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Places to visit on the East Coast of Australia

Cape Tribulation is a coastal region of Daintree National Park that provides both beaches and a rainforest. The Great Barrier Reef, located to the east, can be visited on a boat tours. The Daintree is extremely biodiverse, and a huge proportion of Australia’s wildlife species can be found there. The Daintree Rainforest is exceptional because to its incredibly complex eco system, which makes it unlike any other rainforest in the world and further distinguishes it from all others.

What can I do?

Cape Tribulation is a nature junkie’s haven. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef or take a horse ride tour along the beach. Theres something for every type of adventurer. If adrenaline isn’t your thing then there’s plenty of things to do.

The most popular reason for anyone visiting this region is of course the Daintree National park and the Great Barrier Reef. And the only place in the world where two heritage national parks meet.


Exploring Cairns and its surrounding attractions is a must for any traveler on Australia’s east coast. From heart-pounding adventures like skydiving, white water rafting, and bungee jumping to exploring lush tropical rainforests and diving the Great Barrier Reef, there’s something for everyone.

For the adrenaline junkies, Cairns offers skydiving from 14,000 feet, bungee jumping, and exhilarating activities like white water rafting, river boarding, and canyoning. For those seeking adventure, a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkeling or scuba diving is a must. Explore the stunning waterfalls of the Atherton Tablelands or venture into the Daintree Rainforest in Cape Tribulation for an unforgettable experience.

For a more relaxed day, unwind at the Cairns foreshore lagoon or soak up the sun at one of the northern beaches like Port Douglas. And for a scenic day trip, take the Kuranda scenic train and Skyrail to explore the charming township of Kuranda.

Whether you’re seeking thrills or relaxation, Cairns offers endless opportunities for adventure and exploration. Enjoy your stay!

Mission Beach is a small coastal town south of Cairns(140km) located on the Cassowary Coast. It’s a great place to chill out and relax and also get the ultimate adrenaline rush!

What can I do?

Mission Beach is famous for one of the best skydive locations in Australia. Imagine jumping out of a plane at 14000 ft over looking the Great Barrier Reef and landing on a perfect white sandy beach!

If you need more thrills jump in a raft and take on the Tully white water rafting over grade 3 & 4 rapids. Thats sure to get you buzzing.

For more of a laid bake approach taking a day trip to Dunk island for the nature lovers is a must. Only 4 kilometres offshore its mostly covered by national park and stunning walking tracks.

If the reef is something you’re after head out with Mission Beach dive and take in a snorkel introductory or certified dive.

For a small population  Mission Beach sure can pack a punch on the adrenalin stage. So start your adventures with Cheap Az Travel today to get you adventures underway.

Magnetic island is a tropical island paradise only a short ferry ride off the coast of Townsville, Queensland. It boasts sunshine for days, scenic hiking trails, koalas, topless cars, snorkelling journeys and more.

Have yourself a tropical island getaway on a budget and visit Magnetic Island today.

Getting there

SeaLink offers 14 daily services on a passenger ferry to the island and it only takes 20 minutes to get over. If arriving on bus to Townsville you will be dropped off at the ferry terminal.

If travelling by car and you want to take it over to the island then Magnetic island ferries offers a car and passenger service.

What can I do?

There are a couple of places to stay on the island that we recommend. One being Base Backpackers which is right on the beach and feature a lively bar and beachfront budget accommodation. Check out the 2 day 2 night island escape .

Bungalow bay is another accommodation that is worth your visit and it’s also pretty unique! It has it’s own wildlife sanctuary allowing guests to get up close to native Australian Wildlife. We recommend a close up experience with a Koala.

If you’re looking for a unique way to get around the island then look no further than topless cars. Hire one of these fun sized modes of transport to get yourself around the island to the sights.

There are some nice walks to checkout on the island and awesome beaches to visit such as Arthur and Horseshoe bay. Those looking for a way to get there diving accreditation cheap can checkout our 3 day open water dive course.

There’s a bit of adventure, relaxation and partying making sure anyone enjoys a holiday on Magnetic Island.

Talk about a tropical paradise! The stunning 74 Whitsunday islands are spread along the Queensland coast. And boast ample marine life and stunning island views.

Be amazed by the scenery of Whitehaven beach and take a stroll along a rainforest walk to Hill inlet.

Are you are short on time ? One day tours depart daily from Airlie beach. And will take you on an adventure to the highlights of the Whitsundays such as Whitehaven beach Hill inlet and fantastic snorkel locations.

If you have some more spare time on your hands take a look at 2 day 1 night and 2 day 2 night sailing adventures. This will allow you to have more time and chill in this amazing region and you will be sleeping on the boats overnight what an amazing experience.

Imagine waking up in the morning and straight in the Great Barrier Reef for a mid morning snorkel adventure.
Whitsundays by air
See the Whitsundays from above with a stunning Whitsunday 60 minute scenic flight. Over the islands and Great Barrier Reef, including famous Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach.

