A backpacking tour of Australia’s east coast is an unforgettable, mind-blowing expertise, however how have you learnt what to see and do in such an enormous space? Nicely, listed below are 10 wonderful issues you have to do in your east coast tour.
If you take a tour of the east coast of Australia, you’re going to see a number of seashores. It’s round 3,000km from Sydney to Cairns, and you’ll have lovely white sandy seashores and clear blue water all alongside the Pacific Freeway. However there may be waaay extra to the east coast than simply unbelievable seashores. We’ve picked out 10 wonderful issues you have to do in your east coast tour.
1. Attempt a brand new exercise
Aussies love the out of doors life-style and spending their free time having enjoyable. A Stray east coast tour is the proper strategy to strive a brand new sport or exercise.
You’ll be able to’t go to Australia with out browsing. We hit nice surf locations like Sydney, Byron Bay (the place we keep in The Surf home, with free surf board rent) and the enduring Surfer’s Paradise. There are seashores with massive waves for knowledgeable surfers, and seashores like Bargara Seaside which have excellent circumstances for rookies.
Guess you’ve by no means tried sand boarding? You’ll be able to in your east coast tour. Go to Stockton Sand Dunes close to Port Macquarie, the most important sand dunes within the southern hemisphere. Earlier than you recognize it, you’ll be hurtling down the dunes on a chunk of wooden! Again on the water, strive snorkelling – the Girl Musgrave Island tour is wonderful – or kayaking. Our excursions provide the probability of kayaking within the everglades close to Noosa, and on lakes in Atherton Tablelands simply south of Cairns. And with all that ocean up the east coast, there may be the chance to have a go at crusing – however extra of that later.
For thrill seekers, there’s the possibility to go skydiving at over Noosa, or throw your self off a 50m tower tied to a rubber band! The bungee soar and big swing at Skypark Cairns by AJ Hackett is the place for adrenaline junkies.
For individuals who desire to maintain their ft firmly on the bottom, there are heaps of superior climbing and strolling trails alongside the east coast. The lookouts at Tomaree Head, Noosa Heads and Niigi Niigi (Sealy Level) are highlights.
2. Get a style of the east coast in your tour
The east coast of Australia is a foodie’s heaven. With a various vary of bars and eating places, there are a great deal of al fresco eateries alongside the coast, contemporary seafood and a variety of veggie and vegan choices too. Take a look at our information to vegan eating places in Byron Bay.
You must also attempt to style some wine and cheese on the earth famend Hunter Valley. Should you solely strive one wine, make it a dry, refreshing Semillon. Don’t miss the well-known Bundaberg rum and ginger beer, and take a look at Brisbane’s vibrant espresso tradition. Lastly, the Queensland craft beer scene is value a style (or two) in your east coast tour too.
3. Metropolis residing
In addition to travelling up the coast, you’ll have the possibility to discover three of Australia’s main cities. No go to to Australia could be full with no go to to Sydney, one of many world’s nice cities. Two of our east coast excursions begin in Sydney, so don’t miss the Opera Home, Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour, in addition to the enduring Bondi Seaside. Take a look at 30 free issues to do in Sydney.
Brisbane is a metropolis of arts and tradition with a vibrant foodie scene. The Brisbane River winds via town, however it’s accessible on foot or by boat or ferry. Don’t miss the museums and botanic gardens in your go to.
Cairns, with its tropical local weather is house to an enormous salt water lagoon and with its buzzing nightlife, is the gateway to discover the Nice Barrier Reef.
4. Social gathering, occasion!
Should you’re on the lookout for nice nightlife, it’s not solely discovered within the cities. There are numerous bars and golf equipment in your east coast tour, particularly in Noosa and Airlie Seaside. Now we have our personal events too: pizza nights and barbies at Port Stephens, Bundaberg and Yungaburra. Among the locations we keep are excellent for a celebration: there’s a pool bar at Bounce Noosa and reside music and a nightclub at Gilligan’s Cairns. So let’s get this occasion began!
5. Sit back with a small city vibe
In addition to the three main cities above, there are some fascinating smaller cities it’s best to try to soak up in your east coast tour. The previous arty, hippy city of Bellingen is value a go to. Do you know its church was the inspiration for a Booker Prize profitable novel? Mullumbingy promotes itself as “The Greatest Little City in Australia,” and has a way of cool calm in its sub-tropical setting within the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales. It’s additionally house to the Mullumbingy Chocolate Store – one other nice cause to go to.
