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All the fun of the backpacker route saving you cash along the way

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One of the most popular backpacker routes in the world, Australia's east-coast is truly like nothing else. Packed full of cosmopolitan cities, barefoot beaches and fun-loving European travelers, traversing it will be some of the best weeks you'll ever have in your life. We know you're young and full of fun, however you're probably not sporting a wallet the size of the Great Barrier Reef. This is where we come in. We've mapped out Australia's east-coast together with its hot-spots, and how we can help you save with some big student and youth discounts.


Australia's sub-tropical, cosmopolitan, $1.1m median property price city is all the natural beauty any other city in the world would kill for. Luckily for you, all the landmarks have been tucked in together to make them easy to see. You can't claim to have done the east-coast if you didn't kick it off by seeing the harbour, the bridge and the opera house. If you've got the time, there's no excuse for not getting over to the Blue Mountains as well.

The Pylon Lookout
Australia's finest Architectural achievement without a doubt, the harbour bridge brings Sydney's south and north shores together in a way best experienced on new years eve every year. If you want to do the BridgeClimb, go for your life, even better with 15% off. However, flying under the radar and vastly underrated are the views that you'll get from the Pylon Lookout. For just $10 (for ISIC cardholders) you'll just have to move on up through a casual 200 steps to be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of Sydney. We know you're young, the 200 steps will be easy!

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More ISIC savings in Sydney

NSW TrainLink Regional Trains | 30% off train tickets
Luna Park Sydney | 20% off unlimited rides pass


Coming onto the scene in 1988 when it hosted World Expo, Brisbane or Bris-Vegas as it is known within Australia is just a fantastic city with a year-round tropical and humid climate. A big city, you'll never feel overwhelmed, the climate just does that to you! So chilled out that they decided to build a lagoon pool together with a beach in the middle of the city, Brisbane will be hard to leave.

Location, location, lo..sorry, just two locations. Positioned strategically perfectly behind Streets Beach, otherwise known as the audacious lagoon pool in the middle of Brisbane's South Bank, you'll need to swing by Nitrogenie to cool off with a refreshing ice-cream, casually made using the magic of liquid you do. An ISIC student or youth card will get you 10% off!

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More ISIC savings in Brisbane

Queensland Rail Travel | 40% off
Airtrain Citylink | $9 off return bookings

Gold Coast

Home of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast is Australia's paradise for surfers. Beaches together with sky-high homes come together to create a glitzy and glamorous city that doesn't really ever sleep. Hidden just behind the beach lies the lush Gold Coast hinterland, inundated with flora and fauna, and if you're lucky you might see some exotic plants and animals too!

Australian Kayaking Adventures
While the city of the Gold Coast itself offers endless fun, you can't forget about the water and the city's neighbouring South Stradbroke Island. Stay above the water in a kayak spotting wallabies on the island, or get down into the blue by snorkelling and you might even spot some dolphins, turtles or stingrays! It's half a day of pure Queensland bliss made even better with $20 off.

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More ISIC savings on the Gold Coast

Go Vertical SUP Hire | $10 off lessons and tours + $5 off board hire
Southern Cross Day Tours | Concession rate

Airlie Beach

The gateway to Australia's 74 Whitsunday Islands, Airlie Beach is a fun little seaside town populated with young energetic locals and sun-seeking retirees. The perfect spot to catch your breath after the Gold Coast, why more people don't live here is a question we often ask ourselves here from wet and windy Melbourne.

Skydive Australia
We were going to tell you that there is no better place in Australia (and probably the world too) to do a skydive, however considering the team from Skydive Australia have proclaimed it as 'Australia's most beautiful drop zone', we'll let you take their word for it. If you're going to jump from 14,000ft, in an ideal world you would do it somewhere with a nice view, and with $30 off too!

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The 'capital' of FNQ, (Far North Queensland) Cairns is the gateway to another audacious living wonder of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef. A vibrant mix of locals from nearly every corner of the globe populate Cairns' very tropical landscape. A part of the world where when it rains, it rains! However when the sun is out, there's really nowhere else in the world that you would want to be.

Sunlover Reef Cruises
Taking you out to Moore Reef Pontoon, a beautiful 40km off the coast of Cairns and smack-bang in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, this isn't just another day tour you do on holiday, this is a day tour to the most extraordinary living thing on the planet, a thing which can also be seen from space. Oh yeah, you can get a very useful 15% off this day tour as well!

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More ISIC savings in Cairns

The Float Studio Cairns | 25% off single floats
Frydays Fish and Chippery | 10% off fish and chip meals
Behana Canyoning | $30 off

Australia's east-coast is one of the world's iconic traveler routes. Perfect for backpackers and sun-seekers from anywhere and everywhere, above are just great student and youth benefits throughout Australia's east-coastline. To see them all, click here.

The International Student Identity Card is the ultimate student lifestyle card. Together with its thousands of student discounts, the ISIC card is making student life better for students throughout both Australia and the world.

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