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Australia 2009/10 Incl. East Coast, Northern Territory & Diving Tours for all budgets

From A$131/Day

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Ever thought there must be more to life?

Contiki Australia

There is. Think of 2 words:

Australia. Contiki. Australia, because it’s packed full of things to see, do and love. Contiki, because we’re the people to help you see your world. So if you want to meet people your age and on your wavelength to share fantastic times travelling, there’s no better way to go. This could be the beginning of the rest of your life! We’ve been a family owned business since 1962 and have led the way since day one, helping generations of travellers discover the world.

Adventure and passion – that’s the Contiki spirit. It’s what we stand for… and after travelling with us, you just might too!

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he best value You know the feeling? When you’ve done something so fun, you just want to do it again? That’s Contiki. And that’s why people come from all over the globe to explore Australia with us.

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No younger. No older. Just everyone in between. Travel with us and you’ll meet people your age and build your global network big time! All with the aim to see, smell, taste and live Australia AND share some incredible times together. Are you ready?

We’ve done some hard bargaining across Australia so you get the best deals. You’ve probably already noticed that what others call ‘extras’ – to us, are all included as part of the package. So you know exactly what you’re getting, so you can plan to a tee (more on page 12). Some of our nice ‘surprises’ include fitting our modern coaches with power charging units & loads of included sightseeing.

Like the idea of travelling with your own personal travel guru? Our crew are trained to help you get the most from your holiday, from visiting the sights, to finding and doing things a little more ‘off the itinerary’. Tap into their local knowledge and get all the help and advice you need. And trust us, they’ve made it through training ‘boot camp’ to get here, so they know their stuff.

o hassle

Truth is, travel can be hard work. Like when it’s late and you’re lugging your backpack in the rain, up a crowded street, in a new city, looking for street signs whilst juggling a map. Not fun. We take all the hard work out of your holiday, so you can get down to clocking up some seriously good times – everything a holiday should be about.


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Why Contiki?

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want ‘me time’ We hear you. We know you need your own time to check things out, explore the back streets, find a great place for a meal or just enjoy some chill out time. All our trips have flexible free time in every day. There’s also Explore More optional activities (pages 10-11) that let you pick and mix, whether you’re into culture, adventure sports, music or food, the choice is healthy and we’re pretty confident you’ll find something you just can’t say no to.

After 47 years in the business, we have built up quite a reputation. We’re a member of Tour Operator Associations worldwide and we’re recognised globally for our reliability and quality. Sure, the company may’ve grown and evolved, but that essential Contiki spirit is as strong as ever.

ngenious! There’s lots to cover in this fantastic country! So we’ve got smart and created a way of showing you the best of them by making our tours into ‘modules’. This means there’s a load of flexible options to see exactly what you want, in your timeframe. You can choose to cover the entire country with our Aussie Explorer tour or if you’re short on time, choose any number of tour combinations (modules) from 3-25 days.

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Contiki & Australia Why Contiki? What kind of holiday? Included highlights & sightseeing Explore More & optional activities Real value. Cool deals. Travelling responsibly About contiki.com Contiki crew Festival ideas

Northern Territory tours

Days

16-17 18-19 20 21

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This is the Northern Territory Territory & Outback Alice & Kakadu Alice & Uluru

East Coast tours 22-23 24-25 26-27 28-29 30-31 32-33 34 35 36 37 38 39

This is the East Coast Whitsundays sailing Reefs & Rainforests Beaches & Reefs Coast & Whitsundays Cairns Sunshine Trail Island & Rainforest Magical Tropics Rainforest Adventure Bridge to Reef City to Surf Diving packages Sydney Explorer & New Years Eve packages

16 14 11 12 9 7 3 10 5 5/3 4

East Coast/Northern Territory combinations 40-41 42-43 44

Aussie Explorer Contrast Reef & Rock Ocean to Outback

24/25 14 15

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Got a question? Stay longer and departure points The fine print How to book


Meeting people your age from around the world

A comfortable hotel after a full day’s sightseeing

Plenty of meals included

Tour managers, full of local knowledge

Dive or snorkel a ‘Wonder of the world’

Chilling out in the wide, open spaces of the outback

Having interesting, unique places to stay

Learn all about indigenous culture

Staying close to the city action

Adrenalin pumping & action packed

Sailing on a maxi racing yacht

Having plenty of free time to yourself

Meeting one-of-akind local characters

No hassle, near door-to-door transport

An affordable one

Whatever kind of trip you’re after, we’ve got it covered.

We’ve got loads of amazing itineraries that shortcut you to some of the best Australia has to offer. There’s 9 tours of the East Coast running from Sydney to Cairns (pgs 22-39), 3 tours of the Northern Territory from the Top End to the Red Centre (pgs 16-21) plus we’ve combined the best of both, in our combination tours (pgs 40-44).


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What kind of holiday are you after?

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Outback Territory & 11 Days

Reefs & Rainforests 16 Days

City to Surf 5 Days

Beaches & Reefs 14 Days

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Alice & Kakadu 6 Days

Magical Tropics 7 Days

Aussie Explorer 24/25

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Alice & Uluru 5 Days

P.21

Coast & Whitsundays 11 Days

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P.26

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nture Rainforest Adve 3 Days

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Contrast Reef & Rock 14 days

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Cairns Sunshine Trail 12 Days

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Bridge to Reef 10 Days

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That’s what you’re after isn’t it? To explore the places you’ve seen in films, read about in books and daydreamed of visiting! We call them Included Highlights and they’re a part of every Contiki itinerary, every day.

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Best of all, they’re included in the cost of your tour so you can score extra bang for your buck and be sure you will see the things that are key to every destination. Stuff like locally guided tours, some entrance fees, city orientation tours, organised evenings out – they’re just some of what’s included. Follow the footprints for a bit more of what you’ll see…

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Want to explore more?

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Sure there are loads of activities already included, but there's also plenty of ‘Free Time’ to go for it and create your own adventure ‘off the itinerary’. Explore something you might have already seen in more detail, or just chill out, relax and see where the backstreets take you. You can also try one of our many Explore More ‘Optional Activities’ that help turn a great trip into an unforgettable one. Each one has been handpicked based on past traveller feedback and we’ve negotiated great rates to pass on to you. NB: It’s important that you check your insurance includes your participation in adventure activities and be aware that some of our optionals can be physically demanding and therefore involve some risk.

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge ‘Surf’ the sandunes Champagne & sunset at Uluru Skydive tandem over Cairns

Snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef 4WD Fraser Island’s beaches Vintage plane joyflight Sail the Whitsunday Islands

Ride a cablecar over the rainforest Horseriding through the bush Daintree rainforest exploration Hot air balloon at dawn Heli over Kings Canyon

Camel ride

Aboriginal cultural experience Cable-zip through the rainforest Learn to surf Scenic flight over Kakadu Camel ride in the outback

Cruise Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge ‘Drovers Blowout’ Alice Springs dinner Quad bike at Kings Creek Station

Jetboat ride on Sydney Harbour Ride a Harley in the Red Centre

Guided rainforest eco-hike Dolphin watching cruise Comedy cabaret show & dinner

Trip to white-sand Whitehaven Beach Bungy jump in Cairns Guided sea-kayak safari

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Explore More Free Time Optionals

Scenic helicopter flight

Quad bike tour Jungle Surfing

Learn to surf lessons White water rafting Semi-submersible reef cruise

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THE CONTIKI PRICE/DAY

We’ve done the sums on doing a tour versus travelling on your own to 3 key destinations. And the results are in! Check the next page to find ways to cut your holiday costs even more.

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Early Payment Discounts

Save up to A$369 off the cost of your tour when you book and pay in full, 6 or 12 months before departing. Check the tour page for savings on the trip of your choice.

Sydney

Cairns

Gold Coast

Multi-tour Discounts

A$18.50

A$17.50

A$18.00

Scrambled eggs, toast, coffee & juice at Adria café

Fruit & yoghurt, coffee & juice at Splash Cafe

Fully cooked breakfast, coffee & juice at Pancakes in Paradise

Book any 2 Contiki trips of 10 days or longer, at the same time & get up to A$100 off the cost of the second tour.

A$62.00

A$71.00

A$35.00

AAT Kings Sydney morning city sights & Bondi tour

Tropical Horizons Cairns & Cape Tribulation sightseeing day tour

Adventure Duck land + water city sightseeing tour of the canals

A$55.00

A$120.00

A$40.00

(price of budget hotel twin share/room only)

at Base Backpackers Sydney (double room with ensuite)

at Gilligans (deluxe 4 bedded dorm with ensuite)

at Sleeping Inn (twin share with ensuite)

Day Travel Pass

A$16.00

A$6.70

A$18.00

Cityrail bus/train/ferry travel day pass

City travel day pass

Multi zone day travel pass

A$30.00

A$32.00

A$28.00

at Una’s Restaurant

Rattle’n’Hum Restaurant

at George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant

A$17.80

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Based on Greyhound Pass (Sydney-Cairns valid 45 days, travelling for 20 days)

Based on Greyhound Pass (Sydney-Cairns valid 45 days, travelling for 20 days)

Based on Greyhound Pass (Sydney-Cairns valid 45 days, travelling for 20 days)

Reverse Tours

$156/day

Save up to A$150 when you take a Contiki AUS tour in reverse from the brochured itinerary. Reverse itineraries start from the northern cities of Darwin, Cairns and The Whitsundays. Itineraries that can be done in reverse are marked on the relevant tour pages.

Breakfast

Sightseeing

1 Night’s Budget Accommodation

Dinner (2 courses and a glass of wine, beer or soft drink)

Transport

`Total cost of your day in A$’s when doing it your own way The unbeatable Contiki price

$199/day

$265/day

Contiki’s Australia from A$131/day

Group Discounts MORE 4 save 5% Get 4 or more people to book at the same time on the same tour and take 5% off the cost per person. SAVINGS 7 save 7.5% Book 7 people travelling on the same holiday at the same time and score a 7.5% discount per person. PERFECT 10 save 10% Round up a group of 10 friends booking on the same tour at the same time and the 11th person travels free. Or everyone in your group gets 10% off. Whatever way you like it! All discounts apply to the land tour price only. More 4, Savings 7 and Perfect 10 can be combined on tours of 5 days or more (with the exception of dive packages).

Price Guarantee As soon as we receive your deposit, your tour price is guaranteed and only government action can change it. That’s even more reason to book & pay early! See page 47 for details.

*Prices & exchange rates validated at 5th Feb 2009 at the locations stated. Actual costs may change without notice. Sightseeing cost comparison is based on similar activities of what’s included in a Contiki tour price. Contiki’s per day pricing is based on a Reefs & Rainforests tour daily cost.

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Value & Deals. Travelling responsibly.

When you hit the road with us, there are two very good reasons to feel great (and probably more)! First one is the feel-good factor of knowing you’re about to begin the trip of a lifetime. Second, you’ll feel even better knowing that travelling by coach emits less carbon emissions and other harmful greenhouse gases per passenger than most other forms of transport including cars, trains and planes! International air travel is key to getting you on the road to your world adventure and most airlines have options for you to carbon offset, if you choose to. Coach is by far the most carbon efficient way to travel around.

Bags packed & ready to go? Or just thinking about it? Wherever you’re at with your travel plans, joining the Contiki community online will help. Here’s where you can connect with lots of travellers your age all with the aim to get out there and live the travel dream!

Contiki’s coach fleet is one of the best around and we’re regularly updating it so that all our engines remain fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. For the full story go to contiki.com.au/responsibletravel. We’re also founding partners and have helped establish The Leading Travel Companies Conservation Foundation. US$1 million is awarded annually to projects that protect the environment, help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism. In 2008, the Foundation helped protect three million hectares of Atlantic Forest in Brazil, supported indigenous sustainable tourism, funded wildlife research centres in Africa and work to preserve important monuments and archaeological sites throughout Europe, like the sinking city of Venice. For more on the Foundation’s work see tltc.com/foundation

What else can you find at contiki.com? • Contiki videos & mini-movie • Cool competitions • The latest deals • More detailed itineraries, prices & Explore More activity options • Plus there’s contikipedia… our very own wiki full of answers to every Contiki question imaginable written by our tour managers and past travellers.

You’ll find advice and comments from past Contiki travellers to answer all those little questions (and the big ones)! And there’s a healthy amount of pre-trip meeting going on too, so you can often find trip mates from your tour before you even leave home. For more got to contiki.com

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“My brain is packed with all the travel knowledge, insider tips and great ideas you need, so you can make the most of your time.”

Contiki Crew have made it through training ‘boot camp’, so they couldn’t be better qualified, plus they love what they do - all adding up to an even better holiday for you!

“I always keep an eagle eye on things to help make your trip as hassle-free as possible.”

“I live, eat and breathe travel. Careful, it’s catching!”

“Sure it’s a tour, but I like to keep it flexible and move things around to suit the group and the day. I’m here to make your trip the best it can be, and am always listening and ready to help.”

“Like to get a handle on the lingo? I’ll give you a few key words and phrases you need to mix it with the locals. Then it’s over to you to give it a try.”

“I look friendly, sound friendly and even wake up friendly. Not bad, eh? I’m also around your age and I’ve got a pretty good idea of the kind of fun you’re after.”

“TM’s come from round the country - nobody knows it better than a local.

“Travelling with me is all about you concentrating on the fun bits. To do that, I like to focus on keeping things organised and running smoothly, so you can focus on enjoying your holiday.”

“There’s no tougher training in the travel industry than our intensive training course and there’s a good reason why. Contiki makes sure that only the very best people make it through so that you get to benefit from having the cream of the crop.”

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“The other half of our dynamic duo - nobody knows the roads like our Drivers do. They handle all the driving stress while getting you where you want, near door to door, without having to lug your bags around.”


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The Contiki Menu Of all the memories you’ll make on your trip, what you ate will be right up there with the best of them. Australia has amazing foods to excite (and challenge) your tastebuds! From juicy steaks to some of the world’s best seafood unique to Oz like barramundi fish and Moreton Bay bugs. There’s also Aboriginal bush tucker like witchetty grubs, kangaroo and crocodile. Not to mention the whole other dimension of flavours due to the multi-cultural nature of the country. We include lots of fresh and tasty meals on all of our tours, but we leave enough mealtimes free (particularly lunches), as you’ll be out exploring in your free time, discovering and doing your own thing. If you’ve got any special dietary requests, you need to let us know at the time you book your trip. We will try very hard to make sure you’re accommodated, but sometimes things can vary from place to place and we can’t guarantee that you will get meals to your exact requirement.

Charge it on the go You wouldn’t travel anywhere without your music or a camera, right? That’s why most of our coaches are fitted with charging units, so you’ll never have to worry about your iPod, MP3 or camera batteries running out of juice. Just charge up onboard and you’re good to go – how convenient is that? Don't forget to bring your adapter plug.


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It’s different out here. From the endless space and changing colours of the Outback and Red Centre, to the awesome national parks of the tropical Top End. The Territory is Australia’s natural and cultural capital. With more than 40,000 years of indigenous history to discover, an unbelievable diversity of wildlife and mystical landscapes, combined with some of our friendly Aussie characters - you’re in for a once in a lifetime experience! 3 am tour azing 5 to s from 11 d ays


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You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

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Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Alice Springs Meet up with your Contiki Crew & explore the Outback’s unofficial capital, ’The Alice’, famous for its remote location, its Aussie characters & its reputation as the national hub for Aboriginal art. Hotel (D) Alice Springs town tour Visit ANZAC Hill lookout See Alice Springs Telegraph Station Visit Alice Springs Desert Park & learn about plants & animals found across the Central Australian desert Visit the important Aboriginal cultural site of Simpson’s Gap Visit West MacDonnell National Park Day 2: Alice Springs to Kings Creek Station Strike out West to rugged Kings Creek Station, a working camel station, & tonight do as the real Aussie ‘bushies’ do & sleep under the stars in a comfy swag. Outback bush camp (B,D) Cross the Finke River - the oldest river in the world Enjoy a unique experience at an overnight bush camp on a cattle & camel station See the desert night sky & stars Day 3: Kings Creek Station to Uluru Walk through one of the most spectacular sights in central Australia – Kings Canyon. Then hit the road for the Yulara Resort & watch the sun set over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Lodge (B) Visit Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park Hike to the 'Garden of Eden' waterhole & the 'Lost City' See Mt. Connor, over 700 million years old Day 4: Uluru Watch shadows & changing colours at play as the sun rises over Australia’s pin up icon, Uluru. Take a chance to walk up, on or around ’The Rock’. Then visit Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s) where each rock represents a person, an animal or food from the Aboriginal Dreaming. Lodge (B) Entry to Uluru National Park (fee included) See Uluru up close at sunset & sunrise Visit the Uluru Cultural Centre Hike the Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta (The Olga's) Day 5: Uluru to Alice Springs Pit stop at a fascinating institution in outback travel, the traditional Australian Roadhouse, on the return trip to Alice Springs. Hotel (B) Day 6: Alice Springs to Tennant Creek Opt in to see the sunrise over the MacDonnell Ranges from a hot air balloon. Tonight’s stay is in Tennant Creek surrounded by million-acre cattle stations & Aboriginal communities. Hotel (D) Visit the small art gallery in Ti Tree to see Aboriginal art & didgeridoos Maybe sight a UFO in the town of Wycliffe Well Visit the Devil’s Marbles rock formation Stay in the ‘true blue’ Aussie outback town of Tennant Creek Day 7: Tennant Creek to Katherine Stop & ‘tip one back’ at the oldest pub in the Territory before dipping into the

refreshing Mataranka Thermal Pools. Continue on to the surprisingly lush river town of Katherine. Hotel (B) Visit Daly Waters - the famous outback pub Chill out & swim in the Mataranka thermal pools Visit Elsey - the historic ’We of the Never Never’ homestead Day 8: Katherine to Kakadu National Park Hike, walk, or take an optional boat trip for an up close experience with dramatic Katherine Gorge. Then it’s on to Kakadu National Park via Edith or Gunlom Falls. Hotel (B,D) Visit mighty Katherine Gorge & see the sheer rock walls & wildlife Day 9: Kakadu National Park Be stunned by the ecological ‘jewel’ of Kakadu & its variety of superb landscapes, abundance of wildlife, & arguably Australia's best Aboriginal rock art found at places like Nourlangie Rock. Hotel (B) Walk & see the Aboriginal rock art Visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Wildlife cruise to see crocodiles & native birds Day 10: Kakadu National Park to Darwin Wind your way to Darwin, an exotic, diverse place that combines East & West & attracts people from all over the country. Tonight maybe try lucking out at the casino or go dancing & party the night away. Hotel (B) Visit Darwin Museum, home to the Cyclone Tracy display Day 11: Darwin to Litchfield National Park Delve into the Northern Territory’s best kept secret, Litchfield National Park & plunge into the cool pool of water below Florence Falls. Then it’s back to Darwin where the tour ends & its time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) See the unique, huge termite mounds See Litchfield’s rainforests & rock formations Enjoy a swim at Florence Falls

Northern Territory

Kakadu wildlife cruise

11 days Territory & Outback 10 nights accomm 9 breakfasts 4 dinners What’s included All as per itinerary

• 10 nights multi-share accommodation: Nourlangie rock art

7 nights in hotels, 2 nights in a lodge & 1 night on an outback bush camp in a comfy Aussie ‘swag’ Basis: mainly quad, some triple. Twin/single share also available at additional cost. Outback bush camp quad/multi-share only

More info at contiki.com.au/ ausaccommodation • 9 breakfasts (B) & 4 dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Local taxes & service charges Swim in the rock pools

When to go and how much Code: TEDA 2009/10

Code: TEAD 2009/10

Stay Longer?

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Start Darwin

Finish A.Springs

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See page 46 for great rates to extend your holiday.

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For Travel Insurance see page 45. Prices above are quad share. Twin room supplement add A$279. Single room supplement add A$855. TEAD: Start Alice Springs 9.00am and end Darwin 6.00pm TEDA: Start Darwin 7.30am and end Alice Springs 12.00noon For departure point information see page 46.

Hot air ballooning

Save Money! If you pay 12 months in advance, you save A$139. Or pay 6 months in advance and save A$69. See page 12 for details.

ALICE SPRINGS: Dawn hot air balloon flight over desert & the MacDonnell Range - Learn from Aboriginal people about their lifestyle and beliefs on a ‘Dreamtime Bushtucker’ experience KATHERINE: Locally guided cruise of beautiful Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge KAKADU NATIONAL PARK: Scenic flight over this World Heritage Listed area


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6 Days

Northern Territory

6 days Alice & Kakadu 5 nights accomm 5 breakfasts 2 dinners

Katherine Gorge cruise

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Ti Tree

Alice Springs

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

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When to go and how much Code: AKDA 2009/10

Kakadu scenic flight

Your Choice You can start this tour in Alice Springs and travel it in reverse

Save Money! If you pay 12 months in advance, you save A$89. Or pay 6 months in advance and save A$45. See page 12 for details.

