- All transport, including buses between Brisbane and Cooroy, fast trains between Cooroy and Cairns, and return Magnetic Island ferry
- Guidance from fun, local guide and access to Loka web app
- Carlo Sand Blow Walk, Rainbow Beach
- Turtle spotting and Bluff Point walk at Emu Park
- Forts Walk at Magnetic Island
WHAT TO EXPECT
Travel Day: Brisbane - Noosa or Rainbow Beach
You will be picked up in Brisbane city centre. From there we start our journey on to the upmarket beach resort Noosa. Hop off here or travel on to Rainbow Beach to spend the night there. Rainbow Beach and Noosa are both ideal departure points for Fraser Island (a backpacker must-do). At Rainbow Beach, we will walk up to Carlo Sand Blow to admire either the sunset or sunrise.
SLEEPING: Your choice of Noosa or Rainbow Beach accommodation. You can use the Loka web app to get the latest deals on accommodations.
Travel Day: Rainbow Beach (via Noosa) — Country Campout
MEETING: outside Dingos/Frasers at Rainbow Beach or outside Nomads at Noosa
We hop on the bus in Rainbow Beach and head back to Noosa to pick up passengers. We will then drive to Cooroy where we hop on the train to Rockhampton. In Rockhampton, a local bus will pick us up and take us to our options:
- A remote farm stay for the night (with traditional 'swagman’s dinner' around a campfire, sleeping in swags, breakfast, a morning farm tour, and dinner at Emus Beach Resort the next night - for an inclusive price of $75)
- Emus Beach Resort with self-catering options
SLEEPING: Country Campout experience for $75 or dorm at Emus Beach resort for $30.
Travel Day/Night: Country Campout— OVERNIGHT TRAIN — Airlie Beach
MEETING: At the farm or Emus Beach Resort
If you have opted for the farm accommodation, we will have a walk around the property. We will visit a sacred Indigenous site at the foot of Mount Wheeler. Then, we will head to the beautiful coastal town of Emu Park. In the afternoon, you can just relax by the resort pool, go on a turtle-spotting walk (seasonal), or visit a local crocodile farm (additional cost). In the evening, we will catch the train and travel overnight towards Airlie Beach. The train is modern and has large reclining seats, a bar and a dining carriage. We will travel to a town called Proserpine. From there a local bus will bring us to Airlie Beach in the morning. The gateway to the famous Whitsunday Islands.
Note: Depending on which day you leave Noosa/Rainbow you may have an extra day at Emu Park.
SLEEPING: Overnight train (price included), then your choice of Airlie accommodation.
Travel Day: Airlie Beach (via Townsville) — Magnetic Island
MEETING: Outside Base Backpackers
We start our day early with a local bus to the train. Then, we jump on a ferry to the tropical ‘Maggie Island’. A local transfer will bring us to our accommodation. There is plenty to explore on Magnetic Island. Nearly 50% of the island consists of National Park with stunning beaches and abundant wildlife. Your guide will take you on a walk around the Island. Alternatively, you can do more exploring or just chill by the pool. Note: Depending on which day you leave, you may have an extra day to spend on Magnetic Island.
SLEEPING: YHA Bungalow Bay or your choice of Magnetic Island accommodation.
Travel Day: Magnetic Island — Indigenous Rainforest Experience (Special Stop) / Tully
MEETING: At YHA Bungalow Bay reception or at the ferry terminal (please confirm).
We will travel back to the mainland on a ferry. A train will take us to Tully, where we will arrive at around lunchtime. There you will have the option of staying at a historic hotel in Tully (for hostel prices) or participating in Loka’s exclusive Indigenous Rainforest Experience. Local Aboriginals will welcome us. We will then travel by bus into the mighty rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park. Take a swim in the scenic Tully River before enjoying a group dinner (modern food with a traditional twist). After sunset, we will go ‘spotlighting’ in the rainforest for native wildlife. Then we can share stories around a campfire before going to bed.
SLEEPING: Indigenous Camp ($120 for an all inclusive package), or Mt Tyson hotel ($35 for accommodation only).
Travel Day: Indigenous Camp – Cairns
MEETING: Indigenous Camp or Tully train station (please confirm).
In the morning, enjoy a big breakfast then head off for an interpretative walk into the forest learning about the traditional uses of the plants and wildlife for food, medicine and survival. We will then travel back to Tully to catch the train north. You may like to spend more time in Tully to do a kayak trip or whitewater rafting. We will take the train to Cairns, where we will arrive in the late afternoon. Note: Depending on which day you leave, you may have an extra day/night to spend in Tully at the historic Mt Tyson hotel before heading to Cairns.
SLEEPING: Your choice of Cairns accommodation, you can book via the Loka web app.
Note: Accommodation and food are not covered by the Loka pass. You can break your itinerary at any stop and on any travel day. After you can just connect with a later Loka bus or rail departure (guided or unguided). Accommodation can be pre-booked by using the Loka web app, or your guide will help you to book it. There are two options usually: a bed only option (around $32/person/night), or a twin/double option (around $100/room).