Iconic Rail  Journeys

Highlights of the Heartland

 This is a New Journey for 2022

DEPARTING WEDNESDAY (APR TO AUG)

7 Days / 6 Nights

$2,945 PP

INCLUSIONS
1 night aboard The Ghan, Adelaide to Alice Springs, including all meals, beverages and Off Train Experience in Marla
Transfer from Alice Springs Rail Terminal to Hotel
2 night accommodation in Alice Springs including breakfast daily
2 nights Uluru and Kata Tjuta including accommodation and guided touring
Transfer from Hotel to Alice Springs Rail Terminal
1 night aboard The Ghan, Alice Springs to Darwin, including all meals, beverages and Off Train Excursion in Katherine
4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
DAY01 BOARD THE GHAN IN ADELAIDE

Depart Adelaide aboard The Ghan and marvel as the spectacular Flinders Ranges pass by.

OVERNIGHT: The Ghan (L,D)

DAY 02
THE GHAN, ALICE SPRINGS
Witness an unforgettable outback sunrise at Marla, in the remote reaches of South Australia, before arriving into Alice Springs. Transfer to your accommodation where you can settle in or head out to start your exploring of this unique town.

OVERNIGHT: 1 night DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs (B)

DAY 03
ALICE SPRINGS, ULURU
Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) aboard a luxury coach. Take in the rugged desert landscapes of the region, passing through the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. While travelling through this remote country, your friendly Driver/Guide will provide an informative and entertaining commentary. Learn the natural and geological history of the region, as well as the unique Australian desert flora and fauna such as the Perentie monitor lizard, the thorny devil and the red kangaroo. Also hear about the traditional customs and beliefs of the local Aboriginals. There is time for a stop at a local Roadhouse for a quick break then view flat-topped Atila (Mt Conner) in the distance before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort rested, relaxed and ready to explore the amazing World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

This afternoon enjoy a leisurely drive out to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) for one of our favourite sunset experiences in Central Australia. Along the way your Driver Guide will explain the geological and cultural history of the area. Marvel at the unique flora and admire the view of the central valley of the domes of Kata Tjuta while you take in a magnificent outback sunset with gourmet canapés and Australian wine. (B)

DAY 04
KATA TJUTA
Rise early this morning to travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area. 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. Return to Ayers Rock Resort.

This afternoon visit Uluṟu – Kata Tjuṯa Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region.

Later travel around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sacred sites. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You’ll explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning and significance.

Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area, ‘Sunset Strip’ and relax with a glass of wine and Nibbles as the sun sets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluṟu is renowned.

Please ensure you have a minimum of 1 litre of water with you for your walk.

DAY06

BOARD THE GHAN IN ALICE SPRINGS

Checking out after breakfast, experiences await you in the outback town of Alice Springs. This evening, it’s time to get back on board The Ghan and get reacquainted with your cabin. As the train heads north, enjoy watching the beautiful scenery pass by your window as you relax with fellow travellers in the Outback Explorer Lounge.

OVERNIGHT: The Ghan (B, D)

DAY 07
THE GHAN, KATHERINE AND DARWIN
Today you will discover the wonders of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge with a variety of Off Train Excursions to choose from before continuing to your final destination, Darwin. (B, L)

Great Southern

From Brisbane to Adelaide

4 Days and 3 Nights

GREAT SOUTHERN (Brisbane to Adelaide)
Embrace the wonders of Australia’s south-east and enjoy the unique experiences of the Great Southern. Departing Brisbane, you’ll travel south as the ever changing landscapes glide by, and enjoy a mixture of relaxing time on train and immersive Off Train experiences as you travel towards Adelaide. BRISBANE TO ADELAIDE DEPARTING MONDAY (JAN & DEC) 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

GREAT SOUTHERN Leaving Adelaide behind, you can relax, unwind and enjoy world-class service as the stunning landscapes glide by. On your three day journey, enjoy a mixture of time on train and the opportunity to immerse yourself in Off Train Experiences as you journey towards Brisbane. ADELAIDE TO BRISBANE DEPARTING FRIDAY (JAN & DEC) 3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS

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GOURMET ESCAPE
GREAT SOUTHERN | ADELAIDE TO BRISBANE
DEPARTING FRIDAY (JAN & DEC)
6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS
Combine premium food and wine with stunning natural landscapes and some of the country’s best cultural icons on this five-night tour of Australia’s south-east. Depart from Adelaide and settle into your cabin before arriving in the Grampians for your first included Off Train Experience. Journeying on, you’ll immerse yourself in Canberra’s rich culture before arriving into Brisbane where the adventure continues beyond the tracks. A culinary adventure awaits you in Tamborine Mountain while three nights in Brisbane make for the perfect way to end your journey.

