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The best things to do in vivid Sydney, Australia

The incredible state Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and not of the whole sunny Australia, like many people wrongly assume. It’s the most populous city in Down Under and also Oceania. Once you visit the metropolis you will be charmed and absolutely overwhelmed by it’s magnitude, majestic skyscrapers and unforgettable beaches. Loved by backpackers, travelers and business people, Sydney is an international city with numerous forms of entertaining to fulfill you heart’s desire. You will definitely have fun from dusk till dawn.

View from Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney

This magnificent city has plenty of things to offer from a rich cultural scene to delicious food, amazing nature and world-class shopping. So in the beginning you can be engulfed by options for what to do. But don’t worry, Kate will guide you through the urban jungle of Sydney. I will introduce you to the main suburbs and places, so you will be immersed into the beauty of the modern world of Down Under.

Some info about public transport

If you want to use public transport in Sydney, the most efficient decision would be to buy an Opal card, which you can use for train, bus, ferry and the light rail. Of course you can buy single tickets as well, but it would be more expensive. Opal cards can be found in the 7/11 shops, there you can also charge them. If you want to travel in backpacker-lifestyle, then you can just pretend using it by entering the bus.

There are also free options, like the CBD shuttle (Route 555), which will get you around the city. Furthermore every Sunday all public transport is gratis, so plan your weekend wisely!

Australia’s icon, Opera House

Opera House, Sydney

Yes, the exploration will start with the iconic landmark of Sydney, Opera House. Even if it sounds like a typical touristic cliché, you will enjoy the walk along the Circular Quay. Furthermore it took 16 years to finish the construction and you flew all the way to Australia, so it is a must see place. The design of the building has been internationally acclaimed as an architectural masterpiece of the 20th century and it’s located in the perfect spot, the remarkable waterscape of Sydney Harbour. Additionally you can not only appreciate this pinnacle of modern architecture, but also enjoy the vast range of entertainment that it offers.

Tip: if you visit Sydney in June, you might experience the Vivid Sydney Festival, the time when the city transforms Sydney Opera House into a light spectacle, accomplished with music and a show.

My favorite B&R Ice Cream

The Opera House is located next to the sumptuous but relaxed dining district, where you may sip on sophisticated beverages and cocktails. The hungry ones don’t need to worry either, there is enough delightful food for everyone! I’ve found one of my childhood addictions, Baskin Robin’s ice cream! We don’t have any in Europe, only in England, so you can imagine how over the moon I was with this unexpected discovery!

Tip: Do you want to see a million-dollar view and enjoy an exquisite drink? Then you should definitely visit O Bar. The sophisticated ambience on the 47th floor with an impressive view of the whole city through a glass wall, will make your evening memorable. And hold your breath, the whole floor is slowly moving around, so you can observe panoramic 360-degree Sydney! Hope you are not afraid of heights.

Unbelievable O Bar, Sydney

Escape the chaos in the Royal Botanical Garden

Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney

No trip to the Sydney Opera House will be complete without visiting the botanical oasis in the heart of the metropolis. Just follow the path along the waterfront, from where you can also view all different facets of the Opera House. Finally you will land in the tremendous Royal Botanic Garden. It’s the most important historic botanical institution in the world and the perfect place to escape the noisy and busy city life. It’s open every day of the year and the access to this quixotic greenland is free. You should doubtlessly take your time and seize an opportunity to absorb the gorgeous surroundings filled with an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas.

Close to the Botanical Garden you can find Australia’s leading art museum with collections of Australia, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art works, the Art Gallery of NSW. And guess what, it’s free to enter this beautiful art museum!

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour, Sydney

I used to stay close to Darling Harbour in Sydney and I really adore this lively and interactive area. It’s the city’s largest dining and entertaining spot with a view to leave you speechless. There is a bridge connecting residential Pyrmont, with Sydney’s CBD, from where a spectacular panoramic view of the city skyline will take your breath away. Especially at night when the city is lit up with a vivid color scheme. The scene that can’t be captured by any camera, you need to see it with your own lenses.

Tip: The fabulous fireworks light up the night sky of the Darling Harbour for it’s visitors every Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Don’t miss the show for free! 

