Australia: North Queensland to Uluru

Trip Type: In Depth Explorer
Australia | 13 Days

NZD 3,773.00 /Person

From snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, to hiking around Kings Canyon, this trip is a 13-day kaleidoscope of some of the best landscapes and ac...

Australia: North Queensland to Uluru

From snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, to hiking around Kings Canyon, this trip is a 13-day kaleidoscope of some of the best landscapes and activities that Australia offers. You'll walk around the crystal-blue Airlie Beach, watch a magical sunset on Magnetic Island, eat breakfast with Koalas, and even discover the Daintree rainforest. Plus, you can try bungy jumping, scuba diving, and check out the incredible view of the reefs from an airplane. This is what they call an Australian dream.

Airlie Beach

Hello Airlie Beach! This tropical paradise is the perfect place to kick off our adventure. Our trip starts at Base Backpackers where we'll meet our fellow adventurers.

Accommodation:

Base Backpackers (or similar)

Locations Visited:
  • Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

Is there anywhere in the world more beautiful than the Whitsundays? We think not. With 74 perfect islands at your fingertips, an open sea calling your name, today you'll get to explore one of the worlds most lusted-after holiday destinations with a day trip to the spotless Whitehaven Beach, including snorkelling. This is as close to heaven as you can find on planet earth.

Accommodation:

Nomads Airlie Beach (or similar)

Locations Visited:
  • Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

We've got a free day in Airlie Beach today! This vibrant hub of the Whitsundays is ours to explore. We could get out onto the waters with an optional sea kayaking adventure, take to the sky with a Skydive over Australia's most beautiful drop zone or even a relaxing scenic flight over the Whitsunday islands including Whitehaven Beach and Heart Reef. For those looking for a more relaxed option, kick back on the beach sipping something sweet or explore the cute boutiques, bistros and alfresco restaurants that adorn the seafront. It's a hard life.

Accommodation:

Nomads Airlie Beach (or similar)

Locations Visited:
  • Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach to Yunbenun (Magnetic Island) via Townsville

Is there anything better than the Whitsundays? We think our next destination definitely comes close! We'll board a coach this morning heading for Townsville. Here we'll board the ferry to our next destination. Magnetic Island is an apt name for this captivating isle, with its coastal walking trails and gum trees teeming with lazy koala bears. We'll have plenty of time to explore, partake in watersports in the bright turqouise waters or meet some of the local marsupials. But this evening, we'll enjoy some champagne and watch the sun set over the bay.

Accommodation:

Nomads Magnetic Island (or similar)

Locations Visited:
  • Airlie Beach
  • Townsville
  • Yunbenun (Magnetic Island)

Yunbenun (Magnetic Island)

We have a whole day on this paradise island - lucky us! Check out some of the walking trails - such as the Forts Walk which offers up stunning views of the Palm Island Group as well as WWII fortifications, and the chance to see koalas in the wild - or enjoy some free time at Horseshoe bay, taking a dip on the azure waters and relaxing on the beach. See Magnetic Island's resident Rock Wallabies at dusk before a free evening, where we can watch the sunset and check out some of the local bars.

Accommodation:

Nomads Magnetic Island (or similar)

Locations Visited:
  • Yunbenun (Magnetic Island)

Yunbenun (Magnetic Island) to Gimuy (Cairns) via Townsville

After breakfast this morning we'll say farewell to our koala friends and depart Magnetic Island on a ferry. But we'll never forget its singular beauty. Back in Townsville we won't hang around too long, as we're hopping on a train headed to Cairns, where we'll arrive late afternoon after a gloriously scenic journey along Australia's East Coast. Welcome to the city where rainforests meet reefs. We'll enjoy one of the most memorable meals you've ever experienced today with our interactive Bush Food MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® tutorial and dinner. An experienced chef will guide us through a history of Bush Food as you sample a variety of native spices and fruits, explaining their tastes, origins, and traditional uses before we enjoy our dinner, which features native game. It's an incredible cultural feast, and the perfect way to start our adventure in Cairns.

