Great Adventure Down Under with the Legendary Ghan Train


  • 27 days

  • Australia and New Zealand

  • Active pace

Tour : PT

Up to 10% off on 2020

From

£8,313 pp

Tour only

Based on 21st Mar 2020

From

£9,431 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Stansted

Overview

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When you think of a fantastic vacation, what comes to mind? Cosmopolitan cities with sumptuous cuisine, fantastic shopping, and intimate cafés? Perhaps you think of spectacular scenery and unique wildlife. Or maybe you want to learn about native cultures. If so, this Australia and New Zealand tour is sure to be the perfect vacation for you!

In Sydney, visit the Sydney Opera House and cruise on Sydney Harbour. In Melbourne, enjoy lunch on board the historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant—a unique experience Globus offers. Outside Adelaide, Globus has arranged another out-of-the-ordinary adventure…a visit to one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats—Kangaroo Island—where you’ll explore a sanctuary for native Australian animals and see colonies of rare Australian sea lions and New Zealand fur seals. In Rotorua, visit Te Puia, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area, and in Queenstown, enjoy the many activities offered in this “Adventure Capital of the World,” including a cruise on breathtaking Milford Sound.

If you’re interested in spectacular scenery, you’ll be thrilled with the magnificent sights offered throughout this vacation. You’ve seen photos of the Great Barrier Reef—now’s your chance to snorkel in it. You’ve seen photos of Uluru (Ayers Rock)—now’s your chance to walk around it. You’ve heard of Australia’s Ghan Train, traveling through the very center of Australia—now’s your chance to ride it and enjoy this truly unique experience. You’ve heard of the famous Tasmanian devil—now’s your chance to see one.

On this tour, you’ll also learn about the native cultures and way of life. See Aboriginal rock petroglyphs in Kakadu National Park; enjoy a Maori performance in New Zealand; and partake in a truly Aussie experience—an Outback Barbecue in the Outback.

From the cosmopolitan cities to the remote regions, this Australia and New Zealand tour offers all of this and much more!

This tour goes beyond the highlights to uncover the unique destinations often overlooked and is sure to be your vacation of a lifetime!

Highlights

MELBOURNE Welcome dinner; sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens

HOBART Walking tour of the waterfront district; excursion to Tasman Peninsula with a visit to Port Arthur Historic Site and the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

ADELAIDE Orientation tour;  excursion to Kangaroo Island

ULURU (AYERS ROCK) Sunset toast; sightseeing tour around the base of the rock; Outback barbecue; a visit to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

ALICE SPRINGS–DARWIN Travel in Gold Service on the legendary Ghan train

KATHERINE GORGE  Choice of included sightseeing

DARWIN Jumping Croc Cruise; orientation; visit the Darwin Museum

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Sightseeing;  Yellow Water Billabong cruise

CAIRNS Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; visit Koala Gardens with souvenir photo

SYDNEY Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House, botanic gardens, and Bondi Beach; Sydney Harbour cruise; dinner at a waterfront restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour

MOUNT COOK Sightseeing in Mount Cook National Park; visit Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center

QUEENSTOWN Visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound; gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for a scenic dinner

ROTORUA Enjoy a Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner; visit the Agrodome, Rainbow Springs, and Te Puia

WAITOMO Visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

AUCKLAND Farewell dinner atop Sky Tower

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Tour itinerary

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

Total meals included:

  • 26 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 10 dinners

ARRIVE IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Day
1

G’day—welcome to Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city. Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 3 pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing and dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

MELBOURNE.

Day
2

Today’s sightseeing tour includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Visit beautiful FITZROY GARDENS, then drive past the lush Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll discover the city’s differing architectural influences as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. Tonight’s optional excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is highly recommended.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MELBOURNE.

Day
3

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this multicultural and cosmopolitan city. Dine at a local restaurant and immerse yourself in Melbourne’s passionate food and wine scene or walk along Chapel and Brunswick Streets, famous for great shopping. Take a trip out of town to sample award-winning wines in the Yarra Valley or drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles.”

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MELBOURNE–HOBART.

