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Cassowary Cairns to Brisbane Tour

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  • Depart Cairns Finish Brisbane 
  • 12 Day 11 Nights
  • See the East Coast Highlights
  • Some meals are included
  • Dorm-style accommodation
  • Includes Whitsundays and Fraser island

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Cassowary Cairns to Brisbane is perfect if you have less than 2 weeks. And are eager to experience the highlights of the East Coast. The Stray 12 day Cassowary group Tour is tailor-made for you. Starting from the vibrant city of Cairns, this tour led by the majestic Cassowary will take you to the blissful Magnetic Island. The breathtaking Whitsunday Islands, and conclude in the charming riverside city of Brisbane. Alongside a knowledgeable local guide providing insider insights. You’ll journey with a group of fellow adventurers, forging lifelong friendships as you explore some of Australia’s most spectacular destinations!

Whats included on the Cassowary

Stray Private Coach Small Group

Only Stray travels by private, air-conditioned bus all the way from Cairns to Brisbane, with a maximum of 20 onboard. This provides more comfort, freedom, security and means we can see and do more!


Stray Guide

So much more than just your tour guide – expect entertaining stories, great recommendations, extra support and local insider knowledge. They know every inch of this country. You can’t get this from a google search!


Accommodation

11 nights twin/double accommodation including 4 nights 3-4 star hotel and resort accommodation, 3 nights glamping in Noosa, 4 nights in cabins/villas.


Meals

17 meals included – 10 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 4 Dinners

Top-rated Experience

The Stray Cassowary Cairns to Brisbane tour is packed with incredible experiences, from stunning scenery to tropical islands, snorkeling adventures, luxurious glamping, and unforgettable wildlife encounters! Get ready to immerse yourself in a journey filled with awe-inspiring inclusions that will leave you amazed and eager for more.

  • Enjoy the relaxed Cairns lifestyle, welcome dinner with a native bush food tutorial and the fun nightlife.
  • Embrace your inner nature-lover on Magnetic Island, a wildlife paradise filled with koalas and wallabies.
  • Explore the breath-taking Whitsunday Islands on an exhilarating day tour visiting both ends of the famous Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet lookout and snorkelling over amazing fringing reef.
  • Stay at an Eco Resort in the relaxed seaside town of Bargara near Bundaberg.
  • Head out on a full day tour to the jewel of the Southern Great Barrier Reef – Lady Musgrave Island and Lagoon where you will encounter abundant marine and wildlife.
  • Visit Noosa and spend three nights glamping in safari tents at Habitat Noosa Eco Camp – set amongst 65 acres of National Park on the edge of Lake Cootharaba and the gateway to 1 of only 2 everglades in the world.
  • Embark on a 4WD day Safari to the largest sand island in the world – K’gari. Visit a shipwreck, rainforest and swim in crystal clear waters.

Your travel itinerary

G’day and welcome to your epic East Coast adventure. If you’ve just flown in, we recommend jumping on a shuttle bus from the airport to our centrally located accommodation.  You can check into your hotel between 2 and 4.30pm. At 5pm head down to reception where you’ll meet your Stray guide and your new Stray mates, who you’ll be travelling with for the next 12 days. Then, everyone will head out for a special welcome dinner – a Taste of Australia Experience with a bush food tutorial and a 3-course menu featuring native foods that have been used by indigenous Australians for thousands of years. What a way to start your adventure right?!

Accommodation included: Mercure Cairns in hotel rooms or similar

Optional activities: Explore Cairns Esplanade and lagoon, have a cocktail at Salt House on the water, visit Cairns Night MarketsIncluded activities: Native Australian bush food tutorial

Meals included: Dinner

Today you’re free to do whatever you choose. Walk the Esplanade and go for a refreshing dip, check out the many shops and cafes in town, the new Forever Reef exhibit at the aquarium or visit the tropical Botanical Gardens. If you’d like to visit Cape Tribulation, the Great Barrier Reef or even skydive on this day please let Stray or your agent know in advance so we can reserve your spot as the best activities book up quickly (additional cost).

