I’ve spoken a bit about my East Coast road tripin the last few weeks;
- The two day sailing trip from hell
- The best way to explore Fraser Island
- The day I fell in love with a carambola and
- Possibly the best day of my life
But I’ve yet to actually tell you guys where I actually went!
East Coast Australia by Campervan
M and I hired a campervan for 28 days from 12th May – 8th June and drove from Sydney, all the way up Australia’s East Coast, to Cape Tribulation and then back down to Cairns for 9 days before heading to Auckland.
Hopefully our itinerary will give you some ideas for planning your own East Coast road trip!
East Coast Australia Road Trip: Pictures and Itinerary
Day 1: We picked up our campervan from Milperra, an outer suburb of Sydney and drove to Shoal Bay where we arrived just in time to run to the beach and witness this amazing sunset
Day 2: We left Shoal Bay and headed up to Port Macquarie and got to pet koalas and feed kangaroos at Billabong Koala and Wildlife park
Day 3: Before parking our van up in Coffs Harbour we embraced our inner tourists and went to take some silly pictures at The Big Banana. I mean, why the hell not?!
Day 4: Back to one of my favourite places in Australia: Byron Bay where I spent two days sitting on the beach, reading a book, watching the most beautiful sunsets and general feeling more relaxed than I have in a very long time.
Day 6: We’d already been to Surfers Paradise twice in 2010 so when we arrived in the Gold Coast we headed to Burleigh Heads instead. I probably would’ve enjoyed it more had the weather not taken a turn for the worse and had to spend the afternoon freezing my ass off on the beach.
Day 7: On our way up to Noosa, we stopped off at King’s Beach, Dicky Beach, Sunshine Beach and Coolum Beach and then found ourselves a beautiful camp site right next to Noosa river.
Day 8: Having decided to spend two nights in Noosa, we headed off on a cruise down the Noosa river and spent the rest of the day feeling incredibly underdressed as we wandered around Noosa in our shorts and t-shirts and ended up on the beach.
Day 9: We left the sunshine in Noosa and drove into a torrential downpour which latest pretty much all day in Rainbow Beach so we sat in a café until the rain cleared and then took a walk along the beach.
Day 10: After arriving in Hervey Bay and heading straight for the beach to take some photos we settled into our room at Palace Backpackers which was part of the Fraser Island tour we’d booked with Palace Adventures
Day 11 and Day 12: We spent two days exploring Fraser Island in the best way possible – by 4×4 tag-along driving!!!
Day 13: Back in Hervey Bay we moved back into Palace Backpackers with our new-found Fraser Island friends and spent the night eating every possible morsel of leftover food from the tour….it would’ve been a shame not to, surely?!
Day 14: We’d heard various accounts of what Agnes Water was going to be like but decided to head there anyway to see for ourselves. We spent the best part of the day trying to get rid of the thousands of ants that had infested the campervan’s heating system while we’d been on Fraser Island, getting soaked in the rain in the process and, out of sheer lack of things to do, ended up watching movies in the van all evening.
Day 15: This day can be summed up in the following short sentence: 8 hour drive to Airlie Beach.
Day 16: We spent two very relaxing days in Airlie Beach where we stayed at probably the nicest campsite ever, met up with our friends from Fraser and chilled out at the Lagoon
Day 18 & Day 19 were spent sailing, snorkelling and spewing my way around The Whitsunday Islands.
Yeah I’ve had better boat trips that’s for sure…..
Day 20: I couldn’t get off the boat quick enough when we arrived back at Airlie Beach marina and, after learning to walk on dry land again, we went for the biggest breakfast possible and…erm…climbed some palm trees!
Day 21: By our fourth day in Airlie Beach I was ready to leave but was disappointed when we got to Townsville and found the town stark, empty and dull. We drove up to Castle Hill to see what the city looked like from above.
Yep, still pretty dull. Oh well, at least we got to go to The Frosty Mango!
Day 22: We would have loved to hire a little car to drive around Magnetic Island but instead we opted for the budget option, bought hop on hop off bus tickets for $6 and spent the money we’d saved by going to Bungalow Bay where I held a crocodile, a snake, a skink and cuddled a koala. Best. Day. Ever!!!!
Day 23: On the way to Mission Beach we drove past the most beautiful fields of banana plants and we spent a relaxing after sunbathing by the campsite’s pool, treated ourselves to dinner in town and then went down to the beach to watch the sun set
Day 24, Day 25 and Day 26 were spent in Port Douglas where I spent possibly the best day of my life snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef and chilling out (read: frying my pale, British skin) on Calypso’s awesome boat
Day 27: If the 3G on our phones had been working I probably wouldn’t have taken us the wrong way on the way to Cape Tribulation. But I did.
Twenty minutes out of the way in the dense rainforest with no signal and no map reading skills.
We eventually made it to the Daintree River which we crossed on what may be the shortest cable ferry in the world ever and wound our way through the bumpy terrain of the rainforest until we arrived in Cape Tribulation to go Jungle Surfing!
Day 28: The last day of the road trip!! (*SOB*) After fighting my way through a maze of early morning spider webs to find the camp site showers and then finding myself showering beneath even more cobwebs (fun times……) we left Cape Trib and drove south back down to Cairns where we stayed in an amazing hostel, sunbathed by the pool and prepared to leave Australia after two years there.
Hopefully this post has helped you decide where you want to go on your East Coast road trip! Or maybe you’ve already done Australia’s East Coast?
Let me know in the comments below where you went or where you want to go!