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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour

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Start this epic tour in the wonderful capital of Victoria, Melbourne; explore the hidden gems, and cruise the Yarra River. From Melbourne, set off on the legendary Great Ocean Road and admire incredible coastlines and iconic landmarks. Drive to the spectacular Kangaroo Island and explore the natural wonderland of Flinders Chase National Park. From here, you will go to vibrant Adelaide, cruise the River Torrens, and visit the famous wine region of Barossa Valley. In Adelaide, you will board the Ghan and embark on a fantastic rail journey through pastoral landscapes, into the Flinders Ranges, and to Alice Springs in the Red Centre. You will visit the iconic Uluru and explore the Australian sandy desert. Your adventure will end in the fascinating capital of New South Wales, Sydney. You will discover the best of this stunning city, its landmarks and more.

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Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions

This suggested tour costs from NZD$11,452 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Melbourne, finishes in Sydney

19 days/18 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Rental car included

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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour - Day 1
Arrive into Melbourne

Melbourne is the coastal capital of the state of Victoria. At the city's centre is the modern Federation Square development, with shopping, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River. In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of Arts Centre Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria, with Australian and indigenous art. As the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne has a hidden gem around every corner - Rich history, bustling laneways, rooftop bars, and world-class restaurants are just the beginning!

Private transfer Melbourne Airport to your accommodation

On arrival, you will be met by a private driver outside customs exit and delivered to your Melbourne accommodation.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Melbourne Skydeck

At Melbourne Skydeck, the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing attraction, the city of Melbourne comes alive in front of your eyes when you take it all in from nearly 300 metres high. It’s Melbourne on another level. The Skydeck experience features Bar 88, in association with Bollinger, operated by the Eureka 89 team. With 360° panoramic views all day and night, you can relax and enjoy all of Melbourne’s legendary views with a delicious snack and cool drink.

Your accommodation: Treasury on Collins

Treasury on Collins is ideally located in central Melbourne. This charming 19th century landmark building boasts incredible interiors, a mezzanine guest lounge and on-site restaurant and bar. The elegantly styled 1 bedroom self-contained apartments make for a perfect stay in the heart of Melbourne's CBD.

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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour - Day 2
Complete Melbourne Walking Tour with Depot Adventures

Experience the best of Melbourne in just three hours. This “complete” experience is meant to tell the whole story of Melbourne in an economical time - from how we got to be known as the world’s coffee capital, to where the find the best street art.
Your guide will entertain you with stories of Melbourne’s humble beginnings to the Gold Rush era that changed everything. Explore Chinatown and discover Melbourne’s multicultural edge. Hear the guide brag about the Melbourne cafe scene and then deliver the goods, as they buy you a famous Melbourne coffee! Finish up like a “fair dinkum” Aussie – at a pub of course! Let your guide grab you a cold beer (or soda/cider) and take questions and give advice on other Melbourne highlights.

River Gardens Tour with Melbourne River Cruises

Within moments of Melbourne’s cultural Arts precinct, you are cruising through Melbourne’s picturesque gardens, parkland’s and some of the city's famous sporting arenas.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Melbourne City Circle Tram - suggestion

The City Circle Tram service provides a free and convenient way to get around central Melbourne. Tourists, shoppers, office workers and families can use the City Circle Tram to travel to major attractions, shops and city events. An audio commentary provides details of city landmarks and major attractions such as the City Museum, Parliament House, Docklands, Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium and the Princess Theatre. You can spend all day, or stay one hour - this is a perfect free version of a hop on-hop off service so that you can enjoy each of Melbournes sites with the added bonus of traditional Melbourne transportation. 

Your accommodation: Treasury on Collins

Treasury on Collins is ideally located in central Melbourne. This charming 19th century landmark building boasts incredible interiors, a mezzanine guest lounge and on-site restaurant and bar. The elegantly styled 1 bedroom self-contained apartments make for a perfect stay in the heart of Melbourne's CBD.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour - Day 3
Phillip Island and Moonlit Sanctuary Tour with Oceania Tours & Safaris

Your tour will commence with a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where you are guaranteed plenty of close encounters with an array of Australian native animals like kangaroos, wombats and echidnas. Next, you will head to Phillip Island where time/season permitting, you will take to Woolamai Surf Beach to catch a glimpse of the awesome waves and die-hard surfers. Following this, you then travel over to the dramatic west coast of the island. At the Nobbies, you will stroll along the boardwalk to experience the waves crashing along this dramatic coastline and perhaps spot a few seals and some penguin nests. Finally, your Phillip Island tour is not complete without its black tie gala event: the Penguin Parade. You will firstly head to the Visitor Centre to shop and have a coffee. Included is the penguin plus viewing which allows you to view the penguins on a separate platform to one side of the beach, it’s a more intimate viewing enabling you a better view of little penguins waddling ashore, decked out in their tuxedos as they hurry off to find their burrows.

