Cairns to Sydney
From the Reef to the Harbour, this is your chance to see some of Australia’s most beautiful sights from the comfort of a luxurious Greyhound bus!
Travelling from Tropical North Queensland to the capital of New South Wales, the bus trip from Cairns to Sydney will give you a chance to see a huge cross-section of Australia, from beaches and rainforests to bushlands and urban jungles.
With a Hop On Hop Off Pass from Cairns to Sydney, you can really make the most of your time on the road, hopping off the bus at any stop that catches your eye and getting back on another bus heading in the same direction when you’re ready. Don’t worry if you don’t know how long you want to spend in each place – the Hop On Hop Off Pass is valid for 90 days, so you can just jump back on the bus when you’re ready!
Your adventure will start in Cairns, the gateway to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef; the ancient Daintree Rainforest; and the golden sands of Port Douglas. As you head south, you’ll stop in towns like Innisfail – located close by the utterly unique Paronella Park, where the ruins of a Spanish castle are surrounded by lush rainforest – and Tully, home to The Big Gumboot, before you arrive in Townsville, a bustling city surrounded by rainforests, beaches and islands.
In Airlie Beach, you can arrange to sail the Whitsunday Islands and explore the breathtakingly beautiful Whitehaven Beach, while in Mackay, you can swim at Harbour Beach and see an abundance of Australian wildlife at Eungella National Park and Cape Hillsborough National Park. As you leave the tropics, you’ll pass through Rockhampton, where you can snap a selfie with the Big Bull and explore the Capricorn Caves.
You’ll stop in Bundaberg, where tours of the Bundaberg Rum distillery and the Mon Repos turtle rookery are popular with visitors. Hervey Bay, a popular destination for whale-watching, is worth a longer look – especially because it’s also the gateway to the lush rainforests, sandy beaches and unique ecosystem of the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Then it’s on to Maryborough (the birthplace of Mary Poppins creator PL Travers) and Gympie, famed for its goldfield.
You’ll change buses in Brisbane, a vibrant riverside hub of arts, culture and dining, where you can take a stroll through the City Botanic Gardens and Roma Street Parkland; laze by the man-made lagoon at South Bank Parklands; or cruise the Brisbane River on a CityCat. When you hit the road again, you’ll drive through the Gold Coast, one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Australia, with stops in sunny Southport, Surfers Paradise and Southport.
Crossing the border into New South Wales, you’ll stop at Byron Bay, where you can learn to surf or take a day trip to quirky Nimbin, the ‘alternative’ capital of Australia. You’ll pass through popular seaside destinations like Ballina, Yamba, Coffs Harbour (home of The Big Banana) and Port Macquarie, before arriving in Newcastle (the gateway to the Hunter Valley wine region), and, finally, Sydney.
The bus will drop you off in the heart of the Sydney CBD, and from there, it’s a short trip to Circular Quay, where you can see two of Australia's most iconic landmarks – the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House – and grab a ferry to Luna Park, Taronga Zoo or Manly Beach. Make sure you go for a swim or a surf at the world-renowned Bondi Beach, and leave time for a day trip to the Blue Mountains!
On your bus from Cairns to Sydney, you can relax and recharge in your reclining leather seat with free WiFi connectivity, an in-seat USB charger and panoramic windows!
You can select your preferred window or aisle seat when you book your trip from Cairns to Sydney, and you can stay up-to-date with any service delays that might affect your arrival time with our real-time coach tracker. And if you want to bring your surfboard, we’ve got plenty of room in our oversized luggage bins.
A Greyhound bus is the most convenient, comfortable and affordable way to travel from Cairns to Sydney. Book your trip now!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where do buses depart from in Cairns and Sydney?
In Cairns, buses depart from Pier Car Park, Bays 16 & 17, Pier Point Road. In Sydney, buses depart from the Western Forecourt, Bays 5 & 6, Central Station.
What amenities can I expect on the bus?
All our buses between Cairns & Sydney come with free WiFi, USB chargers, air-conditioning, reclining seats, and a restroom.
How long does it take to get from Cairns to Sydney?
The bus trip from Cairns to Sydney takes approximately 1d 23h 35m, including a stopover at the Brisbane Coach Terminal. For the most up-to-date timetable please visit the Timetables page.
Where can I buy a ticket?
The easiest and cheapest way to buy a bus ticket for your Cairns to Sydney trip is to book directly on our website. Your ticket is then saved in your My Greyhound account where you can manage your booking, and simply show an electronic copy of your ticket on your phone to the bus driver when you board.
You can also book your trips on the phone by contacting our friendly customer service on 1300 473 946, at our ticket outlets/travel agencies, or directly with the bus driver*.
*Please note that all bookings made through our call centre, travel centres and tickets purchased directly from drivers will incur a booking fee of $5.
What if my trip is disrupted by COVID?
In the event of COVID-related restrictions, cancellations, rescheduling, or border closures, you can rest easy knowing that Greyhound's COVID refund policy will allow you to choose between a refund, credit, or reschedule of your booked travel.
**For more information see our FAQ page.