3 Cities and 3 Trains (departing Brisbane)

For rail holiday enthusiasts, this 11 night/12 day holiday includes journeys on the Overland and Indian Pacific. Travel from Brisbane to explore Melbourne and then on to historic Adelaide, and finishing in Sydney. You’ll enjoy tours in all capital cities as well as day tours to the Barossa and McLaren Vale wine regions, and a Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise.

Departs Tuesday

Itinerary

This morning fly to Melbourne and make your way to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore at your leisure.

Overnight: Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill or similar, 3 nights

This morning you will join a guided city walking tour and learn about Melbourne’s famous laneways and arcades. Explore the historic Royal and Block Arcades, and walk past the vibrant cafes and bars of Degraves Street and Flinders Lane, plus see the popular street art in Hosier Lane. Then board your comfortable coach for a tour past iconic landmarks such as the Queen Victoria Markets, St Paul’s Cathedral, Flinders Street Station and the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Today is a free day to explore the sights of Melbourne. There are many day tours to choose from and a trip to Phillip Island to see the evening Penguin Parade is a popular way to spend the day. A journey down the picturesque Great Ocean Road to the famous Twelve Apostles is a fabulous way to see the spectacular coastline of Victoria. Alternatively, jump on a tram and head to St Kilda, the beautiful seaside suburb famous for its palm-lined boardwalk, fabulous old buildings, great restaurants, bars and cafes.

Board the Overland and settle into your Premium Service seat for the journey to Adelaide. Enjoy the changing landscape from your window while you are treated to top service by the crew. You'll arrive into Adelaide relaxed and refreshed late afternoon.

Overnight: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel or similar, 4 nights

Today travel into South Australia’s premium wine region, the Barossa. Taste some premium wines and enjoy morning tea at Pindarie. Then it’s on to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, where you will hear all about Maggie’s story, and get to sample her entire product range. At Lambert Estate you’ll enjoy a structured tasting, and feast upon a gourmet two course lunch, before finishing the day at Barossa Valley Chocolate Company, where you will pair their wine with some of their chocolate.

Today is a free day to explore the city of Adelaide. Discover Adelaide's cultural boulevard, North Terrace, and visit the Adelaide Museum or Art Gallery. Or take the tram down to Glenelg, one of Adelaide's most popular seaside suburbs, and wander through the shops on Jetty Road, and enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants on the Marina.This evening there are a range of popular restaurants for dinner along Rundle Street, just a short walk from your hotel. Choose from a classic pub meal, to Thai, Indian or Italian cuisines.

Today discover some of the best food and wine McLaren Vale has to offer, including a guided tour and tastings, plus lunch at the spectacular d’Arenberg Cube. You will enjoy a tour and tastings at Wirra Wirra, and an option of either wine, gin or beer tastings at Beresford Wines. Then to finish your day, there will be free time to explore the galleries and shops in the main street.

This morning make your way to the Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal to board the Indian Pacific. Settle into your Gold Service cabin, and enjoy the meals, beverages and facilities available to you as you start your return rail leg to Sydney. On the way you’ll stop at Broken Hill where you can choose from a selection of off train experiences, including the magnificent Drag Queens performing at the Palace Hotel, made famous in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Or if local art is more your thing, you may like to visit Broken Hill's Regional Art Gallery, or see the much loved "Big Picture", housed in the Silver City Mint and Art Centre.

Overnight: Indian Pacific

On your last day you may like to enjoy an off train excursion as the train pulls into the Blue Mountains. Visit the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains, where you can take the scenic Prince Henry Cliff Walk, the perfect location to see the spectacular Jamison Valley and iconic Three Sisters. Enjoy a light lunch at The Lookout Restaurant before continuing your rail journey to Central Station in Sydney. Alternatively you may prefer to travel straight through to Sydney by continuing the journey on the Indian Pacific. On arrival make your way to your accommodation.

Overnight: Rendezvous Sydney Central or similar, 3 nights

This evening enjoy Sydney Harbour’s signature dinner cruise aboard the MV Sydney 2000. Feast on a 3 course contemporary Australian a la carte menu, with the lights of Sydney as your spectacular backdrop. Live music and dancing will keep you entertained as you cruise for 3.5 hours around the spectacular Harbour.

Today travel around Sydney Harbour using your Hop On Hop Off Explorer pass. Departing from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour, you can visit such places as Taronga Zoo, Manly, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Shark Island or Barangaroo. Entry fees to some of these locations is an additional cost.

Today choose to either take the XPT on the daylight service home to Brisbane, or perhaps you may prefer to fly straight home. Both options are available to finish your wonderful rail holiday.

Inclusions

  • Air travel, Brisbane to Melbourne
  • 3 nights accommodation in Melbourne at Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill or similar
  • Half day Melbourne Laneways, Arcades & City tour
  • Red Premium Seat on the Overland, Melbourne to Adelaide
  • 4 nights accommodation in Adelaide at the Majestic Roof Garden or similar
  • Full day Barossa Food & Wine Experience
  • Full day McLaren Vale & The Cube Experience
  • Gold Service on the Indian Pacific, Adelaide to Sydney, including all meals, beverages and off train excursions in Broken Hill and the Blue Mountains
  • 3 nights accommodation in Sydney at the Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central or similar
  • Sydney Harbour Brilliant Dinner Cruise
  • Hop On Hop Off Explorer Pass
  • First Class Seat on the XPT, or air travel, Sydney to Brisbane
  • Meals as stated – 2 x breakfast (B) / 5 x lunch (L) / 2 x dinner (D)

Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, correct at time of printing and valid from 01 April 2021 - 31 March 2022. Single Supplement is an additional $1010pp. All components are subject to availability and may change at any time. A non-refundable deposit of $1000pp is required when booking and the balance is due 70 days prior to departure. Any amendments will incur an additional cost, and strict cancellation fees apply – travel insurance is highly recommended for an additional cost.

Departs Tuesday

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