Ultimate Guide to Australia’s East Coast

Australia’s east coast boasts of close to 18,000 km of coastline covered with talcum powder like sand and crystal clear turquoise water! From the world’s most favourite surfing spots, to the Great Barrier Reef, to lush green wilderness, to the Blue Mountain and of course the dazzling beaches, this region is purely magical. It may take a lifetime to experience but if you want to get a glimpse and know what the hush-bush is about, then this itinerary is the best possible one.

Melbourne – 2 days

Equivalent to New York City, this is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. A typical metropolitan city, you will enjoy the fast paced and happening feel of Melbourne. The nightlife will make you dance to its tunes, and the variety of restaurants and cafes will leave behind a taste of delicious and authentic global dishes. Melbourne is considered the most European City of Australia, so enjoy walking around the cobbled lanes and exploring the art scene in the city. And the best part of Melbourne – you be spoilt for choice with amazing shopping stores and deals – so be ready to shop till you drop!

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Sydney – 3 days

You must have definitely heard gushing views of the Sydney Harbour, and rightly so! Home to the world-famous Opera House which sits perfectly overlooking the Harbour, every corner of Sydney will leave you in awe. A couple of things you cannot afford to miss out on are the Sydney Harbour Cruise giving you a perfect sight of the thoughtfully constructed skyline; and swimming in the 100-year old Bondi Beach pool.  You must put on your dancing shoes and head to the countless clubs, because the nightlife is nothing more than happening here.

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Byron Bay – 2 days

Byron Bay in New South Whales is famous of whales, surfing and meat. This is a chic seaside place with a modern twist – luxurious beach resorts and bed and breakfasts. You may dwell in a typical Australian culture as you soak up the sun on pristine beaches, take up kayaking or surfing, scuba dive amidst colourful marine life and catching the sunset behind the town’s lighthouse. When you get time from lazing and relaxing under the sun, pay a visit to Barrington Tops National Park (A world-heritage rainforest) and taste the adrenaline rush while skydiving in Hunter Valley.

Brisbane – 2 days

A vibrant city with friendly locals, Brisbane has a different charm that will show you a new face of Australian adventure. The Story Bridge is one of the only three bridges in the world you can climb up, so go ahead and get a birds-eye view of the city from this supremely scenic point.  Whale watching is a big deal here, and in season time you even have the opportunity to head out on the water and interact with humpback whales. An interesting way to discover the Aboriginal culture of the region is at Riverlife Adventure Centre where you kayak through the Brisbane River to understand the history. You will have an opportunity to further discover Australia’s history and culture by visiting art museums at the Cultural Centre.

Whitsunday Islands – 3 days

The ivory islands floating on precious turquoise waters are the fantasy of the highest order! Add to this lush green landscape and there is a picture-perfect scenery! Sailing in such a surrounding means you are living in heaven. This is the ideal place to explore the illustrious Great Barrier Reef – you can snorkel around here or for a better experience, scuba dive in the Reef. These islands are rated among the top islands in the world, so spend some time here and take in the beautiful island air. The Whitsunday Islands is a dream come true.

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Gold Coast – 2 days

Sort of the Las Vegas of the country, Gold Coast is plush and glamorous. Surfers Paradise is located here; hence you will witness several world surfing competitions during season time. There are many theme parks that live up to the expectation of the glitzy reputation and take entertainment to another level. But there is more to Gold Coast than party and page 3; there are three world heritage national parks in the inland – Tamborine Mountain, Springbook and Lamington. If you head out more, you will also get awesome views from atop Mount Warning.

Cairns – 3 days

The proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and  spectacular beaches in what puts Cairns on this itinerary. Invest time and money in exploring the largest coral system of the world by taking a trip to the outer Great Barrier Roof. You will also get a chance to spot the best and brightest corals, fish and marine life when you swim in deeper. The Fitzroy and Green Island will showcase the sheer gorgeousness our nature beholds and give you an all-round island feel. When it comes to adventures, Cairns is ahead in the race. This is the established home of bunjee jumping in Australia; white water rafting is thrilling here because three rivers, Barron, Russell and Tully, flow in the vicinity; and a hot air balloon ride straddles the best of the reef and rain forest across the vibrant blue ocean which an experience very few sightseeing spots can match up to.

All in all, Australia’s beauty is unsurpassed!

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2 thoughts on “Ultimate Guide to Australia’s East Coast

  1. I love the Whitsunday Islands. Whitehaven Beach was stunning. The sand squeaked as you walked on it – like you say it’s like walking on talcum powder!

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