Experience the East Coast of Australia in a way like no other, on the Bonza Pass! Travel between Sydney and Cairns with our knowledgeable guides to be sure you won't miss a thing along the way. With a recommended minimum trip time of 25 days and a maximum of 365 days to complete your adventure, enjoy the flexibility to hop on and off at as many destinations of your choosing, whilst travelling in one direction.
Sydney to Coffs Harbour
East Coast, here we come! Begin your coastal journey by crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, see the world famous Darling Harbour, Sydney Opera House and Botanical Gardens. You will also have the opportunity to stop at Woolgoolga Headland to enjoy the 250 degree seascape of the Solitary Islands Marine Park and maybe also spot a whale. After a coastal lunch stop we continue onto Coffs Harbour.
Coffs Harbour to Spot-X Surf Camp (zz)
Our overnight stop tonight is Spot-X which is located at ... Spot-X; secret surfer talk for a mystery surfing spot. We arrive at Surf Camp late afternoon. If you're thinking about a longer stay at Surf Camp let your driver know so he can book you in. We recommend you do. It's a great beach spot to chill.
Surf Camp to Byron Bay (zz)
Surfs-up this morning! Its time for your 3-hour surf lesson – this is included in your ticket and all gear is supplied including wetsuits, surfboards, professional surf instructors, water, sunshine, and lots of fun. Surfing can be addictive so you may wish to stay and enjoy the tranquil and uncrowded Spot X surf beaches. For those continuing north to Byron Bay we leave around midday for the short drive to Byron. Head to Byron Bay and take in all of the Australian Bush land, while spotting native Kangaroos and Koalas. Upon arrival in to Byron Bay, your guide will give you an orientation of the town.
Byron Bay (zz)
Spend 2 days in Byron Bay. Join our Nimbin Tour for a full day tour of the eccentric little town. Visit the funky and hippy town of Nimbin and check out the bizarre Museum and Hemp Embassy. Use your free time to explore the shops and taste some of the delicious local cuisine. Travel through lush rainforests, visit waterfalls and see the local wildlife on show. Then enjoy a kayak at Cape Byron with the dolphins.
Byron Bay to Gold Coast
Shortly after leaving Byron we cross the state border into sunny Queensland. On your way North to Noosa, you will stop at Point Danger to see iconic Surfers Paradise and some of the Gold Coast's best point breaks. Our first drop-off point is on the Southern Gold Coast at Coolangatta or continue onto Surfers Paradise (the heart of the Gold Coast) with it's golden sands, theme parks, and great bars and clubs. It's a lot of high-rise buildings, but it's a lot of fun. Try it out for a couple of days yourself and see.
Gold Coast to Brisbane
We roll into Brisbane at around midday. Brisbane's the capital of Queensland. It's a laid back city, and a great place to stop and look for work.
Brisbane to Sunshine Coast (zz)
Brisbane disappears behind us as we head north to the sunny Sunshine Coast. We make our way further north to the Glasshouse Mountain National Park. Here you will have the opportunity to take in the 360 degree views of the Sunshine Coast and to buy some delicious QLD fruit. We offer drop offs at Mooloolaba, before arriving into Noosa late afternoon.
Sunshine Coast to Rainbow Beach
Rainbow Beach is the shortcut to Fraser Island so the best place to start your guided or self-drive four wheel drive island adventure. We think the really cool thing about Rainbow is that once your back from Fraser Island there's so much else to do. Rainbows got beaches, great natural attractions like the Carlo Sand Blow and the coloured cliffs, and even dolphin feeding. When we arrive at Rainbow we'll go on an exclusive cultural walk around the local area.
From Rainbow Beach, embark on a 3 day, 2 night 4WD tag-a-long tour on Fraser Island; where you have time to explore the beautiful lakes and rainforests at your own pace. 3 nights dorm accommodation is included at Rainbow Beach, which you can take before or after your Fraser adventure.
Rainbow Beach to Bundaberg
If it's cash you need then the fruit-picking towns of Bundaberg or Childers may be your next stop. Its hard work, but money doesn't grow on trees.
Bundaberg to Town of 1770 (zz)
Travel further North today to Agnes Water, the landing point of Captain Cook in 1770. Along the way you will visit the Bundaberg Rum Factory and have an opportunity to get a photo next to the giant bottle. On your arrival into Agnes Water, you will be taken on a quick orientation tour of the town, after which, you can put your feet up and relax.
