"KNOW BEFORE YOU GO"
1. GETTING AROUND
Undoubtedly, the best way to explore the East Coast is by Greyhound Australia bus.
A boat ride or two are essential to reach Australias beautiful off-shore islands!
When arriving at your destination, the rest can mostly be done on foot!
Hop onto a 1-hr Virgin Australia flight to Alice Springs from Melbourne, and back again to Sydney. Quick and easy!
2. MUST-HAVE APPS (OR WEBSITES!)
(Click icon for Apple App download link)
Travel & Itinerary Planner
The "Manage Your Booking" section is your East Coast bible! No app available yet, but it's so flexible for last-minute changes or to see your bus itinerary.
"Currency Converter Plus"
International Currency Converter
"Virgin Australia Airways"
Virgin Australia flight tracker, manager and easy check-in.
Qantas flight tracker, manager and easy check-in.
3. QUICK FACTS
£1 (GBP) = $1.83 AUD)
(figures as per August 2020)
Prior to travel, you must apply for an ETA "Electronic Travel Authority". For short-term visits under 3 months, apply for an eVisitor 651 for free. This allows multiple entries into Australia (for up to 3 months at a time) over a 12-month period. There are also a wide range of longer visas + working holiday visas. Find out what visa you specifically need here.
Click here for Australia vaccination recommendations. Always consult your local travel nurse for the latest advice.
You will require an adaptor to suit Type I. Their standard voltage is 230V.
Credit Cards / Banks
Australian banks commonly charge your card every time you take cash out. Try to limit your cash withdrawal using a travel credit card with 0% charges for international use. We used our 'Halifax Clarity Credit Card'. Just be sure to pay it off on-time each month, as this benefits comes with a higher interest on unpaid balances.
• Book a mixture of 'billy basic' and the odd 'luxury' accommodation. This gives you something to look forward to and gives you a well needed break in between hostels!
• If going self-catering, book private accommodation with cooking facilities (or at least a microwave or hob!) and washing facilities. Most hostels have these as shared facilities.
• When travelling a 12-hour Greyhound bus ride, book an overnight time slot. This will coincide with being able to sleep, as well as saving on a night's accommodation!
See accommodation for each destination as you go through our full Australia Travel Guide,
Fast-track via links below:
(Aria Studio Apartments)
5. Gold Coast
(Noosa Lakes Resort)
9. Fraser Island
11. Magnetic Island
4. Byron Bay
(Glen Villa Resort)
(Ivy & Eve Apartments)
8. Hervey Bay
(Mantra Hervey Bay)
10. Airlie Beach
Sunlit Studio Apartments
Magnums Airlie Beach Hostel
(Mad Monkeys Central)