Your accommodation: Treasury on Collins

Treasury on Collins is ideally located in central Melbourne. This charming 19th century landmark building boasts incredible interiors, a mezzanine guest lounge and on-site restaurant and bar. The elegantly styled 1 bedroom self-contained apartments make for a perfect stay in the heart of Melbourne's CBD.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour - Day 4
Choose your style of rental vehicle

Our rental car range includes the latest vehicles from the top suppliers. From economy hatchbacks to SUVs, we can help you decide on a car suitable for this leg of your trip. Insurance can often be included with a small excess or deductible.

Collect your rental car from the Melbourne City depot

Head to the Melbourne CBD depot today to collect your chosen rental car, and continue your journey.

Melbourne to Apollo Bay

Begin your journey by heading south to the picturesque town of Torquay, recognised as the surfing capital of Australia, thanks to the famous Bells Beach. Follow the coast from Anglesea to Lorne, here we recommended a short detour to Erskine Falls. You can park close to the 30 metre cascading waterfall, or take a walk through the lush rainforest to stretch your legs.
The final stretch of your journey from Lorne to Apollo Bay has been described as one of the most beautiful and breathtaking drives in the world.
Your destination, Apollo Bay is the starting point for some of Australia’s most famous short and multi-day walks and is the perfect base to explore the Great Ocean Walk and surrounding Otways rainforest. Take a swim in the waters of the southern ocean, wander along the coast and explore rainforests and waterfalls, ferns and crystal clear streams.

Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay is the starting point for some of Australia’s most famous short and multi-day walks and is the perfect base to explore the Great Ocean Walk and surrounding Otways rainforest. Take a swim in the waters of the southern ocean, wander along the coast and explore rainforests and waterfalls, ferns and crystal clear streams. Sit and watch the whales travel along the coast in migration season or gaze at the glow worms at Melba Gully. Apollo Bay has a reputation for the freshest seafood which you can enjoy in a range of restaurants, or check out the local distillery and brewery for a refreshment.

Walk with Wildlife Tour with Wildlife Wonders

Immerse yourself in the wilds of the Otways at Wildlife Wonders, just 5km outside of Apollo Bay. Enjoy a 75-minute guided walk through the magical Otways bushland, where you'll discover lush tree-fern gullies, eucalypt woodlands and spectacular ocean vistas. Your conservationist guide will share with you the secrets of the bush and the plants and animals who call the Otways home.
All the profits from Wildlife Wonders go directly to the Conservation Ecology Centre, working to conserve the unique Australian plants and animals across the Otways.

Your accommodation: Comfort Inn The International

The Comfort Inn The International is centrally located in the charming seaside town of Apollo Bay. A popular stop along the Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay is home to the historic Cape Otway Lighthouse and a range of natural sights, including the dramatic Great Ocean Road.
Meals included: Breakfast

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 161 kms / 100 miles : 2.4 hours

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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour - Day 5
Apollo Bay to Port Fairy

The first part of your drive today will take you to the iconic Twelve Apostles, perhaps the most famous landmark on the Great Ocean Road, and stopping here is a must. You can park at the carpark and follow the paved path to the lookout, or to take some time and stretch your legs take the path down Gibson's steps to the beach. Descending down these 86 stairs carved into the cliff face, reaching the beach you are treated to a closeup view of these incredible rock formations. 3 minutes further along what is known as the Shipwreck Coast, you will find the stop-off point for Loch Ard Gorge, a glistening inlet of striking blue water surrounded by sheer sandstone cliffs. Beyond the town of Port Campbell, stop at the London Bridge and The Grotto for more stunning sights and photo opportunities.
Explore the coastal city of Warrnambool where you might be lucky enough to spot southern right whales calve off Logan Beach if you are travelling between May and October. From here, it's a 30-minute drive to your destination of Port Fairy.

Twelve Apostles Viewpoint

One of the most iconic attractions on the Great Ocean Road is the 12 Apostles. These limestone pillars rise out of the Southern Ocean and were formed millions of years ago when they broke away from the nearby cliffs to become caves. The wind and waves then did their part to carve them into the pillars you see today.

Port Fairy

The last destination on Victoria's famed Shipwreck Coast, Port Fairy is home to wide streets lined with nineteenth-century cottages, old stone churches, and great Norfolk pines. Here, you can have the opportunity to see native animals in the wild - from southern right whales, seals and dolphins to wallabies, kangaroos and emus. Tower Hill, Victoria's first ever National Park, is the ideal place to get up close and personal with some of these native animals. Enjoy a relaxing swim at the local beaches or catch a wave at The Passage point break, before relaxing over dinner and a drink at any of the numerous bars and restaurants in town.

