Our Mick Tour takes you on an epic journey up the East Coast. From Sydney to Cairns, we’ll show you all the hot spots in between, plus some perfect hidden gems. See the route here.
Freestyle Tour Inclusions:
You'll be travelling up the coast on a mix of our Stray buses, comfortable trains and ferry.
Local Tour Guide
Far more than just a guide - expect entertaining commentary, insight into local secrets and extra support from your tour guide.
19 nights accommodation including 1 overnight train.
20 meals included.
(Any dietary requirements or allergies must be advised upon booking so they can be catered to where possible)
Top rated activities
Our Mick Freestyle Tour has heaps of awesome activity inclusions:
- 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
- Carlo Sand Blow Walk, Rainbow Beach
- 3-Day / 2-Night Fraser Island 4WD tagalong tour
- Treasure Island Adventure at Emu Park
- Airlie Orientation Walk
- 2-Day / 1-Night Whitsunday Sailing Adventure
- Forts Walk on Magnetic Island
- Rainforest Experience, Tully Gorge National Park Rainforest
Not Included: Additional meals and activities to the ones included above. 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 19 nights is not included, but can easily be booked with your guide or on the Stray Mate app.
Is this trip right for you?
✓ Do you want to explore with a group of like-minded travellers?
✓ Do you want to take the pressure off, kick back relax and let someone else organise your transport?
✓ Do you want to explore ALL of Australia's East Coast and visit some of those harder to reach, remote destinations?
✓ Do you want your accommodation, some activities and some meals pre-paid for?
✓ Do you want to start in Sydney and finish in Cairns?
The Mick Freestyle Tour is a 'beaut' choice for you!
More inclusions combined with the same flexibility to hop off anywhere along our route!
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.
- Barrington Tops - Go tubing down the river and then relax in a giant hot tub on the edge of a national park with your fellow Stray Mates!
- River Retreat - Head out on canoes to spot wildlife, before cooking a group BBQ under the stars.
- Spot X - Shaka brah! There really is no better place to learn to surf and catch some waves along the East Coast.
- Emu Park - Snorkels at the ready... Emu Park is the gateway to the incredible Great Keppel Island, home to some of the most diverse marine wildlife on the East Coast.
- Tully Rainforest Experience - Get off the grid in the world heritage Tully National Park, chase waterfalls and tell stories around the campfire.
- 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.
- 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.
- If travellers choose to hop-off and extend their stay in any location, all additional accommodation, meals and activities are at their own expense.
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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
Mick Freestyle Tour: Sydney > Cairns
- Wednesday (Minimum 22 days, 1 extra free day in Rainbow Beach, Airlie Beach & Magnetic Island)
- Friday (Minimum 23 days, 2 free days in Rainbow Beach, free day in Airlie Beach & Tully)
- Saturday (Minimum 22 days, extra free day in Sydney, Airlie Beach & Tully)
For trips departing after Oct 1 2019:
- Monday (Minimum 24 days, 2 extra days in Byron Bay, free days at Rainbow Beach, Airlie Beach & Magnetic Island)
- Thursday (Minimum 24 days, extra free day in Byron Bay, 2 free days at Magnetic Island, free days at Airlie Beach & Tully)
- Friday (Minimum 23 days, free day in Sydney, extra free day in Byron Bay, free days at Airlie Beach & Tully)
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 drive through Brisbane (to pick up and drop off travellers in the city centre) then onto the upmarket beach resort town of Noosa. Hop-off here or continue onto Rainbow Beach to start your Fraser Island adventure (make sure you’ve booked in the dates in advance with Stray). Once you’ve checked-in, you’ll have a safety briefing for your 4WD trip that starts the following morning.
Wake up early and head out for your 3 days and 2 nights on Fraser Island. Whilst on Fraser you’ll experience the largest sand island in the world, go on a 4WD expedition, explore the island and check out incredible sites to snap epic pictures, swim in lakes, natural pools and the ocean all in paradise.
Today you’ll spend the morning walking through magical sand dunes and soaking up the sun. You’ll return back to Rainbow Beach (or Noosa) in the early afternoon.
We depart in the morning, heading to the train station to start our first Queensland Rail journey. We travel to Rockhampton then are met by a private bus, which takes us to Emu’s Beach Resort. We are welcomed onto the resort and find out more about tomorrow’s Treasure Island Adventure on Great Keppel Island.
Meet: Emu’s Beach Resort
This morning we head to a tropical paradise like nowhere else on our Treasure Island Adventure. Our destination Great Keppel Island is located on the southern of the Great Barrier Reef with untouched coral, turtles, reef fish and manta rays all straight off the beach. Relax or have a go at snorkeling or kayaking (additional cost) before exploring the island. We have dinner at Emu’s 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 on which day you arrive into Emu Park, you may have an extra night / day (additional cost)
We arrive off the overnight train early in the morning. We grab some breakfast and your guide will give you a brief walking orientation tour of Airlie. Then you have the rest of your day free in Airlie Beach to relax. Explore the town, go shopping or hang by the local lagoon.
Meet: 8.30am Abell Point Marina
Wake up early and head down to the marina in time for a 2-day, 1-night adventure through the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands. These picturesque islands are set in the Great Barrier Reef and are home to some of the world’s most pristine beaches. You’ll go on an epic sailing adventure, spending the night at sea. You’ll visit Whitehaven Beach and sail around the reef with various stops to get out and swim/snorkel, seeing plenty of marine life along the way. You’ll return back to Airlie Beach at the end of the second day to spend the night.
Meet: Outside Base Backpackers
We start early with a local bus to the train, a ferry out to beautiful ‘Maggie Island’, and a local transfer to the accommodation. 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 on Magnetic Island.
Meet: YHA Bungalow Bay reception or at the ferry terminal (please confirm)
We travel back to the mainland on the ferry, travel by train to Tully – getting in at around lunchtime. After we get off at Tully, we go on to embark on Stray’s signature Rainforest Experience. We travel by bus into the amazing rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park. Cool off with a swim in a beautiful swimming hole before a BBQ dinner and stories around the campfire.
Meet: Tully train station
We wake early at our rainforest camp for breakfast and then have an interpretative walk through the forest, learning about the traditional indigenous usage of the land. We then head back to Tully and jump on the train to our final destination, Cairns. We arrive late afternoon, then get ready to party tonight to celebrate the final night of your epic East Coast adventure.
Today is the last day of your Stray adventure. Be sure to ask your guide for any recommendations on activities and things to do from Cairns.
Mick Freestyle Tour: Sydney > Cairns
Need to Know
Stray's operates a transport network using comfortable air conditioned buses and trains. 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. Our guides also travel on the trains with you, helping make your trip as easy as possible.
Best of all you have total freedom to hop on and off 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?
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.