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Australia, New Zealand
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Travelling to Australia and New Zealand?

Want to make the most of what both countries have to offer?

Well why not take in the bets of both with this epic Stray New Zealand and Loka Australia combo deal – the STOKA special!

Combining both the Loka Mick Pass and Stray Maximus Pass this is the ultimate travel pass offer – covering Sydney to Cairns and then both the North and South Island of New Zealand, all in a hop on, hop off style perfect for all lengths and styles of travel.

From New Zealand backpacker favourites like Queenstown, Rotorua and Franz Josef to more off the beaten track destinations like Raglan, Whakahoro and Te Araroa alongside east Coast Australia favourites like Byron Bay, Fraser Island and the Whitsundays – you won’t be short of adventure with these two trips!

With a maximum travel time of 12 months on each pass you can tailor it to suit your own time scale and travel plans.

Fallen in love with Byron Bay? Extend your stop off!

Loving the adrenaline in Queenstown? Stay as long as it takes to tick off your entire bucket list!

Both passes include heaps of free activities en route and exclusive discounts on accommodation and trips, so there even more value for money.

Explore new places, meet some amazing new travel buddies and soak up all the goodness that Australia and New Zealand has to offer!

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Day 1

Auckland to Paihia

Accommodation: Hostel along from the beach.
Optional paid activities: Catch the ferry across to historic Russell (New Zealand’s former capital), skydiving, Hole in the Rock, diving.
Free activities: Snorkeling at Goat Island (summer only), tree hugging huge kauri trees at Parry Kauri Forest (wet weather/winter option).

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Day 2

Paihia to Cape Reinga to Paihia

Accommodation: Hostel along the beach in Paihia.
Optional paid activities: Traditional Kiwi fish and chips option for dinner!
Free activities: Dune surfing.

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Day 3

Paihia to Auckland

Accommodation: Central Auckland hostel.
Optional paid activities: Sailing, swimming with dolphins, kayaking, fishing.
Free activities: Walk around Paihia or Haruru Falls; go for a swim or relax on the beach.

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Day 4

Auckland to Raglan

Accommodation: An eco-lodge surrounded by native bush near the beach.
Optional paid activities: Learn to surf $79 (save $10)
Free activities: Walk to the waterfall, bush walk around Mt Karioi, relax on the beach, glow-worms in the bush, West Coast sunset, Inspiration Point.

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Day 5

Raglan (via Waitomo) to Mourea

Accommodation: Unique Stray stay in the Wharenui (Maori meeting house).
Optional paid activities: Waitomo must-do caving options: Haggas Honking Holes, Lost World, Tumu Tumu TOObing, or a glow-worm tour.
Free activities: Walk around Ruakuri Reserve, Waitomo Valley Caves walk.

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Day 6

Mourea (via Rotorua) to Lake Aniwhenua

Accommodation: Lakefront lodge.
Optional paid activities: Rotorua: rafting, zorbing, Agroventures, visit Hobbiton. Lake Aniwhenua: traditional fishing, eeling, weaving lessons, cooking classes and kayaking. 1 activity costs $10, activities $15 and 3 activities $20.
Free activities: Kuirau Park Rotorua, relax by Lake Aniwhenua, walks.

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Day 7

Lake Aniwhenua to Whakahoro

Accommodation: Country station lodge.
Optional paid activities: Skydiving, bungy, river jet Taupo.
Free activities: Huka falls, Spa Road walk.

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Day 8

Whakahoro

Accommodation: Waterfront Hostel.
Optional paid activities: Cray fishing or boat fishing.
Free activities: Swimming, Kayaking, snorkelling.

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Day 9

Whakahoro to National Park

Accommodation: Beautiful alpine lodge.
Optional paid activities: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Free activities: Taranaki Falls walk, visit the Volcanic Centre, Tawhai Falls (Gollum’s pool).

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Day 10

National Park to Wellington

Accommodation: Central city hostel.
Optional paid activities: Check out some of the great cafes and bars.
Free activities: Walk ‘Oriental Parade’, head up Mt Victoria for fantastic views, and visit ‘Te Papa’ – our national museum, gumboot (welly) throwing.