ADELAIDE DELIGHT
GREAT SOUTHERN | BRISBANE TO ADELAIDE
DEPARTING MONDAY (JAN & DEC)
8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS
This seven-night itinerary is a feast for the senses as you travel through Australia’s south east to make your way to Adelaide, South Australia’s food and wine capital. With the perfect combination of meals on and off the train, you’ll make the most of your rail journey while also exploring the delights of iconic regions like Coffs Harbour and the Hunter Valley. Upon arriving in Adelaide, settle into your accommodation for the next four nights and use it as your base to discover South Australia’s food gems including the world-renowned
Barossa Valley

Great Southern Brisbane to Adelaide

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 outdoor 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.

NEWCASTLE
Start the day with a hearty breakfast on board before setting off for a full day of Off Train Experiences. Today you get to choose your own adventure with experiences in the Hunter Valley, Newcastle or Port Stephens. In the evening, return to the train to enjoy a regionally-inspired meal and relaxing time on board before
retiring for the night.

REGIONAL VICTORIA OR MELBOURNE
After enjoying breakfast on board as you travel through Victoria’s high country, you’ll have a choice of Off Train Experiences. Discover regional Victoria with options including wine touring and gourmet delights, visits to natural sights and charming towns. Or opt to visit cosmopolitan Melbourne and take in the soaring views from Eureka Skydeck and a tour of the National Gallery of Victoria or free time to explore the city yourself.

DAY 4 ARRIVE ADELAIDE

Sit back and savour breakfast on board before arriving into your final destination of Adelaide.

GOURMET ESCAPE
GREAT SOUTHERN | ADELAIDE TO BRISBANE

6 Days and 5 Nights

INCLUSIONS • 2 nights aboard the Great Southern, Adelaide to Brisbane, including all meals, beverages and Off Train Experiences in the Grampians, Canberra and Coffs Harbour • 3 nights accommodation in Brisbane including breakfast • Full day winery tour including lunch • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners HIGHLIGHTS • Immerse yourself in the landscapes of the ancient Grampians • Tour Australia’s capital, Canberra • See the stunning seascape of northern New South Wales • Enjoy the drive through beautiful mountain scenery and rainforest to Tamborine Mountain’s unique food and wine trail, and take in breathtaking views from one the iconic lookout points • Be guided through private wine tastings at 3 picturesque boutique wineries, and enjoy a gourmet two-course lunch at one of the Mountain’s top wineries • Visit Australia’s most awarded distillery and taste naturally flavoured vodka and liqueurs

DAY 1 BOARD THE GREAT SOUTHERN IN ADELAIDE AND VISIT THE GRAMPIANS

Board the Great Southern for your memorable two-night journey to Brisbane. After leaving the food and wine capital behind, your first stop is like entering another world. A million years in the making, the Grampians region is celebrated for its wild and spectacular scenery. (L,D) OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Great Southern

DAY 2 GREAT SOUTHERN, CANBERRA After breakfast on board, prepare for an Off Train Experience in Australia’s capital, Canberra. Best known as the home of politics, choose a tour from several of its iconic cultural landmarks and feast on a mouth-watering lunch celebrating local produce. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 GREAT SOUTHERN, COFFS HARBOUR AND BRISBANE

Today is all about relaxation as you travel the northern New South Wales coast and enjoy Off Train Experiences that showcase the stunning landscape and beaches around Coffs Harbour before lunch back on board. Spend the afternoon unwinding and enjoying the creature comforts of the train as you travel through to Brisbane. Once in Brisbane and settled in to your accommodation, the evening is free to start your gourmet escape in the vibrant river city. (B,L) OVERNIGHT: 3 nights Pullman Brisbane

DAY 4 TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN

Today, your gourmet escape sees you leave the city to experience Tamborine Mountain’s unique food and wine trail while absorbing spectacular views of rainforest and picturesque landscapes along the journey. Be guided through tastings at three boutique wineries and visit the iconic Tamborine Mountain Distillery. You’ll enjoy a gourmet two-course winery lunch and finish with the option to stop at a cheese factory and craft brewery. (B,L)

Your connection with the vibrant river city continues today, with a day free to explore at your leisure. Perhaps catch a City Cat and take in the city from the water. Venture across to South Bank, Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind. (B)

DAY 6 FAREWELL Your experience comes to an end as you farewell Brisbane and check out of your accommodation. (B)

Great Southern Adelaide to Brisbane

DAY 1 ADELAIDE AND THE GRAMPIANS

As the train leaves Adelaide, take your time to settle in and get familiar with your cabin. Enjoy morning tea and then savour a relaxed lunch on board while watching the ever-changing landscape glide by. In the afternoon, the train will arrive in regional Victoria where you’ll have a chance to experience the spectacular wilderness of the Grampians region. Choose from a range of Off Train Experiences.

