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The East Coast of Australia is no doubt, one of the most breath taking stretches of coastline in the worlds - the Whitsunday Islands, Fraser Island, Moreton Island (and 8,022 islands in total) and of course, the Great Barrier Reef! There are so many amazing slices of paradise that are Instagram worthy. It was tough, but here's a little taste of the what the mighty East Coast has on offer!

1. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands

"Ask any backpacker travelling Australia - The Whitsundays is on top of the list! Here is all you need to know about Sailing the Whitsundays" read more...

2. Moreton Island

"Brisbane - the sunny city! There is something here for everyone: culture, markets, good shopping, rugby, koalas, the infamous XXXX Brewery, night life and of course - island getaways.

Moreton Island is one of three of Southern Queensland's most popular backpacker island getaways, alongside Fraser Island & Stradbroke Island." read more...

3. Great Ocean Road

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"Visiting Melbourne? You must visit the Great Ocean Road! The scenic drive has been named among the world’s top 10 and is home to famous Australian surf beaches, wildlife & the 12 Apostles" read more...

4. Kakadu National Park

"Immerse yourself in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, a natural and cultural wonder around three hours from Darwin. Discover detailed Aboriginal art galleries, hike to the top of rugged escarpments and cruise the wetlands past waterlilies, waterfalls, crocodiles and migratory birds." read more...

5. Bondi Beach, Sydney

"Take the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk This is actually one of our favourite walking trails in Australia (and trust us - there are many to choose from)!" read more...

6. Lamington National Park

"Lamington National Park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, the most extensive subtropical rainforest in the world. The area is renowned for its beautiful waterfalls and more than 160 kilometres of walking trails" read more...

7. Brisbane

"there are more things to do in Brisbane than you may think! Think sunshine, quirky suburbs, weekend markets, a banging nightlife, islands, an inner city lagoon, ferries oh - and the most Aussie Brewery you will have the pleasure of visiting." read more...

8. Uluru

@susiereynolds66 - we bet this is one sunrise you’ll never forget. #seeaustralia #australia #exploreuluru #uluru

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"The rock is huge, jutting up about 350m from its barren surrounds. And more interestingly, Ayers Rock extends even further than this amount below ground." read more...

9. 1770

"Ever heard of the mysterious Town of 1770? If you are planning to travel along Australia's East Coast then a stop by the chilled out Town of 1770 is a must. Not only does it provide a much needed break between your Fraser Island and Whitsunday Sailing trip, but it is the meeting place of Australia's east surf coast and the Great Barrier Reef." read more...

10. St Kilda

"Melbourne's beach side "Backpacker Hot Spot" has for decades attracted tourists, international visitors and even Melbournians to its lively streets, colourful cake shops, the infamous Luna Park and alternative, laid back way of life." read more...

11. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane

"Located only a 20-minute bus ride from Brisbane City, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary takes care of more than 130 koalas. In fact, Lone Pine holds the Guinness World Record as the world's first and largest Koala sanctuary!" read more...

12. Byron Bay

"Since the dawn of the "East Coast Backpacker Trail" in Australia, hippies, adventurers and travellers flocked to Byron Bay to 'peace out' and indulge in the natural beauty that is Byron Bay - beaches, hinterland, wildlife, markets, colour, individuality and an atmosphere that still, to this day, forces one to step back and look at the world in a new light." read more...

13. Blue Mountains

The not oft captured view from the other side...beautiful @skymonkeyaus #bluemountainsaustralia #bluemtsaustralia #thethreesisters #katoomba

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"Probably one of the most popular Sydney day trips, the Blue Mountains are located about 90 minutes from the city." read more...

14. Fraser Island

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"there are 2 MUST DOS that most visitors to the east coast have on the top of their bucket lists– Sail the Whitsunday Islands and drive a 4WD along Fraser Island." read more...

15. Cape Tribulation

"Cape Tribulation is the village where two spectacular World Heritage sites meet, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Located on the northern side of the Daintree River, at the end of the sealed road, here you can position yourself between the tumbling rainforest and glistening corals." read more...

16. Great Barrier Reef

"One of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems..." read more...

17. Magnetic Island

"just 4 hours south of Cairns. Magnetic Island is home to an estimated 800 Koalas, Wallabies, many scenic walks, lookouts and of course, beaches. 54% of the island is made up of national park which means you are in for quite the breath taking Aussie getaway." read more...

18. Gold Coast

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"From the iconic Surfers Paradise beach to the dining precincts of Main Beach and Broadbeach and out to the lush, green hinterland, there’s a new experience waiting for you at every turn on the Gold Coast. Theme parks, world-renowned beaches and year-round sunshine are just a few of the reasons 10.5 million visitors flock to the Gold Coast each year." read more...

19. Rottnest Island

"Rich with history, Rottnest Island is located on Australia's West Coast just south of Perth. It was once used as a military base during the war. The Quokka, a unique Australia animal, can only be found on this island." read more...

20. Melbourne

"Melbourne - the cultural capital of Australia - home to Laneways, Cafe Culture, Inner City Rooftop Bars, Live Music & Free Artsy Sh*t Every Night of the Week!" read more...

21. Noosa

"Most people think that there are only two activities you can do in Noosa, tan your front and tan your back. But that couldn't be more wrong! Not only are there heaps of really cool things to do in Noosa... it's also very cheap!" read more...

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