If you have caught that pesky travel bug then visiting Australia will be just the right cure for you. This vast country has a lot to offer to adventure craving tourists, and going over all the regions would take a dozen articles just like this one, so we decided to focus on Australia’s magical East Coast, a to disclose some of the most beautiful hidden gems this part of Down Under has to offer.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the only wildlife park within Brisbane itself and it’s very easy to get to either with your own car or public transport. At the same time, it is the world’s oldest and largest koala sanctuary, established in 1927. But for visitors, the best thing about it is that you actually get to cuddle a koala and spend some time just chilling with the kangaroos. In addition to getting to experience the beautiful Australian nature and get up close and personal with Australian wildlife. Visiting this sanctuary is truly a unique and memorable experience.

Byron Bay

This beautiful coastal town located on the far-north coast of NSW is a must visit for anyone wanting to experience Australian life. This vibrant community has a lot to offer anyone who visits. From a great variety of shops to amazing food in luxury restaurants and numerous festivals and cultural events. If you are looking to stay a couple of days exploring this great spot, and paying a visit to the legendary Cape Byron lighthouse, make sure you book the ideal Byron Bay accommodation to suit your needs. You can spend a couple of days relaxing, going for walks, shopping and tasting the best Australian dishes. Not to mention that it is the go-to surfing destination, in case you feel adventurous. This is one gem you don’t want to miss.

White Water Rafting, Cairns

Something a bit different, but just as memorable. For adrenalin loving travelers, visiting Cairns and going on a white water rafting tour should be a must. Just so you know, Cairns is considered to be the white water rafting capital of Australia. The 2 main rafting rivers are the Tully and the Barron River. The Tully River is a full day trip with grand rapids and is more suitable for experienced rafters. On the other hand, the Barron River is a half day trip and is much more suited to beginners, families, and people who aren’t planning on spending the whole day there. So if you want to have a once-in-a-lifetime whitewater rafting experience this Australian hidden gem is definitely for you.

Great Barrier Reef

Not exactly a hidden gem but one sight you should hurry up and visit while you still can. This stunning natural wonder is slowly dying, and having an opportunity to see it up close is a true privilege, You can snorkel the whole day or, if you have experience, go diving. Being underwater with all the beautiful sea creatures is an unforgettable experience. You can even spend your day finding Nemo. Did you know that the Great Barrier Reef has over 100 islands each of which will surely redefine your idea of paradise? So if you are already exploring the East Coast, make sure you include this one-of-a-kind location in your travels.

These carefully selected destinations should definitely find their place on the itinerary of anyone looking to explore the beautiful Australian East Coast. You can make one of the cities along the coast your base and start exploring from there. It would be a shame not to do this by car. A road trip is an ideal way to hit all the spots and maybe discover some hidden treasures of your own on the way. Australia is full of surprises, you never know what marvel you might run into.

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Zara Lewis

Zara Lewis

Contributing Writer

Zara Lewis is a writer and a full-time animal lover. Passionate about creating a better world for the generations to come, she is a mum of two, raising them inseparably from their furry family members.