Ocean Rafting allows you to enjoy a bird’s eye view of many of the 74 Whitsunday Islands. Fly over Whitehaven Beach and picture postcard Hill Inlet. Before heading out to the Great Barrier Reef and experiencing one of the most photographed reef locations, Heart Reef.
Where to next?
Head north to Townsville and jump on the ferry across to Magnetic island for a taste of a different kind of island life. Those heading south can go on a 4 wheel drive adventure on Fraser Island.

Offering breathtaking beaches and plenty of fun activities for every one, the neighbouring towns of 1770 and Agnes Waters should be on the list of any traveller heading up or down the east coast.

Getting here

1770 Agnes Waters is situated on the southern end of the Great Barrier reef just a short drive(90 minutes) from Bundaberg. If you’re far away you can fly to Bundaberg airport and hire a car. Otherwise if you’re close or making your way along the coast it’s an easy drive and both the Greyhound and Premier bus services stop here.

What can i do?

Theres plenty of beaches to checkout from the ones named after the towns themselves to springs and Chinamans beach. Try your hand at surfing or just enjoy a nice dip in the ocean. Those that are not confident surfers can take a surf lesson with one of the local surf schools.

If fishing is your deal then you can head out on a fishing charter to catch the big one. Alternatively you could take a tour on the Larc, an amphibious vehicle that travels on land and in the water! If you’ve had enough of the ocean there are plenty of walks to try. Why not walk to Bustard lighthouse or head to Deepwater national park?

Accommodation and food

There’s plenty of nice places to grab a meal such as the staple Agnes water tavern or plantation bar and restaurant. A variety of accommodation is available including backpacker hostels, caravan parks and motels.

Where to from here?

Heading north? Check out Emu Park, Rockhampton and Yeppoon or Mackay to get off the beaten track. If you’re keen on the next hot spot then head to Airlie beach to visit the Whitsunday islands.

For those heading south it’s a no brainer – head to Fraser island for some 4 wheel drive adventures!

Hervey Bay is famous for Whale-Watching – Whales don’t simply pass through here on their annual migration to the breeding grounds of the Great Barrier Reef; Hervey Bay serves as a crucial stopover for them. Here, they rest, play, giving onlookers a real show and plenty of pics. It’s also a gateway for K’gari (Fraser Island) with a number of Tours departing dailing including overnight and day tours. Hervey Bay is easily accessible by car or bus as Greyhound and Premier both stop at this location.

What can I do there?

Hervey Bay is famous for being a key destination for whale-watching. From July to November, humpback whales migrate through the area, and there are several tours available for an up-close experience. During this time they are more relaxed and are often seen in bigger groups.  During the peak months when we’ve been there they were often getting 200+ whales in the bay each day.

As a gateway to K’Gari (Fraser Island), Hervey Bay offers numerous tours to explore the world’s largest sand island. You can visit iconic sites like Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, and the Maheno Shipwreck on 1-day, 2-day, and 3-day tours.

The Hervey Bay Esplanade is a scenic waterfront area offering parks, walking and biking paths, and beautiful views of the bay. It’s a great place for a leisurely stroll, cycling, or enjoying a picnic.

Visit the historic Urangan Pier, which stretches out into the bay and is one of the longest piers in Australia. It’s a popular spot for fishing, walking, and watching the sunset.

Explore the Great Sandy Strait by taking a boat tour or hiring a kayak. This area is known for its diverse marine life, including dolphins and dugongs.

Hervey Bay offers opportunities for water sports such as kayaking, paddleboarding, jet skiing, and sailing. The calm waters are suitable for both beginners and experienced water enthusiasts.

Visit the local markets, such as the Hervey Bay Markets, for fresh produce, handmade crafts, and a taste of the local culture.

Fraser island also now known as the traditional name K’gari is the world’s largest sand island. And in 1992 was listed as a World heritage area.

With the island measuring 132 km in length you can easily take several days exploring this amazing island. With One, Two and Three day tours available to see the island. On your journey you will see lush rainforest’s, fresh water lakes and creeks.

A popular way of seeing the island is a 3 Day night 4WD adventure called a tagalong tour. Join other likeminded travellers in a 4WD and follow the leader from the tour company. These tours are especially popular with young travellers including your food and camping equipment.

Also fully guided tours run daily if that is more your style and sit back and let your driver explain the culture history of the Fraser island.

Another option is hiring your own 4WD package for the island including camping equipment.

Lake Mckenzie ( Boorangoora) Is and inland lake and extremely popular with visitors to the island. With its blue waters and white sandy beach. Please note Fraser island does have a dingo population so please don’t take food to the popular areas for safety.

