Across Australia on the Historic Indian Pacific Train with Fiji & the Great Barrier Reef


  • 20 days

  • Australia

  • Active pace

tour : PIQ3

From

£6,411pp

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers

Overview

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From Sydney, Australia's largest and most famous city, to Perth, Western Australia's capital city, this tour through Australia—stopping first in Fiji and the Great Barrier Reef (Cairns)—is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. You'll spend three nights on the Coral Coast, in, Cairns, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth; two nights in Adelaide; and two nights aboard the historic Indian Pacific train traveling across Australia.

A highlight of this Australia tour is your train journey from Adelaide to Perth in Gold Service on the legendary Indian Pacific, one of the world's few truly transcontinental trains. On the world’s longest straight stretch of railway track, sit back, relax, and marvel at the changing landscapes as you travel through the Nullarbor Plain, offering a glimpse into Australia's remote region. Enjoy Dinner Under the Stars at a remote and beautiful outpost that borders a “small” sheep station of 2.5 million acres—a special experience Globus had included to make sure your Australia vacation is unique.

Other highlights of this Australia tour include an excursion to Kangaroo Island to see Australian sea lions, koalas, kangaroos, and wallabies in one of the world's last unspoiled habitats. In Adelaide, wander among kangaroos, wallabies, emus, and water birds at Cleland Wildlife Park. Explore Melbourne on a walking tour through the city's famous lanes and arcades—another unique experience Globus includes—and cruise on Sydney Harbour. In Fiji, enjoy sightseeing and time at leisure. In Cairns, take a high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. There’s time to snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, and attend a presentation by a marine biologist.

This Australia & Fiji tour also includes free time in each city, so you can explore on your own. Just be sure to bring your camera to capture all the memories you’re sure to create.

Highlights

FIJI
Airport transfers; Sigatoka River Safari; Monograms Local Host service
GREAT BARRiER REEF (CAIRNS)Outer Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; Monograms Local Host service
SYDNEY Welcome dinner at a waterfront restaurant; sightseeing; visit the Opera House, botanic gardens, and Bondi Beach; Sydney Harbour cruise
MELBOURNE LF Walking tour of Melbourne’s lanes and arcades; sightseeing, including Fitzroy Gardens
ADELAIDE Sightseeing; LF tasting at Haigh’s Chocolates; visit to Cleland Wildlife Park with an animal encounter; LF special "Flavours of South Australia" dinner; excursion to Kangaroo Island with visits to Seal Bay Conservation Park, Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, and Emu Run Eucalyptus Distillery
ADELAIDE–PERTH Travel in Gold Service on the legendary Indian Pacific Train; LF Dinner Under the Stars at Rawlinna
PERTH City sightseeing including visit to Fremantle; farewell dinner

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 18 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

ARRIVE IN NADI, FIJI–CORAL COAST

Day
1

Welcome to Fiji! Step off the plane and into this tropical paradise. Arrive Nadi and transfer to your resort on the Coral Coast for a three night stay. The remainder of your day is at your leisure.

CORAL COAST

Day
2

This morning’s highlight is a half day SIGATOKA RIVER SAFARI. Be transported into the heart and soul of Fiji, aboard a custom-built jet boat. Cruise your way up the magnificent Sigatoka River to visit an authentic Fijian village and experience a day in the life of the real “Kaiviti” (Fijian). The remainder of your day is yours to explore the beautiful beaches or perhaps sample some local cuisine.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

CORAL COAST

Day
3

Today is at leisure. Make sure to check the daily activities offered at your resort. You may wish to take a dip in the pool, enjoy a Fijian handicraft demonstration, spend some time in the water with kayaks or paddleboards, or simply enjoy an amazing sunset with a cool drink.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

NADI–CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA

Day
4

Transfer from the Coral Coast to Nadi and then fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF.

Day
5

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a semi-submersible WATERCRAFT TOUR, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

CAIRNS.

Day
6

A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. Your Local Host will have suggestions for sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CAIRNS–SYDNEY

Day
7

Fly to Sydney. Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. This evening, join your travel group for a 6 pm welcome briefing and special dinner at a WATERFRONT RESTAURANT.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

SYDNEY.

Day
8

Enjoy sightseeing in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. First stop, a guided tour of the interior and theaters of the world-famous SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, travel to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the City’s BOTANIC GARDENS for great photo opportunities and sweeping views of the harbor. 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

SYDNEY.

Day
9

A full free day to explore Sydney. You may wish to climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge for unrivaled 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

SYDNEY–MELBOURNE.

Day
10

Fly to Melbourne, where you’ll explore the city’s famous lanes and arcades on a LF 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

MELBOURNE

Day
11

This morning, sightseeing includes the city’s landmarks of Parliament House, beautiful FITZROY GARDENS, Queen Victoria Market, and more. The remainder of the day is free to explore more on your own. You may wish to travel to Phillip Island 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

MELBOURNE

Day
12

More time for independent exploration today. Your Tour Director suggests shopping at Melbourne Central, a trip to the top of the Eureka Sky Deck for 360-degree views of the city below or an excursion to explore the spectacular Great Ocean Road and the “Twelve Apostles.”

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MELBOURNE–ADELAIDE.

Day
13

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 LF tasting at HAIGH’S CHOCOLATES, an Adelaide chocolate-maker 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 neighborhood of Glenelg, or enjoy Adelaide’s vibrant restaurant scene.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ADELAIDE. EXCURSION TO KANGAROO ISLAND

Day
14

Early this morning, depart Adelaide and travel by motorcoach and ferry to KANGAROO ISLAND, one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats. Visit KANGAROO ISLAND WILDLIFE PARK home to kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. You’ll have the chance to see and learn about some of Australia’s unique animals such as wombats, dingos, and echidnas. After lunch, 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. Then, visit EMU RIDGE EUCALYPTUS DISTILLERY to learn about this unique plant. Before departing the island, make a photo stop at beautiful Pennington Bay and enjoy a little free time Penneshaw. Return to Adelaide late this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

ADELAIDE. BOARD INDIAN PACIFIC TRAIN

Day
15

Visit CLELAND WILDLIFE PARK, where you can wander among some of Australia’s famous animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, emus, echidna, and various water birds. Enjoy a wildlife experience during your time here. A special LF "Flavours of South Australia" dinner is served before boarding one of the few truly transcontinental trains in the world, the INDIAN PACIFIC.
NOTE:On the Indian Pacific train, twin cabins feature upper and lower berths, washbasin, toilet, and shower. Single cabins feature a single berth and washbasin with shared toilet and shower facilities.
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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INDIAN PACIFIC TRAIN

Day
16

Awaken 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 LF DINNER UNDER THE STARS awaits you at Rawlinna, the remote and beautiful outpost that borders a sheep station of 2.5 million acres.
NOTE:
Dinner Under the Stars is weather-dependent. Off-train experiences are subject to change and will be advised by the Tour Director while on tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INDIAN PACIFIC TRAIN–PERTH

Day
17

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 travelers, 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

PERTH. EXCURSION TO FREMANTLE

Day
18

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

PERTH

Day
19

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 traveling companions for a festive farewell dinner—the perfect ending to your trip across Australia!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

PERTH

Day
20

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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