This fantastic rail adventure takes in many of Australia's
natural wonders, including the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and the
Blue Mountains. A wonderful train journey on the legendary Ghan
from Alice Springs to Adelaide is a real highlight, and time in
Melbourne and Sydney completes this holiday of a lifetime.
Enjoy a day spent discovering the Great Barrier Reef from the Frankland Islands
Experience the World Heritage Rainforest of Cairns from aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway and explore the Blue Mountains travelling on Katoomba Scenic Railway
Uncover Uluru at sunset whilst savouring some sparkling wine
Journey overnight in Gold Service, aboard The Ghan train as you travel through Australia's outback
Visit the vineyards of the Barossa Valley, accompanied by delicious wine tastings
Take a tour of Sydney, including a visit to Bondi Beach for a special fish and chip lunch Australian style
1 night on board The Ghan travelling in Gold Service with all meals and drinks, including beers, wines, and spirits
19 Nights' Hotel Accommodation
Excursions & Entertainment
UK Tour Manager from start to ﬁnish
Food & Drinks
Flights and airport transfers
Flights from London Heathrow to Cairns via Singapore and Sydney to London Heathrow via Singapore
Internal flight from Cairns to Uluru
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Days 1-3 - London and Cairns
We depart London Heathrow on our overnight flight to Singapore,
before continuing to Cairns. We arrive late on Day
2, enjoying a leisurely day on Day 3.
Days 4-6 - Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Great Barrier Reef
We take the coach to the Rainforestation this morning and on
arrival, take a trip on a World War II amphibious military
transport unit, or 'Army Duck'. Afterwards, we embark on a guided
Dreamtime Walk, learning how Aborigines understand the world and
its creation, before experiencing a 'pamagirri' dance performance
that depicts aspects of indigenous culture including animals, food
gathering, and hunting. After enjoying a BBQ lunch, we travel by
shuttle to Kuranda village where we explore the local market before
transferring to the station. Here, a journey along the 125-year old
Kuranda Scenic Railway awaits us and we travel through the
rainforest and across the stunning Barron River Gorge.
A real highlight of our holiday is Day 5's
explorations of the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral
reef system and home to thousands of species of marine life. We
begin with a cruise along the Mulgrave River, making our way to the
Frankland Islands, a secluded archipelago whose waters are filled
with unique wildlife and coral reefs. During a guided snorkelling
session, we may see tropical fish, giant clams, sea turtles, and
even octopuses. If you prefer to stay dry however, you can get a
glimpse into this underwater world from on board a semi-submersible
or glass-bottomed boat. We break for a tropical buffet lunch,
before joining a marine biologist for a guided island walk.
Day 6 is at leisure to explore the Great Barrier
Days 7-8 - Uluru
We leave Cairns today and fly to Uluru, the world's largest
monolith which rises more than 1,142 feet out of the flat desert
floor. We begin at the Aboriginal Cultural Centre with a guided
tour around this sacred site, which holds great spiritual
significance to the local Anangu people.
As the sun sets, we watch this giant rock change colour and
enjoy a magical dinner under the stars. The incredible 'Sounds of
Silence' experience includes canapés and sparkling wine as the sun
sets over Uluru, followed by a 3-course dinner with a bush-inspired
menu. After dinner, a 'star talker' will decode the southern night
sky, pointing out signs of the zodiac and the planets and galaxies
visible due to the clarity of the atmosphere. On the morning of
Day 8, we enjoy a sunrise visit to Uluru ahead of
breakfast at the Ininti Café. We continue with an olgas tour,
visiting the circular group of 36 red rocky domes, or 'olgas',
which cover a large area around Uluru. We end the day back at Uluru
to watch the sunset, accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine.
Days 9-10 - Alice Springs & The Ghan
Today we travel by coach to Alice Springs, visiting the Royal
Flying Doctor service on arrival. On Day 10 we
stop off at the Old Telegraph Station and Anzac Hill - a local
lookout area - before boarding the iconic Ghan for our epic rail
journey to Adelaide. We travel in Gold Service, with all of our
meals included during the journey. These are freshly prepared by
the on-board chefs, and menus feature a selection of both
Australian and international cuisines. Gold Service passengers also
have access to the on-board Gold Lounge. All drinks, including
beers, wines, and spirits, are included during your time on The
Days 11-14 - Adelaide, Barossa Valley and The Overland
Once in Adelaide we enjoy a city tour, seeing the Government
House and Parliament Building. On Day 12 we
explore the vineyards of the Barossa Valley, enjoying plenty of
wine tastings and pairings at well-known wineries, including
Jacob's Creek. This is followed by a visit to Hahndorf in the Mount
Lofty Ranges, the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia.
Day 13 is at leisure. We take The Overland train
to Melbourne, Australia's 'Garden State', on Day
Days 15-17 - Melbourne and Phillip Island
Our city tour today includes the Melbourne Cricket Ground and
Parliament House. In the afternoon we immerse ourselves in
Melbourne's famous café culture, enjoying a cup of coffee at one of
the city's popular coffee houses before joining the Puffing Billy
steam train for a journey through the rainforest and fern gullies
of the Dandenong Ranges. On Day 16 we travel along
one of the world's most scenic roads, the Great Ocean Road, to see
the Twelve Apostles, Bells Beach, and the Otway Rainforest.
Day 17 is free until mid-afternoon, when we head
by coach to Phillip Island, named after Governor Arthur Phillip,
which forms a natural breakwater for the shallow waters of Western
Port Bay. Here we visit the Koala Conservation Centre and encounter
wild fairy penguins at sunset, as they emerge from the sea and
waddle across the sand to their burrows.
Days 18-20 - Sydney and the Katoomba Scenic Railway
We make our way by rail to Sydney today. On Day
19 we enjoy a cruise around Sydney Harbour, seeing some of
the city's most famous sights, such as the instantly recognisable
Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, from our boat. On Day
20 we journey into the Blue Mountains, enjoying a ride on
the world's steepest incline railway, the Katoomba Scenic Railway.
We also visit the unique Three Sisters Rock Formation at Echo
Days 21-23 - Bondi Beach and London
We visit an Australian institution today, Bondi Beach, home to
sun-kissed surfers and a laid-back vibe. We sit down to lunch at
the Bondi Icebergs Club to experience fish and chips Australian
style. We catch an afternoon flight via Singapore to London
Heathrow on Day 22, arriving early on Day
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100% of travellers would recommend this tour
Based on 14 verified reviews
Mr N Larvin
A well organised experience. You leave everything to the tour manager. Just turn up when they say. Australia is a lovely country to visit.
everything was very good except the hotel location in Melbourne. North of the river would have been better. Also hotels with laundromat facilities are preferable to allow for light luggage packing
Mr D Blake
Excellent Hotels used made it an superb tour seeing a lot of Australia.
Generally fulfilled the tour description
Mr J Smith
Well organised. The inevitable hiccups e.g. travel delays were dealt with very professionally. Excellent guides on all trips and excursions.
Very good accomodation.
Reasonable good, however it was extremely tiring.
The hotels were good, but some could have been a lot better e.g. no charging points, some fridges packed with hotels own drinks and snacks (up to 50 items in two hotels).
Many hotels did not give free bottled water and charged A$5 dollars for a small bottle.