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Beaches and Reefs with Sailing

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12 nights accommodation
10 nights in Hostel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay, 1 night in Yacht
Hostel-style accommodation with a special stay at an Eco Camp in Noosa Everglades (complete with kangaroos), as well as two nights on a sailing yacht. With accommodation this centrally located you'll be right in the action and ready to enjoy your days after a comfy night's sleep.
17 included Meals
12 Breakfast, 3 Dinner, 2 Lunch
We'll provide 17 of your meals and the rest are up to you. Food is an important part of any holiday so we want you to have all of the opportunities to explore modern Australian cuisine and local eats. Our TM's will always be on hand with their must-try meal recommendations
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.
Your group
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.
Experiences
7 included, 15 optional that you can add
Australia means wildlife, beaches, nature, surfing and sunsets. We'll take you to a wildlife sanctuary, teach you to surf in Byron Bay, sail out to Whitehaven beach, visit the Blue Mountains, take you on a Dreamtime walk at Tjapukai, and spend a relaxing afternoon at iconic Bondi Beach.
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Ahh, the famous East Coast, where you can expect wildlife tours and bushwalks between beaches and sunsets. Kicking things off in Sydney, you’ll sleep at an Eco Camp in the Noosa Everglades, learn to surf at Byron Bay and sail the Whitsundays from Airlie Beach. This is a one way ticket to wanting to live in Aussie for good.
Travel is best shared. This is a small group adventure of 12-30 people, aged between 18-35 exclusively, giving you the perfect balance of new friends to travel with and access to even more authentic experiences.
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Fraser Island
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DAY 1 - Sydney
Sydney
Welcome to Sydney! Meet up with your brand new travel family and set out to explore this sun drenched, cosmopolitan and eternally cool city. Your Trip Manager will give you the low down on all of Sydney's best bits as you get a tour of the highlights. After, you could opt to catch the ferry to Watsons Bay to experience the iconic skyline from a different perspective, then venture over to Bondi Beach where you can spend the afternoon lazing about in the sunshine.
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Sydney Sightseeing Tour inc. Mrs Macquaries Chair, Opera House, Ferry to Watsons Bay.
Spend afternoon at Bondi Beach
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb (pre-booked via reservations team)
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Wake Up Hostel (or similar)
DAY 2 - Sydney
Sydney
This morning we'll hit the road and head on a day trip to one of Australia's finest: the majestic Blue Mountains (which aren't actually blue, but are still beautiful all the same). Out here in the great Aussie Outdoors we'll be learning about the legends behind the famous Three Sisters rock formation as well as exploring the Jamison Ridge area. We'll head back to Sydney and the evening is yours to make the most of. Why not visit some of the trendy rooftop bars and restaurants that make this city so vibrant? It'd be rude not to!
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Day trip out to the stunning Blue Mountains
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Wake Up Hostel (or similar)
DAY 3 - Sydney Day 3
Sydney
With a full free day to choose your own adventure, we have plenty of Free Time Add-Ons for you to pick from. Wine-lovers can sign up for an Australian wine tasting experience; water-lovers can opt for a sunset cruise or jetboat on the harbour. For the ultimate Aussie slice-of-life evening, get a group together for a signature "Cook your own BBQ" dinner at the swanky Phillips Foote heritage restaurant in the heart of The Rocks, with freshly-caught seafood & succulent steak.
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Australian Wine Tasting at Handpicked Wines Cellar Door
Sunset Harbour Cruise
Jetboat on the Harbour
Sydney Bike Tour
Taronga Zoo
Phillip Foote Dinner - "Cook your own BBQ"
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Wake Up Hostel (or similar)
DAY 4 - Sydney to Byron Bay
Sydney
With Sydney satisfaction levels at a high this morning we jump on a plane to Byron Bay where all your hippie dreams can come to life.
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Included Flight: Sydney to Byron Bay
Byron Bay
Landing in Byron Bay, we'll drop off our bags at the accomodation and start as we mean to go on, heading straight to the beach. Here in Byron we'll unleash our secret talent for surfing with an included lesson. You'll be a pro in no time!
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Wake Up Hostel (or similar)
DAY 5 - Bryon Bay
Byron Bay

We'll continue the surf vibes today with the option to kickstart our morning with some yoga on the beach.  Then you have the rest of the day free to explore like a local. Start by finding the best smashed avo Byron has to offer - there's no shortage of tasty and organic cafes here. With the rest of the day stretched out ahead of you, there's kayaking, beer tasting, relaxing on the beach, whale watching (seasonal) and visiting the most easterly point of Australia all on offer - your time here will be nothing short of magic.

