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Great Southern - Southern Discovery

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Australians know there’s nothing in the world quite like summer in Australia, and it is yours to explore on the Great Southern. As each day unfolds on this very special itinerary, you’ll be captivated by Adelaide, uncover the unique culture of Canberra, the spellbinding beauty of the New South Wales coast and Brisbane, all while enjoying the creature comforts and romance of rail.
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Highlights

2 nights aboard The Great Southern 

Enjoy a beachside morning at Coffs Harbour

Grand Brisbane tour

Northern Barossa Valley Voyager tour

The Great Southern returns for its second season from 4 December 2020 to 28 January 2021, journeying between Adelaide and Brisbane showcasing spectacular scenery and an unrivalled experience both on and off the train. With a new route travelling through South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, the Great Southern promises a summer of adventure.

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Included

3 nights in Adelaide at Mayfair Hotel - 5*
2 nights aboard The Great Southern - Adelaide to Brisbane
3 nights in Brisbane at Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane - 4*
8 meals - 2 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
Northern Barossa Valley Voyager tour
Grand Brisbane tour
GOLD SERVICE INCLUSIONS ON THE GREAT SOUTHERN:
Off Train Excursions in Canberra and Coffs Harbour
- Comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite
- Upper & lower berths that convert to a 3-seater lounge
- Power outlets in cabin
- In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary
- All-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant
- All-inclusive Off Train Excursions and Short Stops
- Luggage allowance is 60kg per guest
- All-inclusive alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages

Adelaide to Brisbane

Itinerary

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Day 1
Adelaide

Welcome to Adelaide. After checking in to your accommodation in the heart of the CBD, there are plenty of opportunities to delve into the city's food, wine, art and shopping, and get to know the laid-back capital.

Overnight stay in Adelaide at Mayfair Hotel

Adelaide
Adelaide CBD
Day 2
Adelaide → Barossa Valley → Adelaide

The Barossa may only be an hour by car from Adelaide, but its lush vineyards and gently rolling hillsides feel a world away. Famed for its wines, this historic region is home to more than 80 cellar doors, including one of the oldest in the world. Guided by vignerons, you’ll explore up to 4 cellar doors and enjoy a sumptuous 2-course lunch on this expertly-crafted all day tour.

Overnight stay in Adelaide at Mayfair Hotel.

Lunch
Adelaide → Barossa Valley → Adelaide
Barossa Valley
Day 3
Adelaide

Today is yours to explore Adelaide and its surrounds at your leisure. The elegant capitals wine culture is matched with a buzzing food scene – go hunting for its many laneway bars and restaurants, or perhaps explore its cultural side along the beautiful North Terrace.

Overnight stay in Adelaide at Mayfair Hotel.

Adelaide
Adelaide
Day 4
Great Southern: Adelaide

Today it’s time to board the Great Southern. Unwind and familiarise yourself with your cabin as the journey begins before savouring a long lunch on board.

Leaving Adelaide behind, now’s your time to relax completely into the timeless elegance of rail travel. Let the ancient Southern Flinders Ranges roll by your window and enjoy views to the birdwatchers’ paradise of the Menindee Lakes – home to an incredible 236 bird species – as the sun sits heavy in the sky.

Overnight stay aboard The Great Southern.

All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages

Lunch, Dinner
Great Southern: Adelaide
The Great Southern | Credit: Journey Beyond
Day 5
Great Southern: Canberra

After a restful night on board, today you’ll discover why Australia’s capital is more than just politics. While the jewel in Canberra’s crown is undoubtedly Parliament House, this compact city is also home to landmarks such as the National Portrait Gallery, Australian War Memorial and the National Museum, and today there are plenty of opportunities to delve into Canberra’s art, history and culinary culture.

Overnight stay aboard The Great Southern.

All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Great Southern: Canberra
Canberra
Day 6
Great Southern: Brisbane

Feel the sand between your toes as you relax by the coast. Return to the train for more pampering as your rail journey continues to its destination of Brisbane.

Overnight stay in Brisbane at Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane.

All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages whilst onboard the train.

Breakfast, Lunch
Great Southern: Brisbane
Brisbane
Day 7
Brisbane

If you’ve never been to Brisbane before, today’s tour is a perfect introduction to the best of the city, or if you have, it will show you a new side of a familiar place. An all day tour designed to highlight the diversity of the burgeoning capital, you’ll cruise the Brisbane River, explore bustling South Bank, take in the sweeping views at Mt Coot-tha Lookout, and a tour of the XXXX Brewery with tastings.

Overnight stay in Brisbane at Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

Brisbane
Brisbane River
Day 8
Brisbane

After getting to know the sultry subtropical capital, delve even deeper with a day spent exploring at your leisure.

Overnight stay in Brisbane at Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

Brisbane
Brisbane City
Day 9
Brisbane

After checking out of your Brisbane accommodation, your memorable adventure comes to a end. 

Additional information

Official language
English
Currency
Australian Dollars (AUD)
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8 nights
from AUD3,099
per person, twin share
Australia
Adelaide
Brisbane
Rail
Rail Packages
December 2020 - January 2021

Hotel options

Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane
Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

Brisbane 
Step inside this beautifully restored apartment hotel to be struck by the elegant blend of unique heritage architecture, mixed with a stylish contemporary feel. With a choice of spacious yet modern rooms, or generous apartments, you will feel like you’ve walked through your own front door. With fully equipped kitchen, separate living areas, laundry, free WiFi and a 24-hour reception offer you the conveniences of home. Outside of your apartment, the hotel offers several relaxed communal spaces, including the delightful guest library.

Mayfair Hotel Adelaide
Mayfair Hotel Adelaide

Adelaide
Found at the intersection of King William and Hindley Streets. The boutique hotel boasts an unmatched location, adjacent to Rundle Mall and a short walk to Adelaide’s Riverbank and entertainment precincts.The Mayfair preserves magnificent heritage and provides a platform to showcase the very best of South Australian hospitality. The boutique hotel boasts an unmatched location, adjacent to Rundle Mall and a short walk to Adelaide’s Riverbank and entertainment precincts.

Optional Extras

Upgrade to Platinum service aboard The Great Southern.

Features of Platinum:

  • Spacious double or twin cabin almost twice the size of a Gold Service twin cabin
  • Outback experiences
  • Panoramic windows offering views from both sides of the train
  • Access to the exclusive Platinum Club for dining and socialising
  • Freshly prepared continental breakfast served upon request in-cabin
  • Refreshments served in cabin
  • Australian Appelles Apothecary toiletries
  • Haigh’s chocolates & Bollinger champagne
  • Nightcap at turndown
  • 90kg checked in luggage (60kg in Gold Service)
  • Private transfers at the start/end of your journey (within 60km)

Important notes

  • Advertised “from price” is based on ‘ADVANCE PURCHASE’ Rail Journey Fares and must be paid in full at time of booking. Pricing varies on each departure and is subject to availability. Please enquire with our team for exact pricing, upgrade options and departure dates.

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