An East Coast road/bus trip is almost a rite of passage for backpackers in Oz. From the sparkling Whitsundays Islands and Great Barrier Reef to iconic Sydney and Brisbane and Byron Bay and Fraser Island in between, travelers can’t help but fall in love with this slice of paradise. There’s never a shortage of things to do or see, but there are definitely highlights and muse-sees that you just can’t miss.
Here are 5 of the best East Coast tours that will make your trip one to remember.
1. Blue Mountains Sunset Tour with Wildlife Tours Australia
Experience the magic of The Blue Mountains at sunset on this tour. This area is a must see in Sydney, and heading there in the evening makes it all the more special. With a later departure, you’ll avoid the crowds and peak hour traffic!
You’ll enjoy guided bushwalks on scenic trails and catch some amazing views over the Jamison Valley. You’ll also check out Wentworth Falls and The Three Sisters and tuck into a picnic lunch. Travelling in a small group, this tour is intimate and a truly special Syndey experience.
INCLUDED: Pickup/drop off, lunch.
2. Fraser Island Eco Tour – 2 Days 1 Night with Australian Sunset Safaris
If you’ve got a few days to spare on the coast, this 4WD trip around Fraser Island is perfect. Trips depart from either the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane or the Gold Coast and include a free Cooloola National Park Tour.
Stay at Eurong Resort overnight, and in the days, hit up Lake Birrabeen, Indian Head, 75 Mile Beach, Yidney Dripping Rocks, Coloured Sands and more!
INCLUDED: pickup/drop off, meals.
3. Byron Bay Kayak with Dolphins with Cape Byron Kayaks
This is a magical Byron Bay tour. It gives you a taste on the natural wonders that abound in this area!
You’ll enjoy about 3 hours on the water, leaving from Clarks Beach and follow the coastline out to the Cape. You’ll meet some dolphin friends at Wategos Beach and enjoy a snack too.
This trip is jam-packed with wildlife encounters, and you might even be lucky enough to see whales and turtles.
INCLUDED: pickup/drop off, all equipment, snacks
4. Great Barrier Reef ‘Reef Sleep’ with Awesome Whitsundays
What could be a better Great Barrier Reef experience than actually sleeping on the waves!? This unique tour gives you the chance to see the Reef during both day and night.
You’ll cruise past Airlie Beach and The Whitsundays and spend your days snorkelling over the spectacular coral. You’ll also enjoy access to Underwater Observatory. When darkness falls, sleep on deck in swags under the stars.
INCLUDED: access to Underwater Observatory, all equipment, meals.
5. Skydive in Cairns with Skydive Australia
It goes without saying – this is an incredible way to take in Cairns and it’s beautiful surrounds.
You’ll jump from 14,000 feet and soar over spectacular views of Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Skydive Australia is one of the country’s leading skydive companies, so you know a trip with them will be safe and full of adrenaline.
INCLUDED: Pickup/drop off, certificate of skydive.