Located east of Brisbane, Stradbroke Island is a natural treasure with kilometres of white sandy beaches, picturesque headlands, inland lakes and an abundance of wildlife. Enjoy 4WD tours, sand boarding, sea kayaking or the spectacular North Gorge Headlands walk where you can see whales (June-October), manta rays (November-April), dolphins and turtles. The onsite PADI 5-star resort dive centre caters for divers and snorkellers with daily charters and dive courses available.
Local bands on Saturday nights at Stradbroke Island hotel. Bonfires and BBQs at and around hostel.
At the hostel
Ping pong and pool
Free ping pong and pool table available for all guests.
Join one of the boat trips or snorkel the South Gorge. Prices from $25 to hire gear or $60 per person to join a boat trip.
Most days. Weather dependent.
Meet at Reception
Sunset on Adder rock
End your day watching the sunset 2 minutes from the hostel on the beach.
Experience the best of the East Coast with this great value Fraser Island and Whitsundays 6 day adventure package. Includes 1 FREE night at Airlie Beach YHA
Travel from Brisbane up the stunning East Coast to explore the magic of Fraser Island and the breathtaking crystal clear blue waters and white sand of the Whitsundays. Get ready, you are about to make some memories!
Day 1: Make your way to Hervey Bay, the Gateway to stunning Fraser Island. Hervey Bay YHA offers a free shuttle from the Greyhound and Premier bus stop to the hostel. Stay at Hervey Bay YHA
Day 2 and 3: Your 2 day/ 1 night all inclusive tour to the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island, begins! You will be picked up from your accommodation between 7.00 and 8.00am before boarding the ferry for the 50 minute cruise across the Great Sandy Strait. Look out for playful dolphins, turtles or the elusive dugong. Make sure you have everything you need for the day as your 4WD tour starts as soon as you arrive on the island.
From here, you will spend two action packed days discovering shipwrecks, ancient rainforests, freshwater lakes and pristine white sandy beaches. This unforgettable trip takes in some of Fraser Island's most famous locations, including Lake McKenzie, The Pinnacles Coloured Sands, Maheno Shipwreck, Indian Head, and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be dropped back to Hervey Bay YHA around 9.30pm.
Day 4:After spending the day exploring Hervey Bay, it's time to board the night bus and get on the road north as you make your way towards Airlie Beach to embark on a once in a lifetime 2 day/1 night sailing adventure.
Day 5: Use your FREE NIGHT at Airlie Beach YHA to explore the vibrant hub of the Whitsundays. With breathtakingly scenic walking trails, a huge lagoon with free BBQs, and world famous backpacker beer gardens, Airlie Beach allows your holiday to be as relaxed or adventure-seeking active as you feel like!
Day 6: Your 2 chilled out days of sensational sailing around the unparalleled Whitsunday Islands starts at 8.30am from Abel Point Marina. Spend the next two days snorkelling, swimming and relaxing. Of course, no trip to the Whitsundays is complete without a visit to the postcard-perfect Whitehaven Beach! On a budget? No worries! Bring your own alcoholic drinks on board the boat (no glass). After sleeping on the Great Barrier Reef and making memories to last a life time, you return to Airlie Beach by approximately 4.00pm.
What to Bring:
1 small overnight bag with clothes and toiletries. Don't forget swimwear, hat, towel, sunscreen, and of course, your camera.
This itinerary is based on using the Greyhound Bus service but does not include transport between Hervey Bay and Airlie Beach. Ask us about our exclusive discounts on Greyhound's East Coast Hop-on Hop-off pass.
Please let us know if:
You have any dietary requirements
You need a different itinerary from the one listed above- just tell us what tour dates you need and we will do our best to make it happen;
You are travelling on and need any tips, or tours booked. We are here to help;
Are you travelling the opposite direction? No worries, contact us directly and we can personalise an itinerary that works for you.
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This great value hop- on hop- off bus pass is the perfect way to explore Australia's east coast. Create your own adventure, stopping as many times as you like between Cairns and Brisbane.
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With unlimited stops and 3 months to complete your travel , this hop-on hop-off Greyhound bus pass is the perfect ticket to explore Australia's East Coast.
Includes free onward travel to Surfers Paradise and Byron Bay. Travel must commence within 6 months from purchase date. Unlimited stops in one direction (south) only.
Travel Australia's famous East Coast in comfort with this Hop on Hop off Greyhound pass. Exclusive discount, save $27 when you book with YHA!
Travelling Australia's East Coast is a popular route for backpackers and using this hop-on hop-off coach pass is a perfect way to do it!
Greyhound makes travelling easy with daily departures so you can travel when it suits you. Once your pass is issued, you have the flexibility to reserve seats up until 24 hours before each departure either online or by phone. Greyhound coaches are safe, comfortable and offer free WIFI and USB chargers at every seat.
Stop at all the must see destinations; Sydney, Byron Bay, Hervey Bay and Airlie Beach!
Why rush? Take your time to discover some of Australia's best kept secrets along the way… Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Lennox Head, Townsville or Mission Beach.
BUY NOW AND SAVE. You have 6 months from date of purchase to start travelling. Once you start you have 3 months.
Pass is valid:
For 3 months (90 days) from the date of first departure from Melbourne or Cairns
For use on Greyhound Services on the East Coast between Melbourne and Cairns
Hop-on hop-off unlimited times in one direction only
Please state which direction you would like in the comments when making the booking. eg. Melbourne to Cairns or Cairns to Melbourne as passes must be issued in the right direction.