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Byron Bay to Cairns: Kat Freestyle Tour

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Our Kat Freestyle Tour (16+ days) will take you from Byron Bay to Cairns. She'll give you the chance to sail the Whitsundays, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and spend a night in the rainforest.

Tour Highlights:

What's Included:

All Transport

Take the pressure off, kick back, relax and let someone else organise your transport. You'll be travelling up the coast on a mix of our Stray buses, comfortable trains and ferry.

Stray Guide

So much more than just your tour guide - expect entertaining anecdotes, great recommendations, extra support and local insider knowledge. They know every inch of this country. You can't get this from a google search! 

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Explore the best of Queensland, including some off-the-beaten-track destinations that make Stray stand out from the crowd. See them marked with a heart on the map because they're the places our travellers love.

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View your itinerary and book any extra accommodation and activities on-the-go. 
Flexibility at its finest!


16 nights included - 11 nights' shared (4-10 bed) dorm accommodation, 1 overnight train, 1 overnight boat cruise and 3 nights camping.


16 meals included - 4 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners.

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From sandboarding to 4WD adventures and swimming to hiking, there are so many awesome inclusions with the Kat Freestyle Tour:

  • Sandboard down giant dunes and watch the sunset over Carlo Sand Blow.

  • Embark on a 4WD adventure to Fraser Island. Camp under the stars, visit a shipwreck and swim in crystal clear water.

  • Snorkel at Great Keppel Island - a tropical paradise home to untouched coral, turtles and manta rays.

  • Witness panoramic views of the swirling Whitsundays from above on a guided rainforest hike in Airlie Beach.

  • Sail through the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands and visit some of the world's most pristine beaches.

  • Hike to the historic Forts Complex or take a refreshing ocean dip at Radical Bay on Magnetic Island.

  • Discover the magic of the Atherton Tablelands - from amazing waterfalls, to lush rainforest to a pristine crater lake!

What we're all about...

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Hop-off, stay longer and explore anywhere along the route. It’s your time, your way.

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We’re all about finding one-of-a-kind experiences and immersing you in the REAL Australia.

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Tick off your East Coast bucket list with ease and be introduced to places you wouldn’t discover on your own.

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Stray travellers are open minded adventurers who make the most of every moment.

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Byron Bay to Cairns: Kat Freestyle Tour



Since keeping it flexible is what we do best, no matter which departure you choose, and how many times you hop on and off, you'll be covered for 16 nights' accommodation in total for the nights you're on the tour - just keep in touch with us ([email protected]) and we'll book your included nights for you as you go.

Tuesday Start - Kat


If you start on Tuesday, and travel the tour without hopping off, you will have:

More time in Rainbow Beach. 


If you start on Saturday, and travel the tour without hopping off, you will have:

More time on Magnetic Island.

Byron Bay to Cairns: Kat Freestyle Tour



16 nights' accommodation are included in the price of your Kat Tour. We stay in hostels (mixed dorm rooms of up to 10 beds), lodges, campgrounds, cabins and overnight on a sailboat in the Whitsundays! If you hop off you'll need to book your additional nights' accommodation via the Stray Mate app.

Scroll through the gallery to see some of the places you'll stay:

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Need to Know

  • Trip starts: Once a week on Mondays.

  • Transport: Travel by bus, train and ferry. All included in the price of your pass and organised by Stray.

  • Included meals: Any dietary requirements or allergies must be advised upon booking so that they can be catered to where possible.

  • Guides: Between Byron Bay and Rainbow Beach, your Guide is also your Bus Driver. Between Rainbow Beach and Cairns, where we travel on the fast, comfortable trains, you'll have In-Location Guides who will meet you at the station and show you around. 

  • Stray Travellers: Find your tribe and make meaningful connections with travellers from all over the world. The majority of our passengers are aged between 20-35 but there is no age limit! 70% of our travellers are travelling solo.

  • Booking Buses & Trains (Hopping on/off): Use the Stray Mate app to manage your trip - you'll receive log in details in your Booking Confirmation email. Hop on and off as much as you like along the travel route - Here are our favourite places to hop-off. If you're on a short timeframe, we recommend booking all your transport in advance.

  • Minimum Days: You don't need to hop off on our Kat Freestyle Tour - you can travel your pass in the 16 "Minimum Days".

  • Departures: Buses/trains run to a seasonal timetable with multiple departures per week.

  • Booking Accommodation: Your first nights' accommodation for each night of the itinerary is included (16 nights in total). Different start days have different accommodation inclusions. Hopping on and off the bus may alter your itinerary slightly (refer to Itinerary Tab) - please keep in touch with us ([email protected]) and we'll book your included nights accommodation for you as you go. You’ll still have the option to extend your stay in the places you enjoy most and can book and pay for additional accommodation via the Stray Mate app.

  • Booking Activities: All included activities are open-dated, please contact Stray’s reservations team ([email protected]) at least 48 hours prior to arrival to confirm your bookings. For Fraser Island and Whitsunday Sailing trip bookings, we recommend booking at least 7 days in advance to guarantee your spot. Additional activities can be booked and paid for via the Stray Mate app.

  • Fraser Island Inclusion: The Fraser Island 3 days, 2 night tour included in Freestyle Tours is run by a third party operator. This product is suitable for people aged 18-40. Travellers aged over 40 will be booked on an alternative 2 days, 1 night tour with more comfortable transport and accommodation.
  • Extras: $20 cash insurance to be paid to Fraser Island company + $10 for sleeping bag/linen hire on Fraser Island. $30 for snorkel tour on Great Keppel Island.

  • Book with confidence: You can start your trip anytime within 18 months of booking and you can change your start date as many times as you like.  Once you start travelling, you can use your Freestyle Tour  for up to 12 months.

  • Payment Options: If you'd like to secure your place on the trip, but are a little bit short on cash, you can reserve a seat with a 20% deposit. Click 'Book Your Travel' and choose the deposit option in checkout. You then have 6 months to pay it off - too easy! Better yet - there's no admin fee. You can make payments when it suits you using our Extra Payments page. You just need to have paid for your trip in full 14 days before you start your travels.

Please Note:

  • If you choose to hop-off and extend your stay in any location, all additional accommodation, meals and activities are at your own expense.
  • In peak periods (e.g. Christmas/New Years, Easter, School Holidays/Events) some accommodation may be subject to an additional surcharge or minimum number of nights.
  • Activities and accommodation are non-refundable once you start your Stray trip, any inclusions that you don't use are forfeited.

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