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15 nights accommodation
1 night in Lodge, 8 nights in Resort, 1 night in Country Homestead, 3 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Hostel, 1 night in Surf Village
Hotels, resorts and surf villages are the name of the game (plus an eco lodge for departures from Sep 2018 onward). Plus there's a night at a cattle station. Enjoy good conversation and comfy pillows!
22 included Meals
14 Breakfast, 7 Dinner, 1 Lunch
We'll get 22 of your meals (23 for departures from Sep 2018 onward), you get the rest. You can expect a healthy breakfast every morning and a few good old-fashioned Aussie BBQs, as well as plenty of opportunities to try the best gourmet eats on the East coast.
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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.
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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.
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12 included, 7 optional that you can add
We've packed in everything from surf lessons to city tours. You'll ride a hay wagon at a Queensland cattle station, visit the iconic Manly beach and pet marsupials at Currumbin wildlife sanctuary. Expect wildlife tours and bushwalks, with beaches and sunsets in between.
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Wild nights & wildlife await you on Australia's East Coast. Take a rooftop ride along the rainforest canopy, go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef & relax in the Whitsundays. Experience a remote Cattle Station, guided bushwalks, koalas & kangaroos. Hit up the beach. But not just any beach, Surfers Paradise, serving up some of the best surf & sand in the world!
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Cairns
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1 night
Cape Tribulation
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3 nights
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Townsville
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2 nights
Whitsundays
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Farmstay
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Noosa
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Fraser Island
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Brisbane
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Surfers Paradise
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
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Byron Bay
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Coffs Harbour
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Port Macquarie
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DAY 1 - Cairns to Cape Tribulation
Cairns

We’ll 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
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
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 to Cairns, passing through the pretty seaside town of Port Douglas.
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See Port Douglas
Cairns
Tonight we hit Cairns, Northern Queensland’s famed party town. Get down with the backpacker crew at hotspots like the Woolshed, or opt for an early night – tomorrow, the Great Barrier Reef is calling...
DAYS 3-4 - 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. Whether diving or snorkelling, one thing’s for sure – you’ll be blown away with the beauty of the reef. Spot tiny Nemos, giant Maori wrasse, even reef sharks if you’re lucky. Marine biologists will be on board to answer the inevitable ‘what fish is that’ question.
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Cairns Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
from A$190
White Water Rafting
A$130
AJ Hackett Minjin Swing or Bungy Jump
A$110 / A$155
DAY 5 - Cairns to The Whitsundays
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
Is there anywhere more beautiful in the world than the Whitsundays? Possibly not. With 74 perfect islands at your fingertips and an open sea calling your name, why not explore one of the worlds most sought after holiday destinations with an optional sailing excursion? If your legs are made for land, spend the day exploring the backpackers hub of Airlie. Endless cafes, bars and ocean vistas are there for the taking, so the choices are endless, just like the sunshine.
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Cruise Whitsundays Camira Day Sail
A$179
DAY 7 - The Whitsundays to Farmstay
Whitsundays
Rollin’ down the Capricorn Coast we’ll drive through the beef farming capital of Rockhampton and pass through the sugar cane plantations of Mackay before reaching The Old 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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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.
DAY 8 - Farmstay to Noosa
Farmstay
Just one night on The Old Station will have you hooked on outback life and wishing you could stay forever. But with Noosa on our horizons, things are only going to get even better from here.
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Visit the picturesque seaside town & beach of Noosa
Noosa
Welcome to the good life, otherwise known as the Sunshine Coast. As we make our way into Noosa, soak in the abounding natural beauty of this picture perfect seaside town. Get in those zzz’s tonight, tomorrow promises to be a big one...
DAY 9 - 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.
DAY 10 - Noosa to Surfers Paradise
Noosa
Adieu Noosa, we’ve got a party town to hit up, and it goes by the name of Surfers Paradise...
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Nightclub entry
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 surf and party hub, 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 Gold Coast.
Surfers Paradise
Shake off those mellow beach vibes – Surfer’s Paradise is all about partying in style. Sitting up there with Vegas as one of the top party spots in the world thanks to its insane number of clubs in one area, Surfers is where we get our swank on. Let’s do this!
DAY 11 - 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
from A$355
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.
DAY 12 - Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay
Surfers Paradise
We're up & on the road early to the iconic Byron Bay for a day full of cheeky tanning with a beer in hand, some serious surfing or just exploring this cute ocean town. 
Byron Bay
Opt for kayaking if you're feeling extra adventurous today. When you're done wiggling your toes in the sand maybe it's time to sate your hunger at one of the delicious local cafes and restaurants. Venture through the streets and soak up the hippie vibes . 
DAY 13 - Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour
Byron Bay
After a night of boho bliss (or maybe some table top dancing, Cheeky Monkey’s style) our open road adventure continues. Next stop, Coffs...
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Learn to surf the waves at our beachside surf camp at Coffs Harbour
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 your new wolf pack, and occasional star gazing. Perfection much?
DAY 14 - Coffs Harbour to Sydney
Coffs Harbour
Time to say good-bye to those surf camp vibes as Sydney is calling.
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Stop in the seaside resort town of Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie
We'll break up our journey to Sydney 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.
Sydney
DAY 15 - Sydney
Sydney
Today we have one main mission – to explore the sun drenched, eternally cool city of Sydney. Your team will give you the down low on all of Sydney’s  best bits as you take a tour of the highlights, including a ferry ride across the world famous harbour. Beach hangs in Manly & the chance to climb the Harbour Bridge are all in a days work. Tonight’s our last night of the trip, so let’s eat ourselves silly with a cook your own BBQ dinner.
