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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,369

Ride the rails to explore the icons of Australia like Uluru and Kangaroo Island while enjoying the comforts of premium train travel. This sale offers the best prices for a classic Australian tour and is perfect for first-time visitors to Australia.


Take a 12-day tour of the icons of Australia, riding the incredible Ghan and Indian Pacific Trains from Sydney to Uluru. Both the Ghan and Indian Pacific Trains exemplify the best in rail travel, with gorgeous décor that transports you back to a golden age of travel comfort.

Your Australia vacation begins in Sydney, the nation’s largest city. Visit the iconic Harbour Bridge and tour the unforgettable Sydney Opera House before boarding the Indian Pacific Train to head to Broken Hill and Adelaide in South Australia. While Adelaide lacks Sydney’s historical grit and Melbourne’s cutting-edge progressivism, it makes up for these deficits with its quiet charm. It consistently ranks as one of the most liveable cities on the planet and boasts some of the best museums in the country. Visit the Art Gallery of South Australia or the South Australian Museum to sample Australia’s art and natural history. Sample Adelaide’s booming multicultural food scene and experience the many bars and cafes that seem to pop up every other week.

Then head south to Kangaroo Island, Australia’s equivalent to the Galapagos Islands. This relatively small island abounds in wildlife and offers a taste of undeveloped Australia where nature reigns supreme. On a full-day tour of “KI,” you’ll stroll through red gum forests before visiting Seal Bay Conservation Park to see one of Australia’s largest gatherings of Australian seals. This endangered species has lived on the island for millennia and you’ll have the opportunity to interact with them free of enclosures and cages.

Head north to Alice Springs, the definitive Outback town. Situated halfway between Darwin and Adelaide, Alice Springs was formed as a part of the Overland Telegraph Line in 1872 and you can tour the Telegraph Station to learn about its historical importance. Today, it’s an eccentric desert town, where camel races and airplane doctors are the norm. Visit Todd Mall to take in some of the best indigenous art galleries in the country before climbing Anzac Hill for a gorgeous panoramic view of the town and its rustic surroundings.

Alice Springs is close to the icon of Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock. Uluru is the most famous site in the Outback and probably all of Australia. Rising 348 metres high, this ancient sandstone rock formation is a spectacle to behold. Depending on the time of day, the enormous monolith changes from bright red to a deep blue or purple. Tour the rock and its surrounding area to take in its majesty and learn about its indigenous caretakers, the ancient Anangu people. Nearby Uluru is Kata Tjuta or the Olgas, a fascinating collection of 36 rock domes that are second only to Uluru in splendour.

Fly from Uluru to the northern tip of Queensland to find Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns may be small, but it boasts an incredible tropical atmosphere. In the city, shop the Promenade before taking a dip in the massive saltwater lagoon. After getting acquainted with the city, take a Quicksilver cruise to Agincourt Reef on the outer fringes of the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on the planet and home to over 1,500 species of fish. Snorkel or dive to explore the diverse sea life and spot everything from dolphins to jellyfish to sea turtles. Also nearby Cairns is the Kuranda Rainforest, where you can take a “Dreamtime Walk” with the local Pamagirri people and marvel at the lush growth on the mountaintop.

This railroad journey is a perfect way to explore the wonders of Australia while enjoying supreme comfort.


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,369

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Day 1

Depart Sydney on the Indian Pacific

Today you will begin your journey on the Indian Pacific.  Depart Sydney in the afternoon and start a true journey of contrasts.  

Named for the two oceans the train encounters on its journey, the Indian Pacific travels between Perth and Sydney, via Adelaide, in a spectacular 4352km journey. 

Get acquainted with staff and your cabin, and settle in for the journey. As you venture beyond the city limits, settle back, open a book or switch on your onboard radio upon approach to the spectacular Blue Mountains.

If you’d rather be social, make your way to the Outback Explorer Lounge to meet fellow guests and help yourself to a welcome drink.  As the train continues to navigate the heights of the ranges, it’s time to sate your appetite with one of the Indian Pacific’s signature dining experiences. Perhaps sample the grilled swordfish or the tender lamb shoulder slow-cooked in Kangaroo Island honey and black vinegar? Just make sure you leave room for your dessert which could be the apple and wild rosella flower strudel or a regional cheese plate comprising Hunter Belle blue, Alexandrina cheddar and Margaret River brie.  After a sumptuous dinner, join other guests for a few late-night drinks or head to your cabin to settle in early and await the sights of your first incredible outback sunrise the next day.

