Adelaide Rail Escape (departing Melbourne)
Take a 6 day/5 night escape from Melbourne, and experience the magic of the Indian Pacific with a rail holiday to Adelaide. Visit the famous Barossa wine region, and spend a day exploring the stunning landscapes of Kangaroo Island, internationally celebrated for its pristine wilderness and wildlife.
- Air travel, Melbourne to Sydney
- Gold Service on the Indian Pacific, Sydney to Adelaide, including all meals, beverages and an off train excursion in Broken Hill
- 4 nights accommodation in Adelaide at Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide
- Half day Adelaide City Highlights tour
- Full day Barossa Food & Wine Experience
- Full day Kangaroo Island Experience
- Air travel, Adelaide to Melbourne
- Meals as stated – 1 x breakfast (B) / 3 x lunch (L) / 1 x dinner (D)
Day 1 - Melbourne to Sydney to Adelaide (D)
This morning fly to Sydney and make your way to Central Station to board the Indian Pacific. Settle into your comfortable Gold Service cabin, and enjoy the meals, beverages and facilities available to you.
Overnight: Indian Pacific
Day 2 - Arrive Adelaide (B, L)
This morning you may like to enjoy an off train excursion in Broken Hill. Visit renowned artist Pro Hart’s gallery, learn how he created his masterpieces and see a wide selection of his signature paintings. Or head to the Miner’s Memorial, a unique structure that sits high above Broken Hill offering amazing views of the township. At the end of your tour, return to the Indian Pacific and continue your journey to Adelaide.
Overnight: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide, 4 nights
Travel to the South Australia’s famous Barossa region for a food and wine culinary journey.
Day 3 - Barossa Food and Wine Experience (L)
Sample some of the Barossa's finest wines and gourmet food that makes this wine region so special. Along with premium wine tastings and a gourmet two-course lunch, you will also visit the farm shop of Australia's much loved cook, Maggie Beer. You'll get to sample some of her range of celebrated food products, before heading off to the final stop of the day at the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company where you will taste homemade chocolates paired with wine.
Day 4 - Adelaide City Highlights
This morning you will head off on a half day Adelaide City Highlights tour. Drive along Adelaide’s elegant cultural boulevard, North Terrace, home to the Art Gallery, Museum, University and National Wine Centre. Stop at the iconic St Peter's Cathedral and Adelaide Oval, and enjoy a tour and chocolate tasting at Haigh’s Chocolates Factory (except on Sundays and South Australian public holidays, where a visit to the National Wine Centre is included as an alternative). Haigh's has been operating since 1915 and is famous for their premium chocolate making.
Or if you don’t want to miss the opportunity to see the beautiful villages in the Adelaide Hills, upgrade to the full day tour with expert commentary by a local guide. As well as seeing the main attractions of Adelaide, you will also get to experience the amazing views of Adelaide from Mt Lofty Lookout, stop off at the Beerenberg Farm Shop for some famous strawberries, jams, chutneys and sauces before you wander the cafés, craft shops and of course the famous German pubs in Hahndorf for beer tastings and afternoon tea.
Day 5 - Adelaide to Kangaroo Island (L)
Today you will spend the day immersing yourself in the pristine wilderness and nature of Kangaroo Island, where you will experience the island’s most popular attractions. Highlights include a:
- walk amongst a wild seal lion colony at Seal Bay
- delicious two course lunch
- visit Flinders Chase National Park and its iconic Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.
It is a full day of touring, but to see this many sights in one day is definitely worth it!
Day 6 - Adelaide to Melbourne
Today depart Adelaide at a time suitable to you, or you may like to extend your stay and explore Australia’s largest and iconic river, the Murray River.