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Experience Darling Harbour, Mrs Macquarie's Chair Lookout & The Rocks
Cruise across Sydney Harbour on a ferry from Manly
Cook your own BBQ dinner
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Harbour Bridge climb
from A$245
DAY 16 - Sydney
Sydney
Today we’ll be ending our trip with a bang, or more specifically 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.

Suck in that fresh country air, as this afternoon we head back to the city and the end of our epic adventure.
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Anonymous
Traveled Jan 2019
What you advertise is not what you get! All very rushed with more time on the coach than on the beach! Lots of unhappy customers on our trip many who had done Contiki trips before and who all said never again! If you can’t afford all the add ons don’t go! Also be prepared that if it rains heavily in Cairns the rainforest gets cancelled and you end up wine tasting!!! Our trip manager said it’s boring going there anyway as all there is to do is zip lining! 10 of us hired 2 cars and ended our trip early to go and see some proper Australian sights! We went to local waterfalls, National Parks and visited the crocodile park all of which could have been organised at short notice for our whole group. Want my advice organise it all yourself.
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Anonymous
Traveled Oct 2018
AMAZING! Best thing I’ve ever done
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Anonymous
Traveled Feb 2018
Excellent tour. Jam packed with all popular places along the east coast.
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Kara Collins
Traveled Feb 2018
The tour 16 day tour from Sydney up the East Coast to Cape Tribulation was very well organised and very diverse from cities, to seaside towns, to countryside/farm stay, sailing on the Whitsundays, exploring the Great Barrier Reef and learning about the Daintree Rainforest. I feel I really saw and experienced a lot of Australia in a relatively short period of time. There was a good range of 'Free time add Ons', which made the trip feel more personalised to what I wanted to do. Generally accommodation and meals included were of high standard.
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Anonymous
Traveled Feb 2018
Great fun with great people and amazing activities. A lot of travel involved (obvs)
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Vicki
Traveled Jan 2018
Absolutely amazing trip, thoroughly enjoyed every second! #noregrets
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Anonymous
Traveled Dec 2017
Fun filled and good optional extras
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Anonymous
Traveled Dec 2017
O tour é muito legal! Bem completo, vimos muitas coisas interessantes e bonitas. E foi bem divertido tbm! Minha única crítica é o fato de a escolha dos quartos e das pessoas que ficam no mesmo quarto ser aleatória, sem avaliar idade e afinidades. Enquanto umas pessoas ficaram o tempo todo juntas no mesmo quarto (mesmo sem terem feito reserva juntas ou se conhecerem antes), eu tive que trocar de room mates quase sempre. Não gostei. Preferia manter as mesmas pessoas sempre ou poder escolher.
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Annie Keenan
Traveled Dec 2017
I really enjoyed my trip, the only thing I would of liked a bit more of was me time to explore some more. I know this is hard due to the schedule of driving times and activity times, therefore would be hard to change. Other than that, it was amazing! A trip of a life time!
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Chloe Hopkins
Traveled Dec 2017
Very good value for money
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Jemima Broughton
Traveled Nov 2017
Amazing in every way so grateful I got to do it and meet the most amazing people
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Anonymous
Traveled Nov 2017
The sailing of this trip is an absolute must! Was one of my favourite parts of the tour. This tour was a little too fast for me. There was a lot of time spent on the coach. It would be ideal for people that don't have that much time but for me I would have preferred to stay a little longer in certain places. We did fit a lot in though and I really enjoyed being part of a big group.
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Anonymous
Traveled Oct 2017
The sailing part of the trip was amazing! Relaxing on a sailboat in the Whitsundays was one of the best parts of the trip. Sunsets and starry nights can't be beat on the sailboat with friends, only disappointment was the weather was too good to be able to put up the sails .
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Anonymous
Traveled Oct 2017
Great service, felt very safe because of an amazing crew.
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Jennifer Banks
Traveled Oct 2017
Our tour was amazing! We had a fabulous time all the way from cape tribulation down to sydney hitting almost all the big things (and some of the little things) to do and see on the east coast on the way. Some highlights were the Great Barrier Reef (obviously), Fraser island and the Blue Mountains along with loads of other awesome stuff. Wish it has been longer and will hopefully be going back to visit a few places again. Big shout out to our trip manager Jill and our driver Ben who made the trip even better than it already was.
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Anonymous
Traveled Oct 2017
The Whitsunday sailing experience was so much fun! Sleeping arrangements were cramped, which was the only downside, but we quickly got used to it and it couldn't have been any different. The food was amazing and the crew were superb. I'd have kicked myself if I hadn't added the sailing to my tour.
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Codie Bradbury
Traveled Sep 2017
Because it was everything I had ever imagined if not more and that's because of my journey with contiki and all of the people I met. It wasn't a holiday, it was a lifetime experience and I've came back to England with such a different view on things and within myself. I can't thank contiki enough, it was incredible and I'll be returning to Australia very soon :)
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Grace Jones
Traveled Aug 2017
Absolutely incredible, well and truly worth the money. -no words needed, the sights on this trip do the talking-
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Rosie Cook
Traveled Aug 2017
Was a great tour, absolutely glad I did it, saw and experienced places I wouldn't of had the opportunity to if i didn't
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2017
The sailing was an experience. One which now 3 months down the line I am SO glad I did but at the time all I wanted to do was get off the boat. It is an ADVENTURE SAIL- this means you won't be reading your book and sunbathing... you will be hanging off the edge of the boat in a true sailing experience. It is all worth it but just be prepared if you do get travel sick.
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