Everyone knows that Australian East Coast is stunning – from Sydney to Cairns, we all know the famous beautiful sports that are worth visiting. But what about those less popular? Are there any unknown locations with untouched beauty that we haven’t yet discovered? Yep! A ton of these, but here we’d like to show you some of our favorites. Want some inspiration on what to visit on your next trip to Australia? Look no further.
Rainbow beach, photo by Texaus1
What other town is going to let you sand sled down the hills? An amazingly fun place that definitely deserves a stay, Rainbow Beach is full of multi-colored sand, friendly, folk, and excellent little inns that offer some of the best seafood dishes around. After this, you can simply go see the more popular Fraser Island, but do try to spend at least a day or two here to enjoy the atmosphere.
Town of 1770, photo by Eyeintim
A town named after a year! How charming is that? Named because James Cook came ashore there in 1770, it’s a quaint, beautiful little place that’s perfect for anyone who loves watching sunsets and lazing around, surrounded by nature. You can go kayaking, surfing, or simply stay at the Tree Bar in one of the beach hotels if you want to grab a good bite to eat. This little town was the founding spot of Australia, and as such it carries history and culture in it, along with fun water sports and nice town folk.
Byron Bay, photo by Delphine Ducaruge
Mmm, Byron Bay, what a gorgeous coastal town. An excellent choice both for adventurers and fans of luxury, since it has some of the best Byron Bay accommodation options that will let you stay at a beautiful resort and enjoy a few relaxing spa days, good restaurants, and stunning sights. Make sure to visit Cape Byron Lighthouse and the Lighthouse Trail, and enjoy the opportunity to dive, swim, or have a bike ride tour around the whole place. The Arakwal National Park is also really close, and it’s well-known for its wildlife and swimming opportunities. If you have the time, definitely check it out.
Port Douglas, photo by James Jardine
Right after Byron Bay, it’s easy to make a trip to Port Douglas and enjoy competing in a sailing race or simply learning how to sail. This little town is really special mostly because of its incredible atmosphere – everyone is really sweet, friendly, and they absolutely love hanging out, so it’s the nicest place to go to if you want to meet some new friends. Who knows, maybe you even meet a cute Aussie guy that will show you how to surf? After this, continue on to finally see the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree National Park and you won’t regret it.
Emu Park, photo by Philip N Young
Peaceful, tiny, and absolutely charming – this little village is full of parks and beaches and it’s the perfect spot to go to if you want some quiet nature and leisurely strolls by the sea. This place also hosts big monthly markets and ‘Festival of the Wind,’ so there’s plenty to do and see, and a lot of places where you can shop. There’s a nice little fishing creek for anyone who’s a fan, and there’s also the famous Singing Ship sculpture that produces gentle, singing sounds whenever the wind blows through the fluted pipes.
The best way to explore Australia, or any place at all, is to simply go on an adventure. Both luxury and sense of fun can be present if you allow yourself to be spontaneous and explore these less-known places that are full of utterly unique, interesting things. Snap some pics, enjoy yourself, and then brag to your friends about your discoveries when you return.
Contributing editor at Ripped.me