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24 November
WRITTEN BY Holly

The Best Day Trips in Australia for BackPackers

There are a tonne of day trips to head off on in Australia - one of the many reasons why Aussie is the number 1 travel location! Most of the top spots are along the East Coast, the most popular backpacker route in the country. From sky diving to diving in the ocean, to some incredible coastlines and islands, you're in for a treat.

 

As you travel up or down the East Coast, you’re gonna want to be stopping off at all of these epic adventure spots we’re about to tell you about.

And don’t forget, when it comes to booking these trips, we can get you a load of fab deals so you don’t have to break the bank to see these beaut places. Just don’t forget to use the code ratpack10 when booking.

You can book most of these trips with us around a week or two in advance, so you can be super spontaneous and flexible.

 

Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef 100% has to be on your Aussie bucket list – if it’s not, what are you playing at! It’s an epic spot, it’s one of the seven wanders of the world and it’s incredibly easy to access for a sick day trip…

  • Scuba dive/snorkel day trip
  • Scenic helicopter ride over the reef (cool huh?!)

 

Down Under Cruise & Dive - Evolution 'Get High' Package - Snorkel



Cape Tribulation / Daintree Rainforest

Cape Tribulation is just above Cairns. It is a coastal area within Daintree Rainforest and it is beaut! Just imagine it, stepping out of the rainforest straight onto the beach! Best of both worlds!!

Daintree Rainforest is a huge tropical rainforest and thought to be one of the oldest in the world.

 

Cairns - Atherton Tablelands

A trip around the Atherton Tablelands is an epic roadie if you’ve got a camper, oooooorrr you can hop on a tour and see the sites that way.

This park is waterfall paradise – the whole environment is so beautiful and untouched. The top spots are:

  • Millaa Millaa Falls – the home of Peter Andre’s Mysterious Girl vid.
  • Lake Echam – a huge volcanic lake.
  • Josepine Falls – natual waterslide and plunge pool.
  • Babinda Boulders – this is a goooood view point.

 

Barefoot - Atherton Tablelands Rainforest & Waterfalls - 1 Day



Skydive

Feeling brave and up for an adrenaline rush like no other?? Experience the sky high activity thats on every backpackers aussie bucketlist and get your heart pumping for a crazy experience of falling out of a plane that you will never forget!

Where to skydive?

  • Cairns
  • Mission beach
  • Airlie Beach
  • Byron Bay

 

Skydive Australia - Mission Beach Tandem Skydive up to 15,000ft



Whitsundays day trip

Ever wanted to visit one of the worlds best beaches? Well here in the Whitsundays you can!

You can head off on a sailing trip around the islands for a couple of days or if you’re short for time, why not zoom around in a speed boat and see it that way?

Ocean Rafting is the ULTIMATE day tour of the Whitsundays, these legends from Ocean Rafting are at the top of the Whitsundays game and produce awesome memorable trips day in day out.

 

Ocean Rafting - Whitsundays Southern Lights Day Tour



Brisbane - Australia Zoo

Just an hour North of Brisbane, Australia Zoo is the perfect destination for a day trip.

It’s pretty cool as you are able to see wildlife that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world.

 

Gold Coast Attractions

Aside from the party vibe and epic beaches, the Gold Coast is a hot spot for theme parks and water parks – not a bad way to spend a day.

Here’s what you can get up to:

  • Go to one of the Themeparks – Dreamworld or Movieworld
  • Get WetnWild (waterpark)
  • Helicopter ride over the city
  • Go up the Q1 Skypoint tower

 

Byron Bay

We always have a lot to say about Byron as it’s the home to RatPack yeeeewwww. So, we have not 1, but 3 activities to head off on for a wicked day trip.

  • Sea kayaking with dolphins – You’ll be able to get up close and personal with the locals and see the many pods of dolphins that live in the waters of Byron Bay.
  • Nimbin day tour – Join the legends from the Happy Coach for the day to visit Australia’s most iconic hippie destination and alternative lifestyle capital, Nimbin!
  • Surfing – When you hit up the bay come and hang with us and Blackdog surf school for a true ozzie experience of learning to surf.

 

Go Sea Kayak - Dolphin Kayaking - Byron Bay



Sydney - Blue Mountains

Just outside of the hustle of Sydney city life is the incredible Blue Mountains National Park, if you are into unreal views and a bit of nature – this is a bit of YOU.

The Blue Mountain range offers one million hectares of tall forests, sandstone cliffs, canyons, caves, walking tracks and waterfalls! It’s here that you’ll find the famous three sisters rock formation – which is an EPIC site to see.

 

Coast Warriors - Blue Mountains Day Tour



Melbourne - St Kilda

St Kilda is a beachy suburb of Melbourne. You can get to it if you hop on the city tram.

This beachside spot makes for an epic day trip. After a day soaking up the sun on the beach or checking out Luna Park, head to the breakwater at the end of St Kilda pier at sunset for the chance to spot some wild penguins.

 

I hope my tips and tricks encourage you to add some of these spots to your own Aussie bucket list. You're gonna have the time of your life! Yewwwwwwwwwwwwww Holly (RPT Blog Writer) - Stay Tuned for my next piece…

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