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East Coast on a Shoestring

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FROM: $995

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RRP $1056 $995 AUD per Person - Adult (Between: 01 Apr 2018 and 30 Sep 2018)

The East Coast on a Shoestring Features:

  • Nomads Fraser Island 3 Day self-drive Tour
  • 2 nights at Nomads Noosa
  • Barge to and from Fraser Island
  • 2 nights sailing onboard Tongarra in the Whitsundays
  • 2 nights at Nomads Backpackers in Airlie Beach!

The East Coast on a Shoestring Features

  • 3 days/2 nights Nomads Fraser Island 3 Day self-drive Tour
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 16 bed ensuite dorm at Nomads Noosa
  • 2 days/2 nights Tongarra - departing from Airlie Beach
  • 2 nights dorm accommodation at Nomads Backpackers, Airlie Beach


The East Coast on a Shoestring Package is by far the most popular Fraser Island and Whitsundays package. Most people who have toured Australia will strongly recommend to future travellers that Fraser Island and the Whitsunday Island adventures are a must see on the east coast. You can not come to Australia without driving the sand dunes on the worlds largest sand island and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park!

The East Coast on a Shoestring Package combines the two most popular East Coast destinations in a way that fits your individual travel schedule and your budget! Explore Fraser Island on a self-drive tour in a 4WD vehicle and chill out at Nomads Fraser for 2 nights. Then head on up the coast to Airlie Beach for an exciting Whitsunday Islands escape on an overnight boat cruise and 2 nights accommodation in the tropical paradise of Airlie Beach. Or you can start in Airlie Beach instead, the itinerary is as flexible as you would like it to be!

So you can start in Airlie Beach or Fraser Island and use the nights accommodation in both places on whatever nights you like, but we would recommend using one night before and after each trip. Transportation between the two destinations is not included, the distance between Fraser Island and Airlie Beach is 960km (roughly a 12 hour drive), so you need to allow at least one day for travel.

Nomads Fraser Island

Get a thrill out of driving around the World Heritage listed island in a 4WD on the Nomads Fraser Island 3 Day self-drive Tour. For 3 days and 2 nights, you can spend your time exploring all of the natural beauty it has to offer. Cruise around 75 Mile Beach, which is actually the island's official road! Enjoy bushwalks, refreshing swims at Eli Creek, Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby and Champagne Pools and see the stunning views from Indian Head. This tour includes 2 nights accommodation in a 16 bed dorm at our Nomads Noosa property and you'll get to enjoy a comfortable 2 night stay in a 4 bed dorm at Eurong Resort on Fraser Island.

Nomads Fraser Island 3 Day self-drive Tour Features:

  • 2 nights accommodation in a 16 bed ensuite dorm at Nomads Noosa
  • 2 nights accommodation at Eurong Resort in Tipi accommodation
  • 4WD Vehicle hire
  • Professional and knowledgeable guide
  • Meals while on the Island  (Day 1 – lunch, dinner, Day 2 – breakfast, lunch)
  • Return ferry transfer to the Island
  • Exclusive post tour party at KB's Bar!

Whitsunday Islands

An incredibly fun and entertaining 18-35's party catamaran, Tongarra boasts with lots of deck space to relax and socialise! For 2 days and 2 nights, you will sail around the Whitsunday Islands and experience all that they have to offer... explore the protected bays, snorkel the stunning fringing reefs, top up your tan at Whitehaven beach and sleep under the stars at night! An extremely popular boat among the backpacker community, Tongarra has a stellar reputation for exceeding passengers expectations. This is a trip that will not disappoint! You will be spreading the word as you continue your travels... Tongarra is where the party is at in the Whitsundays!

Tongarra includes:

  • 24 passengers
  • Snorkelling gear and wetsuit hire
  • All meals, morning and afternoon snacks
  • Huge foredeck for lounging and sleeping under the stars
  • Evening fun and games
  • Extra costs are just bringing own alcohol and soft drinks and luggage storage in Airlie

BOOK WITH US TODAY! CALL 1800 550 751 OR (07) 4914 2425 IF LOCAL

What To Bring

Fraser Island - Pack a small backpack with your camera, a valid current drivers licence (for those who want to drive), your sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, appropriate clothing, toiletries, a sleeping bag (also available for hire) and BYO alcohol and snacks.

Whitsundays - Please only bring a small soft overnight bag without any zippers (ie. a re-usable shopping bag). A zipless souvenir bag can be purchased at the boat's check-in office for a few dollars. Ensure you pack clothes, a hat, swim-wear, beach towel, sunscreen 30+, warm pullover for the evenings (seasonal) and cash/card for on board purchases. Please feel free to bring on board a reusable water bottle and/or additional snacks. Excess luggage can be stored at several places in Airlie Beach, for example your boat check-in office or at your accommodation, and they usually charge between $5-10pp for whole trip.

What's Included

Fraser Island - Vehicle hire, vehicle and camping permits, meals while on the Island, return barge, fuel, 2xnt accommodation in a 16 bed en-suite dorm at Nomads Noosa, 2xnt accommodation at Eurong Resort in Tipi accommodation.

Whitsundays - Skipper, crew, meals, linen, wetsuit hire, snorkelling equipment and all Marine Park fees. 2xnt accommodation in an 8 bed dorm at Nomads Airlie Beach

What's Extra

Fraser Island - Sleeping bag hire if required is $10pp for the entire trip. $ 250 per person fully refundable cash bond to be collected in Rainbow Beach on the way to the Island.  ( drivers - credit card imprint) The bond will be fully refunded provided the vehicle has been returned un-damanged. Please ensure you have $100 in cash as there is no ATM available at Rainbow Beach. Alternatively you can pay $10 non-refundable excess reduction fee instead.

Whitsundays - Just BYO drinks on Tongarra

Transfers - Getting between Airlie Beach and Rainbow Beach is not included, but we recommend the Premier bus service, they operate an overnight bus North and South bound daily, please enquire for prices.

Terms and Conditions

Itinerary is subject to weather and tidal conditions and may be altered at operator's discretion at any time. Changes permitted up to 72 hours prior departure. Cancellations 72 hours and less prior departure and no-shows will incur 100 % cancellation fee. Itinerary subject to change due to tidal and weather conditions.

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the tour operator. It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 2.5% surcharge for VISA, MASTERCARD and AMEX card purchases.

Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is an appropriate package. Also please note that you need to allow time prior to both the tours departures to check in, please ask us for more details


Tour cancellation less than 72 hours prior departure and no-shows incur 100% cancellation fee . Changes permitted up to 72 hours prior departure.

All client cancellations forfeit 25% of total ticket price and all client cancellations made less than 21 days prior to start of package will result in complete forfeiture of the full price of the package. If any of the tour operators have to cancel a tour and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

Please note it is the responsibility of ALL passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and vessel check-in agent before boarding of ANY medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

Thank you for booking with Mr Travel/Sailing Whitsundays. If you would like any advice or assistance in arranging other accommodation, transfers or additional tours, please do not hesitate to contact us.

"My friend and i were on a tight budget but wanted to see as much as possible and have lots of un. This package saved us so much money and time. We were so happy with our choice and met so many friends.We didn't miss out at all!"
Sun 21 Feb 2010
"I am travelling by myself and just finished my package. The booking agents were so nice and helpful, and my trip was so wonderful. I met many other people travelling alone and made so many friends. "
Sun 21 Feb 2010
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