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Brisbane or Cairns: Tropical Adventure Epic Trip for 18 - 39 Year Olds

10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,196

Heads up, sun seekers! Your tropical Queensland vacation is here! Set out from either Brisbane or Cairns and discover the best sights and most memorable experiences of Queensland’s diverse coastline. Hit the dunes and discover the history of Fraser Island, sail the Whitsundays, and explore the Great Barrier Reef.

This 10-day Australia vacation keeps the focus on sunny Queensland, giving you the choice to travelling north or south between Brisbane and Cairns.

If you set out from Brisbane, your first stop is Fraser Island. Like a desert island covered with dingoes and forests to explore, Fraser offers 4WD tours, a fascinating history (check out the Moreno Shipwreck) and as you’d expect, awesome beaches year round. Next, you’ll head up to Myella Farm, with a chance to stop at the Bundaberg rum distillery for a tour and tasting. Queensland is a state that runs on its farms, so try your hand at horse riding, jump on the back of a motorbike, or learn about the traditional owners of the land, learning about the Totems crucial to the local Aboriginal culture. You can even try throwing a boomerang or creating your own Indigenous-style artwork.

Your next stop is the Whitsunday Islands… and you may not want to leave. With unspoiled blue waters at ideal temperatures throughout the year, and arguably Australia’s best beach, Whitehaven, on Whitsunday Island itself, this could be the closest Queensland gets to Heaven. Best of all, you’ll be aboard your own private yacht for two days of exploration, swimming, snorkelling, and more. You can even have a shot at the helm to test your seafaring skills.

Then spend a night on Magnetic Island, just off the coast of Townsville. Where you’ll enjoy a private tour of a local wildlife park, including some close encounters with some of Australia's furriest, and scaliest native animals. Your final stop is Cairns, set between the magnificent Great Barrier Reef and the lush rainforests of Kuranda and the Great Dividing Range. You’ve had a pretty busy schedule so far, so it’s up to you how to spend your time here. Take an optional Great Barrier Reef trip if you can’t get enough colour beneath the sea, or head inland to explore the natural beauty of tropical North Queensland’s forests.

And if you’d rather end your adventure in the big city, the entire trip can be done in reverse, departing from Cairns.


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10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,196

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Day 1

Brisbane to Fraser Island via Noosa

On our way to Fraser Island, we'll swing by Noosa for a tour and a walk in Noosa National Park. Ten points if you spot a koala! There are also hidden natural pools around here, so bring your swimmers in case you have time for a quick dip.

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 2

Fraser Island

It'll be love at first sight as you hit up the peaceful Eli Creek, the Maheno Shipwreck, the crystal-clear Lake McKenzie and much more on Fraser Island.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Fraser Island to Myella Farm

Wave goodbye to the coast this morning as our journey continues to the stunning landscape, wildlife and country hospitality of Myella Farm: a working cattle station and our unique home for the next two nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Myella Farm

Embrace your inner jackaroo (or jillaroo) and get amongst farm life during your time here. You could always go all out and opt in to explore the farm on horseback too. Giddy-up!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Myella Farm to The Whitsundays (Sailing)

Been on a private yacht before? You will today as you sail the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. This is the life.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 6

The Whitsundays to Airlie Beach

Shorten your bucket list with a visit to Whitehaven Beach and get ready to feast, swim and snorkel the day away. Sounds good, huh? Grab a last pic of paradise before we head back to Airlie Beach tonight. The nightlife here is a backpacker's dream. Get amongst it and celebrate an epic start to the trip with your new travel mates.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7

Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island

Hop on a short ferry ride to Magnetic Island (cue pretty views en route). Relax, recharge and take it easy in a hammock of your choice. Or, seek out hidden beaches, hikes and swim out for a snorkel. This place is awesome and a little slice of paradise.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Magnetic Island to Cairns

Before leaving, we've got a visit to a wildlife park lined up for you. Get ready for snakes, birds and koalas! Once we're in Cairns, get your bearings on an orientation tour. Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns has got adventure for days. Take a stroll around. Then the night is yours to get out and experience some of the East Coast's best nightlife.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 9


You've got two days to play with in Cairns. Start with an optional Great Barrier Reef trip. Snorkel or scuba dive this world-famous reef and see what all the fuss is about. You might see turtles, reef sharks and Nemo! This place is special, trust us. There's also bungy jumping if you're game (optional).

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 10


After breakfast, say bye to your trip mates. But with so much more offer in and around Cairns, we won't blame you for sticking around.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information


Brisbane to Cairns:

2019: Jan 10, 17, 27; Feb 07, 14, 24; Mar 07, 14; Apr 12, 29; May 10; Jun 7, 28; Jul 5, 17; Aug 2, 30; Sep 27; Oct 4, 25; Nov 1, 22, 29; Dec 20, 28

2020: Jan 17, 25; Feb 12, 14; Mar 13

Cairns to Brisbane: 

2019: Jan 09, 20, 27; Feb 06, 17, 24; Mar 17, 24; Apr 22; May 20; Jun 17; Jul 15; Aug 12; Sep 9; Oct 7, 14; Nov 4, 11; Dec 2, 9, 30

2020: Jan 7, 27; Feb 24; Mar 23



  • 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Multi share accommodation -1 night in a hotel, 4 nights in lodges, 3 nights in motels, 1 night sailing on a yacht
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Awesome Topdeck Crew


  • Optional Activities
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages
  • Items of a personal nature


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

12 Feb 2020
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