Whitsundays, Fraser Island, The Great Barrier Reef - the East Coast of Australia is the country's most popular backpacker trail for a reason. Just about anyone can travel the entire East Coast. Hop on / hop off public buses operate daily and there is a HUGE choice for hostel accommodation in each backpacker hot spot.
But with so many Bucket List worthy destinations to choose from - planning your trip can sometimes be a little overwhelming! To ease the pressure - we have put together a list of our favourite Top 20 Epic East Coast Australia Experiences! The Must See's and the Must Do's. Check it out...
Must See East Coast Australia
1. Sail The Whitsunday Islands
74 islands make up the Whitsundays - one of these islands is home to Whitehaven Beach - voted in Trip Advisor's Top Beaches in the World - sand so pure you can clean your teeth with it - Great Barrier Reef - Squeaky Sand - Overnight Sailing Tours - Party Boats - Racing Yachts - Onboard Jacuzzis - need we say more?
2. Skydive with a Beach Landing
Mission Beach is a tiny rainforest town just south of Cairns - Views of the Great Barrier Reef - Australia Skydive have dropzones all over Australia but this is one of our favs - land on the beach... awwww yeah!
- Skydive Mission Beach
3. 4WD & Camp on Fraser Island
World's BIGGEST sand island - Beach Highways (yes you will actually see speed signs along the beach) - home to the infamous Aussie Dingo - BBQs - Stars - Beach Camping - Eucalyptus Rainforest - Lakes & Natural Swimming Holes - Dig Your Own Toilet - Paradise!
5. Sunset at The Sydney Opera Bar
Sydney Harbour Bridge - Sydney Opera House - Great Selfies - Live Music - Sunset - Drinks (Tip: Head to the Scary Canary after the sun sets - you might get lucky)!
- Stay at Base Sydney
6. Cape Tribulation Road Trip
2 Hours North of Cairns - Rainforest meets Reef - Literally in the 'Middle of Nowhere' - Hire a Campervan or Take a Tour - Stay Overnight - AMAZING - Tip: Watch out for Crocs!
7. Island Life Festival on Magnetic Island
On the Beach - Epic DJs - at Base Magnetic Island.
- Stay at Base Magnetic Island
8. Nimbin, Byron Bay
Inland from Byron Bay - Weed - Hippies - Rainbow Shops - Waterfalls - Weird People - Hemp Museum - Take a Tour - Take a Campervan - Must Do!
- Stay at Nomads Byron Bay
9. Great Barrier Reef
Bucket List - You Can See It From Space - Snorkel - Take An Introductory Scuba Dive - Look Out for Nemo - Depart from Cairns - Has it's own Letterbox.
10. Bungy Jump in the Rainforest
Cairns - Adventure Capital of Australia - Freefall - Swing - Scary as Hell - AJ Hackett Site - YEWWW!
12. Penguin Parade, Phillip Island
100's of Tiny Penguins - Phillip Island - Surf Beaches - 1.5 Hours South of Melbourne
- Visit Phillip Island, home to the Penguins!
13. Scooteroo 1770
A Cheapy but a Goody - Harley Davidson Scooters - Kangaroos - Sunset - 1770: Where the Surf Coast meet the Great Barrier Reef - Leather Jackets
14. White Water Rafting, Cairns
Do it in Cairns - Literally in the middle of nowhere - No one else Around - Scary but Amazing!
16. Great Keppel Island
Off the Beaten Track - Stay at Emu Park - Snorkel - Do Something Different - Paradise
- Check out the 15 Best Islands in Australia
17. Party on The Gold Coast
Cheesy - Crazy - Where the Locals Go - Theme Parks - Party - High Rises - Good Beach - Casino - Tacky but Fun
18. Kuranda Hippie Rainforest Village, Cairns
SkyTrain - Cable Car - Barron Falls - Hippie Village - Markets
19. Learn to Surf Camp
Sydney - Go on a Camp - One Lesson is not Enough - hit up our mates at Mojosurf - Beach Side Living - Amazing Food - Surf Like a Pro
- Learn to surf with Mojosurf
20. Party at Base
Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Magnetic Island - plus our Base Mates Aus wide - Ed Sheeran got lucky at our Brissie Bar - you can too!