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Day 11

Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman)

Accommodation: Unique Stray accommodation on the edge of the national park.
Optional paid activities: Wine tasting, skydiving.
Free activities: Walk, mussel tasting around the fire, star-gazing.

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Day 12

Marahau (Abel Tasman)

Accommodation: Unique Stray accommodation on the edge of the national park.
Optional paid activities: Full day sailing trip, kayaking, skydiving, water taxi, hang gliding, stand-up paddle boarding, canyoning.
Free activities: Walk in the national park, relax on one of the golden sand beaches, go for a swim!

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Day 13

Marahau (Abel Tasman) to Westport

Accommodation: Charming character villa in the centre of town.
Optional paid activities: Surfing, horse riding, jet boating, caving.
Free activities: Westport seal colony, West Coast sunset, Truman Track walk.

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Day 14

Westport to Franz Josef

Accommodation: Lodge in the middle of the rainforest.
Optional paid activities: Bone carving and jade carving.
Free activities: Punakaiki pancake rocks and the mighty blowholes; walk along the beach.

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Day 15

Franz Josef

Accommodation: Lodge in the middle of the rainforest.
Optional paid activities: The ‘Ice Explorer’ Trip – a short heli-hop onto the glacier followed by an educational tour (entry to hot pools included), kayaking, skydiving.
Free activities: Many excellent bush hikes (but we recommend a guided one for safety). Relax in one of NZ’s largest spa pools at your accommodation.

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Day 16

Franz Josef to Wanaka

Accommodation: Central hostel.
Optional paid activities: Save some coin today!
Free activities: Mirror Lake walk; Ship Creek walk, Blue Pools walk, Thundercreek Falls walk, explore Wanaka.

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Day 17

Wanaka to Queenstown

Accommodation: Central hostel.
Optional paid activities: Puzzle World, skydiving, bungy jumping, pilot your own stunt plane or learn to fly and take a friend for free.
Free activities: Walk Mt Iron, watch people jumping off a bridge!

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Day 18

Queenstown

Accommodation: Central hostel.
Optional paid activities: Any adventure activity that we mad Kiwis can dream up (bungy, swing, jet boating, skydiving, mountain biking, zipline, horse riding…).
Free activities: Sleep in, great walks; take in beautiful views from this cool resort town.

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Day 19

Queenstown to Gunn’s Camp

Accommodation: Historic camp on the edge of the Hollyford Track in the heart of Fiordland National Park.
Optional paid activities: Milford Sound Cruise.
Free activities: Stunning views, Humbolt Falls walk, visit the historic museum or take in the incredible surroundings of a World Heritage National Park at Gunn’s Camp, Chasm walk.

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Day 20

Gunn’s Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island

Accommodation: Central hostel.
Optional paid activities: Ata Whenua – Shadowland, incredible movie of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau Wildlife Centre.
Free activities: Humbolt Falls Walk, Viewing Gantry walk.

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Day 21

Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown

Accommodation: Central hostel.
Optional paid activities: Stewart Island: fishing, hire a scooter, go to Ulva Island.
Free activities: Explore the island, amazing birdlife, walks through the native parkland (Stewart Island); visit the start/end point for State Highway 1, sea-lion, penguin, dolphin spotting, find Burt Munro’s World’s Fastest Indian, Bluff Hill walk,  visit Henry the 100 year old Tuatara (Invercargill).

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Day 22

Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook

Accommodation: Stunning alpine lodge.
Optional paid activities: Argo tour of Alpine Region, visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.
Free activities: Take photos of awe-inspiring scenery, do one of the many great short walks to the Hooker glacial lake (weather dependent).

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Day 23

Mt Cook to Rangitata

*Winter only: We stop longer at Lake Tekapo for ice-skating, snow tubing or a swim in the hot springs.

Accommodation: One of Canterbury’s original sheep stations.
Optional paid activities: Walk through Peel Forest, Rangitata River Rafting (late September – late March only).
Free activities: Take photos of stunning scenery, go for a walk.

