LOKA Guided Tour: Sydney - Cairns
LOKA Guided Tour: Sydney - Cairns
Loka’s biggest pass: Sydney to Cairns and everything in between! Experience real Australia at its best with stunning beaches, national parks, a tropical island, and authentic experiences such as wildlife spotting, a tipi camp, a remote Aussie farm experience, and a night on the edge of a World Heritage Area!
Travel Day: Sydney — Barrington Tops (Special Stop)
MEET: outside Wake Up hostel at 8am or outside Nomads (if confirmed) at 8.10am
We depart the big city and head to the Hunter Valley wine area for a tasting at one of Australia’s most famous vineyards. We then travel through the backcountry to our stunning stop on the edge of Barrington Tops National Park (a World Heritage Listed Area). We stay in our 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.
SLEEP: $60 for dinner, dorm bed and breakfast.
Travel Day: Barrington Tops — Spot X Surf Camp
MEET: at the lodge
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. We then head north, stopping to visit a Koala hospital to learn about their efforts in preserving Koalas, before travelling onto our waterfront accommodation at the Spot X Surf Camp, arriving in the early evening.
SLEEP: $35 for shared accom. *If travellers want to do a Surf & Stay they should do it after River Retreat in summer and before in winter.
Travel Day: Spot X Surf Camp — River Retreat (Special Stop)
MEET: at Loka bus
We have the morning at leisure at Spot X. You can relax on the beach or we recommend taking part in a group surf lesson (additional cost). In the afternoon we travel to our 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. We sleep in beds in a tipi or swags under the stars. Note: in winter we stay in cabins.
SLEEP: $60 for camping/dorm bed, dinner and breakfast.
Travel Day: River Retreat — Byron Bay
MEET: At camp
We leave our camp early, hop in our bus and head up towards Byron Bay, Australia’s famous surf and arts town. We 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. We have an orientation drive on the way to Byron Bay to help you get your bearings.
SLEEP: Your choice of Byron accom, you can book through the Loka web app.
Free Day in Byron Bay
Explore, learn to surf, party, visit Nimbin (additional cost), 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 accom.
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)
We cruise up to the NSW/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 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. We drive through Brisbane (pick up and drop off travellers in the city centre) then travel on to the upmarket beach 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. At Rainbow Beach we take a walk up to Carlo Sand Blow for sunset.
SLEEP: Your choice of Noosa or Rainbow Beach accom.
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 back to Noosa to pick up more Loka travellers, and then drive to Cooroy where we hop on the train. We travel to Rockhampton then get met by a local bus, which takes us to the beautiful coastal town of Emu Park.
SLEEP: at Emus Beach resort for $35 or one of the activity/accom packages.
Travel Day/Night: Emu Park— OVERNIGHT TRAIN — Airlie Beach
MEET: At Emus Beach Resort
Today you can choose from options to relax at the resort, check out the local crocodile farm or head to the tropical paradise Great Keppel Island. 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.
Note: Depending which day you depart Noosa/Rainbow you may have an extra day at Emu Park.
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 and then 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. 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 a ferry, travel by train to Tully – getting in at around lunchtime. We 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. We then head back to our accommodation - the historic Mt Tyson pub for the evening.
SLEEP: Mt Tyson hotel, $35 for accom only, $57 for Rainforest Experience (accom / transfers / champagne breakfast).
Travel Day: Tully – Cairns
MEET: Mt Tyson Hotel
In the morning we 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. We 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.
SLEEP: Your choice of Cairns accom.
*This itinerary and prices are valid until March 31st 2017 but are subject to change.
Loka's guided, hop-on hop-off adventure travel pass is completely different to anything else in Australia. The Mick Pass takes you from Sydney to Cairns, showing you all the famous tourist spots such as Byron Bay or Noosa as well as mind-blowing unique stops that you can't access any other way.
The Mick Pass includes:
- All transport including the Loka bus between Sydney and Rainbow Beach/Cooroy, fast, comfortable trains between Cooroy and Cairns, and return Magnetic Island ferry,
- Guidance from fun, local guide and access to Loka web app,
- Wine tasting Hunter Valley,
- Guided walk at Barrington Tops National Park,
- Koala hospital visit,
- Beachtime at Spot X Surf Camp,
- Kayaking or walk at Solitary Island Marine reserve,
- Angourie Blue Pools
- Danger Point NSW/QLD Border Crossing walk,
- Byron Bay orientation drive,
- Carlo Sand Blow Walk, Rainbow Beach
- Turtle spotting and Bluff Point walk at Emu Park,
- Forts Walk at Magnetic Island,
- Mt Tyson hike, Tully
You have the flexibility to break your journey to do the things you want to along the way.
Our own fun, guides travel with you on our buses and on public transport, to give you the best local advice (from wildlife to party nights) and access to the attractions over the routes.
Unique, authentic experiences hunted out by us, our customers and locals over our routes — all established and supported in a sustainable manner.
Passes are valid for 12 months.
The Mick Pass includes:
All transport including the Loka bus between Sydney and Rainbow Beach/Cooroy, fast trains between Cooroy and Cairns, and return Magnetic Island ferry, Guidance from fun, local guide and access to Loka web app, Wine tasting Hunter Valley, Guided walk at Barrington Tops National Park, Koala hospital visit, Beachtime at Spot X Surf Camp, Kayaking or walk at Solitary Island Marine reserve, Angourie Blue Pools Byron Bay orientation drive, Danger Point Border Crossing walk, Carlo Sand Blow Walk, Rainbow Beach Bluff Point walk at Emu Park, Forts Walk at Magnetic Island,
Please note: Accommodation and food are not included in your Loka pass. Barrington Tops farmstay and the River Retreat are a set price for bed and meals. In these special locations, the payments must be paid locally, direct to our hosts. There are also bed only options at these locations at hostel prices.