The Australian east coast is one of the most famous in the world, running from Queensland in the north all the way down to Tasmania in the south. It’s the home of surfing, the Sydney opera house and so much more.
What to See on Australia’s East Coast
These are the sights you have to put on your bucket list. They are stunning and worth the trip.
Drive Along The Ocean Road
Most of Australian civilization is found along the east coast. Brisbane, Sydney, Cairns and other major cities connect in a string along the A1, the primary coastal route. The “Great Ocean Road” as some sections of it are known, provides an excellent setting for a road trip, allowing you to see some of the best that the country has to offer.
The Ocean road (the part that hugs the coast) is around 250 miles long. As you drive along it, you’ll see views like the Twelve Apostles and possibly koalas and other animals in their natural habitats. If you fancy a break, head off to the Great Otway National Park where you can enjoy rainforest walks.
Go Ocean Rafting
If you travel up the Great Ocean Road towards Mackay, you’ll soon find a vibrant ocean rafting scene – a kind of entry-level ocean-going experience designed to get people used to the water. Rafting runs between the mainland and Hook Island, a rocky outcrop a few miles off the coast. The activity exposes you to the power of the Pacific Ocean as you try to navigate your vessel in choppy, tropical waters, all with the support of trained guides.
Experience Whale Watching
Every year whales migrate thousands of miles from the warm tropical waters of the Pacific along the coast of Australia down to Antarctica where they spend the winter. Tourists flock to vantage points along the coast and hop on ships to see the spectacle of whales traveling with their offspring in tow, making their way slowly south to fresher waters. Keen whale watchers will be able to look at their fins piercing the surface as well as their blowers ejecting jets of water into the air as they come up to breathe.
Take A Trip To Cairns
Cairns is a favorite stop off for people wanting to visit the Great Barrier Reef. But it’s also an incredible place of a whole host of other reasons. Near to Cairns is one of Australia’s rainforests (yes, it does have them). Take the train to the town of Kuranda and you’ll be treated to an incredible journey, flanked on both sides by lush greenery, stunning waterfalls, and incredible rocky landscapes.
Check Out Fraser Island
Fraser Island is a favorite place among those who love adventure. It’s so remote that you can only get there by 4×4 and need trained tour guides with you at all times. The island plays host to a beautiful white sand 75-mile beach, complete with exciting features like the Maheno shipwreck.
Being so isolated, visitors can enjoy other marvels, like the Mackenzie lake – a vast expanse of crystal clear water that looks good enough to drink (not recommended). There’s also a rainforest and native, purebred dingoes.