Amazing Sushi in Darling Harbour

Sydney in general is famous for it’s delightful cheap sushi rolls to go. You can purchase 1 or 2 or 3 of them, it’s up to you, in the Harbourside shopping center and savor them on the stairs of the harbour. Caution: hungry Aussie Seagulls are notorious for stealing food from naive citizens. Protect your little roll from their snapping beaks!

Cheeky Seagulls, Darling Harbour

By day you can also visit various attractions like the largest cinema in the world, IMax, Chinese Garden of Friendship, Sea Life Aquarium, Australian National Maritime Museum and many other activities. Unfortunately there is hefty price tag on all of these pleasures, which are by the way very touristy, so be careful not to spend your whole budget in one day. You still need money to experience this dynamic spot by night: trendy bars, funky nightclubs and nice party vibes.

Insider: If you love clubbing all night long, the Sydney CBD will ruin your expectations. First of all you need to be 18 years old and be able to present your passport or ID in combination with a driving license. The bouncers are very strict, so if you show only for ex. your European ID, they will send you back home. Additionally no alcohol is served after 1:30 a.m. and at 3 a.m. is time to find a place to rest your shaky dance legs. 

Another great happening in the whole city of Sydney is the celebration of the Chinese New year. It’s in February and it’s one of the most anticipated events in the whole city. There are always spectacular parades, huge food markets and astonishing fireworks in Darling Harbour by night.

Beach, please!

Bondi Beach, Sydney

The chocolate side of Sydney is it’s glorious beach sides with incredible views of the vast Pacific Ocean. The iconic Bondi Beach is attracting locals and tourists at any time of the year with it’s picturesque sandy beach and cute town. There are many places to enjoy a tasty coffee and some breakfast before you go to catch a perfect wave. Careful of the strong current, which can drag you towards the razor sharp rocks. If you still want to submerge yourself into safe waters, then go to the amazing Iceberg swimming pool, just next to the ocean. Bondi is also known for it’s obsession for perfect bodies and beautiful people.

Bondi Beach, Sydney

It doesn’t matter how tired you are or if you hate walking, you should absolutely do the most spectacular 6 kilometre walk from Bondi to Coogee. It’s a coastal route, which will lead you to Sydney’s most iconic beaches, like Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly Beach. My favorite is idyllic Bronte Beach, the seaside gem of the eastern suburbs. It’s a less populated spot with a terrific natural champagne ocean pool and saltwater lap pool. Perfect place to relax and get a sexy tan.

There is another splendid beach in Sydney, Manly Beach, which you can reach by ferry from Circular Quay near Harbour Bridge. The price of the ticket is around 15$ including both ways, so it’s more clever to go there on Sunday. Manly’s tranquil inner-harbor beach filled with sophisticated dining and shopping streets, attracts all kind of visitors. Most of the people that I met in Australia, said that Manly Beach is their favorite.

Manly Beach, Sydney

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It’s impossible to write about all the amazing things, that wonderful Sydney offers to it’s citizens and visitors. You need to explore the metropolis by yourself. But there is one more place that I would love to suggest. The Soda Factory, a place where retro quirky meets underground modern times. There is a hidden door that leads you straight into one of Tarantino’s movies. You will be served with American-inspired food, fancy hot dogs and alcoholic milkshakes topped with cream. You need to know this place, not to miss the entrance. So let’s say, it’s a marvelous insider!

Endless entertainment in Melbourne’s CBD

CBD, which means Central Business District, is the sophisticated heart of the city Melbourne with it’s chic eateries and fancy rooftop bars. Important to mention is that the tram looping around the city is free for everyone, so you don’t need to be worried if you don’t have enough credit on your myki card. Furthermore it’s a great destination for shopping opportunities for fashionistas.

Flinders Street Station

Flinders Station, Melbourne

Flinders Street Station is a breathtaking building and an iconic meeting spot in Melbourne. It’s Australia’s first central metropolitan train terminus, which was built in 1910. The station is the city’s known landmark and an ideal place for beautiful pictures. Next to it you can discover Sandridge Bridge from where you can enjoy magnificent Yarra River views.

