BEACHES AND REEFS (START SYDNEY) | 14 DAYS
16 Departures between January 2017 and September 2017
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Ahh, the famous East Coast of Australia, where both the cities and the beaches get trophied amongst the best in the world. These two weeks commencing in Sydney are brimmed full of awe. Sleep at a working cattle station, party in Surfers Paradise & learn to surf at our special stay surf camp. This is a one way ticket to wanting to live in Oz for good.
13 NIGHTS: Hotels, resorts and surf villages are the name pf the game. Plus there’s a night at a cattle station. Look forward to meeting good people and comfy pillows.
Don’t worry, your experienced Trip Manager and Driver will show you the ropes, not to mention all your new travel mates. Whether providing local knowledge or lols, our team members are people you can trust 100%.
20 meals: We’ll provide 20 of your meals, you get the rest. We’ll BBQ steaks and get the option to try kangaroo, plus there’ll also be plenty of opportunities to try some of the best restaurants on the East coast.
So much included – everything from surf lessons to city tours – You’ll take a trip on the iconic Manly Ferry and ride a hay wagon at a cattle station, amongst other things. Expect wildlife tours and bushwalks, in between beaches and sunsets.
Go snorkeling or diving at the Great Barrier Reef, experience the wild nightlife of Cairns of Cairns or drain your adrenaline glands with white water rafting and bungy jumping.
You’ll be ridin’ dirty with your new best mates on our Contiki coach. We know comfort and style are equally important, that’s why we provide air-con, USB charging facilities and only the best Drivers and Trip Managers>
DAY 1: Arrive Sydney
Welcome to Sydney. After meeting up with your brand new travel family, we’ll be hitting the road, country bound, for a day trip to one of Australia’s finest the majestic Blue Mountains which aren’t actually blue, but are still damn beautiful). Out here in the great Aussie outdoors we’ll be learning the legend behind the famous three Sisters rocks formation and exploring the Jamison Ridge area, basically living out all our rustic dreams. Back in sydney later, we’ll eat ourselves silly with a hands-on cook your own BBQ dinner contemplating how it’s possible to do so much in just one day.
Waterfalls and mini-hikes by day, sunset drinks and a BBQ by night that’s just how roll on day-1 of Contiki.
DAY 2: Sdyney
Today we have one main mission – to explore the sun drenched, eternally cool city of Sydney. Your team will give you the down low on all of Sydney’s best bits as you take a tour of the highlights, including a ferry ride across the world famous harbour. Beach hangs in Manly & the chance to climb the Harbour Bridge are all in a days work.
DAY 3: Sydney to Coffs Harbour via Port Macquarie
With Sydney satisfaction levels on high, today we start our Aussie road trip and hit the road, East Coast bound.
We’ll break up our journey to Coffs harbour with a lunch stop in Port Macquarie . This pretty seaside town sits at the end of the Hastings River and gives us a taste of life on 9the New South Wales mid coast.
Your surf bum dreams are all about to come true as we shack up for night in our Coffs Harbour surf camp. sitting right on the beach, a constant stream of swims and beach hangs are the norm, then come night falls it’s all about an open fire, great chats with new friends, and occasional star gazing.
DAY 4: Coffs harbour to Byron bay
Byron may be calling, but this morning is all about living the Aussie dream as we finish off our Coffs stay with a professional surf lesson. Could this be the secret talent you never knew you had?
Dolphins and humpback whales sailing past the lighthouse of Australia’s most easterly point. Organic cafes and bohemian bazaars. 30 kilometers of perfect sand. Oh yes – Byron bay is every kind of beach paradise with a cherry on top, and our time here will be nothing short of magic.
DAY 5: Byron Bay to Surfers paradise via currumbin
After a night of boho bliss (or maybe some table dancing, cheeky Monkey’s style) our open road adventure continues. Next stop, Queensland, where ‘beautiful one day, perfect the next’ is how lifestyle goes.
Our first QLD stop is the Currumbin Wildlife Santuary, where all animal life goals can easily be achieved. Here’s your chance to cuddle a koala, feed a kangaroo & see a crocodile up close (but not too close, obvs.). best of all, it’s a not-for-profit set up, so our visit supports the sanctuary’s animal hospital and gives back to Aussie’s furry friends.
Shake off those mellow beach vibes – Surfers Paradise is all about partying style. Sitting up there with Vegas as one of the top party sports in the world thanks to its insane number of clubs in one area, Surfers is where we get our swank on. Let’s do this!
DAY .6: Surfers Paradise
How about last night… To0day 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 or some sweet night time 4WD’ing.
DAY 7: Surfers Paradise to Noosa via Brisbane
OK we get the hype, the love the world has 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….
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 whist 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.
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 8: Noosa and fraser Island
Rise and shine beach babes! We’re heading to a UNESCO World Heritage site and the world’s largest sand island.
Fraser Island 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 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 9: Noosa to Farmstay
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.
DAY 10: Farmstay to The Whitsundays.
Enjoy the beaches & water sports in the paradise of The Whitsundays. Resort (Breakfast,Dinner)
~Cross the Tropic of Capricorn
~See Rockhampton – the beef captain of Australia
~Stop at Airlie Beach
M: Day sailing to famous Whitehaven Beach lunch (weather dependent)
DAY 10-11: Sailing Whitsundays option
Want to get on the water in true Whitsundays style? You can. Choose to hit the blue waters & try your hand at sailing on our private adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays Beach.
DAY 12: The Whitsundays to Cairns
Today, we’ll head to Tropical North Queensland known for its rainforests & as the gateway to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Hotel (B)
~Check out Townsville on a city tour
~See Magnetic Island
~Pass Hinchinbrook Island – Australia’s largest island national park
~Pass through Tully, home to Australia’s best whitewater rafting
DAY 13: Cairns
With a free day, experience Cairn’s best! From shopping, great nightlife & endless adrenaline activities like rafting, skydiving & exploring the reef, you’re spoiled with choices. Tonight, there’s your chance to try some kangaroo if you’re up for it. Hotel (Breakfast, Dinner)
M: Great Barrier Reef scuba diving for beginners & certified divers
DAY 14: Cairns
Feed your inner adrenaline junkie or relax? It’s your choice with another free day to do what you’re into. Later, it’s time to swap emails & numbers as your trip ends at 5:00pm