Exploring Australia with the Legendary Ghan Train, Southern Lights & Fiji


  • 24 days

  • Australia

tour : PX1E

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The right vacation to Australia can easily transport you to another state of mind, especially if it includes a crocodile cruise in Darwin, a glass-bottom-boat tour at the Great Barrier Reef, a wetlands cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, and many other exciting modes of transportation. The most moving experience on this grand tour of Australia, however, is an overnight rail journey on the legendary Ghan Train—an exhilarating crossing through the heart of the Australian Outback to the tropical coast of the Northern Territory. A stop at the majestic Katherine Gorge offers the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs and imagination. As you venture in every direction on this encompassing tour of Australia—including untamed Tasmania—you’ll also be moved by big-city lights, Red Center sunsets, growling Tasmanian devils, and calm, cuddly koalas. All aboard for an above-and-beyond adventure through the “Land Down Under.”

Spend an extra night in Hobart for the chance to witness Mother Nature cast her magical aurora australis (southern lights) across the night sky of Tasmania—one of the best places on earth to see this heavenly light show. Includes two evening excursions with a Local Expert to learn how the aurora australis differs from the northern lights (aurora borealis). Enjoy warm drinks and treats and learn how to take the perfect photograph of the lights dancing across the horizon.

End your trip with a relaxing 3-night Monograms independent vacation in Fiji, including a flight from Sydney to Nadi, Fiji, transfers to/from your resort on the Coral Coast, first-class accommodations, breakfast daily, and the guidance and assistance of an expert Local Host®. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a jet-boat cruise on the Sigatoka River and a visit to a Fijian village with lunch.

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2021 Tour itinerary

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

Total meals included:

  • 23 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

ARRIVE IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Day
1

Welcome to Melbourne! Hotel check-in available upon arrival. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Schedule flights to arrive by 3 pm in time for a welcome meeting and dinner.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

MELBOURNE.

Day
2

MELBOURNE Morning guided sightseeing includes Parliament House, the Shrine of Remembrance, Queen Victoria Market, and beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. Free time in the afternoon and evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MELBOURNE.

Day
3

MELBOURNE Free day.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MELBOURNE–HOBART.

Day
4

Fly to Hobart.
HOBART Guided walking tour of the waterfront district. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

HOBART. EXCURSION TO THE TASMAN PENINSULA

Day
5

TASMAN PENINSULA Sightseeing includes the blowhole, the Devil’s Kitchen, and the Tasman Arch formations. Walking tour with a Local Guide at Port Arthur Historic Site (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo.
HOBART Evening excursion with a Local Expert for the chance to view the Southern Lights (aurora australis). Learn how the Southern Lights differ from the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) and hear stories about the significance of the “Fire in the Sky” to the Australia Aboriginal communities. Warm drinks and treats are provided during this special evening.
NOTE: The aurora is most active late at night or early in the morning when the sky is clear and the air chilly. Viewings are scheduled from 7pm-10pm. While the aurora is frequently seen May through August, it is up to Mother Nature to create the special conditions in order to witness this phenomenon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

HOBART.

Day
6

HOBART Free day to explore more of Hobart on your own. This evening, another chance to view the Southern Lights. Our Local Expert is on hand to answer all your questions, share local insight and give pointers on how to take the perfect photographs of the lights dancing across the sky. Warm drinks and treats are provided.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

HOBART–ADELAIDE

Day
7

Fly to Adelaide (via Melbourne).
ADELAIDE Orientation drive. Free time this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ADELAIDE. EXCURSION TO KANGAROO ISLAND.

Day
8

Travel by motorcoach and ferry to Kangaroo Island.
KANGAROO ISLAND LF Sightseeing includes Seal Bay Conservation Park with a Park Ranger plus visits to Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park to see native koalas, wallabies, and wombats. Visit Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery before returning to Adelaide this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

ADELAIDE–ULURU (AYERS ROCK)

Day
9

Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock) (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
ULURU Sunset drink followed by LF Outback barbecue.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ULURU (AYERS ROCK)

Day
10

ULURU Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a walking tour at Uluru, and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Free time this evening.
ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Uluru with a camel ride through the desert at sunset. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ULURU–ALICE SPRINGS–GHAN TRAIN

Day
11

Scenic drive through the Outback en route to Alice Springs.
ALICE SPRINGS Embark on the legendary The Ghan train.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

GHAN TRAIN–KATHERINE–DARWIN.

Day
12

KATHERINE GORGE LF Choice of sightseeing includes a scenic cruise or a visit to a working Outback cattle station.
DARWIN Free time this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

DARWIN–KAKADU NATIONAL PARK.

Day
13

DARWIN Jumping crocodile guided cruise.
KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Guided sightseeing in Kakadu National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK–DARWIN

Day
14

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Guided LF wetlands cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong.
DARWIN City orientation drive includes Darwin Museum and lunch at a local roadhouse.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

DARWIN–CAIRNS

Day
15

Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.”

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF.

Day
16

OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF Scenic catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes the option of snorkeling, a glass-bottom-boat tour, an underwater observatory, and watching a fish feeding.
CAIRNS Free time this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

CAIRNS.

Day
17

CAIRNS Free day.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CAIRNS–SYDNEY.

Day
18

CAIRNS Visit to the Koala Gardens includes having your photo taken with a koala. Fly to Sydney.
SYDNEY Free time this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SYDNEY

Day
19

SYDNEY Guided sightseeing includes the financial district, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, the botanic gardens, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Walking tour with a Local Guide includes the Sydney Opera House (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Bondi Beach, followed by a Sydney Harbour cruise. Free time this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SYDNEY.

Day
20

SYDNEY Free day before dinner at a waterfront restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SYDNEY–NADI, FIJI–CORAL COAST.

Day
21

Fly to Nadi, Fiji. Transfer to your resort on the Coral Coast.
CORAL COAST The remainder of the day I sat leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CORAL COAST.

Day
22

CORAL COAST 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.
NOTE: If your included sightseeing is schedule to take place on a Sunday, it will operate on Monday instead. Your Local Host will have full details upon your arrival.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

CORAL COAST.

Day
23

CORAL COAST 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 tropical drink.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CORAL COAST–NADI.

Day
24

Transfer from the Coral Coast to Nadi International Airport where your vacation ends.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

This vacation visits remote regions where some facilities are not up to the first-class standards you expect from Globus. However, we have selected the best available hotels that satisfy our high standards of cleanliness and comfort. Off-train experiences are subject to change and will be advised by the Tour Director while on tour. During the wet season (December–April), it can be difficult to see crocodiles in the wild.

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