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Road trip Australia - The East Coast

Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY
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Recommended duration

4-5 weeks





When to go?

November to March

Price from*

4,649 EUR

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The A1 highway from Sydney to Cairns is the world's longest coastal road. It will take you up the beautiful Gold Coast, Fraser Island, Whitsundays and end in charming Cairns. These are just some of the stops on this epic road trip!

If you're into swimming and water sports, but want to take a ride at your own pace then you should jump onboard a campervan and take one or two months off exploring the east coast of Australia. You can take this road trip either from September to November or from February to April or May. From December to March it rains a lot in Cairns and unless you have a specific desire to hang under the canopy while the one flood replaces the next flood you should avoid this season.

We've included a campervan in this road trip, but you can change it to a rental car if you'd like, the choice is yours! It's also good to mention that when you're renting a car abroad, make sure to have your travel insurance in order. Don't have one yet? No worries - we can help you out with that. 

What is road trippin’ the KILROY Way?

Well, we always encourage our travelers to be curious. To open up, and to embrace the unexpected. Stop where you can, go down the narrow side street and don’t get stuck in the camper. Don’t just drive for the sake of driving. Approach new people. Approach new ways of doing things. Explore and be open to changes – that’s where the magic happens. 

*The price is a from-price per person and based on 2 people over 25 traveling together

What's included?
  • Flights to Sydney
  • Arrival package in Sydney (4 nights)
  • Jucy Crib Campervan for 4 weeks incl. insurance
  • Mojo Surf & Stay (3 days)
  • 3 day tour of Fraser Island incl. pre & post night in Noosa.
  • 1 day Whitsunday snorkeling & beach adventure
  • 3 days of fundiving
  • Flights from Cairns
  • All booking fees
  • Your own travel specialist
What's not included?
  • Travel insurance (but we can help you with that!)
  • Vaccinations
  • Meals
  • Optional activities / add ons

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Road trip suggestion The East Coast of Australia

Sydney - Port Stephens - Coffs Harbour - Byron Bay - Gold Coast - Brisbane - Noosa Heads - Hervey Bay - Fraser Island - Rockhampton - Airlie Beach - Whitsunday Islands - Townsville - Cairns - Home

Remember, this road trip route is only a route proposal for your big trip. If you wish to receive personal assistance designing your road trip, please get in contact with our adventurous travel experts. They love designing dream trips and they give you great insider travel advice.


In Sydney you have to go to the beautiful beaches. Bondi, Manly, Narrabeen and Coogee are some of the best. You should also enjoy the sight at the harbor and the Opera House!

Port Stephens

Port Stephens offers a little bit for eveyone! Great beaches, a cute harbour, sand dunes, water sports and dolphin watching! If you're keen on seeing some wildlife, then you're in the right spot. Swim with wild dolphins at sea, visit the seals at Broughton Island or go diving at Fly Point. You can even ride a camel on the sand dunes of Anna Bay...

Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour is known for banana plantations, resorts, a mild climate and its good fishing opportunities.

Byron Bay

You are definitely going to love Byron Bay! Byron is a costal surfing village with breathtaking beaches, awesome surf and happening bars, clubs and shops.

Gold Coast

Australia's Gold Coast offer adventure, theme parks, nature and wild beaches. We can recommend Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads and Lamington National Park.


Go shopping at Queens Street Mall, visit koalas in the Lone Pine Sanctuary, relax at the South Bank, watch whales and dolphins at Moreton Bay and climb onto the Story Bridge!

Noosa Heads

Noosa Heads is known for it's beautiful beaches and cool surf spots. It's well known on the world surf scene, so there's a good chance you'll get a glimpse of a pro surfer on the beach.

Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay is a cute coastal town, but it's also known as the “Whale Watching Capitol Of The World”. You'll be able to see the humpback whales right off the shorelines of Hervey Bay during the season when they migrate.

Fraser Island

Fraser Island offers a lot of adventure! Get lost in the middle of the world’s largest dune island and swim in beautiful freshwater lakes. The only highway that you'll find here is the coastline, but you can still have a blast driving through the sand on a 4-wheel drive.

We've included a 3 day tour here on Fraser Island - with both a pre night and a post night of accommodation included! You'll have a knowledgeable guide as you drive around the Island, visiting the rainforest at Pile Valley, 4 drive the 75 Mile Beach to Indian Head, Swim at Champagne Pools, take photos at The Maheno Shipwreck, visit the secret Lake Allom and swim with the turtle’s!


Visit the Capricorn Caves, the beautiful Kershaw Gardens and drive to the top of Mt Archer National Park, where you can enjoy the view of the city. If you're in Rockhampton on a hot day, cool down in the Rock Pool Water Park.

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is a very nice backpacker spot with a cool vibe! From this beautiful place, you can see many boats departing from the harbor to different coral islands and dive sites, including Whitsundays islands.


Take a boat trip at Whitsundays! Watch sea turtles from the boat, relax, snorkel and lose your breath at the sight of Whitehaven Beach. Whitsunday Islands must not be missed on your east coast road trip!


Take the ferry from Townsville to Magnetic Island and enjoy sunny beaches for a couple nights!


Cairns is the throbbing backpacker heart of the region and as such, you’ll find loads of great tours and activities taking you up close and personal with all its attractions, including the Great Barrier Reef and the world’s oldest rainforest. It’s also the life and soul of the party with heaps of hostels, bars and clubs.

We've included a 3 day fundiving package here in Cairns. This is the ultimate great barrier reef experience where you're living on a custom built multimillion dollar liveaboard dive vessels! If you're not taht into diving, you can opt in for a 3 day snorkel adventure instead. Just ask us!

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