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Beaches and Reefs with Sailing

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13 nights accommodation
3 nights in Resort, 2 nights in Yacht, 1 night in Country Homestead, 2 nights in Eco Lodge, 1 night in Hotel, 3 nights in Hostel, 1 night in Surf Village
When you're not island hopping on a ballin' yacht, hotels and surf villages are the name of the game (plus an eco lodge for departures from Sep 2018 onwards). Plus you'll spend 1 night at a cattle station. Plan on chilling at the beach and sleeping on comfy pillows.
22 included Meals
7 Dinner, 13 Breakfast, 2 Lunch
We'll provide 22 of your meals (23 for departures from Sep 2018 onward), you get the rest. We'll BBQ steaks and get the chance to try kangaroo, plus you'll have the opportunity to try some of the best restaurants on the East coast.
Team
Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
Transport
All transport included during the trip
Australia isn't the easiest land to traverse, but we know this wild island better than most. Whether it's internal flights, scenic local trains or air conditioned coaches, our included transport will speed you from A-B in comfort, safety and style.
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Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
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11 included, 5 optional that you can add
So many things are included - everything from surf lessons to city tours. You'll take a trip on the iconic Manly Ferry and ride a hay wagon at a cattle station, amongst other things. Expect wildlife tours and bushwalks, in between beaches and sunsets. You'll also spend an unforgettable few days island hopping through the idyllic Whitsundays, sailing out to Whitehaven Beach.
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Ahh, the famous East Coast of Australia, where both the cities and the beaches get trophied amongst the best in the world. These two weeks commencing in Cairns are brimmed full of awe. Sleep at a working cattle station, party in Surfers Paradise & learn to surf at our special stay surf camp. This is a one way ticket to wanting to live in Oz for good.
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DAY 1 - Cairns
Cairns
Well good morning Cairns you delightful palm tree paradise. We have two days here to get deep - which may even mean a scuba dive on one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. You game?
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Cairns Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
from A$190
DAY 2 - Cairns
Cairns
Today is all about ticking off those once in a lifetime bucket list experiences. Think you’ve got what it takes to bungy jump or go whitewater rafting? Prove it – we’ve got optionals lined up that will get your head spinning with adrenaline. #NOREGRETS yo!
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White Water Rafting
A$130
AJ Hackett Minjin Swing or Bungy Jump
A$110 / A$155
DAY 3 - Cairns to Sailing Whitsundays
Cairns
Ready for some coach time fun? Damn right you are when your end destination is the Whitsundays. Bring it!
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Townsville city orientation
Townsville
Tropical Townsville never fails to impress with its Colonial buildings and checkered maritime history. We'll get orientated with the city and grab some lunch before kicking on to Airlie.
Whitsundays
Pack your towel and swimmers as we get onboard our private boat and set sail off around the 74 Islands.
DAY 4 - Sailing Whitsundays
Whitsundays

Arrive Whitsundays and jump on board the yacht. Swim, snorkel, eat & repeat is pretty much today’s vibe as we make our way around the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays. Do as much or as little as you want – help the crew wince the sails, snorkel some of the best coral reefs in Australia, laze on the fine silica sands of Whitehaven Beach (cue more pinch yourself moments) – today is all about soaking in the moment and relishing the finer things in life.

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Chill on Whitehaven beach one of the worlds top 10 beaches
DAY 5 - The Whitsundays to Farmstay
Whitsundays
Rollin’ down the Capricorn Coast we’ll drive through the beef farming capital of Rockhampton and pass through the sugar cane plantations of Mackay before reaching The Old Station, a working cattle station that dishes up true Aussie farm life. Tonight may just go down in the history books, with past passengers citing it the best night of their trip...
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Check out the farm & animals on a hay wagon ride, then try whip cracking!
Meet the cattle station owners
Farmstay
Honest Australian hospitality knows no bounds at our farmstay, and you’ll be blown away by the family as they welcome you into the fold, country style. Fill up on home cooked damper cake, an outback speciality, then it’s on to the tractor to meet some of the farm’s larger residents. Tonight is all about partying outback style – tuck in to a huge dinner feast, try whip cracking, then grab the karaoke mic and bust out those dancefloor moves.
DAY 6 - Farmstay to Noosa
Farmstay
Just one night on The Old Station will have you hooked on outback life and wishing you could stay forever. But with Noosa on our horizons, things are only going to get even better from here.
