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Brisbane to Cairns Experience: Sand Dunes & the Whitsundays

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Brisbane to Cairns Experience: Sand Dunes & the Whitsundays - G Adventures
Brisbane to Cairns Experience: Sand Dunes & the Whitsundays - G Adventures
Katie "Great from start to finish, only thing I would change is instead of staying in Airlie Beach for one night would have liked to get a night train instead of day train to Cairns, the hostel in Airlie was one of the worst I’ve stayed in and I would have rather had more time in Cairns rather than waste a day travelling. The rest of the trips and accommodations were all really nice. All of the tour guid..."
Excellent
21 reviews
Starts
Brisbane
+4 Destinations
Great Barrier Reef
Ends
Cairns
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Highlights

  • Wade through rainforests and relax on pristine beaches
  • Explore Fraser Island during an exhilarating jeep ride
  • Watch the sunset as you sail the Whitsundays Islands
  • Make life-long bonds and party the night away in Cairns
  • Opt to visit the legendary Great Barrier Reef
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Berth / Cabin, Sleeper Train
Max Group Size
20
Transportation
Train & Rail, Ship, Overland Truck, Boat, Private Vehicle, Ferry
Physical Rating
Active
Travel style
Adventure, In-depth Cultural, Christmas & New Year
Operator
G Adventures
Start in Brisbane and end in Cairns! With the adventure tour Brisbane to Cairns Experience: Sand Dunes & the Whitsundays, you have a 10 day tour package taking you from Brisbane to Cairns and through Brisbane, Australia and 5 other destinations in Australia. Brisbane to Cairns Experience: Sand Dunes & the Whitsundays is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Brisbane
  2. Day 2: Brisbane/Noosa Everglades (1B, 1L)
  3. Day 3: Noosa Everglades/Fraser Island (1B)
  4. Day 4: Fraser Island/Airlie Beach (1B, 1L)
  5. Day 5: Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands (1D)
  6. Day 6: Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1L, 1D)
  7. Day 7: Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach (1B)
  8. Day 8: Airlie Beach/Cairns
  9. Day 9: Cairns
  10. Day 10: Cairns

Travel guide

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What's included

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Additional Services

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  • Flights

  • Insurance

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21 Reviews

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Good
38%
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  • Written on November 10, 2019
    5.0 - Excellent

    The tour was absolutely amazing! The overnight train was not my favourite, but everything else was basically perfect! Congrats to you guys for coming up with such a trip

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  • Written on July 13, 2019
    5.0 - Excellent

    I enjoyed having a smaller, intimate group for a greater opportunity to bond. The tour guide was very kind, intuitive and he took care of us. I liked the variety of accommodation, each place was a different experience. Seen a lot in a short period of time.

    G Adventures commented on this review
    Thanks for the review Alyssa!
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  • Written on June 10, 2019
    4.5 - Excellent

    Noddy was a wonderful guide and the tour was amazing. Only thing that could be improved is the transportation from airlie beach to cairns as it was during the day and we missed out on a full day of the tour.

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    Thanks for the review Sarah, and we are sorry about the transport!
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  • C
    Written on April 5, 2019
    4.5 - Excellent

    Fantastic trip. Very well organised and better than I had expected. Shout out to Noddy our fantastic tour guide. So full of energy and love to Australia. I can’t want to come back on another trip

    G Adventures commented on this review
    And we cannot wait to see you again. Our world deserves more Clare.
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  • LW
    Written on April 5, 2019
    4.0 - Good

    Loved it!! Weather wasn’t fantastic to begin with but trip was so much fun and well organised. Sailing whitsundays was the highlight!

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    Amazing, thank you Lydia.
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  • Brisbane to Cairns Experience: Sand Dunes & the Whitsundays reviewer 6
    Written on February 23, 2019
    3.5 - Good

    I liked all of the activities we did, it would have been nice to have some chill time.

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    Appreciate the review. Thanks Kelle.
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  • KA
    Written on January 25, 2019
    4.0 - Good

    Great from start to finish, only thing I would change is instead of staying in Airlie Beach for one night would have liked to get a night train instead of day train to Cairns, the hostel in Airlie was one of the worst I’ve stayed in and I would have rather... Read more

    G Adventures commented on this review
    Thanks for the balanced and honest review Katie. Our world deserves more you!
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  • Brisbane to Cairns Experience: Sand Dunes & the Whitsundays reviewer 8
    Written on December 28, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    Awesome guide that provided a lot of information and well picked places for dinner. Fraser Island was super cool

    G Adventures commented on this review
    Agreed Tobias - Fraser Island is cool! Thanks for the review!
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  • DS
    Written on December 25, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Thoroughly recommend this tour. The Whitsundays are beautiful, and Fraser Island is a truly special place. Our guide Claire is a gem!

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    Thanks Daniel!
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  • K
    Written on November 27, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    The tour was amazing! We were super lucky with our lovely tourguide Clare who turned this trip into a great experience for the group. For me, the best part of the trip was the two days sailing along the Whitsunday Islands- totally stunning!! Would... Read more

    G Adventures commented on this review
    WOW! Wonderful, thank you Katrin!
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 1,456 km.
    • Brisbane (Australia)
    • 231 km
    • Fraser Island (Australia)
    • 615 km
    • Mackay (Australia)
    • 101 km
    • Whitsunday Islands (Australia)
    • 25 km
    • Airlie Beach (Australia)
    • 485 km
    • Cairns (Australia)

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