Across Australia by Train with the Great Barrier Reef (PIQ2)

17 Day Tour from Carins to Perth

2019 Tour Details

From Sydney, Australia's largest and most famous city, to Perth, Western Australia's capital city, this tour through Australia—stopping first at the Great Barrier Reef (Cairns)—is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. You'll spend three nights each in Cairns, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth; two nights in Adelaide; and two nights aboard the historic Indian Pacific train traveling across Australia.

A highlight of this Australia tour is your train journey from Adelaide to Perth in Gold Service on the legendary Indian Pacific, one of the world's few truly transcontinental trains. On the world’s longest straight stretch of railway track, sit back, relax, and marvel at the changing landscapes as you travel through the Nullarbor Plain, offering a glimpse into Australia's remote region. Enjoy Dinner Under the Stars at a remote and beautiful outpost that borders a “small” sheep station of 2.5 million acres—a special experience Globus had included to make sure your Australia vacation is unique.

Other highlights of this Australia tour include an excursion to Kangaroo Island to see Australian sea lions, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, and New Zealand fur seals in one of the world's last unspoiled habitats. In Adelaide, wander among kangaroos, wallabies, emus, and water birds at Cleland Wildlife Park. Explore Melbourne on a walking tour through the city's famous lanes and arcades—another unique experience Globus includes—and cruise on Sydney Harbour. In Cairns, take a high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. There’s time to snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, and attend a presentation by a marine biologist.

This Australia tour also includes free time in each city, so you can explore on your own. Just be sure to bring your camera to capture all the memories you’re sure to create.

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

GREAT BARRIER REEF (CAIRNS)
Outer Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; Monograms Local Host service
SYDNEY
Welcome dinner at a waterfront restaurant; sightseeing; visit the Opera House, botanic gardens, and Bondi Beach; Sydney Harbour cruise
MELBOURNE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Walking tour of Melbourne’s lanes and arcades; sightseeing, including Fitzroy Gardens
ADELAIDE
Sightseeing; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite tasting at Haigh’s Chocolates; visit to Cleland Wildlife Park; dinner at the National Wine Center
KANGAROO ISLAND
Seal Bay Conservation Park; Remarkable Rocks; visit to Admirals Arch
ADELAIDE–PERTH
Travel in Gold Service on the legendary Indian Pacific Train; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner under stars at Rawlinna
PERTH
City sightseeing including visit to Fremantle; farewell dinner

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Wet Tropics of Queensland

Transportation:

Travel on the iconic Indian Pacific train

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 4 dinners including a FAREWELL dinner in Perth

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA

Welcome to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.”

Day 2 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 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, watch a fish feeding, or enjoy a marine touch tank.

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Day 3 CAIRNS

A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. Your Local Host will have suggestions for sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

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Day 4 CAIRNS-SYDNEY

Fly to Sydney. Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. This evening, join your travel group for a 6 pm welcome briefing and dinner at your hotel.

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Day 5 SYDNEY

Enjoy sightseeing in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. First stop, a guided tour of the interior and theaters of the world-famous SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, travel to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the City’s BOTANIC GARDENS for great photo opportunities and sweeping views of the harbor. Visit one of Sydney’s famous beaches, BONDI BEACH, where there is time for lunch, souvenir shopping, or a stroll on the white sands. Return to Sydney Harbour and enjoy a CRUISE to see the sites and skyline of this incredible city. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, dining, and shopping.

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Day 6 SYDNEY

A full free day to explore Sydney. You may wish to climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge for unrivaled views, spend the day in the Hunter Valley sampling some of Australia’s best wines, or take the ferry to nearby Manly Beach for a day of sun and fun.

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Day 7 SYDNEY–MELBOURNE

Fly to Melbourne, where you’ll explore the city’s famous lanes and arcades on a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WALKING TOUR. See trendy boutiques and cafés, unique street art, and architecture while hearing historic tales of Melbourne along the way. Evening is at leisure in this cosmopolitan city.