Your accommodation: Ashmont Motor Inn and Apartments

Port Fairy is a historic seaside fishing village set on the Moyne River, located on the Princes Highway at the western end of the Great Ocean Road. On one side you will find what is known as the rugged shipwreck coastline and on the other, the picturesque East Beach which has the added bonus of being patrolled by lifesavers over summer.
Meals included: Breakfast

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 184 kms / 114 miles : 2.5 hours

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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour - Day 6
Port Fairy to Robe

Today, head along the coast to Portland. If you see a yellow flag outside the Visitor Information Centre, then it means that a whale has been spotted! Try your luck from one of the local vantage spots - in winter this can be either out on the breakwater or from the clifftop overlooking the bay, and in summer the best place is the Cape Nelson Lighthouse.
A popular side trip from Portland is to the Cape Bridgewater Blowholes and the Petrified Forest.
Continue through the town of Nelson, before crossing state lines into South Australia. Mount Gambier is the second-largest city in South Australia and has been built onto the slopes of a long-extinct volcano. Stop at the city's famous Blue Lake and the Umpherston Sinkhole to marvel its sunken terrace gardens.
From here it is another 1 hour 30 minutes to your final destination for the day, Robe.

Cape Bridgewater Blowholes and the Petrified Forest

Cape Bridgewater is a popular detour for drivers on the Great Ocean Road. This stop rewards visitors with walking options to a seal colony, petrified forest and blowholes.

Petrified Forest
At just 10 minutes from the car park, this sandy track is the shortest walk on offer. The petrified forest was formed when the forest of Moonah trees was smothered by a large sand dune. Water seeping through the sand formed a crust of sandstone on the outside of the trunks, decaying the organic matter, leaving behind petrified trunks.

Blowholes
Beyond the forest lies a series of exciting blowholes which are rock tunnels that have been etched out of the volcanic rock by the waves. During rough seas, they spout spray high into the air. Old Aboriginal middens can also be seen along the cliff tops.

Seal Walk
Starting from the Bridgewater Bay Kiosk, this is a 2 hour (5km) return journey. The trail south from the kiosk offers striking views across Cape Bridgewater, once a volcanic island that is now joined to the mainland by calcified sand dunes. The viewing platform at the end of the trail looks out over rock platforms and on to a colony of about 650 Australian fur seals.

Robe

A charming town on the Limestone Coast of South Australia just 90 minutes from Mt Gambier, Robe is a bustling and chic summer hotspot. Start your day off with a coffee at a local cafe, soak up the sun on the beautiful white sand beaches or go four wheel driving through sand dunes. Foodies can enjoy local cellar doors, locally crafted beers and experience fresh caught seafood.

Your accommodation: Discovery Park Robe

Soak in the seaside scenery of the beautiful white sandy beach of Robe. Wake up to the relaxing sound of the waves crashing on shore! Each cabin is self contained with all the facilities you need to explore the beautiful coastal town.
Meals included: Breakfast

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 293 kms / 182 miles : 3.2 hours

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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour - Day 7
Robe to Victor Harbor

Your first stop out of Robe should be at the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse in Kingston SE. Built in 1872, it was originally located out at sea and it housed two families with enough storage to keep several weeks of supplies. The lighthouse was decommissioned, brought to land and converted into a museum in 1976.
Cross the Murray River and your next stop should be in Strathalbyn. The town has beautiful heritage buildings in the historic main streets and if you like historic vehicles, you can stop in at Gilbert's Motor Museum.
Next stop is Goolwa, a small town that was once a thriving river port for paddle steamers bringing cargo from upriver. There's lots of history here including the famous Cockle Train, which runs to Port Elliot from Goolwa’s wharf precinct alongside the River Murray, on the oldest steel railway in Australia dating back to 1887. It takes in spectacular coastal scenery with perfect views of the Southern Ocean.
From here it's just a short drive to your destination, Victor Harbor. This historic coastal town has been a favourite with holiday makers and local fishermen for generations. No visit to Victor Harbor is complete without hopping on the iconic horse-drawn tram to journey across the causeway and explore Granite Island.

Murray Mouth Cruise with Spirit of the Coorong

Cruise downstream from the Port of Goolwa and alongside the historic wharf towards the barrage which separates Lake Alexandrina from the waterways of the Coorong. Spot some lazy fur-seals after traveling through the lock chamber, and explore the last few kilometres of the 2,500km long Murray River before it spills into the Southern Ocean.
On this tour you will experience beautiful scenery, bird-life and seals, all the while listening to expert commentary on this 90-minute Spirit of the Coorong cruise.

Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor is a bustling coastal town at the bottom of the Fleurieu Peninsula, a popular holiday destination for South Australians and visitors alike. Adjacent the town waterfront is Granite Island, a 62-hectare conservation area that is home to an abundance of wildlife. The island is known for its Little Blue Penguin colony which you can see on a guided tour at dusk as they return from a day of fishing out at sea. Granite Island is accessible by a 630-metre causeway which hosts a historic horse-drawn tramway that has been in use since 1894, and still operates daily. Victor Harbor is also a great area for spotting southern right whales from the land between May and October. Their unique affinity for coastal inshore waters means they can often be spotted as close as 100m off the shore, providing a great view of their 18-metre, rotund bodies.
Victor Harbor is also home to the Steamway Heritage Railway, Australia's oldest steel railway, which you can cruise along on board the Cockle Train. The 30-minute journey takes you to the nearby town of Goolwa, gateway to the Coorong and the Murray River Mouth - where the mighty river meets the Southern Ocean.
If you're looking for a low-key end to your day in Victor Harbor, take a picnic blanket and some fish and chips to the lookout at The Bluff to watch the sunset and the vibrant stars appear.

