Brisbane to Cairns Hop-On Hop-Off Travel Pass

Travel Queensland at your own pace with this flexible travel pass. Highlights include Noosa, Airlie Beach and Magnetic Island!

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What's Included

  • 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


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). 

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Your Loka guide is there to help point in the right direction, give you information on the places we visit and cool things to do there, and above all, make your Loka trip awesome!  If you’re a bit nervous about travelling and/or travelling by yourself they’ll be there to answer any questions you have and help introduce you to the other Lokees (Loka travellers).

Forget boring, old bus drivers, Loka guides come from a crazy range of backgrounds – surfers, sailors, drummers, students, but mostly they’re people who love travelling and get a buzz from showing other travellers their favourite places.

A backpack or small/medium suitcase (up to 15kg) filled with:

  • Your clothes – mainly light but also at least one warm item
  • Swimsuit / Towel
  • Bug repellent
  • Sunblock / Hat
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Waterproof jacket (shell)
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Terms & Conditions:

  • Loka passes are only valid for people issued in the booking and are non-transferrable.


  • Passes are valid for up to 12 months from your date of departure. You can hop on and off anywhere at any of our overnight stops and key activity stops for the total validity of the pass. You have up to 12 months from your date of purchase to start your Loka pass.


  • If you miss your confirmed departure date and/or ‘no show’ for a sector, this sector is forfeited and you must make your own way to the next destination. Please ensure you check your itinerary and contact Loka 24 hours before a confirmed departure time to cancel or change a travel date.


  • Loka recommends booking your sectors 24 hours in advance, or at least by 5pm the day prior to departure to guarantee to your seat. In peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Years, January, Easter, School Holidays) we recommend pre-booking your travel dates if you’re short on time to avoid disappointment. Please note on Christmas Day and New Years Day there will be no Loka departures leaving Sydney or Cairns. Depending on your location, your Loka departure time, arrival time and/or inclusions may be altered on these days. Please visit the Loka website for up-to-date travel information. Queensland Rail does not operate any departures on Christmas Day. Services that may have left the previous day but arrive at their destination on Christmas Day, may also be cancelled. 


  • Our trips are adventurous. Travellers aged 16 or 17 years old can only travel with a signed consent form from a parent or guardian (contact Loka reservations for form). Travellers aged 12-16 must travel with a parent or guardian. Loka is not suitable for children aged under 12 years old. 

Cancellation Policy:

For open-dated passes or 48 hours outside a confirmed departure date the cancellation fee is 35% of the price paid for the pass. Within 48 hours the fee is 50%, once you have commenced travel it is non-refundable.

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