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Day 24

Rangitata to Kaikoura

Accommodation: Warm modern hostel.
Optional paid activities: Whale watching, swimming with dolphins (pre-booking is advised in summer for dolphin swimming). Go fishing and eat your spoils or try the amazing fresh fish and chips!
Free activities: Walk around the peninsula and up to the lookout.

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Day 25

Kaikoura to Wellington

Accommodation: Central Hostel
Optional paid activities: Save some coin today!
Free activities: Seal colony, explore Wellington city, go fishing/mountain biking in Picton.

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Day 26

Wellington (via National Park) to Auckland

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Day 1

Sydney — Barrington Tops (Special Stop)

MEET: outside Wake Up hostel at 8am or outside Nomads (if confirmed) at 8.10am

We depart at 8am to get out of the big city. We head to the Hunter Valley wine area and do a tasting at one of Australia’s most famous vineyards. We then head through the backcountry to our stunning stop on the edge of Barrington Tops National Park (a World Heritage Listed Area). We stay in our own private lodge overlooking the Barrington River.   You have the option to ride an inner tube down a scenic part of the river for $27 or to go mountain biking for $12.  Have a few drinks and relax in the hot tub in the evening.

SLEEP: $60 for dinner, dorm bed and breakfast.

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Day 2

Barrington Tops — Spot X Surf Camp

MEET: at the lodge

We have the morning in Barrington Tops for a bit of exploring to take in the scenery and wildlife (there are kangaroos, a variety of birds and even playtpus!)  We then head north and visit a Koala hospital to learn about their efforts in preserving Koalas and what we can do to help, and then travel on to our waterfront accommodation at the Spot X Surf Camp, arriving in the early evening.

SLEEP: $28 for shared accom.

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Day 3

Spot X Surf Camp — River Retreat (Special Stop)

MEET: at Loka bus

This morning is at leisure at Spot X.  You can explore the beach and headlands, go ocean rafting (included), or choose to take a surf lesson (additional cost).  In the afternoon we have some remote exploring.  We head down to the Solitary Islands Marine Park where you have the option to go snorkeling or go for a walk to spot wild kangaroos. We then head into River Retreat – our exclusive tipi camp, on the edge of the park for the night. In the evening have a few drinks and/or play volleyball or petanque. We sleep in beds in a tipi or swags under the stars.

Note: in the middle of winter we stay in a historic country pub by the river. 

SLEEP: $60 for camping/dorm bed, dinner and breakfast.

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Day 4

River Retreat — Byron Bay

MEET: At camp

We leave our camp early, hop in our bus and head up towards Byron Bay, Australia’s famous surf and arts town. We stop in the picturesque town of Yamba along the way where you can have a walk around or have a swim in the Angourie Blue Pool.

SLEEP: Your choice of Byron accom, you can book through the Loka web app.

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Day 5

Free Day in Byron Bay

Explore, learn to surf, party, visit the alternative town of Nimbin (additional cost), or just relax and take in the laidback, hippy vibe.  We recommend taking a walk to the lighthouse to view the Australian mainland’s most easterly point.  We have an orientation drive on the way to Byron Bay to help you get your bearings.

SLEEP: Your choice of Byron accom.

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Day 6

Byron Bay (via Gold Coast & Brisbane) – Noosa or Rainbow Beach

MEET: at the main bus stop on Jonson St or Arts Factory hostel (please confirm)

We cruise up to the New South Wales/Queensland border and hop out at Danger Point to stretch our legs, and check out the view of one of Australia’s best surf spots Snapper Rock. Then drive into the Gold Coast, you may want to get off here to experience the sun, sand, tans and high-rises of Australia’s most developed beach resort. We drive through Brisbane (pick up and drop off travellers in the city centre) then travel on to the upmarket beach resort town of Noosa.  Hop off here or continue onto Rainbow Beach for the night. Rainbow Beach and Noosa are both departure points for Fraser Island (a backpacker must-do).  At Rainbow Beach we take a walk up to Carlo Sand Blow for either the sunset or sunrise.

SLEEP: Your choice of Noosa or Rainbow Beach accom.