Time for a coffee at Center Place

Center Place, Melbourne

Close to Flinders Street Station you will find Collins Street, which is a well known cafe strip with exceptional coffee, delightful food and a brilliant atmosphere. The narrow street filled with small cafes and terrific design resembles Parisian street style.

Street art

Graffiti Street, Melbourne CBD

Melbs is a very artistic city and the city provides it’s creative citizens with public spaces, where they can express themselves. One of the city’s greatest attraction is Hoisin Lane in the CBD, which is full with magnificent graffitis from various street artists. The whole street is like a self-moderated colorful exhibition with a vibrant urban environment. Just look for the favorite graffiti and voila, you will have a new cool Instagram picture to show off.

Amazing rooftops

Melbourne’s CBD is full with outdoor bars with rooftops and it’s spectacular views. Melbourne might have not the best weather, but when the temperature rises the ideal way of enjoying the great life with the drink in your hand is doubtlessly on one of the rooftops. Here are some of my favorites:

Father’s Office is a bar and restaurant just next to the State Library of Victoria with an unexpectedly spacious magnitude. It has a great view on the center of the city and a wonderful easy-going atmosphere. During the day you can enjoy delicious meals. The 1920s-30s decoration and furniture gives the bar a cozy and classy feeling. In the evening you can catch up with your friends and have cocktails and drinks for a good price.

The Carlton, Melbourne

If you prefer something extravagant and atypical then you are going to admire The Carlton. The unusual design with the huge puppet animals like a giraffe and ostrich reminds of a little hidden jungle in the heart of the city draped in velvet. The rooftop is a perfect place to escape the loud metropolis and to immerse yourself into the green oasis with big palms and delicious drinks. So cheerz!

The rooftop at Siglo bar is an ideal urban hideaway to enjoy a cocktail in an elegant and sophisticated way. The bar is located in the beautiful Imperial Hotel, high above Bourke and Spring Street in Melbourne. You will definitely fall in love with stunning views from the rooftop terrace, where you can see the magnificent Parliament house and a chic but still relaxed atmosphere.

Visit iconic Queen Victoria Market

Oysters from Victoria Market, Melbourne

Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market is the largest open air market in Australia full with it’s multicultural diversity. It’s a perfect place to start your day with a tasty brekky. You can order Melb’s famous coffee or even have fancy fresh oysters for a low price. Afterwards it’s time to browse around all the stalls and see what wares the vendors are peddling. The food junkies will discover a whole array of produce from exotic fruits to smelly cheese and all that once lived. When your stomach feels satisfied and you suddenly realize that your wardrobe hasn’t been updated in a while, then pass by the section where different styles from vintage until modern are plentiful. Queen Victoria Market is always keen to entertain it’s visitors and organizes different events like Night Markets or Food Fusion.

Time to get some knowledge in Melbourne’s Museums

Melbourne is a great city to visit various inspiring exhibitions and get to know about history and culture. There are plenty of various huge museums like National Gallery of Victoria, Scienceworks and Melbourne Museum. Insider tip: In ACMI you can visit the permanent exhibition of digital culture and television for free. If you are child of the 90s then everything will be familiar to you, but you will immerse into your nostalgic childhood. For the newer generation it will be interesting to explore the biography of  games, the internet and television.

Meet Fortuna in Crown Casino

Crown Casino, Melbourne

Melbourne is very proud of it’s Crown Casino & Entertainment Complex, one of the largest Casino complexes in the world. It’s not only a place for gambling 24/7 but also a tremendous venue with a cinema, hotel, spas, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. If Fortuna was sitting next to you while you were trying your luck at one of the casino tables, then afterwards you can enjoy a fancy drink on the terrace of the imposing complex. The facilities stretch along the waterfront of Yarra River, which is the perfect location to enjoy summer days in Melbs. If you start to feel cold on the terrace, then be prepared for warming up: from Monday till Friday starting from 9 PM the spectacular fireshow begins! Massive fireballs get released from eight ten meter high towers, which will definitely make you feel hot!