Day
4

Fly to Hobart, Tasmania, home of the famed Tasmanian devil. Enjoy a WALKING TOUR of Hobart’s historic waterfront district, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

HOBART. EXCURSION TO THE TASMAN PENINSULA

Day
5

Today’s tour of the scenic Tasman Peninsula features the blowhole, the Devil’s Kitchen, and the Tasman Arch coastal formations. Visit PORT ARTHUR HISTORIC SITE, which began housing convicts in the 1830s. A guided tour of the penal settlement shows you the ruins of the 4-story penitentiary and the model prison—grim reminders of Australia’s days as a penal colony. Also, stop at the TASMANIAN DEVIL UNZOO to see the famous Tasmanian devil, the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

HOBART–ADELAIDE

Day
6

Today, fly to Adelaide (via Melbourne). Upon arrival, take a brief orientation tour along the wide, tree-lined streets and well-manicured gardens. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ADELAIDE. EXCURSION TO KANGAROO ISLAND.

Day
7

Early this morning, depart Adelaide and travel by motorcoach and ferry to KANGAROO ISLAND, one of the world's last unspoiled habitats. Visit SEAL BAY CONSERVATION PARK with a national park ranger to see a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Explore FLINDERS CHASE NATIONAL PARK, a sanctuary for native Australian animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. Stop here for a walk on REMARKABLE ROCKS, with stunning views of the sea. You will also take a boardwalk down a rugged cliff face to ADMIRALS ARCH, a unique rock formation and home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals, which can be seen resting on the rocks and playing in the waves. Return to Adelaide late this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

ADELAIDE–ULURU (AYERS ROCK).

Day
8

Fly this morning from Adelaide to the "Center of Australia." This evening, visit Ayers Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site-known also by its Aboriginal name: Uluru. This massive sandstone monolith is one of the world's most mysterious and religious sites. Enjoy a DRINK as you watch the sunset and the changing colors as they fall across the landscape. Later, enjoy a truly unique Aussie experience-an OUTBACK BARBECUE featuring a meal of typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ULURU

Day
9

For an unforgettable experience, you may choose to rise early for an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. Today, enjoy a TOUR at the base of Uluru, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Time to relax at your resort before the afternoon takes us to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendor of views of some 36 brilliant domes. Evening is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ULURU–ALICE SPRINGS–GHAN TRAIN

Day
10

Today, travel through the heart of the Outback, keeping a lookout for red kangaroos, dingoes, camels, and feral horses, known as “brumbies.” Arrive in Alice Springs and board the GHAN TRAIN, Australia’s legendary rail journey. Taking its name from the intrepid Afghan cameleers, The Ghan has become a symbol of nationhood and pioneering spirit.
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 Darwin.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

GHAN TRAIN–KATHERINE–DARWIN.

Day
11

This morning, the train stops in Katherine and there is time to visit nearby KATHERINE GORGE. Located in Nitmiluk National Park, this is home to incredible scenery, Aboriginal history, and unique birds and animals. Choose between an included scenic CRUISE in the gorge, a CRUISE that features Indigenous rock art dating back 40,000 years or a visit to a working Outback CATTLE STATION to learn about the history and inner workings of the cattle industry. Arrive this evening in Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory.
NOTE: Off-train experiences are subject to change and will be advised by the Tour Director while on tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

DARWIN–KAKADU NATIONAL PARK

Day
12

This morning travel to KAKADU NATIONAL PARK, Australia’s largest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is home to exceptional natural beauty and a unique biodiversity. Upon arrival, take a CRUISE on the unspoiled waterways of the Yellow Water Billabong. Enjoy incredible scenery with the opportunity to spot water buffalo, crocodiles, and an abundance of bird species such as Whistling Ducks, Magpie Geese, and Sea Eagles. An optional light-aircraft flight over the park should not be missed. 

 

NOTE: During the wet season (December through April), it can be difficult to see crocodiles in the wild.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK–DARWIN

Day
13

Return to Darwin and experience a JUMPING CROCODILE CRUISE which takes you right into the crocodile’s natural habitat to witness these amazing creatures.  It’s an experience not to be missed! Then,  enjoy an orientation tour and a visit to the DARWIN MUSEUM to learn more about the important role the city played in World War II

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

DARWIN–CAIRNS

Day
14

Today, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF.

Day
15

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a GLASS-BOTTOM-BOAT TOUR, view the reef from an underwater observatory, and watch a fish feeding.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

CAIRNS.

