Our Greg Freestyle Tour was built to help you get the most out of the coast from Sydney to Brisbane.
With the Greg Tour, your first night's accommodation, some meals and and some fun activities and Strademark places are included to make planning a breeze. Get further off the beaten track and stay longer in the places that blow you away.
Our unique Freestyle Tours combine the best elements of a guided tour with the same freedom and flexibility of a hop-on hop-off pass. You can finish your trip in the minimum number of required nights or you can hop-off anywhere along our route and extend your stay in the places you love most for up to a year!
Scroll through the gallery below to see the kinds of the things you'll get up to!
Our mission is to get you off the beaten track amongst authentic local culture and our experienced crew has chosen some incredible destinations so you can see more and do more. 'Strademark' Places are the places you're less likely to find in the guide book but the ones you'll be talking about long after the adventure has ended.
"Had the best time travelling with Stray, definitely went to some unique stops! Eoin made the first part of our trip, made everyone feel so comfortable and was a great laugh! All of the tour guides were so friendly and treated you like new friends! 100000% would recommend to anyone, thank you for the best time Stray x”
You’ll be guided the whole route by some of our fun, hilarious and knowledgeable local characters. Not only will these legends be your friends but they will also give you a hand in booking anything you want along the way.
You'll be travelling up the coast on one of our Stray buses. All of your transport is covered as well as some accommodation, meals and heaps of activities. Spend more time making memories and less time planning.
- All transport including the Stray bus between Sydney and Brisbane
- 5 meals & 8 nights’ accommodation
- Guidance from local guide
- Access to Stray Mate app
- Blue Mountains Day Trip
- Wine tasting, Hunter Valley
- River tubing, Barrington Tops National Park
- Surf lesson, Spot X Surf Camp
- Koala hospital visit, Port Macquarie
- Kangaroo spotting, Emerald Beach
- Canoeing experience, River Retreat
- Angourie Blue Pools, Yamba
- Byron Bay Orientation Drive
- Danger Point Border Crossing walk
We've included some of our Strademark Places as well as some epic activities and some meals. Note that not all your meals are included but this gives you solid starting point to build on to your trip if you have extra time or cash and want to do even more!
Not included: Although some meals are included on this Tour, not all meals are. This is not a fixed itinerary tour so depending on which day you depart you may need to pay for 1- 2 additional nights accommodation in some locations. The cost of additional accommodation outside of the 8 nights is not included, but can easily be booked with your guide or on the Stray Mate app.
- All the activities/accommodation listed are open-dated, please contact Stray’s reservations team ([email protected]) at least 48 hours prior to arrival to confirm your bookings. For Fraser Island and Whitsunday Sailing trip bookings, we recommend booking at least 7 days in advance to guarantee your spot.
- In peak periods (e.g. Christmas/New Years Eve, Easter, School Holidays/Events) some accommodation may be subject to an additional surcharge or minimum number of nights.
- Freestyle Tours include the first night’s accommodation at each destination, a selection of top-rated activities and some meals. Due to how Stray’s timetable works, travellers may have an additional night in certain places which will need to be booked and paid for in addition to the nights included in their tour. If travellers choose to hop-off and extend their stay in any location, all additional accommodation, meals and activities are at their own expense. Additional accommodation and activities can be booked via the Stray Mate app.
- You can break your journey at any of the stops through any of the travel days and just connect with a later Stray bus or rail departure (guided or unguided). You can pre-book your own accommodation via our Stray Mate App or your guide will help book it for you.
Feel free to stray further off the beaten track and hop-off along the way to truly make your trip unique to you! You can travel for up to a year from the first day of your trip and use this tour as an epic guide to build a bigger trip from, or you can see the very best of the East Coast and stick with our itinerary depending on how much time you have. That's the beauty of our flexible, laid back travel network.
All transport including the Stray bus between Sydney and Rainbow Beach/
and Cairns, local transfers an
d return Magnetic Island ferry
20 meals, 1
nights’ accommodation including 1 overnight train
Guidance from local guide
ccess to Stray Mate a
Blue Mountains Day Trip
Wine tasting Hunter Valley
Barrington Tops National Park
Surf lesson, Spot X Surf Camp
Koala hospital visit, Port Macquarie
Kangaroo spotting, Emerald Beach
Canoeing experience, River Retreat
Angourie Blue Pools, Yamba
Byron Bay orientation drive
Danger Point Border Crossing walk
Carlo Sand Blow Walk, Rainbow Beach
3 Day / 2 Night Fraser Island
Treasure Island Adventure
at Emu Park
Airlie Orientation Walk
2 Day / 1 Night Sailing Adventure
Forts Walk at Magnetic Island
Tully Gorge National Park Rainforest
- Wednesday (Minimum 8 days)
- Friday (Minimum 8 days)
- Saturday (Minimum 9 days, extra night in Sydney)
Additional Departure: January - March
- Monday (Minimum 8 days)
The first day of your tour is your first night accommodation in Sydney. All tours include 2 nights accommodation in Sydney and a day trip to Blue Mountains.
