Top 10 East Coast Destinations- Australia
Australia is so beautiful and there is so much to see, but I have put together a list of my 10 favorite places on the east coast! And in no particular order, because I really can not choose a favorite…
THE GREAT BARRIER REEF. About an hour north of Cairns lies Port Douglas. A small town with the closest access to the outer reef. Though the reef has seen better days, it is still contains some of the most beautiful underwater structures I have ever seen. Giant clams, sea turtles, sharks and so many colorful fish, it truly was a once in a lifetime experience!
TANGALOOMA WRECKS. This was the number one place on my list of places to see. I had not seen a lot of hype on this place and I still can’t understand why! Just a short ferry ride outside of Brisbane lies Moreton Island. 15 wrecks were deliberately sunk to form a breakwall and now provides the coolest snorkeling! Just be careful, I got a few cuts on the rusted wrecks that have now turned into scars.
SYDNEY. Now this may seem obvious, but this really is the best city I’ve ever been to. Now this is coming from someone who isn’t normally a fan of man made structures so that’s saying something. Between all the delicious cafes, beautiful beaches and, just it’s overall vibe, this place will always have a special place in my heart!
NORTH STRADBROKE ISLAND. This island is the second largest sand island in the world and sits just off the north coast of Moreton Island. There are so many beautiful paths to take that are surrounded by the bluest water! Thomas and I also find dolphins and whales cruising off the coast. The beaches are beautiful and the water is crystal clear, as long as the winds are down. We spend two nights camping right on the beach, and surfing from dawn to dusk. Also a great place to beat the crowds!
THE 12 APOSTLES. This place is just too beautiful! Make sure to spend a whole day driving down the Great Ocean Road. There are so many amazing spots to pull of and take photos, and grab a meat pie in Lorne. About 30 min north of the 12 apostles is a campground where you will find koalas every way you turn. Wake up early, head down to the 12 apostles for sunrise, and take that selfie!
THE FARM. Now I won’t give away too many details on this place because I would hate to see it turn into a known tourist destination. This place has awesome surf, not for me because I am NOT that skilled, but for some people. As well as beautiful water in kind of a hidden zone. With its large sandy beach, this place won me over right away.
ATHERTON TABLELANDS. This place is so full with beautiful waterfalls, and swimming gorges, you won’t know where to start. A couple of my favorites include Milla Milla Falls, this is where they shot that famous Herbal Essences commercial. I am also a big fan of Fairy Falls, this one is just a bit tricker to find. It has a rope right in front of the falls and it’s sure to make you feel like a kid again. And of course Mossman Gorge, basically just a really cold, clear, refreshing river, when tropical north Queensland starts to bake you from the inside out.
ROYAL NATIONAL PARK. Roughly one hour south of Sydeny lies the Royal National Park, most famous for the figure 8 pools. We underestimated the time that it would take to hike there, so we ended at the beach just before the pools. If you haven’t seen a theme growing yet, I’m a huge fan of beaches. This is one of my favorites, but approach the ocean with caution as she has a mind of her own and this beach has strong rip currents and big waves. The great part of this beach however, is that there was no one else there and we ended up going for a bit of a skinny dip! If you do decide to hike to the figure 8 pools just plan your trip as you must go at low tide, and then let me know how it is!
PALM BEACH. This is not the palm beach that is part of Gold Coast, but north of Sydney. With a stretching coastline and access to the waves, or the mellow bay within just a few minutes walk. This place is paradise!
WHITSUNDAYS. It wouldn’t be a top ten without the Whitsundays. This place really lives up to its name! We went just before the hurricane hit and it was perfect! They say the sand is fine you can polish your jewelry with it. It really is amazing. Now we didn’t have it in the budget to do a helicopter or seaplane, but if you can, I highly recommend it.