2018 Across Australia by Train | 14 days from Sydney to Perth
American breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 4 dinners including a farewell dinner in Perth
You'll spend three nights each in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth; two nights in Adelaide; and two nights aboard the Indian Pacific train traveling across Australia.
A highlight of this Australia tour is your train journey from Adelaide to Perth in Gold Service on the legendary Indian Pacific, one of the world's few truly transcontinental trains. On the world’s longest straight stretch of railway track, sit back, relax, and marvel at the changing landscapes as you travel through the Nullarbor Plain, offering a glimpse into Australia's remote region. Enjoy dinner under the stars at a remote and beautiful outpost that borders a “small” sheep station of 2.5 million acres—a special experience Globus had included to make sure your Australia vacation is unique.
Other highlights of this Australia tour include an excursion to Kangaroo Island to see Australian sea lions, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, and New Zealand fur seals in one of the world's last unspoiled habitats. In Adelaide, wander among kangaroos, wallabies, emus, and water birds at Cleland Wildlife Park. Explore Melbourne on a walking tour through the city's famous lanes and arcades—another unique experience Globus includes—and cruise on Sydney Harbour.
This Australia tour also includes free time in each city, so you can explore on your own. Just be sure to bring your camera to capture all the memories you’re sure to create.
Sydney ~ Sightseeing; visit the Opera House, botanic gardens, and Bondi Beach; Sydney Harbour cruise
Melbourne ~ Globus Local Favorite Walking tour of Melbourne’s lanes and arcades; sightseeing including Fitzroy Gardens; Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunch
Adelaide ~ Sightseeing; Globus Local Favorite tasting at Haigh’s Chocolates; excursion to Kangaroo Island; visit to Cleland Wildlife Park; dinner at the National Wine Center
Hahndorf ~ Globus Local Favorite Wine tasting at a local vineyard
Adelaide - Perth ~ Travel in Gold Service on the legendary Indian Pacific Train; Globus Local Favorite dinner under stars at Rawlinna
Perth ~ City sightseeing including visit to Fremantle; farewell dinner
Transportation: Travel on the iconic Indian Pacific train
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Welcome to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 4 pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing and dinner at your hotel. (D)
DAY 2 SYDNEY
Enjoy sightseeing in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. First stop, a guided tour of the interior and theaters of the world-famous SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, travel to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the City’s BOTANIC GARDENS for great photo opportunities and sweeping views of the harbor. Visit one of Sydney’s famous beaches, BONDI BEACH, where there is time for lunch, souvenir shopping, or a stroll on the white sands. Return to Sydney Harbour and enjoy a CRUISE to see the sites and skyline of this incredible city. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, dining, and shopping. (B)
DAY 3 SYDNEY
A full free day to explore Sydney. You may wish to climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge for unrivaled views, spend the day in the Hunter Valley sampling some of Australia’s best wines, or take the ferry to nearby Manly Beach for a day of sun and fun. (B)
DAY 4 SYDNEY–MELBOURNE
Fly to Melbourne, where you’ll explore the city’s famous lanes and arcades on a Globus Local Favorite WALKING TOUR. See trendy boutiques and cafés, unique street art, and architecture while hearing historic tales of Melbourne along the way. Evening is at leisure in this cosmopolitan city. (B)
DAY 5 MELBOURNE
This morning, sightseeing includes the city’s landmarks of Parliament House, beautiful FITZROY GARDENS, Queen Victoria Market, and more. Enjoy lunch onboard the COLONIAL TRAMCAR RESTAURANT, where you’ll travel the streets of Melbourne on a resorted tramcar while enjoying fine dining. It’s sure to be a highlight of your vacation. The remainder of the day is free to explore more on your own. You may wish to travel to Phillip Island Nature Park to see the nightly Penguin Parade, where you can experience the magic of the little penguins returning home at sunset to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia. (B, L)
DAY 6 MELBOURNE
