Indigenous craft & bush medicine experience, Northern Territory

SUPPORTING THE AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRE RELIEF EFFORT

We’re heartbroken to witness the devastating bushfires in Australia. We've always felt such a strong connection with this beautiful land and its people, and our hearts go out to everyone affected by the fires. The TTC family of brands have donated $100K to the NSW Rural Fire Service, as a thank you on behalf of us all, for their courageous service and to assist their ongoing efforts. There's still a long road of rebuilding and healing ahead, so if you're looking for a way to help, we've put together an article to show the different ways you can support the people and wildlife whose homes have been destroyed, here.


Turtle hospital visit & Reef HQ experience, Townsville

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and home to over 1500 species of tropical fish, more than 200 types of birds, and around 20 types of reptiles including sea turtles. Unfortunately, large parts of the reef are dying or at risk due to climate change. At the Reef HQ in Townsville, Contiki travellers visit a turtle hospital & learn about reef protection with a debrief from the marine crew. They also get an overview of the Reef app, which can be downloaded and used for extra tips & information during their visit - supporting the work of the Reef HQ team to continue protecting the future of the reef.

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Supporting koala protection on Magnetic island

Magnetic Island is a World Heritage-listed site off the coast of Australia. Over half the island consists of protected National Park, providing a haven for native species of wildlife and home to one of Australia's largest koala population. At the Bungalow Bay Koala Village on Magnetic Island, travellers take part in a Breakfast with Koalas experience, where they are introduced to the sanctuary with a talk from a ranger and have the chance to interact with koalas in their natural habitat. Plus, they can contribute further to the programme by opting to get their photo taken with a koala, with a percentage of profits going back into Bungalow Bay's koala protection.

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The ancient living art of Anangu Aboriginal dot painting

For thousands of years, the aboriginal Anangu people have passed down their knowledge generation to generation, to keep the land, their culture and their people strong. At Uluru, a place of enormous spiritual and historical significance for the Australian aboriginal people, Contiki travellers can opt to take part in a dot painting workshop hosted by a local indigeous Anangu artist with Maruku arts, a not-for-profit Anangu art and craft cooperative. The workshop gives travellers the chance to learn about the aboriginal culture through traditional art, symbols and tools, while creating their own original art piece to take back with them - supporting the local community, learning new skills, and helping to keep aboriginal art and culture alive.

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Indigenous craft & bush medicine experience, Northern Territory

Living in Australia’s beautiful Northern Territory, Lynette and Graham Kenyon are an indigenous husband and wife team whose business specialises in retaining traditional art and craft methods native to Australia, as well as producing and educating on bush medicine. Contiki groups are given the opportunity to explore Lynette and Graham’s land together with the couple, learning about the various plants and bushes they use to run their business.

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Take 3 for the Sea Initiative

#Take3fortheSea is a movement with one clear objective - to reduce (and eventually eliminate) plastic pollution. Founded on home soil in Bondi (Contiki Australia’s HQ), the movement has since grown in momentum and has inspired beach clean ups in 125+ countries. The idea is simple; whenever you leave the beach, a waterway, or simply anywhere, take 3 pieces of rubbish with you. To put that in perspective, on just one Contiki trip up the East Coast, that equates to 450 pieces of rubbish being collected. We run on average 52 departures per year, so our goal is to collect almost 23,000 pieces of plastic waste over the course of 1 year. Who’s with us?

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