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!
- Stay at a resort located right by the beach
- Nightclub entry
- Relax on some of Australia's most famous beaches on the Gold Coast
Surfers Paradise to Noosa
- See the Brisbane River, South Bank & visit Queen Street Mall
- See the Glass House Mountains
- Visit the picturesque seaside town & beach of Noosa
- Take a locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island & indulge in a delicious lunch
- Drive along Australia's only sand highway
- Dine beachside at Noosa Surf Club
Noosa to Farmstay
- 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
- Aussie Outback experience: The Old Station Special Stopover
Farmstay to the Whitsundays
- Visit & cross the Tropic of Capricorn
- Visit the main region of Australia's sugar cane industry
- Visit the vibrant seaside town of Airlie Beach
The Whitsundays to Cairns
- Townsville city orientation
- See Magnetic Island
- Pass Hinchinbrook Island - Australia's largest island national park
- Fraser Island
- Surfers Paradise
Day 1 Surfers Paradise
Meet up with the other Contiki Travellers and your Trip Manager in legendary Surfers Paradise. It’s the Gold Coast’s party hot spot and home to some of the best surfing beaches in the world.
Get to know your group and Contiki crew on a fun night out by joining in an optional Cabaret dinner followed by included entry into one of Surfers Paradise’s best clubs. With loads of restaurants and buzzing nightlife, there’s something for everybody.
Day 2 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.
Day 3 Surfers Paradise to Noosa
As we make our way up the coast, we make a stop in Brisbane to see what this city is all about. You’ll get a feel for the capital of Queensland’s laid-back atmosphere when we have a look around town.
Noosa is up next. It’s a trendy beach resort town. You could take a stroll through the shops or sunbathe and swim at the beach before we check into our resort.
Day 4 Noosa
This morning on our included full day 4WD tour, we make our way north to Fraser Island, a slice of paradise. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed site is the largest sand island in the world and is 800,000 years old. Packed with around 40 freshwater lakes, lush rainforests and diverse wildlife, Fraser Island lives up to its amazing reputation.
You’ll meet your Local Guide in the morning and be shown some of the island’s best spots and hidden treasures, taking you through the island’s sand dunes, rainforests & freshwater lakes. Our Local Guide will show you some of the island’s best spots and hidden treasures, such as Lake McKenzie – make sure you keep your camera handy – this is one of Australia’s most beautiful regions. Tonight, go local and enjoy a taste of Aussie life as we head to the surf club for our included dinner overlooking the beach. Later, if you want to take it up a level, head out into the town & explore Noosa by night.
Day 5 Noosa to Farmstay
Back on the mainland this morning, we continue inland to an authentic country homestead, right in the heart of Queensland’s cattle country. 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.
During our time at The Old Station, a working cattle station, you’ll experience a taste of real Aussie country life. The owners will show you around the enormous property in a behind-the-scenes look at daily life on the farm. Taste local hospitality tonight as your welcoming hosts pile your table high with a hearty roast beef and vegetables (like you've never tasted before) followed by an indulgent homemade decadent desert.
Later, have a go at whip cracking an authentic leather stock whip under night lights before heading back inside for traditional Aussie bush dancing. Have some fun and a giggle with some evening karaoke. See if you can spot the 'Southern Cross' amongst a chandelier of stars, a constellation only visible in the southern hemisphere & featured on the Australian flag.
Day 6 Farmstay to the Whitsundays
This morning we stop off in Rockhampton, the beef farming capital of Australia that spans the Tropic of Capricorn.
As we make our way up the Capricorn Coast, the landscape becomes more tropical. Plug in your MP3 or chat with friends as we drive through scenic Mackay, with the countryside full of vibrant green vegetation and sugar cane plantations.
In the afternoon visit the backpackers’ hub of Airlie Beach with its turquoise waters and busy café scene.
The time is then yours to enjoy the picture-perfect Whitsundays! Slow the pace down, kick back and relax.
For those that are up for it, there’s our optional day sail. Check out some of the Whitsunday’s 74 islands from the boat – you’ll soon understand why this region is so famous. Experience what is known as one of the top ten beaches in the world, the uninhabited Whitehaven Beach. Swim off the boat and play beach volleyball or cricket with the local skipper and crew before enjoying a tasty lunch and a few drinks.
Day 8 The Whitsundays to Cairns
Today we head deeper into the tropics of Australia when we hit Townsville for some free time. Check out the colonial buildings and get a feel for its maritime past as we drive along the esplanade and into town where you can grab some lunch.
Tonight we head out to a local restaurant for dinner where you have the opportunity to try kangaroo, amongst other delicious Australian delicacies. In your free time, walk around the buzzing night markets. It’s the perfect place for shopping and with everything from fun, kitsch treasures to local crafts like boomerangs and didgeridoos.
Day 9 Cairns
Wake in tropical Cairns. Today is a free day for you to do as you please. You Trip Manager will be able to arrange Bungy Jumping, White Water Rafting or both for those adrenaline junkies. Later, take a cooling swim in the esplanade back in Cairns or sit down with a coffee and people watch. Tonight is a great chance to walk around the buzzing night markets! It’s the perfect place for shopping and with everything from fun, kitsch treasures to local crafts like boomerangs and didgeridoos. There’s something for everyone.
Day 10 Cairns
Feed your inner adrenaline junkie or relax? It’s your choice with another free day to do what you’re into. For those who are keen for a fun and thrilling ride on the rapids of the Barron River, join our optional white-water rafting adventure activity with our professional Local Guides. There are loads more activities available in Cairns like hot air ballooning and bungy jumping – just ask your Trip Manager for some more info. Later, it’s time to swap emails & numbers as your tour ends at 5:00pm.
9 nights multi-share accommodation: 7 nights in resorts, 1 night in an eco-lodge, 1 night at a cattle station lodge
Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
An experienced and professional Trip Manager & Driver team
Sightseeing tours of all major cities
National Park fees, local taxes & service charges
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