The Wanderlust Guide to the Hidden Gems of Australia’s East Coast 

Australia is a vast continent that has become renowned for the staggering diversity of its topography, biomes, and sites. It is an epic assembly of beautiful yet slightly intimidating natural wonders. Still, the welcoming and laid-back residents of this continent still show resolve when it’s needed, which is embodied in the impressive collection of cutting-edge urbanities with solid infrastructures and beautiful cityscapes. There is hardly a better part of Australia that showcases all of this than the east coast. If you ever yearned to visit this corner of the world, here’s the wanderlust guide to the hidden gems of Australia’s east coast.

5 Hidden Gems near Popular Destinations

The world is full of fascinating places, some well-known, some overrun with tourists and others rarely explored. Like you, I am always up for a challenge and thrive in getting out of my comfort zone. So here follows a handpicked selection of towns, cities and regions from around the globe that are ideal for day trips or as alternatives to their more famous neighbors.

Beyond Sydney

When planning a vacation to Sydney, many overlook traveling outside of the city limits to the New South Wales countryside and outback. Just a short drive from Sydney, you can see golden beaches on the Pacific Coast, the soaring summits of the Blue Mountains or enjoy fine wines on the Hunter Valley. Rent a car and experience it all in a few days.

Experiencing Queensland Australia

The State of Queensland is pretty large, 2.5 times the size of Texas, so there is plenty of land to cover, and plenty of sights to see along the way. Narrowing this down, more than 70% of the population of Queensland reside within 50 miles of the coast, which reduces the amount of land you need to cover without missing out on too many of the highlights.

Road Trip: Maine to Nova Scotia

Summer vacation, at least for our family, is synonymous with road trips. We, Bryan and Laurie, the founders of Budget Your Trip, decided it was time to step away for a couple of weeks and take the newest member of the family (our four month old daughter) on a driving adventure from Boston to Nova Scotia. Yes, it’s quite a long drive. And yes, everyone says it’s a challenge to travel with a baby. But we went anyway, because traveling is in our blood, and also because we’re a little crazy. To add to the reasons, believe it or not, this was our first time in Canada. We’ve trekked through the Sahara and the Gobi, swam in the Mekong and the Nile, but we have never visited our friendly neighbors to the North. Well, it was time to fix that!

Photo Friday: Sinai

The Sinai Peninsula of Egypt is truly a fascinating place. During our time in the area, we spent a few days near Mt. Sinai and a few more relaxing on the coast of the Red Sea. First, our journey took us from Cairo on a fairly long bus ride to the town of Katreen, near the base of Mt. Sinai and St. Katherine’s Monastery. We slept at a small Bedouin camp and met some other travelers who had hiked to the top of the mountain the night before, starting at 2:00 in the morning. Supposedly this was the best time to hike in order to avoid the heat and also see the sunset from the top of the mountain.

Photo Friday: Turkey

This week’s photos are from Turkey, a country that has history, culture, food, hiking, stunning landscapes, and amazing beaches. There you’ll also find one of the most fascinating cities in the world: Istanbul.