Stray Kat- Byron Bay To Cairns

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Stray Kat- Byron Bay To Cairns


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Meet Kat. 

If you’re looking to leave the beautiful town of Byron and head north, this is the best way to explore all the best bits in between.

Heading all the way up to Cairns, Kat takes in Queensland’s best spots like Noosa, Magnetic Island as well as unreal adventures you didn’t even know existed like waterfalls in Tully and Treasure Hunts on Great Keppel.

Our own, fun local guides travel with you on our buses and on public transport, to give you the best advice and access to the attractions over the routes.

Unique, authentic experiences hunted out by us, our customers and locals over our routes — all established and supported in a sustainable manner. 

Minimum length: 8 days

Recommended length: 13+ days

What's included

All transport including...
The Loka bus between Byron Bay and Rainbow Beach/Cooroy
Fast trains between Cooroy and Cairns
Local transfers 
Return Magnetic Island ferry
Byron Bay orientation drive
Danger Point Border Crossing walk
Carlo Sand Blow Walk, Rainbow Beach
Dolphin Centre entry, Tin Can Bay
Bluff Point walk at Emu Park
Airlie Orientation Walk
Forts Walk at Magnetic Island
Tully Gorge National Park Rainforest
Guidance from local guide and access to Loka web app
Access to uniques stops off the beaten track

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Day 1 : 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 in advance). 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 Rocks. We then drive into Surfers Paradise, you may want to get off here to experience the sun, sand, tans and high-rises of Australia’s most developed beach area. 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 sunset. SLEEP: Your choice of Noosa or Rainbow Beach accom, you can book via the Loka web app.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 2 : Travel Day: Rainbow Beach (via Noosa) — Emu Park

MEET: outside Dingos/Frasers at Rainbow Beach, or outside Nomads at Noosa We hop in our bus in Rainbow Beach and head to Tin Can Bay to see wild dolphins up close. We then head back to Noosa where we have a couple of hours to check out the beach, markets or chill, before picking up some more Loka travellers and driving to Cooroy to start our first train journey. We travel to Rockhampton then get met by a private 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, which includes accommodation, return ferry transfers to Great Keppel Island, Treasure Hunt, Bluff Point Turtle Walk, and evening meal on the second day; or you can choose to just pay for your bed only and do your own thing. SLEEP: at Emus Beach resort.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 3 : Travel Day/Night: Emu Park— OVERNIGHT TRAIN — Airlie Beach

MEET: At Emus Beach Resort For those that have the Treasure Island package we depart early to head to the tropical paradise Great Keppel Island at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. Relax or have a go at snorkeling or kayaking (extra cost) before taking part in the famous Loka Treasure Hunt. Follow the clues to win the treasure! We head back to the mainland late afternoon with a quick stop to go on a 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. We grab some breakfast when we arrive and your guide will give you a brief walking orientation tour of Airlie. Note: Depending which day you depart Noosa/Rainbow you may have an extra day at Emu Park and you can choose to spend your 2nd night on Great Keppel Island. If bad weather you can also choose to visit the local crocodile farm (additional cost). SLEEP: Overnight train (price included), then your choice of Airlie accom.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 4 : 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 beautiful ‘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.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 5 : 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 the ferry, travel by train to Tully – getting in at around lunchtime. You have the option of taking part in Loka’s exclusive Rainforest Experience for the special price of $120 or staying in Tully at a historic pub (for hostel prices). For those keen to camp, we travel by bus into the amazing rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park. Cool off with a swim in a beautiful swimming hole, before a BBQ dinner and stories around the campfire. SLEEP: Rainforest Experience or Mt Tyson Hotel.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 6 : Travel Day: Tully – Cairns

MEET: Tully Train Station We wake early at our rainforest camp for breakfast and then have an interpretative walk through the forest, learning about the traditional indigenous usage of the land. We then head back to Tully and jump on the train to our final destination, Cairns. We arrive late afternoon, then get ready to party tonight to celebrate and farewell 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, we recommend doing one of the famous Tully rafting trips or going skydiving at Mission Beach on this day. SLEEP: Your choice of Cairns accom, you can book via the Loka web app.  



Accommodation and food are not included.  We offer a range of bed options in most stops ranging from hostel shared dorm rooms at about $32 per person per night, to ensuited basic motel rooms from about $100.  At Airlie Beach, Magnetic Island and Cairns you can choose where you stay.  Our main pick up location is outside Base/Nomads Airlie Beach and YHA Magnetic Island.

"Emus Beach Resort" Treasure Island **Book through Website Travel
Visit the tropical paradise Great Keppel Island, located at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef.  Relax or go for a snorkel to check out the amazing sealife and coral straight off the beach.  Then take part in the famous Loka Treasure Hunt. 
Dorm only at Emu's Beach resort = $35
Great Keppel Island, dorm, food and activity package = $99

"Bungalow Bay" Magnetic Island **Book through Website Travel
Book the 2 or 3 Night LOKA Koala Cuddle Express (EXCL RETURN FERRY) 

Rainforest Experience
Stay overnight by a World Heritage listed rainforest. Cool off with a swim in a beautiful swimming hole before dinner round the campfire. We have a BBQ dinner and tell stories round the campfire. In the morning have an interpretative walk through the forest, learning about the traditional indigenous use of the land.
Rainforest experience, camping and meals $120. Dorm only at Mt Tyson Hotel = $35
**Add Raging Thunder Tully Rafting to the above.

Luggage Limit

A backpack or small/medium suitcase (up to 15kg)

What to bring

A backpack or small/medium suitcase (up to 15kg) filled with…
Your clothes – mainly light but also at least one warm item
Swimsuit / Towel
Bug repellent / Sunblock / Hat
Day pack / Water Bottle
Waterproof jacket (shell)