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Island and Rainforest with Sailing (Start Whitsundays)

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7 days
2 World Heritage Sites visited
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You will visit: East Coast, including Whitsunday Islands, Cape Tribulation & Cairns

Get the most of Australia's East Coast with this tour to explore and relax. Take in the crystal clear waters and the lush tropical settings of this magnificent island. Ride the Captain Cook Highway with rainforest on one side and the Great Barrier Reef on the other, it's not your typical road trip. You'll make friends for life as you explore Down Under with this Contiki Australia travel package.

Top Offers & Trip Notes

Itinerary + Inclusions & ME Time Optionals

ME Time Optionals

ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Trip Manager in local currency.

Inclusions

On our trips we don't just take you to the destinations, we make sure you get under the skin of every place you visit. From amazing food & accommodation, to exclusive access to incredible experiences, with Contiki you'll get unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.

1-2 Whitsundays Sailing

Your sailing adventure commences with check in at the Pro Sail office, Shop 1, 4 The Esplanade, Airlie Beach from 3.00pm.

Enjoy two nights sailing the stunning Whitsunday islands with your friends. Swim, snorkel, or laze your way around the 74 islands of this tropical paradise, where you will past the lush tropical islands, snorkel or dive the many spectacular coral reefs, laze on the world's best beaches and personally meet an extravagant array of sea life. You can help the crew & learn how to grind the winches & hoist the sails, and try your hand at or just relax and top up your tan in the sun.

Please note: Accommodation on board the yacht is multishare only.

Yacht Yacht Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner

3 The Whitsundays to Cairns

After a ferry back to the mainland, we head deeper into the tropics of Australia today 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.

See vistas over Magnetic Island, a National Park and bird sanctuary, before we continue our travels up north.

Back on the road, we cruise past waterfalls, waterholes, fruit plantations and thick, tropical rainforests into Tully, home to some of Australia’s best white-water rafting.

Then it’s on to the popular traveller’s hub of Cairns. With a colourful tropical setting, vibrant restaurant scene and happening nightlife, this gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and rainforests is one of Australia’s hottest destinations.

In your free time on the first night in Cairns, 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.

Resort Breakfast

  • Townsville city orientation
  • See Magnetic Island
  • Pass Hinchinbrook Island - Australia's largest island national park
  • Pass through Tully, home to Australia's best whitewater rafting
4-5 Cairns

Wake up to the warm waters of Cairns where there’s something for everyone. This is your chance to experience the Great Barrier Reef on an optional day trip.

If you have always wanted to go scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef then this is your chance! There are scuba diving options for both certified and introductory divers (no experience necessary). Check out the amazing World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, you are sure to see one of Nemo's cousins, tiny schooling fish right up to giant Maori wrasse and if you're lucky, even a small reef shark! There are local marine biologists on board to answer 'which fish is that?'

Tonight you have the opportunity to try kangaroo fillets, amongst other delicious Australian delicacies during your included dinner at one of Cairns' most awarded restaurants.

On day 2, for those who are keen for a fun and thrilling ride on the rapids of the Tully River, join our optional whitewater rafting adventure activity with our professional Local Guides. There are loads more activities available in Cairns like hot air ballooning, sky diving and bungy jumping – just ask your Tour Manager for some more info.

Catch up with your new buddies to swap stories on your day at a local hot spot. The food and entertainment is sure to leave a lasting impression!

Resort Resort Breakfast,Dinner,Breakfast

  • Cairns city orientation
  • Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
    from A$160
  • Cairns Tropical Zoo with transfers
    A$60
  • Rainforestation nature park
    A$65
  • Ma Mu Rainforest & Misty Mountains day trip
    A$175
  • Cape Tribulation day trip
    A$165
  • Skyrail rainforest cableway
    from A$40 one way; A$65 return
  • Whitewater Rafting
    A$180
  • Hot Air Ballooning
    A$220
  • Tandem Skydiving
    A$280
  • AJ Hackett Minjin Swing or Bungee Jump
    A$85 / A$150
6 Cairns to Cape Tribulation

We hit the road sticking to the coast, we follow the Coral Sea past remote beaches and gorgeous scenery to the lush, tropical Daintree Rainforest. Get back to nature as we walk through this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and head to a stunningly clear swimming-hole in Mossman Gorge, where you can cool off in the waters.

Heading further north to Cape Tribulation, you have the option to go jungle surfing on zip lines through the rainforest canopy or you can chill out in the resort pool & work on your tan.

We overnight in Cape Tribulation.

Resort Breakfast

  • Aboriginal experience at Mossman Gorge
  • Cable Zip Lines Through the Rainforest
    A$80
7 Cape Tribulation to Cairns

Make a splash in a local watering hole then check out the mangroves on a walk with our local guide. This afternoon it’s back to Cairns, where your tour ends at 4:00pm.

Breakfast

  • Swim in a local waterhole
  • Mangrove boardwalk with our expert guide

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What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

Accommodation

  • 6 nights multi-share accommodation: 3 nights in resorts, 2 nights on a yacht, 1 night in a lodge
  • An experienced and professional Tour Manager & Driver team
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
  • Rainforest adventure on days 6 & 7
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities
  • National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

Team

An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team

Food

  • 10 meals:
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners

Inclusions

  • Townsville city orientation
  • See Magnetic Island
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Me Time

  • Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Cairns Tropical Zoo with transfers
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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is NZ$246
  • You only need a NZ$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in instalments, with Contiki Part Pay