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Travelling in Australia — especially the east coast of Australia — is a trip that many travelers have on their bucket list, whether they’re heading around the world or to Oz as a single destination.

People also want to travel it in different ways, over different time scales and of course on different budgets. Luckily, there’re a few options — including the Greyhound Bus Passes and Oz Experience Travel Packages.

Many travelers want something completely different though. They want the best of both worlds — the flexibility to change plans but also the opportunity to travel as part of a group.

And with that in mind, we’ve teamed up with one of the newest (and in our opinion most exciting!) travel options in Australia: Loka.

The Loka trips are the result of travelers’ desire to see something different and really explore more of what Australia has to offer.

Essentially it’s a ‘hop on, hop off’ bus pass, with the little twist of being guided throughout. 

This combination means those who want to take their time and change their plans can jump off at any stop for a bit.

And for those who like the perks of a more organised trip — including meeting heaps of like-minded travelers — it means simply kicking back and enjoying it as a tour, but one which encompasses the true traveler mindset and has lots of free time built into it, rather than a rigid itinerary.

One of the huge advantages of travelling with Loka is the way their passes mix up bus travel and train travel.

All the stretches between Sydney and Cooroy (just above Brisbane) are done via the Loka minibuses, allowing you to divert off the normal bus route and take in the like of Barrington Tops National Park, Spot X Surf Camp and even a remote River Camp.

“As a solo traveler this was the ideal way to mix meeting people with flexibility”
Louise, UK

From Cooroy to Cairns you’ll swap to travelling by train — meaning more comfort, more space and an even more social experience!

The trains also have a huge advantage of being heaps faster than the buses, which will cut your travel time and allow you to spend more time actually enjoying Australia than watching it pass by through a window!

Depending on what you want out of your trip to Australia there are 7 epic Loka Travel Passes to choose from, all of which are valid for 12 months and each stop has at least 3 guaranteed departures a week, so if you do hop off it’s never long until the next bus.

Alongside the amazing additional stops (which north of Cooroy also include a stop at a working cattle station so you can get a full taste of outback Australia) the Loka Travel Passes also cover all the awesome highlights you’d expect from a trip up the East Coast, like Byron Bay, Rainbow Beach (the gateway to Fraser Island) and Airlie Beach (the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands) so you wont miss out on anything!

The Loka Passes also make the most of technology, and you can easily book your next travel sector, change your dates, sort your next accommodation and even book day trips with the Loka Travel app. No more annoying emails or phone calls; everything can be done straight from your smartphone, which is something our team are super stoked to see happening! One less thing to stress about on your trip!

We love the ethos that drives the Loka Team too, they work with local communities and businesses to create a sustainable, authentic experience, which results in a  positive experience for everyone involved.

They describe themselves as a flexible travel collective which forms a social enterprise. Simply put, they’re pretty good guys with some amazing visions…our kind of people!

Whichever trip you choose you’ll be travelling Australia with fun and friendly guides and meet heaps of amazing locals along the way too — all of whom will make sure you see a different side of Australia and enjoy the journey.

The Loka Travel Passes allow you to travel the way that suits you, and whether you’re a seasoned backpacker or nervous, first time solo traveler you’ll have an epic experience and make the most of Australia’s famed east coast trail!

Additional information

Pass OptionsGreg Pass, Stu Pass, Kat Pass, Mick Pass, Trev Pass, Cam Pass

Sydney – Brisbane Travel Passes

  • Greg – 6 Days

INCLUDES:

  • All transport
  • Guidance from local guide
  • Access to Loka app
  • Wine tasting in the Hunter Valley
  • Fishing and tubing at Barrington Tops National Park
  • Surf lesson at Spot X Surf Camp
  • Kayak trip to remote River Camp

Brisbane – Cairns Travel Passes

  • Stu – 8 Days

INCLUDES:

  • All transport including Magnetic Island ferry
  • Guidance from local guide
  • Access to Loka app
  • Farm tour at a cattle station
  • Interpretative walk and river tubing at Indigenous camp
  • Kat – 8 Days

INCLUDES:

  • All transport including Magnetic Island ferry
  • Guidance from local guide
  • Access to Loka app
  • Walk in Springbrook National Park
  • A farm tour at a cattle station
  • Interpretative walk and river tubing at Indigenous camp

Sydney – Cairns Travel Passes

  • Mick – 13 Days

INCLUDES:

  • All transport including Magnetic Island ferry
  • Guidance from local guide
  • Access to Loka app
  • Wine tasting in the Hunter Valley
  • Fishing and tubing at Barrington Tops National Park
  • Surf lesson at Spot X surf camp
  • Kayak to remote River Camp
  • Farm tour at a cattle station
  • Interpretative walk and river tubing at Indigenous camp

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Sydney – No trip to Oz is complete without a visit to the iconic city of Sydney. As with every major city, it’s jam-packed full of things to do and see. Take a ferry to Manly, get face to face with the local wildlife at the Sydney Aquarium and Wildlife Park, party in Kings Cross or sip cocktails at The Rocks or Darling Harbour. It goes without saying that you’ll need a camera in tow to get your holiday pics at the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, and to snap Sydney from a bird’s eye view at the Sky Tower.

