All about the Trev Pass - Cairns To Sydney

The ultimate East coast travel pass to get you from Cairns to Sydney on a budget, ticking off the best destinations Australia has to offer on the way!

Think Beaches, cute animals, surfing, bucket list stops like Byron Bay, Airlie Beach and off the beaten track stops that will end up being your favourite stops. You’ll meet plenty of legends along the way and create memories to last a lifetime.

 This is our most popular Cairns to Sydney hop on hop off tour pass here at Real Aussie Adventures. And it's not surprising when you find out everything that's included.

What is our Hop on hop off style on the East coast? Stray Australia is an innovative and fun way to travel the East Coast of Australia for those that want to be flexible, get the best insight and information and get off the beaten track to see unique things as well as take in all the main attractions Australia’s Coastline has to offer.

You’ll experience flexible, fully guided travel by minibus and by train (between Cairns and Gympie) and unique Stray Australia Inclusions. You can travel on minimum time on the pass if you are short on time, or you can hop on and hop off and take up to 12 months to travel from Cairns to Sydney. It's totally up to you how you travel the amazing East Coast. Whichever way you choose you will have fun with our guides and your fellow travel buddies. 

When you get to each destination your guide can help you book your accommodation whether it be 10-bed dorm share room in the cheapest hostel or a private room with ensuite in the fanciest place in town. that's up to you!  Then you can add your extra activities surfing, Whitsunday Sailing, Fraser Island tours or just relaxing on the beach. Again the choice here is yours. 

Stray Australia offers travellers a different, unique and affordable way to check out the best spots on the coast with like minded people that all share the same dream, to have the time of their lives!

Once you have purchased your pass we will send you your Login to book your travel. You can book all your sectors and dates right now, or wait until you are on the East Coast and plan as you go.

The ultimate flexibility to travel Cairns to Sydney. 

Trev Pass - Cairns To Sydney
Tour itinerary - 11 Days

  • Travel Day Cairns to Magnetic Island
    Meet: Your Stray guide at YHA Cairns, Gilligans 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
    Accommodation: Your choice of Magnetic Island accommodation, bookable via Stray Mate app
  • Travel Day Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach
    Meet: YHA Bungalow Bay reception or at the ferry terminal (please confirm prior to departure)
    In the morning your guide will join you on the Forts 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.
    Note: Depending on which day you depart; you may have a free day to spend on Magnetic Island
    Accommodation: Your choice of Airlie Beach accommodation, bookable via Stray Mate app
  • Travel Day Airlie Beach
    We have a full day in Airlie Beach for activities or to relax. There are great 1-3 day sailing adventure options around the Whitsunday Islands that you can do.
    Accommodation: Your choice of Airlie Beach accommodation, bookable via Stray Mate app
  • Travel Day Airlie Beach to Emu Park (Strademark Stop)
    Meet: Outside Base Backpackers
    We have most of the day free in Airlie and then in the early evening we transfer to the train and travel to Rockhampton. We hop off the train with a quick transfer to the cool, little coastal town of Emu Park where we spend 2 nights.
  • Travel Day Emu Park
    While at Emu Park we have an amazing Stray Treasure Island package, which includes a big day out on the tropical paradise Great Keppel Island and two nights Emu’s Beach Resort accommodation (extra cost); or you can choose to just pay for accommodation only and do your own thing today.
    Accommodation: Emu’s Beach Resort, bookable via Stray Mate app
  • Travel Day Emu Park to Rainbow Beach
    Meet: Emu’s Beach reception
    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 a departure point for Fraser Island and has a beautiful beach to chill on. We recommend walking up to Carlo Sand Blow to see the amazing sunset.
    Accommodation: Your choice of Rainbow Beach accommodation, bookable via Stray Mate app
  • Travel Day Rainbow Beach to Byron Bay
    Meet: Across the road from Frasers on Rainbow/Dingos hostels
    We have the morning to relax or do your choice of activities, then we jump in our Stray bus and head to Noosa, where you have the option to hop off. We travel through Brisbane and Gold Coast, with pick-ups and drop offs before heading onto our night stop at Australia’s coolest surf town, Byron Bay.
    Note: Depending on which day you depart you may have 1-2 full days in Byron Bay. We recommend exploring, learning to surf, doing a dolphin kayak trip or visiting the alternative town of Nimbin (additional costs).
    Accommodation: Your choice of Byron Bay accommodation, bookable via Stray Mate app
  • Travel Day Byron Bay to Sydney (via Spot X)
    Meet: Main bus stop on Jonson St 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.
    Accommodation: Your choice of Sydney accommodation, bookable via Stray Mate app. We drop off outside Wake Up (by Central Station) and Nomads.
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Real Aussie Says:
The definition of the hop on hop off pass is a flexible pass that travels along a predetermined route where passengers can jump on and jump off. On our trips you need to prebook your travel section a day or two before then you can take the pass to your next destination. Our Stray Australia passes are fully guided which means you get to experience a new guide if you have hopped off for a few extra days somewhere. 

Trev Pass - Cairns To Sydney Price information AUD per person



Tour code: TREV
Local fees payable
local fees

Departure information


Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays from Cairns April to October.

Monday and Thursdays from Cairns November to March.

Minimum Time: 11 days

April - September 2019


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 Stray Australia 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.
  • Travel is in coaches between Sydney 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 traveling with the guide.
  • There is a minimum of three departures per week over all routes.
  • For specific departure days and times please see the Stray Australia timetable on the pass pages.
  • Accommodation and meals are not included in the pass price.

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