The East Coast of Australia is a playground for travellers and a popular route of choice. With an abundance of places to see and things to do the time you can spend travelling up or down the coast is infinite. Whether you have lots of time or need to comprise your trip into a few weeks, here are the top spots you shouldn’t miss on your East Coast Adventure.
Start at the top! Cairns is a must visit when starting out on your East Coast journey. It offers a small-town vibe but comes to life at night with a buzzing party scene. Cairns is known for its scuba diving tours which is the ultimate way to get up close and personal with the Great Barrier Reef. Ocean Freedom is a great choice of cruise for your under-water adventure. Spend the day eating delicious food, snorkelling and of course scuba diving. Don’t worry if you are not PADI certified, you can do an intro dive.
Hop aboard a sailboat and make it your home for a couple of days as you sail around one of the most scenic sights in the world. The Whitsundays are made up of 74 islands with the Great Barrier Reef running through them. Powder white sands and sparkling blue waters, it is pure paradise. The Atlantic Clipper is a popular choice of boat and offers the chance to snorkel, dive, shoot down the onboard slide, make friends and have the time of your life!
Get behind the wheel of a 4x4 and cruise the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island. This stunning location boasts a sandy coastline that goes on for miles and gives you a real sense of seclusion. Spot wild dingoes along the beach and visit Lake McKenzie which is comprised of pure, crystal clear water and the sand around the lake is white silica, so fine you can clean your teeth with it! Spend a few days camping and get in touch with nature as you disconnect with the world amidst this wonderful island.
Entering Byron Bay is like stepping into an alternate universe. Good vibes, free thinkers and stunning beaches, Byron Bay is always buzzing. A surfer’s paradise, this hippy town is full of eclectic shops, chic boutiques and buskers on every corner. At night the town stays vibrant with live music, fire poi performers and bars that party until the small hours of the morning. Walk up to the Byron Bay Lighthouse for the sunrise and witness the most beautiful sight over the peninsula while you stand on Australia’s most easterly point.