Today is yours to spend in Australia’s political and cultural capital, Canberra. After breakfast on board, enjoy a coach ride to Canberra to experience a truly memorable lunch and immersive touring at your pick of cultural institutions, including the National War Memorial and Parliament House, before returning to the train in time for dinner. Enjoy another sumptuous dinner on board before retiring to the lounge for a nightcap.

DAY 3 COFFS HARBOUR AND SURROUNDS

Enjoy breakfast on board before a relaxed morning taking in the views, walks and beachside markets of Coffs Harbour and surrounds with a choice of experiences. After lunch back on board, sit back and relax for the afternoon as you travel through the stunning scenery of northern New South Wales towards your final destination of Brisbane.

DAY 4 ARRIVE ADELAIDE

Sit back and savour breakfast on board before arriving into your final destination of Adelaide.

The  Indian Pacific

From Coast to Coast

4 Days / Three Nights

INDIAN PACIFIC
For more than 50 years the Indian Pacific has enchanted guests with its unique perspective of the Australian landscape. Spanning the full width of the country, this incredible 65-hour, transcontinental journey is enough to stir the wanderlust in anyone. The second you step aboard, you encounter a world of supreme comfort. It’s the perfect place to unwind, as you journey through
Australia’s vast landscape. But the world of the Indian Pacific far exceeds its comfortable interior. Right outside your window, adventure awaits. From wine tasting to mountain explorations, you’ll have no trouble making memories that last on this incredible expedition.

HIGHLIGHTS AND INCLUSIONS
4 days/3 nights aboard the Indian Pacific
All-inclusive meals, fine wines, and beverages
A regionally-inspired menu paired with a selection of local wines
Off train experiences in Broken Hill, Adelaide and surrounds, Cook, Rawlinna and Perth

Our Journeys operate in reverse via Kalgoorlie

Depart Sydney for Broken Hill :

Your transcontinental adventure begins in Sydney where you board the Indian Pacific. Prepare for a journey of contrasts, from lush vineyards to vast goldmines, majestic mountains to the barren expanse of the Nullarbor, from cities of four million to ghost towns of four. As the train winds through the breathtaking Blue Mountains, explore the comforts of life onboard, get acquainted with your cabin and fellow travellers. After settling in, savour your first meal – a regionally-inspired dinner paired with all-inclusive fine wines and beverages. After dinner, join fellow guests for a late night drink or head back to your cabin for your first night onboard.

This Morning you arrive in the ‘Silver City’ of Broken Hill as the day begins, where you embark on a morning of Off Train Excursions to discover the mining history and artistic culture of this unique town where the streets are wide and there’s a pub on every corner. Lunch is served onboard as the Indian Pacific enters the southern tip of the spectacular and ancient Flinders Ranges. Arriving in the city of Adelaide in the afternoon, you have the choice of a tour of the city, a visit to the world famous Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale wine regions (seasonal), or a trip to the beautiful Adelaide Hills featuring the culinary delights of Hahndorf.

Off Train Experience

Broken Hill,

Pro Hart Gallery

Paris, New York, London and Broken Hill. You might not think it, but this town’s art scene could rival those of the biggest art capitals in the world.
An artist that represents the cheeky and colourful charm of Broken Hill, the late Kevin ‘Pro’ Hart’s gallery is not to be missed when in town. Visit Pro Hart’s gallery where on display is a wide selection of his signature paintings.

Browse all three floors of this inspiring gallery to learn how Pro created his masterpieces by drawing inspiration from experimenting with new forms of expression, sculpting with metal and stone, and tinkering away in his back shed to create all kinds of contraptions.
Take a brief coach tour around the streets of Broken Hill before returning to the Indian Pacific for your journey onwards.

Recommended Fitness Level: Low – coach tour with short walks required. No wheelchair access.

Miners Tour;

The Miner’s Memorial is a unique and striking structure that sits at a height of 54 metres overlooking Broken Hill. This attraction is located on the highest point of the Line of Lode remnant mullock dumps that traverse the city.
The short axis of this building faces east-west addressing the rising and setting of the sun in memoriam to over 800 miners who lost their lives working in the Broken Hill Mines. This structure is an important monument to the city for both tourism and education about Broken Hill’s rich mining history.

Walking past the walls lined with the names of miners, you will reach the ledge of this structure, which will give you full views of the rising sun, Broken Hill and the Outback beyond.

Visit Broken Earth with skyline views across town and the Indian Pacific below. Visit Trade Hall, a heritage-listed building home to the city’s first labour movement. Under the ‘United we stand’ banner, the Union successfully championed the 35-hour working week and defeated conscription in Australia. You will enjoy a live performance by local actors showcasing the early mining story and life in Broken Hill.

