You’ll be with different people along the way as you travel the East Coast. We’ve simply put together the best hostels and trips, to make planning and booking as easy as possible for you. Our travel experts have years of experience helping backpackers, so you can guarantee that we’ve picked the TOP ones for you.
Hop-on Hop-off Bus Pass
The most common way to travel the East Coast is with a Hop-on Hop-off bus pass. This gives you the flexibility to travel the coast at your own pace and extend your stay at fun spots along the way. If you purchase your bus pass through Mad Monkey – we are more than happy to book all your bus sectors according to your accommodation and activities so you don’t need to worry about anything at all – just turn up and show your vouchers. Or you can be more flexible and book them in yourself when you want to travel.
Car & Campervan Hire
If you are traveling solo we recommend you take a bus pass, but if you are traveling with 2 or more friends – car or camper might work out cheaper for you.
Please get in touch with us to get a custom quote on a car or campervan hire; we’ve got a few friends in the industry so we will make sure you get a nice discount.
The boat included in this package is Wings.
This is an amazing trip where you get to sleep on the boat for 2 nights in the middle of the Whitsundays.
UPGRADE: The Atlantic Clipper 2 Day & 2 Night Party Boat
The size of the Atlantic Clipper is a whopping 34-meters on 3 levels with 21 air-conditioned cabins ranging from 2, 3 and 4 berth accommodation. There are 5 hot showers, 7 toilets and a saloon that can sit 60 people very comfortably. There are plenty of suntan decks and many sheltered areas too. Combine this with two large sails, a 12-person spa, a water chute slide, and a massive 8-meter inflatable waterslide.
UPGRADE: Ride to Paradise 2 Day & 2 Nights (Luxury Resort)
Ride to Paradise is the ultimate 2-day 2-night resort stay package around the Whitsunday Islands. The all-inclusive combo departs from Airlie Beach and offers an exclusive two nights accommodation at the multiple award-winning Paradise Cove Resort.
The custom-built vessel offers a comfortable and smooth ride to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, and snorkelling at pristine locations on the fringing Great Barrier Reef. The vessel allows passengers to arrive at the destinations quickly with more time for activities such as sunbathing, swimming and exploring the Whitsunday Islands.
Paradise Cove Resort is a hidden gem situated off the Whitsunday Coast. All guests can enjoy natural beauty and tranquillity of absolute oceanfront tropical gardens fringed by white sand and towering coconut palms. This luxury hideaway will take guests to another place
When does this trip depart?
Trip departs daily – subject to availability. Please select your preferred date of departure when booking. If your date is not available, we will arrange a suitable alternative for you or provide a full refund.
Do I have to choose a date now?
We recommend you choose a departure date so we can book everything for you; however, if you aren’t sure you can leave the whole package “open-dated” and you will have 12 months to complete your travels. Too easy!
When will my booking be confirmed?
We will send full confirmation and all vouchers within 48 hours.
I’ve got some of my accommodation already sorted – can I remove those nights?
Yes – just let us know when inquiring your trip and we will help make any adjustments.
Can I drive the 4WD on Fraser Island?
Yes – if you are over 21 years old and hold a valid drivers license (even international).
Do I have to do the full 23 days in one go?
No – this package is fully flexible. For example – you can choose to do just Sydney to Byron Bay and leave the rest of the trip “open-dated” – just let us know at the time of the booking and we’ll get it all sorted for you.
If I book all my dates in and then my plans change – what happens?
We highly recommend to lock in the dates only when you are 100% sure there won’t be any changes, as some suppliers do charge change/cancelation fees. If you aren’t sure on dates then we recommend we book in the beginning of your trip. Then you’ll get open-dated vouchers to lock the rest of the dates in yourself as you make your way up or down the East Coast.
Can I upgrade to 2 Days & 2 Nights Whitsunday Islands sailing boat?
Yes – just let us know your preferences when booking your trip. For Wings Catamaran all-inclusive upgrade will only be $275 extra.
How much spending money should I have?
We recommend $50/day, but it mainly depends on how much you spend on eating & going out. You can definitely do it on less! All the hostels and local restaurants have discounted meal deals.
How is it with BYO alcohol on trips?
All trips in this package allow BYO. There are always local Bottle shops so no need to stock up; only for Fraser Island, you’ll be told at the pre-departure briefing to visit a Bottle shop in Rainbow Beach before departure.
What is the difference between Fraser Island and the Whitsunday islands?
Fraser Island – over the course of your trip you’ll be on the island the whole time – it’s about driving on the beach, swimming in lakes, Champagne pools, exploring the rainforest, sand-dunes, and camping on the beach.
Whitsunday Islands – you’ll spend your time mostly on the boat, swimming, snorkeling and the only time you will be on an island is when visiting the World famous Whitehaven Beach.
Start in Sydney or Cairns
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Your travel has been booked by Mad Monkey Adventures (“us” or “we”), on the basis of the following terms and conditions. The enclosed ticket(s) (“voucher(s)”) have been booked by us on your behalf with various Service Providers. Each Service Provider may have their own terms & conditions applying to your travel. It is important that you read the relevant & corresponding voucher for each of your bookings in order to understand all applicable terms & conditions. If you require additional information to that contained in the voucher then we recommend that you contact the Service Provider for further clarification.
