Reefs and Rainforests with Sailing (Start Sydney)

Tour Length
16 days
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Reefs and Rainforests with Sailing (Start Sydney)
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Was an amazing way to see Australia!

14 Apr 2013 - 29 Apr 2013

Everything from start to finish with Contiki impressed me. I had a bit of confusion with pricing and deals when booking and it was handled so well and efficiently.
The tour was everything I had imagined it to be. My tour manager and driver were amazing and were so knowledgeable and passionate about everywhere we went! I was lucky to have incredible weather for the whole 16 days so it felt as if was living in a postcard. The included meals were great, all breakfasts included made it easy and convenient. The accommodation was okay for the most part but expect to pay a small fortune for wifi at a lot of the hotels/hostels. The coach was super comfy and beautiful. Would recommend a pillow and a blanket!
The only elements of the trip that disappointed me were time schedules. I know this is to be expected on such a short tour that spans the whole East Coast. Some places listed on the itinerary that you "see" you don't even get off the coach for.. you just drive by, which I found frustrating. There were lots of times when we wouldn't arrive to a place until it was dark then we'd leave early the next morning. Which left me feeling like I never even experienced the place at all.
Another thing.. Australia is so expensive! The me time optionals were very pricey, since I was on a student budget I couldn't afford to shell out another couple grand on things that weren't included. So a lot of time I was left to my own devices while others went out and did other activities. My advice... Plan to spend an extra grand AT LEAST on extra activities.
Overall, I would recommend this tour! Everything about it was fabulous and the only complaints I have are in the hands of the time frame not our fabulous Contiki team.

Review written Jun 2013

My Contiki was: Quick, Amazing, Fun

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What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.


  • 17 nights multi-share accommodation: 10 nights in resorts, 2 nights on a yacht, 1 night in a lodge, 1 night in an eco-lodge, 1 night in a hostel, 1 night in a surf school village, 1 night at a cattle station lodge
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
  • Rainforest adventure on days 17 & 18


  • An experienced and professional Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities
  • National Park fees, local taxes & service charges


  • 24 meals:
  • 17 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 7 dinners


  • 4 World Heritage Sites visited
  • Day trip out to the stunning Blue Mountains
  • See the famous Three Sisters rock formation
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Free Time Add-Ons

  • Sydney Opera House Tour
  • Harbour Bridge climb
  • Byron Bay Kayaking 3hrs
  • Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
  • White Water Rafting
  • AJ Hackett Minjin Swing or Bungee Jump
  • Skydive Australia
  • Jungle Surfing
  • Kayaking Adventure
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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$177
  • You only need a US$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in installments, with Contiki Easy Pay
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