What To Pack for your East Coast Tour

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Whether you’re wandering through the towering forests of K’gari, sailing across the Whitsunday waters or delving into the depths of the Great Barrier Reef, there are a few necessities you need to bring on your East Coast tour! While travelling, less is always more when it comes to luggage, so let our travel experts guide you on everything you need to bring.

From the basics to simple comforts, and what bag to bring, here is exactly what you need all year round on your East Coast Tour based on local climates and activities!

Your East Coast Packing List 


  • Passport
  • License 
  • Travel money card 
  • Some Australian dollars 

Beach day pack (tote bag or small, soft backpack)

  • Small beach towel
  • Hat 
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen* 
  • Waterproof bag for electronics 
  • Refillable water bottle


  • 4 days' worth of comfortable clothing (think activities such as hiking and island exploring) - shorts, linen shirts, light pants, t-shirts, singlets.
  • One “nice” outfit for dinner, drinks and parties! 
  • Two sets of swimmers 
  • A jumper or light jacket for cooler evenings 
  • A pair of pants or jeans for cooler evenings 
  • Pyjamas 
  • Underwear and socks for 4 to 5 days


  • One pair of sandals or thongs 
  • One pair of enclosed shoes for bushwalking (runners or boots)

Toiletries bag 

  • Personal medication 
  • Toothbrush & paste
  • Soap
  • Travel-sized shampoo & conditioner*


  • Phone & charger
  • Headphones
  • Appropriate adapter
  • Camera, GoPro, etc. 
  • Portable charger

* We recommend acquiring these items in Australia to save on travel weight.

What to pack, layed out contents of backpack on K'gari (Fraser Island)

What bag to bring?

True to its name, backpacking is colossally easier with a good, medium-sized hiking backpack. Allowing you to traipse through town, take all of your luggage on your tours and run for the next bus easily, ditch the clunky suitcase for a portable, comfortable backpack option and travel lightly. But, if you can’t commit to the minimalist backpacker lifestyle, opt for a medium-sized suitcase. However, be prepared to invest time and money into finding local luggage storage options before your tours if this is the (suit)case!

A lot of boat, island and adventure tours only allow small, soft and sometimes zipperless bags, so remember to check your ticket information to prepare accordingly before each trip.

Man walking through forest with a backpack, cairns

Have a niche question on what you should bring along or leave at home? Don't hesitate to ask our friendly team, who can help you out with what to expect on each East Coast experience!

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