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Byron Bay Kayaking
Beer Tasting at Stone and Wood (famous Byron Bay brewery)
Morning Yoga on the Beach
Sunrise Lighthouse Tour
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DAY 6 - Byron Bay to Noosa Everglades via Hosanna Farm and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Byron Bay
It's time to wave goodbye to Byron and head up the coast to Noosa Everglades. 
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Visit Hosanna Farm (Morning Tea Damper and Billy Tea)
Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary - and see native Australian animals including kangaroos, emus, crocodiles, dingoes & Tasmanian devils
Hosanna Farm

On the way north we'll stop at Hosanna Farm, an authentic Aussie working farm where you'll get the chance to try some traditional Australian tucker: damper & billy tea.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Next up we'll make our way to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you'll see koalas, kangaroos and crocodiles up close and personal.
Noosa Everglades
Still buzzing from our farm & wildlife adventures, we'll arrive at our destination, the Noosa Everglades. Here we'll unpack at our Special Stay Eco Camp home for the next two nights and relax with a group dinner in the bistro & bar area, surrounded by the chatter and rustling of local birds and kangaroos.
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Habitat Noosa
DAY 7 - Noosa Everglades - Fraser Island Day Trip
Noosa Everglades
Wake up to the sound of birds chirping at our Eco Camp this morning (you might even spot a kangaroo) and grab a quick brekkie before heading out for a day on Fraser Island.
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Fraser Island Day Trip
Fraser Island

Your spirits (and your Insta Likes) will be at an all-time high after this day full of sand dunes, scenic lakes and dense rainforests. We'll cruise along the world's longest sand highway before you appease your hunger with a tasty lunch.

Noosa Everglades
It's back to the Eco Camp this evening for our final night here. You have free time to tuck into some food at the bistro, sample the offerings at the CootharaBAR boutique brewery, or just relax and enjoy the lush surroundings of this beautiful protected National Park.
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Habitat Noosa
DAY 8 - Noosa Everglades to the Whitsundays
Noosa Everglades
Say goodbye to The Glades, we're on our way to find coastal nirvana at the pristine beaches of the Whitsundays. We'll hop on a plane for a flight to Airlie Beach.
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Included Flight: Noosa to Airlie Beach
Whitsundays
Landing in Airlie Beach, you'll notice everything starting to look a bit more tropical. Hello Whitsundays! We'll head to the marina where we'll begin our Whitsundays sailing adventure and meet our crew before bunking down on our sailing yacht for the night.
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DAY 9 - Whitsundays Sailing
Whitsundays
How often do you get to wake up in paradise? Today we'll spend the whole day cruising the Whitsundays with our crew. Swim, snorkel, eat and repeat as we make our way around the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays. Do as much or as little as you like - help the crew, snorkel some of the best coral reefs in Australia and laze on the fine sands of Whitehaven beach (cue: more pinch yourself moments). Soak it all in and relish living your best beachcomber life.
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Sailing boat
DAY 10 - The Whitsundays to Cairns
Whitsundays
What can top the Whitsundays? Not much…except the Great Barrier Reef, and luckily it's the next stop on our journey.
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Train: Airlie Beach to Cairns
Cairns
After a scenic train ride along the East Coast of Queensland, we'll arrive in sunny Cairns - a haven for vibing restaurants, bouncing clubs and endless tropical feels. This town is the gateway to the reef and is buzzing with energy, you won't be short of things to do here.
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Gilligan’s Hostel (or similar)
DAY 11 - Cairns
Cairns
Good morning Cairns you delightful palm tree paradise. Today we'll take you on a Dreamtime walk at Tjapukai where you can explore the rich history of the world's oldest living culture. After getting your culture fix for the day, why not unleash your inner-adrenaline junkie and take a leap of faith at AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping? Or take to the rapids for an action-packed afternoon of white-water rafting on the Barron River.
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Tjapukai - Dreamtime walk with Damper plus Tea
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
AJ Hackett Bungy Jump
White Water Rafting
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Gilligan’s Hostel (or similar)
DAY 12 - Cairns
Cairns
Make the most of your free day here in Cairns and jump on our optional day trip out to Australia's most famous natural wonder, The Great Barrier Reef. Board a luxury catamaran out to the reef and try your hand at snorkelling, gape at the mindblowingly colourful coral and listen to a marine biologist tell you all there is to know about this wonder. This day is a must-do for any trip to Oz!
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Great Barrier Reef Cruise
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Gilligan’s Hostel (or similar)
DAY 13 - Depart Cairns
Cairns
Your final day is yours to explore and do whatever your heart desires - and the perfect chance to sign up for a day trip on the scenic cable car, Skyrail. Here you can gain a truly unique perspective of Australia's World Heritage listed tropical rainforest, gliding above the canopy before descending to the forest floor to continue your guided explorational journey in the tropical hippie paradise of Kuranda.  Known for its appreciation of sustainable living and alternate therapies, Kuranda is a unique village in a world of commercialism.  Take the famous Kuranda Railway back to Cairns for a relaxing end to your day before your trip finishes in the late afternoon.
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Skyrail Day trip & visit the tropical hippie village of Kuranda
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Gabriela Ferreira
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Valeu muito a pena, recomendo!
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Ashley Davis
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Great trip to do if you want to be with a large group and have everything organized for you.
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Eleanor Moquet
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Best thing I have ever done.
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Jessica Hutley
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A lot of money to sit on a bus however we did do a lot
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Nicole Scheepers
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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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Anonymous
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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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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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Anonymous
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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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