THE BEST 3-WEEK EAST COAST AUSTRALIA ITINERARY
Here it is! our ultimate 3-week itinerary to see the best of East Coast Australia. 3 weeks in Australia isn't a whole lot of time to see such a large coastline, so you will want to focus on the very best things. This travel itinerary will be going from Sydney to Cairns and will have stops at all the most amazing places in Australia as you cruise along the coast. It may seem hectic, but each day is guaranteed to be full of adventure.
let's get to it.
Our 3 week Australia itinerary starts in Sydney, the unofficial capital of Australia. You can see Sydney in a day if you want to get going to see all the natural beauty Australia offers. If you're happy to hang around for a few days then you'll have an amazing time soaking up the city life. This is the largest of the must-see cities in Australia, so there is a lot to do. You have all the usual touristy stuff: Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, Manly Beach, Bondi Beach...you know the spots. Once you've had your fill it's time to leave Sydney behind and start working your way up towards Brisbane and Cairns. Like any great coastal cruise, there will be a bunch of stops at all the most awesome sights on our 3-week itinerary.
The Blue Mountains are a short drive inland from Sydney, which is Australia's answer to The Grand Canyon. It's a beautiful place to spend a few days seeing the huge mountains, giant canyons and lush rainforests.
On your way up North, Coffs Harbour is a gorgeous seaside town for a day tour. Don't spend too much time here because you do not want to miss Byron Bay. This is where you'll find chilled vibes, stunning beaches and some of the best surf in Australia. Byron is one of our favourite places in Australia and somewhere you must stop on your East Coast adventure. You could even run into Chris Hemsworth if you're lucky! You can walk to the most eastern point in Australia here. Once there you'll be greeted by amazing coastal views and waves crashing against the towering cliffs. From there you can enjoy a nice coastal walk up to the Cape Byron Lighthouse for more views from the top of the cliffs.
Top Tip: Make sure to visit The Balcony Bar on a Wednesday for half-price oysters served on a bed of ice if you love seafood.
Say a sad goodbye to Byron Bay, but a warm hello to another vibey city in Australia...The Gold Coast! It's a brilliant city where skyscrapers line the main beach and surfers reign supreme. They literally have an area called Surfers Paradise after all, so if you're not a surfer yet then this is the place to try surf lessons. Burleigh Heads is another part of the Gold Coast that you will want to swing by to see more incredible beaches.
Brisbane is the next stop, and there are a few things you can do here. The famous Australia Zoo is about an hour's drive out of the city. We would recommend jumping on a whale-watching tour in Brisbane. It was one of the best things we did here and we must have seen over 10 pods of humpback whales! Moreton Island is another popular tour from Brisbane and a very fun day out. It depends on what you are visiting Australia for, but our recommendation would be to keep your time in cities short. There are so many incredible natural wonders to see, and you don't want to miss out on any. When you leave Brisbane start making your way a few hours North towards the Sunshine Coast and Noosa Heads. Noosa National Park is a breathtaking area where you can enjoy coastal walks and more awesome beaches.
Okay, now it's time for one of our favourite places in all Australia. We're going to be spending a few days on the world's largest sand island...Fraser Island. Only 4-wheel drive vehicles can get there so if you're in a camper van you will need to book a Fraser Island tour. Cruising along the beaches and through the rainforests is EPIC! If you can budget the time then 3 nights here would be perfect. If you have less time available then you can look at day trips too. Either way, it's a must on your Australia East Coast road trip!