Australian East Coast Road Trip Itinerary

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Australian East Coast Road Trip Itinerary

The East Coast of Australia is a lovely location and a must see for all international and local travelers to Australia. The New South Wales state alone covers a big section of the coast, incorporating gorgeous sandy coastlines, white snow filled towns and a vineyard or more in between.

It’s true, the East Australian Coastline has a few of the most amazing beaches in the world, yet that’s not all it has to offer.

Three Reasons to go:

  • The Beaches: be amazed at the beauty of an Australian beach!
  • The Wildlife: Australia has some of the most unique wildlife in the world.
  • The Aussie People: the local people are fun, relaxed and always willing to help.

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Check out Australia's East Coast with this awesome road trip itinerary!

Check out Australia's East Coast with this awesome road trip itinerary!

Destinations for an Australian East Coast Road Trip

Byron Bay

Byron Bay is the legendary beach town that tourists imagine before travelling to Australia, which is precisely why this location is so preferred. The coastlines are something from an Instagrammers dream, the residents are significantly relaxed and the marketplaces are one of a kind!


Most commonly referred to as the Country and Western Capital of Australia, Tamworth is a great regional town situated in the North West of New South Wales. Most famous for hosting the Tamworth Country Music Festival in mid January each year, the area attracts a range of people and for a good reason.

The Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is situated just over 2 hours north of Sydney and has actually been dubbed the ‘wine country’ by the residents. This might have a something to do with the 150 vineyards that cover the area, making it among Australia’s most well-known wine growing areas.


Newcastle is the second biggest city in New South Wales, situated simply two hours north of Sydney. With fantastic coastlines, bars as well as a vibrant coffee shop scene, it’s an amazing location to check out.


New South Wales could not be effectively explored without travelling to the capital city and one of the very best cities on the planet, Sydney! There is a lot to do in Sydney, you’ll require a number of days to see it all, but it is guaranteed to impress.

Lord Howe Island

If you want snorkelling, diving or fishing Lord Howe Island is for you! Grab your camera and prepare to discover one of Australia’s most gorgeous islands.

The Snowy Mountains

In spite of just what you could assume the Snowy Mountains is not just a winter location, there are lots to do all year round. Nonetheless, throughout winter season it ends up being snow covered and it is spectacular.


Stop One

Byron Bay has a lot going for it and it’s definitely one to add to the bucket list. It is worth taking a trip to the weekly markets to try the local food and produce and pick up a few interesting souvenirs.

Main Beach is probably the most beautiful and rightfully so, however if you want to feel less like a tourist and more like a local you should make your way to Wategos Beach. Just around the corner from Main Beach, Wategos is surrounded by a headland making it pretty perfect for swimmers!

Check out Australia's East Coast with this awesome road trip itinerary!

Stop Two

Make your way to Tamworth for a change of pace. Unlike some other regional towns, there is plenty to do here in Tamworth! You can fish until your heart’s content, go trekking on some of the beautiful walking tracks through the Moonbi Range, or organise a horse ride through the countryside.

Check out Australia's East Coast with this awesome road trip itinerary!

Stop Three

You just simply cannot travel to the Hunter Valley without visiting at least one of the many wineries that the region has to offer. With wineries as far as the eye can see, you can just walk outside and pick one that excites you.

Forget lunch today because it’s time to taste some of the best gourmet cheese and chocolate the region has to offer. If you’re a foodie like myself, you are really going to enjoy this part of the trip! Make your way to the Hunter Valley Cheese Factory tasting rooms and eat your way through a cheese platter or two.

Check out Australia's East Coast with this awesome road trip itinerary!

Stop Four

Next up, Newcastle! If you consider yourself a bit of a coffee snob do yourself a favour and make your way to Darby Street, located smack bang in the middle of the CBD. This particular area of Newcastle is filled with eccentric cafes, great restaurants and boutique shops.

Cool off and take a dip at Newcastle’s Bogey Hole, which was constructed by convicts in 1820 by order of Commandant Morisset. Originally named the ‘Commandant Baths’, the baths were renamed later to encompass the indigenous heritage of the area.

Check out Australia's East Coast with this awesome road trip itinerary!

Photo Credit: Tim J Keegan

Stop Five

After all of your travelling it’s time to stretch your legs and enjoy the breathtaking Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk in our capital city, Sydney. This walk follows a 6 kilometer path that wraps around the coast at the edge of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. It will have you taking in the views and exploring the rock pools, beaches and parks you will pass on your trip.

Tonight embrace the Aussie spirit, and get yourself to a big sports event. The heritage-listed Sydney Cricket Ground hosts some of the most exciting sports in all of Sydney and it’s a must for anyone wanting to immerse themselves in the Australian sport culture.

Be sure to do your research beforehand and book your tickets early to prevent you from missing out. There are plenty of different sporting games held in Sydney so depending on the time of year you are travelling the choice is yours!

Check out Australia's East Coast with this awesome road trip itinerary!

Sydney needs more than just a few days, so make your way to The Rocks district, located just next to Circular Quay which is an area full of history and a story to tell around each corner.

With cobblestone streets, cute cafes, boutique stores and some of the country’s oldest pubs, this is definitely a place to come and explore. If you want to have a drink or two and take in the view, check out the Glenmore Hotel rooftop bar.

Check out Australia's East Coast with this awesome road trip itinerary!

Stop Six

The World Heritage Listed, Lord Howe Island is the beautiful tropical island you dream about. Just a two hour flight from Sydney, you can walk along white sand beaches, hand feed fish, paddle board over the reef or use a kayak to explore. This island is one of a kind and the perfect place for someone wanting to unwind on the sand.

Check out Australia's East Coast with this awesome road trip itinerary!

Stop Seven

Depending on what time of year you decide to make your trip to the East Coast of Australia, but if you’re interested in totally embracing the winter weather then there is nowhere else you should be then Jindabyne.

Located in the beautiful Snowy Mountains, Jindabyne is wrapped around a large lake making it a great place to base yourself when visiting the area.

Just a few minutes drive from snowfields Perisher Valley, Thredbo, Selwyn Snowfields and Charlotte’s Pass means that you can enjoy all the winter sports that the area has to offer. Don’t own any snow gear? No need to worry, there is an endless amount of snow hire stores that will sort you out for all your winter needs!

Check out Australia's East Coast with this awesome road trip itinerary!

Tips & Advice

  • Before you head off on your trip Down Under, be sure to jot down all the places you want to go, look on a map and see if it is achievable. Australia is a large country and most of the time there is quite a distance between each location. Make sure you’re spending more time exploring rather than travelling from place to place.
  • Australia is located in the Southern Hemisphere, this means that the hottest months are from November to February and the coldest month are from May to August. Depending on what kind of weather you prefer, make sure you keep this in mind when booking.
  • Slip, slop, slap! The Australian sun is hot and unforgiving so make sure you slip on a t-shirt, slop on some strong sunscreen and slap on a hat when going out in the sun for long periods of time.

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