With so many awesome towns, cities, villages, and beaches to explore in Australia, it can be hard to figure out where to stop off during your travels in Oz! To help you guys figure out some priorities, our team has put together our favourite places in Australia. These stops are filled with fun, sun, and good times all around, which is what travelling in Australia is all about! Grab a map, a notepad, and get planning…
1. Byron Bay
We have a huge soft spot for Byron Bay, as it’s our home base after all! This little hippie town in Northern New South Wales is where barefoot living, surfing, and the beach are a way of life. There is so much to see and do too, from lighthouse walks, to kayaking with dolphins, and learning to surf. Or you could just kick back here at a slower pace and enjoy the electric array of buskers and artists on each street corner. We’re sure you’ll extend your stay a few times, but don’t let the bubble trap you. There’s a lot more to see out there.
One of Australia’s most iconic cities, Sydney needs no real introduction! Wander along Circular Quay and grab some snaps of the incredible Sydney Harbour Bridge and an Opera House selfie, head over to Bondi Beach for some waves and to top up your tan, or party the night away at the infamous Kings Cross. Sydney is a must!
The arch rival of Sydney! Melbourne boasts more than its fair share of things to see and do, from heaps of sporting events like the F1, Melbourne Cup, and Australian Open, through to the adorable Penguin Parade and backpacker hub of St Kilda Beach. Wander around the alleys scrawled with amazing street art and soak up the coffee culture!
Full of beach vibes but a touch more hipster than hippie, Noosa is another great ocean front stop off. Learn to surf, search for wild koalas amongst the tea tree forest or head out for some adventure on a kayaking tour. Noosa is full of lush nature, top notch shopping, world class beaches, and beautiful hikes through the famous Noosa National Park.
5. The Whitsundays
One of the biggest bucket list items of the East Coast, the Whitsunday Islands are a highlight for sure. Jump on a day trip or splash out on a few nights sleeping onboard one of the many sailing boats and explore the world famous Whitehaven Inlet. Strap your fins and mask on and snorkel clear warm waters and watch the sunset over the ocean. It’s absolute pure bliss.
6. Fraser Island
Another big tick off the bucket list, Fraser Island is packed full of adventure. Cruise around the biggest sand island in the world in a 4×4, swim in the alluring Lake Mackenzie, watch the marine life from Indian Head Lookout, and spot some of the wild dingoes that roam around. A camping tour here is what adventure is made of!
Most East Coast tours start or finish here, so it’s full of backpacking goodness! Dance the night away at various bars and clubs throughout the city and spend the day relaxing by the lagoon pool. It’s also the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef so book yourself on a day trip for some snorkelling, or get your open water scuba dive certification and explore under the surface.
8. Gold Coast
If you love the combination of beaches and cityscapes, the Goldie is for you. You’ll find more skyscrapers by the sand than palm trees, but with it comes all the draws of the city, and there’s plenty going on to keep you entertained.
9. Great Ocean Road
One of the best road trips in the world, The Great Ocean Road is nothing short of epic. Relax on some of the many beaches and coves, spot wild koalas and kangaroos, and of course, witness a sunrise or sunset over the famous 12 Apostles. Enjoy it on a day tour or multi day tour, but our favourite way has to be hiring a campervan, grabbing some buddies, and road tripping!
Learn some more about the indigenous heritage of Australia and visit the iconic, Uluru, and experience the outback. Camp in a traditional swag under the stars and soak up the stunning view. Go ahead and strap your boots on and get out to the middle of nowhere. Experience the true blue Australian outback.