Contiki’s Australia product release for 2020-21 introduces a collective of brand-new ethical travel experiences, from visiting a turtle hospital at the Great Barrier Reef to enjoying breakfast with koalas on Magnetic Island and an Indigenous Dot-painting workshop at Uluru.
The new conscious travel experiences for 2020-21, following a complete revamp of Contiki’s Australia itineraries, are part of a range of cultural, local, active and wellness experiences for the Australia adventures. Some of the new experiences include: a stop-off and refreshing dip at Berry Springs on the way to Darwin; a sunset harbour cruise in Darwin; an optional visit to the Field of Lights – a spectacular art installation of 50,000 lights over a space the size of seven football fields – as well as an optional skydive at Uluru. During their time on Magnetic Island, travellers will also enjoy a Fort Walk to see historic WWII fortifications and rock wallaby-spotting at dusk.
The new experiences are also in line with the tour operator’s Contiki Cares initiative, powered by the TreadRight Foundation, to support key projects globally.
Contiki’s handpicked Australia accommodation is a combination of conveniently located multi-share hostels and ‘Special Stays,’ including Noosa Everglades Eco-Camp, with its own micro-brewery, on-site bistro and resident kangaroos; and Anbinik Kakadu Resort, a 100 per cent Indigenous owned and operated with safari-style hut accommodation, a pool and tropical gardens. On the new 2020-21 Magnetic Island excursion, travellers will stay at the beachside Base Hostel, with sea views, a guest pool and social area with hammocks and bean bags.
“Australia’s wildlife and Indigenous culture are incredibly unique and we’re proud to be supporting local providers and activities that give something back to help protect them for years to come,” said Sheralyn Berry, president of Contiki Canada. “This is key for us in our mission for sustainable travel - and we know it’s important for our audience of Gen-Z travellers too. It’s great Contiki travellers will get to experience those parts of Australia they came for, like cuddling a koala, learning about the Great Barrier Reef and coming face to face with the world’s oldest known Indigenous culture, knowing they’re doing so ethically and sustainably.”
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