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Backpacker's guide to the East Coast of Australia

January 29, 2016

There are a couple of ways to travel along this 3000km stretch on the East Coast of Australia.  The first is to fly into each destination from a main town i.e Brisbane and Sydney.  This is usually for the people who can only visit one of the sights in a short amount of time.  The other way is to hire/buy a car and drive up or down the coast, either staying in accommodations along the way or camping at designated sites.

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QANTAS - National Carrier which will take you to smaller destinations.

Jetstar - Budget airline

Virgin Australia - above budget to budget airline.

Tiger Air - Budget airline.



Greyhound - National Coach carrier.

Premier - Usually cheaper than Greyhound.


Tour Groups

Contiki - 18-35 year olds.

G Adventures - Available to anyone who is young at heart.


Hostel Chains

YHA - Clean and respectable hostel chain.

Nomads - Budget and known for partying.

Base - The hostels have bars attached to the accommodation.  Party hostel.


Campervan Hire

Travellers Autobarn - Range of vehicles to suit your needs.

Wicked Campers - Known for grafiti on outside of vans.

Jucy rentals - Newer fleet.


Now you know how to travel along the East Coast, here are a few destinations along the way:


Cooktown - Rainforrest, see crocodiles

Port Douglas - Beaches, rainforrest

Cairns – Great Barrier Reef, islands

Atherton Tablelands - Rainforrest

Mission Beach – Skydiving, White Water Rafting

Magnetic Island – See a Koala, partying, walks

Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays – Great Barrie Reef, sailing trips, partying

Eungella – See a platypus, walks, rainforrest

Rockhampton – Cattle Country

Hervey Bay – Whale Watching

Fraser Island – driving on beaches

Rainbow Beach – gateway to Fraser Island

Noosa - Beaches, bush walks

Mooloolaba - Beaches

Brisbane – Food and beer, shopping, bushwalks, international airport

Gold Coast – Beaches, theme parks, surfing, Night clubs

Byron Bay - Beaches, surfing, partying

Coffs Harbour - Beaches

Port Macquarie - Beaches

Newcastle – Beaches and coffee

Northern Beaches - Beaches

Sydney – Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, Shopping, Coastal walks, partying, sports


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