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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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 farm owner Nan and the rest of the family as they welcome you into the fold, country style. Fill up on Nan’s famous 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.
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.
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.
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!
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Trip Name: Sunsets and Surf
Duration: 12 Days
From Price: $2,835
Supplier Tour ID: 218.485A/216090
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