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Day 8 MELBOURNE

This morning, sightseeing includes the city’s landmarks of Parliament House, beautiful FITZROY GARDENS, Queen Victoria Market, and more. The remainder of the day is free to explore more on your own. You may wish to travel to Phillip Island Nature Park to see the nightly Penguin Parade, where you can experience the magic of the little penguins returning home at sunset to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia.

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Day 9 MELBOURNE

More time for independent exploration today. Your Tour Director suggests shopping at Melbourne Central, a trip to the top of the Eureka Sky Deck for 360-degree views of the city below or an excursion to explore the spectacular Great Ocean Road and the “Twelve Apostles.”

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Day 10 MELBOURNE–ADELAIDE

This morning, fly to Adelaide, known for its mild Mediterranean climate. A city tour includes St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Adelaide Oval, North Adelaide, and the city’s Central Market—a thriving hub for food and culture for over 148 years. Next, enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite tasting at HAIGH’S CHOCOLATES, an Adelaide chocolate-maker since 1915. With the remainder of the day at leisure, you may wish to explore the Art Gallery of South Australia, stroll the streets of the beachside neighborhood of Glenelg, or enjoy Adelaide’s vibrant restaurant scene.

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Day 11 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. See a colony of rare Australian sea lions and enjoy a walk on the beach with a national park ranger at SEAL BAY CONSERVATION PARK. Visit FLINDERS CHASE NATIONAL PARK to see REMARKABLE ROCKS, large granite boulders formed over 500 million years of rain, wind, and pounding waves. Also, visit ADMIRAL ARCH to see a colony of New Zealand fur seals playing in the waves below. Keep your camera ready and eyes open to spot Australia’s native animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas that call the island home. Return to Adelaide late this evening.

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Day 12 ADELAIDE. BOARD INDIAN PACIFIC TRAIN

Visit CLELAND WILDLIFE PARK, where you can wander among some of Australia’s famous animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, emus, echidna, and various water birds. There is also the chance to see dingoes, wombats, koalas, and the infamous Tasmanian devil. Dinner is served at the NATIONAL WINE CENTER before boarding one of the few truly transcontinental trains in the world, the INDIAN PACIFIC.

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 Perth.

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Day 13 INDIAN PACIFIC TRAIN

Awaken to the spectacular expanse of the Nullarbor Plain before enjoying a leisurely breakfast. Relax onboard today as you marvel at the ever-changing landscape passing by your window. A special Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite DINNER UNDER THE STARS awaits you at Rawlinna, the remote and beautiful outpost that borders a sheep station of 2.5 million acres.

NOTE:
Dinner Under the Stars is weather-dependent. Off train activities are subject to change and will be advised by the Tour Director while on tour.

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Day 14 INDIAN PACIFIC TRAIN–PERTH

Continue across the remote yet beautiful region of Australia. Onboard you may wish to relax in the lounge car and share stories with fellow travelers, snap a few shots from the large picture windows, or just relax with a glass of Australian wine. Glide through the Avon Hills before arriving in Perth mid-afternoon. Transfer to your hotel for a 3-night stay.

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Day 15 PERTH. EXCURSION TO FREMANTLE

This morning, explore Perth on a sightseeing tour. Learn more about this isolated capital city of Western Australia and see some of the city’s famous sites such as Kings Park Botanic Gardens, the iconic Swan Bell Tower, and the Perth Mint. Next, it’s on to the historic port of Fremantle with its marinas, charming heritage buildings, and many shops and restaurants. The remainder of the day is yours to explore. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for shopping, dining, and additional sightseeing.

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Day 16 PERTH

A full day to explore Perth. You may wish to visit one of Perth’s many beaches, see the extensive collection of Aboriginal art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, or enjoy an optional trip to Rottnest Island, home to over 60 beaches, historic buildings, and the friendly quokka—a marsupial only found in Western Australia. This evening, join your Tour Director and fellow traveling companions for a festive farewell dinner, the perfect ending to your trip across Australia!

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Day 17 PERTH

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

VICTOR MARTIN

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

I love being a Tour Director as it gives me the opportunity to show the beauty and history of this magnificent island continent while helping travelers create long-lasting memories of the Australia that I love.

