The ULTIMATE East Coast Itinerary

East Coast Australia is the TOP destination for travellers – why? Well, let’s just say it pretty much has something for everyone. If you want the best experience possible, most spots are worth booking a tour for – plus, this means you can relax and let the experts lead the way yewwwwwwww….

We’ll be sharing with you:

  • Where you can actually drive on the beach
  • The BEST place to head on a sailing trip
  • Our favourite beach town
  • AND of course, how we can help you save money on your adventure

Read on for our ULTIMATE hot spots….

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Great Barrier Reef

You can’t really visit Australia and not tick the Great Barrier Reef odd your Aussie bucket list – it’s THE dream destination right!?

Passions of Paradise catamaran day trip to the reef is an epic way to experience all of its glory. Snorkel equipment and food is included plus, you have the option to have a go at scuba diving if you’re keen! Expect to see unreal marine life on the reef and you might even get lucky and see turtles and non people eating sharks!

Sky Dive with a Beach Landing

Calling all adrenaline junkies – did you hear, Mission Beach is the place to be if you’re keen to sky dive as you land on the beach! Think Mission Impossible – Aussie styleee!

If you’re gonna brave it, do it in style at Mission Beach – taking the dive at 15,000 ft, above the Great Barrier Reef, now that’s a sick story to tell for the rest of your life!

Magnetic Island Escape

A less familiar spot, but none the less an absolute MUST to add to your Aussie itinerary.

Staying on Maggie Island – just off the coast of Townsville – is like staying on some tropical island in the middle of the ocean. There’s wild koalas, wallabies come out at sunset, epic walks, 360 views…the place has it all.

Base is a legendary sociable and fun hostel – it hosts boozy bingo bingo nights, bar wars and themed Thursdays and is one of our fave hostels on the east coast for many reasons. If you fancy something a little more chilled, they run free walking tours and free yoga classes.

Whitsundays Sailing trip

The Whitsundays >> what a beaaaaaaaauty! We love abit of Whitehaven Beach & The New Horizon sailing boat visits both Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet and is the perfect balance between chilled and party vibe…

So, if snorkelling and lounging on white sandy beaches during the day and partying hard at night sounds like your kind of thing, this is the option for you.

Why Book

with RatPack Travel?

  • Cheaper than booking direct

  • Free date changes

  • Personalised all the way

  • 5 star reputation

The home of RatPack Travel > Byron Bay

We might be biased because its our home BUT Byron is a spot you can’t miss out on your East Coast roadie… just under Brisbane you’ll find the infamous Byron Bay.. Here you’ll find unreal beaches, hippy vibes, great food, live music,  wildlife, activities and you’ll find the RatPack HQ in real life!

When staying in Byron make sure you check out the epic Belongil Beach or Wategos, and have some legendary nights out at the beachy or rails..

Fraser Island

Fraser Island is sick! Where else can you drive around in 4x4s, cruise along a 75 mile beach and trek through the bush to incredible spots such as Lake McKenzie!?

With Nomads, based in Noosa, you get to experience all that the island has to offer over 3 day and 2 nights of jam packed, action filled days.

We can also get you $10 hostel nights in Noosa (2 pre and 1 post).

Getting around

Wondering how on earth you’ll get to all of these incredible destinations?

Just grab a Greyhound coach ticket and hop on – it’s as easy as that – they’ll take you to all the hot spots along the East Coast.

We get 10% off these passes! So hit us up, loads of routes available, to hit up the east coast we recommend the Cairns <> Sydney route!

  • Grab a Greyhound WHIMIT pass valid for your duration of travel, book your buses and hop on – it’s as easy as that – they’ll take you to all the hot spots along the East Coast.
  • We get 10% off these passes! So hit us up, loads of routes available, to hit up the east coast we recommend the Cairns <> Sydney route!
  • Roaddddie – get yaselves a campervan and cruise your way down or UP the East Coast..

We get 10% off all campervan rentals! So hit us up and we’ll find you some epic wheels at a discounted backpacker rate for your East Coast Roadie..