Accommodation: Mercure Cairns in hotel rooms or similar

Meal options: Local cafes, restaurants

Optional Activities: Cape Tribulation day trip, bungy jump, skydive, rafting, visit Cairns Aquarium, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Great Barrier Reef snorkel or scuba trip

Meals included: Breakfast

Free activities: Relax around the resort pool, walk the Esplanade, visit the Botanical Gardens

This morning we’ll jump on the Stray bus and head south, stopping at the famous Josephine Falls along the way for a refreshing dip and some amazing photos. Next, we’ll dry off and make our way to Townsville where we’ll catch the ferry to our destination for the next two nights, Magnetic Island (known to the locals as ‘Maggie’). Nearly 50% of Magnetic Island is national parkland so it’s absolutely steeped in natural beauty, it’s surrounded by beaches and is also home to loads of wildlife, including koalas! Settle in for a dreamy couple of days in an island paradise.

Accommodation included: Selina Magnetic Island in cabins or similar

Meal options: Self-cater, onsite restaurant, local restaurants or cafes

Included activities: Magnetic Island ferry, swim, walk, waterfall spotting

Included meals: Breakfast, welcome drink

Today you have a full free day to explore so have a relaxing sleep-in or get an early start with a morning hike! This beautiful island is home to the historic Forts Complex, which you’ll get to see during a scenic walk with your Guide, finishing with amazing views over the island and ocean beyond. Spend the rest of your day relaxing on a secluded beach, hiking through native bush, searching for wildlife or joining in on a wellness activity at your accommodation. Top tip: throughout the day, make sure you stay alert and keep your eyes on the trees – Maggie Island is one of the best places in Australia to see koalas in the wild.

Accommodation: Selina Magnetic Island in cabins or similar

Meal options: Self-cater, onsite restaurant, local restaurants or cafes

Optional activities: Snorkel

Meals included: Breakfast

Included activities: Scenic walk with your guide

Free activities: Walk, swim

This morning we’ll say goodbye to Maggie Island and catch the ferry back to the mainland where we’ll hit the road travelling south to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the amazing Whitsunday Islands! Check in and then spend some time checking out Airlie Beach – we recommend heading to the lagoon for a swim and then to one of the many local bars for sundowners.

Accommodation included: Colonial Palms Motor Inn in hotel rooms or similar

Meal options: Local cafes, restaurants & bars

Included activities: Magnetic Island ferry

Free activities: Explore Airlie Beach, swim

Included meals: Breakfast

Today you’ll head out on the water to see the spectacular Whitsundays Islands up close. Starting with an exhilarating ride to the world-famous Whitehaven Beach where you can actually polish jewellery with the white silica sand, we’ll explore Hill Inlet Beach and a guided walk-through Whitsunday Island National Park to the lookout for the most amazing views. We’ll have lunch together and then do some snorkelling over vibrant fringing reefs. If you’d like to see the Islands from above, there’s time for a scenic flight (optional extra) over the outer Great Barrier Reef (including Heart Reef) in the morning before the Whitsundays tour departs.

Accommodation included: Colonial Palms Motor Inn in hotel rooms or similar

Optional activities: Scenic flight over Whitehaven Beach & outer Great Barrier Reef

Meal options: Local cafes, restaurants & bars

Included Activity: Ocean Rafting Whitsunday Islands day tour including Whitehaven Beach and snorkelling

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Kelly’s Eco Resort in villas or similar

Meal options: Self-cater, local cafes, bakery or restaurants

Included meals: Breakfast, BBQ dinner

Rise and shine this morning for a big adventure, today is going to be special so make sure to pack your camera! We’ll head to the marina where we’ll board the Reef Empress, a luxury high speed catamaran. To wake us up we’ll get a barista-made coffee which we can enjoy as we set sail for Lady Musgrave Island. The Island is a 14 hectares coral cay, a turtle breeding area and is the second southernmost island in the Great Barrier Reef chain of islands so it’s pretty spectacular.

On arrival to Lady Musgrave Island, we’ll be welcomed by one of their guides who will share some history and acknowledgement of our traditional owner tribes, as well as the important safety points about visiting this highly protected marine park.

After exploring the island, we’ll have a delicious lunch and then we’ll get to go snorkelling in the Lady Musgrave Lagoon. There’s so much vibrant coral and marine life including manta rays, turtles and reef sharks, as well as ledges and caves just waiting to be explored. After all the under the sea fun, we’ll head back to the mainland in the late afternoon.

Accommodation included: Kelly’s Eco Resort in villas or similar

Optional activity: Scuba dive (must be booked in advance)

Meal options: Self-cater, onsite restaurant

Included activity: Lady Musgrave Island Day Cruise with snorkelling.

