DVD, a kick-ass sound system, bean bags, hammocks, volleyball court and a pool table.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Byron Bay

Woolgoolga - Byron Bay

Hotel: Nomads Byron Bay / Lord Byron Resort / The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa or similar

After breakfast, enjoy the morning at leisure before being transferred back to Woolgoolga to catch a 3-hour bus to the hippie town of Byron Bay.

Here, take some time to relax, sip on a latte at the local cafes or even get your heart pumping while skydiving or kayaking with Dolphins.

Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Byron Bay

Byron Bay

Hotel: Nomads Byron Bay / Lord Byron Resort / The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa or similar

Today is your day to relax on the beach, check out the town or choose from one of the many optional activities available here - visit the hippy town of Nimbin, try skydiving or join a Kayak with Dolphins tour.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Hervey Bay

Byron Bay - Hervey Bay

Hotel: Palace Backpackers Hervey Bay / Mantra Hervey Bay / Ramada Hervey Bay or similar

Mostly famous for the incredible humpback whale watching opportunities, beside being the gateway to Fraser Island, together with its climate, beaches, gorgeous ocean, and a laidback local community, you will fall in love with Hervey Bay.

Upon arrival, check-in your accommodation and settle in.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Fraser Island

Hervey Bay - Fraser Island - Airlie Beach (Overnight)

Hotel: Overnight bus or similar

Today, get ready to experience Fraser Island, a stunning island set in the Great Barrier Reef. After being picked-up from your accommodation in Hervey Bay, you'll transfer to the beautiful island!

Aboriginal legend names Fraser Island K'Gari, meaning paradise, probably because there are about 75 miles of incredible nature to enjoy: fresh-water lakes with turtles, rocky outcrops with magnificent views and a natural jacuzzi - all perfect to relax or swim.

Discover its amazing beauty with a 4WD tour. You'll start with a visit to Central Station, a former logging station where you can stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk to discover the ancient King Ferns, towering Gum and Pine trees. Then, you'll head to Lake McKenzie for a revitalizing swim in the crystal blue waters and relax on the sandy white beaches...it’s picture perfect!

Next, drive along the Seventy-Five Mile Beach, a stunning sandy highway where you can spot local birds of prey hunting along the shore or humpback whales migrating through the region (between July - November). From here you'll travel to Eli Creek for a dip in this fast-flowing freshwater creek, which pours out 80 megalitres of water daily into the ocean.

Afterwards, you'll encounter the Maheno Shipwreck, a rusting wreck washed ashore during an out-of-season cyclone in 1935 - it's one of Fraser Island’s most recognizable sites. Finally, you'll reach the last great attraction: the Pinnacles Coloured Sands. Here, you'll learn how these technicolour sand formations were created and the Butchulla legends surrounding them.

Returning to Hervey Bay in the evening, you will have time to grab dinner before catching an overnight bus to Airlie Beach (about a 12-hour duration).

Lunch is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 08
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

Hotel: Nomads Airlie Beach / Airlie Beach Hotel or similar

This morning you will reach the beautiful Airlie Beach.

Upon arrival make your way to your new accommodation to drop your bags and explore the town and coast before checking in from 3:00pm. Airlie Beach has a beautiful waterfront with a large lagoon to dip your feet and take in some sun surrounded by nature! Enjoy the rest of the day sunbathing or visiting the many cafes and restaurants Airlie Beach has to offer.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09

Airlie Beach - Whitsunday Island - Airlie Beach

Hotel: Nomads Airlie Beach / Airlie Beach Hotel or similar

Have an early start today with a morning trip to go sailing to Whitsunday Island.

You'll be picked up right from your accommodations and head out on a sailboat through the islands and onto the most famous of them all: Whitsunday Island. Here you'll be awe-struck by Whitehaven Beach, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, which stretches for a spectacular seven kilometers and the sand is almost 100% silica, giving it a vivid white color. As you step ashore and sink into the powder-fine sand you will realize why this place is so famous.

At Whitehaven, you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, beside taking in the beautiful beaches and bays. Before feeling the thrill of high speed sailing again, enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch and get ready to return to Airlie Beach, where you will spend your second night.

Lunch is included.
Day 10
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

Hotel: Nomads Airlie Beach / Airlie Beach Hotel or similar

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Airlie Beach. Sit by the beach or lagoon and read a book, take in the sun and enjoy all the beauty this amazing location has to offer.

Visiting Attractions

Day 11

Airlie Beach - Cairns

Hotel: Nomads Serpents Cairns / Comfort Inn / Holiday Inn or similar

It is time to say goodbye to Airlie Beach as you board the bus early to head up to Far North Queensland, into Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Your bus will arrive in the evening after a 10-hour ride, and you'll check into your accommodation.

Visiting Attractions

Day 12


Hotel: Nomads Serpents Cairns / Comfort Inn / Holiday Inn or similar

Enjoy a full day at leisure the explore Cairns, a stylish city, which is also renowned for its relaxed, tropical climate and laid back ambiance, and the famous getaway to the World Heritage wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.

Visiting Attractions

Day 13
Great Barrier Reef

Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns

Hotel: Nomads Serpents Cairns / Comfort Inn / Holiday Inn or similar

Today you will be picked-up from your accommodation to cruise the Great Barrier Reef via Green Island. Enjoy five hours visiting two spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef destinations on board of a large luxury vessel that will provide a superior ride in all weather conditions, no big crowds and exclusive protected Reef locations. Professional, friendly and attentive staff will ensure a safe and enjoyable fun filled experience.

