There are stunning sights to see on both of these iconic routes through Oz. But it all depends if you want to share them with a ton of other tourists, or just a few wild kangaroos. The choice might be easier than you think.
As far as world famous Aussie landmarks go, Sydney just about tops the list. Playing host to some of Australia’s most instantly recognisable sights including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach, this bright and brash city isn’t short on sights to tick off your list. Coupled with awesome nightlife and some of the best city beaches you’re likely to find anywhere, it’s no surprise Australia’s unofficial capital draws the crowds. Sydney is also the jumping off point for the route up north to Cairns and a good marker for what to expect further up the coast.
There is much to see and experience on a journey up the east coast and you’ll never be bored, or be too far from the tour buses. Having a mix of party towns like Surfers Paradise, Airlie Beach and Brisbane and natural wonders like the Blue Mountains, the Whitsunday Islands, and of course the Great Barrier Reef, mean there is something for everyone and as such big crowds are a common sight, with tour agencies all vying for a dollar. That’s not to say just because everyone comes here, these places aren’t worth visiting. Gorgeous beach towns like Byron Bay and Noosa, and of course backpacker central Cairns, are places that travellers often arrive into and never want to leave. Surfing by day and partying by night is a popular pastime with many and if that’s your bag, the east coast is your best bet.
Perth to Adelaide on the other hand is remote and beautiful, and many would argue, the authentic Australia. With big skies, epic horizons and few people, this is the side of Oz that draws those with an adventurous spirit. And for good reason.