Five islands every backpacker needs to visit on the East Coast

Five islands every backpacker needs to visit on the East Coast

9 February 2017

The East Coast of Australia is filled to the brim with bucket list destinations. If you fancy yourself a bit of an island hopper or you simply like the idea of sitting on a beach, beer in hand, these are the perfect spots for you.

1. The Whitsundays

Just off the coast of Airlie Beach are the world famous Whitsundays. Nestled in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, these 74 islands are a backpacker’s paradise. Not only does this region boast Whitehaven Beach, a beach consistently voted one of the best in the world, but you can also jump on a range of sail boats and spend your days snorkelling the islands and partying your way through the night. What more could you want?

2. Fraser Island 

If you’re looking for a perfect escape into nature complete with camping, crystal blue lakes and wildlife, Fraser Island is for you. Fraser not only boasts the famous Lake Mackenzie with water so blue they’ll blow your mind but is known for it’s dingo population.

3. Magnetic Island 

If you’ve ever seen photos of your friends in paradise driving the cutest little cars, it’s probably Magnetic Island. Home to the largest koala colony this side of Australia, this stunning little island is the perfect place to kick back and take in what the island offers you.


4. Green Island 

Picture this: white sandy beaches, tropical rainforest and crystal blue waters covering The Great Barrier Reef. Welcome to Green Island. Jump on a full day or half day cruise to snorkel and explore the amazing underwater world in a tropical paradise.

5. Moreton Island 

Only a twenty-minute drive from Brisbane, Moreton Island is the perfect escape from the city for the adventurous at heart. Try your luck at sandboarding, snorkel the shipwrecks and spot some dolphins for the ultimate day on Moreton Island. 

Ready to tick a few off your list? Our East Coast Summer Sale will get you to Fraser Island and The Whitsundays with 8 nights free accommodation .