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The Great Southern Rail Journey | Brisbane to Adelaide

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The Great Southern Rail Journey | Brisbane to Adelaide

Departing Brisbane, you’ll travel south into the rolling hills of New South Wales before indulging in an incredible beachside dining experience in Coffs Harbour. Meander through the historic vineyards of the Hunter Valley, visit the picturesque town of Newcastle, or explore the beautiful Port Stephens area. Take a day to explore the buzzing city of Melbourne, take a road trip to the Great Ocean Road to see unforgettable natural wonders such as the Twelve Apostles or enjoy wine tasting and time to wander the Geelong waterfront. Then journey through the charming Adelaide Hills before arriving into Adelaide.

Highlights and Inclusions

  • 4 days/ 3 nights aboard the Great Southern
  • All-inclusive meals, fine wines, and beverages
  • A regionally-inspired menu paired with a selection of local wines
  • Off train experiences at Coffs Harbour, the Hunter Region (Hunter Valley, Port Stephens or Newcastle) and Victoria (Melbourne, Great Ocean Road or Geelong)

Tour Plan

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Day 1 - Brisbane to Coffs Harbour

After setting off from Brisbane, enjoy lunch on board and a relaxing afternoon settling in to your private cabin before arriving at the coastal town of Coffs Harbour. As the sun dips beneath the horizon, enjoy a unique beachside dinner where you’ll feast on local produce and fresh seafood matched with fine wines, while the waves lap at the shore nearby. After a few leisurely hours, you’ll reboard the train and set off for the night.

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Day 2 - Hunter Valley, Port Stephens and Newcastle

Start the day with a hearty breakfast on board before setting off for a full day of Off Train Excursions. Today you get to choose your own adventure with your choice of the Hunter Valley, Newcastle or Port Stephens.

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, winery tours and a sumptuous lunch.

Port Stephens by Land and Sea: Travel to Nelson Bay for a relaxing cruise spotting dolphins and taking in the beauty of the Bay before lunch at the Marina. Next stop is the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes where you’ll explore the beach by 4WD van, stopping to hunt for pippies and driving to the top of a sand dune before returning to the train for dinner.

Newcastle Explorer: Take in spectacular coastal views and discover Newcastle’s unique blend of old and new with a guided walking tour, lunch and a historical Fort Scratchley site visit. Finish the day with a visit to Strzelecki Lookout and stroll along the Newcastle Memorial Walk.

In the evening, return to the train to enjoy a regionally-inspired meal prepared on board before retiring for the night.

Available Off Train Excursions

  • Hunter Valley Wine Region
  • Port Stephens by Land and Sea
  • Newcastle Explorer
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Day 3 - Melbourne, Great Ocean Road or the Moorabool Valley and Geelong

After enjoying breakfast on board, you can choose to discover the bustling city of Melbourne, take a road trip to the Great Ocean Road or a relaxed afternoon in the Moorabool Valley and Geelong Waterfront.

Melbourne Explorer: Take in the breathtaking views of Melbourne from Eureka Skydeck, the highest public observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere, and lunch at Eureka 89. Then get to know Melbourne city with your choice of a laneway walking tour, a tour of the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, or free time to shop and enjoy the city sights. As the day ends, the coach will transport you to the awaiting train at Inverleigh Station stopping along the way for a sumptuous dinner and wine tasting.

Wonders of the Great Ocean Road: After bunch on board, set off on a road trip by coach through regional Victoria to the Great Ocean Road to see unforgettable highlights such as the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge or London Bridge, majestic collections of crumbling pillars rising from the Southern Ocean. On the return journey to Inverleigh Station, enjoy dinner and drinks at a heritage homestead in regional Victoria.

Wine and Waterfront: after brunch on board, set off to enjoy wine tasting and stunning views at a regional Victorian vineyard before heading to the Geelong Waterfront. Set your own pace by wandering along the foreshore discovering public art and history such as the Pier, Eastern Beach and Baywalk Bollards or just sit and soak up the sights and sounds of the foreshore. Finish the day with dinner and wine tasting before returning to the train that night.

Once you’re back on board, head to the lounge car to enjoy a nightcap and chat with friends or simply return to your cabin to unwind before heading to bed.

Available Off Train Excursions

  • Melbourne Explorer
  • Wonders of the Great Ocean Road
  • Wonders of the Great Ocean Road with Scenic Flight Upgrade
  • Wine and Waterfront
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Day 4 - Arrive Adelaide

As the train journeys through the charming Adelaide Hills, enjoy your last breakfast on board before arriving into Adelaide and the end of your Great Southern train journey.

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Day 5 - Stay in Adelaide or Fly Home to Brisbane

Take an extra day to soak in everything Adelaide has to offer or take a private transfer to Adelaide airport and return to Brisbane.

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