Lake Wabby is the deepest lake on Fraser island and has a very significant cultural meaning to the Butchulla people It also lies on the shore of the Hammerstone Sandblow.

Eli Creek Relax and cool down with this crystal clear freshwater creek that runs through the banks and right out to the beach.

Kingfisher Bay impressive views along the coastline of the  Great Sandy Strait.

Rainbow Beach is a coastal town located in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland and a gateway to K’gari (Fraser Island). The town is known for its stunning natural beauty, colorful sand dunes, and access to the southern tip of the Great Sandy National Park. If you are doing one of the 3 Day 2 Night Tag A Long trips you will probably spend a night before and after the trip.

What can I do there?

Explore the vibrant and multicolored sand cliffs that give Rainbow Beach its name. Take a walk along the beach to see the various hues created by the different minerals in the sand.

Hike up to Carlo Sand Blow for breathtaking panoramic views of the coastline and the Pacific Ocean. It’s also a popular spot for sunrise and sunset photography.

Relax on the long stretches of white sandy beaches. You can also engage in activities like swimming, beachcombing, and picnicking.

Try your hand at water sports such as kayaking, paddleboarding, or even taking a jet ski tour. The clear waters of the Pacific Ocean provide a great setting for these activities.

Ocean Adentures offer a Dolphin Kayaking Tour from here as well.

Since Rainbow Beach is a gateway to Fraser Island, consider taking a 1-day, 2-day, or 3-day tour to explore the world’s largest sand island. Visit places like Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, and the Maheno Shipwreck.

Explore the surrounding areas with 4WD tours. This can include trips to the Great Sandy National Park or guided tours to more remote and adventurous locations.

Noosa is located on the sunshine coast in south east Queensland. It’s known for its sun drenched beaches, down to earth locals, chilled out vibe and delicious restaurants.

This has to be one of the must see places on your east coast trip. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to just relax or for an adrenaline rush, you’ll find it here in Noosa.

What can I do?

Get amongst it outdoors is really the way to be when visiting here. The area is surrounded by 4000 hectares of national park and swamp lands. Not only that but pristine beaches for swimming, sun-bathing and surfing are also on the menu.

Definitely hit up the sand and surf. A good intro would be to head to Noosa heads main beach. Next to the main beach you’ll find Noosa national park to explore. Walk through this awesome wilderness in the middle of tow and check out Dolphin Point lookout, the fairy pools and more. There’s plenty of opportunities for photos along the way.

Once you’ve soaked up sun on the coast we recommend heading inland and exploring the Noosa everglades. This area is home to over 1300 plant species and 44% of Australia’s bird wildlife. There’s no better way to explore the unique Flora and Fauna and pristine waters than on a kayak tour.

Your trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Australia Zoo of course! Grab a ticket and checkout the animals and attractions at one of Australia’s most Popular Zoos. Made famous by the late Steve Irwin.

Noosa is also a great spot to plan, prepare and depart for your Fraser island trip. Book your 3 day 2 night 4 wheel drive trip and have the journey of a lifetime.

Brisbane is divided into two sections with the Brisbane river running through the city. An amazing all year round climate it makes it a fantastic destination to live the outdoor lifestyle no matter the time of year.

What can I do?

Brisbane has a selection of open air markets and a vibrant nightlife scene, head to Fortitude Valley or “the valley” as it’s known for the most popular nightclubs and bars.

The city is also a great destination for the traveller to soak up the sunshine and become a local. Explore Southbank and it’s restaurants and bars and even enjoy the man made beach or a ride on the ferris wheel.

Only 1 hour from Brisbane there are plenty of awesome beaches to visit and you can also enjoy an escape to Moreton island. Get amongst it and enjoy some snorkelling, diving or surfing.

Give yourself a full day to Visit Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. The bus from Roma Street Station takes you to Beerwah where the Zoo bus will pick you up and drop you back to. A great day our and very popular for Animal Lovers.

Where to next?

The Gold Coast is only 1 hour south as well with plenty of adventure to be had and of course don’t forget Fraser island with tours departing from Brisbane as well. In conclusion your adventure can be jam packet or it can be chilled in the sunshine. Let Cheap Az Travel be you first contact point to get your adventure started today.

The Gold Coast is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the East Coast of Australia and Surfers Paradise is at it’s heart. Whether you’re looking to just relax, hit the waves or get your adrenaline fix at the theme parks this is the place to be.

What can I do?

There are plenty of beaches to visit whether you’re looking to relax or surf. Checkout the waters of Coolangatta or Currumbin for a sun tan or swim or the popular surfing breaks at Main beach or Burleigh heads. If you don’t know how to surf don’t worry, our surf lessons will have you hanging ten in no time.

A spectacular subtropical hinterland awaits the adventurous traveller and there are plenty of day tours available to check it out. Waterfalls and gorgeous rainforest walks will allow you to see another side of the area. We recommend the nocturnal rainforest and glow worms tour or the day tour to Springbrook national park.