Code: AKAD 2009/10

Start Darwin

Finish A.Springs

A$ pp

2009 MAR 25 APR 22 MAY 20 JUN 17 JUL 15 AUG 12 SEP 9 OCT 7 NOV 4 DEC 2 DEC 30

MAR 30 APR 27 MAY 25 JUN 22 JUL 20 AUG 17 SEP 14 OCT 12 NOV 9 DEC 7 JAN 4

889 889 889 889 869 869 869 869 849 849 849

2010 JAN 27 FEB 24 MAR 24 APR 21 MAY 19 JUN 16 JUL 14 AUG 11 SEP 8

FEB 1 MAR 1 MAR 29 APR 26 MAY 24 JUN 21 JUL 19 AUG 16 SEP 13

Itinerary and included sightseeing

849 849 849 909 909 909 895 895 895

Start A.Springs

Finish Darwin

A$ pp

2009 APR 10 MAY 8 JUN 5 JUL 3 JUL 31 AUG 28 SEP 25 OCT 23 NOV 20 DEC 18

APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP SEP OCT NOV DEC

15 13 10 8 5 2 30 28 25 23

889 889 889 869 869 869 869 869 849 849

2010 JAN 15 FEB 12 MAR 12 APR 9 MAY 7 JUN 4 JUL 2 JUL 30 AUG 27 SEP 24

JAN 20 FEB 17 MAR 17 APR 14 MAY 12 JUN 9 JUL 7 AUG 4 SEP 1 SEP 29

849 849 849 909 909 909 895 895 895 895

For Travel Insurance see page 45. Prices above are quad share. Twin room supplement add A$135. Single room supplement add A$445. AKDA: Start Darwin 7.30am and end Alice Springs 2.00pm AKAD: Start Alice Springs 9.00am and end Darwin 6.00pm For departure point information see page 46.

Day 1: Darwin & Litchfield National Park Delve into the Northern Territory’s best kept secret, Litchfield National Park & plunge into the cool pool of water below Florence Falls. Head back to Darwin & get ready for a night out on the town. Hotel See the unique, huge termite mounds See Litchfield’s rainforests & sandstone formations Enjoy a swim at Florence Falls Day 2: Darwin to Kakadu National Park Today, hit the streets of tropical Darwin, an exotic, diverse place that combines East & West & attracts people from all over the country. Then wind your way to Kakadu National Park. Hotel (B,D) Darwin city tour See Darwin’s harbour & the East Point Military Reserve Visit Darwin Museum, home to the Cyclone Tracy display Day 3: Kakadu National Park Be stunned by the ecological ‘jewel’ of Kakadu & its variety of superb landscapes, abundance of wildlife, & arguably Australia's best Aboriginal rock art found at places like Nourlangie Rock. Hotel (B) Walk & see the Aboriginal rock art Visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Wildlife cruise to see crocodiles & native birds

Day 4: Kakadu National Park to Katherine Continue on, via Gunlom or Edith Falls, to the surprisingly lush river town of Katherine. On the way, stop & walk, or take an optional boat trip for an up close experience with dramatic Katherine Gorge. Hotel (B) Visit mighty Katherine Gorge & see the sheer rock walls & wildlife Day 5: Katherine to Tennant Creek Chill out with a refreshing swim at Mataranka before stopping & ‘enjoying a coldie’ at the oldest pub in the Territory. Tonight, stay in Tennant Creek surrounded by million-acre cattle stations & local Aboriginal communities. (B,D) Swim in the Mataranka thermal pools Visit Elsey, the historic ’We of the Never Never’ homestead Visit Daly Waters - famous outback pub Stay in the ‘true blue’ Aussie outback town of Tennant Creek Day 6: Tennant Creek to Alice Springs Contemplate the age-old, mythological Devil’s Marbles rocks before crossing the Tropic of Capricorn & arriving in Alice Springs where the tour ends & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) See Aboriginal art & didgeridoos in Ti Tree’s local art gallery Maybe sight a UFO in Wycliffe Well!

Stay Longer? See page 46 for great rates to extend your holiday.

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK: Scenic flight over this World Heritage Listed area KATHERINE: Locally guided cruise of beautiful Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge

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More info at contiki.com.au/ ausaccommodation • 5 breakfasts (B) & 2 dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Local taxes & service charges


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5 Days

Northern Territory

Alice & Uluru

5 days Alice & Uluru

Meet the locals

4 nights accomm 4 breakfasts 2 dinners

Gulf of Carpentaria

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What’s included

NORTHERN TERRITORY

All as per itinerary

• 4 nights multi-share accommodation: 1 night in a hotel, 2 nights in a lodge & 1 night on an outback bush camp in a comfy Aussie ‘swag’ Basis: mainly quad, some triple. Twin/single share also available at additional cost. Outback bush camp quad/multi-share only

Simpsons Gap KINGS CANYON 1 1 ALICE SPRINGS The Olgas 2 ULURU

More info at contiki.com.au/ ausaccommodation • 4 breakfasts (B) & 2 dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Local taxes & service charges

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Uluru

Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Alice Springs Meet up with your Contiki Crew & explore the Outback’s unofficial capital - ’The Alice’ - famous for its remote location, its Aussie characters & its reputation as the national hub for Aboriginal art. Hotel (D) Alice Springs town tour Visit ANZAC Hill lookout See Alice Springs Telegraph Station Visit Alice Springs Desert Park & learn about plants & animals found across the Central Australian desert Visit the important Aboriginal cultural site of Simpson’s Gap

W For more go to contiki.com.au/uluru

Visit West MacDonnell National Park Day 2: Alice Springs to Kings Creek Station Strike out West to rugged Kings Creek Station, a working camel station, and tonight do as the real Aussie ‘bushies’ do and sleep under the stars in a comfy swag. Outback bush camp (B,D) Cross the Finke - the world’s oldest river Enjoy a unique experience at an overnight bush camp on a cattle & camel station

Then hit the road for the Yulara Resort and watch the sun set over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Lodge (B) Visit Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park Hike to the 'Garden of Eden' waterhole & the 'Lost City' See Mt. Connor, over 700 million years old Day 4: Uluru Watch shadows & changing colours at play as the sun rises over Australia’s pin up icon, Uluru. Take a chance to walk up, on or around ’The Rock’. Then visit Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s) where each rock represents a person, an animal or food from the Aboriginal Dreaming. Lodge (B) Entry to Uluru National Park (fee included) See Uluru up close at sunset & sunrise Visit the Uluru Cultural Centre Hike the Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta (The Olga's) Day 5: Uluru Say farewell to your new friends as your trip ends after breakfast. Or join us for a free transfer to Alice Springs where your trip ends upon arrival. (subject to availability). (B)

See the desert night sky & stars

Stay Longer?

Day 3: Kings Creek Station to Uluru Walk through one of the most spectacular sights in central Australia – Kings Canyon.

See page 46 for great rates to extend your holiday.

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

When to go and how much Code: AEDA 2009/10

Code: AEAD 2009/10

Start A.Springs

Finish Uluru

A$ pp

Start A.Springs

Finish Uluru

A$ pp

2009 MAR 30 APR 27 MAY 25 JUN 22 JUL 20 AUG 17 SEP 14 OCT 12 NOV 9 DEC 7

APR MAY MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

3 1 29 26 24 21 18 16 13 11

689 689 689 689 675 675 675 675 659 659

2009 APR 5 MAY 3 MAY 31 JUN 28 JUL 26 AUG 23 SEP 20 OCT 18 NOV 15 DEC 13

APR MAY JUN JUL JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

9 7 4 2 30 27 24 22 19 17

689 689 689 689 675 675 675 675 659 659

2010 JAN 4 FEB 1 MAR 1 MAR 29 APR 26 MAY 24 JUN 21 JUL 19 AUG 16 SEP 13

JAN 8 FEB 5 MAR 5 APR 2 APR 30 MAY 28 JUN 25 JUL 23 AUG 20 SEP 17

659 659 659 659 699 699 699 695 695 695

2010 JAN 10 FEB 7 MAR 7 APR 4 MAY 2 MAY 30 JUN 27 JUL 25 AUG 22 SEP 19

JAN 14 FEB 11 MAR 11 APR 8 MAY 6 JUN 3 JUL 1 JUL 29 AUG 26 SEP 23

659 659 659 699 699 699 699 695 695 695

For Travel Insurance see page 45. Prices above are quad share. Twin room supplement add A$120. Single room supplement add A$370. AEDA: Start Alice Springs 2.00pm and end Uluru 8.00am AEAD: Start Alice Springs 9.00am and end Uluru 8.00am For departure point information see page 46.

Quad biking

Your Choice You can end this tour in Uluru or Alice Springs

Save Money! If you pay 12 months in advance, you save A$69. Or pay 6 months in advance and save A$35. See page 12 for details.

ALICE SPRINGS: Dawn hot air balloon flight over desert - Learn from Aboriginal people about their lifestyle and beliefs on a ‘Dreamtime Bushtucker’ experience KINGS CANYON: Explore Kings Creek Station on a quad-bike - Scenic helicopter flight over the Canyon ULURU: Take a ‘wild’ ride on a Harley Davidson around Uluru - Champagne sunset drinks & nibbles


e h t s i s i h T

The East Coast is where it’s at! From the big city excitement of spectacular Sydney to adventure-packed Cairns in the tropical north, with miles of sun-loving coastline and pristine t1o2u amazin 3 tors from g national parks in between. It’s chilled out 25 d ays coastal towns are the perfect way to wind down and relax, or check the pace with more adventure activities than you can handle!

Optional Whitsundays sailing A great alternative to spending 2 nights at Daydream Island Resort, is our sailing option upgrade, with the chance to spend 2 days & nights onboard your own private maxi yacht. Sailing is a great way to see this Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area, with heavenly white beaches and crystal clear waters it’s famous for. If you want to learn about sailing, the crew will teach you how to hoist the sails and grind the winches, but if you’d prefer to relax, sunbake and soak up the atmosphere – you can leave the hard work to them. Swim, snorkel or laze your way around this tropical paradise. You’ll find prices on each applicable tour page. This optional upgrade includes 2 nights multi-share accommodation (no twin avail), a dedicated & professional onboard crew, freshly prepared meals (2 bfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners) & snorkelling equipment. W For more go to contiki.com.au/sailingwhitsundays


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This is the East Coast & Whitsundays sailing

Sleep in amazing places like... On a working cattle farm’s traditional country homestead Right on the beachfront at our Surf Camp On a Great Barrier Reef island resort Amongst the Daintree rainforest at an eco-lodge Onboard a yacht in the picture-perfect Whitsunday Islands And when in the cities, it’s quality, central hotels There’s loads more online at contiki.com.au/ausaccommodation

Cairns Colonial Club

Daydream Island Resort Walking in the Daintree

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Get a taste of life on a working outback cattle station. Learn the ropes sailing around The Whitsunday Islands. Walk through the Daintree, the oldest rainforest on earth. Feel the sand between your toes on the beach of one of many stunning beaches.

Get wet snorkelling or diving one of the world’s natural wonders the Great Barrier Reef. Scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 4WD your heart out across the sand dunes of Fraser Island. Beginner or experienced – diving for everyone.

Pump the adrenelin with skydiving, bungy and white water rafting.

Make friends with the locals like koalas and kangaroos. Bring beach culture to life and learn to surf. Chill out in bohemian Byron Bay.

And that’s just the beginning!

Sailing The Whitsundays

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16 Days Reefs & Rainforests

Outer Barrier Reef daytrip

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Mossman Gorge Kuranda

2 CAPE TRIBULATION Port Douglas

Coral Sea

3 CAIRNS Tully

Great Barrier Reef Townsville

3 Shute Harbour Airlie Beach

WHITSUNDAYS (Daydream Island) Mackay

NORTHERN TERRITORY

QUEENSLAND COUNTRY 1 HOMESTEAD

Capricorn Coast

2 FRASER ISLAND Noosa

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Brisbane

SURFERS PARADISE 2

Your choice You can start this tour in Sydney and travel it in reverse.

Currumbin Byron Bay

1 COFFS HARBOUR Great Australian Bight

NEW SOUTH WALES 1 PORT STEPHENS Sydney Tasman Sea

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

VICTORIA

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

CAIRNS: White water raft the mighty Tully River - Snorkel or dive on an outer Great Barrier Reef cruise & lunch


25 Itinerary and included sightseeing

W For more go to contiki.com.au/reefs

Day 1: Cairns to Cape Tribulation Meet up with your Contiki Crew & head to Port Douglas, a glamorous, yet low-key resort town popular with the rich & famous. Keep heading north along the stunning Coral Sea to Mossman Gorge, the pristine Daintree National Park & Cape Tribulation. Resort (D) See Port Douglas & gorgeous Four Mile Beach - a band of white-sand beach backed by palms Walk through the Daintree Rainforest to Mossman Gorge for swimming Day 2: Cape Tribulation Get back to nature in the Daintree National Park with its ancient rainforests. Dip in a refreshing swimming hole before heading back to Cape Tribulation - a unique area where 2 of Australia’s most significant World Heritage sites, The Great Barrier Reef & the wet tropics, meet! Resort (B) Learn about unique Daintree flora & fauna on a board walk Listen to Aboriginal legends about the precious area Day 3: Cape Tribulation to Cairns Learn about the fascinating indigenous Aboriginal culture. Then it’s back to Cairns for the evening. Resort (B) Visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre & see native dancing, learn to throw a boomerang & see spear throwing Days 4-5: Cairns With a lush tropical setting, Cairns has so much to offer – great restaurants, bars, markets, shopping, & of course, nightlife! It’s also the jumping off point for lots of activities like the Outer Barrier Reef cruise or whitewater rafting. Resort Cairns city tour Day 6: Cairns to the Whitsundays Pass through Tully & Townsville en route to Airlie Beach - gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. A quick ferry ride & you’ll find yourself in a slice of heaven on pretty Daydream Island. Resort (B,D) Cross the Tully River, home to Australia's best white water rafting (optional activity) Townsville city tour Visit Airlie Beach with a pumping bar & cafe scene Days 7-8: The Whitsundays Time to slow it down & catch some rays on the amazing white sand beaches of The Whitsundays. Or get your blood pumping with heaps of activities to choose from like waterskiing, parasailing, tennis, beach volleyball or snorkelling. Resort (B) (B) See native birdlife & wallabies Enjoy great resort facilities

Days 6-8: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get out on the water for the next couple of days? Choose our Whitsunday sailing option! See page 22 for more info & the pricing box for costs. There’s no twin or single share available onboard the boat. (B,D) (B,L,D) (B,L). Codes: ex Cairns:BWCW / ex Sydney:BWSW

Day 9: The Whitsundays to Country Homestead Pass through Mackay & its sugar cane fields

on your way to our homestead in the heart of Australia’s cattle country. Get a slice of the real country life & genuine Aussie hospitality over a hearty meal. Country Homestead (B,D) Cross the Tropic of Capricorn Rockhampton city tour Farm tour to see a mix of farm animals & even kangaroos! Day 10: Country Homestead to Fraser Island Head back out to the coast, catch a ferry, & touch down on the natural wonder of Fraser Island. Eco Lodge (B,D) Day 11: Fraser Island Take a full day to uncover World Heritage listed Fraser Island, a gigantic 800,000 year old sandbar. Bushwalk & 4WD through its diverse ecology of rainforests, towering sandunes & freshwater lakes. Eco Lodge Scenic boat trip to Fraser Island Enjoy the eco-resort’s facilities Day 12: Fraser Island to Surfers Paradise Back to the mainland, it’s on to Noosa, a little beach resort blending the chic with surf culture. After lunch, explore Brisbane, a cosmopolitan city that has still retained a laid-back, small town attitude before arriving in Surfers Paradise. Hotel (B) Visit picturesque Noosa & its beach Brisbane city tour Watch a fascinating cutting demonstration of Australia’s national gemstone, the Opal Try your luck at Jupiter's Casino Day 13: Surfers Paradise Surfers Paradise is the place to party in the ‘sunshine state’. Combine sun, surf, adventure, water activities & more bars & nightclubs than you could ‘poke a stick at’, & you have a travellers paradise! Hotel Day 14: Surfers Paradise to Coffs Harbour Encounter native Aussie animals at Currumbin Sanctuary before wandering through the artsy, coastal town of Byron Bay. Then continue down Australia’s famous ‘holiday coast’ to the beautiful beaches of Coffs Harbour where our Surf Camp & School has cabins located right on the beach. Surf Village (B,D) Visit a wildlife sanctuary - cuddle a koala & see kangaroos, emus, crocodiles, dingoes, Tasmanian devils & more! Visit Cape Byron - Australia's most easterly point Day 15: Coffs Harbour to Shoal Bay (Port Stephens) This morning we’ll show you the best waves to surf if you already know how, or teach you if you don’t. This afternoon, head to the ‘blue water paradise’ of Port Stephens & pristine Shoal Bay. Resort (B,D) See the iconic ‘Big Banana’ Day 16: Shoal Bay to Sydney After taking a chance to cruise with the dolphins or trying out sandboarding in Port Stephens, finish up the day by checking out Sydney’s icons. The tour ends here & its time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Sydney city tour See the Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge Visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair for a panoramic view of Sydney Harbour

Stay Longer? See page 46 for great rates to extend your holiday.

East Coast

16 days Reefs & Rainforests

Whitewater rafting

When to go and how much Code: BWCS 2009/10 All prices per person in A$

Code: BWSC 2009/10 All prices per person in A$

Start Cairns

Finish Sydney

Tour Only

Tour & Sailing

Start Sydney

Finish Cairns

Tour Only

Tour & Sailing

2009 APR 2 APR 9 APR 20 APR 30 MAY 7 MAY 28 JUN 4 JUN 25 JUL 2 JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 10 AUG 20 AUG 27 SEP 7 SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 5 OCT 15 OCT 22 NOV 2 NOV 12 NOV 19 NOV 30 DEC 10 DEC 17 DEC 28

APR 17 APR 24 MAY 5 MAY 15 MAY 22 JUN 12 JUN 19 JUL 10 JUL 17 AUG 7 AUG 14 AUG 25 SEP 4 SEP 11 SEP 22 OCT 2 OCT 9 OCT 20 OCT 30 NOV 6 NOV 17 NOV 27 DEC 4 DEC 15 DEC 25 JAN 1 JAN 12

2145 2145 2145 2145 2145 2145 2145 2145 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2095 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199

2465 2465 2465 2465 2465 2465 2465 2465 2415 2415 2415 2415 2415 2415 2415 2415 2415 2415 2415 2415 2519 2519 2519 2519 2519 2519 2519

2009 MAR 22 MAR 29 APR 9 APR 19 APR 26 MAY 17 MAY 24 JUN 14 JUN 21 JUL 12 JUL 19 JUL 30 AUG 9 AUG 16 AUG 27 SEP 6 SEP 13 SEP 24 OCT 4 OCT 11 OCT 22 NOV 1 NOV 8 NOV 19 NOV 29 DEC 6 DEC 17 DEC 27

APR 6 APR 13 APR 24 MAY 4 MAY 11 JUN 1 JUN 8 JUN 29 JUL 6 JUL 27 AUG 3 AUG 14 AUG 24 AUG 31 SEP 11 SEP 21 SEP 28 OCT 9 OCT 19 OCT 26 NOV 6 NOV 16 NOV 23 DEC 4 DEC 14 DEC 21 JAN 1 JAN 11

2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2195 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299

2565 2565 2565 2565 2565 2565 2565 2565 2565 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619

2010 JAN 7 JAN 13 JAN 25 FEB 4 FEB 11 FEB 25 MAR 4 MAR 11 MAR 18 MAR 25 APR 1 APR 8 APR 19 APR 29 MAY 6 MAY 27 JUN 3 JUN 24 JUL 1 JUL 22 JUL 29 AUG 9 AUG 19 AUG 26 SEP 6 SEP 16 SEP 23

JAN 22 JAN 28 FEB 9 FEB 19 FEB 26 MAR 12 MAR 19 MAR 26 APR 2 APR 9 APR 16 APR 23 MAY 4 MAY 14 MAY 21 JUN 11 JUN 18 JUL 9 JUL 16 AUG 6 AUG 13 AUG 24 SEP 3 SEP 10 SEP 21 OCT 1 OCT 8

2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2189 2189 2189 2189 2189 2189 2189 2189 2155 2155 2155 2155 2155 2155 2155 2155 2155

2519 2519 2519 2519 2519 2519 2519 2519 2519 2519 2509 2509 2509 2509 2509 2509 2509 2509 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475

2010 JAN 2 JAN 14 JAN 24 JAN 31 FEB 14 FEB 21 FEB 28 MAR 7 MAR 14 MAR 21 MAR 28 APR 8 APR 18 APR 25 MAY 16 MAY 23 JUN 13 JUN 20 JUL 11 JUL 18 JUL 29 AUG 8 AUG 15 AUG 26 SEP 5 SEP 12 SEP 23

JAN 17 JAN 29 FEB 8 FEB 15 MAR 1 MAR 8 MAR 15 MAR 22 MAR 29 APR 5 APR 12 APR 23 MAY 3 MAY 10 MAY 31 JUN 7 JUN 28 JUL 5 JUL 26 AUG 2 AUG 13 AUG 23 AUG 30 SEP 10 SEP 20 SEP 27 OCT 8

2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2289 2289 2289 2289 2289 2289 2289 2255 2255 2255 2255 2255 2255 2255 2255 2255

2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2619 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2575 2575 2575 2575 2575 2575 2575 2575 2575

For Travel Insurance see page 45. Prices above are quad share. Tour only supplement - add A$1615 single/add A$490 twin share. Tour + sailing supplement - add A$1375 single/add A$415 twin share (no twin or single available whilst on boat). BWCS: Start Cairns 7.30am and end Sydney 6.00pm BWSC: Start Sydney 7.00am and end Cairns 4.00pm For departure point information see page 46.

