9 Day Brisbane to Cairns Highlights

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3 Day Self-drive 4WD Tour

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Exclusive Beach Campsite

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2 Day 1 Night Racing Yacht

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Great Barrier Reef

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Unique Hostel Locations

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3 Breakfast 5 Lunch 3 Dinner

9 Day Brisbane To Cairns Highlights Map


Explore the East Coast’s wonders with the popular Brisbane to Cairns Express Itinerary! With this personalised and perfected getaway, you don’t need nine lives to see the gems of Australia... you just need nine days! 

Hit the pristine Whitsunday Islands, dazzling Great Barrier Reef, marvellous K’gari (Fraser Island) and bustling cities like Brisbane, Airlie Beach and Cairns for a selection of natural magic! Jampacked with social sailing tours, adventure camping experiences, reef snorkels and more, explore the East Coast with old friends and new ones on this unforgettable itinerary!


  • Explore paradise on a deluxe overnight Whitsunday sailing adventure!
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and wander through divine hidden islands.
  • Grab the wheel on your jam-packed K’gari multi-day camping tour.
  • Let the locals guide you on this seamless, worry-free and flexible East Coast experience!


Day 1 

Your adventure begins! 

Embark on your short venture from the bustling Brisbane to Rainbow Beach, where coastal scenery and dazzling waters await you. Let the feeling of endless possibilities wash over you as your East Coast adventure truly begins!

hotel Your Stay

Hostel in Rainbow Beach

Trip Extension

  • Pre-tour accommodation and activities in Brisbane
  • Australia Zoo Wildlife experience
  • Noosa surfing lessons and accommodation
  • Rainbow Beach Dolphin Kayak tour 

Day 2

Jump into your K’gari 4WD camping experience!

Head out to the vast, magnificent sand island, K’gari, and delve into your three day, two night guided tour! Get behind the wheel of a 4WD and zoom down golden beaches and immerse yourself in this unique haven! 

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Starlit K’gari campsite with deluxe facilities

Day 3 

Continue your K’gari discovery

With a jam-packed itinerary dependent on the weather and tides, let your knowledgable guides take you to simply dreamy destinations! Explore the Maheno Shipwreck, Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, 75 Mile Beach and more, before you wind down by the campfire at night, stars illuminating your evening! 

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Starlit K’gari campsite with deluxe facilities

Trip Extension

  • Extended K'gari Tour

Day 4

Airlie Beach here we come!

Wake up to breakfast on K’gari (accompanied by a glorious beach sunrise if that’s your jam) before hopping back in your 4WD and departing for the mainland. Reminisce on your vibrant days of discovery, continuing onto your overnight bus to Airlie Beach, where the island vibes are guaranteed!

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Overnight bus to Airlie Beach

Day 5

Welcome to Airlie Beach

Wake up to Airlie Beach’s pristine shores, lush flora and bustling town centre! Renowned as a backpacker hub and a gateway to the Whitsundays, spend your day exploring Airlie Beach’s eclectic boutiques, trendy brunch spots, local hikes and buzzing live music scene. 

hotel Your Stay

Hostel or apartment in central Airlie Beach

Trip Upgrade

  • Hostel room upgrade

Day 6

Sail the Whitsundays on a multi-day island cruise!

Depart on your once-in-a-lifetime adventure as the sails are hoisted and you’re sights are set on the horizon! Immerse you in dazzling islands, spectacular reefs and picturesque seascapes on a deluxe, social vessel! 

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Cabin or shared space on your vessel

Trip Upgrade

  • Private cabin
  • Whitsunday scuba dive

Day 7

Explore Whitehaven Beach & the Great Barrier Reef

Head out to Whitsunday Island and experience the silica sands of Whitehaven Beach, have a dip in turquoise waters and head up to the jaw-dropping Hill Inlet Lookout! Make room for exquisite snorkels, before heading back on board for a freshly prepared, alfresco lunch! Wind down to an island sunset with good mates, a cold one and island landscapes that inspire postcards, before returning to the mainland for a VIP exclusive afterparty at one of the most popular clubs in Airlie Beach

hotel Your Stay

Hostel or apartment in central Airlie Beach

Trip Extension

  • One more night out on the water

Day 8

Airlie Beach adventures

Today is totally up to you, so enjoy a leisure day at your own pace in the colourful Airlie Beach! Grab your newly-met mates and explore the wonders of the region, checking out neighbouring Bowen, hanging out by the Airlie Beach Lagoon or exploring the esplanade before a scrumptious locally-sourced seafood lunch. Or, if you can't get enough of that Whitsunday island life, add on an awesome day tour and head out to Hamilton Island, up into the clouds for a scenic reef flight or for an adrenaline-inducing skydive or jet ski! 

hotel Your Stay

Hostel or apartment in central Airlie Beach

Trip Upgrade

  • Scenic Flight over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Award-winning Sky Dive over Airlie Beach 
  • Whitsunday Jet Ski Tour
  • Deluxe Hamilton Island day trip

Day 9

Welcome to the tropical Cairns! 

From one paradise to the next, head on out to Cairns, where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef! With the option to extend your trip with a couple of nights in this lush haven, add on both accommodation, reef tours and guided waterfall walks at great value. 

Trip Extension

  • Explore Cairns with post-tour accommodation and Cairns rainforest & reef experiences!

What's Included?

Tour Package Includes

  • Two-day, one-night Whitsundays sailing trip
  • Exclusive VIP Airlie Beach afterparty
  • Overnight, guided 4WD camping tour on K’gari
  • 3 nights' accommodation during tours 
  • Meals during your ticketed tours
  • Local guides and environmental commentary 
  • Guaranteed authentic adventures!  

Full Package Also Includes

  • 5 nights of additional accommodation
  • All bus transport from Brisbane to Cairns
  • 1 overnight bus 
  • Hostel breakfasts

What's Extra?

Trip Extensions

  • Australia Zoo Wildlife experience 
  • Noosa Surf Experience
  • Extended K’gari Tour 
  • Magnetic Island Koala & Wildlife Island adventure 
  • Scenic Flight over the Great Barrier Reef
  • Award-winning Sky Dive over Airlie Beach 
  • Whitsunday Jet Ski Tour
  • Deluxe Hamilton Island day trip
  • Rainbow Beach Dolphin Kayak tour 
  • Cairns accommodation and reef tour

Trip Upgrades

  • Van or rental car transport
  • A private cabin on your Whitsunday sailing vessel
  • Scuba diving in the Whitsundays 
  • Extended two-day, two-night Whitsunday Sail
  • Hostel dorm upgrades

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