Across Australia by Train
From Sydney to Perth, see highlights of the Australian continent, featuring famous cities, wildlife in unspoiled nature parks, and a trip aboard the Indian Pacific train.
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From Sydney, Australia's largest and most famous city, to Perth, Western Australia's capital city, this tour through Australia is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. 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.
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 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.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail travel on the Indian Pacific (2 nights on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 11 nights
- Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 dinners including a farewell dinner in Perth
- Sydney sightseeing with Sydney Harbour cruise
- Walking tour of Melbourne
- Excursion to Kangaroo Island
- City sightseeing including visit to Fremantle
Day 1 - Arrive in Sydney
Welcome to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 3 pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing and a special dinner at a waterfront restaurant. (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 to Melbourne
Fly to Melbourne, where you’ll explore the city’s famous lanes and arcades on a 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. 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)
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 - Melborne to 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 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 neighborhood of Glenelg, or enjoy Adelaide’s vibrant restaurant scene. (B)
Day 8 - 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 Conversation 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 & the 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. Dinner is served at the National Wine Center before boarding one of the few truly transcontinental trains in the world, the Indian Pacific. (B, D)
Day 10 - Aboard the Indian Pacific
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 dinner under the stars awaits you at Rawlinna, the remote and beautiful outpost that borders a sheep station of 2.5 million acres. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - Arrive in 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 - 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 - Depart Perth
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Indian Pacific Train
The Indian Pacific train takes you across Australia and is considered one of the world's longest and greatest train journeys. Experience this fascinating train journey in the comfort of Gold Service, featuring private overnight sleeper cabins, a separate restaurant car, and access to the gold Lounge, the perfect place to gather with friends to enjoy a drink as you marvel at the spectacular Australian Landscape.
The Grace Hotel, Sydney; Novotel Melbourne on Collins, Melbourne; Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, Adelaide; Novotel Perth Langley, Perth.
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