Travelling Australias East Coast in 2 weeks could be considered more than challanging! Especially if you have your Heart set on experiencing All the Best spots!
A little compromise, an easy going group and a flexible budget will certainly help you along the way! In this blog we follow Brittany and her group of friends as they experience Cairns to Melbourne in an Epic road trip!
To make this trip happen Brittany used a combination of East Coast Tours Day Trippers + Design your own Road Trip Tours and Packages! Allowing her to select the Short trips to give the group an amazing East Coast Adventure!
Here is her experience!
Day 1 - Flew into Cairns Airport and Transfered to Jucy to Hire a Vehicle! - $845 including Insurance! Split this cost by up to 5 people! So CHEAP!
If you have time you could explore the Daintree Roanforests by Self Drive!
- Crystal cascades (This groups choice)
- Mossman Gorge
- Kurunda Sky Rail!
Day 2 - Spend the day on the Great Barrier Reef! / Sleep at Gilligans Backpackers!
Learn to dive with an Introductory Scuba Dive, Explore further for certified divers or Opt for snorkelling only!
Check out these Amazing Trips!
- Divers Den Day Trip with 2 Intro Dives (this groups trip)
- Passions of Paradise
Day 3 - Drive to Airlie Beach / Sleep at Base Backpackers
Things to did on the way -Stop to see Josephine Falls (Natural waterslides to go down!) -Stopped at Murray Park to grab lunch -Scenic Stop at Inkerman Lookout to see sunset
things we could have done if we had more time -Milla Milla/Eliniaa/Zillie Waterfalls
-White water Rafting at Tully
Day 4 - Whitsundays day trip
Airlie beach is known as the gateway to the whitsundays, 74 pristine islands and world famous for snorkelling, diving, sailing and whitehaven beach just to name a few highlights!
Day trips include
- Camira sailing trip (this groups choice)
-Gsl Fly and Cruise (a package deal flying over the reef in the morning and seeing the islands by boat later that day!)
Day 5 - Drive south!
Sights on the way
-Enguella national park
-cape hillsborough camping and kangaroo sight
This Group Stayed at free campsite in Calliope River Rest Area
Day 6 - Drive to 1770 / sleep at 1770 camp grounds
(if looking to do fraser Island day trip day 5/6 can be modified to go straight to rainbow beach instead)
Day 7 - Australias cheapest surf lesson / sleep at a campsite in Coochin Creek Camping Area
-Other things you could do: stayed in Noosa/Sunshine Coast (Steven Irwin Zoo, Collangatta, Birdie Island)
day 8 - Drive to Nimbin / Sleep at beautiful and quiet hostel called Granny’s Farm.
Clean, full kitchen use, books to borrow, pool table, animals
-Others things you could do: Loan Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane
Day 9 - -Drive to Byron Bay / sleep at nomads art factory
Stopped at Byron Bay Lighthouse; if you go down the trail, you can stop at the farthest east point of Australia
Day 10 - -Spent the day at campsite. Discovery Holiday Parks- Loved this campsite! Waterpark, air jump, two pools, and pond. Clean bathrooms and friendly staff.
Day 11. -Driving Day, stopped in Coffs Harbor -The Big Banana! Banana tourist store -Ate lunch at Fitzroy Park -Drive to Katoomba -Splurged and stayed at a motel (Citigate Motel in Mayfield)
Day 12. -Continue drive to Blue Mountains -Check out Three Sisters, Echo Point -Stayed at Katoomba Mountain Lodge- quiet and clean hostel in the middle of town
Day 13. -Canyoning and Abseiling in Blue Mountains through Eagle Rock Adventures -There are supposedly glowworms at the end of the Evan’s Lookout.Blackheath trail. Walk for twenty minutes down the mountain at night and you should be able to see them. Unfortunately, this is where I sprained my ankle about five minutes down the trail so we didn’t get to see them. Haha.
-Stayed at Katoomba Mountain Lodge
Day 14. - 9.5 hour drive back to Melbourne -Other things we could have done: stayed at Murramarang National Park (camping site with kangaroos on the Beach; between Sydney and Melbs, stayed in Sydney
Other Helpful Things -There’s an app called Tricount. It takes all the expenses and throws it in a “pot.” You just put each expense and who paid for it and who used it (gas, groceries, excursions, car, etc.) into the system. At the end of the trip, it will show who owes who money. -App for Hostel World -App that shows Free Camping Sites. It costs $8, but it was super helpful. (caravanontour.com) -App that uses GPS, but not data: Waze. -Couch surfing will help you save money if you’re comfortable doing that. You get to meet locals rather than be a tourist. -Dominoes has pizzas for $5 for when you’re desperate! Haha -Talk to locals and hang out with them. They love showing off their city