Cairns to Brisbane Travel Pass
Cairns south to Brisbane. Spend a night on tropical Magnetic Island, stay in the cute coastal town of Emu park, hop off and stay longer in Airlie Beach for the Whitsunday Islands, Rainbow Beach or Noosa for Fraser Island.
All transport along the route, including trains from Cairns to Gympie, return Magnetic Island ferry and Loka bus from Gympie / Rainbow Beach to Sydney
These are all the places that we travel to on the Loka Cam Travel Pass – our overnight stops are highlighted in bold, however you can hop off at any other location.
Cairns / Tully / Townsville / Magnetic Island / Proserpine / Airlie Beach (to access Whitsunday Islands) / Rockhampton / Emu Park / Gympie / Rainbow Beach (to access Fraser Island) / Noosa (also access Fraser Island) / Brisbane
Travel Day: Cairns (via Tully and Townsville) — Magnetic Island
MEET: at Nomads Cairns, Gilligans or Cairns train station (please confirm prior to departure).
We travel by train south to Townsville, getting in around mid-afternoon and then take the ferry out to tropical ‘Maggie Island’. There is much to explore on the island, as nearly 50% of it is National Park with amazing beaches and abundant wildlife. Note: You have the option to hop off in Tully along the way and take part in Loka’s exclusive Indigenous Rainforest Experience (operates TUES/THU/SAT).
SLEEP: YHA Bungalow Bay or your choice of Magnetic Island accom.
Travel Day: Magnetic Island (via Townsville) – Airlie Beach
MEET: at YHA Bungalow Bay reception or at the ferry terminal (please confirm).
In the morning your guide will join you on the Forts walk, otherwise you can do some exploring, check out the local wildlife park or just relax by the pool. In the afternoon we travel back to the mainland on the ferry, then jump on the train to Proserpine, with a transfer to Airlie Beach arriving approx. 7pm. Note: Depending on which day you depart, you may have a free day to spend on Magnetic Island.
SLEEP: Your choice of Airlie accom*, you can book via the Loka web app.
Free Day in Airlie Beach
We have a full day in Airlie Beach for activities or to relax. There are great 1-3 day sailing adventure options around the Whitsunday Islands that you can do.
SLEEP: Your choice of Airlie accommodation*.
Travel Days: Airlie Beach – Emu Park
MEET: outside Base backpackers.
We have most of the day free in Airlie and then in the early evening we transfer to the train and travel to Rockhampton. We hop off the train in the early morning with a quick transfer to the cool, little coastal town of Emu Park. Today you can choose from options to relax at the resort, check out the local crocodile farm, go on a turtle-spotting walk, or head to the tropical paradise Great Keppel Island. Note: Depending on the day you arrive you may have an extra day in Emu Park.
SLEEP: Emu’s Beach Resort $35 per night quadshare room or activity/accom package.
Travel Day: Emu Park – Rainbow Beach
MEET: at Emus Beach reception
We begin the day with an early morning bus transfer to the train. We travel to Gympie then jump on the Loka bus to Rainbow Beach. Rainbow Beach is a departure point for Fraser Island and has a beautiful beach to chill on. We recommend walking up to Carlo Sand Blow with your guide for sunset or sunrise.
SLEEP: Your choice of Rainbow Beach accom. You can book this via the Loka web app.
Travel Day: Rainbow Beach (via Noosa) — Brisbane
MEET: across the road from Frasers on Rainbow/Dingos hostels.
We travel in our own Loka bus through Noosa where you have the option to hop off, then we express down to Brisbane where we drop you off in the city centre.
SLEEP: Your choice of Brisbane accom*. You can book this via the Loka web app.
*NOTE: Usually a dorm bed will cost between $25 – $45 per person depending on the size of the dorm and time of year (averaging $35 per person per night), a twin/double option will range from $75 – $180 (averaging $100 per room).You can pre-book your accommodation through Loka’s web app, you just pay a deposit to reserve your spot and pay the remainder direct to the operator. At most locations you are welcome to stay where you like, however please be aware of Loka’s set departure points as outlined by the meeting place on the travel days. For a full list of these points, you can download the pdf from the Timetable section.
NEED TO KNOW
+ 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.
+ Travel is in our own 24 seat mini coaches between Brisbane and Gympie/Rainbow Beach, and local bus and fast trains (with toilets, showers and a dining carriage) between Rainbow Beach/Gympie and Cairns.
+ Our 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 our unique transfers and activities when travelling with the guide.
+ 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 our timetable below.
This is our current timetable, if you’re wanting to travel between Nov 15 – Mar 16, then please check out our summer timetable here.