Day
16

A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. For a truly amazing experience, consider our optional trip to Kuranda via the old scenic rail route. See magnificent scenery from the comfort of a restored, historic mountain train. For the return journey, you may choose to take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway—or maybe spend the day in the magical Daintree Rainforest, thought to be the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CAIRNS–SYDNEY

Day
17

This morning, enjoy a special visit to KOALA GARDENS for your chance to see koalas doing what they do best—eating, sleeping, and looking adorabe. There’s also the chance to meet Australia’s other native animals. Before your visit ends, you’ll have your PHOTO taken with a koala—the perfect souvenir! Afterward, fly to Sydney, the largest city in Australia.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SYDNEY.

Day
18

Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theaters. Travel to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS for a great photo opportunity and sweeping views of the harbor, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Visit world-famous BONDI BEACH with time to explore on your own. Afterward, a CRUISE on Sydney Harbour highlights some of the city’s best views.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SYDNEY.

Day
19

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join our optional excursions to the Blue Mountains or to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s leading wine-growing regions. You can even climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge! Your Tour Director will help you make the most of this exciting city. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at a WATERFRONT RESTAURANT with fantastic views of Sydney Harbour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SYDNEY–CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND–MOUNT COOK.

Day
20

Fly to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, then travel south to magnificent MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK, named after New Zealand’s highest peak. Weather permitting, you may wish to join in a stargazing program this evening. The Mount Cook region offers some of the darkest skies in the world—perfect for viewing the southern night sky.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the evening at the historic Hermitage Hotel, located at the base of Mount Cook. Enjoy splendid views, fresh mountain air, and all the modern amenities of this first-class property.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

MOUNT COOK–QUEENSTOWN.

Day
21

Start the day with a visit to the SIR EDMUND HILLARY ALPINE CENTER for unique insight into the history and culture of this region. Then, time to explore on your own. You may wish to enjoy a scenic walk or perhaps an optional scenic flight that lands on the nearby Tasman Glacier. Continue to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.”

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND.

Day
22

Today, enjoy a full-day excursion to Milford Sound. Travel into FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK through Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, this region of New Zealand has been honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. CRUISE on the fiord, with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths. Return to Queenstown late this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

QUEENSTOWN.

Day
23

A full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Consider an optional visit to a local vineyard and sample some of the prize vintages, or maybe a thrilling jetboat ride on the Kawarau and Dart Rivers. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you plan your day to explore, shop, and enjoy optional activities. This evening, take the scenic GONDOLA RIDE to the top of Bob’s Peak for amazing views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. See spectacular views and be treated to a fabulous dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

QUEENSTOWN–ROTORUA.

Day
24

Fly north to Rotorua. This evening, enjoy a traditional HANGI DINNER, followed by an authentic MAORI CULTURAL PERFORMANCE.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ROTORUA.

Day
25

This morning, start with a visit to the AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! Continue on to RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife, including a walk through the kiwi bird enclosure. Last stop is TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. You may wish to board a floatplane for flightseeing of this beautiful area, join a New Zealand family for dinner in their home, or indulge yourself in the relaxing hot springs, sumptuous spa treatments, and massage therapies at the Polynesian Spa.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ROTORUA–WAITOMO–AUCKLAND.

Day
26

Leave Rotorua and cross the Mamaku Ranges to the famous WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and passages of the cavern. Take a silent boat trip through Glowworm Grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. Continue on to Auckland. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner atop Auckland’s SKY TOWER. Enjoy fine dining with spectacular views.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

AUCKLAND

Day
27

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

2021 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in August 2020. If we have to modify an itinerary, you will have an opportunity to cancel without penalty. See our full terms and conditions for more details.>

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Post tour

+4 days Fiji Extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts

Nadi, Fiji

Day
1

Fly to Fiji for three nights in this tropical paradise.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nadi

Day
2

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the island. Visit the GARDEN OF THE SLEEPING GIANT to see a private collection of stunning tropical orchids and visit VISEISEI VILLAGE, where the Fijian people first landed centuries ago. Stop at the VUDA LOOKOUT, a tropical fruit farm perched on a cliff, where you’ll sample fruit and juice from the orchard. Visit a local market and explore the stalls selling fresh produce at NAMAKA MARKET; then stop at the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Hindu temple, SRI SIVA SUBRAMANIYA. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nadi

Day
3

A full day at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nadi

Day
4

Your Fiji extension ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

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