08 November

East Coast BackPacker Budget

Instead of deciding which ‘Package’ to book instead think of what activities and locations you’d like to visit and then seek some info & advice from someone who has actually been there and done it. There are many styles of tour for each amazing destination so it’s vital you pick the tour that’s best suited to your vibe. What we do at RatPack is mostly only offer trips that you can’t do your self… On the East Coast of Oz, there are 4 main ones… Fraser Island, The Whitsunday Islands, Sky Diving {for those adrenaline junkies} & of course The Great Barrier Reef.

Customer turned RatPack Team member Sophie Wilks decided to hit Oz on a 12-month working holiday visa… although she had bags of time SW decided she wanted to see the East Coast first before finding work. She requested a Free Personalised Calendar from us to get the ball rolling… Example Calendar: NOTE: anything that is highlighted in green we can discount – making it cheaper than you booking direct. The first draft calendar will never be perfect but it’s a good starting point to get some ideas flowing…

Sophie’s Trip

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.

We always try and offer the best / most affordable experiences and that’s exactly what we were able to do. We recommended going to an awesome section of
the Reef with Passions of Paradise
Their vessel is a catamaran style boat, the vibe and food is epic and best of all we were able to discount her trip by 10% and offer her a scuba dive
option for just $45!!!


Passions Of Paradise – Full Day Great Barrier Reef Tour

Magnetic Island

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.

Magnetic Island Escape 2 Nights inc Ferry Transfer

The Whitsundays

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 : )

New Horizon – 2 Days 2 Nights – Sailing

Fraser Island

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.

Nomads – 3 Day 2 Night Fraser Island Self-Drive Adventure

“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. “

Next up….

After Fraser, Soph chilled in Noosa had a quick stop in Brisbane before hitting Byron Bay – Home of the RatPack Banter Bus (I mean our office). When you’re
in the bay come and hit us up for a Bevvvvvvvy.

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



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Epic picture cred to EJS Creative and Where’s Mollie

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