Recommended Fitness Level: LOW – coach tour with short walks required. No wheelchair access.

Adelaide, Depart the city towards Glenelg and take the coastal route to the Fleurieu Peninsula.
The beautiful mid-south coast, with its glistening vistas of the Gulf St Vincent and pristine beaches awards your arrival to the McLaren Vale wine region. Pass through rolling vineyards to visit up to five beautiful wineries in the ‘Vale’. Each one is steeped in history with friendly knowledgeable staff, happy to guide you through each wine tasting experience. Best known for Shiraz, the region excels with Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay as well as Spanish and Italian varieties such as Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo, Mouvedre, Nero d’Avola & Sangiovese.

DAY 3 NULLARBOR PLAIN

You’ll awake to the seemingly endless expanse of the Nullarbor Plain. Breakfast is served as you travel along the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world. This evening, your sense of wonder will be ignited as you enjoy the tranquillity of dinner under the brilliant desert stars in the remote and beautiful Rawlinna (seasonal).

Off Train Experience

On the fringes of Australia’s biggest sheep stations, this little outpost on the Nullarbor Plain is pure jackaroo country. By car, Rawlinna is a five hour trip from the nearest big town, Kalgoorlie. The Rawlinna Station is home to up to 80,000 sheep spread across 2.5 million acres. To put that into perspective, one paddock alone takes 8 hours to muster by plane.

During the Winter months Platinum and Gold Service guests will be invited to disembark to partake in drinks, canapés served around a bonfire under the wide Nullarbor skies.

When: Cooler months on Sydney-Perth services.

DAY 4 PERTH
Breakfast is served as you glide through the colourful patchwork of rolling hills of the Avon Valley on your way to Perth, arriving after an on board lunch.

THE GHAN EXPEDITION

4 Days and Three Nights

All guests aboard The Ghan Expedition, from Darwin to Adelaide, travel in the comfort of Platinum or Gold Service by night and by day travel off train. Starting with Nitmiluk (Katherine), followed by a full day experience in Alice Springs, see the Red Centre in all its glory. For a truly unforgettable experience, upgrade to an optional scenic flight over Uluru. Cap off the day with a spectacular barbecue dinner under the stars where guests can even ride a camel! The next stop is a guided tour of Coober Pedy, a famous South Australian outback town famous for opal mining and where 70 per cent of the world’s opals originate.

Depart Darwin at 1000 for Kathrine

Katherine: Choose from either the Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise, viewing both gorges or the Nitmiluk First Gorge Rock Art Cruise, gaining an insight into the culture of the Jawoyn people. From May through October an alternative experience is offered, the Katherine Outback
Experience, showcasing the inner workings of life on an Australian cattle station. The Nitmiluk experience can be upgraded with a
helicopter flight or a scenic flight over Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks (additional fee applies).

Alice Springs:

This morning guests will be greeted by a view of the spectacular Red Centre. A full day of experiences awaits them in the iconic outback town of Alice Springs, which provides ample opportunity to visit the town landmarks, and get close to Australia’s incredible flora
and fauna. An optional upgrade is a scenic flight to Uluru, where guests get to see the famous region by air before landing to enjoy a guided
base tour and lunch; return in time to meet the rest of the guests at a spectacular dinner under the stars at the historic Telegraph Station.

Coober Pedy: Venture into the weird and wonderful opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground. Explore the tunnels and caves of this underground town, where guests will enjoy a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations before setting off to the stunning outback moonscape that is the Breakaways. Dinner is served back on the train where guests can enjoy a nightcap as their journey continues.

Arrive Adelaide 1135 am

The Ghan Adelaide to Darwin

2 Nights 3 Days

Departing Adelaide, what lies ahead is rugged, beautiful and spectacular — through the Red Centre to the tropical north of Australia. Before long some of the oldest rock formations in the world, the Flinders Ranges, come into view. As darkness envelops the rugged outback, it’s time to indulge in a multi-course regionally-inspired dinner and fine wines.

Begin with a freshly brewed coffee or juice as you take in the stunning sunrise in outback South Australia. All aboard for brunch as you make your way through the MacDonnell Ranges to Alice Springs where a choice of Off Train Experiences awaits. Alice is an iconic Red Centre outpost – home to doctors who fly, rivers that run dry and a cast of colourful characters.

KATHERINE AND DARWIN Your final day dawns in the tropical north. In Katherine, cruise Nitmiluk Gorge, learn more about Indigenous rock paintings and culture, or learn a few working dog tricks on your selected Off Train Experience. As evening falls, arrive in Darwin to complete your epic Australian journey

The Ghan

The Indian Pacific

 Great Southern

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