Green Wonderland of the Royal Botanic Garden

Royal Botanical Garden, CBD, Melbourne

Royal Botanic Garden, Melbourne

Royal Botanic Garden, Melbourne

Another magnificent part of Melbourne’s CBD is the tremendous Royal Botanic Garden, which provides you with an ideal escape from the city jungle into the magnitude of beautiful nature. Since 1846 it empresses with picturesque views of a diverse collection of over 50.000 native and exotic plants extended on over 36 hectares. There is definitely enough space for everybody to explore the garden’s wildlife filled with black swans, cockatoos and other colorful species, discover a little oasis with the lakes and enjoy the tranquil settings. In the summer you can even experience an outdoor cinema, numerous events and various performances. You should doubtlessly find time for the green wonderland of the Royal Botanic Garden!

Food that makes you fly

Korean Food Sam Sam, Melbourne

After a long day of walking and exploring the magnitude of the CBD’s treasures it is time to relax and to taste the great kitchen of Melbourne. There are plenty of places to spoil yourself, Melbourne offers only great food. But I will reveal my secret and tell about my precious location, Sam Sam. It’s a Korean restaurant in the heart of Swanston St. with an amazing vibe and the best Korean Fried Chicken ever. Sam Sam doesn’t offer much area to sit, but if you are lucky and get a table, then you feel cozy in the modern venue. The portions are pretty big, that’s why it’s better to go with the group of 3-4 people, so you can order and taste different dishes, still you will probably roll out of the restaurant by the time you finish dining. The best meal of the restaurant, which will make you not only satisfied but literally high: the crispy fried chicken with hot&spicy sweet soy sauce. Believe me, after you’ve tried them you will be obsessed!

The world loves amazing Melbourne!

Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and is famous for having numerous different facets. It was also ranked as the world’s most desirable city to live for the sixth year in a row. And no wonder, it has everything what your greedy soul would wish: free spirit areas, full with backpackers, hippies and extremely creative people, a business city center, where you can observe beautiful women with high heels and Chanel bags and men in their sexy suits. Australia is very proud of it’s dynamic and cosmopolitan cultural capital, they even call it the brunette girl with a personality, while Sydney is a blondie with fake breasts.

Docklands, Melbourne

Docklands, Melbourne

Melbourne is the city that never sleeps, it’s full of entertainment and life. It’s the best place to experience various cool bars, cafes, restaurants, festivals and events. There are so many subcultures, styles and vibrant arts to explore in this tremendous city, so you definitely need to stay longer than just a few days to experience the real vibes of Melbs. In the beginning you might enjoy the architectonic beauty of the city, but to absorb it’s life you need to immerse yourself in one of the unique and charming suburbs.

Southern Cross Station, Melbourne

Southern Cross Station, Melbourne

This terrific city of Australia is not only popular for the best coffee in the world but also for it’s wide food scene with it’s extra ordinary and exclusive food fusions. Because of it’s cultural diversity, the adoption of different influences is shown likewise in the food. For the real foodies Melbs is the epitome for the delicious Eden on earth. Furthermore Melbourne hosts some of the world’s biggest sporting events like the races, the Grand Prix and the Australian Open, among others.

Melbourne

Melbourne

Unfortunately nobody is perfect, so the great metropolis has it’s weak side: the weather, that changes every five minutes like a girl’s mood. Melbourne has been described as having four seasons in one day, so you can never predict what to wear when you go outside. But let’s not focus on the negative aspects but inspect the magnificent corners of Melbourne’s districts.

The amazing Australia’s East Coast trip itinerary

Down on the East Coast, they got a sayin’
If you’re not drinking, then you’re not playing
But you got the music, you got the music in you, don’t you?

Australia, a land of endless summer and an easy life, where the adventure is following you constantly. It’s extremely backpackers friendly and has the most picturesque views and exotic wildlife – kangaroos, wombats, koalas and spiders. Shortly it’s a perfect destination for a trip of a lifetime, like Australia’s East Coast. This is what I’ve heard before I even thought about going to one of the furthest continents from Europe. Somehow I was intrigued by thinking going so far away, alone and start from the very beginning. As many young people nowadays have the moment in their life when they start to question their purpose and search for the meaning of their existence, traveling seemed to me an opportune moment to broaden my horizons.

Palms of Port Douglas

Palms of Port Douglas

How to get around in Australia

There are numerous options to explore the vast expanses of Australia. It all depends on your preferences and budget. The most flexible cost efficient way is to acquire a hop on hop off bus ticket. This will allow you to go to most areas of the country at your own whim. You never know where you would like to spend more time and to see the best of it.

