East Coast Itinerary (Sydney to Cairns)
The coastline of Australia's mainland stretches more than 30,000 kilometres (18,000 miles) making for some of the world's most scenic drives.
A very popular section of Australia’s coastline is Sydney to Cairns which allows you to explore the different regions of the East Coast, such as the Hunter Valley wine-growing region, the tropical rainforest and Queensland's glorious islands. With the camper on the way, you can design your itinerary yourself, independently and individually.
Australia has a number of amazing dive locations within this section of coastline, so we have put together a very flexible 3-day and 5-day diving passes
, so you can build into your itinerary. Based on the dive package you choose you get to choose from a number of dive locations which dives you would like to experience. Whether you dive for 5 days in one place or want to visit every dive spot, you decide yourself. Dive in Australia is here to assist you every step of the way booking ahead your preferred dives. We will monitor weather conditions at least 7 days before the individual diving day must be reserved. This will give us time to reorganize your dives if need be due to poor weather conditions or unforeseen situations experienced by the dive operators. Depending on your travel plans if you know your preferred dates and dive locations prior to your arrival in Australia it is advisable to make your bookings with us well in advance.
It is Dive in Australia’s commitment should you be unable to complete your initial planned dives we will assist you in finding other suitable dives in the next dive location.
Travel program: (Suggestion Only)
Day 1 and Day 2
Sydney - South West Rocks (490 km). Takeover of the camper and through the Hunter Valley Wine Country passing Port Stephens to South West Rocks, the first dive spot on your trip to Cairns.
South West Rocks. Day trip with two dives to explore the dive sites. A large number of Grey Nurse Sharks, swarms of reef fish as well as caves and tunnels are the highlights of this underwater world.
Drive South West Rocks to Byron Bay (about 250 km). Drive to Byron Bay, the easternmost point of the continent. Visit the lively town and enjoy the view from the lighthouse over the coast. Along this section of highway is the small town of Nelsons Bay where you can complete a shore dive (subject to tides) full of macro life, nudibranches, octopuses and so much more. Generally, only one dive is completed at this dive site. Your other main dive locations is the town of Byron Bay.
Byron Bay, home to Julian Rocks. Two dives available to explore the dive sites. A large number of nurse sharks, groupers, mantarays are the highlights of this underwater world.
Day 6 – 7
Byron Bay - Mooloolaba (about 340 km). Drive inland to Lamington National Park. Opportunity for hiking. Drive to Brisbane. Visit the Koalapark Lone Pine (optional). Later drive to Mooloolaba, starting point for tours to the shipwreck HMAS Brisbane.
Mooloolaba (HMAS Brisbane). You have two dives to explore the ship's HMAS Brisbane. The wreck, an Australian War ship purposely sunk in 2005 for recreational diving. Positioned in 28 meters deep and 133 meters long you can penetrate the wreck to explore the millions of glass fish, octopus and groupers plus an abundance of marine life have chosen it as their home.
Mooloolaba - Eungella National Park (about 1,010 km). Drive to Rainbow Beach, Wolf Rock Dive location plus starting point for trips to Fraser Island (optional) or Hervey Bay to experience humpback whale sightings (seasonal). Continue via Rockhampton on the Southern Tropic to Capricorn Caves. Drive via Mackay to the Eungella National Park with its tropical rainforest.
Eungella National Park. Take a dive at Fresh Water Lake to meet the Australian Platypus. Later possibility to explore the national park.
Eungella National Park - Airlie Beach (about 190 km). Drive north and back to the coast for Airlie Beach, starting point to the Whitsunday Islands.
Day 15 – 17
Whitsunday Islands - Alva Beach (210 km). Possibility for a day trip cruising or sailing around the Whitsundays islands or the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Sailing trips offer one to three nights night around the Whitsundays islands and the outer Great Barrier Reef. Continue the drive to Alva Beach, starting point for the Yongala wreck.
Yongala wreck Day trip offers two dives to explore the shipwreck, which sank in 1911 (16-28 m depth). The Yongala Shipwreck offers large schools of fish including sea snakes, groupers and various reef sharks. Also barracudas and turtles can be seen here.
Day 19 - 21
Alva Beach - Cairns (about 460 km). Drive to Townsville. Visit e.g. the Reef HQ Aquarium or the Billabong Sanctuary (both optional). Visit Magnetic Island. Rent a Moke (small car) and discover the island, including the wild Koalas (optional). Drive through tropical rainforest areas to Cairns. Return of the camper and end of the journey.