Holiday Itinerary - Exploring Australia with the Legendary Ghan Train

Day 1: Arrive in Melbourne, Australia.

Welcome to Melbourne! Hotel check-in available upon arrival. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Schedule flights to arrive by 3 pm in time for a welcome meeting and dinner.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Melbourne

Today’s sightseeing tour includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Visit beautiful FITZROY GARDENS, then drive past the lush Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll discover the city’s differing architectural influences as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. Tonight’s optional excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is highly recommended.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Melbourne.

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this multicultural and cosmopolitan city. Dine at a local restaurant and immerse yourself in Melbourne’s passionate food and wine scene or walk along Chapel and Brunswick Streets, famous for great shopping. Take a trip out of town to sample award-winning wines in the Yarra Valley or drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles.”

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Melbourne - Hobart.

Fly to Hobart, Tasmania, home of the famed Tasmanian devil. Enjoy a guided WALKING TOUR of Hobart’s historic waterfront district, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Hobart. Excursion to The Tasmin Peninsula.

Today’s tour of the scenic Tasman Peninsula features the blowhole, the Devil’s Kitchen, and the Tasman Arch coastal formations. Visit PORT ARTHUR HISTORIC SITE, which began housing convicts in the 1830s. A guided tour of the penal settlement shows you the ruins of the 4-story penitentiary and the model prison—grim reminders of Australia’s days as a penal colony. Also, stop at the TASMANIAN DEVIL UNZOO to see the famous Tasmanian devil, the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Hobart - Adelaide.

Today, fly to Adelaide (via Melbourne). Upon arrival, take a brief orientation tour along the wide, tree-lined streets and well-manicured gardens. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Adelaide. Excursion to Kangaroo Island.

Early this morning, depart Adelaide and travel by motorcoach and ferry to KANGAROO ISLAND, one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats. Visit SEAL BAY CONSERVATION PARK with a national park ranger to see a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Explore FLINDERS CHASE NATIONAL PARK, a sanctuary for native Australian animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. Stop here for a walk on REMARKABLE ROCKS, with stunning views of the sea. You will also take a boardwalk down a rugged cliff face to ADMIRALS ARCH, a unique rock formation and home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals, which can be seen resting on the rocks and playing in the waves. Return to Adelaide late this evening.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Adelaide - Uluru (Ayres Rock).

Fly this morning from Adelaide to the “Center of Australia.” This evening, visit Ayers Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site—known also by its Aboriginal name: Uluru. This massive sandstone monolith is one of the world’s most mysterious and religious sites. Enjoy a DRINK as you watch the sunset and the changing colors as they fall across the landscape. Later, enjoy a truly unique Aussie experience—an  OUTBACK BARBECUE featuring a meal of typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Uluru (Ayers Rock).

For an unforgettable experience, you may choose to rise early for an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. Today, enjoy a TOUR at the base of Uluru, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Time to relax at your resort before the afternoon takes us to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendor of views of some 36 brilliant domes. Evening is at leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10: Uluru - Alice Springs - The Ghan Train.

Today, travel through the heart of the Outback, keeping a lookout for red kangaroos, dingoes, camels, and feral horses, known as “brumbies.” Arrive in Alice Springs and board the GHAN TRAIN, Australia’s legendary rail journey. Taking its name from the intrepid Afghan cameleers, The Ghan has become a symbol of nationhood and pioneering spirit.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

NOTE: Plan to pack an overnight bag with necessities for the train portion of this tour, including medications, eyeglasses, and other important items. Your other baggage will be checked and you will not be able to access it until arrival in Darwin.

Day 11: Ghan Train - Katherine - Darwin.

This morning, the train stops in Katherine and there is time to visit nearby KATHERINE GORGE. Located in Nitmiluk National Park, this is home to incredible scenery, Aboriginal history, and home to unique birds and animals. Choose between an included scenic CRUISE in the gorge, a CRUISE that features Indigenous rock art dating back 40,000 years or a visit to a working Outback CATTLE STATION to learn about the history and inner workings of the cattle industry. Arrive this evening in Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

NOTE: Off train activities are subject to change and will be advised by the Tour Director while on tour.

