Southern Wonders Rail Adventure (departing Melbourne)

Southern Wonders Rail Adventure (departing Melbourne)
From $4300.00 per adult

Take a trip on the iconic Indian Pacific and visit Adelaide and Sydney on this all inclusive 13 day/12 night rail holiday. You’ll visit many popular attractions and discover the wonders of the Murray River where you will enjoy a 3 night cruise aboard the PS Murray Princess.

Inclusions

  • Red Premium Seat on the Overland, Melbourne to Adelaide
  • 5 nights accommodation in Adelaide at the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel or similar
  • Full day McLaren Vale & The Cube Experience
  • 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
  • 3 nights accommodation in Sydney at Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central or similar
  • Hop On Hop Off Explorer Pass
  • Sydney Harbour Brilliant Dinner Cruise
  • First Class Seat on the XPT, Sydney to Melbourne
  • Meals as stated – 5 x breakfast (B) / 6 x lunch (L) / 5 x dinner (D)

Itinerary

DEPARTS MONDAY

Day 1 - Melbourne to Adelaide (B, L)

Depart Melbourne on The Overland and travel to Adelaide, arriving late this afternoon.

Overnight: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel or similar, 4 nights

Day 2 - McLaren Vale & The Cube Experience (L)

Today discover some of the best food and wine McLaren Vale has to offer, including a guided tour and tastings, plus lunch at the spectacular d’Arenberg Cube. You will enjoy a tour and tastings at Wirra Wirra, and an option of either wine, gin or beer tastings at Beresford Wines. Then to finish your day, there will be free time to explore the galleries and shops in the main street.

Day 3 - 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 4 - Free day in Adelaide

Today is a free day to explore the city of Adelaide. Discover Adelaide's cultural boulevard, North Terrace, and visit the Adelaide Museum or Art Gallery. Or take the tram down to Glenelg, one of Adelaide's most popular seaside suburbs, and wander through the shops on Jetty Road, and enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants on the Marina.

Join a guided tour of the historic Adelaide Oval, and visit a number of areas that are usually not accessible to the general public, including the 100 year old heritage-listed scoreboard. Gain an insight into match-day preparations and hear captivating stories about the oval's history and the sporting greats who have competed there.

Day 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - 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, 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 8 - 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: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, or similar

Day 9 - 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 10 - 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. On arrival, make your way to your accommodation.

Overnight: Rendezvous Sydney Central or similar, 3 nights

Day 11 - Hop on Hop off Explorer

Today travel around Sydney Harbour using your Hop On Hop Off Explorer pass. Departing from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour, you can visit such places as Taronga Zoo, Manly, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Shark Island or Barangaroo. Entry fees to some of these locations are an additional cost.

Day 12 - Sydney Harbour Brilliant Dinner Cruise (D)

This evening enjoy Sydney Harbour’s signature dinner cruise aboard the MV Sydney 2000. Feast on a 3 course contemporary Australian a la carte menu, with the lights of Sydney as your spectacular backdrop. Live music and dancing will keep you entertained as you cruise for 3.5 hours around the Harbour.

Day 13 - 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 past your window - you might even spot some kangaroos! In the early evening you will arrive at Southern Cross Station, finishing your memorable rail adventure.

TERMS & CONDITIONS: Prices are per person, correct at time of printing and valid from 01 April 2021 - 31 March 2022. Single Supplement is an additional $1290pp. All components are subject to availability and may change at any time. A non-refundable deposit of $1000pp is required when booking and the balance is due 70 days prior to departure. Any amendments will incur an additional cost, and strict cancellation fees apply – travel insurance is highly recommended for an additional cost.

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