Two of the most popular bus companies, that supply you with a three month valid ticket are

  1. Greyhound is most commonly used by backpackers due to the services they provide i.e. free wi-fi ( that doesn’t always work ), extended routs and more variable timetable

  2. Premier offers low budget tickets, less extended routs, though it brings you to the main popular locations. This is also the one I preferred

For the impatient travelers another opportunity to come from A to B would be by plane. I generally avoided flying unless I was pressed by the lack of time. Flying is an expensive treat due to limited competition of the companies. You can get lucky and find cheap tickets though. There is also a good website, that will help you to find the cheapest solution: https://www.skyscanner.de

Travel by car in Australia

Travel by car in Australia

The greatest and cheapest mode of transport is purchasing a car or a van with the group of friends, so you can share the costs. Australians are driving on the left side, so most UK visitors will feel comfortable with that. Used cars are relatively inexpensive to buy the simple reason is the high amount of the backpackers cars are available in wide variety. Insurance is not a must though I would recommend to get it: Australia’s wildlife do roam around the highways blindly especially at night. Better safe than sorry. Furthermore petrol prices are more than acceptable. By the end it makes cruising around a delightful experience and gives you a complete feeling of freedom. Important to mention to buy a car is a good investment, you will always find someone to buy it off you.

Australia’s East Coast itinerary

The greatest way to start your adventure is to do a classic Australis’ East Coast route from Melbourne/Sydney to Cairns or vice-versa. You will get to know the nature of Australia, find a lot of friends from various countries and feel freedom in a safe and easy way. I started my East-Coast-Journey from Sydney and my first stop was Port Macquarie.

Port Macquarie

My bus reached my first destination at 1 a.m. so it was dark and furthermore it was raining. I didn’t have any clue where I was nor where my booked hostel was. But traveling contains out of serendipitous moments: the old lady went out of the same bus with me and was taking a taxi, so she offered me to bring me to my hostel.

I was welcomed in one of the most friendly and cozy hostels in Australia, Beachside Backpackers. It’s a very artistic and kind place, so immediately I got to know adorable people, had some drinks and sweet chats. Port Macquarie has very relaxing atmosphere, where you can go to the beach and catch some waves. The hostel will even provide you with free surf lessons, so don’t lose that chance!

Cute koala in Port Macquarie, Australia

Cute koala in Port Macquarie, Australia

If you love animals, then go visit the Koala Hospital, where you can participate in the tour and see how koalas get fed. The tour guide will also explain what the reasons are that brought sweet fluffy marsupials into their care. After that you can walk around and explore the nature of that lovely town.

Byron Bay

Byron Bay, Australia

Byron Bay, Australia

My next destination was famous Byron Bay, a small town with an epic hippie atmosphere and gorgeous views of the natural credentials, sea and beautiful beaches. The first impression of Byron Bay may leave you wondering why everyone is so crazy about that place. The beaches are nice, but you can find more beautiful spots in Australia. Give yourself time, because Byron Bay is about vibes, you will feel them just after a couple of hours.

Very important to mention you should book your hostel one or two weeks in advance, because Byron Bay has a great reputation and it’s always filled with people. The 2 most popular hostels are Nomads and Arts Factory. Nomads is in the heart of the town and offers a lot of entertainment every evening. Arts Factory is a bit different kind of hostel, it’s a typical hippie place surrounded by friendly and easy-going people. It’s not so clean as Nomads but you will experience unforgettable sensations. It offers various workshops, artworks, live and fire shows. You will never get bored in Arts Factory.

The coastal village has marvelous beaches, where you can take surf lessons or just admire the beauty of the nature. If you take the Cape Byron walking track you will hike through the rainforest and across clifftops, you may even see dolphins jumping out of the water. You will need a good 2-3 hours to do that walk, but it’s absolutely worth it. By the end of the walk you will reach the famous lighthouse of Byron Bay.