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Visit the picturesque seaside town & beach of Noosa
Noosa
Welcome to the good life, otherwise known as the Sunshine Coast. As we make our way into Noosa, soak in the abounding natural beauty of this picture perfect seaside town. Get in those zzz’s tonight, tomorrow promises to be a big one...
DAY 7 - Noosa
Noosa
Rise and shine beach babes! We're heading to a UNESCO World Heritage site and the world's largest sand island.
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Dine beachside at Noosa Surf Club
Take a locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island & indulge in a delicious lunch
Drive along Australia's only sand highway
Fraser Island
Sitting in the sea with over 800,000 years of natural history in its grains, our included Fraser Island day trip will be filled with sand dunes, pretty lakes & dense rainforests. See those Instagram likes roll in with a snap of Lake Mackenzie, known for its silky silica sand and intense glassy blue water, then appease the hunger growls with a tasty lunch. Keep an eye out for dingoes as we cruise the world’s longest sand highway, then it’s back to Noosa tonight for a legit Aussie dinner at the Surf Club.
DAY 8 - Noosa to Surfers Paradise
Noosa
Adieu Noosa, we’ve got a party town to hit up, and it goes by the name of Surfers Paradise...
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Nightclub entry
See the Brisbane River, South Bank & visit Queen Street Mall
See the Glass House Mountains
Brisbane
Before we sail our way into Queensland's next much-loved surf and party hub, we’ll stop for a bite in the state's capital, Brisbane. Grab a slice of the city’s well known laid-back urban lifestyle whilst roaming South Bank & Queen Street Mall, then it’s on with our journey to the Gold Coast.
Surfers Paradise
Shake off those mellow beach vibes – Surfer’s Paradise is all about partying in style. Sitting up there with Vegas as one of the top party spots in the world thanks to its insane number of clubs in one area, Surfers is where we get our swank on. Let’s do this!
DAY 9 - Surfers Paradise including Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise
This morning is all about chilling, hitting the beach, and getting a little R'n'R after the night before. We're nice like that. But remember, you're not in Surfer's forever, so do this thing right - don't stay in bed when there's a parachute with your name on it at the nearby skydiving centre. How's that for a rush of adrenaline? In the afternoon just make sure you're back (on earth) in time for some serious koala cuddling sessions at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. 
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Relax on some of Australia's most famous beaches on the Gold Coast
Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary - and see native Australian animals including kangaroos, emus, crocodiles, dingoes & Tasmanian devils
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Tandem Skydiving
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
All animal cuteness goals can easily be achieved in this neck of the woods. The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is undeniably a must-see destination if you've made it as far as Surfer's Paradise. Here's your chance to see how cute koalas really are, feed a kangaroo & see a crocodile up close (but not too close, obvs). Best of all, it's a non-for-profit set up, so our visit supports the sanctuary's animal hospital and gives back to Oz's furry friends. Soak up on all the cuteness this place has to offer before we head back to Surfer's for a relaxing night by the resort pool or choose to  live it up in one of the many nightclubs this city has to offer.
DAY 10 - Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay
Surfers Paradise
We're up & on the road early to the iconic Byron Bay for a day full of cheeky tanning with a beer in hand, some serious surfing or just exploring this cute ocean town. 
Byron Bay
Opt for kayaking if you're feeling extra adventurous today. When you're done wiggling your toes in the sand maybe it's time to sate your hunger at one of the delicious local cafes and restaurants. Venture through the streets and soak up the hippie vibes . 
DAY 11 - Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour
Byron Bay
After a night of boho bliss (or maybe some table top dancing, Cheeky Monkey’s style) our open road adventure continues. Next stop, Coffs...
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Learn to surf the waves at our beachside surf camp at Coffs Harbour
Coffs Harbour
Your surf bum dreams are all about to come true as we shack up for the night in our Coffs Harbour surf camp. Sitting right on the beach, a constant stream of swims and beach hangs are the norm, then come night fall it’s all about an open fire, great chats with your new wolf pack, and occasional star gazing. Perfection much?
DAY 12 - Coffs Harbour to Sydney
Coffs Harbour
Time to say good-bye to those surf camp vibes as Sydney is calling.
