THE EAST COAST
May 30, 2011
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The “East Coast” of Australia spans over 3 very distinct and different states Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. From the Great Barrier Reef through the Great Dividing Range to the Great Ocean Road Cairns to Melbourne covers a variety of different destinations each offering unique experiences. You can work this trip in either direction starting from Melbourne or Cairns and working your way north or south. The trip in total is approximately 3,800kms if you stick to the coast the whole way which is 48 hours worth of direct driving. If you follow the coast from Cairns to Sydney and then take the inland route between Sydney and Melbourne it is around 3,400kms. If you have a limited amount of time as most travellers do, the most popular section would be going either Cairns to Sydney if you have a little more time then you can fly from Sydney to Melbourne from $59 and complete the trip that way!
Cairns to Sydney is one of the most popular destinations/routes in Australia. The Northern part of the East Coast of Australia is renowned for relaxed coastal living with adventures at your doorstep.
Cairns is one of the most northern parts of Queensland and the east coast. It offers an abundance of tourist destinations as well as some of the most renowned natural beauties of the world. Cairns itself is a small city however it is the central departure point for access to its surrounding areas including but not limited too The Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation, Tully River, Atherton Tablelands and more.
The Great Barrier Reef is an internationally renowned natural wonder, comprised of over 2,900 different individual reef systems and coral cays and approximately 900 islands stretching for over 2,600kms covering an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres. The Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty it contains an abundance of marine life, with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, and pulling away from it, and viewing it from a greater distance, you can understand why. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space.
Cape Tribulation is a headland situated approximately 110km north of Cairns and is known as one of the only places in the world where 2 ecosystems meet. The headland is covered by the breathtaking Daintree Rainforest and has gorgeous exclusive beaches as well as near by rivers and gorges filled with various rainforest wildlife.
Airlie Beach and The Whitsunday Islands: Airlie Beach is the first major stop below Cairns along the East Coast. (Cairns to Airlie Beach 624kms or 8 hours drive) Airlie Beach like Cairns is the mainland hub for the surrounding attractions and destinations. The real gem of this area is The Whitsunday Islands, comprised of 74 islands meaning the Whitsundays form the largest offshore island chain on Australia’s coastline. The bulk are beautiful, tropical, deserted islands, but eight offer a variety of resort accommodation all with the Great Barrier Reef and fringing coral reefs at their door step. Weather you want a romantic getaway, and adventure packed experience, a lazy resort retreat or somewhere to take the kids these islands will have something to suit you.
Hervey Bay has often been called the jewel in Queensland’s crown. A scenic 3 1/2 hours drive north of Brisbane (Queensland’s Capitol or 875kms south of Airlie Beach 11hours) or a short flight Hervey Bay is an easily accessible holiday destination. The city has a wonderful subtropical climate. Temperatures range from 22 – 29 degrees celsius in November and rainfall is lower in this area than most other Queensland holiday destinations. Hervey Bay is also the access point for Fraser Island. The Worlds largest sand Island. You cannot take many rental cars over onto the island so most people do a guided day tour or up to a 3 day tour.
Byron Bay is the most easterly point of mainland Australia, located its famous light house has been illumintating this are for many years. There is so many reasons why Byron Bay is one of the most well-known popular destinations not only on the east coast but in the whole of Australia. The internationally renowned surf breaks, the beautiful weather nearly all year round due to the subtropical climate, the culture due to the highest number of resident artist and artesian in any given area in Australia, the health and wellbeing lifestyle, endless resorts and beaches and always something new to discover. Byron Bay is also situated east of Mount Warning the first place the rising sun hits in Australia.
Sydney is home to those iconic sites like the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Bondi and Manly Beaches. Founded by Europeans in 1788, Sydney is Australia’s first city, and the historic Rocks district offers glimpses of those bawdy early years. Sydney’s essential experiences include the Harbour Bridge Climb, a harbour cruise, visiting the beaches, Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, the ferries, North Head and so much more. Just west of Sydney are the beautiful Blue Mountains, World Heritage listed this is a remarkable area with spectacular gorges, sandstone escarpment, eucalypt forests, waterfalls, quaint towns. Don’t miss The Three Sisters at Echo Point, Govett’s Leap, Wentworth Falls, the Jenolan Caves, Zig-Zag Railway and the Scenic Railway & Flyway Cable Car rides at Scenic World. Only 3 hours north the Hunter Valley is Australia’s original wine region, world famous for its quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Semillon and Chardonnay.
Greyhound Passes covering the east coast start at $324 with packages going to $1155
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