Day 12: Darwin - Kakadu National Park.

Start your day with a JUMPING CROCODILE CRUISE which takes you right into the crocodile’s natural habitat to witness these amazing creatures. It’s an experience not to be missed! Continue to KAKADU NATIONAL PARK, Australia’s largest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is home to exceptional natural beauty and a unique biodiversity. An optional light-aircraft flight over the park should not be missed.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Kakadu National Park.

This morning,  CRUISE the unspoiled waterways of the Yellow Water Billabong. Enjoy incredible scenery with the opportunity to spot water buffalo, crocodiles, and an abundance of bird species such as Whistling Ducks, Magpie Geese, and Sea Eagles. Return to Darwin and enjoy an orientation tour and a visit to the DARWIN MUSEUM to learn more about the important role the city played in World War II.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

NOTE:During the wet season (December through April), it can be difficult to see crocodiles in the wild. 

Day 14: Darwin - Cairns.

Today, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15: Cairns. Excursion to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a GLASS-BOTTOM-BOAT TOUR, view the reef from an underwater observatory, and watch a fish feeding.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 16: Cairns.

A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. For a truly amazing experience, consider our optional trip to Kuranda via the old scenic rail route. See magnificent scenery from the comfort of a restored, historic mountain train. For the return journey, you may choose to take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway—or maybe spend the day in the magical Daintree Rainforest, thought to be the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 17: Cairns - Sydney.

This morning, enjoy a special visit to KOALA GARDENS for your chance to see koalas doing what they do best—eating, sleeping, and looking adorabe. There’s also the chance to meet Australia’s other native animals. Before your visit ends, you’ll have your PHOTO taken with a koala—the perfect souvenir! Afterward, fly to Sydney, the largest city in Australia.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 18: Sydney.

Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theatres. Travel to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS for a great photo opportunity and sweeping views of the harbour, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Visit world-famous BONDI BEACH with time to explore on your own. Afterward, a CRUISE on Sydney Harbour highlights some of the city’s best views.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 19: Sydney.

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join our optional excursions to the Blue Mountains or to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s leading winegrowing regions. You can even climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge! Your Tour Director will help you make the most of this exciting city. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at a WATERFRONT RESTAURANT with fantastic views of Sydney Harbour.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 20: Sydney.

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included: Breakfast

SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the evening at the historic Hermitage Hotel, located at the base of Mount Cook. Enjoy splendid views, fresh mountain air, and all the modern amenities of this first-class property.

Note: Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable 

Departure dates & prices 2021 Exploring Australia with the Legendary Ghan Train - 7% discount on all dates

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers, call Cosmos to add flights

Cosmos brochure price in black from £5787

Travel 55 discount price in red from £5382

Telephone Cosmos on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

Starts from Melbourne ends Sydney - tour PX

Dates Prices from Dates Prices from
Apr 3

£5787
£5382

Oct 9
£5882
£5471

Sep 4

£5882
£5471
0ct 23 £5882
£5471
Sep 18 (Small Group Discovery) £6337
£5894
Nov 6 (Small Group Discovery)
£6337
£5894
Sep 25
£5882
£5471
Nov 20 £5863
£5453
Prices above do not include international air travel. To add flights and overseas transfers to your holiday, please call Cosmos. Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy. Single room supplement are available; Extra nights before and after your tour may be available, call Cosmos. Please see Cosmos Terms & Conditions  for further details. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website.

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Exploring Australia with the Legendary Ghan Train

7% discount - 20 days escorted touring holiday

2021 discount prices from only £5382

The right vacation to Australia can easily transport you to another state of mind, especially if it includes a crocodile cruise in Darwin, a glass-bottom-boat tour at the Great Barrier Reef, a wetlands cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, and many other exciting modes of transportation. The most moving experience on this grand tour of Australia, however, is an overnight rail journey on the legendary The Ghan Train—an exhilarating crossing through the heart of the Australian Outback to the tropical coast of the Northern Territory. A stop to cruise through the majestic Katherine Gorge offers the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs and imagination. As you venture in every direction on this encompassing tour of Australia—including untamed Tasmania—you’ll also be moved by big-city lights, Red Center sunsets, growling Tasmanian devils, and calm, cuddly koalas. All aboard for an above-and-beyond adventure through the “Land Down Under.”

