b'KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAY ULTIMATE AUSTRALIA AND THE GHAN|YOUR ITINERARYDays 1-4 - London and CairnsWe fly overnight from London Heathrow to Singapore, continuing to Cairns in Queensland, arriving on Day 2. On Day 3, youre free to relax and begin exploring this tropical city. Known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the city is surrounded by mountainous rainforest and pristine beaches. You could stroll through the downtown area, perhaps pausing for lunch in one of the excellent al fresco eateries. We take the coach to Rainforestation Nature Park on Day 4, in the middle of a World Heritage Rainforest. On arrival, we explore the rainforest with a unique trip on a World War II amphibious military transport unit. Afterwards, we embark on a guided Dreamtime Walk. We learn how Aborigines understand the world and its creation, before a pamagirri dance performance. After a BBQ lunch, we travel to Kuranda where we explore GREAT BARRIER REEF the local market before a journey along the 125-year old Kuranda Scenic Railway. We soak up breathtaking scenery as we travel through the rainforest and across the stunning Barron River Gorge.Days 5-8 - The Great Barrier Reef and UluruWe explore the Great Barrier Reef, the worlds largest coral reef system. During a snorkelling session, we may see tropical fish, giant clams, sea turtles and octopuses. Alternatively, you can get a glimpse into this underwater world from a semi-submersible or glass-bottomed boat. We break for lunch, before joining a marine biologist for a guided walk. On Day 6, youre free to explore the local area. We leave Cairns on Day 7 and fly to Uluru, the worlds largest monolith which rises more than 1,142 feet out of the desert floor. We begin at the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and, as the sun sets, enjoy dinner under the stars. Our Sounds of Silence experience includes sparkling wine as the sun sets over Uluru, followed by a 3-course dinner. After dinner, a star talker will decode the night sky. We begin Day 8 with a sunrise visit to Uluru. We PHILLIP ISLAND continue by visiting a circular group of 36 red rocky domes, or Olgas, that cover an area around Uluru. We end our day at Uluru, enjoying a glass of wine as we admire the sunset.Days 9-12 - Alice Springs, The Ghan and AdelaideToday we travel to Alice Springs, visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Service museum on arrival. On Day 10, we stop at the Old Telegraph Station and Anzac Hill - a local lookout area - before boarding the iconic Ghan. This is Australias most legendary train, and it takes us on an epic rail journey to Adelaide, arriving on Day 11. Australias fifth-largest city, Adelaide is known for its food and wine. We embark on a tour of the citys famous attractions, including the historic Government House and Parliament Building. On Day 12, we dive into Adelaides wine heritage as we explore the vineyards that surround the city. We travel to lush Barossa Valley, where our day of exploration includes wine tastings and delicious pairings at some of the worlds most well-known wineries, including BLUE MOUNTAINS Jacobs Creek. We also visit Hahndorf in the Mount Lofty Ranges, the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia. Days 13-16 - Adelaide, the Overland and MelbourneYoure free today to explore Adelaide. On Day 14, we take The Overland train to Melbourne, in Australias Garden State. We begin exploring on Day 15. The bustling city is the countrys second most populous, and it is bursting with culture and charm. Our tour includes the Melbourne Cricket Ground - Australias largest stadium, and Parliament House. This afternoon, we immerse ourselves in Melbournes caf culture, relaxing with a coffee at one of the citys popular coffee houses. Later, we join the nostalgic Puffing Billy steam train for a journey through the Dandenong Ranges. We travel along the scenic Great Ocean Road on Day 16 past verdant forest, rushing waterfalls and glittering coastline. Along the way, we see the Twelve Apostles, dramatic limestone rocks that rise from the sea.126 AUSTRALASIA'