During the cruise you will go on a guided snorkeling tour, and receive a scuba diving lessons for you to understand what it is all about. On board, there will be live musical entertainment and you will enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch including prawns, fish, steak, sausages, vegetarian, tropical salads and pastas.

After the tour, return to your accommodation in Cairns for the night.

Lunch is included.
Day 14


Hotel: Nomads Serpents Cairns / Comfort Inn / Holiday Inn or similar

Have another free day in Cairns to discover this subtropical paradise on your own, or to just chill and enjoy the city life trying out delicious food and checking-out the local pubs. Overnight in Cairns.

Visiting Attractions

Day 15
Cape Tribulation

Cairns - Mossman Gorge - Daintree National Park- Cape Tribulation

Hotel: PK’s Jungle Village Backpackers / Cape Trib Beach House / Ferntree or similar

Today you will go on a journey through the majestic rainforests, pristine rivers and white sandy beaches of the World Heritage listed site of Cape Tribulation as well as Daintree National Park.

After being picked-up from your Cairns accommodation you will head North and travel along Australia's Premier scenic coastal road in a comfortable air-conditioned bus. The first stop is the famous Mossman Gorge, a magical location for a refreshing swim, surrounded by lush rainforest. The clear mountain river cuts through thick rainforest and tumbles over boulders on its journey to the sea.

After the Gorge you will have morning tea before crossing the mighty Daintree River on a cable ferry and enter the Cape Tribulation section of the Daintree National Park. Here the road narrows and the rainforest towers over you as you enjoy the ever-increasing beauty of this ancient Gondwana Rainforest.

Stop at the Alexandra Range Lookout, which gives you a bird's eye view of the Daintree River, Port Douglas and on a clear day, landmarks south of Cairns. After the lookout, experience the Marrdja or Jindalba Boardwalk. Here you will see trees that have been caught in a time capsule - they haven't changed in millions of years. As you cross the ancient rainforest, the Marrdja Boardwalk leads you over an incredible and complex mangrove swamp system.

After the tour you will be transferred to your new accommodation for check-in and overnight.

Day 16

Cape Tribulation - Daintree River - Cairns

Hotel: Nomads Serpents Cairns / Comfort Inn / Holiday Inn or similar

Today you will travel back to Cairns. As you head back to the Daintree River, if time allows, you will stop by the Daintree Ice-Cream Company to give you a chance to buy a tropical fruit Ice-Cream.

Once you reach the river get ready for an amazing wildlife spotting adventure by boat on the Daintree river, at the large Estuarine Crocodiles. Look-out for crocodiles, Pythons, Tree Snakes, Butterflies and lots of other wildlife, as you take in all of the natural beauty of the area.

After the boat tour visit the picturesque township of Port Douglas, before stopping at Rex Range lookout and arriving back in Cairns for overnight.

Day 17


Today is your last day. After checking-out of your accommodation you will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your outbound flight. We wish you safe travels onwards.

Visiting Attractions

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.


Package Includes

  • Airport pick-up, drop-off
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Bus Transportation
    - Sydney to Woolgoolga
    - Woolgoolga to Byron Bay
    - Byron Bay to Hervey Bay
    - Overnight Hervey Bay to Airlie Beach
    - Airlie Beach to Cairns
  • Fraser Island Tour
  • Whitsundays Sailing Experience
  • Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Tour
  • Daintree Rainforest Cruise

Package Excludes

  • Other meals & drinks
  • Transfers to/from bus stations
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
Special Notes
  • Cancellation Policy: Non-refundable once confirmed.
  • There’s no tour leader to follow around on these adventures, only local guides for each included activity. You will travel independently on a fixed itinerary with prebooked public transportation, activities and accommodation. Take advantage of some free time to go explore at your own pace. Choose to stay overnight in hostels, 3-star, or 4-star hotels.
  • Most of travelers on this tour fall between the ages of 18 - 35, but everyone is young at heart and welcome to come experience the world with us! If you are between the ages of 18 and 118, we invite you to take this trip and have the time of your life! Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Your individual day trips will included the following
    Fraser Island Experience
    - Accommodation Pick-up/Drop-off
    - Guided 4WD Tour
    - Buffet Lunch
    - National Park Entrance Fees

    Whitsundays Sailing Experience
    - High Speed Sailing
    - Whitehaven Beach
    - Swimming & Snorkelling
    - Snorkelling Gear & Light Wetsuit
    - Morning & Afternoon Tea
    - BBQ Lunch
    - Refreshments

    Great Barrier Reef Experience - Snorkeling or Diving at Two Locations
    - Snorkelling Tour
    - Scuba Diving Lesson
    - Snorkel, Dive Equipment & Flotation Devices
    - Live Music
    - Aussie BBQ Lunch

    Daintree River Cruise
    - Visits as per Itinerary
    - Daintree River Cruise
    - Morning & Afternoon Tea
    - Professional Guide
  • Tours4fun requires passengers to be aware of the importance of travel insurance when traveling on adventure style tours. We strongly advise to take out travel and cancellation insurance to cover against cancellation costs, lost or damaged luggage or costs incurred from injury or illness. If you choose not to travel with travel insurance please be aware Tours4fun or any of its affiliates will take no liability for any cost incurred while traveling on this tour.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

*The display price is per person for travelers sharing a room with other travelers in hostels. You can upgrade to single occupancy or double/twin occupancy in the check-out page.
*You must be at least 18 years old to join the tour.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.

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