Why visit Australia with Contiki?

Sail or stroll? Take your pick

When you travel with us, you can pick the version of the trip that suits you. One thing’s for sure: whether you love the chill or the thrill – fun is guaranteed.

Embrace the East Coast

Lunch with koalas? Surfing in Byron Bay? A satisfying chef-made bush meal? How about immersive aboriginal art? When you travel with us, you’ll experience it ALL.

Make a good impact

Our Australia trips for 18-35s are loaded with MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences at Australia’s best spots – from the Great Barrier Reef to the awe-inspiring Skyrail Rainforest and beyond.


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Australia tour reviews

Not a moment wasted learning about Australia, bonding with everyone and checking off over half my bucket list in under a month.

- Kelsey Schachow, Ultimate Australia

I would highly recommend the Kakadu dreaming tour. The tour guide and bus driver were amazing!!

- Ellymay Hoskin, Kakadu Dreaming

A-maz-ing! Way beyond my highest expectations – so many people had recommended Contiki to me. As I had never solo-traveled before, I was a little nervous… but now I never want to stop exploring the world with them!

- Trusted Customer, City to Surf

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Frequently asked questions about Australia

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What is the currency used in Australia?

The official currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar (A$). It’s a good idea to check the exchange rate before you travel. Major credit and debit cards like VISA, Mastercard and American Express are accepted - just keep in mind those pesky fees!

Do I need a visa to travel to Australia?

Yep, you’ll need a visa to enter Australia. You might need an eVisitor or an ETA, depending on where you’re traveling from. Check out our easy visas guide for all the details.

When is the best time to visit Australia?

This will depend on why you’re visiting Australia and what you plan to do while you’re there. Summer (Dec-Feb) won’t be the best time to visit Australia if you’re planning an active trip. Your beach walks and national park trips will be much less sweaty during spring or autumn.

Summer can be humid and stormy, but it’s the ideal time if you’re there for the wildlife, the NYE celebrations or the cricket.

Autumn (Mar-May) and Spring (Sept-Nov) are the most popular months—so you’ll meet plenty of fellow downunderers as you hit up the food fests and the grand prix.

Travelling on a budget and willing to sacrifice gleaming sun for some peace and quiet? The Australian Winter (June-Aug) is still warm enough to surf and explore coral reefs

What should I pack for a trip to Australia?

Apart from your passport (duh!) we’d recommend you bring:

• Lightweight, breathable clothes: it can get pretty hot
• Sunglasses: those Aussie rays are gonna be bright
• Comfortable shoes: expect a fair amount of walking
• Crossbody bag: keep your stuff safe and your hands free

What is ATM access like in Australia?

There’s great ATM access throughout Australia, but it’s still a good idea to carry a bit of cash to avoid fees - and pay for stuff when you’re off the beaten track.

How many days should I spend in Australia?

Most people will spend 1-2 weeks in Australia, and it’s generally accepted that this is a good amount of time to experience many of the main attractions. But really, it’s totally up to you and will depend on how much you want to see and do – not to mention how much free time you have! We offer trips of anything from a few days to nearly a month - check out our Australia trips for the full lowdown.

Is it customary to tip in Australia?

Tipping isn’t expected in Australia, and service charge won’t always be added to the bill. If you want to tip though, we’re sure it’ll be appreciated!

Is tap water safe to drink in Australia?

In general yes, especially in towns and cities. More rural spots may use rainwater, in which case you’ll see a sign saying not to drink it, and there’s always bottled water available.

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