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The Sun Seeker with Sailing

(Start Byron Bay - From April 2020)

4.7
23 reviews
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The one that lets you snorkel the Great Barrier Reef & sail the Whitsunday Islands

Duration
10 Days
Places
8 places

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

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Max 30 people

Average Group Age

18-35

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?

9 nights accommodation

2 nights in Special Stay - Eco Camp, 2 nights in Boat, 5 nights in Hostel

9 nights: Multi-share hostel-style accommodation with a Special Stay at an Eco Camp in the Noosa Everglades (complete with kangaroos), as well as two nights on a converted racing yacht. With accommodation this centrally located you'll be right in the action and ready to enjoy your days after a comfy night's sleep.

14 Meals

3 Dinner, 9 Breakfast, 2 Lunch

We'll provide 12 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, Skipper & Crew

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life and occasional 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

23 included, 9 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Cruise to the outer barrier and explore the majesty & marine life of the Great Barrier Reef*
- Immerse yourself in an Indigenous cultural experience at Tjapukai
- Swim, snorkel, eat & repeat as you sail across the breathtaking Whitsundays to Whitehaven beach
- Stop in at an authentic Aussie working farm for damper & billy tea
- Spend the day on Fraser Island, full of sand dunes, scenic lakes and dense rainforests
- Spot kangaroos near the on-site brewery at our Special Stay Eco Camp in the Noosa Everglades

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
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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The Sun Seeker with Sailing (Start Byron Bay - From April 2020)

23 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • 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
  • 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
  • Spend 2-nights on a converted racing yacht in the Whitsundays
  • Swim, snorkel, eat & repeat as you sail across the breathtaking Whitsundays to Whitehaven beach
  • Enjoy freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner on board your converted racing yacht
  • Scenic train ride along the East Coast of Australia from Proserpine to Townsville
  • Toast 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
  • Meet 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$55
  • Snuggle up for a selfie with a Koala with proceeds going back into Koala protection
  • Board a catamaran or glass-bottomed boat for a Great Barrier Reef Cruise selected departures
  • Discover an underwater world as you snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  • Get the blood pumping with an AJ Hackett bungee jump in Cairns A$ 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 $45
  • Cuddle up to a Koala for a photo at Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome $28

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
Byron Bay
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Hosanna Farm
2
2 nights
Noosa Everglades
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Fraser Island
2
2 nights
Whitsundays
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Townsville
2
2 nights
Magnetic Island
via
via
Townsville
3
3 nights
Cairns
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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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