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Cairns to Sydney Travel Pass
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A mixture of off the beaten track gems and the main highlights of the East Coast. Hop off and stay longer at Noosa, Brisbane, Byron Bay or Spot X surf camp. Travel by train south from Cairns to Cooroy, ferry to Magnetic Island, and Loka’s own bus from Cooroy/Rainbow Beach to Sydney.
- All transport along the route, including trains from Cairns to Cooroy and Loka bus from Cooroy/ Rainbow Beach to Sydney, return ferry to Magnetic Island and local transfers.
- Guidance from fun, local guide and Loka web app
- Forts Walk, Magnetic Island
- Bluff Point walk, Emu Park
- Carlo Sand Blow Walk, Rainbow Beach,
- Dolphin Centre entry, Tin Can Bay
- Danger Point Border Crossing walk
- Byron Bay orientation drive
- Opportunity to hop on and hop off
These are all the places that we travel to on the Loka Trev 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 / Gold Coast / Byron Bay / Spot X Surf Camp / Sydney
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.
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 (Special Stop)
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 with a quick transfer to the cool, little coastal town of Emu Park where we spend 2 nights. While at Emu Park we have an amazing Loka Treasure Island option with accommodation, return ferry transfers to Great Keppel Island, Treasure Hunt, Bluff Point Turtle Walk for only $134; or you can choose to just pay for accommodation only and do your own thing. Note: Depending on the day you arrive you may have an additional night at Emu Park to relax, play Aussie lawn bowls or visit the local crocodile farm (both extra cost).
SLEEP: Emu’s Beach Resort $35 for quad-share dorm only, $134/$169 for Treasure Island packages.
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 Cooroy then 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.
SLEEP: Your choice of Rainbow Beach accom. You can book this via the Loka web app.
Travel Day: Rainbow Beach (via Noosa, Brisbane & Gold Coast) — Byron Bay
MEET: across the road from Frasers on Rainbow/Dingos hostels. We hop in the Loka 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. We travel through Brisbane and Gold Coast, with pick-ups and drop offs. We stop for a walk at the Queensland/NSW border crossing at Danger Point to stretch our legs, and check out the view of one of Australia’s best surf spots Snapper Rocks, before heading onto our night stop at Australia’s coolest surf town, Byron Bay.
SLEEP: Your choice of Byron Bay accom. You can book this via the Loka web app.
Free Day in Byron Bay
Explore, learn to surf, party, do a dolphin kayak trip, visit the alternative town of Nimbin (additional costs), or just relax and take in the laidback, hippy vibe. We recommend taking a walk to the lighthouse to view the Australian mainland’s most easterly point.
SLEEP: Your choice of Byron Bay accom.
Travel Day: Byron Bay (via Spot X) – Sydney
MEET: at the main bus stop on Jonson St or Arts Factory hostel (please confirm).
We travel to Sydney via Spot X Surf Camp. Hop off if you want to learn to surf or just hang by the beach. We then express down to Sydney getting in early evening with drop offs to selected Sydney central hostels.
SLEEP: Your choice of Sydney accom. We drop off outside Wake Up (by Central Station) and Nomads.
Note: 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 book your own accommodation or your guide will book it for you, you will usually get a bed-only option (averaging $32 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.
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 on fast, comfortable trains(with toilets, showers and a dining carriage) and local buses between Cairns and Cooroy and then in our own 24 seat mini coaches between Cooroy/Rainbow Beach and Sydney. We also include the return ferry transfer 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 2 departures per week (up to 5 in summer) over all routes. For specific departure days and times please see our timetable below.