See the best of Australia on the East Coast route

The classic East Coast route takes travellers through the most popular sightseeing spots in Australia, starting from Sydney in the south with its iconic Opera House and heading all the way up to Cairns, the gateway to the underwater wonder of The Great Barrier Reef, in the north.


Start in Sydney with the famous Opera House and climb across the great bridge to see an epic view of one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world.

Bondi Beach

Just outside of Sydney you’ll find one of the world’s best beaches. Bondi is a very busy spot, so good that we’ve named it as one of our Top 5 beaches in Australasia

Port Stephens

The opposite to Bondi, sheltered Port Stephens is serene. It is sometimes called the Blue Water Paradise because of the beautiful marine surroundings

Byron Bay

Byron is a beach party town, but it has a much more laid-back feel than the Gold Coast with good food, a hippy vibe and some very cool hostels set in acres of woodlands.

The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is the place to be for every aspiring surfer and party lover. All hostels offer big social nights out and in the daytime you can enjoy the buzzing atmosphere. The main draw is the well known Surfers Paradise.

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Visit the chilled capital of Queensland built on the River Brisbane to see how Aussies live the city life in style.

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Fraser Island

The world’s largest sand island is a World Heritage Site. Head out in a jeep for four days to explore the islands and camp on the beach. Highlights include swimming in the beautiful lakes. Trips leave from Rainbow Beach or Hervey Bay.

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Airlie Beach

The stop-off point for many travellers heading to Fraser Island or on a Whitsundays trip, it has a fun traveller vibe.

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Whitsunday Islands

Go on a sailing trip around the Whitsunday islands in the crystal waters of the Great Barrier Ree. Days are spent relaxing on the boat, snorkelling or diving on the world famous reef and stopping off at beautiful beaches white such as Whitehaven – the clue’s in the name.

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The final stop for many travellers, Cairns is a friendly place. It is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and on the doorstep of Cape Tribulation, a vast rainforest. Nights out partying come as standard.

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Are you planning on travelling the East Coast route on your gap year in Australia? Let us know in the comments.

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