Soaking up the sun, relaxing on the beach and drinking with the locals are definitely among the things any visitor to Australia should expect to be doing. For those with enough time on their hands (and enough money in their pockets) driving down the east coast is another. Searching on car hire comparison websites have made it easy to find a suitable vehicle ready for this incredible journey. So what are you waiting for! Let’s see what the land ‘down under’ has to offer! Here are a few top destinations not to be missed on the east coast.
A visit to Australia without snorkelling over the Great Barrier Reef would be like going to Ireland and not trying a pint of Guinness, or going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel tower – there are some things that just must be done! Cairns is the gateway to this amazing structure, the largest living organism in the world. Measuring in at over 2,600 kilometres it can be seen from space. The best way to see it, and most eco-friendly, is simply to go snorkelling. There are many companies that can provide you with all the equipment necessary and serve up the best spots. Best thing to do is search around for the smartest deals, or ask the locals.
Fraser Island, as with the Great Barrier Reef, is a designated World Heritage Site. It’s also the largest sand island in the world, home to tropical rainforests and many crystal clear lakes. It is separated from the mainland by wetlands deemed of international importance. So, all in all, Fraser Island is a nature lover’s paradise. The sand, combined with miles upon miles of coastline, provides idyllic beaches for those wanting to take it easy and let time pass slowly. The island’s tropical rainforest is home to many species of animal and plant life – guided tours are a very popular, and an insightful way to experience this beauty. There are a hundred or so lakes dotted around this island, so no matter how hard you try, you’re not going to see them all – perhaps just pick your favourite; each has its own personality, and no two are ever the same. Take a walk round some of the biggest, or go for a dip on a scorching day. Whichever way you decide to explore Fraser Island, you’re guaranteed not to be let down.
At the eastern most point of Australia lies Byron Bay, a haven for new age hippies, wandering travellers and almost anyone else you can think of. This is not surprising, really, as Byron Bay has it all. Consistently good weather, golden, sandy beaches, perfectly pitched waves and above all, friendly, happy people. The town can get quite busy during the peak summer months, but the locals don’t seem to mind and everyone makes the effort to welcome outsiders into their lives. Although, if you prefer your paradise a little less crowded, then it’s wise to visit in the off-season!
John Sanderson has enjoyed travelling since he was a young boy when his parents first took him to visit family overseas. Since leaving home, John has tracked down family all over the world and regularly jets off to faraway lands to see distant relatives.