All about the Stu Pass - Brisbane 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 Brisbane 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 Brisbane 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.

Stu Pass - Brisbane to Cairns Hop On Hop Off Tour Itinerary - 8 days

  • Travel Day Brisbane to Noosa or Rainbow Beach
    We pick you up in Brisbane 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. Your choice of Noosa or Rainbow Beach accommodation, you can book via the Loka web app.
  • Travel Day Rainbow Beach (via Noosa) to Emu Park
    We hop in our bus in Rainbow Beach and head back to Noosa to pick up more Loka travelers, and then drive to Cooroy where we hop on the train. We travel to Rockhampton then get met by a local bus, which takes us to Emus Beach Resort. We get welcomed onto the resort and find out more about our options for the next day or so. We have an awesome Loka Treasure Island option with accommodation, return ferry transfers to Great Keppel Island, Treasure Hunt, Bluff Point Turtle Walk and evening meal before the train; or you can choose to just pay for accommodation only and do your own thing.
    SLEEP: at Emus Beach resort. Choose from Loka Treasure Island Experience for $99 or accom only for $35
  • Travel Day Emu Park— OVERNIGHT TRAIN — Airlie Beach
    For those that have the Treasure Island package, we depart early to head to the tropical paradise Great Keppel Island. Relax or have a go at the optional water activities (snorkeling for only $10) before taking part in the famous Loka Treasure Hunt. Follow the clues to find the treasure! We head back to the mainland late afternoon with a quick stop to go on a turtle-spotting walk to Bluff Point. Have dinner at Emus 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 which day you depart Noosa/Rainbow you may have an extra day at Emu Park to relax and/or visit the local crocodile farm (extra cost).
    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 Airlie Beach (via Townsville) to Magnetic Island
    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.
  • Travel Day Magnetic Island to Tully
    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 to 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 directly from Townsville to Cairns.
    SLEEP: Your choice of Cairns accom, you can book via the Loka web app.
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Real Aussie Says:
EATING: You can organise your own food (by yourself or with the group) at most stops, however at Loka’s main unique stops your meals are included with the night’s accommodation in a package price (vegetarian/gluten free options available). ALL TRIPS ARE GUIDED BY LOCAL AUSTRALIANS The driver is the guide on your bus sections; the guides also travel with you on other transport. They are there to help you get the most out of your trip – point you in the right direction, find wildlife, teach local dance moves… LIKE-MINDED TRAVELLERS this Brisbane to Cairns tour is about adventure and getting involved. We don’t define by age but our trips are quite active. We get travellers from all over the world, people travelling by themselves, couples and groups. Our average group size is 15 – 20, so you aren’t part of a crowd but always have people to share things with if you want.

Stu Pass - Brisbane to Cairns Hop On Hop Off Tour Price information
AUD per person

Price

Description

Tour code: STU
$695
Adult
Local fees payable
$120

Departure information

Starts

Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays from Brisbane.

See the Timetable for specific departure days and times.

See the Pick Up Times and Locations here.

Minimum time: 8 days

Ends
Cairns


This trip can also be run in reverse

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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 there is a package price for meals food 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.
  • 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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