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12 Top Stops Australias East Coast

12 Top Stops Australias East Coast

Heading along the East Coast of Australia soon?

Well here are 12 destination you shouldn’t miss out!

12 Top Stops On Australias East Coast


With it’s coffee culture, colourful alleyways and laid back vibes Melbourne is a firm favourite with many backpackers in Australia – especially those looking for city life and work.

Home to heaps of sporting events from the F1 to Australian Tennis open it’s a great places for huge events and music too.

For those looking for some adventure it’s the perfect starting point for the Great Ocean RoadPhillip Island and of course the Neighbours Set!


Arguably the most iconic city in Australia, but oddly enough not the actual capital! Sydney boasts more attractions than you can shake a boomerang at – including the world famous Bondi Beach, Tarronga Zoo and of course the Sydney Opera House.

Kick back and explore this amazing city, party in Kings Cross or escape the hustle and bustle on a day trip to the Blue Mountains.

Byron Bay

If cities aren’t your thing than Byron Bay is certainly going to be one of your favourites. A hippie town where surfer vibes, barefoot living and alternatives cultures mix together – this epic beach town is all about surfing all day and partying all night!

Stay at the iconic Arts Factory Lodge (made famous on the Inbetweeners 2 movie), learn to surf, watch sunrise at the most Easterly point in Australia and even kayak with dolphinsByron Bay is a firm favourite with many backpackers and our travel team too!

Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise is often described as the Miami of Australia  – high rise buildings fringe the open beaches and it’s a perfect stop for anyone looking for some retail therapy of city night life with a splash of ocean.

If you’re looking to head to any of the Gold Coast theme parks this is the ideal base too.


With it’s amazing National Parks and the start point for kayak and canoe trips in the EvergladesNoosa is another awesome beach town stop on the East Coast.

Keep your eyes peeled for wild koalas chilling in the tree tops and jump on board the awesome Nomads Fraser Island tour which departs from here.

Rainbow Beach

The main departure point for Fraser Island this town is full of pre and post tour party! Named after it’s multicoloured sand dunes Rainbow Beach also offers plenty of other activities too – include jet skiing, whale watching and dolphin kayaking.

Fraser Island

Fancy exploring the worlds largest sand island? Well there are plenty of epic Fraser Island trips and tours to choose from! Whether you fancy a camping adventure or want a bit more comfort and stay on a hostel on the island you’ll get to experience 4×4 adventure!

Check out the famous Maheno shipwreck, float down Eli Creek, soak up the views from Indian Head and swim in the stunning Lake Mackenzie – it’s a stop that shouldn’t be missed!

Airlie Beach & The Whitsundays

Along with Fraser Island The Whitsundays are one of the biggest bucket list destinations in Australia!

Whether you want to party hard on the likes of the Atlantic Clipper, cruise around on Tongarra or enjoy something a bit more flashpacker on Powerplay there’s a whole heap of Whitsunday Sailing Adventures to choose from for all styles and budgets!

Magnetic Island

If you’re looking to slow the pace down a bit and enjoy some island time then look no further than Magnetic Island. This awesome spot just off the coast of Townsville is the perfect place to enjoy a few days before or after the chaos of Cairns!

For those still wanting to party head to Base Hostel for some beach front beers or those wanting to kick back amongst the rainforest Bungalow Bay YHA offers a great alternative.

Whatever you choose make sure you hire some of the island famous “Barbie Cars” and explore the beaches and lookout points in style!

Mission Beach

If adrenaline if your thing then a couple days stop off at Mission Beach is well worth fitting into your travels.

It’s the most popular spot in Australia to tick skydiving off your bucket list as this drop zone allows you to land on the beach, with epic views across the Great Barrier Reef too.

If falling out of the sky isn’t your thing then Mission Beach is also a great departure point for some white water rafting on the Tully River!


The gateway to the Great Barrier ReefCairns is a town full of good times! When you’re not busy on the ocean snorkelling or scuba diving one of Australis most popular natural attractions you’ll be busy dancing on tables at the Woolshed or chilling by the lagoon pool with your travel buddies.

Cape Tribulation

The only place on the planet where two UNESCO World Heritage sites meet – the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Cape Tribulation is a spectacular addition to any East Coast itinerary and well worth it!

Jump on a day trip from Cairns or stay overnight and you’ll enjoy plenty of time exploring waterfalls, spotting wild crocodiles and soaking up the natural beauty of Tropical North Queensland.