Your responsibilities: Open tickets: You must book your travel dates in advance with the individual Service Provider as per details provided on your voucher. Please be aware open dated tickets are subject to supplier price fluctuations which you could incur. Tickets with booked dates: It is your responsibility to ensure you redeem your tickets on the dates booked. If you wish to change these dates you must organise it with the Service Provider directly, with adequate notice. You must reconfirm all booked dates 48 hours prior to travel (minimum guide only) or in the manner stated on your voucher. If applicable, dietary requirements should also be confirmed at this time. It is your responsibility to ensure the dates on vouchers are correct and correspond to your own itinerary.
CANCELLATIONS and REFUNDS
Credit card fees and fees paid to us for accommodation, bus tickets and luggage storage are not transferable or refundable. If you cancel your travel, you must pay us a fee of 50% of the value of the travel that was booked on your behalf and cancelled (“Cancellation Fee”). In addition, if a Service Provider charges us for the cancelled travel you must also pay us the amount that we are charged on your behalf by the Service Provider. It is therefore possible your cancellation fees could be up to 100% of the cost of the booking, regardless of whether travel has commenced (for example cancellations made within 24hrs of travel or certain flight bookings).
The Cancellation Fee will apply in all cases where a tour is able to run. For example, if you are unable to reach a tour due to an “act of God” (for example a road is cut off due to flooding) the normal Cancellation Fee will apply if the tour still runs in your absence or would have run but for your absence. If a tour or other travel service is cancelled by the Service Provider, we will first endeavour to rebook you free of charge. If this is not possible we will refund you the amount you paid for the tour or other travel service less a 20% administration fee (“Admin Fee”). This full refund minus admin fee is subject to a fully refundable amount being given to us from the supplier who is cancelling. We highlight here that all suppliers have different cancellation policies applying to your travel and that it is important to familiarise yourself with these at time of purchase.
The 20% Admin Fee does not apply to; Skydives or Scenic flights cancelled by the Service Provider within 3 days of booking due to weather and a full refund will apply.
Whilst we normally attempt to process refunds swiftly, situations (such as natural disasters) may result in up to 30 days processing time, due to high volume.
ALL CANCELLATION REQUESTS MUST BE IN WRITING AND SENT VIA E-MAIL TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will take deposits on planned tours, transport and travel itineraries and hold it for you for a period of 48 hours. Deposits are non refundable should you choose not to proceed.
When booking any Scuba Diving related activities please advise us if you have a past history or currently suffer from any of the following medical conditions: Asthma, wheezing, persistent chest pain, chronic sinus, chest surgery, high blood pressure, ear surgery, epilepsy, chronic bronchitis, collapsed lung, diabetes mellitus (sugar), fainting, seizure or blackouts, lung disease. When signing our terms and conditions you further declare that you are not currently taking any prescribed medicine or drug (excluding oral contraceptives), you are not pregnant and that you are not flying within the next 24 hours. If you are refused to participate any Scuba Diving related activity booked on your behalf through any pre or existing medical condition than failure to declare these at time of purchase will result in a 100% cancellation fee.
TRAVEL/ CANCELLATION INSURANCE
We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travellers take out travel insurance. It is your personal responsibility to purchase your own travel insurance to cover any liability which may be incurred to us or a Service Provider and other travel misadventures that you wish to be insured against.
We endeavour to package tours that will meet your expectations. However, we take no responsibility for any matters that arise with regard to or during individual tours or arrangements with individual Service Providers. We appreciate your feedback, whether complaints, compliments or suggestions. However, to the extent permitted by law we will not be responsible to you for any loss, expense or damage that you may suffer during any particular tour, accommodation or travel, no matter the cause. These matters are the responsibility of each individual Service Provider and you agree that you will not hold us liable in any such circumstances.
We endeavour to package the best value tours available at the best prices. However, we take no responsibility for price fluctuations arising from changes in the prices charged by Service Providers occurring before final payment. Accordingly, the price of your travel is subject to change until such time as you pay for the travel in full.
Many tours have extra costs and you should be aware that there may be added expenses. These expenses will differ for each Service Provider but some of the more usual extras are: EMC Tax, Stinger suit Hire, Luggage storage, Sleeping Bag Hire, Linen Hire, National Park Fee, Food, Insurance, Accommodation, Equipment Hire, Petrol Levy. We will alert you to extra costs to the extent reasonably practicable. However, you must also check with each individual Service Provider when you confirm your ticket. All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $30 administration fee per item booked. Transfers between tours will incur a $30 administration fee and transfers are at suppliers discretion.
PASSPORT VISA and IMMIGRATION
It is your responsibility to fulfil the passport, visa and other immigration requirements for all transiting and stopover destinations applicable to your itinerary. You should confirm these with these with the relevant High commissions, embassies and/ or consulates. We do not accept any responsibility in the case of you being unable to travel due to not complying with any such requirements. Your passport must be valid for 6 month beyond your return date into Australia.
TRAVEL ADVICE and VACCINATIONS
Australian residents should refer to the travel advice posted by the department of Foreign Affairs at www.dfat.gov.au or www.smartraveller.gov.au for all the countries you intend to visit. Vaccinations may be required for some or all of the places you are intending to visit. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have arranged all necessary vaccinations for your itinerary.