Noosa has a sunny climate, friendly locals and after a major facelift resulting in awards, it’s sprung up on the backpacker list. It’s even getting compared with Byron Bay.
Some must-dos are the Noosa National Park, shopping along Hastings St, tours around the nearby Fraser Island (we’ll get to that later), surfing, horseback riding, jet skiing, kite surfing, kayaking, biking and skydiving.
It’s a backpacker’s dream with hostels, a bustling nightlife, bars and live music.
The main beach is only minutes away from the shopping hotspot and is great for all sorts of beach activities. Whether you’re keen to surf, swim, or just lounge about in the sun drinking beer, Noosa has it all.
And if you’re a surfing pro Castaways and Marcus beaches offer great waves for intermediate and advanced surfers.
Fraser Island, QLD
Nothing quite beats hitting the world’s largest sand island in a 4WD. The inland lakes are also some of the best swimming spots you’re likely to find in Australia.
Fraser is also home to more than 40 freshwater dune lakes – over half the world’s known total – and dingos.
Another little secret for you, there’s a fair bit to see and do in Rainbow Beach too. Bizarre multi-coloured cliffs, friendly locals, spectacular coastal scenery, Great Sandy National Park, lovely beaches... it’s a wonderful little escape.
It’s the world’s largest sand island, with subtropical rainforests stubbornly thriving in a seemingly infertile environment.
If it was not up against such steep competition, Fraser Island would probably make it on to the iconic Aussie list to.
The Whitsundays, QLD
There’s 74 islands here and most are sandy with tropical rainforests and accommodation options. The most famous is Whithaven Beach on Whitsunday Island.
Sailing the Whitsundays hovers pretty close to the top of most backpackers’ must-do lists. People come for different reasons: some to dive by the Great Barrier Reef, some for Whitehaven Beach and others for the pure luxury of exploring this part of Australia without having to cook, clean or even lift a finger, apart from putting on suntan lotion that is. The trip can be as action-packed or chilled out as you want it to be. It’s got to be action packed for me.
Adelaide - meet the locals, SA
The generally pretty chilled, laidback locals are mostly friendly and happy to mix with visitors, especially if you’re into football. Here football is king, people live for AFL and there’s a lot of beer drinking to.
The people of Adelaide love a good drink, they’re guaranteed to be hanging out in the popular pubs around the city. So if you’re into football, beer and partying Adelaide is the place for you to kick back and drink beer for a while.