Included meals: Morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea

Today we’ll have a leisurely start to the morning and then jump back on the bus to head down towards the Sunshine Coast, arriving at Habitat Noosa, an Eco Camp where we’ll spend the next three nights. Set amongst 65 acres of the Great Sandy National Park and perched on the edge of picturesque Lake Cootharaba, your accommodation is super close to some awesome walking trails that show you the rich history of the region and help you get up close and personal with some wildlife! Habitat is the gateway to one of only two everglades in the world, and it has its own bar and bistro serving up local produce plus there’s also a Microbrewery onsite – we know, it all sounds un-beer-liveable doesn’t it?

Accommodation included: Habitat Noosa in glamping safari tents or similar

Optional paid activity: Stand up paddle boards, canoes, wave skis, kayaks and tinnie hire. Beer tasting

Meal options: Local cafes, bakery, restaurants

Free Activity: Bush walks

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Today you have a completely free day to spend doing whatever you like. Explore the Everglades by kayak or boat (optional extra), head into Noosa town and check out the boutiques and cafes on Hastings Street, or just spend the day at Habitat and enjoy some beer tasting or water sports (optional extra). The Noosa Surf Club is one of our faves so if you’d like a long lunch in the sunshine, you can’t go wrong with a local hotspot!

Accommodation included: Habitat Noosa in glamping safari tents or similar

Optional paid activity: Stand up paddle board, canoe, wave ski, kayaks or tinnie hire, Beer tasting, Everglades tour

Meal options: Self cater, local cafes, bakery, restaurants or onsite restaurant

Free Activity: Explore Noosa, swim, bush walks

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, get an early start to make sure you can explore as much of the world’s largest sand island as possible on a specially curated one-day 4WD adventure. Led by an experienced local guide, you’ll see K’gari’s most iconic sights from Lake McKenzie and 75 Mile Beach to Eli Creek, World Heritage-listed rainforest and the historic Maheno Shipwreck. After all the action of the day it’s back to Habitat and our glamping tents under the stars.

Accommodation included: Habitat Noosa in glamping safari tents or similar

Included Activity: K’gari Island Day Tour

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Today is the final day of your Stray adventure. After breakfast we’ll depart Noosa and head into central Brisbane where you will be dropped off at approx 12pm (you can also finish your tour in Byron Bay, subject to availability). Give your Guide and your new mates a hug or a wave and head off for the next leg of your adventure, taking with you the most incredible memories, everything you’ve learned about Australia’s special culture and wildlife, and of course some classic Aussie lingo – G’DAY MATES!

Included meals: Breakfast

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Important info before travel

  • Trip starts: Arrival day is on a Monday and we depart from Cairns on Wednesday morning.
  • Trip ends: This tour ends on a Friday in Brisbane at approximately 12noon. Drop off location is Ann Street Bus Stop 9 near King George Square. This tour can also end in Byron Bay (subject to availability).
  • Transport: Travel by private Stray bus, ferry (Magnetic Island & K’gari), 4WD bus (K’gari), fast semi rigid inflatable boat (Whitsundays), cruise catamaran (Lady Musgrave Island).
  • Included meals: Any dietary requirements or allergies must be advised upon booking so that they can be catered to where possible.
  • Guides: Your Guide is your Bus Driver, Activity Organiser, Tour Guide, and friend. They’re always on hand to give you travel trips, advice and any help you need.
  • Stray Travellers: Find your tribe and make meaningful connections with travellers from all over the world. The majority of our passengers are aged between 31-55 but there is no age limit! You just need to be reasonably fit and be young at heart!
  • Covid Safety Measures: To minimise risk to our travellers, staff and operators we will be doing everything we can to reduce the risk of transmission and we will be playing it safe with safety measures such as regular bus cleaning and disinfecting, and having hand sanitiser on the bus. If you would like a copy of our full COVID-19 Safety Plan,

You should bring a backpack or small/medium suitcase (up to 15kg) filled with…

  • Your clothes with at least one warm jumper and a pair of trousers.
  • Swimsuit / Towel
  • Bug repellent
  • Reef Safe Sunblock / Hat
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Waterproof jacket (shell)
  • Walking shoes/trainers
  • Sarong/shawl


In winter (May – September) we also suggest packing a warm hat, jacket and light thermals or clothes you can layer, particularly for the South Island of New Zealand where it gets very cold. In Asia between Nov – Mar it can also get pretty cold in Northern Thailand and Laos and you will need a warm jumper and trousers.

You won’t be needing…

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Blankets or sheets

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