Day 1 : Cairns — Indigenous Camp
Start your trip in Cairns where you will meet the group and travel south to Tully in the train. Tonight you can stay at the historic hotel in Tully or you can join others for the Indigenous Rainforest Experience. Local Aboriginals will meet you and take you by bus into the Tully Gorge National Park. Get welcomed onto their traditional lands in ‘Jirrbal’ language. There is an option for a swim in the scenic Tully River before having a group dinner. After dark go ‘spotlighting’ in the rainforest for native wildlife. Sit around the camp fire for an evening of dreamtime stories.
Day 2: Indigenous Camp (via Townsville) – Airlie Beach
Up early you will enjoy a big breakfast before heading off for an interpretative walk into the national park. Its then time to take the bus back Tully to catch the train. You may want to hop off in Townsville on the way to access Magnetic Island. You will travel to Proserpine then transfer to Airlie Beach arriving approx. 7pm.
Note: depending on which day you depart you may have a day/night at Tully on your way to Airlie. Sleep in Airlie Beach, you can book via the Loka web app.
Day 3: Free Day in Airlie Beach
You have a full day in Airlie Beach for activities or to relax. There are great 1-3 day sailing adventure options around the Whitsunday Islands that you can do.
Day 4: Airlie Beach – Emu Park
After a free day in Airlie you travel in the early evening by train to Rockhampton, then straight to Emu Park. Here you will stay 2 nights at Emu Resort and an Aussie farm experience that includes a ‘swagman’s’ dinner and a tour around the farm. While at Emu Park you can sit around the resort pool or go on a turtle-spotting walk up to Bluff Point.
Note: Depending on the day you arrive you may have an additional night to sleep in swags at the Country Campout.
Day 5: Emu Park - Rainbow Beach
Begin the day with an early morning bus transfer to the train. Travel to Gympie then jump on the Loka bus to Rainbow Beach. Rainbow Beach is a departure point for Fraser Island and has a beautiful beach to chill on, or we recommend walking up to Carlo Sand Blow with your guide for sunset or sunrise. Stay in Rainbow Beach, booked via the Loka App.
Day 6: Rainbow Beach (via Noosa, Brisbane & Gold Coast) — Byron Bay
Travel in the Loka bus through Noosa, Brisbane and Gold Coast, with pick-ups and drop offs. Stop for a walk at the Queensland/NSW border crossing at Danger Point to stretch your legs, and check out the view of one of Australia’s best surf spots Snapper Rock, before heading onto the night stop at Australia’s coolest surf town, Byron Bay.
Day 8: Free Day in Byron Bay
Explore, learn to surf, party or relax and take in the laidback, hippy vibe. We recommend taking a walk to the lighthouse to view the Australian mainland’s most easterly point.
Day 9: Byron Bay (via Spot X) - Sydney
Travel to Sydney via Spot X Surf Camp. Hop off if you want to learn to surf or just hang by the beach. Then express down to Sydney getting in early evening with drop offs to selected Sydney central hostels.