Your accommodation: McCracken Country Club

Enjoy looking out over the spectacular championship 18-hole golf course. Spend your time relaxing at the onsite bar and restaurant or out by the heated spa and swimming pool.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 347 kms / 216 miles : 3.8 hours

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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour - Day 8
Victor Harbor to Cape Jervis

Embarking on a short 45 minute journey out of Victor Harbor you will travel through Encounter Bay and past the edges of the Fraser national trust before reaching Willow Creek, a winery haven. Passing through Parawa, allows time to perhaps take a short 10 minute detour to the Ingalalla falls, a short walk along an upstream creek will provide you with dotted picnic areas along the trail, before journeying on.
Up next is Delamere a tiny hamlet, the town was originally named 'Glenburn', make sure to stop for lunch or grab a photo at the authentic colourful mural art wall painted by the locals, located just by the general store. A short drive more and you will reach your destination of the day Cape Jervis, the main departure point for ferries crossing over to Kangaroo Island.

Cape Jarvis to Penneshaw (Kangaroo Island) on the Sealink Ferry

SeaLink Kangaroo Island’s ferry service operates between Cape Jervis (two hours south of Adelaide) and Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. The journey takes just 45 minutes for the 16km crossing.

Penneshaw to Kingscote

Setting out on a 45 minute drive you will head west on Middle terrace out of Penneshaw towards your destination Kingscote, the largest town on Kangaroo Island. Following along the coast you'll pass through Baudin Beach and Brown Beach before reaching Pelican Lagoon a protected seawater aquatic reserve. If you wish you can make a slight detour from Haines to Nepean Bay, here you will find the Kangala Kangaroo and wildlife rescue centre.
Your final destination is Kingscote the largest town on the Island.

Kingscote

The largest town on Kangaroo Island, Kingscote is situated on the coast of Nepean Bay, on the northeast corner of the island, and boasts an extensive collection of restaurants, cafes, shopping, heritage sites, and wildlife. On the north end of town is the historical Hope Cottage Folk Museum; built in the 1850s, it is now one of the oldest homes on the island. Other notable heritage sites in Kingscote include The Bluff Cottage, Barrett’s Store, and the Old Government Quarry.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant arts scene of local sculpture, jewellery, paintings, glasswork, and woodcraft art at the Kangaroo Island Art Gallery in the centre of Kingscote as well as the many smaller galleries. There’s no shortage of great restaurant options, and local brews and spirits can be found at the Kangaroo Island Brewery and Kangaroo Island Spirits.
For wildlife and nature enthusiasts, head to the Busby Islet Conservation Park, a 17-hectare nature reserve just north of Kingscote at the mouth of Nepean Bay. The park is home to numerous bird species, such as Australian Pelicans, and Sooty Oystercatchers, and is also home to a colony of the smallest penguins in the world, the little penguin. Avid beachgoers should be sure to pay a visit to Emu Bay to indulge in the white sand and crystal-clear waters.

Your accommodation: Aurora Ozone Kingscote Hotel

The hotel is located in Kingscote on Kangaroo Island, it offers a choice of rooms, suites and apartments, overlooking the Ocean. Perfect for families, couples and groups.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 120 kms / 75 miles : 1.5 hours

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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour - Day 9
One Day Kangaroo Island Experience Tour

Explore the highlights of Australia's most loved natural wonderland and tourism destination. Begin your day as you are picked up from your island accommodation and taken to meet the tour coach. Your first stop is at Seal Bay, where you will get to see the local Australian sea lion colony lazing about on their stunning beach. From here you will head to Vivonne Bay Bistro for a delicious 2-course lunch. From here you will head west to spend the afternoon exploring Flinders Chase National Park. Ravaged by bushfires in the summer of 2019-20, the park has sprung back to life with flourishing vegetation, birdsong, and happy kangaroos and koalas. See the rugged coastlines and don't forget to take your photo opportunities at famous sights such as Admirals Arch and the Remarkable Rocks. Finally, finish your day feeding and petting the natives at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, before returning back to your accommodation.

Your accommodation: Aurora Ozone Kingscote Hotel

The hotel is located in Kingscote on Kangaroo Island, it offers a choice of rooms, suites and apartments, overlooking the Ocean. Perfect for families, couples and groups.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour - Day 10
Kingscote to Penneshaw

Leaving Kingscote you will embark on a 60km drive to your destination Penneshaw. Following the Playford Highway then turning left onto Hog Bay, will take you to Mt Thisby lookout, we recommend you take the short 500 step hike up to the top of Prospect Hill where you will be rewarded with amazing views of Kangaroo Island. After a little longer you will reach your destination of Penneshaw.

