Sparkling beaches, culturally vibrant cities, and famous national landmarks - welcome to East Coast Australia.
Travelled by bucket-listers for decades, Australia’s east coast encompasses the very best this country has to offer whether that’s idyllic islands in tropical far north Queensland, Sydney’s cosmopolitan streets or the incredible hiking trails across Victoria’s varied landscapes. From the towering cliffs along the Great Ocean Road to the sky-high trees in the Daintree Rainforest (and the 3,000km of extraordinary coastline in between), our East Coast Australia tours and holidays promise an action-packed road trip full of fascinating things to discover, soon-to-be lifelong friends, and memories you’ll remember forever.
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Trips on or before 31 December 2022
If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
The weather on the east coast of Australia differs depending on which state you're travelling in with Queensland experiencing a tropical climate while New South Wales and Victoria enjoy a more humid, subtropical climate and a temperate oceanic climate respectively. This generally means that all states see warm to hot summers with temperatures exceeding 30°C+, a lot of rainfall throughout the year and cold to freezing winters where snow falls in some regions across all states.
It's extremely easy to get around the east coast of Australia, however, as the region spans 3,000km of coastline, travelling between destinations is not always quick and efficient. There are several airports located in different cities along the coast - namely Melbourne International Airport (MEL), Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD), and Brisbane International Airport (BNE) - that allows for relatively fast transportation between the major cities. There's also an extensive system of public transportation in the form of a train and bus network that has the ability to transport you from one destination along the coast to another. It's also extremely easy to drive between destinations with all major freeways connecting the states to one another regularly maintained and easily navigatable.
Australia’s east coast is pretty massive and the landscapes are very diverse so chances are you'll need more than a pair of thongs, bathers, and some sunscreen for your trip. But whether you're going to the metropolitan city of Melbourne or snorkelling your way over the Great Barrier Reef, there are a few items we think are essential:
Reusable water bottle
Sunglasses (with UV protection)
Portable power bank
Comfortable, sturdy footwear
East coast Australia is spoilt for choice when it comes to fantastic cities to spend a couple of days in - there's tropical Cairns, laneway-ridden Melbourne, and paradise-like Port Douglas just to name a few. While it's almost impossible to visit them all, here are a few of our favourites:
- Port Douglas
- Byron Bay
The east coast of Australia spans 3,000km so it makes sense that the region would boat some of the country's best beaches. Some of these are even up there with the best beaches in the world (and we're not even exaggerating). See for yourself by working through our list of the best beaches on the east coast:
- Ellis Beach, Qld
- Bondi Beach, NSW
- Manly Beach, NSW
- Whitehaven Beach, Qld
- Port Macquarie, NSW
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.