Accommodation: The Indian Pacific Train (Gold Service Twin Cabin)

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 2

Indian Pacific, Broken Hill and Adelaide

Wake up with a coffee as you arrive in Broken Hill, a classic mining town where the streets are wide and there is a pub on every corner. On your Off Train Excursion, explore the beauty of this Silver City and discover the history of mining that makes the town what it is today and the artistic culture that also abounds in the area. Visit the Pro Hart Gallery, where you can learn all about one of Australia's most iconic and enduring artists, whose art captures the spirit of the outback. 

Stepping back onboard, head straight to Queen Adelaide Restaurant for breakfast. An extensive menu caters to all tastes – from light fare such as bagels, cereals and juices to the traditional cooked Australian breakfast.  By lunch time, you will have crossed into South Australia, travelling through the southern tip of the Flinders Ranges. What better way to compliment the stunning scenery than digging into beautifully prepared local produce? Upon arrival in Adelaide, you will be transferred to your Adelaide hotel.  

 Accommodation: Majestic Room Garden Hotel Adelaide

Duration1 Night
Day 3

Adelaide to Kangaroo Island

An early morning pick up from your hotel for a scenic coach transfer to Cape Jervis taking in the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula with its vineyards, coastal views and rolling hills. On arrival, board the SeaLink ferry for the 45 minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Here you will board your luxury SeaLink coach and your local driver/guide will take you on a tour of South Australia's premier nature-based tourism destination. Your first official stop will be Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery where you will listen to an introductive talk about the history of the oil distillery and take a guided tour. Finish off with some free time in their souvenir shop where you will find an assortment of Eucalyptus products. Continue onto Vivonne Bay Bistro located on a 260 hectare bush property, for a delicious two course lunch.

After lunch visit Seal Bay Conservation Park and enjoy a guided beach walk with a National Park Ranger amongst a breeding colony of wild and rare Australian sea lions. Your tour will then visit another amazing wildlife attraction, the fascinating In-flight Birds of Prey Display at Raptor Domain. Enjoy a delightful interactive experience and meet an array of birds and raptors. From here you will travel to Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park where you can get up close with Koalas, see Penguins swim and play, hand feed Kangaroos and Wallabies, learn about endangered species, interact with Snakes, Crocodiles and reptiles and experience Kangaroo Island Wildlife at your fingertips!

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Aurora Ozone Hotel

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    Aurora Ozone Hotel



    Aurora Ozone Hotel, is located on the beautiful foreshore at Kingscote. The original section of this hotel on Kangaroo Island has a Victorian facade and amenities that blend with the refined atmosphere of old world charm. Enjoy the extensive menu made up of local produce ...

    Aurora Ozone Hotel, is located on the beautiful foreshore at Kingscote. The original section of this hotel on Kangaroo Island has a Victorian facade and amenities that blend with the refined atmosphere of old world charm. Enjoy the extensive menu made up of local produce and seafood as well as the panoramic views over Nepean Bay while dining at the bistro restaurant. Dolphins can often be spotted in the calm waters over breakfast. Sample some of the Islands' finest wines from either the bistro or Ozone Cellars.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Days 4

Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

After a delicious breakfast, visit Clifford's Honey Farm to enjoy an informative talk by the beekeeper followed by tastings and an opportunity to sample homemade honey ice-cream and honey beauty products. Next, travel to Hanson Bay Visitor Centre Cafe for a scrumptious two course lunch. After lunch you have the chance to look for Koalas nestled up in the eucalypts and see an abundance of native birdlife in the wildlife sanctuary. From here, travel to the western most part of the Island, Flinders Chase National Park, one of Australia's largest and earliest conservation parks. Travel through the park and enjoy breath-taking views of its unique trees, plants and coastal scenery. You will be taken to the rugged southern coastline for a walk around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Remarkable Rocks provide great photographic opportunities and stunning sea views. Admirals Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal this spectacular arch, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful Long-nosed Fur Seals that can be seen swimming and playing in the waves, or resting on the rocks.

Return to the Penneshaw Ferry Terminal for the return journey to Adelaide where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation: Majestic Room Garden Hotel Adelaide

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Day 5

Depart Adelaide on the Ghan

Step aboard the legendary Ghan at noon and take time acquainting yourself with our friendly staff and your comfortable private cabin.  Once you've settled in and the big wheels start turning, make your way to the classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant carriage for a delicious lunch, accompanied by your choice of fine wines. With all meals and beverages included in your fare, you can afford to leave your credit card tucked away in your cabin.  

 Watch the rolling pastoral lands of South Australia merge into rugged mallee scrub. Marvel as the spectacular Flinders Ranges disappear into the horizon, all the while enjoying the solitude of your cabin, reading or catching up on your favourite podcast, then mingling with fellow travellers in the Lounge car for afternoon tea.

