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Cairns > Sydney: Trev Pass

Our Trev Freestyle Pass (12+ Days) is our biggest southbound pass. From Cairns to Sydney, you’ll see the most popular parts of the East Coast, and a few off-the-beaten-track spots for good measure!


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Pass Highlights:

Pass Inclusions:

All transport

You'll be travelling down the coast on a mix of our Stray buses, comfortable trains and ferry.

Local Tour Guide

More than just a guide - expect entertaining commentary, extra support and local secrets.

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View your itinerary and book your transport, accommodation and activities on-the-go.

Reserved Accommodation

Have a bed reserved for you at every Stray overnight stop. Book and pay via our Stray Mate app.

calendar 112 month travel pass

Your pass is valid for 12 months from the first day of travel. Hop on and off anywhere along the route.

trekkingIncluded activities:

  • Forts Complex/Radical Bay Walk, Magnetic Island
  • Carlo Sand Blow Walk, Rainbow Beach
  • Byron Bay Orientation Drive
  • National Park Fees

Not included: The cost of your accommodation, meals and extra activities is not included in a hop-on hop-off pass. You have the flexibility to choose what suits your budget and pay-as-you-go. These can be booked via the Stray Mate app, often at an exclusive Stray price!

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 do the driving?

 Do you want to start in Cairns and finish in Sydney, with the freedom to hop on and off along the route?


The Trev Freestyle Pass is a beaut choice for you!

Do you want accommodation, activities and meals included?
Check out the Trev Freestyle Tour.


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  • 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.
  • You have the opportunity to hop off at Spot X - Shaka brah! There really is no better place to learn to surf and catch some waves along the East Coast.

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Cairns > Sydney: Trev Pass

was $845 $685




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 might occasionally vary.

N.B. Hop off at Rainbow Beach or Noosa to visit Fraser Island and at Airlie Beach to visit the Whitsundays.

Cairns to Magnetic Island

G’day mate and welcome to your Stray adventure! Meet your Stray local legend first thing, who will make sure you have everything you need (especially your train tickets) before you jump aboard the train and head south to Townsville. You will arrive mid-afternoon and meet your Stray Guide at the station. We’ll travel together from there, taking the ferry out to our first overnight stop, the tropical Magnetic Island. Welcome to paradise! Nearly 50% of ‘Maggie Island’ is national park land, and it's chock-full of amazing beaches and abundant wildlife, so make sure you get out to do a little exploring before catching the sunset. Join in the group pizza dinner tonight (extra cost).

Your choice of hostel, book via the Stray Mate App

Watch the sunset

Join your guide today for a scenic walk. You might head off the beaten track to beautiful Radical Bay beach for an ocean dip and amazing photo opportunities. Alternatively, your guide will take you up to the historic Forts Complex, where you’ll see incredible views over the island and ocean beyond.

See More moment: This island paradise is your best chance on the East Coast to see koalas in the wild. Keep your eyes out for these sleepy marsupials, rock wallabies, and colourful birds as you explore the forested island.

Your choice of hostel

Snorkel, rent a kayak

Forts Complex walk and/or Radical Bay Walking Tour

The morning is yours to explore more of the island, visit the wildlife park or just relax by the pool. In the afternoon, we’ll travel back to the mainland by ferry, and jump on the train to Proserpine, transferring to Airlie Beach in the evening. Your Airlie-based Stray Guide will meet you off the train and accompany you on the bus into Airlie Beach, where they’ll give you a brief orientation of the town to help you get your bearings.

Your choice of Airlie Beach hostel

Orientation walk, explore the beaches, swim

You have a full free day in Airlie Beach to soak up the tropical vibes. Join a multi-day sailing adventure around the famous Whitsunday Islands, jump out of a plane over the beautiful tropics, or just relax and spend your day discovering the local area. There are some beautiful rainforest hikes in the vicinity, and a splash in the lagoon is a must do on a hot afternoon.

Please Note: Some trips may have an extra night at Airlie Beach.