15 nights accomm 11 breakfasts 2 lunches (sailing option) 6 dinners (island option) 7 dinners (sailing option) What’s included All as per itinerary

• 15 nights multi-share accommodation: 2 nights in a hotel, 9 nights in resorts, 2 nights in an eco-lodge, 1 night in a surf school village & 1 night in a country homestead Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht (see page 22) Basis: mainly quad, some triple. Twin/single share also available at additional cost. Yacht quad/multi-share only

More info at contiki.com.au/ ausaccommodation • 11 breakfasts (B) & 6 dinners (D) Sailing option: 11 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) & 7 dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Rainforest adventure on days 1 & 2 • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Local taxes & service charges

Byron Bay

Save Money! If you pay 12 months in advance, you save A$219. Or pay 6 months in advance and save A$109. See page 12 for details.

WHITSUNDAYS: Day sailing trip to famous Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent) SURFERS PARADISE: ‘Bushwacker’ guided National Park rainforest walk & lunch FRASER ISLAND: Locally guided 4WD trip across the island & lunch COFFS HARBOUR: Learn to surf lesson PORT STEPHENS: Dolphin watching cruise & swimming


14 Days Beaches & Reefs

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Coral Sea

3 CAIRNS Tully

Great Barrier Reef Townsville

3 Shute Harbour Airlie Beach

WHITSUNDAYS (Daydream Island) Mackay

NORTHERN TERRITORY

QUEENSLAND COUNTRY 1 HOMESTEAD

Capricorn Coast

2 FRASER ISLAND Noosa

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Brisbane

SURFERS PARADISE 2

Your choice You can start this tour in Cairns and travel it in reverse – if you do, you save up to A$80.

Currumbin Byron Bay

1 COFFS HARBOUR Great Australian Bight

NEW SOUTH WALES 1 PORT STEPHENS Sydney Tasman Sea

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

VICTORIA

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

PORT STEPHENS: Sandboard & ‘surf’ down the sandunes SYDNEY: Climb Sydney’s most famous icon, The Harbour Bridge (tours finishing Sydney)


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W For more go to contiki.com.au/beaches

Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Sydney to Shoal Bay (Port Stephens) Meet up with your Contiki crew & check out Sydney’s icons. Then head up north to the ‘blue water paradise’ of Port Stephens & pristine Shoal Bay where you can cruise with the dolphins or try sandboarding. Resort (D) Sydney city tour See the Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge Visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair for a panoramic view of Sydney Harbour Day 2: Shoal Bay to Coffs Harbour Continue up Australia’s famous ‘holiday coast’ to the beautiful beaches of Coffs Harbour where our Surf Camp & School has cabins located right on the beach. We’ll show you the best waves to surf if you already know how, or teach you if you don’t. Surf Village (B,D) See the iconic ‘Big Banana’ Day 3: Coffs Harbour to Surfers Paradise Wander through the relaxed, small coastal town of Byron Bay with its New Ageorganic lifestyle, artsy shops & fantastic eateries. Later, encounter native Aussie animals at Currumbin Sanctuary. Hotel (B) Visit Cape Byron - Australia's most easterly point Visit a wildlife sanctuary - cuddle a koala & see kangaroos, emus, crocodiles, dingoes, Tasmanian devils & more! Visit stunning Gold Coast beaches Visit Jupiter's Casino Day 4: Surfers Paradise Surfers Paradise is the place to party in the ‘sunshine state’. Combine sun, surf, adventure, water activities & more bars & nightclubs than you could ‘poke a stick at’, & you have a travellers paradise! Hotel Day 5: Surfers Paradise to Fraser Island Explore Brisbane, a cosmopolitan city that has still retained a laid-back, small town attitude. After lunch it’s on to Noosa, a little beach resort blending the chic with surf culture. Eco Lodge (B,D) Brisbane city tour Watch a fascinating cutting demonstration of Australia’s national gemstone, the Opal Visit picturesque Noosa & its beach Day 6: Fraser Island Take a full day to uncover World Heritage listed Fraser Island, a gigantic 800,000 year old sandbar. Bushwalk & 4WD through its diverse ecology of rainforests, towering sandunes & freshwater lakes. Eco Lodge Scenic boat trip to Fraser Island Stay in the eco-village & enjoy the resort facilities Day 7: Fraser Island to Country Homestead A bit further north & find yourself at our homestead in the heart of Australia’s cattle country. Get a slice of the real Aussie country life & genuine Aussie hospitality over a hearty meal. Country Homestead (B,D) Farm tour to see the farm animals & even kangaroos! Enjoy this evening’s activities with music, a bar & a bonfire Day 8: Country Homestead to the Whitsundays Pass through Mackay & its sugar cane fields en route to Airlie Beach - gateway to

the Whitsunday Islands. A quick ferry ride & you’ll find yourself in a slice of heaven on tropical Daydream Island. Resort (B,D) Cross the Tropic of Capricorn Rockhampton city tour Visit Airlie Beach, right on the water with a pumping bar & cafe scene Transfer boat to Daydream Island Days 9-10: The Whitsundays Time to slow it down, chill out, & catch some rays on the amazing white sandy beaches. Or get your blood pumping with a ton of activities to choose from like waterskiing, parasailing, tennis, beach volleyball or snorkelling. Resort (B)(B) Enjoy great resort facilities See native birdlife & wallabies

Days 8-10: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get out on the water for the next couple of days? Choose our Whitsunday sailing option! See page 22 for more info & the pricing box for costs. There’s no twin or single share available onboard the boat. (B,D) (B,L,D) (B,L). Codes: ex Sydney:BRSW / ex Cairns:BRCW

Day 11: The Whitsundays to Cairns Go north to the happening city of Townsville that straddles the coast & the outback. Continue road-tripping along the spectacular Great Green Way via Tully to the everpopular travellers’ hub of Cairns. Resort (B) Townsville city tour View Magnetic Island, an unspoilt national park, from Townsville Cross the Tully River, home to Australia's best white water rafting Days 12-13: Cairns With a lush tropical setting, Cairns has so much to offer – great restaurants, bars, markets, shopping, & of course, nightlife! It’s also the jumping off point for lots of activities like the Outer Barrier Reef cruise or whitewater rafting. Resort (B) Cairns city tour Day 14: Cairns Visit Tjapukai to learn about fascinating & ancient Aboriginal culture. Then it’s back to Cairns where the tour ends & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. Visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre & see Aboriginal dancing, throw a boomerang & see spear throwing

Tjapukai Cultural Park

East Coast

14 days Beaches & Reefs

Tandem skydiving

When to go and how much Code: BRSC 2009/10 All prices per person in A$

Code: BRCS 2009/10 All prices per person in A$

Start Sydney

Finish Cairns

Tour Only

Tour & Sailing

2009 MAR 22 MAR 29 APR 9 APR 19 APR 26 MAY 17 MAY 24 JUN 14 JUN 21 JUL 12 JUL 19 JUL 30 AUG 9 AUG 16 AUG 27 SEP 6 SEP 13 SEP 24 OCT 4 OCT 11 OCT 22 NOV 1 NOV 8 NOV 19 NOV 29 DEC 6 DEC 17 DEC 27

APR 4 APR 11 APR 22 MAY 2 MAY 9 MAY 30 JUN 6 JUN 27 JUL 4 JUL 25 AUG 1 AUG 12 AUG 22 AUG 29 SEP 9 SEP 19 SEP 26 OCT 7 OCT 17 OCT 24 NOV 4 NOV 14 NOV 21 DEC 2 DEC 12 DEC 19 DEC 30 JAN 9

1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 1925 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019

2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2295 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2245 2339 2339 2339 2339 2339 2339 2339

2010 JAN 2 JAN 14 JAN 24 JAN 31 FEB 14 FEB 21 FEB 28 MAR 7 MAR 14 MAR 21 MAR 28 APR 8 APR 18 APR 25 MAY 16 MAY 23 JUN 13 JUN 20 JUL 11 JUL 18 JUL 29 AUG 8 AUG 15 AUG 26 SEP 5 SEP 12 SEP 23

JAN 15 JAN 27 FEB 6 FEB 13 FEB 27 MAR 6 MAR 13 MAR 20 MAR 27 APR 3 APR 10 APR 21 MAY 1 MAY 8 MAY 29 JUN 5 JUN 26 JUL 3 JUL 24 JUL 31 AUG 11 AUG 21 AUG 28 SEP 8 SEP 18 SEP 25 OCT 6

2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979

2339 2339 2339 2339 2339 2339 2339 2339 2339 2339 2339 2335 2335 2335 2335 2335 2335 2335 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299 2299

Start Cairns

Finish Sydney

Tour Only

Tour & Sailing

2009 APR 4 APR 11 APR 22 MAY 2 MAY 9 MAY 30 JUN 6 JUN 27 JUL 4 JUL 25 AUG 1 AUG 12 AUG 22 AUG 29 SEP 9 SEP 19 SEP 26 OCT 7 OCT 17 OCT 24 NOV 4 NOV 14 NOV 21 DEC 2 DEC 12 DEC 19 DEC 30

APR 17 APR 24 MAY 5 MAY 15 MAY 22 JUN 12 JUN 19 JUL 10 JUL 17 AUG 7 AUG 14 AUG 25 SEP 4 SEP 11 SEP 22 OCT 2 OCT 9 OCT 20 OCT 30 NOV 6 NOV 17 NOV 27 DEC 4 DEC 15 DEC 25 JAN 1 JAN 12

1895 1895 1895 1895 1895 1895 1895 1895 1845 1845 1845 1845 1845 1845 1845 1845 1845 1845 1845 1845 1939 1939 1939 1939 1939 1939 1939

2215 2215 2215 2215 2215 2215 2215 2215 2165 2165 2165 2165 2165 2165 2165 2165 2165 2165 2165 2165 2259 2259 2259 2259 2259 2259 2259

2010 JAN 9 JAN 15 JAN 27 FEB 6 FEB 13 FEB 27 MAR 6 MAR 13 MAR 20 MAR 27 APR 3 APR 10 APR 21 MAY 1 MAY 8 MAY 29 JUN 5 JUN 26 JUL 3 JUL 24 JUL 31 AUG 11 AUG 21 AUG 28 SEP 8 SEP 18 SEP 25

JAN 22 JAN 28 FEB 9 FEB 19 FEB 26 MAR 12 MAR 19 MAR 26 APR 2 APR 9 APR 16 APR 23 MAY 4 MAY 14 MAY 21 JUN 11 JUN 18 JUL 9 JUL 16 AUG 6 AUG 13 AUG 24 SEP 3 SEP 10 SEP 21 OCT 1 OCT 8

1939 1939 1939 1939 1939 1939 1939 1939 1939 1939 1935 1935 1935 1935 1935 1935 1935 1935 1899 1899 1899 1899 1899 1899 1899 1899 1899

2259 2259 2259 2259 2259 2259 2259 2259 2259 2259 2255 2255 2255 2255 2255 2255 2255 2255 2219 2219 2219 2219 2219 2219 2219 2219 2219

For Travel Insurance see page 45. Prices above are quad share. Tour only supplement - add A$1295 single/add A$435 twin share. Tour + sailing supplement - add A$1055 single/add A$360 twin share (no twin or single available whilst on boat). BRSC: Start Sydney 7.00am and end Cairns 12.00 noon BRCS: Start Cairns 12.00 noon and end Sydney 6.00pm For departure point information see page 46. Extend your holiday! Stay on using our special rates before or after your tour. More on page 46.

13 nights accomm 9 breakfasts 2 lunches (sailing option) 5 dinners (island option) 6 dinners (sailing option) What’s included All as per itinerary

• 13 nights multi-share accommodation: 2 nights in a hotel, 7 nights in resorts, 2 nights in an eco-lodge, 1 night in a surf school village & 1 night in a country homestead Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht (see page 22) Basis: mainly quad, some triple. Twin/single share also available at additional cost. Yacht quad/multi-share only

More info at contiki.com.au/ ausaccommodation • 9 breakfasts (B) & 5 dinners (D) Sailing option: 9 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) & 6 dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Local taxes & service charges

Aussie lifesaver

Save Money! If you pay 12 months in advance, you save A$189. Or pay 6 months in advance and save A$95. See page 12 for details.

SURFERS PARADISE: Harley Davidson motorbike tour through the Hinterland - ‘Bushwacker’ guided National Park rainforest walk & lunch - Spectacular tandem skydive CAIRNS: Snorkel or dive on an outer Great Barrier Reef cruise - Great Barrier Reef scuba diving for beginners and certified divers - Dawn hot air balloon flight & champagne breakfast FRASER ISLAND: Locally guided 4WD trip across the island & lunch THE WHITSUNDAYS: Day sailing trip to famous Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent)


11 Days Coast &Whitsundays

Lake Mackenzie, Fraser Island

ys 555 a D 11 A$1 y from42/Da A$1

Coral Sea

Great Barrier Reef

Shute Harbour

3 WHITSUNDAYS (Daydream Island)

Airlie Beach Mackay

NORTHERN TERRITORY

QUEENSLAND COUNTRY 1 HOMESTEAD

Capricorn Coast

2 FRASER ISLAND Noosa

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Brisbane

SURFERS PARADISE 2

Your choice You can start this tour in the Whitsundays and travel it in reverse – if you do, you save up to A$40.

Currumbin Byron Bay

1 COFFS HARBOUR Great Australian Bight

NEW SOUTH WALES 1 PORT STEPHENS Sydney Tasman Sea

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

VICTORIA

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

PORT STEPHENS: Dolphin watching cruise & swimming COFFS HARBOUR: Learn to surf lesson


29 Itinerary and included sightseeing

W For more go to contiki.com.au/coast

Day 1: Sydney to Shoal Bay (Port Stephens) Meet up with your Contiki crew & check out Sydney’s icons. Then head up north to the ‘blue water paradise’ of Port Stephens & pristine Shoal Bay where you can cruise with the dolphins or try sandboarding. Resort (D) Sydney city tour See the Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge Visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair for a panoramic view of Sydney Harbour Day 2: Shoal Bay to Coffs Harbour Continue up Australia’s famous ‘holiday coast’ to the beautiful beaches of Coffs Harbour where our Surf Camp & School has cabins located right on the beach. We’ll show you the best waves to surf if you already know how, or teach you if you don’t. Surf Village (B,D) See the iconic ‘Big Banana’ Day 3: Coffs Harbour to Surfers Paradise Wander through the relaxed, small coastal town of Byron Bay with its New Ageorganic lifestyle, artsy shops & fantastic eateries. Later, encounter native Aussie animals at Currumbin Sanctuary. Hotel (B) Visit Cape Byron - Australia's most easterly point Visit a wildlife sanctuary - cuddle a koala & see kangaroos, emus, crocodiles, dingoes, Tasmanian devils & more! Visit stunning Gold Coast beaches Visit Jupiter's Casino Day 4: Surfers Paradise Surfers Paradise is the place to party in the ‘sunshine state’. Combine sun, surf, adventure, water activities & more bars & nightclubs than you could ‘poke a stick at’, & you have a travellers paradise! Hotel Day 5: Surfers Paradise to Fraser Island Explore Brisbane, a cosmopolitan city that has still retained a laid-back, small town attitude. After lunch it’s on to Noosa, a little beach resort blending the chic with surf culture. Eco Lodge (B,D) Brisbane city tour Watch a fascinating cutting demonstration of Australia’s national gemstone, the Opal Visit picturesque Noosa & its beach Day 6: Fraser Island Take a full day to uncover World Heritage listed Fraser Island, a gigantic 800,000 year old sandbar. Bushwalk & 4WD

through its diverse ecology of rainforests, towering sandunes & freshwater lakes. Eco Lodge Scenic boat trip to Fraser Island Stay in the eco-village & enjoy the resort facilities Day 7: Fraser Island to Country Homestead A bit further north & find yourself at our homestead in the heart of Australia’s cattle country. Get a slice of the real Aussie country life & genuine Aussie hospitality over a hearty meal. Country Homestead (B,D) Farm tour to see the farm animals & even kangaroos! Enjoy this evening’s activities with music, a bar & a bonfire Day 8: Country Homestead to the Whitsundays Pass through Mackay & its sugar cane fields en route to Airlie Beach - gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. A quick ferry ride & you’ll find yourself in a slice of heaven on tropical Daydream Island. Resort (B,D) Cross the Tropic of Capricorn Rockhampton city tour Visit Airlie Beach, right on the water with a pumping bar & cafe scene Transfer boat to Daydream Island Days 9-10: The Whitsundays Time to slow it down, chill out, & catch some rays on the amazing white sandy beaches. Or get your blood pumping with a ton of activities to choose from like waterskiing, parasailing, tennis, beach volleyball or snorkelling. Resort (B)(B) Enjoy great resort facilities See native birdlife & wallabies

Days 8-10: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get out on the water for the next couple of days? Choose our Whitsunday sailing option! See page 22 for more info & the pricing box for costs. There’s no twin or single share available onboard the boat. (B,D) (B,L,D) (B,L). Codes: ex Sydney:SQSW / ex W’suns:SQCW

Day 11: The Whitsundays The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

Stay Longer? See page 46 for great rates to extend your holiday in Sydney.

Shopping, Noosa

East Coast

11 days Coast & Whitsundays 10 nights accomm 8 breakfasts 2 lunches (sailing option) 5 dinners (island option) 6 dinners (sailing option)

Surfers Paradise

When to go and how much Code: SQSC 2009/10 All prices per person in A$

Code: SQCS 2009/10 All prices per person in A$

Start Sydney

Finish W’suns

Tour Only

Tour & Sailing

2009 MAR 22 MAR 29 APR 9 APR 19 APR 26 MAY 17 MAY 24 JUN 14 JUN 21 JUL 12 JUL 19 JUL 30 AUG 9 AUG 16 AUG 27 SEP 6 SEP 13 SEP 24 OCT 4 OCT 11 OCT 22 NOV 1 NOV 8 NOV 19 NOV 29 DEC 6 DEC 17 DEC 27

APR 1 APR 8 APR 19 APR 29 MAY 6 MAY 27 JUN 3 JUN 24 JUL 1 JUL 22 JUL 29 AUG 9 AUG 19 AUG 26 SEP 6 SEP 16 SEP 23 OCT 4 OCT 14 OCT 21 NOV 1 NOV 11 NOV 18 NOV 29 DEC 9 DEC 16 DEC 27 JAN 6

1635 1635 1635 1635 1635 1635 1635 1635 1635 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675

1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995

2010 JAN 2 JAN 14 JAN 24 JAN 31 FEB 14 FEB 21 FEB 28 MAR 7 MAR 14 MAR 21 MAR 28 APR 8 APR 18 APR 25 MAY 16 MAY 23 JUN 13 JUN 20 JUL 11 JUL 18 JUL 29 AUG 8 AUG 15 AUG 26 SEP 5 SEP 12 SEP 23

JAN 12 JAN 24 FEB 3 FEB 10 FEB 24 MAR 3 MAR 10 MAR 17 MAR 24 MAR 31 APR 7 APR 18 APR 28 MAY 5 MAY 26 JUN 2 JUN 23 JUN 30 JUL 21 JUL 28 AUG 8 AUG 18 AUG 25 SEP 5 SEP 15 SEP 22 OCT 3

1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1675 1665 1665 1665 1665 1665 1665 1665 1640 1640 1640 1640 1640 1640 1640 1640 1640

1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1960 1960 1960 1960 1960 1960 1960 1960 1960

Start W’suns

Finish Sydney

Tour Only

Tour & Sailing

2009 APR 7 APR 14 APR 25 MAY 5 MAY 12 JUN 2 JUN 9 JUN 30 JUL 7 JUL 28 AUG 4 AUG 15 AUG 25 SEP 1 SEP 12 SEP 22 SEP 29 OCT 10 OCT 20 OCT 27 NOV 7 NOV 17 NOV 24 DEC 5 DEC 15 DEC 22

APR 17 APR 24 MAY 5 MAY 15 MAY 22 JUN 12 JUN 19 JUL 10 JUL 17 AUG 7 AUG 14 AUG 25 SEP 4 SEP 11 SEP 22 OCT 2 OCT 9 OCT 20 OCT 30 NOV 6 NOV 17 NOV 27 DEC 4 DEC 15 DEC 25 JAN 1

1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1635 1635 1635 1635 1635 1635

1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1875 1875 1875 1875 1875 1875 1875 1875 1875 1875 1875 1875 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955

2010 JAN 2 JAN 12 JAN 18 JAN 30 FEB 9 FEB 16 MAR 2 MAR 9 MAR 16 MAR 23 MAR 30 APR 6 APR 13 APR 24 MAY 4 MAY 11 JUN 1 JUN 8 JUN 29 JUL 6 JUL 27 AUG 3 AUG 14 AUG 24 AUG 31 SEP 11 SEP 21 SEP 28

JAN 12 JAN 22 JAN 28 FEB 9 FEB 19 FEB 26 MAR 12 MAR 19 MAR 26 APR 2 APR 9 APR 16 APR 23 MAY 4 MAY 14 MAY 21 JUN 11 JUN 18 JUL 9 JUL 16 AUG 6 AUG 13 AUG 24 SEP 3 SEP 10 SEP 21 OCT 1 OCT 8

1635 1635 1635 1635 1635 1635 1635 1635 1635 1635 1635 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600 1600

1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1920 1920 1920 1920 1920 1920 1920 1920 1920

What’s included All as per itinerary

For Travel Insurance see page 45. Prices above are quad share. Tour only supplement - add A$985 single/add A$325 twin share. Tour + sailing supplement - add A$745 single/add A$250 twin share (no twin or single available whilst on boat). SQSC: Start Sydney 7.00am end Whitsundays 8.00am SQCS: Start Whitsundays 5.00pm and end Sydney 6.00pm For departure point information see page 46.