During the day the town is low-rise and carefree, so you can enjoy fine food, great coffee or interesting designer shops. If you want to get an appetizer of the Byron vibes listen to that lovely local musician, Ziggy Albert. In the evening you can enjoy the raucous nightlife with crazy people. You never know what can happen in Byron Babe and your trip to Australia is doubtlessly not complete without staying in that magical town.

Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Australia

Surfers Paradise, Australia

I will warn you from the very beginning: the name is an irony, that town is the worst place for surfing. It’s the center of the Gold Coast and artificially based pure entertainment and tourism spot. It’s very famous for it’s SkyPoint Observation Deck, that offers you the 360 degree view from the 77th level. There are also plenty of amusement parks like Movie and Sea World. It sounds like fun, but don’t forget it’s very pricy.

Sea World, Surfers Paradise, Australia Sea World, Surfers Paradise, Australia

There are also numerous options for restaurants, which are more focused on fast food. If you are interested in nightlife, maybe it’s something for you. You can go out every night, there are plenty of clubs, which play withal the same music every night.

Surfers Paradise, Australia

Surfers Paradise, Australia

I stayed at Sleeping Inn Hostel, which is totally fine. Unfortunately I’ve spent 2 weeks in Surfers, my honest opinion though 1-2 nights would be sufficient.

Brisbane

Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia. Furthermore it’s Australia’s self-proclaimed “Sunshine state”. I decided to stay there for 2 nights and my idea was to try out Couchsurfing, because the best way to get in touch with the locals is to live with them. By the end it was a great idea and marvelous experience. Australians are happy to share their house and food with backpackers in exchange for some nice company or cooking your national meal for them. It may sounds suspicious but Couchsurfing Down Under is a very safe way of staying the night and getting some well earned rest. I got to know amazing people, who showed me the country from a local perspective.

Botanical Garden, Brisbane

Botanical Garden, Brisbane

I will be honest, I didn’t like Brisbane at all and I think there is no reason to spend time in this city. Yes, for sure it has wonderful places to see like Southbank Parklands with it’s beautiful garden filled with flowers and palms, interesting inner city beach or stunning Brisbane Botanic Gardens, which is huge and located directly in the heart of the city. And yes you can admire the lights of the skyscrapers at night, but the atmosphere of the city doesn’t feel right. If you compare Brisbane to Melbourne or Sydney, then you have a feeling that the village is trying to be cool. Deep in my heart I’m a big city girl and I like it when you can feel life, good vibes and something is always happening around you, I didn’t have that particular sense in Brisbane. It was like the city doesn’t have a soul.

Noosa

Noosa is a great place to enjoy wide amazing beaches, catch the perfect wave and have a walk across the National Park’s cliffs and forests. The walk through the picturesque coastline of the park is divided into different sections where you can discover numerous natural treasures like koalas relaxing high on the trees or dolphins jumping happily in the sea. The track ends with the Hell’s Gates, the end of the coastline with spectacular ocean views.

Hell's Gate, Noosa

Hell’s Gate, Noosa

There is a beautiful Laguna Lookout Spot, which is a short walk from Hasting St. It’s a great spot to watch the sunset with your friends. Conclusively Noosa is a great touristic place with nice coffee shops, various dining possibilities and a modern shopping area. It’d be a good idea to send a postcard to your beloved ones when you are there.

I stayed in Nomads Backpackers Noosa Hostel, which is located in the heart of the town. There are not so many options for a not pricy accommodation in Noosa, so Nomads is totally fine. They provide you with the information about the lovely town and entertainment such as live-shows and grill parties for free.

Sand Dunes, Everglades

Sand Dunes, Everglades

If you want to explore hidden natural secrets of Noosa then you definitely need to experience the self-guided kayak tour through the Everglades. It’s an ancient waterway with mysterious and tranquil waters which you can explore on your own. Even if you’ve never done kayaking, I can tell you there is nothing difficult about it and by the end you’re going to love it! You can decide how many days you would like to spend in the nature, I would suggest you to do a 2 night-tour. It’s two nights camping in the forests of Australia with all equipment provided and great adventurous people. On the second day you will explore the largest coastal sand dune of Down-Under with it’s stunning views. It’s an experience for a life and a moment to remember!

