Whitsunday Islands and Rainforest
Get the most of Australia's East Coast on 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 travel package.
1-2 THE WHITSUNDAYS
Meet up with the other Contiki travellers and your Tour Manager out on stunning Daydream Island 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 Whitsundays! Slow the pace down, kick back and make the most of the fantastic facilities available at the resort. Go for a rainforest walk, swim in the pool, get into some beach or water sports, try your hand at fish-feeding, catch a film at the big outdoor cinema or laze about on the beach.
For those that are up for it, you could get away from it all with 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 on the way back to Daydream Island.
Day 1: Resort Dinner
Day 2: Resort Breakfast
Stay on Daydream Island and enjoy all the resort facilities
Cruise Whitsundays Camira Day Sail A$170
3 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 3: 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
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?'
On day 2, for those who are keen for a fun and thrilling ride, join our optional whitewater rafting adventure activity with our professional Local Guides. There are loads more activities available in Cairns like sky diving and bungy jumping – just ask your Trip 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!
Day 4: Resort Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Resort Breakfast
Cairns city orientation
Outer Barrier Reef Cruise from A$170
White Water Rafting A$125
AJ Hackett Minjin Swing or Bungee Jump A$105 / A$150
Skydive Australia From A$259
6 CAIRNS TO CAPE TRIBULATION
We hit the road following 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 with a local aboriginal guide who will teach you about the culture and traditions of the native people. You will also 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 go kayaking off Cape Tribulation and see turtles swimming beneath and eagles soaring overhead.
We overnight in Cape Tribulation.
Day 6: Resort Breakfast
Aboriginal experience at Mossman Gorge
Jungle Surfing A$85
Kayaking Adventure A$65.00
7 CAPE TRIBULATION TO CAIRNS
Head to the lookout point at Cape Tribulation. The only place in the world where two UNESCO heritage listed sites meet. Next, make a splash in a local watering hole then check out the mangroves on a walk with our local guide.
Next up is Port Douglas, known for its idyllic white sands and palms trees. This resort town attracts the rich & famous, travellers and families alike. You’ll soon see why.
This afternoon it’s back to Cairns, where your tour ends at 4:00pm.
Day 7: Breakfast
Swim in a local waterhole
Mangrove boardwalk with our expert guide
Visit the resort town of Port Douglas
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