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Day 7

Rainbow Beach (via Noosa) — Country Campout
MEET: outside Dingos/Frasers at Rainbow Beach or outside Nomads at Noosa

We hop in our bus in Rainbow Beach and head back to Noosa, pick up passengers, and then drive to Cooroy where we hop on the train. We travel to Rockhampton then get met by a local bus, which takes you to our options of a remote farm stay for the night (traditional swagman’s dinner around the campfire, sleep in swags, breakfast, morning farm tour, and dinner at Emus Beach Resort the next night – for an inclusive price of $75) or you can stay the night at Emus Beach Resort and self-cater.

SLEEP: Country Campout experience for $75 or dorm at Emu’s Beach resort for $30.

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Day 8

Country Campout— OVERNIGHT TRAIN — Airlie Beach

MEET: At the farm or Emus Beach Resort

If you have stayed on the farm, we take a walk around the property and visit a sacred Indigenous site at the base of Mount Wheeler. We then head to the beautiful, little coastal town of Emu Park. In the afternoon you can just relax around the resort pool, go on a turtle-spotting walk (seasonal), or visit the local crocodile farm (additional cost).  We catch the train in the evening and travel overnight to Airlie Beach. It is a modern train with large reclining seats, a bar and a dining carriage. We get into a town called Proserpine in the morning then take a local bus in to Airlie Beach – the gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.

Note: Depending which day you depart Noosa/Rainbow you may have an extra day at Emu Park.

SLEEP: Overnight train (price included), then your choice of Airlie accom.

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Day 9

Airlie Beach (via Townsville) — Magnetic Island

MEET: outside Base Backpackers

We start early with a local bus to the train, a ferry out to tropical ‘Maggie Island’, and a local transfer to the accommodation. There is much to explore on the island, as nearly 50% of it is National Park with amazing beaches and abundant wildlife. Your guide will join you on a walk around the Island; otherwise you can do more exploring or just relax by the pool.

Note: Depending on which day you depart, you may have a free day to spend on Magnetic Island.

SLEEP: YHA Bungalow Bay or your choice of Magnetic Island accom.

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Day 10

Magnetic Island — Indigenous Camp (Special Stop) / Tully

MEET:  at YHA Bungalow Bay reception or at the ferry terminal (please confirm).

We travel back to the mainland on a ferry, travel by train to Tully – getting in at around lunchtime. You have the option of staying in Tully at a historic hotel (for hostel prices) or taking part in Loka’s exclusive Indigenous Rainforest Experience for the Loka special price of $120.  We get met by local Aboriginals and travel by bus into the amazing rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park. Get welcomed onto their traditional lands in ‘Jirrbal’ language. We go for a swim in the scenic Tully River before having a group dinner (modern food with a traditional twist).  After dark we go ‘spotlighting’ in the rainforest for native wildlife. An enchanting evening of dreamtime stories around a campfire.
SLEEP: Indigenous Camp $120 for an all inclusive package, or Mt Tyson hotel, $35 for accom only.

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Day 11

Indigenous Camp – Cairns

MEET: Indigenous Camp or Tully train station (please confirm).

In the morning, enjoy a big breakfast then head off for an interpretative walk into the national park. We then travel back to Tully to catch the train north. You may like to spend more time in Tully to do the kayak trip, whitewater rafting or some of the rainforest walks. We travel to Cairns by train arriving late afternoon.

Note: Depending on which day you depart, you may have a free day/night to spend in Tully at the historic Mt Tyson hotel before heading to Cairns.

SLEEP: Your choice of Cairns accom.

Note: Food and accommodation are not included in your Loka pass. You can break your journey at any of the stops through any of the travel days and just connect with a later Loka bus or rail departure (guided or unguided).

You can pre-book your own accommodation via our web app or your guide will book it for you, you will usually get a bed-only option (averaging $32 per person per night), or a twin/double option (averaging $100 per room).

Stray New Zealand Info:

Start: Anywhere*
Finish: Where you started
Minimum Days: 27-30
Recommended Days: 30

*This Pass can start or finish anywhere on this route, however most people start/finish in Auckland.