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Anita Howard
17 March 2023

I booked my campervan to travel in NZ via RatPack Travel, who managed to find me the perfect van at relatively short notice and with a discount! It was a real help to have someone do the searching and mediate with the company, once they had dates and information from me. Thanks for the prompt and friendly service!

Charlie Coe
16 March 2023

Great service! Jenner was so much help and gave us lots of options to suit our journey. Very attentive and made it an easy process.

Emily Hirsch
16 March 2023

This was the best customer service I ever experienced! I highly recommend you if you are looking for a Van or Camper to leave your email address so somebody of their team can get in touch with you. They compare for you all camper hire company’s and you can choose with one suits you the best. I literally talk to this awesome lady from Holland (as I’m only available after 8pm MEL time, so the arrange for me a call with somebody from the EU team for free) and she got our dream van for the most incredible price few minutes after we talked! And not even one day later I got my booking confirmation from the camper company. Their service is free of charge as they earn commission of your booking but this doesn’t cost you a cent. I did my own research before but the deals they give me was way better than I could find by my own. I highly recommend to get in touch with this team and let them find your Van. They literally saved us our fuel cost for a 3 weeks travel from Cairns to Sydney. Yes- that’s almost $1000 they saved us! Go and get your van! You won’t regret it.

Melissa workman
16 March 2023

So far, so so good. I should have started with RatPack to begin with and saved all that time searching for a camper and feeling like I was getting nowhere. Jenna was incredibly helpful -doing all the hard yards and getting us the best deal. Very prompt service. Thanks for making it so easy !

Alice Gould
16 March 2023

Very friendly service with Tammy. Super attentive and keen to help us. Got us a discount and one of the last available options.

Caleb Boyer
15 March 2023

Ratpack was super helpful! They were extremely responsive and helped us get an amazing deal on two 3-person camper vans. Highly recommend giving them a shot!

Katie O'Shea
14 March 2023

Really straight forward helpful and friendly people!

Nicole Rodriguez
13 March 2023

Mike helped us with finding the best van for us for our 3 week trip and was very knowledgeable. With some quick phone calls he gave us the best quotes and walked us through the process in detail. Everything was made clear and we booked our trip in just an hour! I would highly recommend their service.

Jaden Dankevy
13 March 2023

Great experience with the RatPack travel team! Really went out of their way to help us book our Van’s for two different trips! They have great rapport with the various Van companies, were able to help us book the last available Van for our time in WA and were able to get us some discounts as well. Zan and Mikey were both so easy going, made it feel like we were chatting with friends who genuinely cared about our travels haha, awesome guys! Definitely recommend the RatPack service, will save you time and money fellow travellers!

Rosie Paton
13 March 2023

Mike was amazing - helped me find a van and gave me quotes, a full breakdown, etc super quickly no stress! Just what I needed. Can't wait to start my trip. Thanks dude!

aaron coogan
12 March 2023

Booked a 3 week trip with MIKEY! Customer service was on point. No Buls**t straight to the point. Saved us a further % on the original price of the campervan and sent me a map of the east coast with highlighted areas he highly recommended to stop at. looking forward to our trip! 🇮🇪 🇦🇺

Amy Shaw
10 March 2023

Highly recommend this company! Mike was incredibly helpful; he gave us lots of useful info and managed to get an excellent deal on a camper for our trip. The whole process was quick and easy. Thank you! Alison and Amy x

Ruth Clark
10 March 2023

Mikey was amazing at helping us plan our 3 week schedule for the east coast. He went over and above to make sure that we were able to fit everything in that we wanted to in the time we have. His knowledge has been a great asset for us making an itinerary. Can't recommend enough!

9 March 2023

If you want to book a camper for your trip, you should only do so with Ratpack. The team is incredibly fast and provides great service. No annoying comparison of providers, since Ratpack takes over. They are looking for the best deal and can offer great discounts. they respond individually to your wishes and give you additional tips for the trip. Since there is also an EU team, you could make calls at individual times of the day - simply excellent all around - thanks for everything

malcolm weaver
8 March 2023

Absolutely delighted with the service provided by RatPack Travel. In particular, the excellent guidance and support offered by Jules! We explained our plans and she found a suitable solution to meet our needs. Very grateful and suggest other travellers use this facility. Thank you 😊

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