Penneshaw (Kangaroo Island) to Cape Jarvis on the Sealink Ferry

SeaLink Kangaroo Island’s ferry service operates between Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island and Cape Jervis (two hours south of Adelaide). The journey takes just 45 minutes for the 16km crossing.

Cape Jervis

Cape Jervis, or in Kaurna language, Parawa, is a small community at the western tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula which has become the gateway to Kangaroo Island. Ferries to and from the island operate from here across the Backstairs Passage to Penneshaw, a 45-minute journey to the island paradise. A popular fishing spot for locals, there are several operators that provide fishing charters and cruises along the rugged coastline which forms part of the Encounter Marine Park, encompassing the coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula and the east coast of Kangaroo Island. The nearby beaches showcase pristine sands and sparkling shallow rock pools perfect for kicking back and relaxing with an afternoon dip, or marvelling at the stunning lighthouse.

Historically, the nearby Fishery Beach to the south was the former site of the Cape Jervis Whale Fishery, and is now a State Heritage Site dedicated to a coastal revegetation program that reestablishes habitat for the beautiful Red-tailed Glossy Black Cockatoo.

If you have time to explore a little further, Deep Creek Conservation Park is just a 20-minute drive south-east and offers stunning coastal walks, picnic areas and wildlife that are often happy to spend time in your company. The secluded Blowhole Beach, in particular, has a beautiful vista over the Encounter Marine Park to the eastern point of Kangaroo Island and is well worth the hike down (and back up!).

Cape Jervis to Adelaide

Travel along the coastline of the St Vincent Gulf to the iconic McLaren Vale wine region. Here, you can visit galleries and taste wine at some of the 45 cellar doors, including Yangarra, d’Arenberg, and Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard. McLaren Vale is also a haven for foodies.
From here, it’s an easy 45-minute drive to central Adelaide. Wander the cultural boulevard of North Terrace – home to the South Australian Museum and Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Explore Adelaide

Adelaide is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to acclaimed museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia, displaying expansive collections of Indigenous art, and the South Australian Museum, devoted to natural history. The world renowned Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale wine regions are within driving distance, along with stunning beaches, national parks and riverland, making Adelaide an ideal base to experience South Australia's beauty.

Return your vehicle to Adelaide city depot

Drop your vehicle at the Adelaide city depot as stipulated in your itinerary.

Your accommodation: Mayfair Hotel

The magnificent Mayfair Hotel provides a luxury accommodation and facilities, right in the heart of Adelaide. It is located at the corner of King William and Hindley Streets in the heritage-listed, beautifully renovated Colonial Mutual Life building. It is within walking distance to Adelaide's Riverbank Entertainment Precinct.
Meals included: Breakfast

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 163 kms / 101 miles : 2.2 hours

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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour - Day 11
Explore Adelaide

With a growing small-bar scene, world-class art and music, and a festival calendar to rival that of any other Australian city, Adelaide is a destination worth discovering. Take time to explore its vibrant laneways, visit the iconic Adelaide Central Market, and go shopping in Rundle Mall. Slow things down and relax at the Botanic Gardens, jump on the iconic Popeye Cruise along the River Torrens, or take the tram out to Glenelg to explore the popular metropolitan beach, dine in one of the many foreshore restaurants, or even enjoy the beach cabanas in summer months.
Adelaide is also lucky enough to be surrounded by some of Australia's most famous wine regions, and a stop into one of the wineries or the National Wine Centre is highly recommended. A 30-minute drive east into the hills will take you to Hahndorf, the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia, home to incredible food, strawberry fields and streets lined with artisan stores. On the way to Hahndorf, stop in at the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens and the Mt Lofty Summit for a coffee with a view. You may wish to return via Belair and stop at the iconic Windy Point Lookout on your way for even more phenomenal views over the city and beyond, especially at sunset.

Sightseeing River Cruise with Popeye River Cruises

Enjoy a delightful sightseeing cruise down the River Torrens on a stunning heritage boat. Boarding at Elder Park, you will float down the beautiful river in best seat in the house. The Popeye cruises through the heart of the city and passes by famed attractions like the Festival Centre, the Entertainment Centre and the SAHMRI. Admire the ever-changing landscapes that line the waterways as you listen to live commentary by a local guide about the history of the area. Soak up the relaxing atmosphere of this picturesque city.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Adelaide Central Market Delicious Lunch Tour

This tour uncovers the famous 150-year-old fresh produce market. Taste a delicious selection of foods from South Australian artisan food producers, meet the suppliers, Stallholders and producers whose families have traded the market for generations. This small-group tour is hosted by local guides and is serious fun for those with a passion for great food, and the people who grow and supply it to our tables.
After the tour, settle in for a delicious Market cafe lunch and watch the world go by, or if you are too full after the tour tastings, the guide can arrange a gourmet Italian panini picnic lunch to take away.

