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Enjoy the rail vacation if a lifetime aboard two of the world's most iconic trains: The Indian Pacific and The Ghan. This 14-day adventure takes you from the bright lights and beautiful harbour of Sydney to the cosmopolitan city of Adelaide, and the wonder that is Kangaroo Island. From there travel through the Red Centre of Australia onboard The Ghan – the longest train in the world, to the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory, Darwin.

Highlights

  • See Sydney’s golden beaches and world-famous harbour
  • Discover the lively city of Adelaide’s top attractions
  • Enjoy a Day Excursion to Kangaroo Island
  • Enjoy exploring the tropical capital city of Darwin with its rich history with your hop on hop off pass today

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • 1-night aboard The Indian Pacific Train in Gold Class from Sydney to Adelaide
  • 2 nights aboard The Ghan Train in Gold Class from Adelaide to Darwin
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Sydney
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Adelaide
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Darwin
  • Sydney Explorer Pass including
    • Priority entry to Taronga Zoo
    • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Sydney and Bondi
    • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
    • The Sydney Tower Eye with 4D cinema experiences, and much more!
  • Sightseeing tour of the Blue Mountains
  • Group Tour of Broken Hill
  • Kangaroo Island Day Trip from Adelaide
  • Outback Experience in Marla
  • Katherina Outback Experience (April to October only)
  • Hop-on-Hop-off pass in Darwin
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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

Daily Itinerary:

DAY 1 - SYDNEY
Welcome to one of the world’s most beautiful and exciting cities! Visitors are spoilt for a range of experiences and attractions to enjoy. A bustling city centre, amazing architecture, golden beaches, beautiful weather, and a world-famous harbour are just a few reasons to travel here. (Overnight in Sydney) B

DAY 2 - SYDNEY
Use your included Sydney Explorer Pass to discover the city’s most popular attractions and landmarks, including the Tarango Zoo, Sydney Opera House, the beautifully mysterious Blue Mountains, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Bondi coastal walking tour, and much more! (Overnight in Sydney) B

DAY 3 - SYDNEY
Continue exploring on your own today. Check out delicious cuisine at up and coming restaurants, do some shopping on Pitt Street, learn about Aboriginal culture and history, join locals for a barbecue, or check out the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art for free. See the Rocks neighbourhood, Chinatown, the Gap in Watsons Bay, Darling Harbour, and world-famous Bondi Beach. (Overnight in Sydney) B

DAY 4 - SYDNEY/THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
Experience a full-day, all-inclusive tour of the magical, mysterious Blue Mountains. Aside from incredible views of the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley from secluded lookouts, you also have the opportunity to visit Featherdale Wildlife Park and take the Scenic Skyway, Cableway, Walkway, and Railway at Scenic World. Enjoy a chef-prepared lunch and conclude your tour with a relaxing, scenic cruise to Sydney Harbour along the Parramatta River. (Overnight in Sydney) B

DAY 5 – THE INDIAN PACIFIC
Depart Sydney in the afternoon and settle into the comfort of your Gold Class Cabin.  Enjoy some great views of the Blue Mountains as the sun comes down, then perhaps enjoy meeting your fellow travellers over a glass of wine in the bar car, and at dinner. (Overnight Onboard) B

DAY 6 – ADELAIDE
In the morning enjoy a tour of Broken Hill, and old frontier mining town which has established itself as an artistic hub. After lunch back onboard the train you’ll arrive into Adelaide and make your way to your hotel for a 3-night stay.  (Overnight Adelaide) B

DAY 7 - ADELAIDE
Adelaide is a city featuring an enjoyable Mediterranean climate, miles of beautiful coastline, green parks, a vibrant arts and music scene, delicious cuisine, and some of the world’s best wine.  Eexplore on your own by checking out Central Market, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Oval, or the Adelaide Zoo, then perhaps stroll through the Adelaide Botanic Gardens or grab a picnic and hit one of the beaches. (Overnight in Adelaide) B

DAY 8 - KANGAROO ISLAND
This morning embark on a full day tour of Kangaroo Island. Between December and March this is via a return cruise, but all other month's passengers cruise to the island but fly back at the end of the day.  Enjoy the pristine beaches and wildlife such as sea lions, koalas and diverse bird species via a walking tour, and a two-course lunch in gorgeous Vivonne Bay before returning to Adelaide (Overnight in Adelaide) B

DAY 9 - THE GHAN
Make your way to Parklands Station and climb about the world famous Ghan train, named in honour of the Afghan Camel Drivers who in the 18th Century helped to create access to the Red Centre of Australia.  The track is one of the longest rail lines in the world at 2,979km in length and along the way you could catch a glimpse of Camels and wild Kangaroos.  The onboard service in Gold Class is fantastic, with some of the best food and wine available on any public train in the world.  (Overnight Onboard) B/L/D

DAY 10 - THE GHAN
Hop off the train this morning for breakfast in the outback town of Marla, then continue north to Alice Springs.  This remote yet well-known town is halfway between Adelaide and Darwin, and here you’ll enjoy a fascinating tour discovering its history and well-preserved vintage buildings. (Overnight Onboard) B/L/D

DAY 11- THE GHAN
Between April and October passengers enjoy a fantastic show of Outback life and music at the Katherine Outback Experience.  For the remainder of the day enjoy the vast open red landscape of Australia's remote Northern Territories from the comfort of your Gold Class cabin and the comfortable lounge bar prior to arriving into Darwin.  Head to your hotel and check in for a three-night stay then head out for some dinner. (Overnight Darwin) B/L

DAY 12 - DARWIN
Get your bearings in Australia’s only tropical capital city along the Timor Sea in the Northern Territory. You’ll be welcomed by innovative museums showcasing the region’s Indigenous art, street-side bars and restaurants, and Mindil Beach’s night markets. Not to mention, the world-renowned national parks of Kakadu and Litchfield are only a few hours outside the city, and the Tiwi Islands are a boat-ride away. (Overnight in Darwin) B

DAY 13- DARWIN
After breakfast take a 1.5-hour safari cruise of the Mary River wetlands with a local guide. You’ll discover a natural wonderland that is home to an abundance of flora and fauna, native birds, and crocodiles. Later, explore the city on your own and prepare for tomorrow’s train journey onboard The Ghan. (Overnight in Darwin) B

DAY 14 - END OF TOUR
Check out of your hotel and continue with your onward travels. B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

DISCLAIMER:

Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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