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Australia, East Coast

Australia, East Coast travel guide

The East Coast of Australia is a traveller's dream – trace its 18,000km of surf-bashed beach, wildlife-rich rainforest, colossal coral reef and cool cities

Vast and varied, the East Coast of Australia covers 17,996km of coastline and boasts some of the country’s most iconic scenery from the Sydney Opera House to the Whitsunday Islands.

Home to some of the world’s most dazzling beaches, you can surf, dive or tan your way up the coast from Bondi Beach to the remote white sands of Whitehaven Beach in north Queensland. Spot frolicking humpback whales at Hervey Bay, feed wild dolphins at Tangalooma and discover the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef.

Away from the coast, explore the lush wilderness of the Daintree rainforest or head into Australia’s quintessential bush land of the Blue Mountains. If you’re after the party lifestyle of Sydney, the café culture of Melbourne or just looking to escape, the East Coast of Australia has it all.

Wanderlust recommends

  1. Party it up in Sydney! Check out the eye candy at famous Bondi Beach and head to the harbour for views of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
  2. Take a tour of NSW’s Hunter Valley wine region. Pop into the numerous wineries and taste of some of the best plonk in Oz.
  3. Shop till you drop in Melbourne’s CBD. When your credit card is maxed, collapse in one of the hundreds of cafes for an out of this world coffee fix.
  4. Sail the azure waters of Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands and keep an eye out for the local green turtles.
  5. Go diving on the Great Barrier Reef and explore the dazzling array of colourful reef and fish.
  6. Surf in one of the hundreds of beaches up and down the East Coast. For the best waves head to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast or Byron Bay in NSW.
  7. Follow in the footsteps of the dinosaurs as you trek into the world’s oldest rainforest, the Daintree, Queensland

Wanderlust tips

Customs regulations are very strict. Declare ALL food, plant and animal materials when entering Australia. It is always best to check if you’re not sure. If you don’t declare good, the customs sniffer dogs will declare them for you.

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