East Coast Pass - new horizon whitsundays sailing
    Heading up the East Coast? We've got the ultimate package for you! 
    If you are heading up (or down) the East Coast of Australia check out our East Coast Party Pass

What's included?

  • Greyhound Sydney to Cairns Hop on Hop Off Pass (valued at $425)
  • 10 Night Base Jumping Pass (valued at $279)
  • 2 Day / 2 Night Whitsundays Sailing (valued at $479)
  • 3 Day / 2 Night Fraser Island Tour + 2 Nights at Nomads Noosa pre and post Fraser Island (valued at $489)
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- Greyhound Sydney <> Cairns Hop On / Hop Off Pass

Greyhound is a popular way of travel along Australia's East Coast. Your Greyhound Bus Pass stops in all major tourist destinations and allows flexible hop on, hop off bus travel (most of the buses even offer free onboard wi-fi). You will receive a Greyhound E Ticket upon booking, which you then use to book in your bus sectors As You Go.

- 10 Night Base Jumping Pass

This is a 10-night flexible accommodation package with the opportunity to stay at any BASE Hostel in Australia. That would be in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Airlie Beach and Magnetic Island, and now also to be used with our affiliate properties, Nomads Byron Bay, Nomads Cairns, Nomads Noosa, The Haven Alice Springs, Hoey Moey Coffs Harbour, PK's Jungle Village Cape Tribulation, 1770 Southern Cross Agnes Water, Budds in Surfers Paradise, Frasers on Rainbow Rainbow Beach, Next Backpackers Hervey Bay, Jackaroo Treehouse Mission Beach, Emu Beach Resort Emu Park, Melaleuca Darwin, The Old Swan Barracks Perth, Adelaide Travellers Inn and Tassie Backpackers. More information about our Base Jumping Pass can be found here.

- 2 Day / 2 Night Whitsundays Sailing on NEW HORIZON

New Horizon is a wooden schooner that will sail you around the Whitsunday Islands. Stay onboard the boat with 32 other free spirited travelers and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef. Food is included. The boat features an indoor movie cinema, paddleboards, kayaks and a jumping board! You can leave your voucher open dated - however we suggest booking in quick to secure a spot as the Whitsundays can be very busy at this time of year! Departs Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays). You can upgrade to the Atlantic Clipper for $70.

- 3 Day / 2 Night Fraser Island Tag Along Safari

Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island and what better way to explore this touch of paradise than by 4WD? The tour departs from Noosa and you will attend a meeting in the afternoon to meet your fellow travellers. The following morning you will Jump in a 4WD (you can choose to drive or simply sit back and relax) and the tour includes cooking facilities, camping gear, food, fuel, ferry transfers, a guide, maps and loads of freebies! You can also leave this voucher open dated! More info here.


How does it work?

Upon booking you will receive open dated vouchers via email. Your vouchers will remain open dated for 12 months from the date of purchase. Your vouchers will include a unique voucher number and the contact details for each tour and / or accommodation operator. To book in your travel you can either visit a Base Travel Desk, email [email protected] or contact the tour operator directly. Bookings are subject to availability.

The East Coast

Most travellers that set foot in Australia will embark on the great East Coast adventure – either from Melbourne to Cairns, Sydney to Cairns or for those on a really short time frame, maybe just the Whitsunday Islands & Fraser Island. The East Coast is far more touristy than the rest of Australia and you will have no problem at all meeting other backpackers on your very first day in Aus if you are travelling alone! The East Coast is lined with surf beaches, reef and rainforest. Highlights are Whitsunday Islands, Byron Bay, Fraser Island, Blue Mountains, the Great Ocean Road, Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation... hmmm... the list goes on!


Hostels are located all along the East Coast of Australia and in all tourist destinations. Base have hostels in Melbourne (St Kilda), Sydney, Brisbane, Airlie Beach & Magnetic Island - as well as BASE MATES in Byron Bay, Cairns, Noosa, Alice Springs, Coffs Harbour, Cape Tribulation, 1770 / Agnes Water, Surfers Paradise, Rainbow Beach, Hervey Bay, Mission Beach, Emu Park, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide and Tasmania! Booking a 10 night Base Jumping Pass for $279 will save you money - you simply use your pass to book at any Base Hostel or Base Mate as you travel - easy! Buy here.

Airlie Beach – The Whitsundays

Every backpacker visiting Australia wants to take a photo of three Australian attractions – The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Fraser Island and the Whitsunday Islands! The Whitsunday Islands are accessible from Airlie Beach – a tiny beach side town with a crazy night life and a small town feel! 74 islands make up the Whitsundays – all of which reside upon the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. What is the best way to see them you ask? By Boat!

One day is definitely not enough! Most travellers tend to opt for a 2 day / 2 night Sailing Trip. Many Sailing Tours are on offer – from fast paced, Maxi Racing Yachts to Pirates of the Caribbean style party boats! Live onboard, snorkel, scuba dive, visit the most photographed beach in the world, Whitehaven Beach, and knock back a cold one as the sun sets over the ocean!

Most of the 2 day / 2 night tours arrive back into Airlie Beach at about midday. Ensure that you have accommodation booked for your returning night as most tours will organise dinner and a night out on the town for their newly appointed ‘crew.’ Base Backpackers Airlie Beach Resort offer bungalow style accommodation centred around a tropical swimming pool. Next door, Down Under Bar & Grill offer affordable meals and a nightly buzz.

Fraser Island

Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island! Ferries depart from Rainbow Beach and Hervey Bay (both located about 2 -3 hours north of Noosa). Fraser Island must be explored by 4WD and at least 2 -3 days is needed on this tropical paradise! Fraser Island is home to some of the most amazing, white sandy lakes and rivers the world has ever seen - including Eli Creek and Lake McKenzie. Rich with aboriginal history, Fraser Island is also home to eucalyptus forests, walking trails, sand blows, hidden swimming spots and the infamous Maheno Shipwreck. Camping is by far the most popular of experiences, however is digging your own toilet is not your cup of tea - there are tours on offer that provide hostel or motel accommodation on the island.

  • Check out our guide to Fraser Island and The Whitsundays here
  • Check out our Complete guide to Backpacking East Coast Australia for more information on each East Coast destination.