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Classic Aussie Rail Spectacular

Duration
12 Days
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Explore the Australian outback aboard a luxury train, then round off your journey at the Great Barrier Reef.


This 12-day adventure starts in Sydney, then takes you to the best of South Australia before going on to Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef.

Depart Sydney in comfort aboard the Indian Pacific, Australia's most famous rail journey. Though the service extends all the way to Perth, you'll disembark in Adelaide, a cultural hub surrounded by terrific wine regions. If you have time, visit one of its galleries or museums, or take in a performance at one of the city’s famous cabaret venues. Just to the south, you’ll spend a night at Kangaroo Island, one of Australia’s most unique wildlife areas. In addition to seeing plenty of the namesake marsupials, you’ll visit a sea lion colony, a honey farm, and Flinders Chase National Park, home to many of the Island’s geological icons such as Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch.

All aboard the famous Ghan train for your second perfectly appointed journey into the outback! Enjoy superior service with all the amenities as you travel into Australia’s red centre, channelling the spirit of the country’s early explorers. Your destination is Alice Springs, the gateway to Central Australia. Rest for a night here, then go on to Uluru – also known as Ayers Rock. This is not a short drive, but it is a spectacular one, passing through the MacDonnell and James Ranges.

Accommodation here offers you superb views of Uluru, ideal for enjoying Australia’s most impressive sunset over cocktails. On your second night, experience the Sounds of Silence – a unique chance to dine under the desert stars. With a full day here, you’ll have the option to either climb Uluru, or take a tour of its base to gain an insight into the monolith’s tremendous cultural significance. Keep in mind, Uluru is sacred to the local Aboriginal people, and as such, they respectfully ask tourists to opt for the base tour, rather than climbing.

Fly to tropical Cairns, where the Great Barrier Reef awaits. You’ll visit the Agincourt Reef, a well preserved section ideal for snorkelers and divers of all skill levels. If you’d rather not get wet, watch the fish from the comfort of an underwater viewing platform. Back on dry land, climb aboard the train to Kuranda, situated in the North Queensland rainforest. From here, you’ll be guided deep into the bush, where you’ll enjoy an Aboriginal dance performance, BBQ lunch, and the chance to throw a boomerang. Visit the Koala and Wildlife Park before you depart aboard the Skyrail. This impressive 7.5 kilometre gondola takes you over the trees back to Cairns, ready for departure.


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices:
On request

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Day 1

Great Southern Rail

Superior, well appointed day and overnight Twin Cabin sleeper accommodation featuring a 3 seater lounge converting to upper and lower sleeping berths plus ensuite facilities with toilet, washbasin and shower. Cabins are fully serviced by carriage attendants with fresh sheets, pillows and doonas. Cabins feature 3 pin/ 240 volt power point, wardrobe, full length mirror, reading light, foldaway table. Complimentary toiletry bags and onboard magazine provided in all Gold Kangaroo Service cabins. Guests receive a Certificate of Travel and 'collector' stick pin upon disembarkation. All meals included.

Duration24 Hours
Day 2

Keswick Rail Station to Adelaide City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide

The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide is an imposing 5-storey hotel on North Terrace in the heart of the Adelaide business district, opposite the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Festival Centre, and in the hub of Adelaide's entertainment district. The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide offers the warmth and charm of a bygone era.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide

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    Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide



    The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide is an imposing 5-storey hotel on North Terrace in the heart of the Adelaide business district, opposite the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Festival Centre, and in the hub of Adelaide's entertainment district. The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide offers ...

    The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide is an imposing 5-storey hotel on North Terrace in the heart of the Adelaide business district, opposite the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Festival Centre, and in the hub of Adelaide's entertainment district. The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide offers the warmth and charm of a bygone era.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Room Service

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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! You will then be transferred back to your chosen overnight accommodation.

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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Day 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide

The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide is an imposing 5-storey hotel on North Terrace in the heart of the Adelaide business district, opposite the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Festival Centre, and in the hub of Adelaide's entertainment district. The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide offers the warmth and charm of a bygone era.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide

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    Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide



    The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide is an imposing 5-storey hotel on North Terrace in the heart of the Adelaide business district, opposite the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Festival Centre, and in the hub of Adelaide's entertainment district. The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide offers ...

    The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide is an imposing 5-storey hotel on North Terrace in the heart of the Adelaide business district, opposite the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Festival Centre, and in the hub of Adelaide's entertainment district. The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide offers the warmth and charm of a bygone era.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Room Service

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Day 5

Adelaide City Hotel to Keswick Rail Station

Duration30 Minutes

Great Southern Rail

Superior, well appointed day and overnight Twin Cabin sleeper accommodation featuring a 3 seater lounge converting to upper and lower sleeping berths plus ensuite facilities with toilet, washbasin and shower. Cabins are fully serviced by carriage attendants with fresh sheets, pillows and doonas. Cabins feature 3 pin/ 240 volt power point, wardrobe, full length mirror, reading light, foldaway table. Complimentary toiletry bags and onboard magazine provided in all Gold Kangaroo Service cabins. Guests receive a Certificate of Travel and 'collector' stick pin upon disembarkation. All meals included.

Duration25 Hours
Day 6

Alice Springs Train Station to Alice Springs Hotel

Duration1 Hour

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. 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.

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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

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.

Duration6 Hours

Field of Light Star Pass

The 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 Hours

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 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.

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Duration2 Nights
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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

Uluru Sunrise and Kata Tjuta

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.

Duration5 Hours

Sounds of Silence Dinner

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.

Duration5 Hours
Day 9

Complimentary Transfer from Ayers Rock Resort to Ayers Rock Airport

Duration10 Minutes

Cairns Airport to Cairns City

Duration30 Minutes

Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside

Nestled on the picturesque Cairns Esplanade, the Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside is located close to the airport and vibrant city centre. The hotel features a variety of room types, each with their own private balcony, hosting stunning views over beautiful Trinity Bay or surrounding tropical mountains.

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Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside

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    Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside



    Nestled on the picturesque Cairns Esplanade, the Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside is located close to the airport and vibrant city centre. The hotel features a variety of room types, each with their own private balcony, hosting stunning views over beautiful Trinity Bay or surrounding tropical ...

    Nestled on the picturesque Cairns Esplanade, the Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside is located close to the airport and vibrant city centre. The hotel features a variety of room types, each with their own private balcony, hosting stunning views over beautiful Trinity Bay or surrounding tropical mountains.

    Facilities

    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 10

Quicksilver Cruises Outer Barrier Reef Cruise ex Cairns

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.

Duration7 Hours
Day 11

Kuranda Classic Tour with Train Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Rainforestation

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.

Duration9 Hours
Day 12

Cairns City to Cairns Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

This trip departs from Sydney on Wednesdays and from Cairns on Fridays. If departing from Cairns an extra nights accommodation is required in Adelaide (cost additional). The Ghan does not operate from May to August.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Gold Service accommodation on the Ghan Train and Indian Pacific Train with all meals and drinks
  • Accommodation;
  • 2 nights in Adelaide
  • 1 night in Alice Springs
  • 2 nights in Ayers Rock
  • 3 nights in Cairns
  • An overnight Kangaroo Island tour (Moderate – via coach, First Class -  via flights)
  • Sightseeing as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals as indicated.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Drinks unless specified
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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