Adrenaline junkies will want to get a pass for the Theme Parks and visit Sea world, movie world and wet ‘n’ wild. Ride the rollercoasters, see the shows and slide down the water slides at these epic theme parks!

Also well known for its nightlife, there are a variety of pub crawls running on the weekend which are loads of fun and a great way to meet other travellers.

Where to from here?

We recommend heading north to Brisbane and Fraser island or south to Byron bay.

Byron Bay is a coastal town located on the far-north coast of NSW. Home to Australia’s most easterly point. And the iconic Cape Byron lighthouse, the region is known for its amazing beaches and festivals.

What can I do

Explore Byron Bay’s beaches by kayaking with dolphins swimming with turtles, taking a surf lessonwhale watching  or get your adrenaline fix by enjoying a skydive from 15,000 feet.

Enjoy a coastal walk and watch an amazing sunrise at Byron Bay’s Lighthouse, located at Australia’s Eastern most point. The views are amazing and will ensure you get that instagram shot to remember.  The walk to the lighthouse is approximately 45 minutes each way from the main beach.

For the music lovers Byron Bay is home to BluesFest, one  of the biggest Blues music Festivals in the world held in April every year. Come and see some of the world’s premier blues artists play in the pristine location.

Where do i go from here?

Just over a one hour drive West you have the town of Nimbin. Known for its alternative Lifestyle and being Australia’s most famous Hippie destination. There’s daily tours and local buses  to Nimbin which makes it a great little day trip to see an alternative way of life.

Those travelling on can head north to the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Fraser island and beyond or if you’re heading south you can visit Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Newcastle or overnight bus it all the way to Sydney.

No matter if you’re into adrenalin adventure or just relaxing on the beach Byron Bay has it all no wonder its number 1 for the backpacker traveller.

Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and has so many options for travellers to enjoy. It is the main point of entrance for many travellers visiting Australia making it a bustling and vibrant city with lots to see and do.

What can I do?

There’s plenty to do in the city no matter what time of year you arrive. Explore Darling Harbour either on foot or by boat. You can even go whale watching on the harbour too! Make sure you visit the iconic Opera house for an iconic “I’m in Australia” photo. We recommend doing a bridge climb on Sydney harbour bridge for epic views of the city.

You’ll also want to head to the coast to the famous Bondi beach. Marvel at this stunning beach in Australia’s largest city. Go for a swim or maybe learn to surf. Just try not to end up on Bondi rescue.

There are plenty other beaches south of here as well with nice walks in between. Tamarama, Bronte and Coogee beach are all worth checking out.

If you’re in the mood for a night out there’s plenty of spots to hit up in the city or in Kings Cross as well.

One of the most popular day trips from Sydney is to visit the Blue Mountains National Park. Enjoy scenic hikes, see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and ride the worlds steepest railway.

Another popular trip is to go wine tasting in the Hunter Valley winery region. Fresh produce, chocolates, cheeses and of course wine await you in this scenic spot. Get on board a day trip to check it out.

If you’re driving let us get you the best price on your campervan rental. Our live booking engine compares all the best companies so you don’t have to!

Melbourne is the capital of Victoria Australia. It’s also considered the food, culture, sporting and live music capital too making it one of the most popular places to visit. There’s plenty to do in and around the city but also outside of the city as well!

What can I do?

What can’t you do in Melbourne?! For a start, Melbourne is home to amazing food. Make sure that you check out some of the amazing restaurants on offer. Whether you head to the staple Chin Chin in the city or a hot spot in Fitzroy it’s sure to be delicious.

Explore the famous laneways of Melbourne such as AC/DC laneway, hosier lane or Degraves street. Make sure you try a Melbourne coffee to see why “Melburnians” are such coffee snobs.

Art aficionados will want to check out the National Gallery of Victoria which has different exhibitions on throughout the year. Hosier Lane mentioned before is home to famous street art as well.

A great way to checkout Melbourne is to head to the Eureka Sky-deck. This is the city’s tallest tower and allows you 360 degree views of the city.

A trip here wouldn’t be complete without a visit to St Kilda beach. Chill out on the beach, swim and at sunset you can view penguins on the pier.

What about outside the city?

There’s plenty of areas outside of Melbourne to visit. The Mornington Peninsula to the south and Yarra Valley to the east offer wineries and sightseeing.

Head to Phillip Island to see Australia’s largest penguin colony return home to their burrows at sunset. Check out our one day tour to make sure you have the best experience.

The Great ocean road to the southwest is one of the top 10 drives in the world. We recommend a 2-4 day road trip to make the most of it. Let us compare and get you the best deal on your campervan rental or if short on time check out the one day Great Ocean Road tour.

Whatever you fancy experiencing there’s something for everyone in Melbourne.