13 Mar 2016 - 06 Apr 2016
This was my first time traveling alone to another country so naturally I was really nerves new places, new people, different way of life but are tour guides Patrick or paddy as we called him on the east coast and Adam in the Northern Territory made the trip so easy. Everyone on the trip was really nice, the accommodation was really good, the food was amazing, the optionals we defiantly worth the money especially the scuba driving. The coaches are top of the line couldn't have asked for better. And I would highly recommend this to anyone anywhere around the world it is definitely a once in a life time trip and I a glad I did it first and because of it I will definitely be doing more Contiki trips.
Review written Apr 2016event 0.3
20 Jan 2013 - 13 Feb 2013
The Big Walkabout is one way to describe it. Coming from Sydney and never seeing Australia I thought this was a great way to explore my country. We started in Sydney, saw Manly Beach (which I live two mins away from) and climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge – which has the most amazing views. Then on our way to Cairns we saw the Big Banana and had a surf lesson at Coffs Harbour, went kayaking in the ocean hoping to see dolphins at Bryon bay but no such luck, held a koala at Currumbin, spent a day in Surfers relaxing, Had Australia Day at Noosa while our whole bus dressed up in Aussie stuff, it was pouring down with rain. Next we attempted to drive to Fraser Island, but being the wet season the roads were close, so back to Noosa we went. Despite missing Fraser Island, our tour manager and Bus driver managed to get us all back to Brisbane safely and onto a flight to beautiful Hamilton Island within a day or so notice. We then caught a ferry to Day Dream Island to continue our journey. Day Dream Island is beautiful, a nice place to relax. We went to Whitehaven beach and it looked like a postcard, so magnificent. Next was a long drive up to Cairns where we would spend our final days on the East Coast. As our last night together we went to the Wool Shed which can be one of the highlights of the trip!! Some of the optional for Cairns were White Water Rafting and The Great Barrier Reef Cruise which I would highly recommend to everyone.
Next part of our adventure was flying to Alice Springs. In which we saw the Contiki bus coming to get us as we were landing! First afternoon in Alice Springs we went to a reptile park, where we could all hold a snake, blue tongue lizard and a frill neck lizard. Next night we slept under the stars in an Aussie swag, which was surprising comfy. We tried bush tucker which included Kangaroo’s tail. Next day we headed to Uluru. First we went through Kata-Tjuta (the Olgas). Uluru day – which included waking up at 4am to see the sunrise, then we had the option to walk around Uluru, next was an optional helicopter ride over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Finally we spent the afternoon at Uluru where our tour manager and Bus driver put on a Champagne Dinner! It was a beautiful afternoon. Next day we headed back to Alice Springs where we went to an optional dinner at the Overlanders Steakhouse which we tried Crocodile, Emu, Kangaroo and Camel, which were all very yummy.
On our way north to Darwin, we stopped at Tennant Creek, Wycliffe Well – to see UFO’s, Devils marbles, Daly Waters Pub – oldest pub in the NT and Mataranka Thermal pools. Katherine Gorge optional cruise was very nice to see the gorge and to see how high the water comes up. In Kakadu National Park we went on a Billabong cruise, we saw crocodiles in the wild. Darwin was our last stop our last few days together as a group, in which some of us had became very close! First thing we did in Darwin was an optional Cage of Death, which involved getting in a cage with a crocodile, now you see why it is optional! I’ve never screamed so loud in my life but I would do it again! Last night out was spent at Monsoons where we had a great night out. Last day involved looking at termite mounds and tall as houses and the beautiful Florence falls, which as just majestic.
Overall the optionals were great, the accommodation was fantastic, and food was always yummy. The bus rides were some of the best times. Tour mates were wonderful and we still talk everyday! I would highly recommend this tour and Contiki to everyone, it was such a great experience and so organised, I would do it again in a heartbeat!
Review written Mar 2013event 0.3
20 Jan 2013 - 13 Feb 2013
The trip of a lifetime... I saw everything I wanted to see in Australia and better things I didn't even know about. The East Coast was all sun, sea and party then the Northern Territory was all rocks, relax and bond. Both completely different vibes but both AMAZING! Top bits... Sydney bridge climb, great barrier reef, white water rafting, sky-diving, tiger moth biplane, Uluru, crocodile cage of death. I did almost every optional I could and they were all worth it 100%. The accommodation was mostly brilliant, avoiding hostels helped actually getting a good nights sleep after very long days with early starts! The crew were brilliant.... so much knowledge, so helpful and friendly joining on on the action! The Contiki coach was one of the best parts... caught up on sleep, saw some sights, played games you name it, not one long journey was dull! I made friends for life and am already planning trips around the world to see them... I would recommend this trip to anyone as there was such different people on it and everyone had a good time, would especially recommend if you want to see a lot of Australia and your confined to a short amount of time! It's also brilliant for travelers staying on as after the tour you can go back to places you loved, knowing more about them and where to stay etc!
Review written Mar 2013event 0.3