The East Coast Of Australia – Our Top 5 Destinations

The East Coast of Australia is one of the most popular backpacker and travelling routes in the world, and with good reasons – there’s so many epic places to see and stuff to do!

Our team have spent heaps of time exploring it over the last few years so we thought we’d share our favourite stop off along Australia…it was tough narrowing it down to 5 though!



Despite not actually being the capital of Australia Sydney is probably the most iconic city in the country (I’m sure our Aussie buddies will have something to say about that!) and alongside the bustling city life theres plenty to keep you busy as a traveller.

Whether you go surfing or chill out on the infamous Bondi Beach, meet some of the locals at Toronga Zoo or just stop over for a quick selfie in front of the iconic Sydney Opera House you’ll be glad you spent at least a few days there. As a major city there’s loads of cool stuff going on year round – whether its Australia Day Celebrations, Vivid Sydney Festival, or even Mardi Gras there’s something for every taste!


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Without a doubt this is our personal favourite and Byron Bay is somewhere many of the EGY team head back to whenever they can! Learn to Surf (or even surf trip up from Sydney to Byron Bay on our surf trip experience!) scuba dive at the incredible Julian Rocks, take a stroll up to the lighthouse or relax on the beach and do some whale watching.

This laid back hippy town runs at a slower pace of life, so go barefoot, buy some anklets and spend some serious time there!


Fraser Island

As a big Australia bucket list this is probably our favourite trip in Australia. Load up a 4 x 4 with some good friends, some campaign equipment and some cold beers and head over to the biggest sand island in the world.

Cruising around through jungles, along the beaches and some crazy beautiful lakes make this tag along camping trip and incredible experience. Chilling around a fire under the epic starscape will no doubt be a highlight of your East Coast experience.


The Whitsunday Islands

Along with Fraser Islands The Whitsunday Islands are another huge to do along the coast.

Jump on a boat and cruise around the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef – snorkelling, sunbathing and cramming your camera full of incredible pictures, including White Haven Beach – famous for having some of the purest sand in the world!



oz experience travel pass bus sydney cairns melbourne east coast australia gap yearUsually the town where you’ll start or finish your East Coast Adventure Cairns is famous as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and if you want to learn to scuba dive this is an incredible spot to do it.

If diving isn’t your thing you can still head out on a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef and get in amongst the incredible marine life that call this natural wonder home.

If you’re not diving there’s heaps of nightlife, bungee jumping and skydiving to be done, or if you’d rather chill out the man made lagoon pools are a greta place to mingle with other travellers, cook up a BBQ and enjoy the heat of tropical North Queensland.


That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to travelling in Australia so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to tackle the East Coast! 

If you’re not sure how you’ll be making your way up or down check out our Greyhound Bus Passes, Oz Experience Passes and Loka Travel Passes, you cant go wrong with any of them!


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