Your choice of central hostel 

Whitsunday Islands tours, skydiving

Swim in the lagoon, hike in the rainforest

Spend most of the day at your leisure in Airlie Beach, before we jump on the train to Rockhampton in the early evening. Our destination tonight is our Strademark stop of Emu Park. Emu Park is a cool little coastal town and the gateway to the Keppel Islands on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. (Be sure to book Emu’s Beach Resort and the Great Keppel Island Adventure in the Stray Mate App prior to arrival.)

See More moment: Our stay at Emu Park provides your chance to get up close and personal with the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll have the chance to snorkel and play amongst one of the seven wonders of the world.

Emu's Beach Resort

Today we highly recommend taking part in a Stray highlight, an Island Adventure on the tropical paradise of Great Keppel Island, with untouched coral, turtles, reef fish and manta rays all straight off the beach. We catch the ferry in the morning for a day of swimming, walking, snorkelling with turtles or kayaking (additional cost) before exploring the island itself in search of the perfect white sand beach for a little afternoon rest and relaxation. You’ll ferry back to the mainland in the late afternoon and gather together again at Emu’s Beach Resort.

Emu's Beach Resort

Great Keppel Island Adventure, snorkeling or kayaking,lawn bowls

Relax on the beach or around the pool

We begin our day with an early morning bus to the train station. It’s a scenic train journey from here to Cooroy, where you'll meet your Stray Driver Guide and bus to head to Rainbow Beach. Rainbow Beach is a gateway to the world-famous Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. From here you can opt to take part in a multi-day tour of the island, or just spend your afternoon relaxing in this beachside paradise. Don’t miss the chance to walk to Carlo Sand Blow to catch a gorgeous sunset.

Your choice in Rainbow Beach

Fraser Island tours - available from both Noosa & Rainbow Beach

Walk to Carlo Sand Blow for sunset

We hop back on the Stray bus this morning, heading to the relaxed resort town of Noosa. You can hop off here or join us as we continue down the coast, with quick stops in Brisbane and Surfers Paradise in the Gold Coast, also popular stops to hop off and stay longer. Our final destination today is Byron Bay, a relaxed, hippy surf town that travellers love! Upon arriving in Byron Bay, we’ll take you on an orientation drive around town to help you get your bearings, showing you the points of interest and the top spots for food, shopping and nightlife.

Your choice of hostel in Byron Bay

Byron Bay orientation drive, explore Noosa, chill out at the beach

You have two full free days in Byron Bay to "cheer up, slow down, and chill out” as the town’s famous welcome sign instructs. And there is plenty to do in this laidback hippy town: practice your surfing skills down at the beach, walk to mainland Australia’s most easterly point at the Cape Byron Lighthouse, search for dolphins and other marine life on a sea kayaking trip, or visit the alternative town of Nimbin. Tonight, get out to experience Byron’s eclectic nightlife – there is always something going on! 

Your choice of hostel

Surf lessons/hire, kayaking, Nimbin day trip, diving

Walk to Cape Byron Lighthouse, relax on the beach, dance the night away!

You have another free day in Byron Bay today. Tick off any activities you didn’t get the chance to do yet, or pass the day wandering the township and exploring the many boutique shops and cafes. Eating your way around Byron is an experience in itself, and there are plenty of vegetarian options available!

*If you arrive in Byron Bay on Saturday's bus, you will have 3 full days in Byron Bay. The next departure is Wednesday. 

Your choice of hostel

Surf lessons/hire, kayaking, Nimbin day trip, diving

Walk to Cape Byron Lighthouse, relax on the beach, dance the night away! 

Today is an express travel day to the final destination of our trip, Sydney. Along the way we stop at Spot X, a famous surf camp with perfect waves for beginners and pros alike. Hop off here to hang 10, or continue with the bus to Sydney, arriving in the evening. If you have some time in Sydney, there is plenty to do! From Stray’s famous Blue Mountains day trip, whale watching tours to climbing the Harbour Bridge, you won’t be bored for a moment. We hope you had a blast on your Stray adventure!


Your choice of hostel

Sydney Optional Activities: Stray Blue Mountains day trip, Bondi to Coogee beach walk, explore King Street Wharf, Royal Botanic Gardens, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Bridge Climb, whale watching tour, skydiving, hop-on hop-off harbour cruise

Cairns > Sydney: Trev Pass

was $845 $685




The days and times shown below are for the current season. To see future timetables, please visit our Timetables page. N.B. These are subject to change based on weather.