Tour Director - VICTOR MARTIN

 Accommodations

Cairns
Sydney
Melbourne
Adelaide
Perth

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Cairns
Sydney
Melbourne
Perth

Cairns

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Mix and mingle with the local wildlife of Tropical North Queensland including crocodiles, cassowaries, kolas and more!

Price Range: $$

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Daintree Rainforest region of far north Queensland.

Price Range: $$$

Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail

Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail

Tropical North Queensland awaits on this memorable day trip that combines the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the world-famous Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Price Range: $$

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Experience the world's most beautiful rainforest experience. The Skyrail experience is a must do Cairns attraction spanning 7.5kms (4.6 miles) over pristine railforest, allowing you to explore the wonders of an ancient tropical rainforest and learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth.

Price Range: $$

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park with Night Fire Dinner

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park with Night Fire Dinner

Night Fire is Tjapukai's signature evening activity where you will meet the Indigenous rainforest people. Follow the Tjapukai warriors to a corroboree celebrating Aboriginal Dreamtime stories. You'll enjoy traditional Australian meats, seafood and an array of salads and desserts. Relax around the fire with the Tjapukai warriors where there is time for an intimate chat, an end to a night of cultural entertainment.

Price Range: $$$

Barron River Rafting

Barron River Rafting

For an action packed afternoon of fun and adventure, raft your way through the world Heritage Listed rainforest of the stunning Barron Gorge! Grade 2-3 guided White Water Rafting with no experience necessary. Tea and coffee included.

Price Range: $$$

Paronella Park

Paronella Park

The World Heritage Listed rainforests of Tropical North Queensland are over 180 million years old - the oldest in the world. Your experienced guide will introduce you to this fragile, unique and unimaginably beautiful natural wonderland during the day, from the Mamu Tropical Skywalk's 37m (122 foot) high viewing tower, and again after sunset. Paronella Park has received multiple Queensland tourism awards, is State and National Heritage listed and is a National Trust listed property.

Price Range: $$$

Sydney

Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

Enjoy a memorable experience with excellent cuisine and incomparable views from atop Sydney Tower.

Price Range: $$

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Take a climb over the famous arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a birds' eye view of the iconic city of Sydney.

Price Range: $$$$

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Discover Australia's oldest wine-producing area on this exceptional, full-day excursion to the Hunter Valley.

Price Range: $$$$

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Combo

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Combo

Take a walk on the wild side on this amazing discovery of Australia's incredible sealife and wildlife.

Price Range: $

Sydney Tower Eye & 4D Experience

Sydney Tower Eye & 4D Experience

Stroll around the Observation Deck and take in 360 degrees of Sydney sights. Finish your visit to Sydney Tower with a 4D cinema experience showcasing footage from famous Sydney locations.

Price Range: $

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

Join us for an excursion to the famed Blue Mountains that is truly off the beaten track!

Price Range: $$$$

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

See the animals of the world including Wild Australia themed area at the zoo with a view!

Price Range: $

The Rock's Pub Tour

The Rock's Pub Tour

Walk in the footsteps of the Australia's early convicts, mischievous gangs and locals of the past as you share a drink in four of Sydney's oldest pubs. Between watering holes, your guide will take you through the alleys and cobbled streets of The Rocks as they share the gossip, legends and stories of Australia's first European settlement. Learn about the fight for the title 'Sydney's Oldest Pub', what is the 6 O'clock Swill, how beer quelled the rum rebellion, and more stories, myths, and legends that you can pack into two and a half hours of fun.

Price Range: $$

24 Hour Ferry Eco Hopper Pass

24 Hour Ferry Eco Hopper Pass

Experience the world's most beautiful harbour and some of its famous destinations. The Eco Hopper takes you to Manly, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont Bay, North Sydney, Fort Denison and Q Station. All on one 24 hour Hop-On-Hop Off Pass. Includes travel on Manly Fast Ferry, Harbour Beaches Sightseeing Ferry, Manley-Darling Harbour Ferry. Commentary and bar onboard.