Rainbow Beach/Fraser Island

Sand Surfing, Rainbow Beach

Sand Surfing, Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach is a tiny coastal town in Queensland, Australia. It’s a place to skip, because this region doesn’t offer much to see or do. You can discover endless miles of golden sand, where you can try sand surfing. Actually there is only one reason why backpackers are forced to go there is the Fraser Island tour.

Fraser Island

Fraser Island

Mckenzie lake, Fraser Island

Mckenzie lake, Fraser Island

Fraser Island is the largest sand island with ancient rainforests growing out of sand, iconic freshwater lakes,like Lake McKenzie, unbelievable bays with various sea animals and amazing beach highways. One of the famous Fraser Island’s areas is Indian Head, which was named by Captain James Cook on his unfortunate journey. There you can enjoy a magnificent view from the top of the headland and if you are lucky you can watch sharks, dolphins or turtles swimming in the sea. Next to it you will find Champagne Pools, there you can relax and admire the fascination of Mother

Dingo, Fraser Island

Dingo, Fraser Island

Nature. Another spot not to miss is Wanggoolba Creek, a fresh crystal clear water creek flowing over white sand in a rainforest valley. Sometimes wild dogs Dingos running through this place, so you can face that cute foxy dog.

There are 2 different options to visit Fraser Island: to book a tour through an agency or to find a group of at least 4 people and rent a car. The second one is definitely cheaper, the only difference is that you won’t have a guided tour. But probably you can get a map of the island, so you can orientate.

Agnes Water/1770

Surfing in Agnes Water

Surfing in Agnes Water

Agnes Water or Town of 1770 is a great sleepy and tranquil town that you doubtlessly need to visit. It offers nice beaches with the perfect surfing  and sunset spots, beautiful rainforests with thousands of butterflies and creeks with magnificent views. All these amazing things you can see for free if you stay in Cool Bananas Backpackers Hostel.

Paperbark Forest, Agnes Water

Paperbark Forest, Agnes Water

Take a walk through the magical Paperbark Forest or Round Hill Head. You should also visit Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary, where you can see how kind people are taking care of baby kangaroos. For 10$ you can watch kangaroos and wallabies running freely, you can also feed and play with them. You can even volunteer to help and in return you will be provided with your own double bedroom.

Airlie Beach/Whitsundays

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is a beautiful inviting town located in the Whitsundays region of Queensland. It’s a perfect place for travelers, where you can enjoy a good party scene, nice surroundings and a swimming lagoon in the heart of the town. It’s an ideal base for exploring the Whitsundays. From there you can book your boat-tour to the Whitsundays or you can even visit it in a backpacker style for free. There is a harbor with numerous boats transporting  people to the Whitsundays, so you can ask them if they need any help, like cleaning the boat or taking care of the guests a little bit.

In Airlie Beach I slept in a tropical oasis hostel Magnum. The hostel offers tidy and comfortable rooms, a tiny but good equipped kitchen and a feeling of living in the jungles. Perfect decision to stay there.

Whitsundays, Australia

Whitsundays, Australia

The Whitsunday Islands is a group of 74 islands bordered by the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and without exaggeration it’s an ideal example how Eden on earth looks like.  The white sand beaches surrounded by palms and heavenly crystal clear blue water, that’s why one of the spots carries the name Whitehaven Beach. The destination is also perfect for snorkeling. Under the water you can discover various colorful reef fishes and even turtles. So don’t even think twice, you need to see that with your own eyes!

Whitsundays, Australia

Whitsundays, Australia

Townsville/Magnetic Island

Townsville is a tidy, overseeable and relatively modern-feeling city. It offers a couple of museums, huge aquarium and long streets with various dining spots. As almost every other town on the East-Coastline it has a long boardwalk along the beachside with the German-English name “The Strand”. There you can eat in the restaurants or grill on the beach, because there are plenty of BBQ facilities, you can also take a swim at the Rockpool or just have a walk and enjoy the views and happy faces. By the end of the road you will discover the imposing Jezzine Barracks, the museum with the stories related to the history of the Australian Army in North Queensland. There is Kissing Point that leads you to the look out spot, from where you can see Cleveland Bay.

