Backpacking in Australia
Places to visit
You made it to Australia! Now the adventure starts and with so many beautiful places it is a hard task to decide which to visit. The most popular thing to do is a trip up or down the East Coast (Cairns – Melbourne), we made a list of some of the best places to visit along the way.
A popular destination for backpackers and known for its tropical climate and laidback lifestyle, Cairns is one of the gateways to the Great Barrier Reef. Take a day trip to Cape tribulation, party at Gilligans and relax at the man made lagoon.
Great Barrier Reef
You can’t travel the East Coast without seeing the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. It is the largest living organism on earth and is visible from outer space. A snorekelling trip or dive on the reef will take your breath away and is an experience you will never forget!
74 beautiful islands of white beaches and blue seas, form together the Whitsunday Islands national park. The most common way to see them is on either a daytime or overnight boat trip. There are plenty of tours on offer from party boats with jacuzzis to adventure tours.
An Aussie holiday resort town on the Whitsunday Coast, Airlie is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Home to heaps of cool hostels and bars that sit opposite the popular swimming lagoon, the laid back vibe and year round warm climate attract thousands of backpackers each year.
The worlds largest sand island and the only place where rainforest grows out of the sand, Fraser is stunning and is unspoiled by pollution and the outside world. There are lots of different tours you can take round Fraser, the most common being the 4WD tag along tours. You have the opportunity to drive a 4WD along the endless beaches. Highlights of Fraser include Lake Mckenzie, Champagne Pools and Eli Creek.
Just north of Brisbane, Noosa is a favourite among backpackers and Australian holiday makers alike. Consisting of white sand beaches, tropical rainforests and national park. The beaches around offer great waves for surfing from beginner to Advance. Noosa is a must.
You can’t pass by Brisbane, the Capital of Queensland without visiting it! Go shopping, go out for dinner, enjoy the night life or relax at the Southbank. There are plenty of things to do such as visiting museums, the theatre and the famous Wheel of Brisbane.
Not only a paradise for surfers, Surfers Paradise has something for everyone. You can surf and sunbathe on the stunning beach, visit a museum, fly in a hot air balloon or hit the thumping nightlife. Surfers Paradise is very touristy and the fun loving backpacker hostels here are an easy place to make some new friends!
Byron is one of the most popular places for travellers to visit in Australia. Visitors fall in love with the laid back ‘hippy’ atmosphere, gorgeous beaches, quirky town and friendly locals. Byron is home to a Mojosurf surf school which is a great way to learn to surf at the most easterly point in Australia.
Spot-X is Mojosurfs’ biggest surf camp and is located at Arrawarra. The conditions mean it is the perfect location to learn to surf. Join us for a few days –or maybe even a few months- to learn how to surf, relax, make new friends and have the time of your life. Continue your travel with your new surfing skills so you can surf during the rest of your stay in Australia! Yeewww!
A harbour city in New South Wales, Newcastle is a little off the beaten track and is famous for its stunning coastline. Take the coastal walk, which is steeped in Australias convict history, with sites left over from the colonial period and spots for whale watching.
Sydney is one of the most iconic cities in the world characterised by Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Bondi beach. The beautiful beaches, the cosmopolitan atmosphere and the booming nightlife make it easy for backpackers to get stuck here.
Melbourne is another great place to visit during your East Coast trip. It has more of a european vibe compared to the rest of Australia, with relaxed drinking laws and coffee shops spilling out onto the cobbled streets. There is alot of focus on food and drink, with pop up food festivals, street parties and quirky bars. During the summer there are plenty of beaches to relax on, but winters in Melbourne can get chilly.