East Coast Australia Gap Year – 7 Of Our Travel Highlights
east coast australia gap year backpacker highlights

The East Coast of Australia is one of our favourite places to travel and if you’re heading off on a gap year the chances are Australia is going to be a solid stop off for you…whether it’s a quick jaunt or a full working holiday visa.

And over the last few years we’ve spent heaps of time bouncing around the land down under so we thought we’d share our East Coast Australia highlights so you can start planning all the epic things you want to get up too and get even more stoked for it!


Byron Bay

Oh Byron Bay we do love you!

This quaint little town is usually the first major backpacker stop off after Sydney (unless of course you decided to get stuck into our Sydney – Byron Bay surf trips!) and is somewhere we’re sure you’ll fall in love with too!

Barefoot living, amazing beaches, pumping surf, incredible scuba diving and a slower pace of life all make the Byron bubble a backpackers dream.
Kick back to the tunes of the local buskers, enjoy a sunset over mount warning or stroll up to the lighthouse to spot some dolphins and whales.

The only bad thing about visiting Byron Bay is the fact you’ll never want to leave!


Sailing The Whitsunday Islands

If you love picturesque islands, warm clear waters and pretending to be a pirate then the Whitsunday Islands will be a massive highlight of your East Coast adventure.

Choose a day trip or an overnight stay (which we highly suggest you do!) and the type of boat that suits you – diving, relaxing, romantic or a backpacker party boat…there’s something for every style and budget!

You’ll return to shore with heaps of new travel buddies, an epic tan and hopefully that postcard perfect shot of the famous Whitehaven Beach.


4×4 On Fraser Island

Alongside The Whitsundays a trip to Fraser Island is the other big East Coast tour…and our personal favourite.

What is there not to love about cruising along the beach on the worlds biggest sand island in a 4 wheel drive, camping with the sound of the ocean under a blanket of stars and visiting epic lookouts, lakes and spotting wild dingoes?!

Seriously, get it on your bucket list!


Diving The Great Barrier Reef

Australia and nature go hand in hand – but the ultimate natural wonder has to be the Great Barrier Reef.

Although you can simply snorkel it we think there’s no better way to enjoy the Barrier Reef than jumping a dive boat and getting right amongst the marine life!

Check out our Great Barrier Reef Day Trips, learn to scuba dive in Cairns or go all out with a Great Barrier Reef Dive Liveaboard…it’s something you’ll never forget.

Plus you get to go find Nemo too!haha!


Roadtrip The Great Ocean Road

If road trips are your thing then look no further than the Great Ocean Road. This stretch of coastal highway between Melbourne and Adelaide is nothing short of epic!

With hundreds of beaches and coves to explore the best way to tackle it is to hire a campervan with some buddies for the ultimate flexibility to pull over wherever you choose.

Check out spots like Torquay where Ripcurl and Quiksilver were born (and thus have some incredible factory outlet stores!), check out the surf of the world famous Bells Beach, meet a wild koala outside of Lorne and of course catch sunset at the iconic Twelve Apostles.

One of the worlds best road trips!



Want to pump up the adrenaline a bit? Then why not jump out of a perfectly good plane?!

Australia is a great place to skydive and has heaps of jump zones – fretful over cities, beaches, reefs…it’s an amazing feeling.

Plus you’ll get a pretty epic Facebook Profile picture out of it too!


The Icons Of Sydney

If you’re travelling to Australia then you cant leave without visiting the icons of Sydney.

Kick back with a beer in front of the Sydney Opera House, take in the cityscape from the Skytower, climb over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and relax on the sands of Bondi Beach.

Even if you don’t like cities that much Sydneys outdoor vibe and proximity to the beach will means you’ll have a blast – there’s so much to see and do!


Have you travelled to Australia? What East Coast treats would you add to the list?


September 28, 2015
Skydiving seems like such a fun activity! Australia sounds like a really nice place to try it out if there are so many different places they let you do it. Maybe I should look into my first time being there.

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