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Island and Rainforest

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6 nights accommodation
6 nights in Resort
Hostels and lodges are the name of the game. Enjoy poolside drinks, comfy pillows and ocean views.
8 included Meals
5 Breakfast, 3 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, 3 optional that you can add
Once you meet the Contiki travel crew, you'll get to explore the towns of Airlie Beach, Townsville and Cairns. There is also the chance to enjoy an Aboriginal experience at Mossman Gorge and take a mangrove boardwalk in the Daintree Rainforest at Cape Tribulation.
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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 the Whitsundays will leave you speechless. 
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ISLAND AND RAINFOREST (START WHITSUNDAYS)

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3 nights
Cairns
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Cape Tribulation
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DAY 1 - The Whitsundays
Whitsundays
Welcome to the Whitsundays, aka total, uninterrupted paradise. Why? How about a year round average temp of 27 degrees C, over 8 hours of sunshine a day, and 74 picture perfect sandy rimmed islands at your disposal. Spend your day soaking up the perfect waters and fine sands around your resort, or if the ocean's calling, jump on board our day’s sailing adventure for a closer look at this paradise destination.
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Mantra Club Croc (or similar)
DAY 2 - 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
A$179
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Mantra Club Croc (or similar)
DAY 3 - 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)
DAYS 4-5 - 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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Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
from A$180
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Gilligan’s Hostel (or similar)
DAY 6 - 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
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PK’s Backpacker Lodge (or similar)
DAY 7 - 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 final stop, Cairns, passing through the pretty seaside town of Port Douglas on route.
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Cairns
Tonight we'll be saying our final farewells in Cairns, as our trip ends upon arrival at 4:00pm. Swap social deets, squeeze in last minute hugs, and start making plans for Contiki round 2...
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Caitlin Harris
Traveled Oct 2018
Very easy to book the trip and I came across no problems at all
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Anonymous
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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