After saving up for a number of months back in the UK, Sophie arrived in Cairns raring to go… after finding her ‘Zen’ (for anyone that doesn’t know SW is the queen of Zen) around the lagoon and venturing around the City and surrounding areas. The Great Barrier Reef was the first trip she wanted to tick off that hit list.
In between Cairns and Airlie Beach, why not take in those island vibes on Maggie… This is an absolute Beaut spot with a flexible ferry that departs from the Sea Link Ferry terminal every hour. A 2 day 2 night stay at Base Magnetic Island hostel will cost $118 - this price includes, a return ferry transfer, 2 nights in a hostel, 1 breakfast & a dinner.
Sophie opted for a super social BackPacker option - with 30 guests and 3 crew New Horizon was the perfect match! Best of all it was off season so we were able to apply more than a 20% discount making the TOTAL cost $399! This included all her food, accommodation, snorkel equipment & paddle boards : )
1770 and Agnes Waters was the next stop… Cool Banana's hostel dishes up good chilled beach vibe before heading to Fraser Island. A safari tag along tour for 3 days & 2 nights is the most common BackPacker option. Inspired after seeing Mollie Bylett's YouTube video >>> Nomads Fraser trip dished up the perfect super social BackPacker experience for Soph. The safari tag along adventure is an epic way to visit the island. You can stay in tents or if you prefer to stay in hostel accommodation.
"The Bus Options: Heading south on the Premier Bus which costs ($320) from Cairns to Sydney it’s a super flexible way to travel… departing each location daily its a super cheap form of transport. What about the Greyhound I hear you say??? The same pass with the GH is $445 - they have more than one departure daily and the timings can work out better for some timescales. If you are undecided between the two. HIT US and we’ll check out your time frame and give you some advice. "
When you are here there are epic little trips that you can do like surfing, kayaking with dolphins and days out to Nimbin - there is no need to pre-book these way ahead of time so you can cruisssssse that section of the trip : ) and then on the road to Sydney! We helped Soph have an epic time on her trip and kicked things off by creating a calendar which included her hitlist of locations, hit the link below if you'd like your very own personalised calendar!
Epic picture cred to EJS Creative and Where's Mollie