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The Big Walkabout

(Start Sydney - Until March 2020)

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The one that gives you a 20 day extravaganza, from The East Coast to The Outback

Duration
20 Days
Places
13 places

Visiting Sydney, Byron Bay, Noosa Everglades, Whitsundays, Cairns, Darwin, Kakadu National Park, Uluru, Hosanna Farm, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Fraser Island, Litchfield National Park, Alice Springs

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Max 30 people

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?

19 nights accommodation

12 nights in Hostel, 2 nights in Special Stay - Eco Camp, 2 nights in Special Stay - Bush Bungalows, 3 nights in Lodge

Hostel-style accommodation with a special stay at an eco camp (complete with Kangaroos). With accommodation this centrally located you'll be right in the action and ready to enjoy your days after a comfy night's sleep. In the outback we'll stay in a lodge, a hostel and a brand-new special stay.

22 Meals

18 Breakfast, 3 Dinner, 1 Lunch

We'll provide 22 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, 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.

Experiences

28 included, 29 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- See Sydney from a peerless perspective as you climb the world famous Harbour Bridge*
- Meet with local Aboriginal guides for a cultural tour of the surrounding rainforests
- Try your hand at whip cracking and riding on a hay wagon at an authentic Aussie Farmstay in the outback
- Live out your beach dreams and learn to surf in Byron Bay
- Toast the sunset with champagne and nibbles against the stunning backdrop of Uluru 

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
Discover the incredible mix of landscapes and activities that makes Aussie so unique. Start in Sydney and the East Coast with plenty of beach time at Bondi, Byron Bay and the Whitsundays, before escaping to the Northern Territory for endless landscapes & icons, including 3 nights at the unforgettable Uluru. One minute you're in a city downing kaffir lime cocktails, next you're gazing up at the stars in the wilderness of the outback. You’ll feel like a true blue Aussie in no time.

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The Big Walkabout (Start Sydney - Until March 2020)

28 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
  • Spend the afternoon at Sydney's Bondi Beach & swim in the dreamy blue waters
  • Included Flight: Sydney to Byron Bay
  • Live out your bohemian dreams with a surfing lesson in Byron Bay
  • Visit an authentic Aussie working farm for home-cooked damper & billy tea
  • Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary - and see native Australian animals including kangaroos, emus, crocodiles, dingoes & Tasmanian devils
  • 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
  • Train: Airlie Beach to Cairns
  • See aboriginal culture brought to life through traditional dance, art and interactive demonstrations at Tjapukai on a Dreamtime Experience
  • Take a dip surrounded by the cascading Florence Falls, Kakadu (seasonal)
  • Enjoy a swim at Florence Falls
  • Gain fascinating insights into Aboriginal culture at the Warradjan Cultural Centre
  • Hike to see the Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock
  • Take a hike up to the jaw dropping Ubirr Lookout (seasonal)
  • Aboriginal Experience at Pudakul
  • Included flight: Darwin to Alice Springs
  • BBQ Dinner
  • Simpsons Gap
  • Visit ANZAC Hill
  • Indulge in a BBQ 'Big Brekkie'
  • Day trip to Kings Canyon
  • Sunrise at The Rock followed by The Olgas (Kata Tjuta) and the Valley of the Winds/Walpa Gorge
  • Toast Uluru at sunset with drinks & nibbles

29 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
  • 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 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 A$55
  • Sail across the breathtaking Whitsundays on a day trip, including a visit to idyllic Whitehaven Beach, snorkelling and lunch A$ 189.00
  • 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 $28
  • Board a catamaran or glass-bottomed boat for a Great Barrier Reef Cruise selected departures
  • Discover an underwater world as you snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  • Get up close to the largest crocs in Australia at Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin
  • Face your fears as you swim with crocs in the Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove Darwin
  • Visit the inspirational Royal Flying Doctors in Darwin
  • Spot crocodiles in their natural habitat on a Yellow Waters Cruise at Kakadu
  • See local flora and fauna on a scenic flight in Kakadu National Park
  • See a different side of Uluru on a Segway tour A$ 140.00
  • Uluru & the Olgas Scenic Flights From A$ 145.00
  • Take a peaceful camel ride over the rich red sand dunes alongside Uluru A$ 125.00

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
3
3 nights
Sydney
2
2 nights
Byron Bay
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Hosanna Farm
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
2
2 nights
Noosa Everglades
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Fraser Island
2
2 nights
Whitsundays
3
3 nights
Cairns
1
1 night
Darwin
via
via
Litchfield National Park
2
2 nights
Kakadu National Park
1
1 night
Darwin
via
via
Alice Springs
3
3 nights
Uluru
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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
https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/options/visit
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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