10 places you cannot miss on the East Coast of Australia…

At least once in your life, I really do hope you make it to Australia.

Australia is without a shadow of a doubt up there in the top three destinations I’ve ever travelled to. Yup, for real.

Why, you ask? Why is it that you HAVE to go to Australia?

Well, if it isn’t the golden beaches, health conscious cafes, outdoor living, relaxed culture or abundance of UNESCO world heritage sites that draw you down under, then let it be the likes of Whitehaven Beach, the vineyards, the surfing or the endless road-trip possibilities.

I honestly just found it really hard to narrow down my choices in that last paragraph, which is an honest reflection of how many things, places and activities there are in Australia that I love… things I KNOW you will love too.

So, straight up, where would I recommend? Where should you add to your bucket list for your Australian adventure?

The following spots are dotted specifically along the East Coast. It goes without saying that my suggestions only touch the surface of what’s on offer.

Here are my 10 places you cannot miss on the East Coast of Australia…

1. St. Kilda

There are not many destinations where I sit and think, ‘I could see myself here long term.’ But with Melbourne I did, and more specifically St. Kilda.

St. Kilda is a small seafront town located in Melbourne, just outside the city centre. Trams run every 20 minutes into the centre and you have the beach life right on your doorstep. You seriously have the best of both worlds in St. Kilda. Combine that with the beach front bars and live music venues, and you have the dream set up.

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2. Fraser Island

This is one you simply cannot miss. Whether you join in with one of the many tours that run on this island or hire a 4X4 for yourself – you are going to fall in LOVE.

I have explored this island twice: once with Nomads Tag Along Tour and once with Cool Dingos.

For a proper backpacker vibe check out my experience with Nomads Tag Along Tour here.

For a more laid back, couple-orientated and high-end accommodation experience, check out my experience with Cool Dingo here.

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3. Diving / snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef

Whose bucket list ISN’T this on???

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4. Road-tripping down the Great Ocean Road

Now this is something I haven’t actually done yet, but is most definitely top of my bucket list for when I do return to Australia. Grab a car, grab a few friends and ride from Melbourne through to Adelaide. Pass the apostles and cruise the ocean road with the music loud and the breeze running through your hair.

THIS IS WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF.

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5. Sunrise hike up Mt. Warning

This is a stop off slightly less explored by backpackers, but a freaking amazing one. Even if you’re travelling on the Greyhound or some other hop-on-hop-off company, rent a car in Byron Bay and follow my epic road-trip itinerary.

This hike requires an early start but the view is worth every sweat bead you release. It’s mind blowing.

See my complete guide to Byron Bay here.

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6. Noosa National Park

Noosa is a popular place to start the legendary Fraser Island tours. If you do find yourself here, make sure you leave a couple of days to enjoy this little surf town. There are some gorgeous eateries on the beach front and also the incredible Noosa National Park.

If you head out on one of the many walks on offer through the park, be sure to look up and out for some snoozy koalas hanging in the trees. Keep an eye out for the fairy pools and if you visit in migration season, watch out for the whales in the deep blue!

See my guide to Noosa, Sunshine Coast here

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7.  Sydney

Do I need to give Sydney an introduction? Do I need to explain why this HAS to be on your bucket list? Infact, I’m pretty sure it already is. I’ve been 3 times now and simply cannot get enough of the outdoor lifestyle, beaches or energy that resides here. See my guides and experiences below for more…

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8. Road-trip to Hyams Beach

Take the Grand Pacific Drive down to some of the whitest sands in the world!

See my road-trip from Sydney to Hyams beach post here

9. Hot air ballooning and wine tasting, Gold Coast

Sunrise sessions and wine tasting before 9am makes for my kinda morning!

Check out our experience here

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10. Sail through the Whitsundays

It’s heaven on earth. The pictures do all the talking for this one.

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  • Ahhh! I’M SO EXCITED! I’m heading out to Australia this August and I’m literally binge reading/watching any blog posts/YT videos of yours to get good tips so thank you so much, they’re all so so helpful! I’ve now added a nice few to my ever-growing bucketlist!

    Just a couple of questions – with the Great Barrier Reef, I’m not too fussed/a bit concerned/poor about deep sea diving and am more than up for snorkelling but do you think diving is much better? Would I be stupid not do a dive instead?
    And do you have a favourite boat to sail the Whitsundays since you seem to have been on a few? haha!

    Thanks again for the tips, love your blog!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

    • A lot of people access the ‘great barrier reef’ from Cairns, which I have actually done too but found that the snorkelling wasn’t great. I have heard amazing things from divers though when you go below the damage at the surface. On the other hand though, if you would prefer to snorkel, save it for the Whitsundays area… the snorkelling is INCREDIBLE! 🙂

      As for whitsunday boats… if you’re a party animal and are up for party games and meeting people – the clipper. I found I had grown out of it when I reviewed it this year so I would go with the Condor or one of the other boats. Best advice i can give is to talk to my friend Sam who owns Ratpack travel, he will advice you (honestly) on the best options for what you desire. You will also get the best price through him and you can get an additional 10% off with ‘MOLLIE10’ 🙂

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  • stephaniestraveldiary

    Great bucket list! I want to visit Australia so bad. Hopefully I can get to it next year 🙂
    x

  • Amazing list, I love Australia and there is so much to do on the East Coast! I have been to Fraser Island, Whitsundays, Sydney, St. Kilda and the great Barrier Reef but the rest is still on my bucket list. I hope to go back one day 🙂