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Backpacker's guide to the east coast
How to enjoy the delights of Australia’s east coast on a budget
The ultimate backpacker bucket list: 14 of the best experiences between Melbourne and Cairns and beyond.
By Jessica Wilkinson & Lee Atkinson
Wildlife, world-famous road trips, wonderful beaches, island getaways and fabulous nightlife – there's so much to see and do on the east coast of Australia that it can be hard to know where to start. We've put together the ultimate backpacker's bucket list of things to do between Melbourne and Cairns. Don’t go home without ticking off as many as you can.
Drive the Great Ocean Road like a Boss
Why: It’s a bit of a splurge (AUD$248), but totally worth it to climb one of Australia’s most iconic… icons. For a more budget friendly option, you can climb to the top of one of the bridge's sandstone pillars, the Pylon Lookout for AUD$13.
More: Read more about the pylon lookout
Partyyyyy on the Gold Coast
What: Big Night Out
Why: Nowhere knows how to party like Queensland's glittering Gold Coast. Get your party pants on and join the Gold Coast Backpackers Big Night Out. It's on every Wednesday and Saturday night, and costs AUD$30 including party bus, free drinks and VIP entry into four clubs.
More: Read more about the Big Night Out
Sail The Whitsundays, But Not For Like $1 Million
What: Full Moon Party
Why: It’s a party, on an island, at full moon, ‘nuff said, right?
More: Read more about the Full Moon Party