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Stop in the seaside resort town of Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie
We'll break up our journey to Sydney with a lunch stop in Port Macquarie. This pretty seaside town sits at the end of the Hastings River and gives us a taste of life on the New South Wales mid coast.
Sydney
DAY 13 - Sydney
Sydney
Today we have one main mission – to explore the sun drenched, eternally cool city of Sydney. Your team will give you the down low on all of Sydney’s  best bits as you take a tour of the highlights, including a ferry ride across the world famous harbour. Beach hangs in Manly & the chance to climb the Harbour Bridge are all in a days work. Tonight’s our last night of the trip, so let’s eat ourselves silly with a cook your own BBQ dinner.
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Experience Darling Harbour, Mrs Macquarie's Chair Lookout & The Rocks
Cruise across Sydney Harbour on a ferry from Manly
Cook your own BBQ dinner
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Harbour Bridge climb
from A$245
DAY 14 - Sydney
Sydney
Today we’ll be ending our trip with a bang, or more specifically a day trip to one of Australia’s finest – the majestic Blue Mountains (which aren’t actually blue, but are still damn beautiful). Out here in the great Aussie outdoors we’ll be learning the legend behind the famous Three Sisters rocks formation and exploring the Jamison Ridge area, basically living out all our rustic dreams.

Suck in that fresh country air, as this afternoon we head back to the city and the end of our epic adventure.
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Traveled Jan 2019
A lot of money to sit on a bus however we did do a lot
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Nicole Scheepers
Traveled Nov 2018
Add-ons were expensive, and added up in the end. A lot of fellow travellers were surprised at how much extra money they paid considering the cost of the booked trip. Some accommodation was not the best, and some stops were too long, places like Byron Bay and Surfers Paradise needed an extra day,
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Anonymous
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The trip included all the key areas of East Coast and an insight into the Australian lifestyle.
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Anonymous
Traveled Oct 2018
I very much enjoyed the whole experience with Contiki. It was my first time doing anything like this, they were very supportive throughout the whole experience. Our tour leader Sian was amazing, very organised and knowledgeable. Only wish the holiday was longer, will definitely book with contiki again.
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Great desintatikns and fun activities!
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Thought it was definitely worth the price
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Tamara Bryant
Traveled Sep 2018
Worth the purchase. You get to see so many cool things that I wouldn’t have seen on my own
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Anonymous
Traveled Sep 2018
With this trip I got to experience every part of Australia I’ve always wanted to. I checked so many things off my bucket list and got myself out of my comfort zone with some amazing new experiences.
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Anonymous
Traveled Sep 2018
The trip was great fun and i made some lovely new friends. Although a lot was crammed in,in such a short space of time, it gave a great insight into the east cost of Australia. My tour manager Chloe was great , she was very knowledgeable about the places we visited and very well organised so we always knew what to expect each day. I would definitely recommend this trip.
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Amazing tour guide! Thank you
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Anonymous
Traveled Sep 2018
Amazing trip just a lot of coach journeys!
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Dean Hooker
Traveled Aug 2018
Great tour and good price. However, was not told all correct information by STA Travel so worth double checking the small details
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2018
A short tour with so much packed in, its non- stop fun and I managed to see and experience everything I wanted to in the short time I had. So many cool things included and any add on trips are very reasonably priced. I loved every minute of this tour and I’m so glad I booked it!
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The activities included in the tour, in addition to accommodation and some meals were excellent value! You were also able to add on extra activities if you wished whilst on the tour and were given the costs well before signing up for them.
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Jessica Wheatley
Traveled Aug 2018
The tour completely exceeded my expectations. Everything was planned to perfection with enough free time to personalise the trip.
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Good value for money!!!!!
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Anonymous
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The Great Barrier Reef was INCREDIBLE loved every min of this whole tour!
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Mallory
Traveled Aug 2018
Best vacation ever. So fun, went to the best sights, awesome inclusions and me time optionals, unforgettable! Best Contiki I’ve ever done!
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2018
The trip was a good length and you were able to see so much of Australia!
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Caitlin Miller
Traveled Aug 2018
The trip was lots of fun!! Sian was an amazing tour guide who did a great job of understanding everyone’s different enjoyments when traveling. The excursions were a bit expensive but still lots of fun. Wish we had a bit more downtime in Surfers Paradise, Noose and Byron Bay to relax on the beach and explore on our own.
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