Your accommodation: Mayfair Hotel

The magnificent Mayfair Hotel provides a luxury accommodation and facilities, right in the heart of Adelaide. It is located at the corner of King William and Hindley Streets in the heritage-listed, beautifully renovated Colonial Mutual Life building. It is within walking distance to Adelaide's Riverbank Entertainment Precinct.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour - Day 12
Uncork the Barossa with Small Batch Wine Tours - Lunch Included

Uncork the historic Barossa, discovering boutique wineries that are big on character. With a flexible tour itinerary and a very small group of up to six guests, you'll avoid the crowds and taste the premium wines the region has become so well-known for. See, taste, smell and learn the difference between wine varieties like Shiraz and Grenache, or different styles of Riesling. Learn about the importance of winemaking techniques like oak aging or minimal intervention. Discover the history of the Barossa visiting world renowned wine destinations, and enjoy a stellar lunch at Harvest Kitchen, all part of one of the most sought after wine tours in Australia. No matter your level of expertise, your professionally trained wine guide will be sure to create a unique and intimate experience.

Your accommodation: Mayfair Hotel

The magnificent Mayfair Hotel provides a luxury accommodation and facilities, right in the heart of Adelaide. It is located at the corner of King William and Hindley Streets in the heritage-listed, beautifully renovated Colonial Mutual Life building. It is within walking distance to Adelaide's Riverbank Entertainment Precinct.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour - Day 13
The Ghan Gold Service - Adelaide to Alice Springs

This legendary train evokes a frontier spirit, a romantic connection to the land, and travelling on it creates a moving and unforgettable life experience. The Ghan celebrates outback adventure, with its legend stemming from the 1930s when the first Afghan cameleers arrived in Australia. On that momentous journey, the train was dubbed ‘The Afghan Express’ and then shortened to the legend it is today, ‘The Ghan’.
Today you can become part of this celebrated history, following in the tracks of those pioneers as you journey through Australia’s red heart. Regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan delivers so much more than an extended train ride. It promises access to parts of Australia no other holiday can come close to – the perfect balance of comfort and adventure culminating in an experience that will move you in every sense of the word.

The Ghan Northbound Day 1

Departing Adelaide this afternoon, begin your journey through rugged and breathtaking vistas of the South Australian desert. Enjoy lunch in the dining carriage, and as the cityscape gives way to rolling farmland, you'll witness some of the oldest rock formations in the world, the Flinders Ranges, come into view. Sit back and relax as the landscapes morph and the colours change as darkness falls. Indulge in a three course dinner of regionally inspired produce and, of course, fine local wines before retiring for the evening in your cabin.

Your accommodation: The Ghan Gold Class

Step into a world of romance that epitomises rail travel. Gold Class cabins are the perfect place to relax and recharge after a day of off-train experiences. Head for the lounge or dining cabin for your all-inclusive dining service and all the comforts of home.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 1534 kms / 952 miles : 16.0 hours

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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour - Day 14
The Ghan Northbound Day 2

Early this morning you will step off the train at Marla in outback South Australia to witness the beautiful sunrise with a hot drink in hand. Spend 45 minutes here soaking up the scenery before boarding the train to indulge in brunch. Cross the border into the Northern Territory and make your way through the MacDonnell Ranges (Tjoritja), stretching an impressive 161 kilometres to the west of Alice Springs. This ancient setting has been sculpted over time by the elements, a significant landscape that has been walked by its Traditional owners, the Arrernte people, for 20,000 years. Sit back and admire this spiritual centre of Australia as you approach your destination of Alice Springs to alight the train.
You will arrive at Alice Springs Train Station at 13:45.

Private Transfer Alice Springs Train Station to Accommodation with Emu Run

You will be collected from the Alice Springs Train Station on arrival and driven to your accommodation.

Alice Springs

Alice Springs is the perfect base to start Australian outback exploration. It is the biggest town in the Red Centre and closest to Uluru. The Traditional Owners of the Alice Springs area and surrounding MacDonnel Ranges are The Arrernte people. They lived in the area for about 30,000 years. The town got its name after Alice, Lady Todd, wife of the telegraph pioneer Sir Charles Todd. Alice Springs is famous for its unique cultural experience, incredible natural environment and wildlife. You should visit Art Gallery Hopping, Alice Springs Telegraph Station, experience camel rides, or take a hot air balloon flight with magnificent views of the Red Centre. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Alice Springs Astronomy Tour with Earth Sanctuary

With thousands of visible stars, Outback Australia offers some of the best views of our home galaxy in the world. Earth Sanctuary is located in one of the darkest regions on the planet so our celestial objects are naturally brighter and clearer to the naked eye. Learn celestial navigation, also known as astronavigation. This is an ancient and modern practice of finding direction using the stars. Discover planets and constellations, and the Ecliptic - a great circle around our sky, formed by the intersection of Earth's orbital plane with the imaginary celestial sphere surrounding us.

