Southern Wonders Rail Adventure (departing Sydney)
Take a trip on the iconic XPT, Overland and Indian Pacific trains and visit Melbourne and Adelaide on this all inclusive 12 day/11 night rail holiday. You’ll visit the most popular attractions in Melbourne and Adelaide and discover the wonders of the Murray River where you will enjoy a 3 night cruise aboard the PS Murray Princess.
- First Class Seat on the XPT, Sydney to Melbourne
- 3 nights accommodation in Melbourne at Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill or similar
- Half day Magnificent Melbourne tour
- Red Premium Seat on the Overland, Melbourne to Adelaide*
- 4 nights accommodation in Adelaide at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide or similar
- Half day Adelaide City Highlights tour
- Full day Barossa Food & Wine Experience
- 3 night Discovery Cruise aboard PS Murray Princess in an Outside Cabin
- Gold Service on the Indian Pacific, Adelaide to Sydney, including all meals, beverages and off train excursions in Broken Hill and the Blue Mountains
- Meals as stated – 4 x breakfast (B) / 5 x lunch (L) / 4 x dinner (D)
Day 1 - Sydney to Melbourne
This morning depart Sydney on the XPT, and travel first class to Melbourne. There's ample time to relax, chat with your fellow passengers and watch the changing landscape glide passed your window - you might even spot some kangaroos! In the early evening you will arrive at Southern Cross Station and make your way to your hotel.
Overnight: Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill or similar, 3 nights
Day 2 - Magnificent Melbourne
This morning you will be collected from your accommodation for your city tour of Melbourne. Join a guided walking tour and learn about Melbourne’s famous laneways and arcades. Highlights on this tour include:
- exploring the Royal Arcade and Block Arcade featuring classic mosaic tile flooring.
- a walk through Degraves Street and Flinders Lane filled with vibrant cafés and bars, and the infamous Hosier Lane, best known for its colourful and impressive street art.
- a visit to the impressive landmarks of the Queen Victoria Markets, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Flinders Street Station.
See popular street art and travel past iconic landmarks, as you hear about the history of Melbourne, considered to be one of the most liveable cities in the world.
Day 3 - Free day in Melbourne
Today is a free day to continue exploring the sights of Melbourne at your own pace. Perhaps jump on a tram and head out to the beach at St Kilda, take a stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens, visit a cafe and sip some of the world's best coffee, or visit one of the many museums and galleries dotted around the city.
Day 4 - Melbourne to Adelaide
Depart Melbourne on The Overland and travel to Adelaide, arriving late this afternoon.
Overnight: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide or similar, 3 nights
Day 5 - Adelaide City Highlights
This morning you will be collected from your hotel for 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.
Day 6 - Barossa Food & Wine Experience (L)
Today travel into South Australia’s premium wine region, The Barossa. Taste award-winning wines and enjoy morning tea at Pindarie Wine Estate. Then it’s on to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, where you will hear all about Maggie’s story of becoming an Australian food icon and gourmet food producer. You'll get to sample a range of food delights and can make a purchase from her extensive 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 7 - Board the Murray Princess (D)
This morning is free for your to enjoy at your leisure. After lunch (at your own cost), you will be transferred from your hotel to Mannum to board the southern hemisphere’s largest inland paddlewheeler, the PS Murray Princess. Settle into your outside cabin, and enjoy a delicious dinner as you cruise to the overnight mooring point at Mundurra.
Overnight: PS Murray Princess for 3 nights
Day 8 - River Murray (B, L, D)
After a delicious breakfast, the PS Murray Princess will dock at historic Murray Bridge. You will have the option to take a guided walk through the old historic Roundhouse built in 1873 and a distinct hexagonal building in Murray Bridge. Alternatively you can go on a wildlife tour to Monarto Zoo, one of the largest open-range zoos in the world (optional extra). Return to the Murray Princess in time for a hearty lunch, and continue your journey upriver. After dinner, be entertained by the talented and musical crew.
Day 9 - River Murray (B, L, D)
All ashore for a guided nature walk, to learn the secrets of the local Murray River flora and fauna. Travelling in small, personalised groups, we explore the maze of the river and the birdlife of the Murray River on the ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat-bottomed boat. Watch for darters, herons and egrets feeding along the river’s muddy edges. This evening join the Captain and Officers for a fun-filled farewell dinner and dance.
Day 10 - Mannum to Adelaide (B)
Cruise back to Mannum, and after breakfast you will be transferred to your accommodation in Adelaide. The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure - a great opportunity to re-visit one of the Adelaide city highlights or discover something completely new! Take a walk along the stunning Torrens River, do some shopping in Rundle Mall, or get in touch with nature and cuddle a Koala at the Cleland Conservation Park.
Overnight: Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide Hotel, or similar
Day 11 - Adelaide to Sydney (L, D)
This morning make your way to the Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal to board the stylish Indian Pacific. Settle into your Gold Service cabin, and enjoy the meals, beverages and facilities available. In Broken Hill you can join an evening off-train excursion before dinner. Choose from a selection of 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
Day 12 - Arrive Sydney (B, L)
This morning you may like to enjoy an off-train excursion in 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. A light lunch at The Lookout Restaurant is included, before continuing your rail journey to Sydney. Alternatively you may prefer to travel straight through to Sydney by continuing the journey on the Indian Pacific.