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 to explore completes this vacation of a
Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Pullman International
Cairns Hotel. Day 2 is spent at leisure.
Day 3 - Kuranda Scenic Railroad
Today we travel on the wonderful 125-year old Kuranda Scenic
Railroad. Our journey takes us into the rainforest and above the
Barron River Gorge to Kuranda. On arrival, we take a trip on a
World War II amphibious military transport unit, or 'Army Duck',
through World Heritage Rainforest, with the Duck Captain pointing
out the different flora, fauna, birds and reptiles which we pass on
After enjoying lunch, we experience an Aboriginal 'corroboree'
with songs and dance, following the path of the Dreamtime Walk
through traditional legend.
Days 4-5 - Great Barrier Reef
A real highlight of our vacation is today's Quicksilver Cruise to
the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system which
is home to thousands of species and stretches over 1,800 miles. A
large covered pontoon is our base for the day, where we enjoy lunch
and explore the reef. Snorkelling is the best way to view the
exquisite coral and vibrant fish close up, but our base also has a
semi-submersible vessel to take non-swimmers for a cruise along the
reef wall. The underwater observatory is a superb window into this
extraordinary world! On Day 5 you are at
Day 6 - To Uluru
We leave Cairns today and fly to the desert to Uluru. Ayers
Rock, the world's largest monolith, rises majestically more than
1,142 feet out of the flat desert floor. We begin at the Aboriginal
Cultural Center with a guided tour around this sacred site, which
holds great spiritual significance to local Anangu people.
Later, as the sun sets, we watch this giant rock change color
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 three-course dinner with a
bush-inspired menu including kangaroo, crocodile, barramundi and
After dinner, a 'star talker' will decode the southern night sky
and point out signs of the zodiac and the planets and galaxies
visible due to the clarity of the atmosphere. We spend two nights
at either the Desert Gardens Hotel or the Sails in the Desert
Hotel in the Ayers Rock Resort.
Day 7 - Sunrise and Olgas
This morning we enjoy a 'Sunrise & Olgas' tour. This
circular group of 36 red rocky domes cover a large area and are as
mystical as Uluru. Your afternoon is free to spend at leisure in
Ayers Rock Resort, an ideal opportunity to relax by the pool.
Days 8-9 - Alice Springs & The Ghan
Today we enjoy a free morning before traveling by coach to
Alice Springs, for a night at either the Doubletree by Hilton
Hotel or Crowne Plaza Lasseters Hotel. On Day
9 we visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the
School of the Air. We then join The Ghan for our epic rail journey
traveling from Alice Springs to Adelaide.
The Ghan has long been a tradition for train travel between
Alice Springs and Adelaide and is often referred to as the ultimate
journey through the heart of this mighty continent, taking
passengers on what is undoubtedly one of the world's greatest rail
journeys. Named after the Afghan drivers of the camel 'trains', The
Ghan is a mode of transport, a sightseeing trip and a hotel all in
We travel in Gold Service, with all of our meals included during
the journey, which are served in the Restaurant Car. The meals are
freshly prepared by the on-board chefs and menus feature a
selection of Australian and international cuisine. Gold Service
passengers also have access to the onboard Gold Lounge. All drinks
for Gold Service passengers, including beers, wines and spirits,
are included during your time on The Ghan.
Days 10-13 - Adelaide, Barossa Valley and The Overland
Once in Adelaide, we enjoy a city tour, seeing the Government
House and Parliament Building. On Day 11, we
explore the vineyards of the Barossa Valley on a full day tour,
enjoying wine tastings on route. On Day
12 you are free to explore at leisure or take an
optional excursion (payable locally) to Kangaroo Island. On
Day 13 we leave Adelaide and journey to
Melbourne, Australia's 'Garden State', on board The Overland. We
check into Melbourne's Crown Promenade Hotel for a four-night
Days 14-16 - Melbourne and Phillip Island
Our city tour today includes the Melbourne Cricket Ground and
Parliament House. In the afternoon we join the Puffing Billy steam
train for a journey through the rainforest and fern gullies of the
On Day 15 we travel along one of the
world's most scenic roads, the Great Ocean Road, to the Twelve
Apostles, Bells Beach and the Otway Rainforest.
On Day 16 you are 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 Center. At sunset, overlooking the beach from the
viewing platforms, you will encounter a wonderful spectacle of the
wild fairy penguins emerging from the sea and crossing the sand to
their burrows in the dunes (numbers vary depending on the
Days 17-20 - To Sydney and the Blue Mountains
We make our way to Sydney today. On Day
18 we enjoy a cruise around Sydney Harbor, seeing
some of the most famous sights of Sydney, such as the iconic Opera
House and the beautiful Harbor Bridge, from our boat. The rest of
the day is at leisure to continue exploring Sydney at your own
On Day 19 we take the train into the Blue
Mountains, enjoying a journey on the world's steepest incline
railroad, the Katoomba Scenic Railroad. We also visit the iconic
Three Sisters Rock Formation in Echo Point. Day 20
is free in Sydney.
Day 21 - Return Home
Today your tour concludes and you are free to make your way to
the aiport for your flight back home.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature
the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown
For this tour, we recommend arriving into Cairns Airport, which
is approximately 4 miles from your first hotel. Our
recommended departure airport is the Sydney Airport, which is
approximately 7 miles from your final hotel.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport,
visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your
itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot
travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with
any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses
which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any
passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be
found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices
& Availability' button. We write to all booked customers
approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise
the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
Excellent Hotels used made it an superb tour seeing a lot of Australia.
Submitted Apr 25, 2019
Generally fulfilled the tour description
Mr J Smith
Submitted Apr 25, 2019
Well organised. The inevitable hiccups e.g. travel delays were dealt with very professionally. Excellent guides on all trips and excursions.
Very good accomodation.
Submitted Apr 18, 2019
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.
Submitted Apr 18, 2019
It was a great vacation. The only suggestion we have is that in some places you should give people a choice. For example, in wild parks some travelers might want to learn to throw a boomerang while the others would like to interact more with the unique animals of the area. You shouldn't make everybody do everything together.
Coral Reef snorkelling was a huge disappointment, move it to the Hamilton Island. Hundreds of people were kicking each other in the water.