Great Adventure Down Under with the Legendary Ghan Train & Southern Lights


  • 29 days

  • Australia

tour : PT1

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£9,190pp

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£8,804pp

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It’s easy to lose your train of thought on this all-encompassing, 28-day tour through Australia and New Zealand, especially when it includes world-class cities, extraordinary scenery, unique wildlife, and an incredible overnight rail journey on the legendary The Ghan train—an exhilarating crossing through the heart of the Australian Outback to the tropical coast of the Northern Territory. Other moving Experiences on this over-the-top Down Under vacation include an outback barbecue in the Red Center, a jumping crocodile cruise in Darwin, a snorkeling excursion at the Great Barrier Reef, and a wetlands cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong. In New Zealand, prepare to be moved by a cooked-by-hot-stone Hangi dinner, a gondola ride to the peaks of Queenstown, a cruise through the towering rock walls of Milford Sound, and even a silent boat trip through Waitomo’s famous eerily lit Glowworm Caves. Board here for unrivaled views, unexpected experiences, and an unbelievable adventure.

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.

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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:

  • 27 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 10 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 sightseeing includes Federation Square, 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.
ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Melbourne with an excursion to Yarra Valley, home to award-winning wines or an excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade. These 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

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 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

ADELAIDE Travel by motorcoach and ferry to Kangaroo Island.
KANGAROO ISLAND LF Sightseeing includes Seal Bay Conservation Park with a Park Ranger plus a visit to the 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 (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
ULURU Sunset drink followed by an LFOutback campfire and 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ULURU–ALICE SPRINGS–THE GHAN TRAIN

Day
11

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

THE 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 Guided jumping crocodile 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 the 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.
ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Cairns with a 4-wheel-drive excursion in the Daintree Rainforest. 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

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 at 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–CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND.

Day
21

Fly to Christchurch.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CHRISTCHURCH–MOUNT COOK.

Day
22

CHRISTCHURCH City sightseeing. Scenic drive to Mount Cook National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage area).
MOUNT COOK Evening at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

MOUNT COOK–QUEENSTOWN

Day
23

MOUNT COOK Free time this morning before a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center.
Scenic drive en route to Queenstown.QUEENSTOWN Free time this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND.

Day
24

MILFORD SOUND Full-day sightseeing in Fiordland National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes a scenic cruise in Milford Sound with the chance to see marine wildlife, waterfalls, glaciers, and rainforests. Late evening return to Queenstown. Please note that the excursion to Milford Sound may happen on Day 24 based on weather and road conditions today.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

QUEENSTOWN.

Day
25

QUEENSTOWN Free day before a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak, including dinner with amazing views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable Mountains, Lake Wakatipu, and Queenstown.
ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Queenstown with a thrilling jet-boat ride on the Kawarau and Dart Rivers. This and many more options throughout your tour are available to purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

QUEENSTOWN–ROTORUA

Day
26

Fly to Rotorua.
ROTORUA Traditional LF Hangi dinner with a Máori (indigenous Polynesian people) cultural performance.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ROTORUA.

Day
27

ROTORUA Guided sightseeing includes the Agrodome sheep farm, and Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see native bush and wildlife, including the shy Kiwi bird and Te Puia with its geysers, boiling mudpools, and silica terraces. Free time this afternoon and evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ROTORUA–WAITOMO–AUCKLAND.

Day
28

WAITOMO Sightseeing with Local Guide at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves includes a boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto. Continue to Auckland.
AUCKLAND Farewell dinner at Sky Tower.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

AUCKLAND.

Day
29

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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