Top Rated Tourist Attractions in East Coast Australia
Leah Walker December 4, 2017

Australia’s East Coast is vast, and there’s so much you can see and so many things you can do. Just to give you an idea, if you travel by car, you’ll need to drive roughly two days along the coast between Melbourne and Cairns.

From vibrant cities to miles of gorgeous beaches and lush rainforests, you can easily see them all. It is easy to get around this part of the country if you look for a cheap car rental in Parramatta – Sydney. You can go anywhere you want, anytime you want.

With so many fantastic destinations to choose from, planning your trip can get a bit stressful and overwhelming. So, to help reduce the pressure, below is a list of the best attractions in East Coast Australia.

Whitsunday Islands

Located off the Queensland coast, right next to the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays is an archipelago composed of 74 tropical islands. The pure white sands of Whitehaven Beach and the beautiful Heart Reef are just some of the attractions visitors from all over the world come to see. You can enjoy sailing, snorkeling, and gaze at more than 1,500 species of fish.


Situated in North Queensland, Cairns is the perfect starting point to discover a variety of tropical islands and coral cays. There’s so much you can do and experience, like visiting an Aboriginal cultural park, ride on the Skyrail gondola to float above the lush rainforests, and wander around the surrounding villages and markets.

Great Barrier Reef

Did you know that the reef is visible from the moon? But it is better to experience it up close and personal. The reef is recognized as the world’s biggest coral reef and stretches for 2,300 kilometers and covers an area of roughly 350,000 square kilometers. Whether you choose to go sailing, scuba-diving or skydiving, a visit to the Great Barrier Reef is truly a life-changing experience.

Great Ocean Road

Another great attraction, the Great Ocean Road is one of the country’s best seaside road trips. It takes you to calm seaside towns, top-notch surfing spots, pockets of rainforests, just to name a few. To have a hassle-free drive, be sure to have a smartphone handy with Google Maps installed or a sat-nav device to guide you through the winding roads.

Hunter Valley

Just a two-hour drive north of Sydney, you can indulge your taste buds in the country’s wine growing region. It is home to more than 120 wineries, as well as luxurious spa retreats, gourmet restaurants, and concerts held in the vineyards. Some fun things you can do at the valley – float high in the sky riding a hot air balloon, join a cooking class or wine matching course.

Byron Bay

If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, you should make Byron Bay part of your itinerary. Known for its gorgeous beach and party atmosphere, this destination is perfect for those who want to go surfing or learn how to surf, swim with dolphins or go kayaking off Cape Byron Marine Park.

Swim at the two secluded beaches surrounded by rainforests, namely Cozy Corner and White’s Beach. Also, experience the breath-taking Minyon Falls, which stands at more than 100 meters in height.

If you just want to chill and enjoy excellent food and drinks, head on over to Byron Beach Café while taking in some stunning views from Julian Rocks to Cape Byron Marine Park.

Is there a destination we missed? Where do you want to go and why? Have you gone to any of these places? What are you excited to do the most? Share your thoughts.

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Leah Walker

Leah's a luxury travel and food writer who has as many stories as she does shoes. She documents her experiences whether that's in the lap of luxury or riding through a swamp in an airboat. Leah freelances and has contributor/editor roles with The Daily Meal, USA Today 10 Best, Bonjour Paris, France Today, Luxe Beat Magazine, Four Seasons Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, and is a travel and wine ambassador for Atout France USA. Leah's lived in Paris for three years, and was recently awarded another four with a Passeport Talent visa renewal. Though, her talent for speaking French is abysmal.

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