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The Sun Seeker with Sailing

(Start Surfers Paradise - Until Mar 2019)

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9 nights accommodation
4 nights in Resort, 1 night in Hotel, 1 night in Eco Lodge, 1 night in Country Homestead, 2 nights in Yacht
From farm stays to hotels to yachting adventures (plus an eco lodge for departures from Sep 2018 onward), this trip has a healthy dose of intrepid and comfortable travel. Cattle stations, snorkelling trips and great nights out will provide a full array of the Australian culture and landscape.
16 included Meals
9 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 4 Dinner
Whether you're tucking into fish and chips at the local surf club or a steak in cattle country, we certainly won't let you go hungry.
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
10 included, 4 optional that you can add
Enjoy free nightclub entry in Surfers Paradise, a hay wagon ride at Noosa cattle station and cross the Tropic of Capricorn on your way up to Airlie Beach. Tour Townsville before immersing yourself in Cairns.
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Get down on the farm, enjoy the idyllic island life, smile at the crocodiles, snorkel the Whitsundays, dive the Great Barrier Reef, and then dance the night away in Cairns. This extravaganza shows you all that 'Down Under' has to offer!
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Noosa
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Farmstay
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Townsville
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DAY 1 - Arrive Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise
Welcome to sunny Queensland, where life’s all about being “beautiful one day, perfect the next”. Soak up those sweet sunny rays this morning, then later meet up with your new Contiki fam. You’ve got 10 fun-filled days to look forward to, so get excited! Tonight we’re going to hit up Surfers legendary club scene which sits up there with Vegas as one of the top party capitals of the world. You ready for it?
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Stay at a resort located near the beach
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DAY 2 - Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise
How about last night…Today 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 skydiving on offer.
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Relax on some of Australia's most famous beaches on the Gold Coast
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Tandem Skydiving
from A$355
DAY 3 - Surfers Paradise to Noosa via Brisbane
Surfers Paradise
OK we get the hype, the love the world has for the Gold Coast is totally justified. So this morning we’ll kick on and see if all those other Aussie rumours are as well-founded. We have a sneaking suspicion they will be...
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Visit the picturesque seaside town & beach of Noosa
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 coastal town, 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 Sunny Coast”. With the imposingly beautiful Glass House Mountains as our backdrop, we ain’t complaining.
Noosa
The Sunshine Coast never disappoints, and we can’t wait for you to fall head over heels with Noosa the way we do every.single.time. Drenched in natural beauty, Noosa's all your seaside town dreams rolled into one. Head's up, get an early night tonight, tomorrow's one hell of an adventure...
DAY 4 - 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 5 - Noosa to Farmstay
Noosa
Speaking of legitimately Australian, it's time to wave goodbye to the pristine beaches of Noosa as we make our way to Langmorn 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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Stop in Childers, a small country town, known for its heritage & farming history
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 6 - Farmstay to Whitsundays Sailing
Farmstay
Sunrise in the outback and sunset on the ocean is pretty much how today is going to roll. Fill your bellies with a tasty brekkie, say your goodbyes to your newly adopted outback family and start to feel those excitement butterflies – the Whitsundays are calling.
Whitsundays

Yes that is a sailing yacht, yes the ocean really is that impossibly blue and yes this really is happening – you’re finally finally doing your thing on the glorious Whitsunday islands. Pinch yourself all you want, you ain’t gonna wake up from this dream. Two nights of pure undulated bliss are about to begin as we set sail from Airlie Beach.

Please note: Accommodation on board the yacht is multi-share only.

DAY 7 - Whitsundays Sailing
Whitsundays

Arrive Whitsundays and jump on board the yacht. Swim, snorkel, eat & repeat is pretty much today’s vibe as we make our way around the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays. Do as much or as little as you want – help the crew wince the sails, snorkel some of the best coral reefs in Australia, laze on the fine silica sands of Whitehaven Beach (cue more pinch yourself moments) – today is all about soaking in the moment and relishing the finer things in life.

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Chill on Whitehaven beach one of the worlds top 10 beaches
DAY 8 - The Whitsundays to Cairns via Townsville
Whitsundays
What can top the Whitsundays? Not much...except the Great Barrier Reef, the next stop on our road trippin’ adventure.
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Townsville city orientation
Townsville
Tropical Townsville never fails to impress with its Colonial buildings and checkered maritime history. We'll get orientated with the city and grab some lunch before kicking on to Cairns.
Cairns
Vibing restaurants, bouncing clubs, & endless tropical feels greet us in the town of Cairns. As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef this is one of Australia’s most buzzing little towns, and the energy is seriously catchy.
DAY 9 - Cairns
Cairns
Well good morning Cairns you delightful palm tree paradise. We have two days here to get deep - which may even mean a scuba dive on one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. You game?
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
from A$180
DAY 10 - Depart Cairns
Cairns

Today is all about ticking off those once in a lifetime bucket list experiences, especially as this is the last day of your trip. Think you’ve got what it takes to bungy jump or go whitewater rafting? Prove it – we’ve got optionals lined up that will get your head spinning with adrenaline. #NOREGRETS yo!

 Your trip ends today at 5:00pm, so swap social deets, squeeze in last minute hugs and start thinking about the destination for the much anticipated reunion trip…

FREE TIME ADD-ONS
White Water Rafting
A$130
AJ Hackett Minjin Swing or Bungy Jump
A$110 / A$155
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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
Traveled Mar 2018
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
Traveled Jan 2018
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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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2017
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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