• 10 nights multi-share accommodation: 2 nights in a hotel, 4 nights in resorts, 2 nights in an eco-lodge, 1 night in a surf school village & 1 night in a country homestead Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht (see page 22) Basis: mainly quad, some triple. Twin/single share also available at additional cost. Yacht quad/multi-share only

More info at contiki.com.au/ ausaccommodation • 8 breakfasts (B) & 5 dinners (D) Sailing option: 8 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) & 6 dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Local taxes & service charges

Dolphin watching cruise

Save Money! If you pay 12 months in advance, you save A$159. Or pay 6 months in advance and save A$79. See page 12 for details.

SURFERS PARADISE: Vintage Tiger Moth bi-plane joyflight (with acrobatic ‘loop the loops’)! - Spectacular tandem skydive - Harley Davidson motorbike tour through the Hinterland - ‘Bushwacker’ guided National Park rainforest walk & lunch FRASER ISLAND: Locally guided 4WD trip across the island & lunch - Humpback whale watching boat cruise (Aug-Oct) WHITSUNDAYS: Day sailing trip to famous Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent) - Snorkel or dive on an outer Great Barrier Reef cruise & lunch


12 Days Cairns Sunshine Trail

Tjapukai Cultural Centre

ys 569 a D 12 A$1 y from31/Da A$1

Gulf of Carpentaria Coral Sea

3 CAIRNS Tully

Great Barrier Reef Townsville

3 Shute Harbour Airlie Beach

WHITSUNDAYS (Daydream Island) Mackay

NORTHERN TERRITORY

QUEENSLAND COUNTRY 1 HOMESTEAD

Capricorn Coast

2 FRASER ISLAND Noosa

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Brisbane

SURFERS PARADISE 2

Your choice You can start this tour in Cairns and travel it in reverse – if you do, you save up to A$40.

Great Australian Bight

NEW SOUTH WALES

Tasman Sea

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

VICTORIA

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

FRASER ISLAND: Locally guided 4WD trip across the island & lunch


31 Itinerary and included sightseeing

W For more go to contiki.com.au/sunshine

Day 1: Surfers Paradise Meet up with your Contiki Crew & head into the bright lights of Surfers Paradise for a great night out with your new travel buddies! Hotel Visit Jupiter's Casino Day 2: Surfers Paradise Surfers Paradise is the place to party in the ‘sunshine state’. Combine sun, surf, adventure, water activities & more bars & nightclubs than you could ‘poke a stick at’, & you have a travellers paradise! Hotel Day 3: Surfers Paradise to Fraser Island Explore Brisbane, a cosmopolitan city that has still retained a laid-back, small town attitude. After lunch it’s on to Noosa, a little beach resort blending the chic with surf culture. Eco Lodge (B,D) Brisbane city tour Watch a fascinating cutting demonstration of Australia’s national gemstone, the Opal Visit picturesque Noosa & its beach Day 4: Fraser Island Take a full day to uncover World Heritage listed Fraser Island, a gigantic 800,000 year old sandbar. Bushwalk & 4WD through its diverse ecology of rainforests, towering sandunes & freshwater lakes. Eco Lodge Scenic boat trip to Fraser Island Stay in the eco-village & enjoy the resort facilities Day 5: Fraser Island to Country Homestead A bit further north & find yourself at our homestead in the heart of Australia’s cattle country. Get a slice of the real Aussie country life & genuine Aussie hospitality over a hearty meal. Country Homestead (B,D) Farm tour to see the farm animals & even kangaroos! Enjoy this evening’s activities with music, a bar & a bonfire Day 6: Country Homestead to the Whitsundays Pass through Mackay & its sugar cane fields en route to Airlie Beach - gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. A quick ferry ride & you’ll find yourself in a slice of heaven on tropical Daydream Island. Resort (B,D) Cross the Tropic of Capricorn Rockhampton city tour Visit Airlie Beach, right on the water with a pumping bar & cafe scene Transfer boat to Daydream Island

Days 7-8: The Whitsundays Time to slow it down, chill out, & catch some rays on the amazing white sandy beaches. Or get your blood pumping with a ton of activities to choose from like waterskiing, parasailing, tennis, beach volleyball or snorkelling. Resort (B)(B) Enjoy great resort facilities See native birdlife & wallabies

East Coast

12 days Cairns Sunshine Trail

Days 6-8: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get out on the water for the next couple of days? Choose our Whitsunday sailing option! See page 22 for more info & the pricing box for costs. There’s no twin or single share available onboard the boat. (B,D) (B,L,D) (B,L). Codes: ex Surfers P:BTSW / ex Cairns:BTCW

Day 9: The Whitsundays to Cairns Go north to the happening city of Townsville that straddles the coast & the outback. Continue road-tripping along the spectacular Great Green Way via Tully to the ever-popular travellers’ hub of Cairns. Resort (B) Townsville city tour View Magnetic Island, an unspoilt national park, from Townsville Cross the Tully River, home to Australia's best white water rafting Days 10-11: Cairns With a lush tropical setting, Cairns has so much to offer – great restaurants, bars, markets, shopping, & of course, nightlife! It’s also the jumping off point for lots of activities like the Outer Barrier Reef cruise or whitewater rafting. Resort (B) Cairns city tour Day 12: Cairns Visit Tjapukai to learn about fascinating & ancient Aboriginal culture. Then it’s back to Cairns where the tour ends & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. Visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre & see Aboriginal dancing, throw a boomerang & see spear throwing

Stay Longer? See page 46 for great rates to extend your holiday in Cairns.

Semi-submersible cruise

11 nights accomm 7 breakfasts 2 lunches (sailing option) 3 dinners (island option) 4 dinners (sailing option)

Jetskiing, The Whitsundays

When to go and how much Code: BTSC 2009/10 All prices per person in A$

Code: BTCS 2009/10 All prices per person in A$

Start Finish Surfers P. Cairns

Tour Only

Tour & Sailing

2009 MAR 24 MAR 31 APR 11 APR 21 APR 28 MAY 19 MAY 26 JUN 16 JUN 23 JUL 14 JUL 21 AUG 1 AUG 11 AUG 18 AUG 29 SEP 8 SEP 15 SEP 26 OCT 6 OCT 13 OCT 24 NOV 3 NOV 10 NOV 21 DEC 1 DEC 8 DEC 19 DEC 29

APR 4 APR 11 APR 22 MAY 2 MAY 9 MAY 30 JUN 6 JUN 27 JUL 4 JUL 25 AUG 1 AUG 12 AUG 22 AUG 29 SEP 9 SEP 19 SEP 26 OCT 7 OCT 17 OCT 24 NOV 4 NOV 14 NOV 21 DEC 2 DEC 12 DEC 19 DEC 30 JAN 9

1649 1649 1649 1649 1649 1649 1649 1649 1649 1609 1609 1609 1609 1609 1609 1609 1609 1609 1609 1609 1609 1689 1689 1689 1689 1689 1689 1689

1969 1969 1969 1969 1969 1969 1969 1969 1969 1929 1929 1929 1929 1929 1929 1929 1929 1929 1929 1929 1929 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009

2010 JAN 4 JAN 16 JAN 26 FEB 2 FEB 16 FEB 23 MAR 2 MAR 9 MAR 16 MAR 23 MAR 30 APR 10 APR 20 APR 27 MAY 18 MAY 25 JUN 15 JUN 22 JUL 13 JUL 20 JUL 31 AUG 10 AUG 17 AUG 28 SEP 7 SEP 14 SEP 25

JAN 15 JAN 27 FEB 6 FEB 13 FEB 27 MAR 6 MAR 13 MAR 20 MAR 27 APR 3 APR 10 APR 21 MAY 1 MAY 8 MAY 29 JUN 5 JUN 26 JUL 3 JUL 24 JUL 31 AUG 11 AUG 21 AUG 28 SEP 8 SEP 18 SEP 25 OCT 6

1689 1689 1689 1689 1689 1689 1689 1689 1689 1689 1689 1679 1679 1679 1679 1679 1679 1679 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655

2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975

Start Cairns

Finish Tour Surfers P. Only

Tour & Sailing

2009 APR 4 APR 11 APR 22 MAY 2 MAY 9 MAY 30 JUN 6 JUN 27 JUL 4 JUL 25 AUG 1 AUG 12 AUG 22 AUG 29 SEP 9 SEP 19 SEP 26 OCT 7 OCT 17 OCT 24 NOV 4 NOV 14 NOV 21 DEC 2 DEC 12 DEC 19 DEC 30

APR 15 APR 22 MAY 3 MAY 13 MAY 20 JUN 10 JUN 17 JUL 8 JUL 15 AUG 5 AUG 12 AUG 23 SEP 2 SEP 9 SEP 20 SEP 30 OCT 7 OCT 18 OCT 28 NOV 4 NOV 15 NOV 25 DEC 2 DEC 13 DEC 23 DEC 30 JAN 10

1609 1609 1609 1609 1609 1609 1609 1609 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1649 1649 1649 1649 1649 1649 1649

1929 1929 1929 1929 1929 1929 1929 1929 1889 1889 1889 1889 1889 1889 1889 1889 1889 1889 1889 1889 1969 1969 1969 1969 1969 1969 1969

2010 JAN 9 JAN 15 JAN 27 FEB 6 FEB 13 FEB 27 MAR 6 MAR 13 MAR 20 MAR 27 APR 3 APR 10 APR 21 MAY 1 MAY 8 MAY 29 JUN 5 JUN 26 JUL 3 JUL 24 JUL 31 AUG 11 AUG 21 AUG 28 SEP 8 SEP 18 SEP 25

JAN 20 JAN 26 FEB 7 FEB 17 FEB 24 MAR 10 MAR 17 MAR 24 MAR 31 APR 7 APR 14 APR 21 MAY 2 MAY 12 MAY 19 JUN 9 JUN 16 JUL 7 JUL 14 AUG 4 AUG 11 AUG 22 SEP 1 SEP 8 SEP 19 SEP 29 OCT 6

1649 1649 1649 1649 1649 1649 1649 1649 1649 1649 1639 1639 1639 1639 1639 1639 1639 1639 1615 1615 1615 1615 1615 1615 1615 1615 1615

1969 1969 1969 1969 1969 1969 1969 1969 1969 1969 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1959 1935 1935 1935 1935 1935 1935 1935 1935 1935

What’s included All as per itinerary

For Travel Insurance see page 45. Prices above are quad share. Tour only supplement - add A$1155 single/add A$390 twin share. Tour + sailing supplement - add A$915 single/add A$315 twin share (no twin or single available whilst on boat). BTSC: Start Surfers Paradise 5.00pm and end Cairns 12.00 noon BTCS: Start Cairns 12.00 noon and end Surfers Paradise 8.00am For departure point information see page 46.

• 11 nights multi-share accommodation: 2 nights in a hotel, 6 nights in resorts, 2 nights in an eco-lodge & 1 night in a country homestead Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht (see page 22) Basis: mainly quad, some triple. Twin/single share also available at additional cost. Yacht quad/multi-share only

More info at contiki.com.au/ ausaccommodation • 7 breakfasts (B) & 3 dinners (D) Sailing option: 7 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) & 4 dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Local taxes & service charges

Save Money! If you pay 12 months in advance, you save A$159. Or pay 6 months in advance and save A$79. See page 12 for details.

THE WHITSUNDAYS: Day sailing trip to famous Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent) CAIRNS: Tandem skydive - White water raft the mighty Tully River Snorkel or dive on an outer Great Barrier Reef cruise & lunch…or stay dry with coral viewing by semi-submersib le - Dawn hot air balloon flight & champagne breakfast


9 Days Island & Rainforest

ys 1335 a D 9 $ y A m fro 49/Da A$1

Mossman Gorge Kuranda

2 CAPE TRIBULATION Port Douglas

Coral Sea

3 CAIRNS Tully

Great Barrier Reef Townsville

Shute Harbour

NORTHERN TERRITORY

3 WHITSUNDAYS (Daydream Island)

QUEENSLAND

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Your choice You can start this tour in Cairns and travel it in reverse.

Great Australian Bight

NEW SOUTH WALES

Tasman Sea

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

VICTORIA

Sail the Whitsundays

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

WHITSUNDAYS: Day sailing trip to famous Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent)


33 Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: The Whitsundays Meet up with your Contiki Crew & new travel buddies on Daydream Island, a slice of heaven in the magnificent Whitsundays. Resort (D) Days 2-3: The Whitsundays Time to slow it down & catch some rays on the amazing white sand beaches of The Whitsundays. Or get your blood pumping with heaps of activities to choose from like waterskiing, parasailing, tennis, beach volleyball or snorkelling. Resort (B) (B) See native birdlife & wallabies Enjoy great resort facilities

Days 1-3: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get out on the water for the next couple of days? Choose our Whitsunday sailing option! See page 22 for more info & the pricing box for costs. There’s no twin or single share available onboard the boat. (D) (B,L,D) (B,L). Codes: ex W’suns:FNSW / ex Cairns:FNCW

Day 4: The Whitsundays to Cairns Head north to the happening city of Townsville that straddles the coast & the outback. Continue road-tripping along the spectacular Great Green Way via Tully to the ever-popular travellers’ hub of Cairns. Resort (B) Townsville city tour See the unspoilt national park of Magnetic Island from Townsville Cross the Tully River, home to Australia's best white water rafting Days 5-6: Cairns With a lush tropical setting, Cairns has so much to offer – great restaurants, bars,

W For more go to contiki.com.au/island

The Whitsundays

markets, shopping, & of course, nightlife! It’s also the jumping off point for lots of activities like the Outer Barrier Reef cruise or whitewater rafting. Resort (B) Cairns city tour Day 7: Cairns to Cape Tribulation Visit Tjapukai to learn about the ancient, indigenous Aboriginal culture. Then travel along the stunning Coral Sea to gushing Mossman Gorge, pristine Daintree National Park & Cape Tribulation. Resort (D) Visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre & see Aboriginal dancing, learn to throw a boomerang & see spear throwing Walk through the Daintree Rainforest to Mossman Gorge for swimming Day 8: Cape Tribulation Get back to nature in the Daintree National Park with its ancient rainforests. Dip in a refreshing swimming hole before heading back to Cape Tribulation - a unique area where 2 of Australia’s most significant World Heritage sites, The Great Barrier Reef & the wet tropics, meet! Resort (B) Learn about unique Daintree flora & fauna on a board walk Listen to Aboriginal legends about the precious area Day 9: Cape Tribulation to Cairns There’s free time this morning in the Daintree, before heading down to Port Douglas, a glamorous, yet low-key resort town popular with the rich & famous. Then it’s back to Cairns where the tour ends & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) See Port Douglas & gorgeous Four Mile Beach - a band of white-sand beach backed by palms

Stay Longer? See page 46 for great rates to extend your holiday in Cairns.

East Coast

9 days Island & Rainforest Cape Tribulation

When to go and how much Code: FNSC 2009/10 All prices per person in A$ Start W’suns

Finish Cairns

Tour Only

Code: FNCS 2009/10 All prices per person in A$ Tour & Sailing

Start Cairns

Finish W’suns

Tour Only

Tour & Sailing

APR 10 APR 17 APR 28 MAY 8 MAY 15 JUN 5 JUN 12 JUL 3 JUL 10 JUL 31 AUG 7 AUG 18 AUG 28 SEP 4 SEP 15 SEP 25 OCT 2 OCT 13 OCT 23 OCT 30 NOV 10 NOV 20 NOV 27 DEC 8 DEC 18 DEC 25 JAN 5

1369 1369 1369 1369 1369 1369 1369 1369 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399

1689 1689 1689 1689 1689 1689 1689 1689 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1719 1719 1719 1719 1719 1719 1719

JAN 15 JAN 21 FEB 2 FEB 12 FEB 19 MAR 5 MAR 12 MAR 19 MAR 26 APR 2 APR 9 APR 16 APR 27 MAY 7 MAY 14 JUN 4 JUN 11 JUL 2 JUL 9 JUL 30 AUG 6 AUG 17 AUG 27 SEP 3 SEP 14 SEP 24 OCT 1

1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375

1719 1719 1719 1719 1719 1719 1719 1719 1719 1719 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695

2009 MAR 29 APR 5 APR 16 APR 26 MAY 3 MAY 24 MAY 31 JUN 21 JUN 28 JUL 19 JUL 26 AUG 6 AUG 16 AUG 23 SEP 3 SEP 13 SEP 20 OCT 1 OCT 11 OCT 18 OCT 29 NOV 8 NOV 15 NOV 26 DEC 6 DEC 13 DEC 24

APR 6 APR 13 APR 24 MAY 4 MAY 11 JUN 1 JUN 8 JUN 29 JUL 6 JUL 27 AUG 3 AUG 14 AUG 24 AUG 31 SEP 11 SEP 21 SEP 28 OCT 9 OCT 19 OCT 26 NOV 6 NOV 16 NOV 23 DEC 4 DEC 14 DEC 21 JAN 1

1369 1369 1369 1369 1369 1369 1369 1369 1369 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399

1689 1689 1689 1689 1689 1689 1689 1689 1689 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1655 1719 1719 1719 1719 1719 1719

2009 APR 2 APR 9 APR 20 APR 30 MAY 7 MAY 28 JUN 4 JUN 25 JUL 2 JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 10 AUG 20 AUG 27 SEP 7 SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 5 OCT 15 OCT 22 NOV 2 NOV 12 NOV 19 NOV 30 DEC 10 DEC 17 DEC 28

2010 JAN 3 JAN 9 JAN 21 JAN 31 FEB 7 FEB 21 FEB 28 MAR 7 MAR 14 MAR 21 MAR 28 APR 4 APR 15 APR 25 MAY 2 MAY 23 MAY 30 JUN 20 JUN 27 JUL 18 JUL 25 AUG 5 AUG 15 AUG 22 SEP 2 SEP 12 SEP 19 SEP 30

JAN 11 JAN 17 JAN 29 FEB 8 FEB 15 MAR 1 MAR 8 MAR 15 MAR 22 MAR 29 APR 5 APR 12 APR 23 MAY 3 MAY 10 MAY 31 JUN 7 JUN 28 JUL 5 JUL 26 AUG 2 AUG 13 AUG 23 AUG 30 SEP 10 SEP 20 SEP 27 OCT 8

1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1399 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375 1375

1719 1719 1719 1719 1719 1719 1719 1719 1719 1719 1719 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695

2010 JAN 7 JAN 13 JAN 25 FEB 4 FEB 11 FEB 25 MAR 4 MAR 11 MAR 18 MAR 25 APR 1 APR 8 APR 19 APR 29 MAY 6 MAY 27 JUN 3 JUN 24 JUL 1 JUL 22 JUL 29 AUG 9 AUG 19 AUG 26 SEP 6 SEP 16 SEP 23

For Travel Insurance see page 45. Prices above are quad share. Tour only supplement - add A$915 single/add A$290 twin share. Tour + sailing supplement - add A$675 single/add A$215twin share (no twin or single available whilst on boat). FNSC: Start Whitsundays 5.00pm and end Cairns 4.00pm FNCS: Start Cairns 7.30am and end Whitsundays 8.00am For departure point information see page 46.

8 nights accomm 6 breakfasts 2 lunches (sailing option) 2 dinners (island option) 3 dinners (sailing option) What’s included All as per itinerary

• 8 nights multi-share resort accommodation Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht (see page 22) Basis: mainly quad, some triple. Twin/single share also available at additional cost. Yacht quad/multi-share only

More info at contiki.com.au/ ausaccommodation • 6 breakfasts (B) & 2 dinners (D) Sailing option: 6 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) & 3 dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Rainforest adventure on days 7, 8 & 9 • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Local taxes & service charges

Kuranda Skyrail

Save Money! If you pay 12 months in advance, you save A$139. Or pay 6 months in advance and save A$69. See page 12 for details.

CAIRNS: Tandem skydive - Snorkel or dive on an outer Great Barrier Reef cruise & lunch…or stay dry with coral viewing by semi-submersible - Skyrail cableway ride above the rainforest to Kuranda - Dawn hot air balloon flight & champagne breakfast


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Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

7 Days

East Coast

Coral Sea

3 CAIRNS Tully

Great Barrier Reef Townsville

Shute Harbour

6 nights accomm 4 breakfasts 2 lunches (sailing option) 1 dinner (island option) 2 dinners (sailing option) What’s included All as per itinerary

• 6 nights multi-share resort accommodation Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht (see page 22) Basis: mainly quad, some triple. Twin/single share also available at additional cost. Yacht quad/multi-share only

More info at contiki.com.au/ ausaccommodation • 4 breakfasts (B) & 1 dinner (D) Sailing option: 4 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) & 2 dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Local taxes & service charges

Your Choice You can start this tour in Cairns and travel it in reverse

Save Money! If you pay 12 months in advance, you save A$99. Or pay 6 months in advance and save A$49. See page 12 for details.

