The Sun Seeker

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The Sun Seeker

from £977
Duration: 10 days
Countries: Australia
Get down on the farm, enjoy island life, snorkel the Whitsundays, dive the Great Barrier Reef, and then dance the night away in Cairns. This trip shows you all that Down Under has to offer!

The Sun Seeker


Meet your Contiki crew then we’re off on an optional day trip to experience the Great Barrier Reef or free time to explore Cairns. Put on your snorkel gear or try an optional introduction to scuba diving and check out colourful fish, turtles, vivid coral and the incredible clear waters.

For your first night with the group in this city, there’s a chance to head down to a local hot-spot for dinner and the chance to try Kangaroo.

Day 1: Resort Dinner

Outer Barrier Reef Cruise from A$170


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 2: Resort Breakfast

AJ Hackett Minjin Swing or Bungee Jump A$105 / A$150
White Water Rafting A$125


Slowly leaving the tropics behind us, 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 south. Play some tunes, have a chat, catch a movie or simply enjoy some downtime.

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, 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, 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 3: Resort Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Resort Breakfast

Pass through Tully, home to Australia's best whitewater rafting
Pass Hinchinbrook Island - Australia's largest island national park
See Magnetic Island
Townsville city orientation
Visit the vibrant seaside town of Airlie Beach
Cruise Whitsundays Camira Day Sail A$170


Today, plug in your ipod or chat with friends as we drive through scenic Mackay, with countryside full of vibrant green vegetation and sugar cane plantations. Continue down the Capricorn Coast and head inland to an authentic country homestead, right in the heart of Queensland’s cattle country, for our overnight stay.

During our time at Langmorn, 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 dessert.

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 5: Country Homestead Breakfast, Dinner

Visit the main region of Australia's sugar cane industry
Visit & cross the Tropic of Capricorn
Meet the cattle station owners
Check out the farm & animals on a hay wagon ride, then try whip cracking!
Aussie Outback experience: Langmorn Station Special Stopover


After breakfast we drive back out to the coast and travel towards the beautiful beach side town of Noosa. 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.

Day 6: Eco Lodge Breakfast

Winery & Exotic Fruit Orchard From A$31


Experience a slice of paradise on Fraser Island this morning. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed site is the largest sand island in the world and is 800,000 years old. Packed with around 40 fresh-water lakes, lush rainforests and diverse wildlife, Fraser Island lives up to its amazing reputation.

Jump on our included 4WD adventure 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.

Enjoy a drink or two with the included dinner tonight at the local surf club. Later if you want to take it up a level, head out into the town & explore Noosa by night.

Day 7: Resort Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner

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 & meet a lifesaver


There’s time to explore Noosa this morning so take a stroll through the shops and the National Park or sunbathe and swim at the beach before we make our way south. We also stop off in Brisbane today. You’ll get a feel for the capital of Queensland’s laid-back atmosphere when we have a look around town.

Tonight we pull into legendary Surfers Paradise, the Gold Coast’s party hot spot and home to some of the best surfing beaches in the world.

Grab some of your new friends and join the party atmosphere of Surfers tonight with included nightclub entry. With loads of restaurants and buzzing nightlife, there’s something for everybody. Head to the happening Orchid or Cavill Avenues, where clubs and bars line the street or shoot some pool at the pub.

Day 8: Resort Breakfast

See the Brisbane River, South Bank & visit Queen Street Mall
Stay at a resort located right by the beach
Nightclub entry


With a free day, hang out among the bronzed bodies, bikini babes and surfer dudes on the golden sands. Check out what Surfers is most famous for, the three kilometers of gorgeous natural beaches. Kick back and spot some locals showing off their talents in the waves.

If you want to get amongst the action there’s so much happening in Surfers Paradise you are spoilt for choice. You could head up into the Hinterland Mountains on a 4WD trip or visit South Stradbroke Island on a kayaking safari.

Our hotel is only a short walk from both the beach and downtown Surfers Paradise so you could also hit the shops – Surfers has some great places to shop and a huge outlet mall for bargains, so get some tips from your Trip Manager on where’s best to head.

Day 9: Hotel Breakfas

Relax on some of Australia's most famous beaches on the Gold Coast
Tandem Skydiving from A$345
Southern Cross 4WD night tour AU$ 105


Your trip ends after breakfast and it’s time to say goodbye to your Contiki crew and friends.

Day 10: Breakfast

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from £977


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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


14 meals:
9 breakfasts
1 lunch
4 dinners


3 World Heritage Sites visited
Pass through Tully, home to Australia’s best whitewater rafting
Pass Hinchinbrook Island - Australia’s largest island national park

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