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After a really nice time in and around Brisbane, it’s time for me to move on. I’m now starting to travel up the Australia East Coast from Brisbane to Cairns. – “In Response to: Amazing day @ North Stradbroke Island

How am I traveling along the Australia East Coast?

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You may remember that I planned to travel with the Greyhound-Bus along the Australia East Coast at the beginning of my journey?!
– Well, I changed my mind. Why?
I was told there’s also the option to travel this distance by train. And depending on what kind of ticket you buy, you can also hop on and off at a lot of stations if you want to.

What kind of ticket did I buy?

I bought the “East Coast Discovery Pass”. With this pass you can only travel in one direction (in my case from brisbane to cairns). But you can hop on and off as many times as you want and have 6months to do so! And by the way, this ticket is even cheaper than the greyhound-bus-ticket for the same distance.

With what kind of trains am I allowed to travel?

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I’m not quite sure if there’s any other trains I can travel with, but I’m for sure allowed to travel with “The Sunlander” and the “Tilt Train”. Both trains are really comfortable. It’s more like traveling by plane, just that you’re on the ground :-D.
You have enough space for your legs, screens with movies in each car and of course also a dining car in the middle of the train.

TIP: If you’re catching the long-distance Tilt-Train from Brisbane to Cairns, there is only a Business-Class. But in this case you’re even allowed to catch this train with your normal Australia East Coast Discovery Pass, have much more comfort but no extra effort!

As you can see, I’m really glad I decided to take the train instead of the greyhound-bus as it’s much more comfortable but not more expensive! :)

Where exactly am I going and what am I going to do there?

Hervey Bay & Fraser Island

Right now I’m just sitting on the balcony of “The Friendly” in Hervey Bay while writing this post. So Hervey Bay is my first stop at the East Coast. Tomorrow I’m gonna go to Fraser Island – I booked a one-day Hummer-Trip. That’s gonna be amazing :)! At least I hope so, as it had really good reviews on TripAdvisor.
On Thursday I’ll leave Hervey Bay to continue my Australia East Coast Travel.

Airlie Beach & Whitsunday Islands

On Friday I’ll arrive at Airlie Beach – the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Haven’t booked anything so far, but my plan is to do a 2 or 3days Sailing-Cruise around and between the Whitsunday Islands. I’ve heard it’s supposed to be really beautiful!

Townsville & Magnetic Island

I’m not sure yet if I will, but I’m thinking about also visiting Townsville and Magnetic Island (situated on the Australia East Coast south of Cairns). Why? – On Magnetic Island live over 2500 wild Koalas. And since Koalas are really really adorable, I might go and visit them :).

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

My last stop at the Australia East Coast will be Cairns. I’m gonna spend a couple days there to go diving at the Great Barrier Reef, go skydiving several kilometers above it or just do whatever I feel like :).

After that I’ll fly back to Darwin and two days later it’s unfortunately already time to say goodbye Australia for this year.

>>> But well, as you can see there is a lot of exciting things I’ll enjoy before I leave, so make sure you keep on following me here on my Australia-Travel-Blog.

Thank you very much!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Snailol says:

    Wow I didn’t even know there was a train option! However if you are pressed for time and minus the airplane option, will it be faster to travel by bus or train?

    Also I think there’s a Whitsunday plus Great barrier reef snorkel/dive option so you can actually do both in one package. Get at least a 3 day tour if you’re doing both to have more value for your money :). If you’re getting multiple dives I think they make sure you don’t dive in the same spot.

    Anyway keep us updated, these are really useful tips!

    • Rico says:

      Thanks for your comment. If there is any cool 3day-tour, I’m gonna do it! I’ll try to find the best cost/benefit ratio :). One guy on the tour today (blog-report probably tomorrow) told me I should also do a scenic fly above the whitsundays which is supposed to be amazing! A lot of options, I’ll keep you posted on what I decide.

      And regarding your question “travel by bus or by train”: train is a little bit faster, but still both need about more than 1 day to get from brisbane to cairns.

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