3 WHITSUNDAYS (Daydream Island)

QUEENSLAND

ys 7 Da A$949y from36/Da A$1

When to go and how much Code: NWSC 2009/10 All prices per person in A$

Magical Tropics

Code: NWCS 2009/10 All prices per person in A$

Start W’suns

Finish Cairns

Tour Only

Tour & Sailing

Start Cairns

Finish W’suns

Tour Only

Tour & Sailing

2009 MAR 29 APR 5 APR 16 APR 26 MAY 3 MAY 24 MAY 31 JUN 21 JUN 28 JUL 19 JUL 26 AUG 6 AUG 16 AUG 23 SEP 3 SEP 13 SEP 20 OCT 1 OCT 11 OCT 18 OCT 29 NOV 8 NOV 15 NOV 26 DEC 6 DEC 13 DEC 24

APR 4 APR 11 APR 22 MAY 2 MAY 9 MAY 30 JUN 6 JUN 27 JUL 4 JUL 25 AUG 1 AUG 12 AUG 22 AUG 29 SEP 9 SEP 19 SEP 26 OCT 7 OCT 17 OCT 24 NOV 4 NOV 14 NOV 21 DEC 2 DEC 12 DEC 19 DEC 30

975 975 975 975 975 975 975 975 975 949 949 949 949 949 949 949 949 949 949 949 949 995 995 995 995 995 995

1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1269 1269 1269 1269 1269 1269 1269 1269 1269 1269 1269 1269 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315

2009 APR 4 APR 11 APR 22 MAY 2 MAY 9 MAY 30 JUN 6 JUN 27 JUL 4 JUL 25 AUG 1 AUG 12 AUG 22 AUG 29 SEP 9 SEP 19 SEP 26 OCT 7 OCT 17 OCT 24 NOV 4 NOV 14 NOV 21 DEC 2 DEC 12 DEC 19 DEC 30

APR 10 APR 17 APR 28 MAY 8 MAY 15 JUN 5 JUN 12 JUL 3 JUL 10 JUL 31 AUG 7 AUG 18 AUG 28 SEP 4 SEP 15 SEP 25 OCT 2 OCT 13 OCT 23 OCT 30 NOV 10 NOV 20 NOV 27 DEC 8 DEC 18 DEC 25 JAN 5

975 975 975 975 975 975 975 975 949 949 949 949 949 949 949 949 949 949 949 949 995 995 995 995 995 995 995

1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1269 1269 1269 1269 1269 1269 1269 1269 1269 1269 1269 1269 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315

2010 JAN 3 JAN 9 JAN 21 JAN 31 FEB 7 FEB 21 FEB 28 MAR 7 MAR 14 MAR 21 MAR 28 APR 4 APR 15 APR 25 MAY 2 MAY 23 MAY 30 JUN 20 JUN 27 JUL 18 JUL 25 AUG 5 AUG 15 AUG 22 SEP 2 SEP 12 SEP 19 SEP 30

JAN 9 JAN 15 JAN 27 FEB 6 FEB 13 FEB 27 MAR 6 MAR 13 MAR 20 MAR 27 APR 3 APR 10 APR 21 MAY 1 MAY 8 MAY 29 JUN 5 JUN 26 JUL 3 JUL 24 JUL 31 AUG 11 AUG 21 AUG 28 SEP 8 SEP 18 SEP 25 OCT 6

995 995 995 995 995 995 995 995 995 995 995 989 989 989 989 989 989 989 989 975 975 975 975 975 975 975 975 975

1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295

2010 JAN 9 JAN 15 JAN 27 FEB 6 FEB 13 FEB 27 MAR 6 MAR 13 MAR 20 MAR 27 APR 3 APR 10 APR 21 MAY 1 MAY 8 MAY 29 JUN 5 JUN 26 JUL 3 JUL 24 JUL 31 AUG 11 AUG 21 AUG 28 SEP 8 SEP 18 SEP 25

JAN 15 JAN 21 FEB 2 FEB 12 FEB 19 MAR 5 MAR 12 MAR 19 MAR 26 APR 2 APR 9 APR 16 APR 27 MAY 7 MAY 14 JUN 4 JUN 11 JUL 2 JUL 9 JUL 30 AUG 6 AUG 17 AUG 27 SEP 3 SEP 14 SEP 24 OCT 1

995 995 995 995 995 995 995 995 995 995 989 989 989 989 989 989 989 989 975 975 975 975 975 975 975 975 975

1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1315 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295 1295

For Travel Insurance see page 45. Prices above are quad share. Tour only supplement - add A$725 single/add A$255 twin share. Tour + sailing supplement - add A$485 single/add A$180 twin share (no twin or single available whilst on boat). NWSC: Start Whitsundays 5.00pm and end Cairns 12.00 noon NWCS: Start Cairns 12.00 noon and end Whitsundays 8.00am For departure point information see page 46.

Bungy jumping, Cairns

Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: The Whitsundays Meet up with your Contiki Crew & new travel buddies on Daydream Island, a slice of heaven in the magnificent Whitsundays. Get to know other travellers & your group tonight at the bar, over drinks. Resort (D) Days 2-3: The Whitsundays Slow it down & catch some rays on the amazing white sand beaches & in the clear turquoise waters of The Whitsundays. Or get your blood pumping with heaps of activities to choose from like waterskiing, parasailing, tennis, beach volleyball or snorkelling. Resort (B)(B) See native birdlife & wallabies Enjoy great resort facilities

Days 1-3: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get out on the water for the next couple of days? Choose our Whitsunday sailing option! See page 22 for more info & the pricing box for costs. There’s no twin or single share available onboard the boat. (D) (B,L,D) (B,L). Codes: ex W’suns:NWSW / ex Cairns:NWCW

Day 4: The Whitsundays to Cairns Head north to Townsville, a happening city

that straddles the coast & the outback. Continue road-tripping along the spectacular Great Green Way via Tully to the ever-popular travellers’ hub of Cairns gateway to two of the world’s greatest natural attractions, The Great Barrier Reef & the Daintree Rainforest. Resort (B) Townsville city tour See the unspoilt national park of Magnetic Island from Townsville Cross the Tully River, home to Australia's best white water rafting Days 5-6: Cairns With a lush tropical setting, Cairns has so much to offer – great restaurants, bars, markets, shopping, & of course, nightlife! It’s also the jumping off point for lots of activities like the Outer Barrier Reef cruise or whitewater rafting. Resort (B) Cairns city tour Day 7: Cairns A short drive north has you spending a fascinating morning experiencing Aboriginal culture at Australia’s most awarded attraction - Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Then return to Cairns where the tour ends & its time so say farewell to your new friends. Visit Tjapukai & see Aboriginal dancing, spear throwing & learn to throw a boomerang

Stay Longer? See page 46 for great rates to extend your holiday in Cairns.

THE WHITSUNDAYS: Day sailing trip to famous Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent) CAIRNS: Tandem skydive - White water raft the Tully River - Snorkel or dive on an outer Great Barrier Reef cruise & lunch - Great Barrier Reef scuba diving for beginners and certified divers - Skyrail cableway ride above the rainforest to Kuranda - Guided horse and quad-bike tours - Bungy jump

W For more go to contiki.com.au/magical

7 days Magical Tropics


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Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

3 Days

East Coast

Mossman Gorge Kuranda

Rainforest Adventure

W For more go to contiki.com.au/rainforest

3 days Rainforest Adventure

Coral Sea

Cairns

2 nights accomm 2 breakfasts 1 dinner

QUEENSLAND

What’s included

When to go and how much

All as per itinerary

• 2 nights multi-share resort Code: CYCS 2009/10 Start Cairns

White Water Rafting, Tully

Day 1: Cairns to Cape Tribulation Meet up with your Contiki Crew & head to Port Douglas, a glamorous, yet low-key resort town. Keep heading north along the stunning Coral Sea to Mossman Gorge, the pristine Daintree National Park & Cape Tribulation. Resort (D) See Port Douglas & gorgeous Four Mile Beach - a band of white-sand beach backed by palms Walk through the Daintree Rainforest to Mossman Gorge for swimming Day 2: Cape Tribulation Get back to nature in the Daintree National Park with its ancient rainforests. Dip in a refreshing swimming hole before heading back to Cape Tribulation - a unique area

Port Douglas

Great Barrier Reef

ys 3 Da A$395y from32/Da A$1

Itinerary and included sightseeing

2 CAPE TRIBULATION

where 2 of Australia’s most significant World Heritage sites, The Great Barrier Reef & the wet tropics, meet! Resort (B) Learn about unique Daintree flora & fauna on a board walk Listen to Aboriginal legends about the precious area Day 3: Cape Tribulation to Cairns Learn about the fascinating indigenous Aboriginal culture. Then it’s back to Cairns where the tour ends & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre & see native dancing, learn to throw a boomerang & see spear throwing

Stay Longer? See page 46 for great rates to extend your holiday.

Kuranda train

Finish Cairns

Code: CYSC 2009/10

accommodation

A$ pp

Start Cairns

Finish Cairns

A$ pp

APR APR APR MAY MAY JUN JUN JUN JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT OCT NOV NOV NOV DEC DEC DEC JAN

6 13 24 4 11 1 8 29 6 27 3 14 24 31 11 21 28 9 19 26 6 16 23 4 14 21 1

405 405 405 405 405 405 405 405 395 395 395 395 395 395 395 395 395 395 395 395 415 415 415 415 415 415 415

JAN 11 JAN 17 JAN 29 FEB 8 FEB 15 MAR 1 MAR 8 MAR 15 MAR 22 MAR 29 APR 5 APR 12 APR 23 MAY 3 MAY 10 MAY 31 JUN 7 JUN 28 JUL 5 JUL 26 AUG 2 AUG 13 AUG 23 AUG 30 SEP 10 SEP 20 SEP 27

415 415 415 415 415 415 415 415 415 415 409 409 409 409 409 409 409 409 405 405 405 405 405 405 405 405 405

2009 APR 2 APR 9 APR 20 APR 30 MAY 7 MAY 28 JUN 4 JUN 25 JUL 2 JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 10 AUG 20 AUG 27 SEP 7 SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 5 OCT 15 OCT 22 NOV 2 NOV 12 NOV 19 NOV 30 DEC 10 DEC 17 DEC 28

APR APR APR MAY MAY MAY JUN JUN JUL JUL AUG AUG AUG AUG SEP SEP SEP OCT OCT OCT NOV NOV NOV DEC DEC DEC DEC

4 11 22 2 9 30 6 27 4 25 1 12 22 29 9 19 26 7 17 24 4 14 21 2 12 19 30

405 405 405 405 405 405 405 405 395 395 395 395 395 395 395 395 395 395 395 395 415 415 415 415 415 415 415

2009 APR 4 APR 11 APR 22 MAY 2 MAY 9 MAY 30 JUN 6 JUN 27 JUL 4 JUL 25 AUG 1 AUG 12 AUG 22 AUG 29 SEP 9 SEP 19 SEP 26 OCT 7 OCT 17 OCT 24 NOV 4 NOV 14 NOV 21 DEC 2 DEC 12 DEC 19 DEC 30

2010 JAN 7 JAN 13 JAN 25 FEB 4 FEB 11 FEB 25 MAR 4 MAR 11 MAR 18 MAR 25 APR 1 APR 8 APR 19 APR 29 MAY 6 MAY 27 JUN 3 JUN 24 JUL 1 JUL 22 JUL 29 AUG 9 AUG 19 AUG 26 SEP 6 SEP 16 SEP 23

JAN 9 JAN 15 JAN 27 FEB 6 FEB 13 FEB 27 MAR 6 MAR 13 MAR 20 MAR 27 APR 3 APR 10 APR 21 MAY 1 MAY 8 MAY 29 JUN 5 JUN 26 JUL 3 JUL 24 JUL 31 AUG 11 AUG 21 AUG 28 SEP 8 SEP 18 SEP 25

415 415 415 415 415 415 415 415 415 415 409 409 409 409 409 409 409 409 405 405 405 405 405 405 405 405 405

2010 JAN 9 JAN 15 JAN 27 FEB 6 FEB 13 FEB 27 MAR 6 MAR 13 MAR 20 MAR 27 APR 3 APR 10 APR 21 MAY 1 MAY 8 MAY 29 JUN 5 JUN 26 JUL 3 JUL 24 JUL 31 AUG 11 AUG 21 AUG 28 SEP 8 SEP 18 SEP 25

For Travel Insurance see page 45. Prices above are quad share. Twin room supplement add A$45. Single room supplement add A$189. CYCS: Start Cairns 7.30am and end Cairns 5.00pm CYSC: Start Cairns 8.00am and end Cairns 4.00pm For departure point information see page 46.

Basis: mainly quad, some triple. Twin/single share also available at additional cost.

More info at contiki.com.au/ ausaccommodation • 2 breakfasts (B) & 1 dinner (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned mini coach • Sightseeing tours of all major towns • Local taxes & service charges

Minjin swing

Save Money! If you pay 12 months in advance, you save A$39. Or pay 6 months in advance and save A$19. See page 12 for details.

CAIRNS: Skyrail cableway ride above the rainforest to Kuranda - Bungy jump with panoramic views of the rainforest CAPE TRIBULATION: Cable zip line via flying foxes through the rainforest from floor to canopy


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10 Days

East Coast

Bridge to Reef

Whitehaven Beach

9 nights accomm 5 breakfasts 2 dinners

Gulf of Carpentaria

What’s included

3 CAIRNS Great Barrier Reef

All as per itinerary

WHITSUNDAYS

3

(Daydream Island)

• 9 nights multi-share accommodation: 3 nights in a hotel & 6 nights in resorts

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

NEW SOUTH WALES

Great Australian Bight

3 SYDNEY VICTORIA

Tasman Sea

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Sydney Harbour Bridge

When to go and how much

Itinerary and included sightseeing

Code: BRRI 2009/10

Flights included Domestic flights (as marked on the map) are included in the tour price.

Start Sydney

Finish Cairns

A$ pp

Start Sydney

Finish Cairns

A$ pp

2009 MAR 26 APR 23 MAY 21 JUN 18 JUL 16 AUG 13 SEP 10 OCT 8 NOV 5 DEC 3

APR MAY MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

1429 1429 1429 1429 1395 1395 1395 1395 1465 1465

2010 JAN 28 FEB 25 MAR 25 APR 22 MAY 20 JUN 17 JUL 15 AUG 12 SEP 9

FEB 6 MAR 6 APR 3 MAY 1 MAY 29 JUN 26 JUL 24 AUG 21 SEP 18

1465 1465 1465 1459 1459 1459 1435 1435 1435

4 2 30 27 25 22 19 17 14 12

For Travel Insurance see page 45. Prices above are quad share. Twin room supplement add A$300. Single room supplement add A$955. Start Sydney 5.00pm and end Cairns 12.00 noon. For departure point information see page 46.

Save Money! If you pay 12 months in advance, you save A$139. Or pay 6 months in advance and save A$69. See page 12 for details.

ays 1395 D 0 1 A$ ay m o r f /D 0 4 1 A$ ded inclu ghts li f estic Dom

QUEENSLAND

Basis: mainly quad, some triple. Twin/single share also available at additional cost

More info at contiki.com.au/ ausaccommodation • 5 breakfasts (B) & 2 dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Contiki Representative • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Flight & transfers from Sydney to Whitsundays • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Local taxes & service charges

Coral Sea

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Day 1: Sydney Check-in to the hotel, then head out to spend the afternoon exploring Sydney. This evening meet up with your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner and a night on the town. Hotel (D) Days 2-3: Sydney Take in Sydney’s amazing icons on a guided sightseeing tour & harbour cruise. Then hit the streets & see this dazzling city for yourself - the beaches are at the city’s doorstep, the street cafés buzz & the nightlife rocks! You could venture out of Sydney for a fun day trip to the famous Hunter Valley vineyards or picturesque Blue Mountains. Hotel Hop-on hop-off city sightseeing tour to see the Sydney Opera House, historic Rocks area & Harbour Bridge Cruise on one of the most beautiful harbours in the world - Sydney Harbour Day 4: Sydney to the Whitsundays Enjoy Sydney for one last morning at some of the great museums or ‘flex the plastic’ shopping. Then hop on a flight & head to the tropical Whitsundays where you’ll find a slice of heaven on Daydream Island. Resort (B,D) Boat trip from the mainland to Daydream Island Days 5-6: The Whitsundays Time to slow it down, chill out, & catch some rays on the amazing white sandy beaches. Or get your blood

pumping with a ton of activities to choose from like waterskiing, parasailing, tennis, beach volleyball or snorkelling. Resort (B)(B) Enjoy great resort facilities See native birdlife & wallabies Day 7: The Whitsundays to Cairns Head north to the ever-popular travellers’ hub of Cairns – home to plenty of action & the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Resort (B) Note: Today we may substitute the coach travel along the coast with a flight from the Whitsundays to Cairns. When we do this the flight is included in the prices shown.

Days 8-9: Cairns With a lush tropical setting, Cairns has so much to offer – great restaurants, bars, markets, shopping, & of course, nightlife! It’s also the jumping off point for lots of activities like the Outer Barrier Reef cruise or whitewater rafting. Resort (B) Cairns city tour Day 10: Cairns Spend a fascinating morning experiencing Aboriginal culture at Australia’s most awarded attraction - Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Then return to Cairns where the tour ends & its time to say farewell to your new friends. Visit Tjapukai & see Aboriginal dancing, spear throwing & learn to throw a boomerang

Stay Longer? See page 46 for great rates to extend your holiday.

SYDNEY: Climb Sydney’s most famous icon, The Harbour Bridge - Adrenaline-pumping harbour jet boat ride WHITSUNDAYS: Day sailing trip to famous Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent) CAIRNS: Snorkel or dive on an outer Great Barrier Reef cruise & lunch - White water raft the mighty Tully River - Tandem skydive - Bungy jump with panoramic views of the rainforest

W For more go to contiki.com.au/bridge-to-reef

10 days Bridge to Reef


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5 Days

East Coast

City to Surf

5 days City to Surf

Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb

4 nights accomm 3 breakfasts 2 dinners

ys 5 Da A$719y from44/Da A$1

QUEENSLAND

What’s included

SURFERS PARADISE 2

Currumbin Byron Bay

All as per itinerary

• 4 nights multi-share accommodation:

COFFS HARBOUR 1

2 nights in a hotel, 1 night in a resort & 1 night in a surf school village

NEW SOUTH WALES

Basis: mainly quad, some triple. Twin/single share also available at additional cost

PORT STEPHENS 1 Sydney Tasman Sea

VICTORIA

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

Learn to surf

W For more go to contiki.com.au/surf

Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Sydney to Shoal Bay (Port Stephens) Meet up with your Contiki crew & check out Sydney’s icons. Then head up north to the ‘blue water paradise’ of Port Stephens & pristine Shoal Bay where you can cruise with the dolphins or try sandboarding. Resort (D) Sydney city tour See the Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge Visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair for a panoramic view of Sydney Harbour Day 2: Shoal Bay to Coffs Harbour Continue up Australia’s famous ‘holiday coast’ to the beautiful beaches of Coffs Harbour where our Surf Camp & School has cabins located right on the beach. We’ll show you the best waves to surf if you already know how, or teach you if you don’t. Surf Village (B,D) See the iconic ‘Big Banana’ Day 3: Coffs Harbour to Surfers Paradise Wander through the relaxed, small coastal town of Byron Bay with its New Ageorganic lifestyle, artsy shops & fantastic eateries. Later, encounter native Aussie animals at Currumbin Sanctuary. Hotel (B) Visit Cape Byron - Australia's most easterly point Visit a wildlife sanctuary - cuddle a koala & see kangaroos, emus,

crocodiles, dingoes, Tasmanian devils & more! Visit stunning Gold Coast beaches Visit Jupiter's Casino Day 4: Surfers Paradise Surfers Paradise is the place to party in the ‘sunshine state’. Combine sun, surf, adventure, water activities & more bars & nightclubs than you could ‘poke a stick at’, & you have a travellers paradise! Hotel Day 5: Surfers Paradise The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

Dracula’s cabaret show

Stay Longer? See page 46 for great rates to extend your holiday.

More info at contiki.com.au/ ausaccommodation • 3 breakfasts (B) & 2 dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Local taxes & service charges

When to go and how much Code: BSSB 2009/10

Sandunes, Port Stephens

Start Sydney

Finish Surfers P.

A$ pp

Start Sydney

Finish Surfers P.

