TORONTO — Contiki’s Australia product release for 2020-21 introduces a collective of brand-new ethical travel experiences, tapping into the growing trend for conscious travel among Gen-Z and millennial travellers.
Handpicked especially for travellers aged 18-35, Contiki travellers can expect a fresh perspective while also giving something back to the communities and wildlife visited on their Australia trips, says the company.
Experiences include a visit to a turtle hospital at the Great Barrier Reef, breakfast with koalas on Magnetic Island and an Indigenous Dot-painting workshop at Uluru.
Clients seeking an Australian adventure featuring conscious travel experiences can save 15% on all Australia trips, from April 1, 2020 departures now until Jan. 30, 2020.
“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,” says 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.”
In 2019 Contiki did a complete revamp of its Australia itineraries with new accommodation, less time on coaches and more streamlined itineraries, which received an overwhelmingly positive response.
The new conscious travel experiences for 2020-21 are part of a range of cultural, local, active and wellness experiences for the Australia adventures, says Berry.
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 – an 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.
Contiki’s handpicked Australia accommodation is a combination of well-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, 100% 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.
The commitment to sustainable travel and tourism is supported by the Contiki Cares initiative, powered by the TreadRight Foundation, to support key projects globally.