Australia – not just a country, but an entire continent unto itself.

This immense country is vast, beautiful and vibrant, with aspects that will appeal to every explorer. Whether you want to lie on the pristine beaches of the Whitsundays and dive into the crystal clear water, visit iconic sights like the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge or Uluru, or hike to the top of Simpsons Gap after quad-biking around the desert, Contiki offers up an unparalleled Australian experience.

  • Country information
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      Australian Dollar (AUD)



  • Sights and attractions
    • • The Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and infamous beaches
      • Surfing in Coffs Harbour
      • Stay on Fraser Island, a giant 80,000 year old sand bar
      • Experience Australian rural life at a working Outback cattle station
      • Sail, swim, snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef
      • See Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and Simpsons Gap in Australia's Red Centre
      • Visit Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge and Florence Falls in the Top End

      Plus much more, checkout other Australian sights and attractions here.
  • What to pack
    • People are individuals though and often have personal preferences and opinions as to what to bring. The following then is not a definitive list, but should give you a good guide as to what you should pack for your Australian tour.

      • 1 rain jacket
      • 1 warm jacket
      • 2 pairs of jeans
      • Shorts/skirts
      • 3 casual shirts
      • 2 T-shirts
      • Jacket and trousers or dresses (for evenings out)
      • 1 warm sweater
      • Tracksuit
      • Socks (lots)
      • Underwear (lots)
      • Nightwear
      • Swim wear and towel

      • Comfortable shoes (for outdoor activities)
      • Sandals/thongs/flip flops
      • Going out shoes

      • Toiletry bag and contents
      • Suntan lotion
      • Insect repellent
      • Aspirins/medications
      • Handkerchiefs/tissue

      • Sunglasses
      • Washing powder
      • Pegs
      • Sewing kit
      • Writing materials
      • Flashlight
      Power adapters
      Day bag
      Overnight bag if travelling to Cape Tribulation or taking the Sailing the Whitsundays option

      The Australian sun is very harsh and you should also consider clothing that protects you from sunburn. Label your suitcase inside and out with your name and your home address and perhaps attach a sticker, ribbon, patch or other unique identifier to your luggage to make it easier to spot.

      Carry a copy of your passport, visas, travel and other important documents as well as your travellers cheque numbers (if you use them) with you in your luggage. You should also leave a copy of all this information at home with someone trusted and contactable while you are away. Don't pack your travel documents and passport in your luggage, rather take it with you in your carry luggage.

      Tours to the Northern Territory

      On tours traveling to the Northern Territory you should also consider packing:
      • Hiking shoes or trainers – there is a lot of walking to be done in the outback
      • A hat and water bottle – to help deal with the desert heat
      • Clothes that can get dirty – the red dirt of the desert can make white clothes dirty very quickly