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Sydney - Cairns tour with Loka Travel
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  • Have unique experiences like sleeping in swags under the stars and swimming in secret watering holes
  • Climb mountains, surf in Byron Bay, drive jeeps around Magnetic Island and sail the Whitsundays


Travel Day: Sydney — Barrington Tops (Special Stop) Depart the big city and head to the Hunter Valley wine area for a tasting at one of Australia’s most famous vineyards. Travel through the backcountry to a stunning stop on the edge of Barrington Tops National Park (a World Heritage Listed Area). Stay in your own private lodge overlooking the Barrington River. You have the option to ride an inner tube down a scenic part of the river (additional cost), then in the evening have a few drinks and relax in the hot tub. Travel Day: Barrington Tops — Spot X Surf Camp In the morning you can go mountain biking (additional cost) or go for a walk around the property to spot some of the amazing wildlife.  Head north, stopping to visit a Koala hospital to learn about their efforts in preserving Koalas, before travelling onto the waterfront accommodation at the Spot X Surf Camp, arriving in the early evening. Travel Day: Spot X Surf Camp — River Retreat (Special Stop) Have the morning at leisure at Spot X.  You can relax on the beach or take part in a group surf lesson (additional cost).  In the afternoon travel to a River Retreat and go for a guided kayaking trip, spotting wildlife along the way.  In the evening have a few drinks and toast marshmallows around the campfire. Sleep in beds in a tipi or swags under the stars.   Note: in winter you will stay in cabins. Travel Day: River Retreat — Byron Bay Lave your camp early, hop on your bus and head up towards Byron Bay, Australia’s famous surf and arts town. Stop in the picturesque town of Yamba along the way for lunch where you can have a walk around or a swim in the Angourie Blue Pool.  Have an orientation drive on the way to Byron Bay to help you get your bearings. Free Day in Byron Bay Explore, learn to surf, party, visit the alternative town of Nimbin (additional cost), or just relax and take in the laidback, hippy vibe. Take a walk to the lighthouse to view the Australian mainland’s most easterly point. Have an orientation drive on the way to Byron Bay to help you get your bearings. Travel Day: Byron Bay (via Gold Coast & Brisbane) – Noosa or Rainbow Beach Cruise up to the New South Wales/Queensland border and hop out at Danger Point to stretch your legs, and check out the view of one of Australia’s best surf spots, Snapper Rock. Then drive into the Gold Coast, you may want to get off here to experience the sun, sand, tans and high-rises of Australia’s most developed beach resort. Drive through Brisbane (pick-up and drop off travellers in the city center) then travel on to the upmarket beach resort town of Noosa. Hop off here or continue onto Rainbow Beach for the night. Rainbow Beach and Noosa are both departure points for Fraser Island (a backpacker must-do). At Rainbow Beach take a walk up to Carlo Sand Blow for either the sunset or sunrise. Travel Day: Rainbow Beach (via Noosa) — Emu Park  Meet outside Dingos/Frasers at Rainbow Beach, or outside Nomads at NoosaWe hop in a bus in Rainbow Beach and head back to Noosa to pick up more Loka travellers, and then drive to Cooroy where you hop on the train. Travel to Rockhampton then get met by a local bus, which takes you to Emus Beach Resort.   Get welcomed onto the resort and find out more about your options for the next day or so. There is an awesome Loka Treasure Island option with accommodation, return ferry transfers to Great Keppel Island, Treasure Hunt, Bluff Point Turtle Walk and evening meal before the train or you can choose to just pay for accommodation only and do your own thing.  SLEEP: at Emus Beach resort.  Choose from Loka Treasure Island Experience for $99 or accom only for $35.  Travel Day/Night: Emu Park— OVERNIGHT TRAIN — Airlie Beach  Meet at Emus Beach Resort for those that have the Treasure Island package and depart early to head to the tropical paradise Great Keppel Island.  Relax or have a go at the optional water activities (snorkeling for only $10) before taking part in the famous Loka Treasure Hunt.  Follow the clues to find the treasure!  Head back to the mainland late afternoon with a quick stop to go on a turtle-spotting walk to Bluff Point.  Have dinner at Emus Beach Resort before catching the train in the evening and travel overnight to Airlie Beach – the gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.  Note: Depending which day you depart Noosa/Rainbow you may have an extra day at Emu Park to relax and/or visit the local crocodile farm (extra cost). SLEEP: Overnight train (price included), then your choice of Airlie accom. Travel Day: Airlie Beach (via Townsville) — Magnetic Island Start early with a local bus to the train, a ferry out to tropical ‘Maggie Island’, and a local transfer to the accommodation. There is much to explore on the island, as nearly 50% of it is National Park with amazing beaches and abundant wildlife. Your guide will join you on a walk around the Island; otherwise you can do more exploring or just relax by the pool. Note: Depending on which day you depart, you may have a free day to spend on Magnetic Island. Travel Day: Magnetic Island (via Townsville) — Tully Travel back to the mainland on a ferry, travel by train to Tully – getting in at around lunchtime. Hop off the train and head to the picturesque spot ‘Alligator’s Nest’ (no alligators thankfully).  Enjoy a dip in the swimming hole, surrounded by tropical rainforest.  Then head back to your accommodation – the historic Mt Tyson pub for the evening. Travel Day: Tully – Cairns In the morning rise early to climb Mt Tyson, a mountain covered in lush rainforest, within the Tully Gorge National Park. It’s a four-hour round trip but worth it for the views.  Afterwards enjoy a well-earned champagne breakfast back at the pub. Travel to Cairns by train arriving late afternoon, then get ready to party tonight for the end of your East Coast adventure. Note: Depending on which day you depart, you may have a free day/night to spend in Tully before heading to Cairns, if you are short on time you can skip this and head direct from Townsville to Cairns.


All transport including on the Loka bus, fast trains and Magnetic Island ferry
Guidance from local guide
Access to Loka web app
Wine tasting in the Hunter Valley
Guided walk at Barrington Tops National Park
Beachtime at Spot X Surf Camp
Kayaking experience
Walks at Rainbow Beach, Emu Park, Magnetic Island…
Mt Tyson hike, Tully
Accommodation and food are not included in your Loka pass

Important Information

  • PASSES Passes are valid for up to 12 months from your date of departure. You can hop on and off anywhere at any of our overnight stops and key activity stops for the total validity of the pass. You have up to 12 months from your date of purchase to start your Loka pass. TRANSPORT Travel is in 24 seat mini coaches between Sydney and Noosa/Rainbow Beach, and local bus and fast trains (with toilets, showers and a dining carriage) between Noosa/Rainbow Beach and Cairns. The return ferry to Magnetic Island is also included in your Mick pass. GUIDES The guides travel on all routes on the set departure days. You can travel on the train on other days without a guide, however you can only access the unique transfers and activities when travelling with the guide. DEPARTURES There is a minimum of 2 departures per week (up to 5 in summer) over all routes. For specific departure days and times please see the timetable.

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