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Sunsets and Surf

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11 nights accommodation
3 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Surf Village, 1 night in Hostel, 5 nights in Resort, 1 night in Country Homestead
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.
17 included Meals
5 Dinner, 11 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
We'll get 17 of your meals (18 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.
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
17 included, 3 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 between beaches and sunsets in between.
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With harbour sprawled cities, world heritage sites, impeccable beaches & an enviably laid-back persona, the East Coast of Oz is enough to give California a run for its money. The Sunsets & Surf starting in Sydney sees the best of it over 12 glorious days. Stay at a cattle station, learn to surf & party up a storm along the way. 
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Port Macquarie
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Coffs Harbour
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Byron Bay
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Noosa
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Farmstay
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Whitsundays
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DAY 1 - Arrive Sydney
Sydney
Welcome to Sydney. After meeting up with your brand new travel family, we’ll be hitting the road, country bound, for 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. Back in Sydney later, we'll eat ourselves silly with a hands-on cook your own BBQ dinner, contemplating how it's possible to do so much in just one day. Waterfalls and mini-hikes by day, sunset drinks and a BBQ by night that's just how we roll on day-1 of Contiki.
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Day trip out to the stunning Blue Mountains
See the famous Three Sisters rock formation
Hike along the ridge overlooking Jamison Valley
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Wake Up Hostel (or similar)
DAY 2 - Sydney
Sydney
This morning we'll hit the road and head on a day trip to one of Australia's finest: the majestic Blue Mountains (which aren't actually blue, but are still beautiful all the same). Out here in the great Aussie Outdoors we'll be learning about the legends behind the famous Three Sisters rock formation as well as exploring the Jamison Ridge area. We'll head back to Sydney and the evening is yours to make the most of. Why not visit some of the trendy rooftop bars and restaurants that make this city so vibrant? It'd be rude not to!
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Wake Up Hostel (or similar)
DAY 3 - Sydney to Coffs Harbour
Sydney
With Sydney satisfaction levels on high, today we start our Aussie road trip and hit the road, East Coast bound.
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See the famous 'Big Banana'
Stop in the seaside resort town of Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie
We'll break up our journey to Coffs Harbour 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.
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 new friends, and occasional star gazing. Perfection much?
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Spot X Surf Camp
DAY 4 - Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay
Coffs Harbour
Byron may be calling, but this morning is all about living the Aussie dream as we finish off our Coffs stay with a professional surf lesson. Could this be the secret talent you never knew you had?
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Learn to surf the waves at our beachside surf camp at Coffs Harbour
Visit Australia's most eastern point & Cape Byron lighthouse
Get into Byron's organic lifestyle & cool nightlife
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Byron Bay Kayaking 3hrs
A$65
Byron Bay
Dolphins and humpback whales sailing past the lighthouse of Australia's most easterly point. Organic cafes and bohemian bazaars. 30 kilometres of perfect sand. Oh yes - Byron Bay is every kind of beach paradise with a cherry on top, and our time here will be nothing short of magic.
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Nomads Hostel (or similar)
DAY 5 - Byron Bay to Surfers Paradise
Byron Bay
Today is all yours to explore at your own pace. Early birds why not head towards the Byron Bay Lighthouse for a mesmerising (and romantic) sunrise experience. Then, maybe opt for a cheeky tanning session at one of the many golden beaches. When you're done wiggling your toes in the sand, it's time to satisfy your hunger at one of the many delicious cafes and restaurants. Venture through the streets and soak up the hippie vibes this town has to offer before we make our way to our next destination, Surfers Paradise, where 'beautiful one day, perfect the next' is how the lifestyle goes.
 
Surfers Paradise
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Alpha Sovereign Hotel (or similar)
DAY 6 - 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
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Tandem Skydiving
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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.
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Alpha Sovereign Hotel (or similar)
DAY 7 - Surfers Paradise to Noosa
Surfers Paradise
OK we get the hype, the love the world has for the Gold Coast is totally justified. So this morning we’ll kick on and see if all those other Aussie rumours are as well-founded. We have a sneaking suspicion they will be...
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Visit the picturesque seaside town & beach of Noosa
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 coastal town, 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 Sunny Coast”. With the imposingly beautiful Glass House Mountains as our backdrop, we ain’t complaining.
Noosa
The Sunshine Coast never disappoints, and we can’t wait for you to fall head over heels with Noosa the way we do every.single.time. Drenched in natural beauty, Noosa's all your seaside town dreams rolled into one. Head's up, get an early night tonight, tomorrow's one hell of an adventure...
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Habitat Noosa
DAY 8 - 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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Take a locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island and indulge in a delicious lunch
Drive along Australias only sand highway
Noosa
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.
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Habitat Noosa
DAY 9 - Noosa to Farmstay
Noosa
Speaking of legitimately Australian, it's time to wave goodbye to the pristine beaches of Noosa as we make our way to Langmorn 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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Stop in Childers, a small country town, known for its heritage & farming history
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.
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The Old Station
DAY 10 - Farmstay to the Whitsundays
Farmstay
Just one night on Langmorn will have you hooked on outback life and wishing you could stay forever. But with the Whitsundays on our horizons, things are only going to get even better from here.
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Visit & cross the Tropic of Capricorn
Visit the main region of Australia's sugar cane industry
Visit the vibrant seaside town of Airlie Beach
Whitsundays
Traversing up the Capricorn Coast, you’ll notice a change in the landscape as the vegetation takes a seriously tropical turn. On route we’ll pit stop at the beef farming capital of Rockhampton and pass through the sugar cane plantations of Mackay, before reaching base at Airlie Beach, gateway to the Whitsundays.
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Mantra Club Croc (or similar)
DAY 11 - 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.
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Cruise Whitsundays Camira Day Sail
A$179
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Mantra Club Croc (or similar)
DAY 12 - The Whitsundays
Whitsundays
You could stay in bed contemplating these last 12 incredible days, 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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Great trip with so many activities fitted into the short time!
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For the price I felt I should have received less roommates but it is Australia so might just be the norm. I have paid far less and had better accommodations and far fewer roommates. Overall the holiday was great.
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I had a great time on Contiki's sunset and surf trip. My favorite highlights were the sailing and surfing excursions. Byron Bay and Noosa were awesome stops as well!
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Sarah
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Found this trip was the perfect length for getting a good taste of Australia. I think if I were to do it again I would recommend staying on in order to visit the Great Barrier Reef but if time is limited I would highly recommend this! The sailing was also a wonderful addition to the trip.
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Wasn't as good as expected
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Contiki facilitated an incredible adventure filled with beautiful beaches, unique wildlife, and a whole lot of fun.
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