A three course meal in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant is bound to satisfy and as darkness falls outside the train's windows, talk inevitably turns to the impressive outback gourmet menu. Entrees include a South Australian Regional Seafood Tasting Plate, a succulent rack of lamb for mains, and your choice of desserts including a regional cheese plate with Barossa Valley brie, Limestone Coast clothed cheddar and Lobethal goat blue.

The selection of wines is equally outstanding and staff are expert in helping you find the perfect drop to match your meal.  For those with a little steam left in the engine, make new friends in the Lounge or if all that mouthwatering food and sightseeing has taken it out of you, head back to your cabin for a good night's sleep in anticipation of a striking outback sunrise.

Accommodation: Ghan Train (Gold Service Twin Cabin)

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Arrive Alice Springs

Wake up with a coffee or juice and witness an unforgettable outback sunrise at our new morning stop in Marla in the remote reaches of SA.  Back on board, it's time for brunch. Enjoy a light bite from the extensive menu or order something a little more substantial - perhaps a full breakfast complete with eggs just the way you like them. And while you're in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant why not try the Belgium chocolate waffle with strawberries, chocolate saucy and double cream? You are on holiday after all! After a few more coffees, fresh juices and more incredible outback scenery, you'll be arriving in iconic Alice Springs where you will be transferred to your hotel  The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Mercure Alice Springs Resort

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    Mercure Alice Springs Resort



    Mercure Alice Springs Resort combines efficient and friendly outback service with modern, comfortable facilities. Low rise architecture and lush green lawns contribute to the relaxed atmosphere of this award-winning resort, situated on the banks of the famous Todd River with its magnificent river red gums. ...

    Mercure Alice Springs Resort combines efficient and friendly outback service with modern, comfortable facilities. Low rise architecture and lush green lawns contribute to the relaxed atmosphere of this award-winning resort, situated on the banks of the famous Todd River with its magnificent river red gums. The hotel is only a five to ten minute walk away from the towns bustling cultural, shopping and business centre. The resort features 139 comfortable rooms.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 7

Alice Springs to Ayers Rock & Field of Light

Travel south through the MacDonnell and James Ranges. Your Driver Guide will provide comprehensive commentary of your surrounds. Visit a camel farm where there is time to take a short camel ride (own expense). Stop at Mt. Ebenezer Roadhouse where you may purchase morning tea and locally made Aboriginal art. View majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort.  Tonights Field of Light experience begins with a convenient hotel pick-up to the remote desert location with majestic views of Uluru. You're welcomed at an exclusive elevated viewing area. Your knowledgeable host will provide insights and background to the artist and light installation that awaits you. As the last rays of sun hit Uluru, splashing the rock's façade with colour, and darkness gradually falls, the 50,000 glass spheres gently sparkle to life.

Covered under a sky brilliant with stars, Field of Light beckons you to explore and lose yourself momentarily in the rhythms of coloured light. Take in the vast scale of the installation one last time from the raised viewing area as you savour sparkling wine and canapés before your transfer back to your hotel.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Desert Gardens Hotel

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    Desert Gardens Hotel



    A comfortable 4 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Rock ...

    A comfortable 4 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Rock views. With over 65 tours, local activities and attractions at your fingertips, your days will be action-packed or for a more relaxing experience, a visit to the new Red Ochre Spa is highly recommended.

    Relax in the comfort of your private balcony or courtyard, or unwind near the pool over cocktails. It's only a short stroll to the numerous lookouts, where you can view one of the best sunsets in Australia, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru. Once the sun sets, you can try some Australian native delicacies at White Gums Restaurant, or try one of the other 13 dining experiences available throughout the Resort.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Currency Exchange
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Ayers Rock Touring & Sounds of Silence Dinner

Rise early this morning to travel to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku in Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta.  Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An unforgettable evening, dining under the sparkling outback sky. Your journey begins on a lone sand dune. A meandering path takes you to an uninterrupted, three hundred and sixty degree view of this vast landscape. In front of you are the fabled Uluru; behind you are the domes of Kata Tjuta and, possibly the most spectacular sunset you have ever seen. Here you enjoy sparkling wine and a selection of delectable canapes. As the sun sets in a blaze of reds and oranges, and well into the starlit night, you feast on a barbecue buffet of authentic Australian delicacies. Attention then turns to some of the world's best stargazing, as our resident astronomer takes you on an unforgettable tour of the spectacular southern night sky.

As you wind down after a delicious dinner, you are offered a choice of tea, coffee or port. In winter, guests gather around a campfire to savour a special treat of hot mulled wine

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 9

Ayers Rock to Cairns

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cairns (flight not included).  On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Pacific Hotel Cairns

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    Pacific Hotel Cairns



    The Pacific Hotel Cairns boasts a magnificent location, personalised service and award winning hospitality. Contemporary, and with a tropical ambiance, befitting a bygone era, an era when great service and friendly hospitality were the rule rather than the exception. Spacious rooms all offer balconies. Enjoy ...

