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Island and Rainforest

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6 nights accommodation
5 nights in Resort
Hostels, resorts and lodges are the name of the game. Enjoy poolside drinks, fluffy pillows and ocean views.
8 included Meals
6 Breakfast, 2 Dinner
8 meals are provided, including breakfast every day and a couple of extra bites. The seafood in Queensland is world renowned and there's also an opportunity to try kangaroo, if you're up for it.
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
2 included, 5 optional that you can add
Once you meet the Contiki travel crew, you can explore Cairns, enjoy an Aboriginal experience at Mossman Gorge and take a mangrove boardwalk at Cape Tribulation. From there you'll travel down through Townsville and spend a few days in the Whitsundays, with the option for sailing to and from Whitehaven Beach.
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Mosey through mangrove forests, soak up sunshine on white sand beaches and learn about the Daintree Rainforest from a local Aboriginal guide - this is tropic life at its finest. With plenty of options for the adrenalin junkies and equal down time for the laid back cats, this week long holiday leaving from Cairns will leave you speechless. 
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DAY 1 - Cairns to Cape Tribulation
Cairns

Today we hit the open road and pay a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest, meeting up with a local Aboriginal guide to walk through the rainforest and learn about the culture and traditions of the native people. Want a little adventure in the treetops of the Daintree? Why not experience ziplining through the canopy?

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Tjapukai Cultural Centre
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Ziplining
Cape Tribulation
DAY 2 - Cape Tribulation to Cairns
Cape Tribulation
Rise & shine – Cape Tribulation beach is calling, and we’ve got some giant mangroves to explore with our local guide. Nature fix complete, we’ll make our way back to Cairns, passing through the pretty seaside town of Port Douglas on route.
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See Port Douglas
Cairns
Tonight will be the chance to explore Cairns by night. Think cheap massages and souvenir shopping at the night markets or explore the restaurants of the esplanade.
DAY 3 - 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?
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Cairns Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
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DAY 4 - 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 5 - Cairns to the Whitsundays via Townsville
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
We've arrived in paradise - Airlie beach awaits as we settle in for the next few days. 
DAY 6 - The Whitsundays
Whitsundays
Want to up your Instagram game? Today we’ve got the option to sail to one of the top 10 beaches in the world – Whitehaven Beach. Known for its fine silica sand (check how it squeaks underfoot), impossibly turquoise waters and ocean vistas that will make you feel like your dreaming, this place is like heaven on earth. Hike up to the main viewing platform, snap the perfect shot and watch those Insta notifications roll in.
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Cruise Whitsundays Camira Day Sail
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DAY 7 - Depart Whitsundays
Whitsundays
You could stay in bed contemplating this incredible trip, but better yet why not catch that last Aussie sunrise? After a final breakfast today the trip ends (sob), so it’s time for final hugs, last minute social deets swapping, and probably a tear or two. But hey, there’s always another trip in another destination!
 
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Traveled Mar 2018
My Guide „Sian“ was really amazing. Always really nice and helpful. She was a real sunshine and made every long bus drive cool. The sailing was a really cool experience. I just think it‘s very misleading that in the description of my trip it was written that we‘re going to be staying at a „Resort“ but the Daintree Rainforest Resort was actually just a very small dorm room. Plus I thought that the price for 1 WEEK is just a bit much. Other than that I had a great time and met a lot of cool people!
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Brooke Leaf-Wright
Traveled Feb 2018
I enjoyed the two days sailing in the Whitsundays. It was a challenge and a new experience for me (this is included in the contiki package but is actually run by Prosail). The food service on the sailing days was really good. I didn't enjoy the fact that in Cairns the only real things to do were the adventure style add on activities many of which were costly and ended up being cancelled anyway due to the weather. I ended up leaving the contiki early as I felt my time would be more productive were I to organise it myself.
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Anonymous
Traveled Nov 2017
A great way to see the Whitsundays!
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Traveled Jul 2017
Purchase was easy and convenient.
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Amelia Satoor
Traveled Jun 2017
Everything included was great, accommodation, food, travel guides etc.
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Anonymous
Traveled Mar 2017
All the experiences on this trip we're truely amazing. I wouldn't change a thing about how it was organised because it was just the best time of my life
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Anonymous
Traveled Jan 2017
It's awesome! Thanks contiki! I will book again!
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