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Beaches and Reefs with Sailing

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13 nights accommodation
3 nights in Hostel, 1 night in Surf Village, 5 nights in Resort, 1 night in Hotel, 1 night in Country Homestead, 2 nights in Yacht
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, sleeping on comfy pillows and views of the sun setting over the ocean.
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 chow down on some bush tucker, 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.
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
16 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 Sydney 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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Port Macquarie
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Coffs Harbour
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Byron Bay
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Noosa
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DAY 1 - Arrive Sydney
Sydney
Welcome to Sydney. After meeting up with your brand new travel family, we’ll be hitting the road, country bound, for 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. Back in Sydney later, we'll eat ourselves silly with a hands-on cook your own BBQ dinner, contemplating how it's possible to do so much in just one day. Waterfalls and mini-hikes by day, sunset drinks and a BBQ by night that's just how we roll on day-1 of Contiki.
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Day trip out to the stunning Blue Mountains
See the famous Three Sisters rock formation
Hike along the ridge overlooking Jamison Valley
Cook your own BBQ dinner
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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 to Coffs Harbour
Sydney
With Sydney satisfaction levels on high, today we start our Aussie road trip and hit the road, East Coast bound.
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See the famous 'Big Banana'
Stop in the seaside resort town of Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie
We'll break up our journey to Coffs Harbour 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.
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 new friends, and occasional star gazing. Perfection much?
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Spot X Surf Camp
DAY 4 - Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay
Coffs Harbour
Byron may be calling, but this morning is all about living the Aussie dream as we finish off our Coffs stay with a professional surf lesson. Could this be the secret talent you never knew you had?
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Learn to surf the waves at our beachside surf camp at Coffs Harbour
Visit Australia's most eastern point & Cape Byron lighthouse
Get into Byron's organic lifestyle & cool nightlife
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Byron Bay Kayaking 3hrs
A$65
Byron Bay
Dolphins and humpback whales sailing past the lighthouse of Australia's most easterly point. Organic cafes and bohemian bazaars. 30 kilometres of perfect sand. Oh yes - Byron Bay is every kind of beach paradise with a cherry on top, and our time here will be nothing short of magic.
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Nomads Hostel (or similar)
DAY 5 - Byron Bay to Surfers Paradise
Byron Bay
Today is all yours to explore at your own pace. Early birds why not head towards the Byron Bay Lighthouse for a mesmerising (and romantic) sunrise experience. Then, maybe opt for a cheeky tanning session at one of the many golden beaches. When you're done wiggling your toes in the sand, it's time to satisfy your hunger at one of the many delicious cafes and restaurants. Venture through the streets and soak up the hippie vibes this town has to offer before we make our way to our next destination, Surfers Paradise, where 'beautiful one day, perfect the next' is how the lifestyle goes.
 
Surfers Paradise
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Alpha Sovereign Hotel (or similar)
DAY 6 - 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.
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Alpha Sovereign Hotel (or similar)
DAY 7 - Surfers Paradise to Noosa
Surfers Paradise
OK we get the hype, the love the world has for the Gold Coast is totally justified. So this morning we’ll kick on and see if all those other Aussie rumours are as well-founded. We have a sneaking suspicion they will be...
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Visit the picturesque seaside town & beach of Noosa
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 coastal town, 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 Sunny Coast”. With the imposingly beautiful Glass House Mountains as our backdrop, we ain’t complaining.
Noosa
The Sunshine Coast never disappoints, and we can’t wait for you to fall head over heels with Noosa the way we do every.single.time. Drenched in natural beauty, Noosa's all your seaside town dreams rolled into one. Head's up, get an early night tonight, tomorrow's one hell of an adventure...
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Habitat Noosa
DAY 8 - 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.
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Habitat Noosa
DAY 9 - Noosa to Farmstay
Noosa
Speaking of legitimately Australian, it's time to wave goodbye to the pristine beaches of Noosa as we make our way to Langmorn 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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Stop in Childers, a small country town, known for its heritage & farming history
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.
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The Old Station
DAY 10 - Farmstay to Sailing Whitsundays
Farmstay
Sunrise in the outback and sunset on the ocean is pretty much how today is going to roll. Fill your bellies with a tasty brekkie, say your goodbyes to your newly adopted outback family and start to feel those excitement butterflies – the Whitsundays are calling.
Whitsundays

Yes that is a sailing yacht, yes the ocean really is that impossibly blue and yes this really is happening – you’re finally finally doing your thing on the glorious Whitsunday islands. Pinch yourself all you want, you ain’t gonna wake up from this dream. Two nights of pure undulated bliss are about to begin as we set sail from Airlie Beach.

Please note: Accommodation on board the yacht is multi-share only.

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Sailing boat
DAY 11 - 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
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Sailing boat
DAY 12 - The Whitsundays to Cairns
Whitsundays
What can top the Whitsundays? Not much...except the Great Barrier Reef, the next stop on our road trippin’ adventure.
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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 Cairns.
Cairns
Vibing restaurants, bouncing clubs, & endless tropical feels greet us in the town of Cairns. As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef this is one of Australia’s most buzzing little towns, and the energy is seriously catchy.
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Gilligan’s Hostel (or similar)
DAY 13 - 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
Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
from A$180
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Gilligan’s Hostel (or similar)
DAY 14 - 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!

Adrenaline levels at an all time high, your East Coast trip ends today at around 5:00pm, so it’s time to hug it and head home to your respective corners of the world. Don’t forget to make plans for that reunion trip!

FREE TIME ADD-ONS
White Water Rafting
A$130
AJ Hackett Minjin Swing or Bungy Jump
A$110 / A$155
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Gabriela Ferreira
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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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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
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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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