DAY 1 Tuesday 22 December 2020 (D)
Flights arrive in Adelaide where we board the coach and make our way to the Mount Lofty Ranges for spectacular views of the city. Re-boarding we make our way to the German village of Hahndorf to spend time exploring the town independently discovering nic nac shops with arts and crafts. We then make our way to Adelaide to check-in for our three night stay. 3 Night Stay: Rydges Hotel, Adelaide
DAY 2 Wednesday 23 December 2020 (B,MT,L,D)
We travel via the scenic Adelaide Hills then make time for a break at the historical Herbig Family Tree in Springton. From here we visit food icon Maggie Beer’s Farmshop where you will be able to taste Maggie’s world renowned products. We then venture into wine country visiting world-famous Jacob’s Creek, for a culinary experience with a tempting combination of South Australian regional food and wine, and sweeping views of vineyards and hills. We take a guided vineyard tour along with tasting session of their famed shiraz, merlot and rosé. Following lunch here we then make our way to Lambert Estate, famous for their chocolate port. Our afternoon takes us by Mengler’s Hill lookout for a superb view of the Barossa Valley before heading back to Adelaide via a break at the Whispering Wall where you can have some fun with its unique acoustics.
DAY 3 Thursday 24 December 2020 (B,L,D)
Depart our hotel driving through the Adelaide Hills, we arrive at the township of Murray Bridge to board the Paddle Wheeler ‘Captain Proud’. Enjoy a 3 hour cruise and 2 course lunch while taking in the peaceful tranquillity heading upriver to the spectacular cliffs lined with river red gums and abundant wildlife. The Captain provides an interesting commentary on the river system including some Aboriginal folklore throughout the duration of the cruise. On our way back to Adelaide we offer free time at Melba’s Chocolate Factory and Woodside Cheese Wrights.
DAY 4 Friday 25 December 2020 (B,MT,L,D)
Enjoy a festive breakfast together before making our way to Adelaide Station to board the Great Southern for a 9am scheduled departure. As the train leaves Adelaide, take your time to settle in and get familiar with your cabin. Enjoy morning tea and then savour a relaxed lunch on board while watching the ever-changing landscape glide by. In the late afternoon, the train will arrive in regional Victoria where you’ll have a chance to experience the spectacular wilderness and beauty of the Grampians region. Enjoy a breathtaking walk in the natural surrounds and take in the panoramic views of the Grampians from a lookout, or sample some of the region’s best wines at local wineries. Our first day culminates with an off-train dinner where we enjoy local produce and regional wines in a uniquely Grampians setting before returning to the train for the night. 2 Night Stay: Gold Service Cabins, Great Southern Rail Journey
DAY 5 Saturday 26 December 2020 (B,L,D)
Enjoy a journey through the countryside on the way to the Nation’s capital where you will enjoy a visit to Parliament House and lunch before your choice of tours at the National War Memorial, Parliament House, National Gallery of Australia or the National Museum of Australia. Or, spend a relaxed day wine tasting and dining in the Murrumbateman food and wine region before returning to the train. Later in the day, relax and enjoy a delicious dinner and drinks in the lounge car before settling down for the night.
DAY 6 Sunday 27 December 2020 (B,L)
Choose your own adventure this morning with a variety of options to suit your fitness level and interests. Opt for the boardwalk to beach excursion, stopping at the small station of Urunga to take in the spectacular coastline views and Great Dividing Range along the Urunga boardwalk. From here we travel to Coffs Harbour for a relaxing morning wandering around the harbourside markets, historic jetty or simply relax by the seaside. The Coffs explorer excursion travels up to Sealy lookout offering views for miles from the Forest Sky Pier before travelling back to Coffs. Otherwise, simply make the most of Coffs Harbour’s beautiful beaches with an entire morning spent seaside. Wander along the coast, have a dip in the ocean, or simply relax on the sand. After your Coffs Harbour morning, enjoy a final lunch on board with your fellow travellers before arriving into Brisbane. **For the golf enthusiasts, there is also an option to enjoy nine holes at the Bonville Golf Resort, one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses. This has limited availability and must be prebooked. Please request for information at time of making your reservation.
B = Full Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L = Lunch; AT = A/Tea; D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
- Non-refundable deposit of $1500pp required to secure your reservation.
- N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for air and coach components.
- Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.
- Great Southern Rail twin share cabins include ensuite facilities; single cabins include a wash basin in the cabin and shared shower and toilet facilities within the carriage. All off train excursions are weather permitting/subject to change, and are at the discretion of Great Southern Railway.
- FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 3 (ACTIVE/MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
• Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
• Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs, without stopping
• Stand for 30 minutes, without needing to sit down
• Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
• Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
• Manage your own luggage