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Great Southern - Sun, Surf and Sand

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Australia’s beaches are the stuff of legend, and the rail journey from Brisbane to Adelaide connects you with magnificent coastal landscapes and Off Train Excursions along the way. From the vibrant atmosphere and surf breaks of Surfers Paradise, to the laid-back luxe of Byron Bay, this itinerary takes you through the heart of the Australian beach-lover’s paradise by car and rail, with plenty of opportunity to get sand between your toes.
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Highlights

3 nights aboard The Great Southern

5 days car hire 

Enjoy a special beachside dining experience

Explore Cape Byron lighthouse and Crystal Castle

Unique experiences in Silverton or Broken Hill

Day tour in  the Hunter Valley or Port Stephens

The Great Southern returns for its second season from 4 December 2020 to 28 January 2021, journeying between Brisbane and Adelaide 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

2 nights in Brisbane at Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane - 4*
3 nights in Surfers Paradise at Vibe Hotel Gold Coast - 4*
3 nights aboard The Great Southern - Brisbane to Adelaide
5 days car hire (compact size)
9 meals - 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
Day tour of Byron Bay and Crystal Castle
Off Train Experience in Coffs Harbour
Off Train Experience in the Hunter Valley or Port Stephens
Off Train Experience in outback New South Wales
GOLD SERVICE INCLUSIONS ON THE GREAT SOUTHERN:
- 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

Brisbane to Adelaide

Itinerary

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Day 1
Brisbane

Pick up your hire car in Brisbane to begin your beach-loving adventure. Today is yours to get to know this sultry subtropical capital at your own pace. 

Overnight stay at Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

Brisbane
Brisbane
Day 2
Brisbane → Surfers Paradise

Legendary waves are just the start at Surfers Paradise. Make your way to this renowned Gold Coast location with an hour-long drive from Brisbane. Once there, you'll discover that Surfers is more than just legendary waves and that golden beach. Its restaurants and shopping attract visitors from around the world. 

Overnight stay at Vibe Hotel Gold Coast

Brisbane → Surfers Paradise
Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise
Day 3
Surfers Paradise → Byron Bay → Surfers Paradise

Today you'll cross the border into New South Wales by coach on a guided all day tour, passing through sugar cane country and coastal rainforest to beautiful Byron Bay. Fringed by lush green hinterland, the town is a magical combination of stunning natural assets and a creative, laid-back local population. You'll explore Cape Byron Lighthouse, built in 1901 - the lookout is the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. Head to exquisite Byron Bay Hinterland, home to the much-loved Crystal Castle. 

Overnight stay at Vibe Hotel Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise → Byron Bay → Surfers Paradise
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Day 4
Surfers Paradise

Located in the heart of South East Queensland, Surfers Paradise is the perfect getaway to explore the best of what the beautiful region has to offer, and today is your chance to get behind the wheel and take it in at your own pace. Drive to the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast or beyond  -  the choice is yours. 

Overnight stay at Vibe Hotel Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise
Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise
Day 5
Surfers Paradise → Brisbane

Take in any last-minute sights at Surfers Paradise today, then it's time to start the self-drive back to Brisbane where you'll return your car hire.

Overnight stay at Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

Surfers Paradise → Brisbane
Surfers Paradise
Day 6
Great Southern: Brisbane

Time to begin the next chapter of your adventure aboard the Great Southern.

As you depart Brisbane, settle into your cabin and enjoy the fabulous food, wine, service and social atmosphere of this exceptional journey. The northern New South Wales coast stretches across 90 kilometres of incredible sandy beaches and some of the best surfing breaks in the world. Watch as the sun dips below the horizon as you enjoy dinner to the sound of waves lapping on the shore. 

Overnight stay aboard Great Southern.

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

Lunch, Dinner
Great Southern: Brisbane
The Great Southern | Credit: Journey Beyond
Day 7
Great Southern: Brisbane → Hunter Valley OR Port Stephens

Today you have the choice of 1 of the 3 day tours:

  • Hunter Valley Wine Region: Meander through the picturesque and historic vineyards of the Hunter Valley, where you can sample wines from both world-renowned brands and boutique cellar doors. Your day will include cellar door experiences a sumptuous lunch (low intensity). 

OR

  • Port Stephens by Land: Experience the impressive Stockton Bight Sand Dunes and beach by 4wd van, stopping to hunt for pipis and driving to the top of a sand dune to take in the incredible views. Afterwards enjoy a relaxed lunch before heading back to the train in the afternoon (low intensity). 

OR

  • Port Stephens by Sea: Enjoy the stunning views of Port Stephens with a relaxed morning of sailing on the water and the chance to spot dolphins along the way. Afterwards enjoy a relaxed lunch before heading back to the train in the afternoon (low intensity). 

Overnight stay aboard Great Southern.

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

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Great Southern: Brisbane → Hunter Valley OR Port Stephens
Great Southern in the Hunter Valley |Credit: Journey Beyond
Day 8
Great Southern: Port Stephens → Silverton OR Broken Hill

After enjoying breakfast and lunch on board, enjoy an afternoon of unique touring experiences in the outback New South Wales towns of Silverton or Broken Hill.

You have the choice of 1 of the 3 day tours:

  • Silverton Explorer: Take time to explore the museum, quirky galleries and Mad Max Museum while wandering around the tiny, uniquely Outback town that is Silverton before enjoying a cool drink in the iconic Silverton Hotel (low to medium intensity). 

OR

  • Historic Day Dream Mine: Don a miner's helmet and enjoy both a surface and underground mine. While this tour is not for the faint-hearted, the adventure is worth the effort exploring 120m underground and getting a true insight into a miner's life from yesteryear. Enjoy afternoon tea of scones with a cuppa before heading back to the train (med-high intensity). 

OR

  • The Hart of Broken Hill: Venture up to the Line of Lode Miner's Memorial to pay respects to the miners before heading to the home of Pro Hart. With a glass of wine in hand, have fun creating your own masterpiece in Pro's original studio, in the company of his daughter or son, and enjoy time to explore the gallery to take in the art of one of Australia's most loved artists (low intensity).

Overnight stay aboard Great Southern.  

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

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Great Southern: Port Stephens → Silverton OR Broken Hill
Silverton
Day 9
Great Southern: Adelaide

Today you will arrive in Adelaide, ending an epic coastal and outback adventure. 

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
English
Currency
Australian Dollars (AUD)
Hurry, limited departures

Book now to secure your spot!

8 nights
from AUD3,779
per person
Australia
Brisbane
Adelaide
Rail
Rail Packages
December 2020 - February 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.

Vibe Hotel Gold Coast
Vibe Hotel Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise
Lavish on newly renovated hotel. With a prime position in the heart of Surfers Paradise, this haven is moments from sandy beaches, the famous Esplanade, and boasts picturesque views of the Nerang River.
An ideal place to return to after a day in the sun and sea of the Queensland’s Gold Coast. Relax and catch some rays on the riverside sundeck by the pool, take a seat in Driftwood Social, or retreat to the privacy and comfort of your spacious hotel room. Experience contemporary new design that embraces the elements of the hotel’s surroundings. The new-look lobby and arrival area are inspired by a beach house design, with traditional panelled walls decorated with Malibu surfboards.

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.
  • We work with a selection of hotels in each location. All bookings are subject to availability, which means our team will confirm your specific hotels upon confirmation and payment of deposit. 

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