Do you have two weeks annual leave up your sleeve? Or have allocated two weeks to discover Australia on your big O.E? Then this is the blog for you! While two weeks probably isn’t long enough to get across the whole country, you can definitely make it up the East Coast and tick off all of those big Aussie destinations you’ve always dreamed of. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s hit the road!
While our Travel Passes allow you to start your adventure at any* of our 250+ coach stops, we’re gonna start our East Coast Adventure from Sydney, because chances are, you’ll fly into the big smoke... and it’s obviously going to be on your bucket-list.
STOP 1 - SYDNEY
Kicking off in Australia's 'fake' capital city (it’s actually Canberra, but everyone* thinks it’s Sydney), here you have a short two nights stay to tick off the following:
Check out the Sydney harbour bridge and Opera House!
- Lucky for you, both of these iconic tourist must-sees’ are right next to each other. Just catch a bus or a train to Circular Key Station and you are there!
Get to Bondi and take a dip at the Iceberg pools
- Now Bondi can be a bit of a mission to get to if you don’t have a car, but it is well worth it. With an esplanade of cool cafes, restaurants and bars, the iconic ocean pool, Icebergs, and one MASSIVE bay of beach. There is truly no place like it.
Sure, Sydney offers a lot more, but, we’ve all been to cities before and if you are short on time these two are a must!
STOP 2 - BYRON BAY
If you love to surf, or have always dreamed of learning how to, you are right where you need to be! Byron Bay is a Surfer's haven, and caters for both pros and beginners.
In Byron, you have two cheeky nights/ days to master this new sport and soak in the chilled-out vibes and natural beauty this beach town has to offer. A walk up to the lighthouse is a must, and while you are up there keep an eye out for dolphins in the ocean!
STOP 3 - Gold Coast
A slightly more commercial city, but none of the less, is a great stop along your way up the coast.
Two nights should be plenty of time to explore Surfers Paradise night life, get to a theme park and hit the beach!
STOP 4 - Fraser Island
Making our way through Brisbane and past the Sunshine Coast, your next stop is THE World Heritage Listed, Fraser Island. Fraser Island is the LARGEST sand island in the world, and is the ONLY sand island in the world with a rainforest. On top of that there are hundreds of freshwater lakes to swim in.
Side note - If Australia Zoo is high on your bucket list, you can stop off there on the way up but it may bite into your itinerary.
STOP 5 - Airlie Beach
Take an overnight coach from Hervey Bay and you will find yourself waking up in pure paradise! Now, this is one place we would usually recommend you stay a little longer as there is so much to see and do here, but as time is tight one of the best things you can do is the three-night Sail Whitsundays tour. With Crystal Clear water, on a boat and the Great Barrier Reef at your fingertips what better way to spend your time here!
STOP 6 - Cairns
Your final stop to your two-week adventure! Luckily, you have two days left up your sleeve to explore Cairns. From here you can jump back onto the Great Barrier reef for a snorkel, explore the Atherton Tablelands and visit the World Heritage Listed Rainforest by Cableway. PLUS, Cairns has an epic nightlife for backpackers!
And just like that, your two weeks' Down under is up (insert sad face). We hope this itinerary is helpful in your Aussie adventure planning.
For more information about the best way to get around Australia, check out our Travel Passes and if you want a little more travel inspiration, our 2018 Aussie Bucket-List should have all of your answers!
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