Our Kat Freestyle Tour is packed with plenty of fun and sun as it takes you up the coast through Queensland from Byron Bay.
With the Kat Tour your first night’s accommodation, some meals and heaps of activities are included so you can kick back and enjoy the ride. Our unique Freestyle Tours combine the best elements of a guided tour with the same freedom and flexibility of a hop-on hop-off pass. You can finish your trip in the minimum number of required nights or you can hop-off anywhere along our route and extend your stay in the places you love most for up to a year!
You’ll start in one of Australia’s most iconic surf towns and cruise up the coast, stopping along the way to catch killer sunsets, sail in the Whitsundays, explore national parks and so much more!
- All transport including the Stray bus between Byron Bay and Rainbow Beach/Gympie, fast trains between Gympie and Cairns, local transfers and return Magnetic Island ferry
- 12 meals & 11 nights’ accommodation (including 2N Rainbow Beach, 1 overnight train)
- Guidance from local guide
- Access to Stray Mate app
- Danger Point Border Crossing walk
- Carlo Sand Blow Walk, Rainbow Beach
- 3-Day / 2-Night Fraser Island 4WD tagalong tour
- Treasure Island Adventure at Emu Park
- Airlie Orientation Walk
- 1 Day Whitsunday Sailing Tour
- Forts Walk at Magnetic Island
- Rainforest Experience, Tully Gorge National Park Rainforest
- We’ve included some awesome activities & a few of our Strademark Places to max out the fun and minimize the stress.
Day 1: Byron Bay (Arrival Day)
Check into your Byron Bay accommodation and prepare for your upcoming adventure. We recommend taking a walk to the lighthouse to view the Australian mainland’s most easterly point for sunset.
Day 2: Byron Bay to Noosa or Rainbow Beach
We cruise up to the New South Wales/Queensland border and hop out at Danger Point to stretch our legs and check out the view of one of Australia’s best surf spots, Snapper Rocks. We then drive into Surfers Paradise where you may want to get off to experience the sun, sand, tans and high-rises of Australia’s most developed beach area. We drive through Brisbane (to pick up and drop off travellers in the city centre) then onto the upmarket beach resort town of Noosa. Hop-off here or continue onto Rainbow Beach to start your Fraser Island adventure (make sure you’ve booked in the dates in advance). Once you’ve checked-in, you’ll have a safety briefing for your 4WD trip that starts the following morning.
Day 3-4: Fraser Island
Wake up early on Rainbow Beach and head out for your 3 days and 2 nights on Fraser Island. Whilst on Fraser you’ll experience the largest sand island in the world, go on a 4WD expedition, explore the island and check out incredible sites to snap epic pictures, swim in lakes, natural pools and the ocean all in paradise.
Day 5: Fraser Island to Rainbow Beach
Today you’ll spend the morning walking through magical sand dunes and soaking up the sun. You’ll return back to Rainbow Beach in the early afternoon. We recommend taking a walk up to Carlo Sand Blow for sunset.
Day 6: Rainbow Beach to Emu Park (Strademark Stop)
We have the morning to relax or do your choice of activities (extra cost), before heading to the train station to start our first train journey. We travel to Rockhampton then are met by a private bus, which takes us to Emu’s Beach Resort. We are welcomed onto the resort and find out more about tomorrow’s Treasure Island Adventure on Great Keppel Island.
Day 7: Emu Park to Airlie Beach (Overnight Train)
This morning we head to a tropical paradise like nowhere else on our Treasure Island Adventure. Our destination, Great Keppel Island, is located on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef with untouched coral, turtles, reef fish and manta rays all straight off the beach. Relax or have a go at snorkelling or kayaking (additional cost) before exploring the island. We have dinner at Emu’s Beach Resort before we catch the train in the evening and travel overnight to Airlie Beach – the gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.
Day 8: Airlie Beach & Whitsunday Islands
We arrive into Airlie Beach early in time for you to set out on a day trip to the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands (Note: you can do the Whitsunday day tour on a later day if you wish to relax for a day or two first). These picturesque islands are set in the Great Barrier Reef and are home to some of the world’s most pristine beaches. You’ll go on an epic adventure where you’ll visit Whitehaven beach and sail around the reef with various stops to get out and swim/snorkel, seeing plenty of marine life along the way.
Day 9: Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island
We start early with a local bus to the train, a ferry out to beautiful ‘Maggie Island’, and a local transfer to the accommodation. There is much to explore on the island, as nearly 50% of it is National Park with amazing beaches and abundant wildlife. Your guide will join you on a walk around the Island; otherwise you can do more exploring or just relax by the pool.
Note: Depending on which day you depart you may have a free day on Magnetic Island.
Day 10: Magnetic Island to Tully Rainforest (Strademark Stop)
We travel back to the mainland on the ferry, travel by train to Tully – getting in at around lunchtime. After we get off at Tully, we go on to embark on Stray’s signature Rainforest Experience. We travel by bus into the amazing rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park. Cool off with a swim in a beautiful swimming hole before a BBQ dinner and stories around the campfire.
Day 11: Tully to Cairns
We wake early at our rainforest camp for breakfast and then have an interpretative walk through the forest, learning about the traditional indigenous usage of the land. We then head back to Tully and jump on the train to our final destination, Cairns. We arrive late afternoon, then get ready to party tonight to celebrate the final night of your epic East Coast adventure.
Day 12: Cairns
Today is the last day of your Stray adventure. Be sure to ask your guide for any recommendations on activities and things to do from Cairns.