Driving the East Coast on an epic roadie adventure
The Ultimate East Coast Australia Bucket List
Explore Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest
Make like David Attenborough and explore Tropical North Queensland’s incredible Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest; a world heritage listed site where lush rainforest meets reef. Zip-line through the jungle, snorkel the reef, hunt for crocs and ride the famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
Scuba Dive the Great Barrier Reef
If you’re a wannabe mermaid/man like me then the Great Barrier Reef – home to over 400 coral species and an abundance of marine life – is probably on your scuba bucket list. Unfortunately the reef has taken a tragic hit with climate change and bleaching spoiling much of this beloved natural wonder. If you want to see it, now is the time to don your fins before it’s too late.
Land a Skydive on Mission Beach
Just south of Cairns, Mission Beach is a laid back town with sprawling beaches and a penance for extreme activities! It’s the only place you can land a skydive right on the sand. What are you waiting for?!
Sail the Whitsundays
Have I died and gone to heaven? Oh, nope, it’s just the Whitsundays. When you picture paradise, it’s this. Luscious forests, warm white sand and crystal turquoise waters make the Whitsundays the perfect place to earn your sea legs aboard a sailing boat. I stayed at a resort and it’s one of the only things I regret about my Australia trip; next time I’m back I’ll be hopping aboard a boat for sure.
Camp on Fraser Island
World Heritage listed Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and stretches over 120km off eastern Queensland’s coast. Keep an eye out for the locals, the dingos, as you cruise along in a 4WD, camp on the sand and snorkel in the serene blue. Don’t forget to climb Indian Head for panoramic views!
Explore Noosa National Park
Just north of Brisbane you’ll find Noosa. The town itself is charming and bouji; a sort of King’s Road meets Salcombe meets the Sunshine Coast. Boutiques, al-fresco dining and upscale accommodation meets surfer vibes, making this one of my favourite stops on the East Coast. Best of all, Noosa is home to an incredible National Park and must see sights including the famous Fairy Pools.
Stop via Brisbane
One of Australia’s major cities, Brisbane is full of nightlife, foodie haunts and is even nearby home to the late, great Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. There’s also Moreton Island just 25km off shore with less than a hundred residents and the gorgeous gem that is North Stradbroke in Moreton Bay.
Ride a Wave at Surfer’s Paradise
Catch a wave or watch dolphins off of the jetty at the Gold Coast’s most famous seaside town; Surfer’s Paradise. High-rise skyline meets miles and miles of glistening sand whilst lively nightlife will keep you entertained long after you’ve rinsed off your surfboard.
Kayak with Dolphins in Byron Bay
Byron Bay is one of my absolute highlights and a must on any east coast Australia bucket list. Lounge in the sun, surf awesome rips and chill out with the musicians at night. The next morning? Go kayaking with dolphins, scuba dive, sky dive or hike up to the Byron Bay Lighthouse and the Most Easterly Point of Mainland Australia. Basically, this relaxed little New South Wales town has it all.
Hike the Blue Mountains
Just outside of Sydney you’ll find the stunning Blue Mountains, given their name by the eucalyptus haze that engulfs the region. Sure, Katoomba is great as are the world famous Three Sisters, but if you want tourist-free views then make your way to Pulpit Rock.
Take the Ferry to Manly
The ferry from Sydney’s Circular Quay across the harbour to Manly is one of the best, cheap, views you’ll possible get of the incredible Harbour Bridge and iconic Opera House. Manly is lovely, so there’s that too. Grab a seat near the side and enjoy the jaw-dropping views.
Swim at Sydney’s Icebergs Pool
This iconic swim club, carved into the rock face at Sydney’s eastern suburbs Bondi Beach, is probably the world’s most famous pool now. Best bit? You can swim in cool blue water for just $7. Be warned: filled by splashing ocean waves, it’s not called Icebergs for nothing…
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