Your accommodation: Discovery Park Alice Springs

Located minutes from the CBD, a convenient for exploring the NT outback and being immersed in the Aboriginal culture Alice Springs has to offer. With a wide range of accommodation styles there is something for everyone.
Meals included: Breakfast

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 455 kms / 282 miles : 4.7 hours

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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour - Day 15
Alice Springs to Ayers Rock Transfer

Enjoy the desert scenery and listen to comprehensive commentary from your expert guide as you leave Alice Springs and journey through the vast outback towards Uluru. Learn the natural and geological history of the region, as well as the unique Australian desert flora and fauna, and hear about the traditional customs and beliefs of the local Aboriginals. Pass the wonderful MacDonnel Ranges, view flat-topped Atilla, before exploring the breathtaking World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

More than just a photo opportunity, this national park holds the wisdom of ancient lands and their custodians - a living cultural landscape where the earth and its people exist as one. It is, of course, home to the awe-inspiring rock formation, Uluru. This natural feature is famous for the way the light plays on it during spectacular sunrises and sunsets and can be viewed from specially created viewing areas depending on the time of day you visit. If exploring geological marvels is a highlight for you, the domes of Kata Tjuta are just as spectacular as Uluru. The Anangu, the traditional owners of this land, believe that the physical landscapes of Uluru-Kata Tjuta were shaped by ancestral beings who still exist here today. At the entrance of the park you will find the Cultural Centre, a free-form structure built entirely from locally-made mud bricks. Here you can learn about the Anangu, their culture and the area's natural environment. You can also marvel at traditional and contemporary art at the park's galleries, or check out the stunning art installation that overlooks the park, the Field of Light, after dark.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks Pass

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks Pass allows entry to explore these universally recognised natural wonders. You will be required to show your Uluru-Kata Tjuta Parks Pass at the park entry gates before entering Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Please have your pass ready to be scanned prior to arriving at this location.

A Night at Field of Light with Voyages Indigenous Tourism

This exclusive dining experience combines the award-winning ‘Sounds of Silence’ dinner under the outback sky with the once-in-a-lifetime Field of Light art installation.
With magnificent views of Uluru at sunset, a three-course bush tucker menu, premium selection of Australian wines and beers, fascinating star talk and a self-guided walk through the Field of Light art installation, your ‘A Night at Field of Light’ experience is complete.

Your accommodation: Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel

Offering the only rooms with views of Uluru in Ayers Rock Resort, 4.5 star Desert Gardens Hotel offers elegant guestrooms within an oasis of native gardens.

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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour - Day 16
Uluru Sunrise and Kata Tjuta Morning Tour with AAT Kings

Watch the sun rise and the rock come to life in brilliant shades of red and orange with this incredible Uluru Sunrise and Kata Tjuta Morning Tour. Rise early to arrive at Talinguru Nyakunytaku, the Uluru sunrise viewing area, where you will be provided with a spectacular natural phenomenon, a must-see experience when visiting the Red Centre. Afterwards, drive 45km through the desert to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) as your guide provides a historical overview of the National Park. Step out of the coach and be led into a different world as you explore the sheer walls of Walpa Gorge and be introduced to a rare plant species and lush evergreen scrub.

Sunset Camel Experience

Travel for one hour on friendly camels in the spectacular desert landscape. Bringing you closer to nature, the skilled cameleers share stories of the Territory.
Enjoy stunning views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta as you watch the colour change while the sun sets from atop a sand dune. Return to the farm at twilight to relax and enjoy Australian beer, wine, champagne and outback bush foods including their famous freshly baked beer bread damper.

Bush Food Experience - suggestion

Learn about Australian and local bush tucker and how for many centuries local Indigenous groups would hunt, gather and prepare these bush foods. This will be followed by a fun cooking demonstration utilising a flavoursome Indigenous ingredient that you can try at home.

Didgeridoo Workshop - suggestion

Listen to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo. Yidaki, the traditional Aboriginal term for the didgeridoo, was discovered in East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. During this workshop, guests are invited to try and play the didgeridoo.

Your accommodation: Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel

Offering the only rooms with views of Uluru in Ayers Rock Resort, 4.5 star Desert Gardens Hotel offers elegant guestrooms within an oasis of native gardens.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour - Day 17
SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Own Arrangements Domestic Flight - Yulara (Ayers Rock Airport) to Sydney

This cost for this flight is additional to your tour, we can book this flight for you.