Trip departures:

  • Monday (Minimum 12 days, extra free day at Rainbow Beach)
  • Wednesday (Minimum 12 days, extra free day at Airlie Beach)

Cairns to Magnetic Island

Cairns (Depart ) 08:00 08:00
Cairns - Train Station (Depart) 08:35 08:35
Tully - Train Station (Depart) 11:15 11:15
Townsville - Train Station (Depart) 14:39 14:39
Magnetic Island (Arrive) 16:00 16:00

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island (Free Day) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free

Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach

Magnetic Island (Depart) 13:00 13:00
Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal (Depart) 13:30 13:30
Townsville Train Station (Depart) 14:54 14:54
Proserpine (Depart) 18:01 18:01
Airlie Beach (Arrive) 18:50 18:50

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach (Free Day) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free

Airlie Beach to Emu Park (O/N Train)

Airlie Beach (Depart) 17:05 17:05
Proserpine - Train Station (Depart) 18:11 18:11
Rockhampton Train Station (Depart) 12:29 12:29
Emu Park (Arrive) 01:00 01:00

Emu Park

Emu Park (Free Day) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free

Emu Park to Rainbow Beach

Emu Park - Emus Beach Resort (Depart) 06:00 06:00
Rockhamption - Train Station (Depart) 07.10 07.10
Miriam Vale (1770) - Train Station (Depart) 09:06 09:06
Maryborough West (Hervey Bay) (Depart) 10:58 10:58
Cooroy (Depart) 12:40 12:40
Rainbow Beach (Arrive) 14:30 14:30

Rainbow Beach to Byron Bay

Rainbow Beach (Depart) 09:30 09:30 09:30
Noosa - Nomads (Depart) 11:30 11:30 11:30
Brisbane - Nomads (Depart) 14:00 14:00 14:00
Gold Coast - Transit Centre (Depart) 15:30 15:30 15:30
Byron Bay (Arrive) 17:30 17:30 17:30

Free Day 1 in Byron Bay

Byron Bay (Free Day) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free

Free Day 2 in Byron Bay

Byron Bay (Free Day) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free

Byron Bay to Sydney (via Spot X)

Byron Bay (Depart) 07:00 07:00 07:00
Spot X Surf Camp (Departs) 09:30 09:30 09:30
Sydney (Arrives) 19:00 19:00 19:00

Cairns > Sydney: Trev Pass

was $845 $685



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Need to Know

Some key details...

  • Transport - Travel by bus, train and even ferry for those heading to Magnetic Island! All included in the price of your pass and organised by Stray.

  • Guides - Your Stray guide is your go-to for entertaining commentary, interesting facts, crazy stories and travel advice. Between Sydney and Rainbow Beach, your Guide is also your Bus Driver. Between Rainbow Beach and Cairns, where we travel on the fast, comfortable trains, you'll have In-Location Guides who will meet you at the station and show you around. 

  • Validity - This Freestyle Pass is valid for 12 months from your first day of travel.

  • Hopping on/off - Hop on and off as much as you like along the travel route. To hop back on, simply book your next travel date and pickup location through our Stray Mate app

  • Minimum Days - You don't need to hop off if you're short on time - you can travel your pass in the "Minimum Days". There are non-travel days throughout the route so you will not be travelling everyday.

  • Departures - Buses/trains run to a seasonal timetable with multiple departures per week.

  • Booking Buses - Use the Stray Mate app to manage your trip - you'll receive log in details in your Booking Confirmation email. If you're on a short timeframe, we recommend booking all your buses in advance. 

  • Accommodation - Book Stray preferred accommodation as you go via the Stray Mate app - there will be a dorm bed allocated to you at each overnight stop providing you book via the app 24 hours before. 

  • Activities - Book activities as you go via the Stray Mate app.

  • Stray Travellers - Our travellers are from all over the world, are energetic, adventurous and mainly aged between 20-35. 75% of our travellers are travelling solo.


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