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The Sun Seeker

(Start Byron Bay - From April 2020)

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The one that sees you snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, kick back on Magnetic Island

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  • Duration

    10 days

  • Places

    8 places

  • Meals

    9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Mini-Coach + Internal flights + Train

  • Group Size

    Max 30 people

  • Average Group Age

    18-35

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager & Local Guides

Byron Bay, Noosa Everglades, Whitsundays, Magnetic Island, Cairns, Hosanna Farm, Fraser Island, Townsville

The Sun Seeker (Start Byron Bay - From April 2020)

20 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Enjoy a delicious roast dinner at the Noosa Everglades CootharaBar
  • 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
  • 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
  • Watch 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
  • See 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
  • Tjapukai - Dreamtime Experience

9 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Paddle through the Noosa Everglades on a canoe A$55
  • Sail across the breathtaking Whitsundays, including a visit to idyllic Whitehaven Beach, snorkelling and lunch A$ 189.00
  • Snap a selfie with a Koala, with proceeds going back into Koala protection
  • Discover an underwater world on a Great Barrier Reef Cruise A$ 189.00
  • Get the blood pumping with an AJ Hackett bungee jump in Cairns A$ 165.00
  • 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$105
  • Get entry to Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome plus one ZOOM activity A$ 45.00
  • Cuddle up to a Koala for a photo at Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome format A$ 28.00

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 9 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    2 nights in Special Stay - Eco Camp, 7 nights in Hostel

    10 nights: Multi-share 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.

About this trip

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 10 glorious days, stopping at a farm for morning tea, sleeping at a Eco Camp  & spending 2 nights at Airlie Beach: gateway to the insta-perfect Whitsundays.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. Byron Bay

  2. via via

    Hosanna Farm

  3. 2 2 nights

    Noosa Everglades

  4. via via

    Fraser Island

  5. 2 2 nights

    Whitsundays

  6. via via

    Townsville

  7. 2 2 nights

    Magnetic Island

  8. via via

    Townsville

  9. 3 3 nights

    Cairns

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DAY 1 - Byron Bay to Noosa Everglades via Hosanna Farm

Byron Bay

Hello Byron Bay! Say hello to your new Contiki family, it's time to head up the coast to the Noosa Everglades, but not before an exciting stop along the way. Adventure on!

Hosanna Farm

On the way north we'll stop at Hosanna Farm, an authentic Aussie working farm where you'll have the chance to meet and feed the farm animals, as well as try some traditional Australian tucker - damper & billy tea.

Noosa Everglades

Buzzing from our farm adventures, we'll head to our next destination, the Noosa Everglades. Here we'll unpack at our Special Stay Eco Lodge 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.

Stay

Habitat Noosa

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Enjoy a delicious roast dinner at the Noosa Everglades CootharaBar

  • 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

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.

Fraser Island

Your spirits 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.

Stay

Habitat Noosa

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

DAY 3 - Noosa Everglades to the Whitsundays

Noosa Everglades

What better way to say goodbye to The Glades than with an optional Canoeing Excursion on one of only two Everglades in the world! Afterwards 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.

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.

Stay

Base Backpackers (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included Flight: Noosa to Airlie Beach

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Paddle through the Noosa Everglades on a canoe

    A$55

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, including snorkelling and lunch.

Stay

Base Backpackers (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Sail across the breathtaking Whitsundays on a day trip, including a visit to idyllic Whitehaven Beach, snorkelling and lunch

    A$ 189.00

DAY 5 - The Whitsundays to Magnetic Island via Townsville

Whitsundays

Is there anything better than the Whitsundays? We think our next destination definitely comes close! We'll board a train this morning heading for Townsville.

Townsville

Once we arrive we'll waste no time and get straight into a visit to Reef HQ. This fascinating place is part aquarium, part educational experience, where you can see a dazzling rainbow of corals and tropical fish and meet the volunteers who are doing their bit to save the Barrier Reef. Your guided tour here included an intro to the Reef, a visit to the Turtle Hospital and an overview of the 'Eye on the Reef' app, which you can download and update yourself in order to contribute to the overall health of the reef. Then it's time to head to Magnetic Island on the ferry.

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is an apt name for this captivating isle, with its coastal walking trails and gum trees teeming with lazy koala bears. We'll have plenty of time to explore, partake in watersports in the bright turqouise waters or meet some of the local marsupials. But this evening, we'll enjoy some champagne and watch the sun set over the bay.

Stay

Base Backpackers Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic train ride along the East Coast of Australia from Proserpine to Townsville

  • Watch 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

DAY 6 - Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island

We have a whole day on this paradise island - lucky us! We'll waste no time meeting the locals, with a chance to eat an unlimited chef-cooked breakfast with some Koalas at the Bungalow Bay Koala Village. Then we can check out some of the walking trails - such as the Forts Walk which offers up stunning views of the Palm Island Group as well as WWI fortifications, and the chance to see more koalas in the wild-  or enjoy some free time at Horseshoe bay, taking a dip on the azure waters and relaxing on the beach. See Magnetic Island's resident Rock Wallabies at dusk before a free evening, where we can watch the sunset and check out some of the local bars.

Stay

Base Backpackers Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

  • See Magnetic Island's resident Rock Wallabies at dusk

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Snap a selfie with a Koala, with proceeds going back into Koala protection

DAY 7 - Magnetic Island to Cairns via Townsville

Magnetic Island

After breakfast this morning we'll say farewell to our furry koala friends and depart Magnetic Island on a ferry. But we'll never forget its singular beauty.

Townsville

Back in Townsville we won't hang around too long, as we're hopping on a train headed to Cairns, where we'll arrive late afternoon.

Cairns

Welcome to the city where rainforests meet reefs, lagoons meet luxury hotels and boardshorts and business suits live side by side. 

Stay

Gilligan's Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Catch a local ferry from Magnetic Island to Townsville

  • Scenic train ride along the East Coast of Australia from Townsville to Cairns

DAY 8 - 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 catamaran out to the reef and try your hand at snorkelling, gape at the mindblowingly colourful coral and listen to the marine crew tell you all there is to know about this wonder. This day is a must-do for any trip to Oz!

Stay

Gilligan’s Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Discover an underwater world on a Great Barrier Reef Cruise

    A$ 189.00

DAY 9 - 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.

Stay

Gilligan’s Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Aboriginal culture brought to life through traditional dance, art and interactive demonstrations at Tjapukai on a Dreamtime Experience

  • Tjapukai - Dreamtime Experience

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Get the blood pumping with an AJ Hackett bungee jump in Cairns

    A$ 165.00

  • Feel the thrill of White Water Rafting in Cairns

    A$ 135.00

DAY 10 - 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.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • 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

    A$ 45.00

  • Cuddle up to a Koala for a photo at Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome

    format A$ 28.00

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