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The Sun Seeker

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7 nights accommodation
2 nights in Special Stay: Eco Camp, 5 nights in Hostel
Hostel-style accommodation with a Special Stay at an Eco Camp in the Noosa Everglades (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.
9 included Meals
1 Dinner, 7 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
We'll provide 9 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.
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
3 included, 5 optional that you can add
Australia means wildlife, beaches, nature and sunsets. We'll take you to a wildlife sanctuary, as well as a Dreamtime walk at Tjapukai and a dip in the pristine waters of Lake Mackenzie on Fraser Island.
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With coastal cities, world heritage sites, white-sand beaches & laid-back vibes, the East Coast of Australia is a sun seeker's dream. We’ll see the best of it over 8 glorious days, stopping at a working dairy farm for morning tea, sleeping at a rainforest Eco Camp  & spending 2 nights at Airlie Beach, gateway to the insta-perfect Whitsundays.
Travel is best shared. This is a small group adventure of 12-30 people, aged between 18-35 exclusively, giving you the perfect balance of new friends to travel with and access to even more authentic experiences.
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DAY 1 - Byron Bay to Noosa Everglades via Hosanna Farm and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Byron Bay
Hello Byron Bay! Say hello to your new Contiki family, it's time to head up the coast to Noosa Everglades, with a couple of exciting stops along the way. Adventure on!
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Visit Hosanna Farm (Morning Tea Damper and Billy Tea)
Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary - and see native Australian animals including kangaroos, emus, crocodiles, dingoes & Tasmanian devils
Hosanna Farm

On the way north we'll stop at Hosanna Farm, an authentic Aussie working farm where you'll get the chance to try some traditional Australian tucker: damper & billy tea.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Next up we'll make our way to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you'll see koalas, kangaroos and crocodiles up close and personal.
Noosa Everglades
Still buzzing from our farm & wildlife adventures, we'll arrive at our destination, the Noosa Everglades. Here we'll unpack at our Special Stay Eco Camp home for the next two nights and relax with a group dinner in the bistro & bar area, surrounded by the chatter and rustling of local birds and kangaroos.
DAY 2 - Noosa Everglades - Fraser Island Day Trip
Noosa Everglades
Wake up to the sound of birds chirping at our Eco Camp this morning (you might even spot a kangaroo) and grab a quick brekkie before heading out for a day on Fraser Island.
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Fraser Island Day Trip
Fraser Island

Your spirits (and your Insta Likes) will be at an all-time high after this day full of sand dunes, scenic lakes and dense rainforests. We'll cruise along the world's longest sand highway before you appease your hunger with a tasty lunch.

