At the beginning of January, we came back from our 6.5-week road trip along the east coast of Australia. Among the places we visited were Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. In the last few months, we’ve posted articles about this amazing trip and told you lots about which places we think are worth visiting. In this article, we will share the route we’ve driven on the east coast of Australia.
We started in Cairns and spent a few days here. When we were rested from the journey to Cairns, we drove to the Wooroonooran national park. Here we hiked the trail to Windin Falls. When we got back, we spent the night at Babinda Boulders. The next day we stopped at Josephine Falls (we really recommend swimming here!), Paronella Park. Then we drove to Tully. The next day we stopped at the Murray Falls, the waterfalls here were amazing. We did not plan on visiting these, but I’m glad we did. Our next stop was Townsville.
We drove most of the next day to get to Airlie Beach. We swam in the lagoon and checked out Cedar Creek Falls. We also hiked to the coral beach here at Airlie Beach. Next, we visited national parks Finch Hatton Gorge and Hervey Bay. After which, we headed for Noosa Heads, where we spent a few days. On our way to Brisbane, we stopped at a boardwalk and drove to the Mt. Coot-tha botanical gardens (check out this article for more). We loved Brisbane and also wrote an article on this city. When we left Brisbane, we made a stop at Hinze Dam. This is an impressive dam that you can walk over. Our last stop in Queensland was Springbrook national park. Check out this article to read more about what we did in Queensland and to see more pictures.
In New South Wales, we started with a visit to Yamba and then drove further to Port Macquarie. The next city we visited was Sydney. After a few days in Sydney, we went to the Blue Mountains. We also wrote an article about this national park and the hikes we made there. We made a little detour from the Blue Mountains to the Sea Cliff Bridge since we wanted to see the view from there. This route was a breathtaking ride. We also stopped at Kiama to check out the Blowholes. Our next stop was Lake Conjola, where we rested for a few days. This was a nice and calm place, there were many kangaroos, and they came right up to our campervan. Then we drove to Batemans Bay and onto Wallaga Lake, where we stayed for a few days again. Our camp spot right next to the lake was great. Read more about this and other places in New South Wales in this article.
Our next stop for one night was Lakes Entrance, where we visited a winery for a tasting. After which, we visited Wilsons Promontory. For Christmas, we stayed at Ballarat, a town with a lot of history and a botanical garden. After two nights, we drove to the Grampians, where we spent a few days. One night we camped in the national park. The other night we camped next to Wannon Falls, a waterfall worth visiting. With the time we had left, we decided to visit one more state, South Australia. Here we went to see the sinkhole. There was a garden planted inside this sinkhole. This was quite a tourist attraction, so it was rather busy in the sinkhole. We also paid a visit to Warrnambool. We stayed at a campground in Mortlake, a small town, nothing noteworthy. The next day we started with the Great Ocean Road, which we did in two days. We camped at Apollo Bay. We stayed at Werribee South the next day as no camp spots were left on the Great Ocean Road. Our last stop for this trip was Melbourne. Here we stayed a whole week and fell in love with this city. There was so much to see, and we loved all the different restaurants. Seriously, go check out this article on Melbourne!
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