Adventure Guide to the Coast of Australia
Adventure Guide to the Coast of Australia
Here are our five favorite ways to explore the eastern shores of Australia, from Sydney to Brisbane and everywhere in between.
We have one-hundred and one ways for you to adventure in Australia (just check out all our trips here). But with so much to do down under, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are five of our favorite activities and guides from a walking tour of Sydney to surfing Bondi Beach to an epic 3-day hike just inland from Brisbane. Want to chat about options for you and your travel companions? Get in touch at 1-888-870-0903 or just fill out the form below.
EXPLORE THE SYDNEY WATERFRONT LIKE A LOCAL
Chances are that you’ve arrived in Sydney after an epically long journey by plane. Take a day to ease into things with the help of Carly, owner of Splendour Tailored Tours. A Canadian transplant, Carly has spent the past decade unearthing the who’s who of Sydney and the unique experiences these friends bring to your time in the city. Take a walking tour of Sydney’s coolest neighborhoods and waterfront. Along the way you’ll meet some of the best characters and personalities in the city as well as enjoy a few local treats from an AM flat white to Sydney rock oysters in the arvo (afternoon, for the non-Aussies).
SURF THE BREAK AT BONDI BEACH
Any proper visit to Sydney isn’t complete without a surf session at Bondi Beach! This famous stretch of beautiful white sand is home to Let’s Go Surfing, the only officially licensed surf school on these waves. Slip into a wet suit and shuffle down to the beach barefoot with your instructor. There, you’ll get a thorough overview of how the currents work as well as what you’ll need to do to catch your first wave. After you’ve tackled the break (and have the photos to prove it!), catch a bite at Icebergs before browsing the local shops for the perfect Bondi souvenir.
MEET THE DOLPHINS OF BYRON BAY
Byron Bay is home to a resident group of bottlenose dolphins without about 100 members in their pod, and there is simply no better way to see them than up close and personal in a sea kayak. Go Sea Kayak knows the drill when it comes to taking groups out into the open ocean. You’ll carry your kayak down to the beach with your travel companion and prepare for battle! A small break offers a challenge to most kayakers as it requires teamwork and balance to make it over the top (this is why you’ll be wearing a helmet, just in case). From there it’s easy going as you paddle around the bay with an eye on the horizon for the much anticipated dolphin, or even humpback whale, spotting. Even a rare day without a sighting is thoroughly enjoyed on this picturesque bay with friendly guides.
EXPERIENCE THE GOLD COAST WITH THE TOP DOWN
BYRON BAY TO BRISBANE
You might’ve heard of Australia’s Gold Coast, and we don’t just mean the city. For the uninitiated, this beautiful stretch of coastline is home to a few especially fantastic landmarks. The city of Gold Coast itself boasts a plethora of theme parks to wear out the kids, but if you road trip from Byron Bay there are a few sights worth seeing. First, stop by the gorgeous outpost Halcyon House for oysters and wagyu at the Paper Daisy. Then you’ll be on your way to Coolangatta, a beautiful spot where you can find the (relatively hidden) border between New South Wales and Queensland. Just above is Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where you have the opportunity to hold a koala and see rescued animals being rehabilitated. We recommend hitching a ride with Kenn, owner of Australian Convertible Experiences, who knows this whole area like the back of his hand and will play kookaburra soundtrack for you as you cruise the coast with the top down.
GO ON WALKABOUT IN MAIN RANGE NATIONAL PARK
SCENIC RIM TRAIL
Commit to a longer adventure on the Scenic Rim Trail, a 3-day hike that's one of the Great Walks of Australia. You’ll be two hours inland from Brisbane on foot, traversing rainforests and eucalypt forests to reach your home base for the next two nights—plush canvas glamping tents that adjoin Main Range National Park. Watch for endangered glossy black cockatoos and the occasional dingo, and get a glimpse of aboriginal culture first hand. On the third day, you’ll hike ten miles to the grand finale, Spicer’s Peak Lodge. Here you’ll have a nearly 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains as you toast your walkabout with champagne as wallabies hop by in the field below. The best part? Your guides and hosts for the trip, Gaby and Craig. With their outstanding hospitality and generous smiles, these two are sure to become your new best friends.
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