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Great Barrier Reef Highlights

With Sailing (Until March 2022)

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The one that explores Queensland's paradise isles, sailing the Whitsundays & visiting Magnetic Island

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  • Duration

    6 days

  • Places

    4 places

  • Meals

    4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach, Ferries, Train

  • Group Size

    Maximum 25 people

  • Average Group Age

    18-35

  • Team

    Trip Manager, Skipper & Crew

Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Magnetic Island, Townsville

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About this trip

Looking for a spot of paradise closer to home? There's a reason the Whitsundays are one of the most sought after holiday destinations in the world. On this sunkissed adventure you and your crew of seadogs will get to explore them in all their glory as you sleep aboard a converted racing yacht and hop from paradise isle to paradise isle (the general vibe being: snorkel, sunbathe, sleep, repeat). Then onto Magnetic Island, where you'll get meet the local koalas and go on epic coastal walks, before ending your adventure - with glowing skin and a wide smile - in either Townsville or Cairns.

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  • Great Barrier Reef Highlights

    With Sailing (Until March 2022)

  • Great Barrier Reef Highlights

    With Sailing (From April 2022)

  • Great Barrier Reef Highlights

    On this version of the trip you'll spend a night at a hostel at Airlie Beach, instead of sailing the Whitsundays and overnighting on a yacht. You'll still have the option to book your own day sailing excursion from Airlie Beach if you choose.

Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
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  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Airlie Beach

  2. 2 2 nights

    Whitsundays

  3. via via

    Townsville

  4. 2 2 nights

    Magnetic Island

  5. Townsville

DAY 1 - Arrive Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

Hello Airlie Beach! This tropical paradise is the perfect place to kick off our adventure. Our trip starts at 4pm at Base Backpackers where we'll meet our fellow Aussie adventurers before transfering to the marina. That's right - we're wasting no time getting out on the crystal-clear waters to board a converted racing yacht - our home for the next 2 nights. A delicious dinner is included tonight as we bond and swap stories under the starlit skies.

Stay

Converted racing yacht - Prosail

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included Dinner

  • Spend 2-nights on a converted racing yacht in the Whitsundays

DAY 2 - The Whitsundays

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. 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.

Stay

Converted racing yacht - Prosail

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Spend 2-nights on a converted racing yacht in the Whitsundays

  • Swim, snorkel, eat & repeat as you sail across the breathtaking Whitsundays to Whitehaven beach

  • Enjoy freshly prepared breakfast lunch and dinner on board your converted racing yacht

  • Snorkel some of the best coral reefs in Australia

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Airlie Beach Skydive

    $209.00

DAY 3 - The Whitsundays

Whitsundays

We'll have more wonders to enjoy today as we cruise through the Whitsundays until the mid-afternoon, with opportunities to snorkel, swim and soak up those rays. Then, we'll get to enjoy a free night on Airlie Beach, admiring the lush rainforests of the Whitsundays Coast. It's not hard to get into holiday mode in this place, with its boutiques, markets and seafood cafes - and of course that beautiful blue lagoon.

Stay

Base backpackers

DAY 4 - The Whitsundays to Magnetic Island via Townsville

Whitsundays

Is there anything better than the Whitsundays? We think our next destination comes close. We'll board a train this morning heading for Townsville.

Townsville

After soaking up some East Coast scenery on our train journey, we'll hop on a ferry headed towards the spellbinding Magnetic Island.

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is an apt name for this captivating isle, with its coastal walking trails and gum trees teeming with lazy koala bears. We'll have plenty of time to explore, try some water sports in the bright turquoise waters or meet some of the local marsupials. But first things first, we'll enjoy some champagne (our treat) and watch the sunset over the bay. Blissful or what? 

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Base Backpackers Magnetic Island

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Watch the vibrant sunset on Magnetic Island at Hawking's Point

DAY 5 - Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island

We have a whole day on this paradise island - lucky us! We'll waste no time meeting the locals, with a chance to eat an unlimited chef-cooked breakfast with some Koalas at the Bungalow Bay Koala Village. Then we can check out some of the walking trails - such as the Forts Walk which offers up stunning views of the Palm Island Group as well as WWI fortifications, and the chance to see more koalas in the wild-  or enjoy some free time at Horseshoe bay, taking a dip on the azure waters and relaxing on the beach. See Magnetic Island's resident Rock Wallabies at dusk before a free evening, where we can watch the sunset and check out some of the local bars.

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Base Backpackers Magnetic Island

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Enjoy an unlimited chef-cooked breakfast while meeting and learning about Koalas at Bungalow Bay Koala Village

  • Spot native koalas alongside WWII fortifications on a Magnetic Island Fort Walk

  • See Magnetic Island's resident Rock Wallabies at dusk

DAY 6 - Magnetic Island to Townsville

Magnetic Island

After breakfast this morning we'll say farewell to our koala friends and depart Magnetic Island on a ferry. But we'll never forget its singular beauty.

Townsville

Our trip ends this morning back in Townsville, however an optional train to Cairns with the rest of the group is available - chat to your Contiki Expert or Travel Agent to add this on. This adventure may be over, but we'll never forget the friends and memories we made.

Travel your way

These trips have flexible itineraries, so whether you want to sleep aboard a sailboat in the Whitsundays or prefer to stay on dry land, the choice is always yours

Where You'll Stay

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    Converted Racing Yacht

    Whitsundays , Australia

    As you glide along the Whitsundays you’ll hop from beach to reef aboard a converted racing yacht, sleeping in a cabin just like real sailors

    2 nights

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    Base Backpackers

    Magnetic Island, Australia

    Located right on Magnetic Island’s beach with an outdoor deck, a swimming pool and hammocks, it’s the perfect place to either kick back or party, depending on your mood

    2 nights

  • 5 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    2 nights in Yacht, 3 nights in Hostel

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