A$ pp

2009 MAR 22 MAR 29 APR 9 APR 19 APR 26 MAY 17 MAY 24 JUN 14 JUN 21 JUL 12 JUL 19 JUL 30 AUG 9 AUG 16 AUG 27 SEP 6 SEP 13 SEP 24 OCT 4 OCT 11 OCT 22 NOV 1 NOV 8 NOV 19 NOV 29 DEC 6 DEC 17 DEC 27

MAR 26 APR 2 APR 13 APR 23 APR 30 MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 18 JUN 25 JUL 16 JUL 23 AUG 3 AUG 13 AUG 20 AUG 31 SEP 10 SEP 17 SEP 28 OCT 8 OCT 15 OCT 26 NOV 5 NOV 12 NOV 23 DEC 3 DEC 10 DEC 21 DEC 31

739 739 739 739 739 739 739 739 739 719 719 719 719 719 719 719 719 719 719 719 719 755 755 755 755 755 755 755

2010 JAN 2 JAN 14 JAN 24 JAN 31 FEB 14 FEB 21 FEB 28 MAR 7 MAR 14 MAR 21 MAR 28 APR 8 APR 18 APR 25 MAY 16 MAY 23 JUN 13 JUN 20 JUL 11 JUL 18 JUL 29 AUG 8 AUG 15 AUG 26 SEP 5 SEP 12 SEP 23

JAN 6 JAN 18 JAN 28 FEB 4 FEB 18 FEB 25 MAR 4 MAR 11 MAR 18 MAR 25 APR 1 APR 12 APR 22 APR 29 MAY 20 MAY 27 JUN 17 JUN 24 JUL 15 JUL 22 AUG 2 AUG 12 AUG 19 AUG 30 SEP 9 SEP 16 SEP 27

755 755 755 755 755 755 755 755 755 755 755 749 749 749 749 749 749 749 739 739 739 739 739 739 739 739 739

For Travel Insurance see page 45. Prices above are quad share. Twin room supplement add A$100. Single room supplement add A$400. Start Sydney 7.00am and end Surfers Paradise 8.00am For departure point information see page 46.

Save Money! If you pay 12 months in advance, you save A$69. Or pay 6 months in advance and save A$35. See page 12 for details.

PORT STEPHENS: Sandboard & ‘surf’ down the sandunes COFFS HARBOUR: Learn to surf lesson SURFERS PARADISE: Dracula’s comedy cabaret show & dinner - Spectacular tandem skydive Harley Davidson motorbike tour through the Hinterland - ‘Bushwacker’ guided National Park rainforest walk & lunch - Guided sea-kayak safari


Contiki and diving Available with tours that start/finish in Cairns including Reefs and Rainforests (p.24-25), Island and Rainforest (p.32-33), Beaches and Reefs (p.26-27), Magical Tropics (p.34), Cairns Sunshine Trail (p.30-31) & Rainforest Adventure (p.35).

Contiki offers 2 great dive packages: • Learn to dive – for beginners • Dive to adventure – for certified divers

W For more go to contiki.com.au/dive

One of the ‘must do’s’ in Australia is diving the Great Barrier Reef. Exploring this reef is hard to beat, whether you are a beginner or you’ve dived before. It’s the largest on the planet, a natural wonder of the world and a World Heritage site, complete with 400 different types of coral and 1500 species of fish! You can even dive the reef at night for a whole different experience!

3/5 fro Day m A$ s 600

Learn to dive

Dive to adventure

5 Days from A$750

3 Days from A$600

The 5 day PADI ‘Open Water’ dive course is by far the most popular way to do learn to dive. The adventure of learning to dive combined with staying out on the reef for 2 nights onboard a boat is really unique. The course takes you to 9 of the Great Barrier Reef’s best dive sites and features 2 days of classroom and in-pool training, then it’s onto the live aboard boat for the actual reef diving. There’s also plenty of time to snorkel, relax and just enjoy the reef experience. Days 1-2: Cairns The first 2 days of the course are spent at Pro Dive Cairns modern training centre learning the theory and practical skills of scuba diving. Each day finishes around 5.30pm. Days 3-4: Cairns to the dive boat The next 3 days and 2 nights are spent living onboard a premium live aboard dive vessel. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in 9 dives on a variety of our 16 exclusive dive sites on the outer Great Barrier Reef. Your first 4 dives will complete your open water certification and then as a certified diver you are able to take up to 5 more recreational or ‘pleasure’ dives. One of these dives is a guided night dive! These extra dives will be a highlight of your course and a truly memorable experience. Boat (L,D) (B,L,D). Day 5: Dive boat to Cairns Return to Cairns in the late afternoon where there’s the option to join your new diving mates and crew for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L).

What’s included • 2 nights accommodation on nights 3 & 4 onboard the boat • Transfers from Cairns accommodation to training centre and boat • 2 breakfasts • 3 lunches & 2 dinners • PADI ‘Open Water’ certificate & manual • Log book • Scuba equipment Daily except Sunday. Tour code CLTD Important Info An Australian Diving medical certificate is needed. It can be arranged at a cost of A$49.50 on Day 1. Some taxes are payable directly to Pro Dive at the end of the course including the Environmental Management charge at a cost of A$45. Course is open age. You’ll need to arrange your own accommodation on nights 1 & 2 of this package – ask your agent or Contiki to help. If you’re staying at an alternative hotel in Cairns to our recommended Cairns Colonial Club, you’ll need to let Pro Dive Cairns know so they can arrange your transfer (prodivecairns.com). Safety dictates that you can’t fly or go to an altitude of 300m or over within 24 hours of your last dive.

This 3 day liveaboard dive and snorkeling adventure will show you the very best of the Outer Great Barrier Reef. It’s also unmatched for value. You’ll participate in up to 11 dives over 16 exclusive dive sites. Day 1: Cairns to the dive boat An early pickup (5.55am) this morning and it’s off to the dive boat and out to The Great Barrier Reef to start the adventure. The sites you’ll visit have been selected for their variety and quality of coral and marine life as well as great visibility. Boat (L,D). Day 2: Dive boat Today gives you the opportunity to explore this World Heritage Listed underwater playground, but also to relax and really enjoy yourself diving and snorkeling. Back onboard, it’s good fun with fellow divers, stories, shared experiences, great food and a spectacular sunset. Boat (B,L,D). Day 3: Dive boat There’s more diving or snorkeling in different areas of the reef today and later, return to Cairns in the late afternoon where there’s a transfer back to your hotel. (B,L).

What’s included • 2 nights twin share accommodation onboard the boat • Transfers from Cairns accommodation to the boat • 2 breakfasts • 3 lunches • 2 dinners • 11 dives incl. 2 night dives (weather permitting) • Dive & snorkeling equipment • Dive insurance Daily except Tuesday. Tour code CDTA Important Info You must hold a minimum of an ‘Open water dive’ certificate to be able to take this trip. Some taxes are payable directly to Pro Dive at the end of the course including the Environmental Management charge at a cost of A$45. Course is open age. Digital Underwater Cameras are available for hire. If you’re staying at an alternative hotel in Cairns to our recommended Cairns Colonial Club, you’ll need to let Pro Dive Cairns know so they can arrange your transfer (prodivecairns.com). Safety dictates that you can’t fly or go to an altitude of 300m or over within 24 hours of your last dive. A 3 day snorkeling package is also available at a cost of A$500 – see contiki.com.au/snorkel.

PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) is the largest dive education company in the world – prodivecairns.com


39 Diving Sydney Explorer Sydney New Year

4 Daysts 3 Nigh A$275

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Sydney short break package Want a few extra days to get to know this sexy and beautiful harbour city? Grab a value-packed collection of extras, excursions and great accommodation with our 3 night Sydney Explorer package. You can book one before or after your tour; or take one on its own without a tour! Armed with your included Explorer bus and Harbour passes, hop on and off at heaps of hot spots in Australia’s largest and most diverse city. Dunk yourself in the Bondi surf. Cruise by the Opera House. Take a ferry out to Manly. Scale the heights of the Harbour Bridge. Loose yourself in the cobbled streets of the historic Rocks district. Or shop up a storm in markets & boutiques around Paddington. As well as having a world-famous harbour and more than 70 sparkling beaches, Sydney has an edgy multiculturalism that fuels an amazing food scene & cutting edge bar & club scene!

4 Days Sydney New Year Sydney’s New Years Eve celebration is one of the most spectacular in the world. Each year, the balmy summer celebration centres around the city’s famous harbour. And with the stunning Harbour Bridge as a backdrop, you’ll see some of the most breathtaking fireworks ever. To top it off, the streets are filled with a young, colourful crowd and all the bars, clubs, lounges, and pubs are absolutely pumping. W For more go to contiki.com.au/sydney-new-year

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This tour gives you a few days in this cool city so you can ring in the new year Contiki-style!

4 Da from ys A$1 A$665 67/D ay Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: This afternoon check in to the hotel. Later, meet up with your Contiki Tour Manager & group & get to know your new travel buddies over a welcome drink & dinner. Day 2: Go sightseeing with the group this morning. You’ll get to see all that Sydney has to offer, including some of its iconic Eastern beaches, like Bondi. Tonight, head down to the water‘s edge & get in on the action as the streets fill with party goers & as fireworks explode over the world-famous harbour, ringing in the New Year! Day 3: Happy New Year! Today is yours to chill out. Have a late ‘recovery’ lunch & use your day pass to cruise around the stunning harbour. Later in the afternoon, you could venture to Bondi Beach to soak up some sun, climb the Harbour Bridge, & get into the buzzy vibe of this sunny city! Day 4: Your New Year’s adventure ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.

3 2 1 1

nights accomm breakfasts dinner lunch

What’s included • 3 nights triple share centrally located accommodation (twin share supplement available) • 2 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 1 dinner (D) • Dedicated, experienced & professional Tour Manager • Sydney New Year’s orientation info • Half-day guided sightseeing tour of Sydney incl. the beaches • 1 day ‘hop on hop off’ Sydney Harbour cruise pass Code: SNYE 2009/10 Start Sydney

Finish Sydney

A$ pp

2009 DEC 30

JAN 2

665

For Travel Insurance see page 45. Prices are based on triple share. Twin & single supplements available. Hotel check in from 3.00pm Tour starts at 5.00pm


25 Days AussieExplorer combining the East Coast & Northern Territory

ys 699 a D 25 A$3 y from48/Da A$1

1 DARWIN 2 KAKADU N.P 1 KATHERINE

Litchfield N.P

Mataranka

Gulf of Carpentaria

Daly Waters Coral Sea

NORTHERN TERRITORY

3 CAIRNS

1 TENNANT CREEK

Tully

Great Barrier Reef Townsville

Devils Marbles Wycliffe Well

Shute Harbour

3 WHITSUNDAYS (Daydream Island)

Airlie Beach Mackay Simpsons Gap

KINGS CANYON 1 The Olgas

2

QUEENSLAND

3 ALICE SPRINGS

COUNTRY 1 HOMESTEAD

ULURU

Capricorn Coast

2 FRASER ISLAND

Flights are included!

Noosa

Domestic flights (as marked on the map) are included in the tour price.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Brisbane

SURFERS PARADISE 2

Currumbin Byron Bay

1 COFFS HARBOUR

Your choice You can start this tour in Darwin and travel it in reverse – if you do, you save up to A$150 and this tour will be 24 days long.

Great Australian Bight

NEW SOUTH WALES 1 PORT STEPHENS Sydney Tasman Sea

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

VICTORIA

Kings Canyon

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

PORT STEPHENS: Dolphin watching cruise & swimming COFFS HARBOUR: Learn to surf lesson


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Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Sydney to Shoal Bay (Port Stephens) Meet up with your Contiki crew, check out Sydney’s icons, & head north to Port Stephens & pristine Shoal Bay where you can cruise with the dolphins or try sandboarding. Resort (D) Sydney city tour See the Opera House & Harbour Bridge Visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair for a panoramic view of Sydney Harbour Day 2: Shoal Bay to Coffs Harbour Continue up Australia’s famous ‘holiday coast’ to the beautiful beaches of Coffs Harbour where our Surf Camp & School has cabins located right on the beach. We’ll show you the best waves to surf if you already know how, or teach you if you don’t. Surf Village (B,D) See the iconic ‘Big Banana’ Day 3: Coffs Harbour to Surfers Paradise Wander through the relaxed coastal town of Byron Bay with its New Age-organic lifestyle & artsy shops. Later, encounter native Aussie animals at Currumbin Sanctuary. Hotel (B) Visit Cape Byron Visit a wildlife sanctuary - cuddle a koala & see kangaroos, emus, crocodiles, dingoes, Tasmanian devils & more! Visit Jupiter's Casino Day 4: Surfers Paradise Surfers Paradise is a travellers paradise & the place to party in the ‘sunshine state’. Combine sun, surf, adventure activities & more bars & nightclubs than you could ‘poke a stick at’! Hotel Day 5: Surfers Paradise to Fraser Island Explore Brisbane, a cosmopolitan city that has a laid-back, small town attitude. After lunch it’s on to Noosa, a little beach resort blending the chic with surf culture. Eco Lodge (B,D) Brisbane city tour Watch a fascinating cutting demonstration of Australia’s national gemstone, the Opal Visit picturesque Noosa & its beach Day 6: Fraser Island Uncover World Heritage listed Fraser Island, a gigantic 800,000 year old sandbar. Bushwalk & 4WD through its diverse ecology of rainforests, sandunes & freshwater lakes. Eco Lodge Scenic boat trip to Fraser Island Enjoy the eco-resort’s facilities Day 7: Fraser Island to Country Homestead Arrive at our homestead in the heart of Australia’s cattle country. Get a slice of the real Aussie country life & genuine local hospitality over a hearty meal. Country Homestead (B,D) Farm tour - see farm animals & kangaroos! Evening bonfire with music & a bar Day 8: Country Homestead to Whitsundays Pass through Mackay & its sugar cane fields en route to Airlie Beach. A quick ferry ride & you’ll find yourself in a slice of heaven on tropical Daydream Island. Resort (B,D) Cross the Tropic of Capricorn Rockhampton city tour Visit Airlie Beach, right on the water with a pumping bar & cafe scene Transfer boat to Daydream Island

Days 8-10: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get out on the water for the next couple of days? Choose our Whitsunday sailing option! See page 22 for more info & the pricing box for costs. There’s no twin or single share available onboard the boat. (B,D) (B,L,D) (B,L). Codes: ex Sydney:EXSX / ex Darwin:EXDX

Days 9-10: The Whitsundays Time to slow it down, chill out, & catch some rays on the amazing white sandy beaches. Or get your blood pumping with a ton of activities to choose from like waterskiing, parasailing, tennis, beach volleyball or snorkelling. Resort (B) (B) Enjoy great resort facilities See native birdlife & wallabies Day 11: Whitsundays to Cairns Further north, it’s Townsville next, a happening city that straddles the coast & the outback. Continue road-tripping along the spectacular Great Green Way via Tully to the ever-popular travellers’ hub of Cairns. Resort (B) Townsville city tour See Magnetic Island from the Castle Hill overlook area in Townsville Cross the Tully River, home to Australia's best white water rafting Days 12-13: Cairns With a lush tropical setting, Cairns offers great restaurants, bars, markets, shopping, & of course, nightlife! It’s also the jumping off point for lots of activities like the Outer Barrier Reef cruise or whitewater rafting. Resort (B) Cairns city tour Day 14: Cairns to Alice Springs Chill in Cairns, then hop on a flight to Alice Springs & your ‘Territory’ adventure. Hotel Day 15: Alice Springs Explore the Outback’s unofficial capital, ’The Alice’, famous for its remote location, populated by Aussie characters & is the national hub for Aboriginal art. Hotel (B,D) Alice Springs city tour Visit ANZAC Hill memorial Learn about plants & animals of the Australian desert at The Desert Park Visit the important Aboriginal cultural site of Simpson’s Gap, home to the blackfooted wallaby Visit West MacDonnell National Park Day 16: Alice Springs to Kings Creek Station Strike out West to rugged Kings Creek Station, a working camel station, & tonight do as the real Aussie ‘bushies’ do & sleep under the stars in a comfy swag. Outback bush camp (B,D) Cross the Finke - the world’s oldest river Enjoy a unique experience at an overnight bush camp on a cattle & camel station See the desert night sky & stars Day 17: Kings Creek Station to Uluru Walk through one of the most spectacular sights in central Australia – Kings Canyon. Then hit the road for the Yulara Resort & watch the sun set over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Lodge (B) Visit Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park Hike to the 'Garden of Eden' waterhole & the 'Lost City' See Mt. Connor, over 700 million years old Day 18: Uluru Watch shadows & changing colours at play as the sun rises over Australia’s pin up icon, Uluru. Take a chance to walk up, on or around ’The Rock’. Then visit Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s) where each rock represents a person, an animal or food from the Aboriginal Dreaming. Lodge (B) Entry to Uluru National Park (fee included) See Uluru up close at sunset & sunrise Visit the Uluru Cultural Centre Hike the Valley of the Winds at The Olga's Day 19: Uluru to Alice Springs Pit stop at a fascinating institution in outback travel, the traditional Australian Roadhouse, on the return trip to Alice Springs. Hotel (B) Visit a traditional outback roadhouse Day 20: Alice Springs to Tennant Creek Opt in to see the sunrise over the MacDonnell Ranges from a hot air balloon. Tonight’s stay is in Tennant Creek surrounded by million-acre cattle stations & Aboriginal communities. Hotel (D) Visit the small art gallery in Ti Tree to see Aboriginal art & didgeridoos

East Coast & Northern Territory

Maybe sight a UFO in Wycliffe Well Visit the Devil’s Marbles rock formation Stay in the ‘true blue’ Aussie outback town of Tennant Creek Day 21: Tennant Creek to Katherine Stop & ‘tip one back’ at the oldest pub in the Territory before dipping into the refreshing Mataranka Thermal Pools. Continue on to the surprisingly lush river town of Katherine. Hotel (B) Visit Daly Waters - the famous outback pub Swim in the Mataranka thermal pools Visit Elsey - the historic ’We of the Never Never’ homestead Day 22: Katherine to Kakadu National Park Hike, walk, or take an optional boat trip for an up close experience with dramatic Katherine Gorge. Then it’s on to Kakadu National Park via Edith or Gunlom Falls. Hotel (B,D) Visit mighty Katherine Gorge & see the sheer rock walls & wildlife Day 23: Kakadu National Park Be stunned by the ecological ‘jewel’ of Kakadu & its variety of superb landscapes & wildlife, & arguably Australia's best Aboriginal rock art found at places like Nourlangie Rock. Hotel (B) Walk & see the Aboriginal rock art Visit Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Wildlife cruise - see crocodiles Day 24: Kakadu National Park to Darwin Wind your way to Darwin, an exotic, diverse place that combines East & West & attracts people from all over the country. Tonight maybe try lucking out at the casino or go dancing & party the night away. Hotel (B) See the Cyclone Tracy museum display Day 25: Darwin to Litchfield National Park Delve into the Northern Territory’s best kept secret, Litchfield National Park & plunge into the cool pool of water below Florence Falls. Then it’s back to Darwin where the tour ends & its time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) See the unique, huge termite mounds Litchfield’s rainforests & rock formations Enjoy a swim at Florence Falls

25 days Aussie Explorer 24 nights accomm 19 breakfasts 2 lunches (sailing option) 9 dinners (island option) 10 dinners (sailing option) What’s included All as per itinerary

• 24 nights multi-share accommodation (23 nights for reverse itinerary): 17 nights in hotels & resorts, 2 nights in a lodge, 2 nights in an eco-lodge, 1 night in a surf school village, 1 night in a country homestead & 1 night on an outback bush camp in a comfy Aussie ‘swag’. Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht (see page 22) Basis: mainly quad, some triple. Twin/single share also available at additional cost. Outback bush camp & yacht quad/multishare only

When to go and how much Code: EXSD 2009/10 All prices per person in A$ Start Sydney 2009 MAR 22 APR 19 MAY 17 JUN 14 JUL 12 AUG 9 SEP 6 OCT 4 NOV 1 NOV 29 DEC 27 2010 JAN 24 FEB 21 MAR 21 APR 18 MAY 16 JUN 13 JUL 11 AUG 8 SEP 5

Code: EXDS 2009/10 All prices per person in A$

Finish Darwin

Tour Only

Tour & Sailing

APR 15 MAY 13 JUN 10 JUL 8 AUG 5 SEP 2 SEP 30 OCT 28 NOV 25 DEC 23 JAN 20

3799 3799 3799 3799 3699 3699 3699 3699 3895 3895 3895

4119 4119 4119 4119 4019 4019 4019 4019 4215 4215 4215

FEB 17 MAR 17 APR 14 MAY 12 JUN 9 JUL 7 AUG 4 SEP 1 SEP 29

3895 3895 3895 3875 3875 3875 3815 3815 3815

4215 4215 4215 4195 4195 4195 4135 4135 4135

Start Darwin 2009 MAR 25 APR 22 MAY 20 JUN 17 JUL 15 AUG 12 SEP 9 OCT 7 NOV 4 DEC 2 DEC 30 2010 JAN 27 FEB 24 MAR 24 APR 21 MAY 19 JUN 16 JUL 14 AUG 11 SEP 8

Finish Sydney

Tour Only

Tour & Sailing

APR 17 MAY 15 JUN 12 JUL 10 AUG 7 SEP 4 OCT 2 OCT 30 NOV 27 DEC 25 JAN 22

3649 3649 3649 3649 3549 3549 3549 3549 3745 3745 3745

3969 3969 3969 3969 3869 3869 3869 3869 4065 4065 4065

FEB 19 MAR 19 APR 16 MAY 14 JUN 11 JUL 9 AUG 6 SEP 3 OCT 1

3745 3745 3745 3725 3725 3725 3665 3665 3665

4065 4065 4065 4045 4045 4045 3985 3985 3985

For Travel Insurance see page 45. Prices above are quad share. Tour only supplement - add A$2255 single/add A$720 twin share. Tour + sailing supplement - add A$2015 single/add A$645 twin share (no twin or single available whilst on boat). EXSD: Start Sydney 7.00am and end Darwin 6.00pm. EXDS: Start Darwin 7.30am and end Sydney 6.00pm. For departure point information see page 46. Extend your holiday! Stay on using our special rates before or after your tour. More on page 46.

