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Trev Freestyle Tour: Cairns > Sydney

The Trev Freestyle Tour covers the East Coast from Cairns down to Sydney stopping some of our favourite spots along the way.

With the Trev Tour your first night's accommodation, some meals and heaps of activities are included to make planning your trip easy and convenient and ensure you spend more time enjoying and less time stressing. 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!

Get to know the coast the way the locals would. Start in the adventure city of Cairns, head south to spend a night at sea on an overnight sailing trip in the Great Barrier Reef, cruise south through Byron Bay and see heaps of wildlife. The Trev Tour is packed full of adventure.


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”
Josie-Anne Marjoram

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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 a mix of our Stray buses, comfortable trains and ferry. 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 fast trains between Cairns and Cooroy, local transfers, return Magnetic Island ferry, and the Stray bus between Rainbow Beach/Cooroy and Sydney
  • 7 meals & 11 nights’ accommodation (including 1 overnight train, 2 nights at Magnetic Island and 2 nights at Emu Park).
  • Guidance from local guide
  • Access to Stray Mate app
  • Forts Walk at Magnetic Island
  • 2 Day, 1 Night Whitsunday Sailing Tour
  • Airlie Orientation Walk
  • Treasure Island Adventure
  • 1 Day Fraser Island Day Tour
  • Carlo Sand Blow Walk, Rainbow Beach
  • Danger Point Border Crossing walk
  • Byron Bay Orientation Drive
  • Kangaroo Spotting, Emerald Beach

We've included some epic, off the beaten track spots, your first night's accommodation at each stop, and some meals. 

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 11 nights is not included, but can easily be booked 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 will need to stay an extra 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.


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.


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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

Treasure Island Adventure

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Airlie Orientation Walk

2 Day / 1 Night Sailing Adventure

Forts Walk at Magnetic Island

Tully Gorge National Park Rainforest

Trev Freestyle Tour: Cairns > Sydney





Tours Begin:

October - December

  • Thursday (Minimum 15 days, 1 free day at Airlie Beach & Rainbow Beach, 2 free days in Byron Bay)
  • Sunday (Minimum 14 days, 2 free days at Rainbow Beach, 1 free day in Byron Bay)

January - March

  • Thursday (Minimum 12 days, free day at Airlie Beach)
  • Sunday (Minimum 12 days, free day at Rainbow Beach)

Please Note:

Tours begin with one night's accommodation in Cairns. Your first travel day will be the following day.  

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.


Tour: Cairns Arrival Day

Check into your central located hostel and get ready for your epic East Coast adventure.

Note: Contact the Stray office to book in your Whitsunday sailing trip prior to arrival.

Central Cairns accommodation

Optional: Skydiving, bungy jumping (extra cost)

Meet: YHA Cairns or Cairns train station (please confirm prior to departure)

We travel by train south to Townsville, getting in around mid-afternoon and then take 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.

YHA Bungalow Bay
Meals: n/a

Today is yours free to do what you want and explore the Island.  Hire a 4WD, check out the local wildlife park, go diving or just relax by the pool. 

Magnetic Island accommodation
Meals: n/a

Optional: Swimming, snorkeling, diving, rent a 4WD, wildlife park (additional costs)

Meet: YHA Bungalow Bay

In the morning your guide will join you on the Fort’s walk, otherwise you can do some exploring, check out the local wildlife park or just relax by the pool.  In the afternoon we travel back to the mainland on the ferry, then jump on the train to Proserpine, with a transfer to Airlie Beach arriving approx. 7pm.

Airlie Beach Accommodation
Meals: n/a

Optional: swimming

Included: Fort's Walk

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.

Overnight boat & central Airlie Beach accommodation
Meals: 2 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast

Includes: sailing & snorkeling

We wake early and enjoy more snorkeling and stunning beaches before returning to Airlie mid-afternoon.  Depending on which day you depart, you may have a extra day in Airlie Beach to relax, otherwise early evening we head back to Proserpine train station and then travel to Rockhampton. From there we have a quick transfer to the cool, little coastal town of Emu Park where we spend 2 nights.

Emu's Beach Resort
Meals: breakfast & lunch

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.  Late afternoon we head back to our hostel for dinner and to share photos from our big adventure.

Emu's Beach Resort
Meals: lunch

Optional: snorkeling, swimming

Included: Treasure Island Adventure

We begin the day with an early morning bus transfer to the train. We travel to Cooroy then via Stray bus to Rainbow Beach.  Rainbow Beach is the departure point for your Fraser Island day trip (make sure you’ve booked in the dates in advance). We recommend walking up to Carlo Sand Blow to see the amazing sunset.

Rainbow Beach accommodation
Meals: n/a

Optional: Carlo Sandblow sunset walk

Wake up early on Rainbow Beach and head out for your Fraser Island adventure. Whilst on Fraser you’ll experience the largest sand island in the world, explore the island, swim in lakes, walk through forests and check out incredible sites to snap epic pictures.

Rainbow Beach accommodation
Meals: lunch

Optional: swimming, walks

Included: Guided Fraser Island day tour

We have the morning to relax or do your choice of activities (extra cost), before heading south to the resort town of Noosa.  You have to option to hop off here, Brisbane and/or at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, otherwise we head through to Australia’s coolest surf town, Byron Bay.  We recommend hopping off here for a few days to learn to surf, head out the alternative town of Nimbin, or snorkel at the famous Julian Rocks (extra cost).

Byron Bay accommodation
Meals: n/a

Optional: Dolphin Centre or sand boarding

Meet: Main bus stop on Jonson St, Wake Up! Hostel or Arts Factory hostel (please confirm prior to departure)

We travel to Sydney via Spot X Surf Camp. Hop off if you want to learn to surf or just hang by the beach. We then express down to Sydney getting in early evening with drop offs to selected Sydney central hostels.

Central Sydney accommodation
Meals: n/a

Optional: hop-off at Spot X and book a Surf and Stay.

Trev Freestyle Tour: Cairns > Sydney




Trev map cairns to sydney

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.


Hop off‘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

Short on time?

You are not required to hop off the bus – feel free to use your pass like a tour and complete the itinerary in its ‘minimum days’. Either way you'll have a great time!


Where you sleep NZ2

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.  


Activities NZThere 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.


Whos onboard3 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.