Australian East Coast

17 - 21

From Sydney, work your way north along Australia's east coat to Cairns to experience pristine beaches, bustling cities, diverse nature, and authentic culture.

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  • Great FoodGreat Food
  • CultureCulture
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Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Sydney, Australia

  • 2

    Port Macquarie, Australia

  • 3

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • 4

    Brisbane, Australia

  • 5

    Fraser Island, Australia

  • 6

    Rockhampton, Australia

  • 7

    Airlie Beach, Australia

  • 8

    Townsville, Australia

  • 9

    Cairns, Australia

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Things to do in and around Sydney

  • Sydney
  • The Sydney Opera House
  • Bondi Beach, Oct. 2011
  • Dawn princess
  • Sydney at Dawn
  • Wollongong
  • Three Sisters
  • 吃飽我們來到簡稱QVB的維多莉亞購物中心Queen Victoria Building
  • Sydney
  • hi baby.
  • Palm Beach
  • Govetts Leap Lookout
  • Sublime Point lookout, NSW
  • 200502 tree arch
  • Sea Life Sydney Aquarium - Darling Harbour
  • Royal Botanic Garden - Sydney, Australia
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Three Sisters
  • Grose Valley #3
  • chess players
  • Lake at Chinese Garden, Sydney - 2
  • Sydney Tower
  • Museum of Contemporary Art 3
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  • Wentworth Falls 2


Australia, New South Wales region

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Australia's most popular city offers superb beaches, amazing surrounding nature, an iconic harbor, fine architecture, and more.

The Sydney area has been inhabited by indigenous Australians since the Upper Paleolithic period. The first British settlers arrived in 1788 to found Sydney as a penal colony, the first European settlement in Australia. Since convict transportation ended in the mid-19th century, the city has transformed from a colonial outpost into a major global cultural and economic center. The population of Sydney boasts millions of immigrants, representing of many different nationalities, making Sydney one of the most multicultural cities in the world. There are more than 250 different languages spoken in Sydney and about one-third of residents speak a language other than English at home.
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Things to do in and around Port Macquarie

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  • Quick trip through Port Macquarie
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  • Haleakala National Park, HI (DSC06672)
  • Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
  • Turquoise Ulysses butterfly with wings closed in Coffs Harbour Butterfly House.
  • Eastern Water Dragon
  • Koala
  • Coffs Harbour Marina

Port Macquarie

Australia, New South Wales region

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A beautiful beach resort town on the Australian Pacific Coast, it is home to nature parks, wildlife reserves, and hiking trails.

Port Macquarie is known for its extensive beaches and waterways. The town is also known for its koala population, being the home to the Billabong Koala Park, and the Koala Preservation Society's Koala Hospital, caring for koalas injured through bushfire, dog attacks and collisions with vehicles. Beaches are: North Shore, Town Beach, Oxley Beach, Rocky Beach, Flynns Beach, Nobbys Beach, Shelly Beach, Miners Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Only Town, Flynns and Lighthouse Beaches are manned by Surf Life Saving Clubs. Lighthouse Beach is patrolled at only the northern end.
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Things to do in and around Gold Coast

  • The Gold Coast, Australia
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  • Movieworld
  • Sea World, Gold Coast
  • Art Gallery 1
  • Australian wildlife 0069
  • Movie World
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary  020
  • Byron Bay
  • Dreamworld
  • Skypoint Observation Deck

Gold Coast

Australia, Queensland region

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Founded along a stretch of pristine beaches, this surfer town is known for its laid back atmosphere, nightlife, parks, and fun activities.

Around 10 million tourists visit the Gold Coast area every year. Tourism is the region's biggest industry, directly accounting for one in four jobs in the city. There are approximately 65,000 beds, 60 kilometres (37 mi) of beach, 600 kilometres (370 mi) of canal, 100,000 hectares of nature reserve, 500 restaurants, 40 golf courses and 5 major theme parks in the city.
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Things to do in and around Brisbane

  • Brisbane
  • South Bank Parklands
  • Brisbane
  • roma street parklands (63)
  • Queensland Art Gallery
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  • Australian wildlife 0069
  • Planetarium
  • brisbane city church fortitude valley (6)
  • St. John's Cathedral in Brisbane
  • Lost Creatures
  • Movie World
  • Skypoint Observation Deck
  • Treasury Casino
  • Zen Garden
  • Story Bridge
  • Kangaroo Point cliffs is flooded
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  • Dreamworld
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  • mt. lofty lookout
  • Byron Bay


Australia, Queensland region

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Australia's third largest city is a fine metropolis, boasting a great art scene, many good eateries, parks, and nearby attractions.

