We started the new year with an exciting trip along the Australian East Coast. A 3,000 km road trip from Cairns, where we spent the Christmas holidays, to Melbourne, our new home for the next few months.
We camped in a tent along the way, which was not without its challenges in the Queensland heat, not to mention the mosquitos and other wildlife friends.
This is the first part of our journey, along the coast of Queensland, from Cairns to Brisbane, which is about 2,000 km. Having done this drive before, we didn’t stay too long in Queensland, so we could spend more time exploring New South Wales.
- Day 1 – Cairns, Behana Gorge
- Day 2 – Drive from Cairns to Airlie Beach
- Day 3 – Sailing trip to the Whitsunday Islands, Inlet Hill and Whitehaven Beach
- Day 4 – Drive from Airlie Beach to Agnes Water
- Day 5 – Agnes Water, Town of 1770
- Day 6 – Drive from Agnes Water to Brisbane, stopped in Noosa on the way
We stayed two full days in Brisbane, where we had more packing to do, my car to pickup, and some friends to catch up with, before we said our final goodbyes to this beautiful city.
This is our full itinerary:
- Lady Enid Sailing: we chose a higher end sailing day tour to the Whitsunday Islands ($250 pp, including food, drinks and pickup/drop off), instead of the cheaper options which are usually done on high speed boats and with a much higher number of people. This was my birthday present, so we decided to splurge a little! I’m so happy we did, as the experience was so beautiful. It was less than 15 passengers, the crew was very caring and the service personalised. The sailing was amazing, especially coming back from the islands to Airlie Beach.
- Island Gateway: a good option for cheap camping, with very clean amenities, a pool, barbecues and kitchen, and not far from the town center.
Have you traveled along the East Coast before? Which was your favourite part?
Stay tuned for part two and three of our road trip soon!