The itinerary below is for the current season. Given the nature of our trips and lack of control over weather, what we do each day may occasionally vary.
Check into your central located hostel and get ready for your epic East Coast adventure. Start the Tour in Sydney with a day to yourself to explore the city.
Meet: 7.30am Wake Up! Hostel, Sydney Central (please be ready waiting 15 minutes prior to departure)
Prepare for an epic day of adventure to see some of the most spectacular scenery in Australia. Our first stop out of Sydney is at Euroka to spot wild kangaroos and other wildlife in a natural clearing. Next, we stop off in the local town Glenbrook for a coffee/snack break. We then have a 1.5-hour hike to the stunning Wentworth Falls and viewpoints of the beautiful Jamison Valley. Enjoy a light picnic lunch and then trek to a remote waterfall and lookout. We head up to view the famous 3 Sisters lookout to take a couple of selfies and end the day with a refreshing swim (summer only). Enjoy a beverage of your choice (beer/wine/soft drink) in the afternoon before driving back to central Sydney.
Meet: Wake Up! Hostel at 8am (please be ready waiting 15 minutes prior to departure).
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 back-country 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’ll spend the afternoon tubing down the river and then in the evening have a few drinks and relax in the hot tub.
Meet: At the lodge
Wake up in the morning and enjoy breakfast with an amazing view. We then head north, with a break to visit a koala hospital to learn about their efforts in preserving koalas, and then stop at a nature reserve to spot wild kangaroos hopping along the incredible coastline. We arrive at our waterfront accommodation at Spot X in the early evening where you’ll have dinner at camp.
Meet: At the Stray bus
This morning take part in a fun group lesson, learning the basics of surfing. If you love the beach or are keen to hone in your surf skills, we recommend staying longer to do a Surf & Stay. In the afternoon we travel to our River Retreat and go for a guided canoeing trip, spotting wildlife along the way. In the evening have an Aussie BBQ, learn how to cook some damper and toast marshmallows around the campfire. We sleep in wilderness cabins or in swags under the stars.
Meet: At camp
We leave our camp early, hop on 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.
Today you’ll have the day to yourself to explore. You can perfect your surfing skills, party, do a dolphin kayak trip, visit the alternative town of Nimbin (additional costs), or just relax and take in the laid back, hippy vibe. We recommend taking a walk to the lighthouse to view the Australian mainland’s most easterly point.
Meet: Main bus stop on Jonson St, Wake Up! Hostel 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 drop you off in Brisbane CBD for the end of your Stray experience with your final night’s accommodation included in Brisbane.
The days and times shown below are for the current season (1 May to 31 September 2018). To see future timetables, please visit our Timetables page.
These are subject to change based on weather.
Trips depart Tuesday (+ Wednesday JAN - MAR), Friday and Sunday.
How It Works
Stray's operates a private transport network using comfortable air conditioned buses. The buses are driven by qualified, knowledgeable guides who will lead you on a true adventure around our carefully thought out route, offering the mix of iconic 'hot spots' and special 'off the beaten track' destinations we refer to as STRADEMARK places.
Best of all you have total freedom to hop on and off the bus at destinations along the way so you can spend more time in the places you love.
HOW DO YOU HOP ON AND OFF THE BUS/TRAINS?
‘Hop off’ the bus/trains anywhere along the route, even places in between the designated stops. Either plan to hop off in advance or do it spur of the moment – it’s up to you!
To hop back on, simply book your next travel date and pickup location through our Stray Mate app (you'll receive log in info after you've booked).
The buses run on a regular timetable with multiple departures a week so you can plan ahead too.
Your pass is valid for up to 12 months from your first day of travel, meaning you can hop on and off as often as you like for up to a year.
Please note: if you're heading to Magnetic Island your pass also includes ferry tickets
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WHAT ABOUT ACCOMMODATION?
With Freestyle Tours, at all of Stray's overnight stops along the route, you'll have a dorm bed included at our preferred accommodation. Simply book with the Stray office to lock in your dates. Depending on which day you depart you may need to pay an extra night's accommodation in some locations, these are easily bookable via the Stray Mate app.
If you choose to hop-off and stay a few nights, it is your responsibility to book those extra nights in. If you'd like a private room, ask your driver, but note, these are subject to availability on the day.
WHAT ACTIVITIES CAN I DO?There are heaps of amazing activities on offer! We have included the must-do ones in your Freestyle Tour but wherever you have a free day you can add in any extras such as skydiving, kayaking, bungy jumping, rafting and snorkel tours. You can easily book these through the Stray Mate app.
WHO TRAVELS WITH STRAY?
Our travellers are an energetic outgoing crowd who share a common objective: to have a great time! Most are aged between 18 - 30 although we have no maximum age because we believe age doesn't matter - it's more about having a thirst for adventure! We get a wide range of nationalities from all over the world with the majority from UK, Europe and America. Plenty of our travellers are travelling solo and some travel as part of a couple or group of friends.