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Great Southern Rail Journey

3-4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,543
  • Step aboard the newest rail experience in Australia and prepare to explore a very special region
  • The Queen Adelaide Restaurant is reminiscent of old-world rail travel
  • The Great Ocean Road winds alongside the wild and windswept Southern Ocean
  • Conceived of by visionary American architect Walter Burley Griffin, Canberra was founded in 1913
  • A majestic mountain range and forest, The Grampians rise out of flat farmland in Victoria's west

FIRST-CLASS | RAIL: Be among the first travellers to experience the all-new journey aboard the Great Southern connecting Adelaide and Brisbane. Starting in either city, you’ll skirt rugged coastline, stop off at sun-kissed beaches, and visit exhilarating capital cities while enjoying the best on-board service and comfort.

This 3-4 day Australian rail journey takes you across Australia’s southeast aboard the brand-new Great Southern. It features first-class accommodations, shared tours, and is a classy way to see the region.

Your trip to Australia takes you aboard the Great Southern, Great Southern Rail’s newest 4-star star train that connects Adelaide to Brisbane. With on-board dining and all the great attention-to-detail consistent across all Great Southern Rail journeys, this trip aboard the Great Southern ensures that you ride in comfort and style as you pass through the southeastern Australian heartland.

You can begin your journey in either Adelaide or Brisbane. If you start in Adelaide, you’ll spend 3 days aboard the train. From Adelaide, you’ll venture into the Grampians to explore a rugged landscape known for its Indigenous rock art sites. Continue to the capital Canberra, where you’ll tour the city to see the Parliament House as well as the National Portrait Gallery and the Australian War Memorial. Close out the journey with a lunch on Coffs Harbour Beach while enjoying views of the water before reaching Brisbane.

From Brisbane, the train journey becomes a 4-day trip. On your first evening, enjoy dinner along the northern New South Wales coastline. The next day, venture into the Hunter Valley to tour vineyards and wine cellars and sample some of Australia’s best Shiraz. The following day you’ll follow the Great Ocean Road and gaze out upon the Twelve Apostles, massive rock outcrops that jut out of the surf along the Victorian coastline. On your final day, you’ll reach Adelaide and disembark.


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3-4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,543

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Day 1

Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Coast

After setting off from Brisbane, enjoy lunch on board and a relaxing afternoon settling into your private cabin before arriving at the coastal town of Coffs Harbour. As the sun dips beneath the horizon, enjoy a unique beachside dinner where you'll feast on local produce and fresh seafood matched with fine wines, while the waves lap at the shore nearby. After a few leisurely hours, you'll reboard the train and set off for the night.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights

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    Great Southern

    The new Great Southern train will explore the incredible landscapes and experiences across Australia's diverse south-eastern corner with the option of a three-day northbound itinerary or a four-day southbound itinerary. The two night, three day journey from Adelaide to Brisbane features opportunities to step off …

    The new Great Southern train will explore the incredible landscapes and experiences across Australia's diverse south-eastern corner with the option of a three-day northbound itinerary or a four-day southbound itinerary.

    The two night, three day journey from Adelaide to Brisbane features opportunities to step off the train to experience the spectacular Grampians National Park, the nation's capital Canberra, and the stunning northern New South Wales coast.

    The three night, four day southbound journey from Brisbane to Adelaide will include an incredible beachside dining experience in northern NSW, an immersive day in the Hunter Valley and Newcastle region and will also provide the opportunity to take in Victoria's iconic Twelve Apostles.

    During your time aboard the Great Southern all superb restaurant-quality dining and onboard beverages and off train touring are included.


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    • Lounge
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Hunter Valley and Surrounds

Start the day with a hearty breakfast on board before setting off for a full day of Off Train Excursions. Today you get to choose your own adventure with your choice of the Hunter Valley, Newcastle or Port Stephens.

1. Hunter Valley Wine Region: Meander through the picturesque and historic vineyards of the Hunter Valley, where you can sample wines from both world-renowned brands and boutique cellar doors. Your day will include cellar door experiences, winery tours and a sumptuous lunch (low intensity).

2. Port Stephens by Land and Sea: Experience the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes and beach by 4WD van, stopping to hunt for pippies and driving to the top of a sand dune before travelling to Nelson Bay for a relaxing afternoon cruise and lunch (medium intensity).

3. Newcastle Explorer: Take in spectacular coastal views and discover Newcastle's unique blend of old and new with a guided walking tour and historical site visit. After lunch, visit Strzelecki Lookout and a stroll along the Newcastle Memorial Walk (medium intensity).

In the evening, return to the train to enjoy a regionally inspired meal prepared onboard before retiring for the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Regional Victoria and the Twelve Apostles

After enjoying breakfast onboard, you can choose to discover either the bustling city of Melbourne or to take a road trip to explore the unforgettable Twelve Apostles.

1. Melbourne Explorer*: Take in the breathtaking views of Melbourne from Eureka Skydeck, the highest public observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere, and lunch at Eureka 89. Then get to know Melbourne city with your choice of a laneway walking tour, a tour of the National Gallery of Victoria or free time to shop and enjoy the city sights. As the day ends, the coach will transport you towards the awaiting train at Inverleigh Station stopping along the way for a sumptuous dinner (low/medium intensity).

2. Twelve Apostles: After lunch on board, set off on a road trip by coach through regional Victoria to the unforgettable Twelve Apostles, a majestic collection of crumbling pillars rising from the Southern Ocean, and spectacular Loch Ard Gorge. On the return journey to Inverleigh Station, enjoy dinner and drinks in regional Victoria (low/medium intensity).

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4


As the train journeys through the charming Adelaide Hills, enjoy your last breakfast on board before arriving into Adelaide and the end of your Great Southern train journey.

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From Adelaide;
2022: Fridays

From Brisbane;
2022: Mondays


  • 2 or 3 nights' onboard accommodation
  • Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners as described in the itinerary 
  • Beverages
  • Off-Train Excursions as described in the itinerary 


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


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 inquire.

16 Jan 2023
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