Castle Hill, Townsville

Castle Hill, Townsville

Another pride of Townsville is Castle Hill, located in the middle of the city. If you are fitness focused you can take a challenging walk till the top of the hill. The comfortable traveler can reach the summit by car. In the end everyone will be reimbursed with the gorgeous views over the city and nearby islands.

From Townsville you can purchase a return ticket for around 30$ for a ferry from the harbor to Magnetic Island. It takes only 30 minutes to get to Maggie and furthermore the ticket also includes a bus drive in both ways, so it’s a super deal!

Maggie is famous for it’s highest population of koalas, that you can also see and even cuddle with at the Bungalow Bay Koala Village. It’s a national park where you can take a tour through the the rainforest and see various exotic animals of Australia. It’s also a hostel where you could stay over and enjoy the momentous night of being connected with nature.

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island mesmerizes with it’s beautiful coastal, rocky walking trails and bright turquoise water. It feels like a real adventure to hike through the mountainous tectonic and discover beautiful hidden bays. If you head down to Geoffrey Bay around sunset you can see and feed numerous of cute rock wallabies.

IMG_5247In my opinion one day on Magnetic Island is enough, if you take a ferry in the morning.and then take the last one around 10 p.m. back to Townsville. Townsville is by the way another great city for couchsurfing. So don’t hesitate to get to know locals and save money for further adventures!

Cairns

Cairns is a major city on the east coast of North Queensland (because it has more then only one street) and mostly the last destination for the east-coast travelers. It’s a great sport to meet all people that you got to know while you were exploring Australia’s famous coastline and to spend one more wild and crazy dancing night in the leading Cairn’s youth hostel Gilligan’s Backpacker. Right next door to it is big Rusty’s Market with various fresh delicious fruits for very low prices.

Cairns, Australia

Cairns, Australia

If you’ve been traveling already in Australia, Cairns won’t be a special city for you. It has pretty similar modern buildings like all over the east coast and the size of the tiny town is also not overwhelming. You can enjoy the good weather and some safe swimming with your friends at the Esplanade Swimming Lagoon though. There are plenty of restaurants and coffee shops, so you won’t be hungry.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Cairns is a perfect place to do different activities and explore the tropical surroundings. One of them is Cape Tribulation,the region where two great World Heritage sites meet: the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. The Daintree Rainforest contains the oldest surviving rainforest in the whole world full with diverse unique tropical animals and plants. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system and one of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts. You should explore that unique living organism during the sunny weather. Then you can capture the whole beauty of that creation. Your trip won’t be completed without seeing this natural wonder.

Port Douglas

Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas is an epitome for paradise with it’s popular and sophisticated five star resorts. It’s a tiny touristic town located approximately 70km north from Cairns. It’s a very relaxing and beautiful place with a close community atmosphere. It’s an ideal place for backpackers to find a well paid job and to have an easy-going life.

QT Resort, Port Douglas

QT Resort, Port Douglas

There are plenty of activities to do and places to see in Port Douglas. The little heaven on earth offers you a four miles long beach, where you can enjoy the sun and calm sound of the waves. It’s also a great place to go for a run in the morning and to collect some positive energy. If you face the water and turn to the left side, you will discover stairs, which will lead you to the beautiful look out point. From the top will appear the beauty of Port Douglas in it’s all glory.

Another famous spot to catch up with a friend and watch a magic sunset is Anzac Park. Perfect time to take some cheese and wine to celebrate great life. After the delightful sunset you can dance the night away at Iron Bar. Due to high popularity and no other options actually you will meet the whole backpacker society there.

Crocs of Port Douglas

Crocs of Port Douglas

Port Douglas possesses a scenic harbor known as The Reef Marina. There you can rent a boat with your friends and go to search for crocodiles in the local mangroves. Furthermore you can take your own food, drinks, have a sweet party on the water and even catch some dinner for later: fish, that is, not the crocs.

A bit further down the street from The Reef Marina you will discover the Yacht Club, where every Wednesday evening you can participate in a free sunset sailing trip. Perfect activity for the lovebirds.

Start packing!

The East Coast of Australia is a unique place to visit and collect memories that lasts for a lifetime. It’s a perfect opportunity to combine wild parties with exploring lush unbridled nature. Your liver will suffer, but your eyes and soul will be thankful. Sounds like a great idea, isn’t it?

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