Where should I go on the East Coast of Australia?
Sydney, The harbour and Eastern suburbs
- Bondi Beach and its coastal walk, through to Coogee beach. I lived in North Bondi and it’s a place I will never forget. If you are there towards the end of the day, head to the North Bondi grass area where you’ll get magnificent sunset views overlooking the beach, surfers on the water and the coolest vibe. I also love the coastal walk starting at Bondi beach and taking you all the way to Coogee beach. It’s around 2 hours one way. If you have limited time, at least make it until Bronte beach, that will take you 30 minutes one way. It’s one of the most Beautiful coastal walks, great for people watching, feeling the breeze in your hair, and even doing a little bit of exercise, what could be better!
- Taking the ferry line and going anywhere like Manly or Cockatoo island to get a feel and a cheap ride along this amazing harbour.
- At night go for drink at the Opera bar, just under the Opera House. Its where I used to finish every Friday after work for a few drinks. Great vibe, amazing views, and a great local experience.
Dorrigo National Park
Byron Bay, the bohemian lifestyle
- Long walks at the beach surrounded by peace, waves, dolphins if you’re lucky and amazing sunsets.
- I like improving my surfing skills as waves are unlimited and there are many surf schools to get classes from.
- Also, there are many yoga studios and I love joining a few classes while there.
- You can spend half a day on a diving trip to Julian Rock Nature Reserve. Many diving places to choose from, so do your own research on the time of year you are planning to travel. Home to turtles, wobbegongs, leopard sharks, nurse sharks, big moray eels, blue groupers, cod, rays and many other species. The depth range is from 12 to 18 metres.
- Last but not least, go shopping! Plenty of cool shops and boutiques for all budgets. I recommend checking when the market is on to find great deals and unique pieces of clothing or home decor. Plus, Byron is known for its very healthy homemade food and smoothies.
Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
- The Great Barrier Reef. The largest coral reef system in the world. Home to marine life diversity. A must do in Australia. Great opportunity for divers and everyone just interested in snorkelling. Its shallow waters make it a great place for both. Many travel agency Cairns based to help you organise your day tour or liveaboard. For all budgets and needs! In my opinion, I have been on a big boat with many tourists where all is included for the day. It’s a good way to discover the great barrier reef if you have limited time. If you have more time and you are a diver, I recommend a liveaboard experience for a couple of days. More relaxed, less people, and you’ll be taken to less crowded spots.
- The Daintree Rainforest. As Sir David Attenborough said: ‘One of the places that is really extraordinary is northern Queensland’. A jungle to get lost and amazed by its wonders. A place I’ll never forget. It’s hard to describe the feeling, and impossible to forget. Check this video to get a feel. In terms of how to discover it, you can look for an Australia tour packages or organise your trip yourself. I have done both. You can rent a car or camper, or research escorted and guided tours. There are swimming holes, beautiful locations where the tropical jungle meets The Great Barrier Reef. Please be cautious as it’s a very dangerous beach area as crocodiles live there. However, if you follow the recommendations it’s a very safe.
If you would like to get any specific recommendations, you can reply on the comments below and I’ll be more than happy to help you out.
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