    The Pacific Hotel Cairns boasts a magnificent location, personalised service and award winning hospitality. Contemporary, and with a tropical ambiance, befitting a bygone era, an era when great service and friendly hospitality were the rule rather than the exception. Spacious rooms all offer balconies. Enjoy the onsite restaurant and bar, outdoor pool and complimentary WIFI throughout the hotel.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 10

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

For an experience of a lifetime, Quicksilver's wave piercing catamarans and friendly crew will take you to a reef at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Agincourt Reef is a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience first-hand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. Choose to dive (extra cost), snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub, just one metre underwater. Watch the fish feeding from a unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory, or fly in a helicopter over the reef (extra cost). Whichever way you choose; you'll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 11

Kuranda Classic Tour with Scenic Railway Journey 1212

The Classic Kuranda Experience includes the main attractions of Kuranda, but gives you more free time to explore Kuranda. You will travel to Kuranda by scenic railway and then spend some free time in the village. Wander through the many shops and local markets, which offer a full range of local handicrafts, souvenirs, and gifts. You will then be transferred to Rainforestation Nature Park, where you will enjoy a delicious Australian BBQ lunch, a guided tour of the rainforest on board an amphibious Army Duck, and the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance performance, followed by the Dreamtime Walk. You will learn how to throw a boomerang, see a spear-throwing demonstrations, and learn about aboriginal culture. A guided tour of the Koala and Wildlife Park will commence at the Cultural Centre. Your coach will then transfer you to Kuranda Skyrail Terminal for the 7.5 kilometre Skyrail Rainforest Cableway journey down the mountain. Your coach will then return you to your accommodation.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 12

Depart Cairns

You will be transferred to the airport to connect with your onward travel arrangements

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Vacation departs Wednesdays from Sydney 1 May ‘17 – 31 Mar ’18 (does not operate  13 Dec – 27 Dec ’17, 3 Jan ’18).

DEPARTURE DATES

Land Only Pricing
 - USD

Jul - Sep '17 $ 4,119
Oct - Nov '17 $ 4,099
Dec '17 - Feb '18 $ 3,369
Mar '18 $ 3,999

 

DEPARTURE DATES

Land Only Pricing
- CAD

Jul - Aug '17 $ 5,379
Sep '17 $ 5,399
Oct - Nov'17 $ 5,319
Dec - Feb '17 $ 4,359
Mar '17 $ 5,229

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Rail travel on the Ghan and Indian Pacific Trains in a Gold Service Twin Cabin with meals, beverages and off train excursions
  • Transfers throughout your vacation
  • Accommodation as listed in itinerary
  • Sightseeing as listed in itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks (apart from beverages on train)
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Transfer to Sydney Railway Station

    * Limited seats, subject to availability

OTHER INFORMATION:

For any departures for travel 1 July – 30 September the itinerary will vary as follows on day 3 & 4:

Day 1: No change

Day 2: No change

Day 3: You will depart today on a full day excursions to Kangaroo Island, cruise down and fly back on the same day. On arrival onto Kangaroo Island enjoy the scenic drive to the Seal Bay Conservation Park. Here you can walk on the beach amongst a colony of rare and wild Australian Sea-lions with a National Parks Ranger. Travel to Vivonne Bay Bistro for a delicious two-course lunch. Your next stop will see you walking among eucalypts looking for Koalas at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend the afternoon at Flinders Chase National Park, renowned as a sanctuary for native Australian animals including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and echidnas. The tour of the park will take you to the rugged southern coastline for a walk on Remarkable Rocks and Admiral's Arch. Remarkable Rocks provides great photographic opportunities and stunning sea views. Admiral's Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal this spectacular rock archway, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful New Zealand fur seals. There is also a possibility that you will see kangaroos and wallabies before returning to Kingscote Airport for the return journey to Adelaide Overnight in Adelaide

Day 4. Today is free to explore Adelaide, perhaps take a day tour to the Barossa Adelaide or a city sightseeing excursion. Overnight in Adelaide

Day 5. No change to existing itinerary..

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are quoted in CAD/USD and are "from", per person, based on double/twin occupancy. Single supplements apply. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may occur.

Trip does not operate 13,20 27 Dec ’17 or 3 Jan ’18 (due to the Ghan Train not operating from 17 Dec ’17 to 13 Jan ’18)

Prices are current at time of posting (6/29/2017). All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice and all pricing is subject to availability and may not be available every day at listed prices. Please call for a customized quote.


14 Feb 2018
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