Capital Connection (departing Melbourne)

Discover Canberra, Sydney and Adelaide on this great rail holiday incorporating the Southern Xplorer, Indian Pacific and Overland. Enjoy free time in Canberra, a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour, and visit Kangaroo Island and the Barossa from Adelaide.


  • First Class Seat on the XPT, Melbourne to Canberra (via Cootamundra)
  • 3 nights accommodation in Canberra at Novotel Canberra or similar
  • First Class Seat on the Southern Xplorer, Canberra to Sydney
  • 3 nights accommodation in Sydney at Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central or similar
  • Hop On Hop Off Explorer Pass
  • Sydney Harbour Captain's Dinner Cruise
  • 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 the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel or similar, including buffet breakfast daily
  • Full day Kangaroo Island Experience
  • Full day Barossa Food & Wine Experience
  • Red Premium Seat on the Overland, Adelaide to Melbourne*
  • Meals as stated – 5 x breakfast (B) / 4 x lunch (L) / 2 x dinner (D)
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Day 1 - Melbourne to Canberra

This morning board the XPT train at Southern Cross Station and travel first class, arriving into Cootamundra after lunch. Here you will get the Queanbeyan Coach Service for the last leg of your capital cities journey. Arrive into Canberra Civic late this afternoon, and make your way to your accommodation.

Overnight: Novotel Canberra or similar, 3 nights

Day 2 - 3 - Free days in Canberra

The next two days are at leisure in Canberra. Visit the National Museum of Australia, located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, or take a guided tour through the many exhibitions to learn about the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people. Head to the Australian War Memorial for an insightful experience and make sure to stay for the moving Last Post Ceremony at the end of the day where you will hear the story behind one of the names on the Roll of Honour.

Take a guided tour of Parliament House and see Australia’s democracy in action, or visit the National Gallery of Australia and see the art and world class exhibitions on show, including ‘Blue Poles” by Jackson Pollock and the Ned Kelly series by Sidney Nolan.

Day 4 - Canberra to Sydney

Mid morning, make your way to Canberra Station at Kingston to board the Southern Xplorer for your rail journey to Sydney. Settle into your first class seat, and watch the scenery change as you travel through the picturesque Highlands region. Arrive into Sydney late this afternoon and make your way to your accommodation.

Overnight: Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central or similar, 3 nights

Day 5 - Hop on Hop off Explorer

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.

Day 6 - Sydney Harbour Captain’s Dinner Cruise (D)

This evening enjoy Sydney Harbour’s signature dinner cruise aboard the MV Sydney 2000. With guaranteed window seating, 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 stunning Harbour.

Day 7 - Sydney to Adelaide (D)

This afternoon make your way to Central Station to board the iconic Indian Pacific. Settle into your Gold Service cabin and enjoy the meals, beverages and facilities available to you. There's plenty of time to relax and get to know other passengers on this comfortable overnight trip to the festival city of Adelaide.

Overnight: Indian Pacific

Day 8 - Arrive Adelaide (B, L)

This morning enjoy an off train excursion in Broken Hill. Visit the famous gallery of artist Pro Hart’s and learn how he created his masterpieces and see a wide selection of his signature paintings. Alternatively you can head over 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 day, return to your cabin on the Indian Pacific and continue your journey from Broken Hill to Adelaide. On arrival make your own way to your accommodation.

Overnight: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel or similar, 4 nights

Day 9 - Kangaroo Island Experience (B, L)

Spend the day exploring South Australia’s natural wilderness playground, Kangaroo Island. Depart early this morning on your coach to Cape Jervis where you'll board the ferry. On arrival into Penneshaw you will meet your friendly guide and begin your tour of this breathtakingly beautiful island. Enjoy the unique experience of a guided tour amongst wild Australian sea lions, and see them swim, play and rest at Seal Bay Conservation Park.

You'll enjoy a delicious two course lunch, and then visit the Flinders Chase National Park, home to the iconic Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Don’t forget your camera to get some fantastic photos of these natural rock formations, and the playful Long-nosed Fur Seals that use the Arch as their safe haven. Return to Adelaide by ferry and coach, arriving late this evening.

Day 10 - Free day in Adelaide (B)

Today is a free day in Adelaide to explore at leisure. Join a guided tour of Adelaide Oval and learn about the history of this famous stadium. See the stadium from above on one of the very popular Roof Climb tours that gives you outstanding views of the city and surrounds, right down to the beach suburbs. Alternatively, take a tour down to the coastal town of Victor Harbor, and discover why this beachside location is so loved by the locals.

See where the ocean meets the Murray River at Goolwa, and enjoy morning tea in the picturesque Adelaide hills town of Strathalbyn. On your return to Adelaide there is a short stopover in McLaren Vale, where you can enjoy tasting some premium local wine, visit a gallery or sample and purchase chocolates from Menz’s factory shop. (Both options can be pre-booked - just ask your consultant for details.)

Day 11 - Barossa Food & Wine Experience (B, L)

Today you'll travel into South Australia’s premium wine region, The Barossa. Taste some award-winning wines and enjoy morning tea at Pindarie Winery. Then it’s on to the much loved Australian cook 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.

Day 12 - Adelaide to Melbourne (B)

This morning depart Adelaide on the comfortable Overland, and travel in Red Premium Service to multicultural Melbourne. Early evening you will arrive at Southern Cross Station having completed your memorable rail adventure.

*NOTE: Should The Overland cease to operate, a flight will be included between Melbourne and Adelaide.

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