Sydney

Sydney is Australia's largest city and the vibrant capital of New South Wales. The city was founded in 1788 with the arrival of the first fleet of convicts and soldiers, although the area has been inhabited by indigenous Australian ancestors who came to Australia between 15,000 and 45,000 years ago. Today, Sydney is a major international capital of culture and business, and also a key tourist destination recognised across the globe. Most famed for the unique Sydney Opera House, the city is also known for its beautiful surrounding beaches and as a gateway to popular sightseeing regions such as the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise with Cruise Sydney

Step aboard a modern 78ft cruiser to begin your stunning Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise. Designed with luxury and superb comfort in mind and with plenty of room on board, expansive main, upper, and sun decks offer 360-degree views of all the harbour’s iconic attractions as you sail past. The Sydney Harbour is photogenic at any time, but sunset is particularly special, and once the sun goes down, the gleaming cityscape comes alive in glittering lights. This dinner cruise allows you the opportunity to experience the harbour from both beautiful perspectives.
This dinner experience is a long, lavish affair, with generous meals showcasing locally sourced and regionally influenced delicacies, paired with an expansive collection of beers, wine, soft drinks, tea, or coffee.

Your accommodation: Vibe Hotel Darling Harbour

Zen is a state of mind, and you’ll find yours at Vibe Hotel Sydney Darling Harbour. This property offers guests a new side to Sydney, one that celebrates an eclectic blend of hole-in-the-wall restaurants and world-class sites in close proximity.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour - Day 18
Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer 1 Day Pass

When in Sydney travel like the locals do, on the harbour highway. The best harbour destinations have been combined into one easy to follow ferry timetable. This pass gives you the flexibility to hop-on and hop-off as you like, with the expert local guidance of our onboard crew.

Sydney & The Rocks Historic Walking Tour with The Rocks Walking Tours

There is no better way to get up close and personal with the living history and heritage of Sydney than on foot with Sydney’s most experienced tour guides on a 90-minute leisurely walk around Sydney’s historic Rocks district. Hear the story of Sydney from the beginning as you stroll along the shoreline of sparkling Sydney Harbour with views of the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, past Campbell’s Cove, and Cadman’s Cottage. Wander down hidden alleyways, into shady courtyards, and along cobbled lanes. Discover the nooks and crannies and get up close and personal with the living history and heritage of Australia’s first British settlement.
Be amazed by stories of the First Fleet 1788, Nurses Walk, the Rum Rebellion 1808, Suez Canal, the Argyle Cut 1840, the plague 1900, the Sydney Harbour Bridge 1920s, the diabolical 1970s plan to demolish The Rocks, and the green bans that saved it. And of course, hear of the characters and rogues who called it home. Today, The Rocks is renowned for having the oldest streets in Sydney which are dotted with beautifully restored nineteenth-century buildings.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Sydney Opera House Tour

Step inside an iconic landmark. The Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks and this is your chance to truly get up-close. Run your hands over the world-famous shell tiles, take a seat in the elegant custom-made white birch timber chairs and marvel at the vaulted ceilings. Visit areas off-limits to the public and capture photographs from rare vantage points. Watch unforgettable moments from past Concert Hall performances, learning about the history and future of this world-famous hall in an immersive digital experience. Experience the future within a  purpose-built venue that boasts heritage-inspired interiors, and state-of-the-art technology, including 270-degree visuals and surround sound.
From the jaw-dropping sweep of the sails to our soaring cathedral interiors, it is impossible to complete a tour of the Sydney Opera House without being compelled to look up.

Sydney Living Museums - suggested activity

Created in 1980 as part of the protection, care and maintenance of the historic sights throughout Sydney and New South Wales, the Sydney Living Museums allow an insight into Colonial Sydney and how modern Australia began back in 1788 and continued well into the early 1800s. It consists of 14 different locations from central Sydney to locations West, South and North of the city centre. These sites range from heritage-listed residences to gardens that have now been used as museums. Have some spare time on your hands for a day or half-day, most of these iconic locations are all within a stone’s throw of Circular Quay.
Entrance fees for each of these attractions vary and can be paid directly upon entry.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney - suggestion

Located on the lands of the Cadigal Peoples, the Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney are Australia's oldest scientific institution and one of the oldest botanic gardens in the Southern Hemisphere. Located just a short walk from Circular Quay and Hyde Park, the garden looks out over Sydney Harbour and has thousands of plant specimens. Wildlife in the garden includes colourful birds, fruit bats and water dragons. The Calyx is a world-class horticultural space, with changing exhibitions designed to capture your imagination.

Your accommodation: Vibe Hotel Darling Harbour

Zen is a state of mind, and you’ll find yours at Vibe Hotel Sydney Darling Harbour. This property offers guests a new side to Sydney, one that celebrates an eclectic blend of hole-in-the-wall restaurants and world-class sites in close proximity.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Ultimate Australian Rail and Road Tour - Day 19
Farewell from Sydney

Your tour comes to an end today, but if you are itching to explore more amazing sights, we can customise your holiday to include more days or additional destinations. Our trusted travel specialists can book transfers to your onward flight, and even assist in booking these flights for you. Our team can't wait to help you design your ultimate getaway!

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