Accommodation:

Gilligans (or similar)

Locations Visited:
  • Yunbenun (Magnetic Island)
  • Townsville
  • Gimuy (Cairns)

Gimuy (Cairns)

Rise and shine, our entire day today is an unforgettable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience, packed with history, heritage and natural beauty, as we enjoy a spectacular a day trip to the oldest tropical rainforest in the world: Daintree. With its ancient ferns and vibrant canopies, this place will take our breath away. There's a reason David Attenborough called it 'the most extraordinary place on earth.' As well as admiring the lush rainforest, we'll also meet the local Kuku Yalanji people and learn about their rich Aboriginal culture and history. We'll get the chance to view a smoking ceremony and take an art class with an Aboriginal artist. We'll also learn about ancient Dreamtime stories, local history and how these are shared through art. Then, we'll get to create our own unique souvenir to take home in the form of a canvas that tells our own stories. What a day; and we're not done yet.

Accommodation:

Gilligans (or similar)

Locations Visited:
  • Gimuy (Cairns)

Gimuy (Cairns)

Today you'll have the option to board a catamaran out to the reef to snorkel or dive in the crystal waters and gaze at the colourful coral and even more vibrant marine life. Back on board, the expert marine crew will tell us all there is to know about this stunning, but vulnerable, natural miracle.

Accommodation:

Gilligans (or similar)

Locations Visited:
  • Gimuy (Cairns)

Gimuy (Cairns)

Today we have the chance to escape our comfort zones and try some of the adventurous activities that Cairns is famous for - think bungy jumping, skydiving and whitewater rafting. Or, sign up for a day trip on the scenic cable car, Skyrail. Gain a unique perspective of Australia's World Heritage listed tropical rainforest, gliding above the canopy before descending to the forest floor to continue your guided journey in the tropical hippie paradise of Kuranda, a village known for its appreciation of sustainable living and alternate therapies. Take the famous Kuranda Railway back to Cairns for a relaxing end to your day.

Accommodation:

Gilligans (or similar)

Locations Visited:
  • Gimuy (Cairns)

Gimuy (Cairns) to Uluru

We’ll start bright and early today with a flight to Uluru which should get us there by mid morning. Here in Uluru, you’ll have the chance to join two optional activities. Try your hand at dot painting with the help of an Indigenous artist, then check out the Field of Lights: a spectacular art installation. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a delicious included dinner with the group.

Accommodation:

Voyages Outback Hotel & Lodge (or similar)

Locations Visited:
  • Gimuy (Cairns)
  • Uluru

Uluru

It's time to explore the majesty of Uluru. And what better way to start the day than witnessing the rock bathed in the golden glow of sunrise? A sacred site for the local aboriginal tribe, this imposing rock is actually a staggering 700 million years old. We'll then get right into the heart of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park with a hike to the Walpa Gorge and Valley of the Winds, where boulders bigger than skyscrapers dominate the landscape. This afternoon you'll have a chance to try out your skills with a optional Segway tour.

Accommodation:

Voyages Outback Hotel & Lodge (or similar)

Locations Visited:
  • Uluru

Uluru (Including Kings Canyon)

Grab your sneakers, camera and your sense of adventure - it's time for a day trip! Our first stop is an included Big BBQ Brekkie at Kings Creek Station, then we're ready to go. Your guided hike around the imposing King's Canyon awaits. Wonder at the lunar-like landscape as you hike through the canyon and take respite from the sun in the shady space at the bottom of the climb, The Garden of Eden.  It's as idyllic and mythical as it sounds and is home to its own unique ecosystem in this barren landscape. Finish the day off with a glass of bubbles in hand and the sunset casting a glow over the Outback's most picturesque backdrop, there's no better way to spend your final evening in Uluru.

Accommodation:

Voyages Outback Hotel & Lodge (or similar)

Locations Visited:
  • Uluru
  • Kings Canyon
  • Uluru

Uluru

This morning it's time to say our sad farewells to our Contiki family. Australia, it's been real. We may shed a tear, but we'll never forget what we've experienced together in this spectacular land. And just remember, it's not goodbye, just see you soon.

Locations Visited:
  • Uluru

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Destination Details
Australia | 13 Days
Trip Location
Trip Starts:
Airlie Beach, Australia
Trip Finishes:
Uluru, Australia
Countries Visited:
Australia

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