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East Coast Highlights

The East coast has so many highlights so here a few to give you a taster..

The right and bustling harbour city of Sydney really needs a couple of days to do this city justice. Must-dos include (if you can stomach it) the Bridget Climb, although you will need to book in advance to secure a place, a Sydney Harbour cruise to get your bearings and a sense of how geography influences this city’s personality. Plunge in the famous waves of Bondi Beach and book a restaurant with views of the spotlit Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Move north to Brisbane, Queensland’s fast-paced capital, where you can board a river cruise to go cuddle a koala or catch a ferry to Moreton Island and hand-feed a wild dolphin.

From Brisbane there are options to head to the Gold Coast with its glamorous beachside developments, great surf and over-the-top theme parks. Alternatively, head to the Sunshine Coast via the famous Australia Zoo, and then on to the stylish beach resort town of Noosa.

To get to the magnificent Whitsunday Islands you can fly to the party town of Airlie Beach or directly to Hamilton Island. Here you can opt for tropical cruising under a billowing sail, fabulous coral reef diving or snorkelling, or just lazing by the resort’s pool.

Perhaps as an alternative to the Whitsundays, or if you still have the time and energy to go further north, move on to Far North Queensland’s tourism mecca. Cairns has something for everyone. There are fabulous excursions to rainforest hinterland and tropical beaches but best of all Cairns is the base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Once out on the reef, join a dive, strap on a snorkel or just hop on a glass-bottom boat.