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How Stray Works

When you travel Australia with Stray, you have the choice of a hop-on hop-off pass, a freestyle pass, or an all-inclusive tour. Here's some help understanding how it works and what is best for you.



how it works


“It’s like being on a road trip with your mates where you can also stay longer anywhere that you want”

 How Hop-on Hop-off works: 

  • Choose a bus pass
  • Make your way around its travel route in the time that suits you 
  • "Hop" off the bus anywhere at anytime, to stay longer, visit friends or even work for a while.
  • Then "hop" back on again by booking yourself back on the bus with our app

It is that easy! The buses run several times a week (check the timetable).  If you are short on time, you don't have to ever "hop off" - you can also use your Stray bus pass like a tour and complete the itinerary in its "Minimum Days". With this you will still enjoy outstanding locations and unique attractions around Australia, and we have included some non-travel days to break up your journey.


Pass Validity 

Hop-on Hop-off Passes are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase (unless promotional terms apply). Once your trip has commenced, you have a further 12 months to complete your pass. 


The Route

You have the freedom to choose to travel North or South between Sydney and Cairns on a hop-on hop-off guided adventure. 

You’ll be guided the whole way, travelling with up to 24 like-minded travellers on a mixture of our own buses and fast trains. If the whole coast isn’t for you or you’re pushed for time, don’t worry because we have heaps of different passes to choose from starting from either Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane or Cairns.



Accommodation is not included with Freestyle Passes.   Simply book your accommodation via our app or chat to your guide. 



We’ve chucked in heaps of leg stretchers and fun activities for you to experience, so depending on which pass you go for you’ll be enjoying:

  • Wine tasting in Hunter Valley
  • Secret swimming holes
  • Scenic country walks
  • Wildlife centres
  • An awesome canoeing trip
  • Epic spots for sunrises and sunsets

Other activities like learning to surf, The Whitsundays and Fraser Island can be bought via our website, through our app or through your guide. 



These legends are your locals on hand to give you any help you need.  There are heaps of unique experiences to be had, and with their Aussie expertise you’ll be taken to secret watering holes, stunning beaches, given tips on cheap eats and the best nights out on the coast.

All passes are guided by a fun guide whose main job is to ensure you have a great time! Need help? Just ask. Guides can book your accommodation, activities and introduce you to all the local hotspots. They are a valuable source of Aussie knowledge. 



Travel in comfort on Stray's modern air conditioned bus fleet between Sydney & Cooroy/Gympie. From Cooroy/Gympie to Cairns, you will be with your guide aboard a Queensland Rail train (All train travel included in the pass price). We recommend booking seats in advance during peak season (Christmas, Jan - March, school holidays) when the network is busy. We make stops along the way to show you amazing things, like a beautiful waterfall, short scenic walk, local food tasting or breathtaking view!




Freestyle Tours give you all the flexibility of a Freestyle Pass, but include your first night's accommodation at each destination, and a few more activities. Check out each tour to see what is included. You still have the ability to hop on and off the tour, travel for 12 months, and meet awesome likeminded people!





Short on time but want to experience the best of the East Coast? Inclusive Tours are small group tours based on a fixed itinerary where you stay with the same guide. It includes all your accommodation, and a bunch of awesome must do activities, like the Whitsundays and Fraser Island!

Think of it as a road trip experience, where your guide takes you on a once-of-a-lifetime journey, with plenty of awesome stops along the way showing you the real Australia.

What's included? 

  • Bus transport around Australia
  • Accommodation 
  • Local knowledge, entertaining commentary and bookings service from your tour guide
  • Activities
  • Special deals on optional extra activities

What's not included?

Any additional activities not specified as included on the itinerary. These can be booked via your guide, often at an exclusive Stray special price!