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11 nights accommodation
4 nights in Resort, 1 night in Country Homestead, 1 night in Eco Lodge, 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.
17 included Meals
12 Breakfast, 4 Dinner, 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.
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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.
Experiences
11 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 The Whitsundays 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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Farmstay
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Noosa
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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 - 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, or if the ocean's calling, jump on board our day’s sailing adventure for a closer look at this paradise destination.
DAY 2 - 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
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DAY 3 - 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 4 - 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 5 - 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.
DAY 6 - 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 7 - 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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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 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - 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 11 - 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
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Harbour Bridge climb
from A$245
DAY 12 - 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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Traveled Jan 2018
Great trip with so many activities fitted into the short time!
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Anonymous
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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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Anonymous
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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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Nathan Hardy
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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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Trip of a lifetime, good value for money
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