Welcome to the East Coat of Australia. Probably the most well known tour route in Australia, embarking on an East Coast tour of Australia is the perfect way to explore the varying terrain. From the topical rainforests, to the pristine beaches as well as paradise at the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Stretching for most of Queensland, the East Coast offers travellers the chance to explore the native wildlife, take in the more tropical areas of Tropical North Queensland including the Daintree and Cape Tribulation. Who knows - you might even spot a cassowary whilst on your travels!
AUSTRALIA EAST COAST BUCKET LIST DESTINATIONS
EAST COAST AUSTRALIA TOURS
Whitsunday Island Tours
Explore this tropical paradise with Awesome Whitsundays’ great range of packages! Right in the heart of one of Australia’s greatest treasures, the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, are the Whitsunday Islands, all white sanded and wonderful.
Surrounded by the calm, warm waters of the Coral Sea, there are 74 tropical islands making up the Whitsundays, and each one you visit with Awesome Whitsundays is part of the Whitsunday Islands National Park. The abundance of pristine beaches, marine and wildlife, incredible views, and the sheltered turquoise waterways make it the perfect place for sailing or cruising.
Great Barrier Reef Tours From Cape Tribulation
The half day Great Barrier Reef tour takes you from Cape Tribulation beach, where the waters of the Tasman Sea lap lazily on the shoreline.
You’ll head off to two different destinations, both ideal for snorkelling and perfect for discovering the unique underwater world. Explore the Great Barrier Reef’s remarkable array of marine life and rare coral on this day trip that takes you to all the best spots.
Your trip takes you to Mackay and Undine Reefs – destinations that provide a stunning setting and the perfect conditions for snorkelling. In both these spots there is ample opportunity to take a dip with the native sea turtles, which are typically found leisurely swimming over reefs full of colourful coral.
Whitehaven Beach Tours
Each Ocean Rafting day includes an exhilarating ride to world famous Whitehaven Beach, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks, all in one day!
The semi rigid inflatable vessels are super fast allowing you to experience a fun ride, adventure and education amongst the natural beauty of the Whitsunday Islands. Ocean Rafting’s Whitehaven Beach tours visit the “Wild Side” of the Whitsunday Islands, the uninhabited islands with beautiful natural scenery brimming with marine, bird and animal life.
With small groups, you’ll be able to experience the tropical paradise away from the crowds and 70% of the vessel is shaded, ensuring you’ll be protected from the unforgiving Aussie sun.
Dropbear Adventures – Fraser Island 4×4 Tours
K’gari, more popularly known as Fraser Island, is located of the East Coast of Queensland, Australia. Local Aboriginal people have long known the island as K’gari and recently succeeded in having the name recognised officially. We believe the story behind the Aboriginal name for Fraser Island, about a female spirit who was turned into this sandy island, enhances our understanding of this beautiful place.
K’gari effortlessly amazes you with her beauty and abundant nature. Her feminine, curvaceous landscapes will have you seduced into serenity, her calming nature will see you relaxing on her pure white beaches surrounding crystal clear lakes and feeling her peaceful energy on a walk through her cool rainforests.
Journey into Olkola Country, Cairns
Journey to the heart of Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula as guests of the Olkola people - the Traditional Owners of over one million hectares of biodiverse savannah woodlands, river systems, lagoons and rocky escarpments northwest of Laura.
The Olkola regained control over their country in 2014 and will guide you on a unique journey to learn about the stories of their country, the uses of plants and animals, and their work as land managers to keep these pristine landscapes healthy. From your base camp at Killarney station you will venture out to special places, see the signs of an ancient Olkola culture etched into the rocks and trees. Enjoy spotting the abundant birdlife along the way before coming back to enjoy a hot shower, home cooked meals, billy tea and yarns around the campfire.
Fraser Island Tours From Rainbow Beach
If you’re planning a trip along the East Coast of Australia, then Fraser Island is a must on your itinerary.
It’s here where you’ll find the world’s largest sand island sporting a 75 mile long beach – aptly named 75 Mile Beach – as well as a real life shipwreck, dingos, crystal clear lakes and so much more.
So what’s the best way to see all that Fraser Island has to offer? Well, we suggest taking a group tour so you don’t miss a thing. On Dropbear Adventures 3 Day tour you can explore at ease as well as experiencing probably the best three days of your life – or at least travels!
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a must do Cairns attraction that is easily accessible from Cairns, Palm Cove, Port Douglas and the Atherton Tablelands.
Enjoy a truly unique perspective of Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest as you glide just metres above the pristine rainforest canopy before descending to explore the forest floor at Red Peak and Barron Falls Station. Discover, encounter and immerse yourself in The World’s Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience
EAST COAST AUSTRALIA DAY TOURS
Jungle Surfing Through The Daintree Rainforest
Zipline between six tree canopy platforms and stand heart-to-heart with nature in the world’s oldest rainforest.
You would struggle to find this adventurous experience anywhere else, and is something that will definitely land in your bucket list.
Just a short drive north of Cairns in the Tropical North of Queensland, this exhilarating experience is truly unique, and there is no better way to see and explore the rainforest from a new angle high above the rainforest floor.
Sleep Overnight On The Great Barrier Reef
With Awesome Whitsundays you can make your way out to the Reefworld Pontoon situated on the outer Great Barrier Reef atop Hardy Reef for a reef experience unlike any other. The Hardy Reef is just one of the many thousands of smaller coral reefs that make up the Great Barrier Reef.
It’s here that you’ll discover an abundance of tropical fish, from tiny ones to even giant gropers. The vibrant subaqueous garden is where you will also have the chance to spot unicorn fish, cuttlefish, moray eels, parrotfish, marine turtles and reef sharks if you’re lucky.
Day Trips From Port Douglas
Planning a self drive trip to Tropical North Queensland? If so, Port Douglas makes for a nice place to use as your base whilst you explore what TNQ has to offer.
A stay in Port Douglas promises gorgeous views of 4 Mile Beach as well as many nearby attractions to keep you busy during the day. Here’s our edit of the best day trips from Port Douglas.