Today, Brisbane is well known for its distinct Queenslander architecture which forms much of the city's built heritage. The city is a popular tourist destination, serving as a gateway for visitors to the state of Queensland, particularly to the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, popular resort towns immediately south and north of Brisbane, respectively. Several large cultural, international and sporting events have been held at Brisbane.
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Things to do in and around Fraser Island

  • Noosa Heads
  • La plage de Seventy-Five Miles Beach
  • Indian Head
  • Eli Creek, Fraser Island
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  • Lake Mckenzie
  • Lake Birrabeen
  • Lake Wabby, Fraser Island, QLD
  • Champagne Pools, Fraser Island
  • Hervey Bay
  • Turtle Hatching at Mon Repos

Fraser Island

Australia, Queensland region

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Take a 4-wheel-drive to explore the world's largest sand island with its eucalyptus forest, rainforest, and other natural attractions.

Fraser Island is a heritage-listed island located along the southern coast of Queensland, Australia, approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Brisbane .It is Queensland's largest island, Australia's sixth largest island and the largest island on the East Coast of Australia. The island has rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, mangrove forests, wallum and peat swamps, sand dunes and coastal heaths. Fraser Island has been inhabited by humans for as much as 5,000 years.
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Things to do in and around Rockhampton

  • Rockhampton
  • Rockhampton
  • Firing up the boiler in the steam powered tram in Rockhampton central Queensland. Departs from Archer Street Railway museum on Sundays.
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  • Great Keppel Island
  • Looking down the Little Lakes Valley, from along the Mono Pass Trail - mono13x
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  • Mount Mitchell


Australia, Queensland region

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Surrounded by great parks and nature, this cattle town is also home to lovely gardens and a wealth of 19C architecture.

Rockhampton is a city and local government area in Queensland, Australia. Rockhampton experiences over 300 days of sunshine each year, which lends itself to tourism activities all year round and an abundance of outdoor activities. Popular attractions include Riverbank Parklands, a riverfront parkland attraction located on the banks of Fitzroy River; the Capricorn Coast, the coastal strip between Yeppoon, Emu Park and Great Keppel Island, a large neighbouring island off the Capricorn Coast, the vast majority of which is national park.
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Things to do in and around Airlie Beach

  • Airlie Beach - Whitsundays (8 of 44)
  • Airlie Beach Main Street
  • Swimming Lagoon, Airlie Beach, Australia
  • Airlie Beach
  • Long Island
  • Hamilton Island - dawn
  • Whitsunday Island Australia
  • Whitsunday Islands

Airlie Beach

Australia, Queensland region

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Known for its immense artificial lagoon, Airlie Beach also offers great access to the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding nature.

Airlie Beach is a tourist destination, extremely popular with backpackers. Its beach is small and the sea is inhabited by marine stingers, the box jellyfish from November to May. In order to provide somewhere for the visitors tourists to swim, the local council, has built a small – medium-sized swimming lagoon on the foreshore, similar to the lagoon found in Cairns. The Airlie Beach Lagoon is 4,300 m2 and 4.5 million liters of fresh, self chlorinated water. The Great Barrier Reef is easily accessible from Airlie Beach, with an array of different types of tours available.
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Things to do in and around Townsville

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  • View from my balcony
  • Main Street. Charters Towers.
  • Reef HQ
  • Castle Hill Summit 2013 5MB
  • Magnetic Island
  • Mission Beach Houses
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  • Crocoldile


Australia, Queensland region

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Nestled between the hills and the sea, this vibrant university town features 19C architecture, great museums, and stunning beaches.

Townsville is a city on the north-eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Popular attractions include "The Strand", a long tropical beach and garden strip; Riverway, a riverfront parkland attraction located on the banks of Ross River; Reef HQ, a large tropical aquarium holding many of the Great Barrier Reef's native flora and fauna; the Museum of Tropical Queensland, built around a display of relics from the sunken British warship HMS Pandora; The Townsville Sports Reserve; and Magnetic Island, a large neighboring island, the vast majority of which is national park.
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Things to do in and around Cairns

  • USS Blue Ridge Sailors man the rails as the ship pulls into Cairns, Australia
  • Cairns Botanic Gardens
  • Street
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  • Croc Show_23
  • The Great Barrier Reef - 164
  • Port Douglas
  • Fitzroy Island
  • cultural performance
  • Barron Falls
  • Plage déserte sur Green Island
  • Mossman Gorge


Australia, Queensland region

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A great base for exploring the majesty of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is also the starting point for many amazing hikes and treks.

Tourism plays a major part in the Cairns economy. The Cairns region is the fourth-most popular destination for international tourists in Australia after Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. There is a growing interest in Cairns from the Chinese leisure market with occasional direct flights from Chinese cities such as Shanghai and Guangzhou. The city is near the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics of Queensland, and the Atherton Tableland. The Cairns esplanade includes a swimming lagoon with adjoining barbecue areas.
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