If by now you're feeling a little tired and in need of a holiday within your holiday then Town of 1770 is the place to stop. 1770 is special, the activities don't cost much, the beaches are great, the people are friendly, and it's that ideal place to chill out and recharge your batteries before heading to Far North Queensland. We recommend a few days. There are great beaches and activities on offer.
Town of 1770 to Kroombit (zz)
Leaving 1770 we travel west to coal and cattle country; it's also goat country. From the sea and sand we head to the dust and dirt of Lochenbar Cattle Station. It's not far to Kroombit and we arrive just before lunch. Here you can get bucked by the mechanical bull, participate in the famous Goat Rodeo, learn to crack a whip and rope a mystery skull out on the range. For extra cost you can go horse riding, have a ride on a Quad Bike, muster the goats and much more. Kroombit is a great taste of life in the Australian outback.
Kroombit to Rockhampton
Back on the road North to Airlie Beach, you will have the opportunity to drive through the historical mining town of Mt Morgan. We head back towards the ocean today towards the sailing paradise known as the Whitsunday Islands, stopping for pick-ups and drop-offs in Rockhampton.
Rockhampton to Airlie Beach (zz)
There are a few more miles to cover before our evening arrival into Airlie Beach. Airlie Beach will have you setting sail on a 2 day, 2 night sailing adventure of the Whitsundays. Snorkel and explore the pristine reefs or try your hand at sailing. One we hope you remember after the traditional end-of-sailing party!
Airlie Beach to Townsville / Magnetic Island (zz)
Depart Airlie Beach for Townsville, stopping along the way to see all things big from the giant Mango to the Big Spider. Travel via Bowen, which is a great place to stop and earn some money picking fruit or vegetables.
Townsville is the gateway to Magnetic Island. Magnetic Island is the sunniest spot on the Queensland coast with more than 320 sunny days a year! Our chosen hostel – Base Magnetic Island - is right on the beach. You'll think you've landed in paradise. There's an additional ferry cost or you can buy a base “STEAL DEAL” package from your guide that includes the ferry. On the island you can chill by the pool or in the ocean, get out for some hikes or try and spot koalas in their natural habitat. Look out for the full-moon parties at base backpackers they are mega-popular.
Magnetic Island / Townsville to Mission Beach
As we leave Townsville the mountains grow higher and the forests greener as we approach the lush rainforests of Far North Queensland. We drive into Tully and Mission Beach for pickups and drop offs. Mission is one great place to stay over for a few days. The beaches are superb. Relax or go skydiving or white water rafting (optional). If you're lucky you'll see a Cassowary, these are seriously big rare birds with attitude to match.
Mission Beach to Cairns
An easy afternoon section completes your trip. But not before we stop in Innisfail to visit some seriously big bad crocodiles (optional). Get right up close to these remarkable reptiles. But not too close because we want you to get to Cairns fit and ready for some amazing experiences.
The final leg of the tip to Cairns is a guided tour through the world heritage listed Atherton Tablelands in the Highlands of Cairns. Spend the day exploring the Atherton Tablelands. Enjoy a scenic drive by Waterfall Way, take a swim in Milla Milla Falls, indulge in a picnic lunch (at own cost) and see beautiful tropical rainforest including the most famous tree in the Cairns region - Curtin Fig Tree.
We arrive into Cairns early evening. This place is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef one of the seven natural wonders of the world; and Cape Tribulation, the world's oldest living rainforest. Upon arrival in Cairns, you can finish off your awesome East Coast adventure with a snorkel, sail and dive tour on the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef.
Guided Travel between Sydney and Cairns (or Vice Versa)
Surf Lesson and Stay at Spot X
Grasshoppers Nimbin Tour
Byron Bay Kayak Tour
3 Day Fraser Island Tag Along Tour
Overnight Farmstay experience
2 Day, 2 Night Whitsunday Sailing Adventure
Atherton Tablelands Tour
Great Barrier Reef Sail, Snorkel and Dive Tour
1 night multi-share accommodation at Mojo Surf Camp
1 dinner and 1 breakfast at Mojo Surf Camp
3 Nights Dorm Accommodation on Fraser Island
1 night Bunkhouse dorm accommodation at Kroombit Cattle Station
2 course bush dinner and breakfast at Kroombit Cattle Station
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2016 - 2017 season. The 2016 - 2017 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2016 to the 31st March 2017. The 2017 - 2018 season rates commence on the 1st April 2017.