31st May, 2013

Australia’s Best Tourist Attractions on the East Coast

You can find incredible beauty and amazing highlights wherever you go in Australia, with the east
coast particularly jam-packed full of spectacular destinations. The following looks at a few of the best tourist attractions on Australia’s east coast, so whether you are an Aussie on holidays or a tourist from overseas, make sure you get to every single one the following places.

Sydney Harbour

It would be a huge shame to come to the east coast of Australia and not visit Sydney Harbour, because this is one of the most spectacular destinations in the entire country, as well as the home of the stunning Harbour Bridge and the gorgeous Opera House. Whether you catch the ferry to Manly, do a harbour cruise or just spend the day walking around the edge of the harbour, your visit here is sure to be one of the biggest highlights of your entire trip. For the ultimate Sydney Harbour experience come for the epic New Year’s Eve fireworks display, but you’ll need to book your Sydney accommodation early because it will sell out extremely fast.

The Gold Coast

When it comes to beautiful beaches Australia is absolutely spoiled, particularly on the east
coast, and there is nowhere better to take in the best of Australia’s beaches than on the magnificent Gold Coast. Apart from the incredible beaches, the Gold Coast is also home to some of the country’s best restaurants, most thrilling theme parks and both the Gold Coast apartments and Surfer’s Paradise resorts are among the most luxurious in the country. So if your Australian holiday will hit the east coast at all, make sure it includes a stop on the Gold Coast.

The Great Barrier Reef

There is nowhere on earth like the Great Barrier Reef, which is considered one of the natural wonders of the world, so if you want to include a guaranteed highlight on your Australian holiday itinerary, the reef is guaranteed to please. Between the pristine white sands, crystal clear water and the stunning coral and marine life, you will never forget your visit to the Great Barrier Reef, so make sure you bring your camera.


While Brisbane used to be considered little more than a large country town, it has come out of its shell in a big way in recent years, to the point that it is now easily among the biggest highlights of the entire east coast of Australia. Brisbane has a thriving art scene, world-class restaurants, a pumping nightlife and some of the nicest parks and green spaces in the country, and there are awesome festivals that take place here just about every weekend of the year. So if you are someone who enjoys city life but don’t want to deal with the hustle and bustle of Sydney and Melbourne, make sure you plan to spend at least a few days in Brisbane, because you will absolutely love it here.

While you can see a lot of Australia’s east coast in even just a few days, keep in mind that it is a massive coastline and allow as much time as you can if you hope to see it properly.