Head Over Heels Down Under! Coastal Australia, from the mind-blowing Technicolor coral and tropical fish of the Great Barrier Reef right on down to the unparalleled sophistication and energy of Sydney, is truly a world apart. Join Budget Travel’s Photo Editor, Whitney Tressel, as she explores the wonderful east coast of Oz! Budget Travel Friday, Nov 13, 2015, 6:00 PM Flippin' out over the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most sought-after vacation destinations in the world. (Whitney Tressel) Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

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Head Over Heels Down Under!

Coastal Australia, from the mind-blowing Technicolor coral and tropical fish of the Great Barrier Reef right on down to the unparalleled sophistication and energy of Sydney, is truly a world apart. Join Budget Travel’s Photo Editor, Whitney Tressel, as she explores the wonderful east coast of Oz!

  • Head Over Heels in Australia
  • What I Packed for my Australia trip
  • Sydney
  • Taronga Zoo in Sydney Australia
  • Light In The Park
  • cliffs
  • Inside Sydney Opera House
  • boats in Sydney Harbour
  • koala bear
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • surfers
  • Beautiful Rocks in Australia
  • cars in Australia
  • house
  • Hair Artist in Australia
  • I Heart Toast
  • signs
  • snorkeling
  • Blue Starfish
  • on the road in Australia
  • Kangaroo
  • rope swinging
  • Hipsters in Australia
  • parrot
  • palm trees

Flippin' out over the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most sought-after vacation destinations in the world.

(Whitney Tressel)

Here's what I packed for the ultimate Australian adventure.

(Whitney Tressel)

Sydney An urban atmosphere with the sea by its side, Australia’s largest city, though confident and stylish, gives off a certain air of approachability and warmth. Harbour ferries are the main form of transportation for 9-to-5-ers, while the Blue Mountains hug its suburban outskirts and seaside cliffs line its municipal edges Here, a view of Downtown Sydney from its Harbour Bridge.

(Whitney Tressel)

Time for the giraffe feeding at Taronga Zoo, with downtown Sydney as a backdrop.

(Whitney Tressel)

Sunrays bursting through the trees of Hyde Park in Sydney.

(Whitney Tressel)

Watson's Bay, a cliffside fishing village with Sydney Harbour on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other.

(Whitney Tressel)

Sydney Opera House Concert Hall’s massive, marvelous organ and acoustics.

(Whitney Tressel)

Watson’s Bay with the Sydney skyline.

(Whitney Tressel)

A snoozing koala at Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

(Whitney Tressel)

A view from the first pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a fantastic vista.

(Whitney Tressel)

Brisbane and Byron Bay With the Gold Coast in between, the Queensland capital Brisbane and its beachy bay neighbor of New South Wales bring city to surf within a two-hour distance. Coffee shops abound in the east coast hubs, as do sunshine, saltwater, and a certain state of relaxation. Here, we're heading to Earth and Sea Pizza after an afternoon of surfing.

(Whitney Tressel)

Byron Bay from Fisherman’s Lookout.

(Whitney Tressel)

Cars parked beachside for an iconic sunset in Byron Bay.

(Whitney Tressel)

Lodging at Glen Villa Resort, a 14-acre hideaway meters from Byron Bay’s beaches and Main Street.

(Whitney Tressel)

A hair wrap artist in Byron Bay.

(Whitney Tressel)

Egg Love and a flat white at Byron Local coffee bar.

(Whitney Tressel)

Mural design play outside Jamie’s Espresso in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

(Whitney Tressel)

Queensland The highlights of northern Queensland are unparalleled. From the blue-painted coral of the Great Barrier Reef to the bright white Milky Way of the Daintree Rainforest’s night skies, this state boasts the only place in the world where two UNESCO Heritage sites overlap. Here, Wavelength Charters watches over snorkelers exploring the Great Barrier Reef, a must-swim bucket list destination.

(Whitney Tressel)

Handling a blue Linckia sea star of the Great Barrier Reef.

(Whitney Tressel)

Captain Cook Highway from the Daintree Rainforest to Cairns, Queensland’s answer to Melbourne’s Great Ocean Road.

(Whitney Tressel)

A kangaroo resident of Wild Habitat, a highly interactive zoo in Port Douglas.

(Whitney Tressel)

Enjoying a rope swing into Mason’s Cafe backyard freshwater watering hole in Cape Tribulation.

(Whitney Tressel)

Hipsters in Cairns walking along the city’s man-made lagoon.

(Whitney Tressel)

An Eclectus parrot at Wild Habitat in Port Douglas.

(Whitney Tressel)

Palm trees in Cape Tribulation.

(Whitney Tressel)
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