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Reefs and Rainforests

(Start Sydney - From April 2020)

4.6
63 reviews
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The one that uncovers unlimited adventures as you hike, surf & sail down The East of Aus

Duration
16 Days
Places
10 places

Visiting Sydney, Byron Bay, Noosa Everglades, Whitsundays, Magnetic Island, Cairns, Cape Tribulation, Hosanna Farm, Fraser Island, Townsville

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Max 30 people

Average Group Age

18-35

Transport Style

Mini-Coach + Internal flights + Train

  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

15 nights accommodation

13 nights in Hostel, 2 nights in Special Stay - Eco Camp

15 nights: Multi-share hostel-style accommodation with a Special Stay at an Eco Camp in the Noosa Everglades (complete with kangaroos), as well as two nights on a sailing yacht. With accommodation this centrally located you'll be right in the action and ready to enjoy your days after a comfy night's sleep.

17 Meals

15 Breakfast, 1 Dinner, 1 Lunch

We'll provide 15 of your meals and the rest are up to you. Food is an important part of any holiday so we want you to have all of the opportunities to explore modern Australian cuisine and local eats. Our TM's will always be on hand with their must-try meal recommendations.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Local Guides, Skipper & Crew

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. Local Guides who show you a different side to Australia. 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.

Experiences

31 included, 24 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Cruise to the outer barrier and explore the majesty & marine life of the Great Barrier Reef*

- Cruise across the spectacular bays of Sydney Harbour on a ferry from Watson's Bay

- Immerse yourself in an Indigenous cultural experience at Tjapukai

- Live out your beach dreams and learn to surf in Byron Bay

- Have breakfast with Koalas on Magnetic Island

- Spend the day on Fraser Island, full of sand dunes, scenic lakes and dense rainforests

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs

Wonders await you on Australia's East Coast. Experience life on a farm alongside guided bushwalks, have breakfast with koalas on Magnetic Island, snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef and a rooftop ride along the rainforest canopy. Then, hit up Byron Bay, serving up some of the best surf, sand & beach vibes in the world.

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Reefs and Rainforests (Start Sydney - From April 2020)

31 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Take a day trip to the Blue Mountains and learn about their cultural significance
  • See the sights on a guided walking tour of Sydney including the Opera House & Watson's Bay
  • Pay your respects at the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney
  • Spend the afternoon at Sydney's Bondi Beach & swim in the dreamy blue waters
  • Protect marine life by taking '3 for the sea' at Bondi Beach
  • Included Flight: Sydney to Byron Bay
  • Live out your bohemian dreams with a surfing lesson in Byron Bay
  • Taste local wine & cheese at Byron Bay (selected departures only)
  • Stay at a sustainable Eco Lodge in Noosa Everglades
  • Spot kangaroos at our Special Stay Eco Lodge in the Noosa Everglades
  • Visit an authentic Aussie working farm for home-cooked damper & billy tea
  • Feed the farm animals at Hosanna Farm
  • Enjoy a delicious roast dinner at the Noosa Everglades CootharaBar
  • Spend the day on the world's largest sand island: Fraser Island
  • Swim in idyllic Lake Mackenzie on Fraser Island
  • Enjoy a tasty lunch on Fraser Island
  • Included Flight: Noosa to Airlie Beach
  • Scenic train ride along the East Coast of Australia from Proserpine to Townsville
  • Toast the vibrant sunset on Magnetic Island with a glass of champagne
  • Visit a turtle hospital & learn about reef conservation in a Contiki Cares Reef HQ Experience
  • Catch a local ferry to Magnetic Island
  • Enjoy an unlimited chef-cooked breakfast of Aussie favourites while meeting and learning about Koalas at Bungalow Bay Koala Village
  • Spot native koalas alongside WWII fortifications on a Magnetic Island Fort Walk
  • Meet Magnetic Island's resident Rock Wallabies at dusk
  • Catch a local ferry from Magnetic Island to Townsville
  • Scenic train ride along the East Coast of Australia from Townsville to Cairns
  • See aboriginal culture brought to life through traditional dance, art and interactive demonstrations at Tjapukai on a Dreamtime Experience
  • Stop for a photo at Alexandra Lookout on the way to Cape Tribulation
  • Take a guided walk to where the rainforest meets the sea at Alexandra Lookout
  • Visit the beautiful town of Port Douglas
  • Visit the iconic Daintree ice cream company

24 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Cook your own BBQ dinner in Sydney with freshly caught seafood or succulent steak at Phillip Foote restaurant Cook your own BBQ" dinner in Sydney with freshly-caught seafood or succulent steak at Phillip Foote restaurant
  • See Sydney's skyline at its best as you take the climb of your life up the famous Harbour Bridge A$ 250.00
  • Taste world class Australian wine at Handpicked Wines Cellar Door A$ 40.00
  • Take a sunset cruise across the spectacular bays of Sydney Harbour on a ferry to Watson's Bay A$ 22.00
  • Whizz over the waters of Sydney harbour on a jet boat A$ 60.00
  • Explore the city of Sydney on two wheels with a guided bike tour A$ 80.00
  • Get up close to protected Sumatran tigers, Asian elephants, chimpanzees, giraffes & red kanagaroos at Sydney's Taronga Zoo A$ 47.00
  • Taste craft beer at the Stone and Wood Brewery in Byron Bay A$ 31.00
  • Visit a lighthouse and watch the golden sunrise in Byron Bay
  • Kayak on the crystal clear waters of Byron Bay A$ 58.00
  • Find your zen with morning yoga on the golden sands of Byron Bay
  • Paddle through the Noosa Everglades on a canoe $55
  • Sail across the breathtaking Whitsundays on a day trip, including a visit to idyllic Whitehaven Beach, snorkelling and lunch A$ 189.00
  • Snuggle up for a selfie with a Koala with proceeds going back into Koala protection
  • Board a catamaran or glass-bottomed boat for a Great Barrier Reef Cruise selected departures
  • Discover an underwater world as you snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  • Get the blood pumping with an AJ Hackett bungee jump in Cairns A$ 165.00
  • See nature from new heights with the Jungle Swing in Cairns
  • Feel the thrill of White Water Rafting in Cairns A$ 135.00
  • Take the Skyrail through UNESCO-listed rainforest to the sustainable living haven of Kuranda From A$105
  • Get entry to Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome plus one ZOOM activity $45
  • Cuddle up to a Koala for a photo at Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome $28
  • Soar through the rainforest canopy on a zipline Jungle Surfing experience at Cape Tribulation A$ 99.00
  • Soar through the rainforest canopy on a zipline Jungle Surfing experience at Cape Tribulation A$ 99.00

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
3
3 nights
Sydney
2
2 nights
Byron Bay
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Hosanna Farm
2
2 nights
Noosa Everglades
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Fraser Island
2
2 nights
Whitsundays
via
via
Townsville
2
2 nights
Magnetic Island
via
via
Townsville
3
3 nights
Cairns
1
1 night
Cape Tribulation
Cairns
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Australian trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter Australia & New Zealand. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa (if required) to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations change regularly, so make sure you stay up-to-date before you travel. See here for more info: https://www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/immigration-and-visas
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It is also essential that you have any necessary vaccinations & comply with all laws of the countries visited.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Australia & New Zealand trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) plus one piece of hand luggage suitable as a carry-on for flights.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Australia & New Zealand. They know their way around like the back of their hands & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it, like when you’re journeying into the bush, and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

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