Sunsets and Surf (Start Whitsundays)

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Get your trip off to a chilled out start in the stunning Whitsunday Islands, where relaxing, working on your tan & having a good time is all you need to think about! As you make your way south enjoy yourself at a farmstay and get friendly with koalas and kangaroos! En route to Sydney you'll learn to surf in Coffs Harbour, shop the day away or swim 'til yo...

Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Basic - 2 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Full schedule

Highlights

    • Visit the main region of Australia's sugar cane industry
    • Visit & cross the Tropic of Capricorn
    • Meet the cattle station owners
    • Check out the farm & animals on a hay wagon ride, then try whip cracking!
    • Aussie Outback experience: Langmorn Station Special Stopover
    • Take a locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island & indulge in a delicious lunch
    • Drive along Australia's only sand highway
    • Visit the picturesque seaside town & beach of Noosa
    • Dine beachside at Noosa Surf Club & meet a lifesaver
    • See the Brisbane River, South Bank & visit Queen Street Mall

What's this trip about?

    Get your trip off to a chilled out start in the stunning Whitsunday Islands, where relaxing, working on your tan & having a good time is all you need to think about! As you make your way south enjoy yourself at a farmstay and get friendly with koalas and kangaroos! En route to Sydney you'll learn to surf in Coffs Harbour, shop the day away or swim 'til your soaked through at trendy Byron Bay before experiencing Sydney & its icons on this 2 week adventure.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - 24 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityAustralia/Brisbane
End CityAustralia/Sydney

Travel Themes

  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Australia

Attractions

  • Sydney

Activities

  • Culture

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 2 The Whitsundays

Meet up with the other Contiki travellers and your Trip Manager in the famous Whitsundays. Soak up the island’s crystal clear waters and white sands. Tonight, get to know your group and your crew over dinner. The time is then yours to enjoy the picture-perfect Whitsu...

Day 3 The Whitsundays to Farmstay

Today, plug in your ipod or chat with friends as we drive through scenic Mackay, with countryside full of vibrant green vegetation and sugar cane plantations. Continue down the Capricorn Coast and head inland to an authentic country homestead, right in the heart of Q...

Day 4 Farmstay to Noosa

After breakfast we drive back out to the coast and travel towards the beautiful beach side town of Noosa. Along the way we stop at a small town called Childers where we get the chance to enjoy some exotic fruits and do some wine tasting and learn about the local wines.

Eco Lodge

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Day 5 Noosa

Experience a slice of paradise on Fraser Island this morning. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed site is the largest sand island in the world and is 800,000 years old. Packed with around 40 fresh-water lakes, lush rainforests and diverse wildlife, Fraser Island lives u...

Day 6 Noosa to Surfers Paradise

There’s time to explore Noosa this morning so take a stroll through the shops and the National Park or sunbathe and swim at the beach before we make our way south. We also stop off in Brisbane today. You’ll get a feel for the capital of Queensland’s laid-back atmosphe...

Day 7 Surfers Paradise

This morning 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 a parachute with your name on it at th...

Day 8 Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay

We're up & on the road early to the iconic Byron Bay for a day full of cheeky tanning with a beer in hand, some serious surfing or just exploring this cute ocean town. Opt for kayaking if you're feeling extra adventurous today. When you're done wiggling your toes ...

Day 9 Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour

This morning you’ll wake up to more good times in Byron Bay. Maybe head to the beach for a swim or a wander round town before it’s time to leave the chilled out atmosphere behind after lunch. Later, there’s more beach action. Tonight we’ll stay in Coffs Harbour, hom...

Day 10 Coffs Harbour to Sydney

This morning, chill out on the coach and chat with your travel buddies as we head south. We pass the iconic 'Big Banana' in Coffs Harbour, before heading to Port Macquarie for lunch. Relax with your travel buddies...it’s a chilled out day before reaching Sydney. Fr...

Day 11 Sydney

First up today - get in the know on Sydney as your Trip Manager points out all the hottest spots & icons of this harbourside haven. From the babes on the beaches of Manly, the buzzy Kings Cross & its colourful characters to Chinatown & Darling Harbour, the...

Day 12 Sydney

This morning we’re heading out of the city & into the country for our included Blue Mountain’s day trip. The dramatic landscape of gorges (some up to 760m) are massive & will impress with the endless views into the distance. We’ll take a casual hike along the ...

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Price per day$110
Last Updated: 0/18/2022

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Accommodation

11 nights multi-share accommodation: 7 nights in hotels & resorts, 1 night in a hostel, 1 night in an eco-lodge, 1 night in a surf school village, 1 night at a cattle station lodge Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging,
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Meals Included
  • 17 meals:
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 5 dinners
Age Requirements
No age restrictions
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