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Beautiful Bay of Islands with free snorkelling and glass bottom boat trip (summer-only) en route to Paihia.
  2. Stay at a wilderness lodge in the bush at Raglan – overlooking New Zealand’s premier surf beach.
  3. See glow-worms and do some amazing caving at Waitomo Caves.
  4. Overnight stay on a Marae (Maori meeting house) in Mourea (accommodation, hangi dinner, breakfast and unique cultural experience all for only $80).
  5. Discover history and culture not yet touched by the hand of commercialism at our exclusive stop at Lake Aniwhenua.
  6. Stop in at Rotorua to experience (smell) the geothermal activity and do extreme white water rafting.
  7. Tongariro National Park (home to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ volcanoes and NZ’s best one day walk the ‘Tongariro Alpine Crossing’).
  8. Stay at award-winning conservation stop Blue Duck Station, Whakahoro for wild, wilderness activities!
  9. Wellington – NZ’s capital city, home to our national museum Te Papa and a cool cafe culture.
  10. Overnight stop and a free day in stunning Abel Tasman National Park (walks, sailing and kayaking options).
  11. Experience the remote and rugged West Coast.
  12. Majestic Franz Josef glacier with a free day to hike and explore it.
  13. Spend a few days in Queenstown – the adventure and party capital of NZ!
  14. The stunning fiord of Milford Sound and historic Gunn’s Camp.
  15. Stewart Island’s natural untouched beauty and wildlife or the Catlins wilderness area for sealions and remote scenery.
  16. Visit Kaikoura, for the awe-inspiring whale watching and wildlife spotting.

DEPARTURES

Most travellers start this pass in Auckland. See the Timetable tab for all other departure days and times.

Auckland Northbound: Mondays, Tuesdays (Summer-only), Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Auckland Southbound: Tuesdays, Wednesday (Summer-only), Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays (Spring-only).

All bookings must be re-confirmed at least 48 hours in advance. Please contact us on 0064 9 5262149 or support@straytravel.co.nz or visit our Stray Retail branch at 50 Fort Street, Auckland City.

STRAY’S CANCELLATION POLICY

For Stray Hop-on Hop-off travel passes, Stray Journeys and Stray Adventures.

Stray will charge the following fees in the event of booking cancellations:

8+ Days before departure (or open dated): 35% of fare

3-7 Days before departure: 50% of fare Less than 48 Hours: 100% of fare

Cancellations should be made with your original booking agent who may charge an additional fee. If you booked online please contact reservations@straytravel.co.nz

Please note our terms and conditions are subject to change so please check our website for the latest version.

Provider Details
Stray Limited
Free Phone: 1300733048 Phone: +64 95262140
PO Box 112 037 60 Walls Road Penrose Auckland 1642 New Zealand

Loka Australia Info:

The Mick Pass includes:

  • All transport including the Loka bus between Sydney and Rainbow Beach/Cooroy, fast, comfortable trains between Cooroy and Cairns, and return Magnetic Island ferry,
  • Guidance from fun, local guide and access to Loka web app,
  • Wine tasting Hunter Valley,
  • Guided walk at Barrington Tops National Park,
  • Koala hospital visit,
  • Ocean rafting at Spot X Surf Camp,
  • Snorkelling or walk at Solitary Island Marine reserve,
  • Angourie Blue Pools
  • Danger Point NSW/QLD Border Crossing walk,
  • Byron Bay orientation drive,
  • Carlo Sand Blow Walk, Rainbow Beach
  • Turtle spotting and Bluff Point walk at Emu Park,
  • Forts Walk at Magnetic Island,

You have the flexibility to break your journey to do the things you want to along the way.

Our own fun, local guides travel with you on our buses and on public transport, to give you the best advice and access to the attractions over the routes.

Unique, authentic experiences hunted out by us, our customers and locals over our routes — all established and supported in a sustainable manner.

Passes are valid for 12 months.

Departs from outside Nomad’s Westend and Wake Up hostels in Sydney CBD.  Current departure days are Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 8am.

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
Snorkel in the Solitary Island’s Marine Reserve or walk to spot wild kangaroos, explore the waterway, stay at our private tipi camp (in a swag or tipi), on the edge of the secluded reserve. Note: in the middle of winter we stay in a historic country pub by the river.
Camping/dorm bed and meals = $60.

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

Provider Details
Loka Pty Ltd
Phone: 0266984901

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