More info at contiki.com.au/ ausaccommodation • 19 breakfasts (B) & 9 dinners (D) Sailing option: 19 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) & 10 dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Flight from Cairns to Alice Springs (reverse for EXDS) • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Local taxes & service charges

Save Money! If you pay 12 months in advance, you save A$369. Or pay 6 months in advance and save A$185. See page 12 for details.

FRASER ISLAND: Locally guided 4WD trip across the island & lunch THE WHITSUNDAYS: Day sailing trip to famous Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent) CAIRNS: Snorkel or dive on an outer Great Barrier Reef cruise & lunch…or stay dry with coral viewing by semi-submersib le ULURU: Take a ‘wild’ ride on a Harley Davidson around Uluru ALICE SPRINGS: Dawn hot air balloon flight over desert & the MacDonnell Range KAKADU NATIONAL PARK: Scenic flight over this World Heritage Listed area


14 Days Contrast Reef & Rock combining the East Coast & Northern Territory

Harley Davidson Ride, Uluru

ys 835 a D 14 A$2 y from03/Da A$2

Gulf of Carpentaria Coral Sea

NORTHERN TERRITORY

1 CAIRNS Great Barrier Reef

2 Shute Harbour Airlie Beach

WHITSUNDAYS (Daydream Island) Mackay

QUEENSLAND Simpsons Gap

1 ALICE SPRINGS The Olgas

2

COUNTRY 1 HOMESTEAD

ULURU

Capricorn Coast

2 FRASER ISLAND Noosa

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Brisbane

SURFERS PARADISE 2

Flights are included! Domestic flights (as marked on the map) are included in the tour price.

Currumbin

Byron Bay

1 COFFS HARBOUR Great Australian Bight

NEW SOUTH WALES 1 PORT STEPHENS Sydney Tasman Sea

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

VICTORIA

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and do your own thing, as well as choose from our optional activities. Here’s some of what you could get up to (at an additional cost):

PORT STEPHENS: Sandboard & ‘surf’ down the sandunes SURFERS PARADISE: Dracula’s comedy cabaret show & dinner


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Itinerary and included sightseeing Day 1: Sydney to Shoal Bay (Port Stephens) Meet up with your Contiki crew & check out Sydney’s icons. Then head up north to the ‘blue water paradise’ of Port Stephens & pristine Shoal Bay where you can cruise with the dolphins or try sandboarding. Resort (D) Sydney city tour See the Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge Visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair for a panoramic view of Sydney Harbour Day 2: Shoal Bay to Coffs Harbour Continue up Australia’s famous ‘holiday coast’ to the beautiful beaches of Coffs Harbour where our Surf Camp & School has cabins located right on the beach. We’ll show you the best waves to surf if you already know how, or teach you if you don’t. Surf Village (B,D) See the iconic ‘Big Banana’ Day 3: Coffs Harbour to Surfers Paradise Wander through the relaxed, small coastal town of Byron Bay with its New Ageorganic lifestyle, artsy shops & fantastic eateries. Later, encounter native Aussie animals at Currumbin Sanctuary. Hotel (B) Visit Cape Byron - Australia's most easterly point Visit a wildlife sanctuary - cuddle a koala & see kangaroos, emus, crocodiles, dingoes, Tasmanian devils & more! Visit stunning Gold Coast beaches Visit Jupiter's Casino Day 4: Surfers Paradise Surfers Paradise is the place to party in the ‘sunshine state’. Combine sun, surf, adventure, water activities & more bars & nightclubs than you could ‘poke a stick at’, & you have a travellers paradise! Hotel Day 5: Surfers Paradise to Fraser Island Explore Brisbane, a cosmopolitan city that has still retained a laid-back, small town attitude. After lunch it’s on to Noosa, a little beach resort blending the chic with surf culture. Eco Lodge (B,D) Brisbane city tour Watch a fascinating cutting demonstration of Australia’s national gemstone, the Opal Visit picturesque Noosa & its beach Day 6: Fraser Island Take a full day to uncover World Heritage listed Fraser Island, a gigantic 800,000 year old sandbar. Bushwalk & 4WD through its diverse ecology of rainforests, towering sandunes & freshwater lakes. Eco Lodge Scenic boat trip to Fraser Island Stay in the eco-village & enjoy the resort facilities Day 7: Fraser Island to Country Homestead A bit further north & find yourself at our homestead in the heart of Australia’s cattle country. Get a slice of the real Aussie country life & genuine Aussie hospitality over a hearty meal. Country Homestead (B,D) Farm tour to see the farm animals & even kangaroos! Enjoy this evening’s activities with music, a bar & a bonfire

Day 8: Country Homestead to the Whitsundays Pass through Mackay & its sugar cane fields en route to Airlie Beach - gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. A quick ferry ride & you’ll find yourself in a slice of heaven on tropical Daydream Island. Resort (B,D) Cross the Tropic of Capricorn Rockhampton city tour Visit Airlie Beach, right on the water with a pumping bar & cafe scene Transfer boat to Daydream Island Day 9: The Whitsundays Time to slow it down, chill out, & catch some rays on the amazing white sandy beaches. Or get your blood pumping with a ton of activities to choose from like waterskiing, parasailing, tennis, beach volleyball or snorkelling. Resort (B) Enjoy great resort facilities like the day spa See native birdlife & wallabies Day 10: The Whitsundays to Cairns Catch a quick flight & head north to the ever-popular travellers’ hub of Cairns – home to plenty of action & the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Resort (B) Flight from Whitsundays to Cairns Day 11: Cairns to Uluru (Ayers Rock) Hop on another plane & this time see the contrast as you fly from the 'blue & green' of the coast to the 'red' of the outback at Yulara Resort. Lodge (B) Flight from Cairns to Uluru Day 12: Uluru Watch shadows & changing colours at play as the sun rises over Australia’s pin up icon, Uluru. Take a chance to walk up, on or around ’The Rock’. Then visit Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s) where each rock represents a person, an animal or food from the Aboriginal Dreaming. Lodge (B) Entry to Uluru National Park (fee included) See Uluru up close at sunset & sunrise Visit the Uluru Cultural Centre Hike the Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta (The Olga's) Day 13: Uluru to Alice Springs Pit stop at a fascinating institution in outback travel, the traditional Australian Roadhouse, on the return trip to Alice Springs. Hotel (B) Visit a traditional outback roadhouse Day 14: Alice Springs Explore the Outback’s unofficial capital, ’The Alice’, famous for its remote location, its population of Aussie characters & reputation as the national hub for Aboriginal art. Then the tour ends in the afternoon & it's time to say farewell to your new friends. Alice Springs city tour Visit ANZAC Hill memorial Visit the important Aboriginal cultural site of Simpson’s Gap, home to the blackfooted wallaby Visit West MacDonnell National Park Please note: Itinerary may change slightly depending on flight schedules.

Stay Longer? See page 46 for great rates to extend your holiday.

East Coast & Northern Territory

14 days Contrast Reef & Rock

Tjapukai Aboriginal Park

13 nights accomm 10 breakfasts 5 dinners What’s included All as per itinerary

• 13 nights multi-share accommodation: 7 nights in hotels & resorts, 2 nights in a lodge, 2 nights in an eco-lodge, 1 night in a surf school village & 1 night in a country homestead Basis: mainly quad, some triple. Twin/single share also available at additional cost

More info at contiki.com.au/ ausaccommodation • 10 breakfasts (B) & 5 dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Flights from Whitsundays to Cairns & Cairns to Uluru • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Local taxes & service charges

Great Barrier Reef

4 wheel driving, Fraser Island

When to go and how much Code: RRSA 2009/10 Start Sydney

Finish A.Springs

A$ pp

Start Sydney

Finish A.Springs

A$ pp

2009 MAR 22 APR 19 MAY 17 JUN 14 JUL 12 AUG 9 SEP 6 OCT 4 NOV 1 NOV 29 DEC 27

APR MAY MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC JAN

2909 2909 2909 2909 2835 2835 2835 2835 2979 2979 2979

2010 JAN 24 FEB 21 MAR 21 APR 18 MAY 16 JUN 13 JUL 11 AUG 8 SEP 5

FEB 6 MAR 6 APR 3 MAY 1 MAY 29 JUN 26 JUL 24 AUG 21 SEP 18

2979 2979 2979 2965 2965 2965 2919 2919 2919

4 2 30 27 25 22 19 17 14 12 9

For Travel Insurance see page 45. Prices above are quad share. Twin room supplement add A$455. Single room supplement add A$1300. Start Sydney 7.00am and end Alice Springs 12.00noon. For departure point information see page 46.

Uluru

Save Money! If you pay 12 months in advance, you save A$289. Or pay 6 months in advance and save A$145. See page 12 for details.

SURFERS PARADISE: ‘Bushwacker’ guided National Park rainforest walk & lunch COFFS HARBOUR: Learn to surf lesson FRASER ISLAND: Locally guided 4WD trip across the island WHITSUNDAYS: Snorkel or dive on an outer Great Barrier Reef cruise & lunch…or stay dry with coral viewing by semi-submersible ALICE SPRINGS: Dawn hot air balloon flight over desert KINGS CANYON: Scenic helicopter flight over the Canyon ULURU: Take a ‘wild’ ride on a Harley Davidson around Uluru - Champagne sunset drinks & nibbles


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15 Days

East Coast & Northern Territory

14 nights accomm 10 breakfasts 4 dinners

• 14 nights multi-share accommodation: 11 nights in hotels & resorts, 2 nights in a lodge & 1 night on an outback bush camp in a comfy Aussie ‘swag’

Coral Sea

NORTHERN TERRITORY

3 CAIRNS Great Barrier Reef

WHITSUNDAYS KINGS Simpsons (Daydream Island) CANYON Gap 1 The 2 ALICE QUEENSLAND Olgas 2 SPRINGS ULURU

Basis: mainly quad, some triple. Twin/single share also available at additional cost. Outback bush camp quad/multi-share only

More info at contiki.com.au/ ausaccommodation • 10 breakfasts (B) & 4 dinners (D) • A dedicated crew with an experienced & professional Tour Manager, Driver & Contiki Representative • Transport in a modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging • Flights & transfers from Sydney to Whitsundays & Cairns to Alice Springs • Sightseeing tours of all major cities • Local taxes & service charges

combining the East Coast & Northern Territory

Gulf of Carpentaria

What’s included All as per itinerary

Ocean to Outback

Langmorn Station

3

ays 2539 D 5 1 A$ ay m o r f /D 0 7 1 A$

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

ded inclu ghts li f estic Dom

NEW SOUTH WALES

Great Australian Bight

3 SYDNEY Tasman Sea

VICTORIA

Places visited 1 1 or more nightstops

When to go and how much

Itinerary and included sightseeing

Code: OOUI 2009/10

Flights included Domestic flights (as marked on the map) are included in the tour price.

Start Sydney

Finish Uluru

A$ pp

Start Sydney

Finish Uluru

A$ pp

2009 MAR 26 APR 23 MAY 21 JUN 18 JUL 16 AUG 13 SEP 10 OCT 8 NOV 5 DEC 3

APR MAY JUN JUL JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

2599 2599 2599 2599 2539 2539 2539 2539 2669 2669

2010 JAN 28 FEB 25 MAR 25 APR 22 MAY 20 JUN 17 JUL 15 AUG 12 SEP 9

FEB 11 MAR 11 APR 8 MAY 6 JUN 3 JUL 1 JUL 29 AUG 26 SEP 23

2669 2669 2669 2655 2655 2655 2615 2615 2615

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For Travel Insurance see page 45. Prices above are quad share. Twin room supplement add A$439. Single room supplement add A$1385. Start Sydney 5.00pm and end Uluru 8.00am. For departure point information see page 46.

Save Money! If you pay 12 months in advance, you save A$259. Or pay 6 months in advance and save A$129. See page 12 for details.

Days 1-9: Sydney to Cairns Refer to Bridge to Reef itinerary & included sightseeing described on page 36. Day 10: Cairns to Alice Springs Chill in Cairns, then hop on a flight to Alice Springs & your ‘Territory’ adventure. Hotel Cairns sightseeing tour Day 11: Alice Springs Explore the Outback’s unofficial capital, ‘The Alice’, famous for its remote location, its population of Aussie characters & its reputation as the national hub for Aboriginal art. Hotel (B,D) Alice Springs town tour Visit ANZAC Hill memorial Visit Alice Springs Desert Park & learn about plants & animals found across the Central Australian desert Visit the important Aboriginal cultural site of Simpson’s Gap, home to the blackfooted wallaby Visit West MacDonnell National Park Day 12: Alice Springs to Kings Creek Station Strike out West to rugged Kings Creek Station, a working camel station, & tonight do as the real Aussie ‘bushies’ do & sleep under the stars in a comfy swag. Outback bush camp (B,D) Cross the Finke - the world’s oldest river Enjoy a unique experience at an overnight bush camp on a cattle & camel station See the desert night sky & stars

Day 13: Kings Creek Station to Uluru Walk through one of the most spectacular sights in central Australia – Kings Canyon. Then hit the road for the Yulara Resort & watch the sun set over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Lodge (B) Visit Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park Hike to the 'Garden of Eden' waterhole & the 'Lost City' See Mt. Connor, over 700 million years old Day 14: Uluru Watch shadows & changing colours at play as the sun rises over Australia’s pin up icon, Uluru. Take a chance to walk up, on or around ’The Rock’. Then visit Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s) where each rock represents a person, an animal or food from the Aboriginal Dreaming. Lodge (B) Entry to Uluru National Park (fee included) See Uluru up close at sunset & sunrise Visit the Uluru Cultural Centre Hike the Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta (The Olga's) Day 15: Uluru The tour ends after breakfast in Uluru & it's time to say farewell to your new friends. Or space permitting, catch a free transfer back to Alice Springs (arrive at approximately 6.00pm). (B)

Stay Longer? See page 46 for great rates to extend your holiday.

All activities listed on page 36 for Bridge to Reef as well as these activities below: ALICE SPRINGS: Learn from Aboriginal people about their lifestyle and beliefs on a ‘Dreamtime Bushtucker’ experience - Dawn hot air balloon flight over desert & the MacDonnell Range ULURU: Take a ‘wild’ ride on a Harley Davidson around Uluru - Champagne sunset drinks & nibbles

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Got a question?

Got a question and conditions

Answers to frequently asked questions & things you need to know. What should I pack? Seasonality & Comfortable, casual clothing for day climate? wear and ‘smart/casual’ for dining and

Explore More Optional Activities When do I choose? Optionals are arranged and paid for on tour. By leaving the final decisions until then you can choose at the same time as your new friends, you’ll get great value as we get you great rates and your Tour Manager can offer personal advice. Some activities are seasonal and weather dependent as well. How do I pay? You pay on tour with major credit cards or cash (A$).

What’s included? • Coach, train, air transfers, and ferry transport as specified. • Accommodation, breakfast and evening meals as detailed on page 15 and under ‘What’s included’ on tour pages. • Sightseeing as detailed on pages 8-9 and in the itineraries on tour pages. Unless specified, entrance fees are not included. • Experienced crew as detailed on page 14 and on tour pages.

What’s not included? • Airport and ferry transfers to tour departure point. • Personal expense money. • Visas, personal insurance, medical fees. • Sightseeing, visits and entrance fees other than those specified on tour pages. • Optional excursions and activities such as white water rafting, helicopter flights, bungy jumping, hot air ballooning, etc. • Some meals as specified under “All this included”.

Will I get more information? Upon receipt of final payment, you’ll receive a copy of Contiki’s ‘Travellers Guide’ – an information book about your holiday. You’ll also receive a comprehensive day-by-day itinerary including full details and costs of all optional excursions available on your tour.

Your FREE Contiki document wallet and luggage tag* will be sent to you with your travel documents. The wallet is a safe place for your tickets and passports, something you’ll want to keep and use again. * Contiki reserves the right to substitute an alternative travel accessory for the Contiki document wallet.

How much luggage can I bring? Luggage is restricted to a maximum suitcase size of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29" x 20" x 10") and maximum weight of 20 kg (44lbs) plus one small hand/day bag that can go on the coach with you. On tours which include Flotilla Sailing, a small bag suitable for the extremely limited luggage space is required. Your regular luggage will be stored during this time. NO EXTERNAL METAL FRAME BACKPACKS PLEASE, their bulky shape makes coach packing difficult. Contiki reserves the right to refuse to accept larger suitcases on tour. Baggage is carried at the owner’s risk and baggage insurance is strongly recommended. Remember, if your tour includes a flight you are also subject to airline baggage restrictions.

How much money do I need? You should be able to use debit and credit cards for most items. You’ll need to allow enough money to cover lunches, some dinners, souvenirs, shopping, drinks, optional excursions and activities, entrance fees to attractions and evening entertainment. It is advisable to have some A$ with you when you start your tour.

Am I expected to tip on tour? Every country in the world has different tipping policies and in Australia, within service industries, tipping is common practice. Tipping is totally discretionary and only given if you feel the service has met or exceeded your expectations. Your Tour Manager will assist you with any questions about this while you’re on the road. The same idea applies to your Contiki Crew - if you think they have done a good job then they would be grateful for your recognition by way of a tip, however this is not mandatory – it’s completely up to you.

Brochure authenticity We have put a great deal of effort into producing this brochure. The information given and literature produced by Contiki has been compiled with care and is published in good faith. Sometimes, because of circumstances outside our control, we have to alter some excursions due to seasonal closing or repairs to buildings, etc., especially early or late in the season. If this happens, alternatives will be arranged.

Do I need vaccinations? At the time this brochure went to press (February 2009), no vaccinations were necessary. However, it is wise to check up-to-date information with your travel agent prior to departure. Don’t forget to bring with you any medication that you may require en route, such as antihistamines or antibiotics.

Being such a large landmass, Australia is prone to seasonal climate changes. This will mean that at certain times of the year some of our brochured itineraries may need to be slightly changed. For example: Northern Territory itineraries during the wet season (December to April).

Travel insurance Contiki very strongly recommend you take out insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money & public liability before you travel. You may not be accepted on a Contiki holiday unless you have arranged satisfactory insurance. You also agree to indemnify us against all third-party claims, actions, damages and remedies against us arising from your participation in the holiday. For insurance details, please speak to your Travel Agent at the time of making your booking.

Security Contiki has been running tours for young people since 1962 and is a member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). The members include all the major tour operators who are financially bonded for your security and who maintain the highest standards. With the guarantees of these organisations, you know your holiday & money are secure with Contiki.

Photography credits Photos courtesy of Tourism Australia Page 2 Kangaroo - Warren Clarke. Red Centre Way - Steve Strike. Page 8 Aboriginal cultural tourism - Richard Powers. Page 9 Whitehaven Beach Lincoln Fowler. Outback Ranch - Brian Geach. Harbour Bridge - Robert Wallace. Queensland - Tom Keating. Page 11 Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park - Steve Strike. Glass Bottom Boat - Adam Bruzzone. Byron Bay - Mike Newling. Queensland Tom Keating. Page 17 Red Centre Way Steve Strike. Page 18 Kings Canyon Steve Strike. Page 19 Yellow Water Cruises - Nick Rains. Kings Canyon - Steve Strike. Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park - Steve Strike. Page 20 Katherine Gorge. Kings Canyon - Steve Strike. Page 21 Flinders Ranges - Mike Newling. Page 25 Byron Bay - Mike Newling. Page 27 Gold Coast Queensland - jamie Macfadyen. Page 39 Sydney Harbour Bridge - City of Sydney. Page 42 Red Centre Tours - Chris Mclennan. Page 43 Great Barrier Reef Adam Bruzzone. Page 44 Aboriginal Art Dominic Harcourt-Webster. Photo courtesy of BridgeClimb Sydney Page 37 Sydney Harbour Bridge - OTTO Holdings (Aust.) Pty Limited. Photos courtesy of Quicksilver Connections Page 8 Snorkelling. Photos courtesy of Tourism Queensland Page 9 Mossman Gorge. Page 33 Cape Tribulation. Page 43 Fraser Island. Photos courtesy of Northern Territory Tourist Commission Page 6 Darwin, Kakadu National Park. Page 11 Quad Bike. Page 17 Darwin. Photos courtesy of Mojo Surf Australia Page 37 Learn to surf - Mojo Surf.

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those special evenings on the town. Remember that early or later in the season you will need warmer clothing as well as a raincoat/jacket. Note that casinos do not allow jeans or denim clothes. A pair of comfortable walking shoes is essential. For further details, please refer to your ‘Travellers Guide’ information book.


