Travel Diaries – Australia East Coast – Airlie Beach to Noosa

Our next route along the east coast was from Airlie Beach to Noosa I was really looking forward to this part of the trip as we were doing Whitsundays and Fraser Island trips so we were super busy!

Airlie Beach YHA

Airlie beach is a small place which is really nice as you can walk around everywhere it has a cute little beach and a free lagoon which was very popular when we went! They also have lots of restaurants and bars with a big party scene if you are after that. We stayed here for one night before heading on our Whitsundays trip would definitely recommend stopping here for a few days. We stayed at the YHA hostel which is situated right in the middle of everything you need and has great facilities.


One of our highlights was the 2 day Whitsundays trip we did. We went with Red Cat ride to paradise and spent a little extra where we actually stayed in a resort rather than on a boat and it was incredible. The place you stay as is a millionaires mansion with a pool, hot tub, free kayaks and paddleboarding and so many chill out areas. I could not recommend this more! You also get a cooked dinner which was amazing! You go out snorkelling one day and the other day you do Whitsundays Beach. Because it's slightly more expensive you get a crowd aged 25+ we met some amazing people and everyone was up for having a laugh in the evenings and sitting by the fire.

1770 / Agnes Water

After Whitsundays we did the 7 hour drive to 1770. We had crazy storms while we were there but I found there wasn't a huge amount to do here so only advise staying a day or 2. We did the paperbark forest walk which was really beautiful. Also recommend The Getaway Garden Cafe such a cute vibe!

YHA beachside apartments Agnes Water

We stayed here for 2 nights, the staff are really helpful and you also get free toast and coffee in the mornings. You can book lots of trips through the hostel such as kangaroo sanctuary visit, surfing and sunset trips. We had an apartment which was super clean and spacious with good facilities and kitchen area. There isn't many places to eat in the area we found so advise staying somewhere where you can cook or if you have a car definitely head to The Getaway Garden Cafe.

Fraser Island

We then did our trip to Fraser Island which was one night 2 days and we went on the Fraser Dingo tour. This tour is really good as you get to self drive the 4x4 on the beach and for the whole trip which is an incredible experience! You can either camp or stay in a hostel for the night we chose the hostel which was really fun. We did the 2 days one night tour which was a perfect amount of time to see everything. On the first day we got the ferry over to Fraser and then drove the 4x4 off and to start the journey. We then headed to the lagoon which was really fun as you can float all the way down it and relax. The next day we went to Lake Mackenzie which is really beautiful with super clear water and saw the shipwreck on the beach. It was really fun driving around in the pink 4x4, a must do if your doing the east coast!


One my my favourite places along the east coast was Noosa! The most stunning beaches, definitely recommend doing the coastal walk it was beautiful. Go to dolphin point to see if you can spot any dolphins and jump into the fairy pools. There are so many beaches here and they are all stunning, the town is also full of amazing places to eat and drinks. We stayed at Harmony Hill which was really near Eumundi and I absolutely fell in love with the place. They have the famous markets on Saturday mornings which is really hippie and they have lot's of live music and amazing stalls. The whole town is very picturesque!

Harmony Hill Bed & Breakfast

We stayed at the beautiful Harmony Hill B&B whilst visiting Noosa which was really beautiful and peaceful. They have gorgeous grounds with amazing views of Noosa. The guest house is an old restored railway cabin which is so cute and it has it's own kitchen so you can cook and relax. It's decor and the whole place is really special and the owner Fizzie was the kindest and most helpful lady we have met along our travels. They also have an outside pool if you fancy a dip and outside bbq for hot afternoons. I recommend having a car so you can go out and explore the area in the day, Eumundi is so beautiful and your only 20 minutes from Noosa. This really was one of our favourite areas along the east coast, so much to see and do. A very relaxing place to stay and unwind!

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