All about the Kat Pass - Byron Bay To Cairns Hop On Hop Off Tour

Hop on hop off means you can choose your own adventure on the East Coast. You can be flexible and stop and stay in towns or destinations for a few days or weeks. Then get back on the tour and go a bit further. You do not have to complete the pass in a fixed time limit or with the same group of people the whole trip. 

It's up to you how long you take to do this East Coast trip maybe 3 weeks maybe 3 months. This trip takes in the whole East Coast from Sydney to Cairns so book your pass....start it and then see what happens. Have no plans and just go with the flow. You'll travel with fun, like-minded people, and meet our amazing drivers and guides. It's your choice, your way. Our Byron Bay to Cairns tour departs often with a great mixture of international travelers on board. A perfect chance to make friends, see the East Coast of Australia and take your time to travel. We work with local operators and communities to create sustainable, authentic experiences with positive change for all. You can change your plans and itinerary. You can hop off in and stay longer at any of our stops along the way as you want for up to 12 months.

You will meet local Australians and other travelers, be part of our traveler community on and offline. We are continually hunting out and creating our own authentic, off the beaten track, stop-overs and activities that aren’t in the guidebooks or on TripAdvisor. Get the most out of your travels through local guides and Loka’s groundbreaking technology. Our fun and enthusiastic guides get involved with your travel experiences, and our unique technology provides destination info, activity/accommodation booking service, reviews from other travelers and the ability to book yourself on and off the Loka bus/transport.

Smaller group sizes on the East Coast mean it’s easier to meet other travelers, you don’t feed herded around and it allows us to include connections to off the beaten track things which can’t be accessed by individuals traveling on public transport or with mainstream travel companies.

This pass is on special! Book before 16 November!

Kat Pass - Byron Bay To Cairns Hop On Hop Off Tour Itinerary - 8 days

  • Travel Day Byron Bay (via Gold Coast & Brisbane) - Noosa or Rainbow Beach
    MEET: at the main bus stop on Jonson St or Arts Factory hostel (please confirm)
    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 Rock. Then drive into the Gold Coast, you may want to get off here to experience the sun, sand, tans and high-rises of Australia’s most developed beach resort. We drive through Brisbane (pick up and drop off travellers in the city centre) then travel on to the upmarket beach resort town of Noosa. Hop off here or continue onto Rainbow Beach for the night. Rainbow Beach and Noosa are both departure points for Fraser Island (a backpacker must-do). At Rainbow Beach we take a walk up to Carlo Sand Blow for either the sunset or sunrise.
    SLEEP: Your choice of Noosa or Rainbow Beach accom*, you can book via the Loka web app.
  • Travel Day Rainbow Beach (via Noosa) — Country Campout
    MEET: outside Dingos/Frasers at Rainbow Beach or outside Nomads at Noosa
    We hop in our bus in Rainbow Beach and head back to Noosa, pick up passengers, and then drive to Cooroy where we hop on the train. We travel to Rockhampton then get met by a local bus, which takes you to our options of a remote farm stay for the night (traditional swagman’s dinner around the campfire, sleep in swags, breakfast, morning farm tour, and dinner at Emus Beach Resort the next night – for an inclusive price of $75) or you can stay the night at Emus Beach Resort and self-cater.
    SLEEP: Country Campout experience for $75 or dorm at Emus Beach resort for $30.
  • Travel Day Country Campout to Airlie Beach
    MEET: At the farm or Emus Beach Resort
    If you have stayed on the farm, we take a walk around the property and visit a sacred Indigenous site at the base of Mount Wheeler. We then head to the beautiful, little coastal town of Emu Park. In the afternoon you can just relax around the resort pool, go on a turtle-spotting walk (seasonal), or visit the local crocodile farm (additional cost). We catch the train in the evening and travel overnight to Airlie Beach. It is a modern train with large reclining seats, a bar and a dining carriage. We get into a town called Proserpine in the morning then take a local bus in to Airlie Beach – the gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.
    Note: Depending which day you depart Noosa/Rainbow you may have an extra day at Emu Park.
    SLEEP: Overnight train (price included), then your choice of Airlie accom*.
  • Travel Day Airlie Beach (via Townsville) - Magnetic Island
    MEET: outside Base Backpackers
    We start early with a local bus to the train, a ferry out to tropical ‘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 to spend on Magnetic Island.
    SLEEP: YHA Bungalow Bay or your choice of Magnetic Island accom*.
  • Travel Day Magnetic Island (via Townsville) - Tully
    MEET: at YHA Bungalow Bay reception or at the ferry terminal (please confirm).
    We travel back to the mainland on a ferry, travel by train to Tully – getting in at around lunchtime. We hop off the train and head to the picturesque spot ‘Alligator’s Nest’ (no alligators thankfully). Enjoy a dip in the swimming hole, surrounded by tropical rainforest. We then head back to our accommodation – the historic Mt Tyson pub for the evening.
    SLEEP: Mt Tyson hotel, $35 for accom only, $57 for Rainforest Experience (accom / transfers / champagne breakfast).
  • Travel Day Tully - Cairns
    In the morning we rise early to climb Mt Tyson, a mountain covered in lush rainforest, within the Tully Gorge National Park. It’s a four-hour round trip but worth it for the views. Afterwards enjoy a well-earned champagne breakfast back at the pub. We travel to Cairns by train arriving late afternoon, then get ready to party tonight for the end of your East Coast adventure. Note: Depending on which day you depart, you may have a free day/night to spend in Tully before heading to Cairns, if you are short on time you can skip this and head direct from Townsville to Cairns.
    SLEEP: Your choice of Cairns accom, you can book via the Loka web app.
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Our amazing value Hop on Hop off pass is a flexible bus and train pass that travels along a pre determined route where you can jump on and jump off. You can change your plans and itinerary. You can hop off in and stay longer at any of our stops along the way as you want for up to 12 months.

Specials

14% OFF SPECIAL
Kat Pass - Byron Bay To Cairns Hop On Hop Off Tour Price information
AUD per person

Price

Description

Tour code: KAT
$710
$569
Discount Price. SPECIAL! 30% Off for 6 days only. Book before November 30.
Local fees payable
$120

Departure information

Starts

Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays from Byron Bay. 

See the Timetable for specific departure days and times.

See the Pick Up Times and Locations here.

Minimum Time: 8 days

Ends
Cairns


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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour
  • You can break your journey at any of the stops through any of the travel days and just connect with a later Loka bus or rail departure (guided or unguided). You can book your own accommodation or your guide will book it for you, you will usually get a bed-only option (averaging $28 per person per night), a twin/double option (averaging $100 per room) or where, due to remoteness a package price is set up for bed, meals and activities where applicable.
  • Travel passes are valid for travel in one direction over a route with each travel sector only being able to be used once.
  • Passes are valid for the person whose name they were originally issued in and are non-transferrable.
  • Passes are valid for twelve months from the date of your departure.
  • Travel is in 24 seat mini coaches between Byron Bay and Noosa, and local bus and train (plus ferry to Magnetic Island) between Noosa and Cairns.
  • Guides travel on all routes on the set departure days – but you can travel on the train on other days without a guide.
  • You can only access the unique transfers and activities when travelling with the guide.
  • There is a minimum of three departures per week over all routes.
  • For specific departure days and times please see the Loka timetable on the pass pages.
  • Accommodation and meals are not included in the pass price.

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