Across Australia by Train

  • 17 Days

  • Australia

  • On the go pace

Discover the cosmopolitan buzz and untamed wilderness of Australia on this 14-day adventure. You’ll see the iconic Sydney Opera House, catch some surf on Bondi Beach, eat lunch on a tramcar tour of Melbourne and enjoy the well-rounded vintages from Adelaide’s vineyards. Then board the Indian Pacific Train and travel across the uncompromising desert of the Nullarbor Plains on your way to Perth, the vibrant capital of West Australia.

Your journey starts here

New for 2018

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

  • Day 17

of 17 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 12th November 2018

Meals included: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Overview

At a glance

  • Sydney Guided sightseeing of this dynamic city, including a visit to the Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Bondi Beach; Sydney Harbour cruise.
  • Melbourne Walking tour of the city’s lanes and arcades; see Fitzroy Gardens; lunch at Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.
  • Adelaide Tasting at Haigh’s Chocolates; excursion to Kangaroo Island; visit to Cleland Wildlife Park; dinner at the National Wine Centre; wine tasting at a local vineyard.
  • Nullarbor Plain Travel in Gold Service on the legendary Indian Pacific Train; dinner under the stars at Rawlinna.
  • Perth Guided sightseeing, including a visit to Fremantle; farewell dinner.

Extensions

  • 3 night Singapore stay
  • 3 night Bangkok stay

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension.

Day 1

Depart UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

In flight

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Arrive Sydney

Welcome to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. On arrival transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. This evening attend a welcome briefing and dinner at your hotel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Sydney

Enjoy sightseeing in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. First stop is for a guided tour of the interior and theatres of the world-famous Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, travel to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the City’s Royal Botanic Gardens for great photo opportunities and sweeping views of the harbour. Visit one of Sydney’s famous beaches, Bondi Beach, where there is time for lunch, souvenir shopping, or a stroll on the white sands. Return to Sydney Harbour and enjoy a cruise to see the sites and skyline of this incredible city. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, dining, and shopping.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Syndey

A full free day to explore Sydney. You may wish to climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge for unrivalled views; spend the day in the Hunter Valley sampling some of Australia’s best wines, or take the ferry to nearby Manly Beach for a day of sun and fun.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Sydney - Melbourne

Fly to Melbourne, where you’ll explore the city’s famous lanes and arcades on a walking tour. See trendy boutiques and cafés, unique street art, and architecture while hearing historic tales of Melbourne along the way. Evening is at leisure in this cosmopolitan city.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Melbourne

This morning, sightseeing includes the city’s landmarks of Parliament House, beautiful Fitzroy Gardens, Queen Victoria Market, and more. Enjoy lunch on board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, where you’ll travel the streets of Melbourne on a restored tramcar while enjoying fine dining. It’s sure to be a highlight of your vacation. The remainder of the day is free to explore more on your own. You may wish to travel to the top of the Eureka Sky Deck for 360-degree views of the city below.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Melbourne

More time for independent exploration today. Your Tour Director suggests shopping at Melbourne Central, an excursion to explore the spectacular Great Ocean Road and the “Twelve Apostles,” or perhaps a visit to Phillip Island Nature Park to see the nightly Penguin Parade, where you can experience the magic of the little penguins returning home at sunset to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Melbourne - Adelaide

This morning, fly to Adelaide known for its mild Mediterranean climate. A city tour includes St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Adelaide Oval, North Adelaide, and the city’s Central Market—a thriving hub for food and culture for over 148 years. Next, enjoy a tasting at Haigh's Chocolates which has been making chocolates in Adelaide since 1915. With the remainder of the day at leisure, you may wish to explore the Art Gallery of South Australia, stroll the streets of the beachside neighbourhood of Glenelg, or enjoy Adelaide’s vibrant restaurant scene.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Adelaide - Kangaroo Island

Early this morning, depart Adelaide and travel by motorcoach and ferry to Kangaroo Island, one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats. See a colony of rare Australian sea lions and enjoy a walk on the beach with a national park ranger at Seal Bay Conservation Park. Visit Flinders Chase National Park to see remarkable rocks, large granite boulders formed over 500 million years of rain, wind, and pounding waves. Also, visit Admiral Arch to see a colony of New Zealand fur seals playing in the waves below. Keep your eyes out and cameras ready for Australia’s native animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas that call the island home. Return to Adelaide late this evening.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Adelaide - Handorf

Visit Cleland Wildlife Park where you can wander amongst some of Australia’s famous animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, emus, echidna, and various water birds. There is also the chance to see the famous Tasmanian devil, dingoes, wombats, and koalas. Next, visit the charming village of Hahndorf, where you’ll learn the history of Australia’s oldest German settlement. Enjoy a visit to a local WINERY for a tasting. Dinner is served at the National Wine Centre before boarding one of the few truly transcontinental trains in the world, the Indian Pacific.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Indian Pacific Train

Awake to the spectacular expanse of the Nullarbor Plain before enjoying a leisurely breakfast. Relax on board today as you marvel at the ever-changing landscape passing by your window. A special Dinner Under the Stars awaits you at Rawlinna, the remote and beautiful outpost that borders a sheep station of 2.5 million acres.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Indian Pacific Train - Perth

Continue across the remote yet beautiful region of Australia. On board, you may wish to relax in the lounge car and share stories with fellow travellers, snap a few shots from the large picture windows, or just relax with a glass of Australian wine. Glide through the Avon Hills before arriving in Perth mid-afternoon. Transfer to your hotel for a 3-night stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Perth - Fremantle - Perth

This morning, explore Perth on a sightseeing tour. Learn more about this isolated capital city of Western Australia and see some of the city’s famous sites such as Kings Park Botanic Gardens, the iconic Swan Bell Tower, and the Perth Mint. Next, it’s on to the historic port of Fremantle with its marinas, charming heritage buildings, and many shops and restaurants. The remainder of the day is yours to explore. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for shopping, dining, and additional sightseeing.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Perth

A full day to explore Perth. You may wish to visit one of Perth’s many beaches, see the extensive collection of Aboriginal art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia or enjoy an optional trip to Rottnest Island, home to over 60 beaches, historic buildings, and the friendly quokka – a marsupial only found in Western Australia. This evening, join your Tour Director and fellow travelling companions for a festive farewell dinner. The perfect ending to your trip across Australia!

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Perth - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 17

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Sydney: The Grace Hotel;
  • Melbourne: Novotel on Collins;
  • Adelaide: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel;
  • Train: Indian Pacific Train;
  • Perth: Novotel Langley Perth.

Notes

Note: Plan to pack an overnight bag with necessities for the train portion of this tour, including medications, eyeglasses, and other important items. Your other baggage will be checked and you will not be able to access it until arrival in Perth.

Dinner Under the Stars is weather-dependent.

Accomodation will be as stated or similar.

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

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