Byron Bay – If you want a town that epitomises the Aussie beach lifestyle, Byron is it. This bustling coastal town is situated on the most easterly point of Oz and is bordered by heaps of surf breaks and beaches — from the iconic Pass through to Broken Heads, Main Beach and The Wreck. The town itself is full of alternative cultures, hippie markets and a wide range of accommodation — and no visit is complete without dancing on the tables at Cheeky Monkeys!

Activities include everything from whale watching, diving Julian Rocks, surf lessons, fishing and even day tours to the hippie Mecca of nearby Nimbin — the unofficial Amsterdam of Oz!

Brisbane – One of the major cities on the east coast route — and a great place to fly into if you’re only doing a short trip — Brisbane has all the capital city appeal and is packed with museums, galleries and heaps of nightlife. It even comes with a man-made beach! The main appeal for residents is its proximity to some of Australia’s best beach side towns, so it’s a great place to base yourself on a working holiday visa.

Noosa – Noosa is a bustling, up-market town that offers a lot in the way of water sports — try your hand at stand up paddle boarding, learn to surf or go all out and explore the Noosa Everglades on the Gagaju Canoe Safari. The national parks that surround it offer some great walks and BBQ spots against the beautiful backdrop of Tea Tree Point. Time your trip well and you can immerse yourself in the abundant surf culture during the Noosa Longboard Pro, which attracts surfers from all corners of the world.

Fraser Island – When it comes to discovering unique experiences, Fraser is not to be missed! The largest sand island in the world boasts miles of open beaches, the world’s most genetically pure wild dingoes, tropical rain forests and freshwater lakes — all accessible on 4×4 guided tours. Yup, bomb around the island in your own off-roader! Highlights include Indian Head Lookout, the beautiful Lake Mackenzie and camping out on the sand dunes under a blanket of stars.

Airlie Beach (The Whitsunday Islands) – Airlie balances the laid-back attitude of a beach-side town with party vibes, as it is the stop-off before and after a fun few days sailing the Whitsundays.

Mission Beach –  A great weekend trip to relax either pre or post Cairns. You can even hire a Mote to drive around the island a bit more!

Cairns – Cairns is the party town of the east coast, where most backpackers start or finish their trip. The general order of the day is: laze around the town’s lagoon pool during sunlight hours and party away the night in the infamous bars — The Woolshed and Gilligan’s being the main venues. It’s also the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, so if you’re looking to snorkel, SCUBA or go all out with a PADI course Cairns is the place to do it.

For those looking to explore a bit more, why not spend a day at the Crystal Cascades waterfalls, or hire a car and drive through the tropical landscape of the Atherton Tablelands. If you have a bit more time on your hands, do an overnight trip to Cape Tribulation, where the two world heritage sites of the rainforest and reef come together over a bed of golden sands.

  • Flexible ‘hop on, hop off’ bus route with a guided option
  • Covers all the major stops on Australia’s east coast trail
  • Suitable for all styles of traveler
  • Easy, flexible way to travel up the east coast of Australia
  • Manage your trip via the Loka mobile app
  • 7 pass options to choose from
  • Fun, friendly and knowledgeable guides
  • See some alternative sides of Australia

Includes

  • Transport throughout
  • Passes are valid for up to 12 months from your date of departure
  • Included trips and tours (as per pass details)
  • Safe, comfortable transport
  • Knowledgeable and friendly guides

Accommodation and food are not included.  We offer a range of bed options in most stops ranging from hostel shared dorm rooms at about $32 per person per night, to ensuited basic motel rooms from about $100. The exceptions are our Barrington Tops Farmstay, River Retreat, Country Campout and Indigenous Camp stay, for which there is a set price for each activity, these need to be paid direct to the operator:

Barrington Tops National Park
Special lodge stay, we do a bush walk to take in the incredible wildlife (there are kangaroos and a variety of birds) and scenery of this World Heritage Listed Area.
Bed and meals = $60.
Tubing = $27.
Mountain biking = $12.

River Retreat
Kayak through the Solitary Island’s Marine Reserve, explore the waterway, stay at our private tipi camp (in a swag or tipi), on the edge of the secluded reserve. Note: in winter we take a walk on the headlands through a wild kangaroo sanctuary and stay in a historic country pub on the river.
Camping/dorm bed and meals = $60.  In summer this is booked as a package with Spot X.

Country Campout
Farm Experience, Swagman’s dinner (vege/GF free options available), camping in swags, breakfast, dinner before overnight train departure.  Day guest at Emu’s Beach resort, including all facilities & Bluff Point Walk = $75.
Dorm only at Emu’s Beach resort = $30

Indigenous Camp
Indigenous Rainforest Experience, dinner, breakfast, camping, spotlighting wildlife, transfers and interpretative walk = $120.
Dorm only at Mt Tyson Hotel = $35

Passes are valid for 12 months from the date of your departure. Travel is in Loka’s 24 seat mini coaches between Sydney and Noosa/Rainbow Beach (Cooroy train station), and local bus and train (plus ferry to Magnetic Island) between Noosa/Rainbow Beach and Cairns. Loka’s guides travel on all routes on the set departure days – but you can travel on the train on other days without a guide.

By purchasing your Loka pass you are agreeing to Loka’s Terms & Conditions that can be found here and on our website www.loka.travel.

There is a minimum of 2-5 departures per week over all routes

Provider Details
Loka Pty Ltd
Phone: 0266984901

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