More time for independent exploration today. Your Tour Director suggests shopping at Melbourne Central, an excursion to explore the spectacular Great Ocean Road and the “Twelve Apostles,” or perhaps a visit to Phillip Island Nature Park to see the nightly Penguin Parade, where you can experience the magic of the little penguins returning home at sunset to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia. (B)
DAY 7 MELBOURNE–ADELAIDE
This morning, fly to Adelaide, known for its mild Mediterranean climate. A city tour includes St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Adelaide Oval, North Adelaide, and the city’s Central Market—a thriving hub for food and culture for over 148 years. Next, enjoy a Globus Local Favorite tasting at HAIGH’S CHOCOLATES which has been making chocolates in Adelaide since 1915. With the remainder of the day at leisure, you may wish to explore the Art Gallery of South Australia, stroll the streets of the beachside neighbourhood of Glenelg, or enjoy Adelaide’s vibrant restaurant scene. (B)
DAY 8 ADELAIDE. EXCURSION TO KANGAROO ISLAND
Early this morning, depart Adelaide and travel by motorcoach and ferry to KANGAROO ISLAND, one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats. See a colony of rare Australian sea lions and enjoy a walk on the beach with a national park ranger at SEAL BAY CONSERVATION PARK. Visit FLINDERS CHASE NATIONAL PARK to see REMARKABLE ROCKS, large granite boulders formed over 500 million years of rain, wind, and pounding waves. Also, visit ADMIRAL ARCH to see a colony of New Zealand fur seals playing in the waves below. Keep your eyes out and cameras ready for Australia’s native animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas that call the island home. Return to Adelaide late this evening. (B, L)
DAY 9 ADELAIDE. EXCURSION TO HAHNDORF. BOARD INDIAN PACIFIC TRAIN
Visit CLELAND WILDLIFE PARK, where you can wander amongst some of Australia’s famous animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, emus, echidna, and various water birds. There is also the chance to see the famous Tasmanian devil, dingoes, wombats, and koalas. Next, visit the charming village of Hahndorf, where you’ll learn the history of Australia’s oldest German settlement. Enjoy a visit to a Globus Local Favorite local WINERY for a tasting. Dinner is served at the NATIONAL WINE CENTER before boarding one of the few truly transcontinental trains in the world, the INDIAN PACIFIC.
NOTE: Plan to pack an overnight bag with necessities for the train portion of this tour, including medications, eyeglasses, and other important items. Your other baggage will be checked and you will not be able to access it until arrival in Perth. (B, D)
DAY 10 INDIAN PACIFIC TRAIN
Awaken to the spectacular expanse of the Nullarbor Plain before enjoying a leisurely breakfast. Relax onboard today as you marvel at the ever-changing landscape passing by your window. A special Globus Local Favorite DINNER UNDER THE STARS awaits you at Rawlinna, the remote and beautiful outpost that borders a sheep station of 2.5 million acres.
NOTE: Dinner Under the Stars is weather-dependent. (B, L, D)
DAY 11 INDIAN PACIFIC TRAIN–PERTH
Continue across the remote yet beautiful region of Australia. Onboard you may wish to relax in the lounge car and share stories with fellow travelers, snap a few shots from the large picture windows, or just relax with a glass of Australian wine. Glide through the Avon Hills before arriving in Perth mid-afternoon. Transfer to your hotel for a 3-night stay. (B, L)
DAY 12 PERTH. EXCURSION TO FREMANTLE
This morning, explore Perth on a sightseeing tour. Learn more about this isolated capital city of Western Australia and see some of the city’s famous sites such as Kings Park Botanic Gardens, the iconic Swan Bell Tower, and the Perth Mint. Next, it’s on to the historic port of Fremantle with its marinas, charming heritage buildings, and many shops and restaurants. The remainder of the day is yours to explore. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for shopping, dining, and additional sightseeing. (B)
DAY 13 PERTH
A full day to explore Perth. You may wish to visit one of Perth’s many beaches, see the extensive collection of Aboriginal art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, or enjoy an optional trip to Rottnest Island, home to over 60 beaches, historic buildings, and the friendly quokka—a marsupial only found in Western Australia. This evening, join your Tour Director and fellow traveling companions for a festive farewell dinner, the perfect ending to your trip across Australia! (B, D)
DAY 14 PERTH
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)