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Sunsets and Surf
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With harbour sprawled cities, world heritage sites, impeccable beaches & an enviably laid-back persona, the East Coast of Oz is enough to give California a run for its money. The Sunsets & Surfs starting in Sydney sees the best of it over 12 glorious days. Stay at a cattle station, learn to surf & spend 2-nights yachting around postcard perfect islands.

Australasia
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Easy
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: 218.485/235308
  • Starts: Sydney, Australia
  • Finishes: Abell Point Marina, Australia
  • Age requirement: 18 - 35
You will Visit
  • Sydney
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Byron Bay
  • Surfers Paradise
  • Noosa
  • Farmstay
  • Whitsundays

Itinerary

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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 we roll on day-1 of Contiki.

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Day 2: Sydney

This morning we'll hit the road and head on a day trip to one of Australia's finest: the majestic Blue Mountains (which aren't actually blue, but are still beautiful all the same). Out here in the great Aussie Outdoors we'll be learning about the legends behind the famous Three Sisters rock formation as well as exploring the Jamison Ridge area. We'll head back to Sydney and the evening is yours to make the most of. Why not visit some of the trendy rooftop bars and restaurants that make this city so vibrant? It'd be rude not to!

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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 the New South Wales mid coast.Your surf bum dreams are all about to come true as we shack up for the 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 fall it’s all about an open fire, great chats with new friends, and occasional star gazing. Perfection much?

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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 kilometres 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.

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Day 5: Byron Bay to Surfers Paradise

Today is all yours to explore at your own pace. Early birds why not head towards the Byron Bay Lighthouse for a mesmerising (and romantic) sunrise experience. Then, maybe opt for a cheeky tanning session at one of the many golden beaches. When you're done wiggling your toes in the sand, it's time to satisfy your hunger at one of the many delicious cafes and restaurants. Venture through the streets and soak up the hippie vibes this town has to offer before we make our way to our next destination, Surfers Paradise, where 'beautiful one day, perfect the next' is how the lifestyle goes.

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Day 6: Surfers Paradise incl Currumbin

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 the nearby skydiving centre. How's that for a rush of adrenaline? In the afternoon just make sure you're back (on earth) in time for some serious koala cuddling sessions at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.All animal cuteness goals can easily be achieved in this neck of the woods. The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is undeniably a must-see destination if you've made it as far as Surfer's Paradise. Here's your chance to see how cute koalas really are, feed a kangaroo & see a crocodile up close (but not too close, obvs). Best of all, it's a non-for-profit set up, so our visit supports the sanctuary's animal hospital and gives back to Oz's furry friends. Soak up on all the cuteness this place has to offer before we head back to Surfer's for a relaxing night by the resort pool or choose to live it up in one of the many nightclubs this city has to offer.

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Day 7: Surfers Paradise to Noosa via Brisbane

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...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.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...

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Day 8: Noosa

Rise and shine beach babes! We're heading to a UNESCO World Heritage site and the world's largest sand 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 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.

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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...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.

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Day 10: Farmstay to Whitsundays Sailing

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.Yes that is a sailing yacht, yes the ocean really is that impossibly blue and yes this really is happening – you’re finallyfinallydoing 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.

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Day 11: Whitsundays Sailing

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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Day 12: The Whitsundays

You could stay in bed contemplating these last 12 incredible days, but better yet why not catch that last Aussie sunrise? After a final breakfast today the trip ends (sob), so it’s time for final hugs, last minute social deets swapping, and probably a tear or two. But hey, there’s always another trip in another destination!

Inclusions:
      Accommodation
    • When you're not island hopping on a ballin' yacht, hotels and surf villages are the name of the game (plus an eco lodge for departures from Sep 2018 onward). Plus you'll spend 1 night at a cattle station. Enjoy chilling poolside, sleeping on comfy pillows and views of the sun setting over the ocean
      Food
    • We'll get 19 of your meals (20 for departures from Sep 2018 onward), you get the rest. You can expect a healthy breakfast every morning and a few good old-fashioned Aussie BBQs, as well as plenty of opportunities to try the best gourmet eats on the East coast
      Staff
    • 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
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Tour Highlights:
  • Sydney: Day trip out to the stunning Blue Mountains,See the famous Three Sisters rock formation,Hike along the ridge overlooking Jamison Valley
  • Sydney: Day trip out to the stunning Blue Mountains
  • Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay: Learn to surf the waves at our beachside surf camp at Coffs Harbour
  • Surfers Paradise: Relax on some of Australia's most famous beaches on the Gold Coast
  • Whitsundays Sailing: Chill on Whitehaven beach one of the worlds top 10 beaches