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Hotel departure points and stay longer options AUSTRALIA Alice Springs All Seasons Oasis, 10 Gap Road, Alice Springs: Nestled in the foothills of the MacDonnell Ranges, this hotel’s features include a tennis court, swimming pool and heated spa. Rooms are air-conditioned and have TV, direct dial telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. Getting there: The All Seasons Oasis is 12 km (7 miles) from Alice Springs Airport. The Airport Shuttle Service meets all incoming flights and will drop off at the hotel on request (approx A$15). A taxi to the hotel costs approx A$25. Alice Springs Departures: Start at 9.00am: Territory & Outback, Alice & Uluru (AEAD version), Alice & Kakadu. Start at 2.00pm: Alice & Uluru (AEDA version).

Darwin Quality Frontier Darwin, 3 Buffalo Court, Darwin: Conveniently located, the Frontier Darwin’s rooms are all air-conditioned with TV’s and in-house movies. The hotel has a large swimming pool, restaurants, public bar and beer garden. Getting there: The Quality Frontier Darwin is 6 km (4 miles) from Darwin International Airport. Darwin Airport Shuttle Service meets all incoming flights and will drop off at the hotel on request (approx A$11). A taxi fare is approx A$25. Darwin Departures: Start at 7.30am: Territory & Outback, Alice & Kakadu, Aussie Explorer. Stay longer rates: Quad: A$49 Twin A$75 Single A$155

Surfers Paradise

Getting there: The Cairns Colonial Club Resort is 6 km (4 miles) from Cairns International Airport. The Colonial Club free shuttle meets most flights and is generally found adjacent to the baggage claim area. A taxi to the hotel is approx A$15.

Australis Sovereign Hotel, 138 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise: Located a 10 minute walk from the action of central Surfers, the hotel features a lagoon style pool with beach area, heated spa and sauna, restaurant and bar. Getting there: There are two airports servicing Surfers Paradise. Gold Coast airport is approx 22 km (14 miles) or 30 minutes drive south, and transfer shuttles cost approx A$18 one way. Brisbane airport is approx 90 km (56 miles) or one and a half hours north, and transfer shuttles cost approx A$39 one way. There is also an airport train to the Gold Coast, costing A$26. Alight at Nerang Station then it’s a 12 km taxi ride into Surfers Paradise. Surfers Paradise Departures: Start at 5.00pm: Cairns Sunshine Trail.

Cairns Departures:

Sydney

Start at 7.30am: Reefs & Rainforests, Island & Rainforest, Rainforest Adventure. Start at 12.00 noon: Beaches & Reefs, Cairns Sunshine Trail, Magical Tropics. Stay longer rates: Quad: A$39 Twin A$70 Single A$139

The Chifley Potts Point, Corner Victoria Street and Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point: Ideally positioned in the heart of Potts Point and Kings Cross entertainment precincts with the Sydney CBD close by, the Chifley features a restaurant and bar. Rooms are air-conditioned, with ensuite

Stay longer rates: Quad: A$45 Twin A$65 Single A$120

Cairns Cairns Colonial Club Resort, 18-26 Cannon St., Manunda: Situated within 10 acres of tropical landscaped gardens, the resort is only 6kms from the centre of Cairns. Features include 3 lagoon swimming pools, a tennis court, fitness centre, 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a free bus service into town.

bathrooms, tea & coffee making facilities, colour TV and mini bar. Getting there: The Chifley Potts Point is 16 km (10 miles) from Sydney International Airport. Shuttle buses meet all incoming flights and will drop off at the hotel on request (from approx A$13). Also available is the airport link rail service which travels to Sydney Central Station then change trains for Kings Cross Station - located directly under the hotel (approx A$14.80). The taxi fare from the airport terminals to Chifley Potts Point is approx A$35. Sydney Departures: Start at 7.00am: Reefs & Rainforests, Beaches & Reefs, Coast & Whitsundays, City to Surf, Contrast Reef & Rock, Aussie Explorer. Start at 5.00pm (check in from 3.00pm): Ocean to Outback, Bridge to Reef, Sydney New Years Eve. Check in from 3.00pm: Sydney Scene. Stay longer rates: Triple: A$65 Twin A$75 Single A$149

Whitsundays Island Versions: Getting there: Our hotel is Daydream Island Resort. From Great Barrier Reef Airport (HTI) on Hamilton Island, Cruise Whitsundays and Fantasea Cruises meet flights for a 30 minute catamaran cruise to Daydream Island, departing from the jetty located directly at the airport. The cost of this transfer is not included in the tour price but may be ticketed in conjunction with flights (approx cost A$55). From Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP) at Proserpine, Cruise Whitsundays offer a streamlined transfer with a coach connection directly from the airport to Abel Point Marina in Airlie Beach, where a connecting ferry transfers guests to Daydream Island, approx A$55. Alternatively, Whitsunday Transit Coaches meet all flights for a transfer to Shute Harbour (approx A$15) where Fantasea Cruises provide a regular service to Daydream Island, approx A$29.

Start at 4.00pm at Daydream Island (check in from 3.00pm) at Airlie Beach: Coast & Whitsundays, Island & Rainforests, Magical Tropics (Island stay versions). Two night sailing versions: Getting there: Check in is at the Pro Sail office, shop 1, 4 The Esplanade, Airlie Beach. From Great Barrier Reef Airport (HTI) on Hamilton Island, Cruise Whitsundays meet flights for a 30 minute catamaran cruise to Abel Point Marina, Airlie Beach, departing from the jetty located directly at the airport. The cost of this transfer is not included in the tour price but may be ticketed in conjunction with flights (approx cost A$55). From Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP) at Proserpine, Whitsunday Transit Coaches meet all flights for a transfer to Airlie Beach (approx A$15). Clients should call Pro Sail on 1800 810 116 or 07 4946 7533 if there are any problems. Check in by 3pm at Airlie Beach: Coast & Whitsundays, Island & Rainforests, Magical Tropics (Sailing versions).

• Rates are per person per night including private facilities. • Rooms are available in Australia for a maximum of 3 consecutive nights in Sydney & Cairns, and 1 night in all other properties. Extra nights will be on request. • Full payment is required 45 days before arrival. Cancellation within 14 days of arrival date incurs 100% cancellation fee. Any amendments incur a charge of A$35. • Rates only apply to Contiki clients booking extra accommodation directly before and/or after their tour. • If two people are sharing a room booking must be made at the same time. • All hotels are subject to availability and where necessary, we may provide an alternative on your arrival.

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Look up the start city of your tour below for departure point information about where your tour starts and how to get there. There are also details on how to extend your holiday and stay longer either before or after your tour (marked below as PRE & POST). Take advantage of our specially negotiated ‘Stay Longer’ hotel rates listed below, which can be arranged through Contiki or your travel agent when you book your tour. For the most up-to-date details go to contiki.com.au/staylonger and contiki.com.au/departurepoints.


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Booking conditions

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Once Contiki accepts your booking by confirmation thereof a contract is made between Contiki & you upon the terms & conditions set out below. OUR RESPONSIBILITIES 1. YOUR HOLIDAY RESERVATION On receipt of your deposit, subject to availability and at our discretion, Contiki will reserve your place on your selected holiday. A contract is only made between you and us upon your booking being confirmed and accepted by us and our confirmation thereof to either you or your travel agent. 2. PRICE GUARANTEE Prices in this brochure are based on costs and exchange rates as at 5th February, 2009. Should these costs change, it may be necessary to make a surcharge on the price of your holiday. Should the total tour price increase by more than 10% you will have the right to cancel within 7 days of notification without penalty. No surcharge in respect of cost or currency fluctuations will be made once payment of the deposit for your land tour has been received. This guarantee excludes fuel surcharges and does not apply to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or their agencies. In exchange for these guarantees, no refund will be made if costs are reduced. 3. IF WE CANCEL OR CHANGE YOUR HOLIDAY 3.1 Contiki reserves the right to change or cancel your booking in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. 3.2 Should change or cancellation prove necessary we will give you reasonable notice thereof, in the circumstances, and where available, offer you a comparable alternative. 3.3 If an alternative is not available or acceptable you will be entitled to either a full refund of monies paid by you to us or transfer to another Contiki holiday without payment of any transfer fee. 3.4 If the change or cancellation is due to force majeure (i.e. circumstances like political unrest, war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, closure of airports or ports, industrial disputes, terrorist activity, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemic or health risk, Acts of God, adverse weather conditions or other similar events beyond Contiki’s control) we will give a full refund of any monies paid to us less reasonable expenses incurred by us in respect of your booking. 3.5 Contiki is not responsible for the costs of any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations or rescheduling of any tour departure. 4. HOLIDAY DETAILS & CONDITIONS 4.1 The information in our brochure is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print (February 2009) but we cannot guarantee that any item or amenity mentioned will be available especially where we have no direct control over it. 4.2 Contiki will do their best, at their discretion, to select accommodation, sightseeing tours and transportation to give you good value for money. 4.3 Contiki constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. Contiki is not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations. 5. LIABILITY 5.1 Your travel agent shall, on the receipt of any monies, hold such monies for you until the booking is confirmed at which time those monies shall be remitted promptly by your travel agent to us. All such monies received by us will be deposited as required by law. 5.2 We will be entitled to keep for our account any interest earned on such monies. 5.3 All monies paid by you to us through your travel agent or otherwise, whether in respect of the deposit or full payment, may be disbursed by us as and when we see fit, in respect of the services to be provided and/or fees payable under the tour program. The payment of a deposit or any other monies in respect of your tour shall be deemed to be an authorisation for disbursement thereof as aforesaid. YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES 1. BOOKING YOUR HOLIDAY 1.1 In order to reserve your holiday, a deposit of A$200, per person per tour, or the full amount payable if booking is made within 45 days of departure, must be submitted to Contiki by you in respect of that holiday. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. The deposit is accepted as a first installment of the holiday price by Contiki only once the booking has been confirmed in writing by Contiki or your travel agent. 1.2 Your land reservation will be confirmed on receipt of a non refundable deposit of A$200 per person per tour which must be within 7 days of booking or the reservation will automatically be cancelled. 1.3 Any special meal requirements will be made on a

request basis only. Contiki cannot guarantee special meal requests nor will it assume any responsibility or liability if clients’ special meal requirements are not fulfilled. 2. PAYING THE BALANCE 2.1 The balance of the holiday must be paid no later than 45 days before the scheduled departure date which shall be by the due date stated on the confirmation issued to you by Contiki. When making multi-tour bookings, full payment is due no later than 45 days before the scheduled departure date of the first departing tour 2.2 If payment isn’t made by the due date, Contiki may assume that you have cancelled and cancellation charges in accordance with clause 3 below will be levied by Contiki. 2.3 Tickets and other documents won't be forwarded until full payment has been received by us. The documentation will be sent approximately 21 days prior to your departure from Australia. 2.4 In the case of Late Bookings made within 45 days of your tour departure, the full cost of the holiday will be payable immediately on booking and we reserve the right to provide all travel documents at the holiday departure point. 2.5 Contiki reserves the right to cancel the booking and apply cancellation charges should payments not be received within the above specified periods. 3. IF YOU CANCEL 3.1 Notice of cancellation must be made in writing to Contiki. 3.2 If you cancel more than 45 days before departure, your A$200 deposit will not be refunded, nor can it be credited to any other booking. 3.3 Upon cancellation you will be liable to pay a fee to cover the estimate of cost and expenses incurred by us in the terms of the schedule set out hereunder. This is expressed as a percentage of the holiday price and is calculated as follows: PERIOD OF NOTICE CANCELLATION FEE Over 45 days notice: Deposit is forfeited 45-22 days: 27.5% of tour fare 21-8 days: 33% of tour fare 7-1 days: 55% of tour fare Day of departure: 100% of tour fare Where the percentage cancellation fee is less than the tour deposit, the cancellation fee will equal loss of deposit. If the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any holiday insurance policy which you hold, then any such charges may, subject to the terms of your insurance policy, be refunded to you by the insurance company. 3.4 Any cancellation of additional services booked prior to and after your tour booking, such as pre and post accommodation and transfers, that are cancelled within 14 days of the tour departure incur a 100% cancellation fee. 3.5 These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be levied by your Travel Agent. 4. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING 4.1 If after your booking has been confirmed and more than 45 days prior to departure, you wish to change to an alternate departure date or you wish to change to a different Contiki holiday, you may do so subject to availability and provided the new holiday date is also in this brochure. 4.2 A fee of A$35 per person will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed unless the change increases the value of the booking. A change of tour date, tour itinerary booking within 45 days of departure will be treated as a cancellation, and normal cancellation fees will apply except when the change is to an earlier departure date of equivalent or greater value in which case a A$35 per person amendment fee will be charged. 5. HOLIDAY DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 5.1 Please read the brochure carefully for those items included in the price. No allowance or refund can be made for meals, accommodation, excursions, etc. that you elect not to take, or when museums, shops, etc. are closed. Hotel facilities may vary from place to place. Meals may vary in style. 5.2 Recent legislation in various states in Australia has highlighted the issue of Age Discrimination. In terms of style and content, all of Contiki’s worldwide holidays are specifically designed for a particular age group. This fact should be recognised when you book one of our holidays. 5.3 Contiki must be advised of any medical conditions or physical disability requiring special attention before you book your holiday. If you do not advise us at this stage, we may refuse to accept your booking. We may also refuse you if we feel that the holiday chosen is not suitable without a suitably qualified companion. Contiki will try to help you with your requirements but cannot

guarantee to do so, either on our own or our suppliers’ (such as hotels, restaurants and excursions) behalf. Many of our holidays involve getting on and off coaches, walking tours and other physical activities. Some holidays may not be suitable for you if you rely on a wheelchair or have certain other disabilities. Should your disability require you to have special assistance, it is a condition of Contiki accepting your booking that you provide evidence satisfactory to us that an able-bodied person will accompany you and is able to provide any special needs or services that you may require. Contiki will not be responsible for the failure of this person to provide these services. 5.4 You are responsible for all travel arrangements and costs to/from the point of commencement/conclusion of the holiday. 5.5 There may be times when the Contiki Representative has to make a decision in your best interests or the best interests of their group. You agree to comply with the authority and decisions of the appointed Contiki Representative and the laws of the country in which you are travelling. If you do not so comply or if, in the Contiki Representative’s opinion, you are not compatible with the general enjoyment and well being of other members on the holiday or smooth operation of the holiday itself, we reserve the right to refuse to let you continue with the holiday. Furthermore, you agree that your fellow travellers and any Contiki Representative has the right to travel/work in a safe environment. Any threats to their safety, well being or inappropriate behaviour by you, whether verbal or physical, will be taken extremely seriously and may result in the immediate termination of your holiday. In either event, you will be responsible for your own repatriation and related costs and have no claims against us. 5.5.1 You are responsible for any costs incurred as a result of damage or excess cleaning fees related to your accommodation. You are advised to immediately report any pre-existing damage in your room to hotel/Contiki Village staff and/or a Contiki Tour Manager as soon as it is discovered. 5.6 Where the passenger occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the operator or service providers, agents or co-operating organisations shall be liable for any illness, injury or death or any loss or damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of the accident or incident. 5.7 It is your responsibility to have a valid passport and all visas, permits and certificates required for your selected holiday as well as any necessary vaccinations and to comply with all applicable laws. 5.8 You agree that our Contiki Tour Managers or Representatives may take photographs and films of you while you are on holiday and that these may be used in our Group brochures and/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films. 5.9 Should you have a complaint in respect of the holiday, you should inform the Contiki Tour Manager or Representative during the course of the holiday and if the matter cannot be resolved after the representative’s best endeavours to do so during the holiday, your complaint should be made in writing to Contiki as soon as is reasonably possible after the holiday but within 42 days thereof so that your complaint can be investigated. Any claims made after the 42 day period will not be considered by Contiki. If you choose to write to Contiki via the Internet, please provide your home address so that we are able to reply to you in writing. 5.10.1 The contract and all matters arising in respect hereof shall be subject to Australian Law, unless we agree otherwise in writing. 5.10.2 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be deemed to be re-written to give effect to the same purpose within the permitted limits of the law. The validity and enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected. 5.10.3 If you are unsuccessful in any legal action instituted against us, you agree to pay all our costs, including but not limited to, attorney/client costs. 6. INSURANCE Contiki very strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money and public liability before embarking on a Contiki holiday. Please check that the insurance covers all of the activities that you are going to be participating in. Some policies exclude certain adventure activities. This should be arranged at the time of payment of the deposit and will, in certain circumstances, cover you against loss of deposit or cancellation fees from the date of confirmation

of your booking, as shown in the insurance policy. You also agree to indemnify us against all third-party claims, actions, damages and remedies which may be brought against us in respect of your participation in the holiday. 7. ILLNESS OR ABSENTEEISM In the event of your withdrawal from a holiday after the commencement as a result of illness, you must obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. No refunds will be made for any absence from the tour. 8. WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE Airfares to and from your holiday destination, airport taxes, passport and visa fees, insurance, laundry, phone calls, beverages, meals not detailed in the itinerary, tips to tour managers, representatives, drivers and local guides, items of a personal nature, excess baggage, optional excursions. 9. WEATHER CONDITIONS Under no circumstances can we be held responsible for snow or weather conditions, nor can any holiday be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of snow or weather conditions. GENERAL 1. CONTRACTING PARTIES 1.1 The Booking Conditions detailed herein contain the entire contract between you and Contiki. No representation, term, warranty or condition can be expressed or implied by reference to any other writing, advertisement or conversation. This contract may only be varied in writing by a duly authorised officer or director of Contiki. 1.2 Your contract is with us as the tour operating company. At any time and at our complete discretion we may nominate to you in writing any other company or person to have the benefit of some or all of those provisions of this contract, which we may then specify, as if you had agreed the provisions concerned directly with that company or person in the first place as well as agreeing them with us. We may at our complete discretion assign all or any rights and liabilities arising under or by virtue of this or any other contract with you. 1.3 Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international convention which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol and Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road and the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage and delay to passengers and luggage. Enrollment in and payment for a tour shall constitute agreement and acceptance by the passenger of the terms and conditions set forth in this brochure which cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. 1.4 Contiki is not a carrier or hotelier nor does it own aircraft, hotels or coaches. All bookings with carriers, hoteliers and other service providers are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by those carriers, hoteliers, and other service providers. Please note that some of these limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage to baggage. Whilst we cannot accept any responsibility for any loss as a result of such actions or as a result of any act or omission of any such third-parties, we will give every reasonable assistance in helping to resolve any reasonable dispute. Please also note that Contiki cannot be held responsible for the failure of any of these parties to provide facilities or services for disabled clients (see also 5.3 under Holiday Details & Conditions). 1.5 Please note that no airline or carrier depicted or recommended in this brochure by virtue of their endorsement of this brochure represent themselves either as contracting with any purchaser of a holiday from Contiki or as having any other legal relationship with any such purchaser. 1.6 Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to print, however Contiki cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. 2. VALIDITY The programmes advertised in this brochure are valid from March 2009 to September 2010. 3. OPERATING COMPANIES The programmes advertised in this brochure are operated by Contiki Holidays (Australia) Pty Ltd.


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Your travel agent will confirm by phone with the local Contiki office that there's space on the tour you've chosen. At the same time, your travel agent can book your hotel accommodation before and/or after your Contiki tour, see page 46.

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4. You must pay the balance of your holiday fare to Contiki through your travel agent no less than 45 days before the departure date, or at the time of booking if less than 45 days before departure. 5. We will then send to your travel agent your travel vouchers and detailed information about your holiday. The documentation will be sent approximately 21 days prior to your departure from Australia.

3. Once your deposit has been received, Contiki will send your

IMPORTANT By paying the A$200 deposit per person per tour to your travel agent, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the Booking Conditions as set out on page 47, which make up the contract between you and Contiki.

At the time of booking, you must pay to your travel agent a non-refundable deposit of A$200 per person per tour which must be sent to Contiki within 7 days. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent.

Contiki Holidays (Australia) PTY LTD Travel House, 35 Grafton Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022 Licence No. 2TA00 1868 ABN 18 002 525 340 IATA No. 023 06496

Travel Agent Reservations: Sydney metro phone: (02) 9511 2222 Other areas phone: 1300 301 835 Fax: (02) 9511 2210 Payment advice: paymentadvice@contiki.com.au

Email reservations@contiki.com.au Web contiki.com

Customer Enquiries: Phone: 1300 CONTIKI (1300 266 845)

If you’re looking for something completely different our Special Interest Groups Departments in Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand have been helping those with specific group travel requirements for years. And now there’s Asia too! School and University trips, choirs, wine tours, Grand Prix, ski tours - you name it we’ve done it!

From supplying competitive quotations to helping you plan the best itinerary right down to the last detail, our worldwide team of experts is able to arrange a custom designed holiday or incentive trip to suit your particular requirements. Call your travel agent or nearest Contiki Office.

If you’re planning to organise a group to Europe, America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, why not take a close look at the wide variety of tours detailed in any of our Contiki brochures. It is more than likely that one (or more) of the itineraries will fit in perfectly

with your requirements. As long as everyone on your group is 18 – 35, any date can be reserved exclusively for your group at special, reduced rates – perhaps even a free trip for yourself!!

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Contiki Holidays is a division of the familyowned The Leading Travel Companies, and is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, value, reliability and financial stability.

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Contiki is represented in Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thialand, United Kingdom, USA. Contiki is a registered trademark of Contiki Tours International Ltd, Bermuda. © Copyright 2009. All rights reserved. Printed in Australia. Please don’t throw this brochure away, we encourage you to either pass it on to a friend or place it in a paper recycling bin.

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