What’s a trip to Australia without seeing Sydney?! See the historical buildings, magnificent harbour and don’t miss the famous landmarks - Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Sydney Opera House and Botanical Gardens.
Byron Bay is known for its relaxed beach lifestyle, awesome surf beaches and beautiful surrounding bushland. There’s a heap of stuff to do including adventure activities, boutique shopping, organic produce and live entertainment. There’s also a popular market held the first Sunday of every month.
Make sure you see the Cape Byron Lighthouse and get in the mix with a learn to surf lesson. From Byron, take a day tour to explore the hippy town of Nimbin, kayak with the dolphins and party at Cheeky Monkey’s. You might choose to spend a few days here, there’s heaps to do.
Surfers Paradise is one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations with a spectacular stretch of coast backed by a magnificent skyline of resorts and apartments. This is vibrant and action packed destination - here you’ll find theme parks, alfresco dining, shopping malls - from top-end designers to outlet bargains, and to top it off some of Australia’s best surfing breaks.
Brisbane is the capital of Queensland – Australia’s sunshine state. The city is nestled around the Brisbane river which means a great way to get a snap shot of the city is to jump on board the City Cat – a public transport ferry that runs along the river. From aboard, you’ll be able to see Southbank parklands and dining precinct, the botanical gardens and the Story Bridge. Hop off to visit the city centre and the 700+ stores in the central Queen Street shopping mall.
Noosa is situated on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. It’s home to more stunning Australian beach plus a hinterland of gorgeous National Parks including the Glasshouse Mountains. From the Glasshouse Mountains you will have the opportunity to take in the 360 degree views of the Sunshine Coast and to buy some delicious Queensland fruit. As you explore, keep an eye out for Koalas chilling in the gum trees. Relax by the beach at Noosa, or explore the Noosa Everglades system of fresh water creeks or head out to the must see Fraser Island.
Want to go whale watching or visit World Heritage listed Fraser Island? Then Hervey Bay is where to go! Often referred to as “Australia's whale watch capital” you can spot these magnificent mammals between mid-July and early-November breaching and playing just off shore. There are lots of Fraser Island tour options, as well as whale watch cruises to choose from during the whale watching season.
You can also access Lady Elliot Island from Hervey Bay, it’s one of the southern-most islands of The Great Barrier Reef. Hire a bicycle and cruise around the foreshore and keep your eyes peeled for whales.
Agnes Water, or 1770 as it’s also known, is the landing point of Captain Cook in the year 1770. Agnes Water is the perfect spot to put your feet up and relax, soak up some sun, and enjoy the beach. It’s the northern-most surf beach on the East coast and offers a range of activities and holiday ideas - from relaxing at the beach, four wheel driving through rugged coastal National Parks, beach and deep sea fishing, to enjoying an adventure tour aboard an amphibious vessel.
Agnes Water and 1770 are close to the southern Great Barrier Reef, with tours departing to both Lady Musgrave Island or Fitzroy Reef. Land lovers can check out the Agnes Water Museum which has local history and information about Captain Cook and his voyages.
Airlie Beach / Whitsundays
Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsundays, Queensland’s pristine 74 islands. This truly is a tropical beachside town - you’ll find heaps of fellow travellers in the local backpacker bars and you’ll instantly notice the carefree vibe here. Airlie Beach has a huge man-made lagoon, it’s free for the public to lounge about the beautiful saltwater swimming area and surrounded gardens. After dark Airlie rocks on with heaps of bars and night clubs pumping until well into the night. Don’t be surprised if you want to stay here longer than you’d planned!
Airlie beach is the base from which to explore the magnificent Whitsundays, there are lots of options here to really see the reef as well as world renowned Whitehaven beach – choose from day trips, sailing adventures and overnight live aboard options.
Townsville / Magnetic Island
You’re getting up into the tropics now! Townsville is the gateway to Magnetic Island where you can cruise around in a mini-moke, relax by the beach, go bushwalking, try scuba diving, or simply kick back and watch the sunset. In Townsville, try your hand at the casino, study up history at the Maritime Museum, or visit The Strand. The Strand is a popular foreshore precinct which incorporates a jetty, recreational park, restaurants, cafes, a free water park, picnic areas and swimming pools. There’s heaps of stores and even more restaurants, bars and nightspots to enjoy. The Strand has a magnificent view of the Port of Townsville and Magnetic Island, as well as views stretching all the way out to Cape Cleveland – a pretty cool place to hang out and enjoy the tropical weather.
Famous in this region for scuba divers is the SS Yongala wreck. The ship sunk in 1911, sadly all 122 people on board drowned. The wreck, off the coast of Townsville, is now one of the world's premier wreck dive sites.
Cairns is the tropical city at the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest. There is so much nature and adventure around here, you’ll definitely need a few days to explore the reef and rainforest as well as enjoy the farmer's market, free entertainment and lagoon, and a cruise around the marina.
Make sure you get out to the world famous Great Barrier Reef and if you have time, the hinterland is a great day trip – see the Atherton Tablelands a rich farming region, visit the famous Millaa Millaa Falls and see beautiful tropical rainforest. Make sure you pack your cozi, as you’ll want a dip in the ancient volcanic lakes that dot the tablelands.