Shut by is Surfer’s Paradise, well-known for its high-rise skyline and pristine 3km seashore. There are at all times surfers, swimmers and joggers round, so take part. After a go to to Okay’gari (Fraser Island), it’s value a fast cease at Rainbow Seaside. The southern finish of this lovely 23km seashore has completely different colored sands, giving it its identify.
6. Study aboriginal tradition
In addition to having a good time, travelling is all about studying, broadening your horizons and experiences. Your east coast tour offers you the chance to be taught extra about aboriginal tradition. Uncover historical customs of “oral custom”, the place historical past, tradition and folklore is handed down via generations via story telling. Share the aboriginal respect for land and nature, perceive “Dreamtime”, an expression of creativity, and the usage of native vegetation.
A few of our Stray Excursions embody an aboriginal cultural expertise at an essential website of the Gumbaynggirr individuals, the place not solely will you be taught extra about their tradition and historical past, however you’ll play an element in protecting their heritage alive.
7. Camp underneath the celebs
One of many traditions of again packing is tenting, positively one thing it’s best to combine in together with your hostels, inns and lodges. Three of our Stray Excursions embody a go to to Okay’gari or Fraser Island, which is the most important sand island within the southern hemisphere. We keep 2 nights at a seashore camp, sleeping underneath starry skies near the seashore and ocean. The camp additionally has its personal kitchen and deck with views over the coast. Within the night, it’s tucker across the camp hearth for an actual tenting expertise.
8. Set sail for an island
With some a lot shoreline to discover, it’s the proper time to strive some crusing. Now we have an unimaginable crusing expertise on a few of our east coast Stray Excursions. You’ll be able to cast-off on a 76 foot ocean crusing yacht to the gorgeous Whitsunday islands.
Not solely will you be a deck hand for a few days, hoisting sail and taking a flip on the wheel, you’ll truly reside on board, swimming, snorkelling and crusing your method via the 74 islands. And when the solar goes over the yard arm, it’s time to observe the sundown with a sundowner in hand…
9. Get again to nature
Australia is a large nation with various micro climates and pure landscapes. Your east coast tour means you will notice extra than simply the seashores. Don’t miss the Nationwide Park at Noosa, taking in rain forest and coast, and simply accessible from the city. Simply north is your probability to go to one in every of solely two everglades on the earth – nice to discover in a kayak.
Enterprise inland from the east coast to soak up the Atherton Tableland area. See spectacular falls with pure swimming pools to swim in, and extinct volcanic crater lakes. Among the Stray Excursions even embody a moonlit canoe journey on Lake Tinaroo to see probably the most unimaginable darkish skies and stargaze throughout the evening sky with no gentle air pollution.
Lastly, it goes with out saying, however you additionally should expertise The Nice Barrier Reef. With over 3,000 particular person reef techniques protecting an space of practically 345,000 sq. kilometres. It’s greater than the Nice Wall of China and the one residing factor on earth that’s seen from area. On a Stray Tour, we keep at Bundaberg on the southern Nice Barrier Reef, and Cairns with its snorkelling and crusing excursions to the Reef.
10. Get to know the locals
Aussies are pleasant and enjoyable, and also you’ll make a great deal of new mates in your east coast Stray Tour. But it surely’s not simply in regards to the individuals… one other factor you have to do is get to know the native animals too!
At Port Stephens, we keep at a hostel set in 6 acres of bush land with kangaroos and wallabies roaming free. From Tomaree Head and Noosa Heads, you could be fortunate sufficient to see Bottlenose Dolphins, and even migrating Humpback Whales between Could and September.
You have to see the koalas on the Koala Hospital at Port Macquarie, and learn the way they protect and rehabilitate Australia’s finest liked creature. At Bundaberg, you’ll not solely get the possibility to satisfy Bundy R. Bear (you’ll “bearly” consider it!), you’ll additionally meet the turtles at Mon Repos and will get to see these unimaginable creatures hatch.
A 4 wheel drive safari on Okay’gari or Fraser Island means you’ll be able to spot a wide range of wildlife, together with wild dingoes on the seashore. Take care although. Keep in mind these are wild animals, not cute canines that like their ears tickled.
Lastly, whenever you’re snorkelling or scuba diving off the east coast of Australia, you’ll realise that the previous saying is true. There actually are so many fish within the sea!
Wherever you go in your tour of Australia, you’ll go to some unbelievable locations and revel in unforgettable actions. You’ll additionally make life lengthy mates on a Stray Tour, and we hope that collectively you’ll expertise a few of our ten must-do issues in your east coast tour.
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If you’ve determined what you actually must-do, try our selection of east coast Stray Excursions. We’re certain there will probably be a pair that tick all of your containers and we hope we’ll be sharing these experiences with you quickly.