This amazing 20 day Exploring Australia with the Legendary Ghan Train holiday comes with a 7% discount saving when you book direct with Cosmos on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

Travel 55 in association with Cosmos. To book call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 you will then receive a 7% discount from the Cosmos price. 

At a glance

Sightseeing and more -

  • Melbourne Welcome dinner; sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens
  • Hobart Walking tour of the waterfront district; excursion to Tasman Peninsula with a visit to Port Arthur Historic Site and the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo 
  • Adelaide Orientation tour; excursion to Kangaroo Island
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sunset toast; sightseeing tour around the base of the rock; Outback barbecue; visit to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Alice Springs - Darwin Travel in Gold Service on the legendary Ghan train
  • Kathrine Gorge Choice of included sightseeing 
  • Darwin Jumping Croc Cruise; orientation; visit the Darwin Museum 
  • Kakadu National Park Sightseeing;  Yellow Water Billabong cruise 
  • Cairns Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; visit Koala Gardens with souvenir photo
  • Sydney Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House, botanic gardens, and Bondi Beach; Sydney Harbour cruise; dinner at a waterfront restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour

Hotels

  • Melbourne - The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins 
  • Hobart - The Old Woolstore Hotel 
  • Aelaide - Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Desert Gardens Hote
  • Ghan Train - Alice Springs to Darwin
  • Darwin - Hilton Darwin,
  • Kakadu N.P. - Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
  • Cairns - Pullman Cairns International
  • Sydney - Sydney Harbour Marriott

Headsets while in Australia

Airport Transfers included if you purchase air from Cosmos

Koala

Flights available from most UK airports

Tour prices are shown without flights: make your own arrangements, or purchase your flights with us from most UK airports. All flight-inclusive tours are ATOL-protected, so you can book with confidence.

Your train

The Ghan is an Australian legend and the ultimate journey through the heart of Australia. It takes its name from the pioneering Afghan cameleers who blazed a permanent trail into the “Red Centre of Australia” 150 years ago.

Experience this fascinating train journey in the comfort of Gold Service, featuring private overnight sleeper cabins, a separate restaurant car, and access to the Outback Explorer Lounge, the perfect place to gather with friends to enjoy a drink as you marvel at the spectacular Australian landscapes.

Twin cabins feature upper and lower berths, washbasin, toilet, and shower. Single cabins feature a single berth and washbasin with shared toilet and shower facilities.

Small Group Discovery

Select Cosmos South Pacific vacations are limited to an average of just 20 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery South Pacific vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

Barrier Reef

Globus tours

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Sightseeing and VIP access: Your Globus tour always includes the major attractions. In fact, Globus offers you more included features and behindthe-scenes local experiences than any other Tour Operator—plus, you get special VIP access at the must-see sites. We actually take you inside the world’s most awe-inspiring places—right to the head of the line and through the front door. Our itineraries clearly indicate inside visits and special features in UPPERCASE. 

Superior accommodation: Selected for their comfort, amenities, and proximity to key sites, hotel/lodges/camps feature twin-bedded rooms with private bathroom (hotel and city taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling included).

Meals: Traditional meals at local restaurants, food and wine tastings and hands-on cooking classes help you experience your destination’s culture through its cuisine. On safari, lunch and dinner are always included.

Transportation: From rugged safari vehicles and deluxe touring coaches with air conditioning to minibuses, trains and overnight cruises... your magical journey will enhance your overall experience.

Transfers: Airport transfers are included when you book air-inclusive (and for land-only tours with transfers purchased through Globus), and Hosts greet and assist you with the transfer to your hotel. 

GlobusGo: Our free GlobusGO mobile app puts the world at your fingertips. While travelling, get entertainment, sightseeing, dining, and shopping suggestions. With built-in GPS navigation, you’ll have the direction you need. 

Tour directors and local guides: With Globus, you travel in the company of genuine local experts—Tour Directors and Local Guides who are actually from the region through which you’re travelling. All along the way, they share their vast knowledge of the areas and can point you in the right direction to help you get the most out of your free time.


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