Noosa Everglades
It's back to the Eco Camp this evening for our final night here. You have free time to tuck into some food at the bistro, sample the offerings at the CootharaBAR boutique brewery, or just relax and enjoy the lush surroundings of this beautiful protected National Park.
DAY 3 - Noosa Everglades to the Whitsundays
Noosa Everglades
Say goodbye to The Glades, we're on our way to find coastal nirvana at the pristine beaches of the Whitsundays. We'll hop on a plane for a flight to Airlie Beach.
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Included Flight: Noosa to Airlie Beach
Whitsundays
Landing in Airlie Beach, you'll notice everything starting to look a bit more tropical. Hello Whitsundays! This afternoon is yours for the taking. Head out and enjoy the endless cafes, bars and ocean vistas this backpacker hub has to offer.
DAY 4 - The Whitsundays
Whitsundays
Is there anywhere in the world more beautiful than the Whitsundays? We think not. With 74 perfect islands at your fingertips, an open sea calling your name & FOMO starting to kick in, get out and explore one of the worlds most lusted-after holiday destinations with our optional day sailing excursion.
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Whitsundays day sail including a visit to Whitehaven Beach, snorkelling and lunch
DAY 5 - The Whitsundays to Cairns
Whitsundays
What can top the Whitsundays? Not much…except the Great Barrier Reef, and luckily it's the next stop on our journey.
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Train: Airlie Beach to Cairns
Cairns
After a scenic train ride along the East Coast of Queensland, we'll arrive in sunny Cairns - a haven for vibing restaurants, bouncing clubs and endless tropical feels. This town is the gateway to the reef and is buzzing with energy, you won't be short of things to do here.
DAY 6 - Cairns
Cairns
Good morning Cairns you delightful palm tree paradise. Today we'll take you on a Dreamtime walk at Tjapukai where you can explore the rich history of the world's oldest living culture. After getting your culture fix for the day, why not unleash your inner-adrenaline junkie and take a leap of faith at AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping? Or take to the rapids for an action-packed afternoon of white-water rafting on the Barron River.
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Tjapukai - Dreamtime walk with Damper plus Tea
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AJ Hackett Bungy Jump
White Water Rafting
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DAY 7 - Cairns
Cairns
Make the most of your free day here in Cairns and jump on our optional day trip out to Australia's most famous natural wonder, The Great Barrier Reef. Board a luxury catamaran out to the reef and try your hand at snorkelling, gape at the mindblowingly colourful coral and listen to a marine biologist tell you all there is to know about this wonder. This day is a must-do for any trip to Oz!
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Great Barrier Reef Cruise
DAY - Cairns
Cairns
Your final day is yours to explore and do whatever your heart desires - and the perfect chance to sign up for a day trip on the scenic cable car, Skyrail. Here you can gain a truly unique perspective of Australia's World Heritage listed tropical rainforest, gliding above the canopy before descending to the forest floor to continue your guided explorational journey in the tropical hippie paradise of Kuranda.  Known for its appreciation of sustainable living and alternate therapies, Kuranda is a unique village in a world of commercialism.  Take the famous Kuranda Railway back to Cairns for a relaxing end to your day before your trip finishes in the late afternoon.
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Skyrail Day trip & visit the tropical hippie village of Kuranda
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Hannah Blalock
Traveled Mar 2018
I really liked the tour it had a lot included and there was something to look forward to everyday
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Anonymous
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I loved it! One of the best holiday destinations and the best vibes on the Contiki. Great people, great food, great experiences, means at 10/10 Contiki
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The best holiday I have had
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Anonymous
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Fantastic trip - the catamaran in the Whitsundays was absolutely amazing!! And the Farmstay was a fun adventure that was something you couldn't have experienced elsewhere! Definitely recommend going on this tour!!
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Louis Boscia
Traveled Dec 2017
Worth every penny! Such a great trip!
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Jessica Sares
Traveled Nov 2017
Excellent - 10/10 would recommend this trip.
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Aisha
Traveled Oct 2017
Great value for money! Definitely worth it!
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Super enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide. Great people and fantastic itinerary.
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Amy Fretwell
Traveled Aug 2017
Well organised, staff even made the long drives fun and really helpful if there was an issue!
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Anonymous
Traveled Jul 2017
The extras included that I could purchase were really exceptional and I struggled with which ones to pick!
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Chloe Bundey
Traveled Jul 2017
It was amazing, so many beautiful places however I wish we had spent a few more nights in Airlie Beach and Noosa
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Stephanie Smith
Traveled Jun 2017
I did the Sun Seeker with sailing trip. Apart from the sailing, the trip was good fun. Mark Davies, our trip manager, was a really nice guy who seemed to genuinely care about all of the people on the trip. The accommodation was good, lots of high energy and scary extras (bungee jumping etc) if that's your thing! Plus a few more laid back activities for us non-daredevils. The Fraser Island trip was beautiful...basically it was a really great way to see a huge amount of the East Coast in a short space of time and make friends along the way. And now for the bad parts... the sailing. It's pretty expensive and not worth it at all. My visions of luxuriating on the deck in the sunshine with some drinks, music and friends... nope. This is in fact a particularly scabby racing yacht. They pack 20+ of you in there. Way too many people for such a small boat. You're on top of each other and bashing your head/knees/elbows CONSTANTLY. Uncomfortable, stuffy sleeping quarters. You can't take a shower for 2 days. You can't go below deck when the sailing is occurring: you have to cling on to a piece of wire whilst the boat tilts nearly vertically and scares the bejeezus out of you. God help you if it's blowing up a storm like it was for us, I've had more pleasant boat trips across the Irish Sea in winter. Next to no information or itinerary given for when you're actually on the boat. And worst of all, the staff (ProSail, not Contiki) were so damn rude. Usually I can rough it pretty well - I loved the Outback Tour - but their constant hostile, sarcastic attitude killed what little 'ah well, it's not perfect but it can still be fun!' vibe you might have had. The last night, you sleep on the boat just outside the marina (seriously. What is the point? Just let me off this damn boat so I can check into a hotel). Then you get back to the mainland and find everyone else on the tour has had 5 star accommodation and an awesome time and have totally bonded with each other whilst you've been stuck on a boat getting the ***** with everyone because you're sleep deprived, feeling gross and you're pretty sure someone stole your booze out the eski. It's also so exhausting that you don't really enjoy the next couple of days until you're properly rested. Unless Contiki switch to a nicer yacht with nicer staff, save your money.
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Felicity White
Traveled Jun 2017
Great experiences and Me time options. Great tour guides Mark and Gary making the trip run smoothly and stress free for all travellers. Great way to make so many new friends.
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Hannes Gideon Myburgh
Traveled Mar 2017
The sailing was the better option, showed more parts of the reef, islands and beaches. Nice tour with a lot of things to do and plenty to see but still time to relax on the beach!
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Alexandra Morton
Traveled Mar 2017
Perfect trip to see Australia
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