Your Loka pass has heaps of inclusions, from scenic walks to dolphin feeding! You’ll be guided the whole route by some of our awesome local guides. Not only will these legends be your friends but they will also give you a hand in booking anything you need to on the way up!
Between A and B you'll be travelling by bus and train. By buying the Kat pass you'll no longer have to worry about your transport all the way up the coast as we've got you covered! This gives you extra chance to relax and enjoy all our included activities:
- All transport including the Loka bus between Byron Bay and Rainbow Beach/Cooroy, fast trains between Cooroy and Cairns, local transfers and return Magnetic Island ferry,
- Guidance from local guide and access to Loka web app,
- Byron Bay orientation drive,
- Danger Point Border Crossing walk,
- Carlo Sand Blow Walk, Rainbow Beach,
- Dolphin Centre entry, Tin Can Bay,
- Bluff Point walk at Emu Park,
- Airlie Orientation Walk
- Forts Walk at Magnetic Island,
- Tully Gorge National Park Rainforest
If you're looking to book your bucket list adventures like Whitsunday tours and Fraser Island, you can use our web app to book your spot in time for when you arrive! You can also sort all your accommodation as you travel on the road... handy huh!
Want to do it all? Whether you’re looking to book a skydive, Fraser Island tour, a Whitsundays trip or a scuba diving experience around the reef we can help you out!
Not only can you book these experiences either through us or the Loka web app, but you’ll be getting special Loka rates too – Champion! For more info on what you can book, just click here…
Alternatively, if you don’t want the added hassle of booking your activities as you go, contact us about some of our package options. Book all your activities at once and save money and worry! Email us here.
Travel Day: Byron Bay (via Gold Coast & Brisbane) - Noosa or Rainbow Beach
MEET: at the main bus stop on Jonson St or Arts Factory hostel (please confirm in advance).
We cruise up to the New South Wales/Queensland border and hop out at Danger Point to stretch our legs and check out the view of one of Australia’s best surf spots Snapper Rocks. We then drive into Surfers Paradise, you may want to get off here to experience the sun, sand, tans and high-rises of Australia’s most developed beach area. We drive through Brisbane (pick up and drop off travellers in the city centre) 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 we take a walk up to Carlo Sand Blow for sunset.
SLEEP: Your choice of Noosa or Rainbow Beach accom, you can book via the Loka web app.
Travel Day: Rainbow Beach (via Noosa) — Emu Park
MEET: outside Dingos/Frasers at Rainbow Beach, or outside Nomads at Noosa
We hop in our bus in Rainbow Beach and head to Tin Can Bay to see wild dolphins up close. We then head back to Noosa where we have a couple of hours to check out the beach, markets or chill, before picking up some more Loka travellers and driving to Cooroy to start our first train journey. We travel to Rockhampton then get met by a private bus, which takes us to Emus Beach Resort. We get welcomed onto the resort and find out more about our options for the next day or so. We have an awesome Loka Treasure Island option, which includes accommodation, return ferry transfers to Great Keppel Island, Treasure Hunt, Bluff Point Turtle Walk, and evening meal on the second day; or you can choose to just pay for your bed 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 we depart early to head to the tropical paradise Great Keppel Island at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. Relax or have a go at snorkeling or kayaking (extra cost) before taking part in the famous Loka Treasure Hunt. Follow the clues to win the treasure! We head back to the mainland late afternoon with a quick stop to go on a walk to Bluff Point. Have dinner at Emus Beach Resort before we catch the train in the evening and travel overnight to Airlie Beach – the gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. We grab some breakfast when we arrive and your guide will give you a brief walking orientation tour of Airlie.
Note: Depending which day you depart Noosa/Rainbow you may have an extra day at Emu Park and you can choose to spend your 2nd night on Great Keppel Island. If bad weather you can also choose to visit the local crocodile farm (additional cost).
SLEEP: Overnight train (price included), then your choice of Airlie accom.
Travel Day: Airlie Beach (via Townsville) — Magnetic Island
MEET: outside Base Backpackers
We start early with a local bus to the train, a ferry out to beautiful ‘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.
SLEEP: YHA Bungalow Bay or your choice of Magnetic Island accom.
Travel Day: Magnetic Island (via Townsville) — Tully
MEET: at YHA Bungalow Bay reception or at the ferry terminal (please confirm).
We travel back to the mainland on the ferry, travel by train to Tully – getting in at around lunchtime. You have the option of taking part in Loka’s exclusive Rainforest Experience for the special price of $120 or staying in Tully at a historic pub (for hostel prices). For those keen to camp, we travel by bus into the amazing rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park. Cool off with a swim in a beautiful swimming hole, before a BBQ dinner and stories about the campfire.
SLEEP: Rainforest Experience (camping / transfers / dinner / breakfast / activities for $120) or Mt Tyson Hotel for $35.
Travel Day: Tully – Cairns
MEET: Tully Train Station
We wake early at our rainforest camp for breakfast and then have an interpretative walk through the forest, learning about the traditional indigenous usage of the land. We then head back to Tully and jump on the train to our final destination, Cairns. We arrive late afternoon, then get ready to party tonight to celebrate and farewell 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, we recommend doing one of the famous Tully rafting trips or going skydiving at Mission Beach on this day.
SLEEP: Your choice of Cairns accom, you can book via the Loka web app.
Note: Food and accommodation are not included in your Loka pass. You can break your journey at any of the stops through any of the travel days and just connect with a later Loka bus or rail departure (guided or unguided). You can pre-book your own accommodation via our web app or your guide will help book it for you, you will usually get a bed-only option (averaging $35 per person per night), or a twin/double option (averaging $100 per room).
*This itinerary and prices are valid until October 31st 2018, however are subject to change.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Accommodation and food are not included in your Loka pass. You can book your accommodation through our web-app along the way. We hold spots in our preferred locations so you’re guaranteed a bed.
Additional activities such as Whitsundays and Fraser Island are not included, you can book these through our web app or email us and we can help book them for you.
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 Byron Bay and Noosa/Rainbow Beach, and local bus and fast trains (with toilets, showers and a dining carriage) between Noosa/Rainbow Beach and Cairns. We also include the return ferry to Magnetic Island.
+ 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 3 departures per week (up to 5 in summer) over all routes. For specific departure days and times please see our timetable below.
Feel free to email us if you have any questions about your itinerary or how the timetable works.