Price Range: $

Melbourne

Eureka Skydeck & Edge Experience

Eureka Skydeck & Edge Experience

Nothing will prepare you for this awesome, bird's-eye view of Melbourne! Join us for a unique experience that will get your heart racing as you step out 984 feet above the ground (that's almost as high as the Eiffel Tower). Eureka Skydeck 88 takes you right to The Edge, a special glass cube observation deck that slides out from the building with you inside! It's a city view you'll never forget.

Price Range: $

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Express

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Express

Witness the magical Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. On your Penguins Express evening tour, watch the penguins' arrival on Summerland Beach with premium viewing where you are guaranteed to see these little penguins waddling right past you. Walk with them from elevated boardwalks and see if their burrow is nearby! At the Visitor's Information Centre, visit "Penguin Experience" exhibit and learn more about the life of these little flightless birds. Dinner is available (though not included) from the Penguin Parade Restaurant.

Price Range: $$$

Yarra Valley Food & Wine Day Tour

Yarra Valley Food & Wine Day Tour

Discover the flavors of the Yarra Valley on a full-day food and wine tour. Whether you're a wine enthusiast or simply would like to spend the day surrounded by beautiful, off-the-beaten-path scenery, this is the perfect day trip from Melbourne.

Price Range: $$$

Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour with Lunch

Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour with Lunch

Discover just what makes Melbourne so enchanting on this excursion that reveals the city's hidden gems. We'll pair you up with a passionate expert guide for a casual stroll through the city's back streets and beautiful old lanes and arcades. Discover the architectural highlights, street art, historical tales, and small, independent retailers found only in the city. Hiding in basements or in seemingly private buildings are many of the country's emerging creative talents, where one-off pieces are not uncommon. You will be amazed at what these small businesses offer: fashion, food, art, music, chocolate, accessories, vintage items, and more! A refreshing morning tea or coffee is included, along with a souvenir bag, bottled water, map, and special offers from local retailers.

Price Range: $$

Sports Lovers Tour of Melbourne

Sports Lovers Tour of Melbourne

Love sports? Then, you will love the sports lovers' tour featuring the National Sports Museum! Your knowledgeable and passionate tour-host will take you behind the scenes of Melbourne's world class sporting venues and show you why, in Melbourne, sport is a way of life. Explore behind the scenes of the venues that host Australia's favorite sporting events. Visit Flemington Race Course, home of the Melbourne Cup - the horse race that stops the nation. Drive around Albert Park, on the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Circuit. Visit the National Sports Museum at The Melbourne Cricket Ground, home of Australia's most extensive collection of sporting artefacts. More than just a museum, it captures the spirit of Australia's rich sporting traditions and more. Please note that all venues are subject to availability. Lunch included.

Price Range: $$

Perth

Upper Swan Lunch Cruise

Upper Swan Lunch Cruise

Cruise on the upper reaches of the Swan River and enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch while taking in the natural beautiful scenery and live entertainment.

Price Range: $$

Perth's Famous Wine Cruise

Perth's Famous Wine Cruise

Cruise into the picturesque upper reaches of the Swan Valley where you will sample fine wines at the prestigious Sandalford Estate and Waters Edge Winery followed by a 3-course lunch overlooking the Swan River. Live entertainment follows as you enjoy complimentary wine on the return cruise.

Price Range: $$$

Explore Rottnest Island

Explore Rottnest Island

Explore Rottenest Island on this excrusion: see the beautiful sandy beaches and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, hear the history of pirates, shipwrecks, and explorers, and maybe have the chance to meet the world's happiest animal, a quokka (native only to this island).

Price Range: $$$

Coffee, Culture and the Art of Perth

Coffee, Culture and the Art of Perth

Start your day in Perth with a coffee (or tea), and a dash of culture, art and history. Discover hidden art, laneways, secret gardens, amazing cafes and learn about the local history while exploring the city. Your friendly local guide will escort you to one of the most significant structures in Perth, the State Buildings. Formerly home to the General Post Office, Land Titles Office, Treasury and Parliament, this complex contains 120 years of stories. These days, the State Buildings are home to many quality food and beverage venues. The tour will explore the heritage precinct of Perth, the old theatre district, as well as former educational precincts. Enjoy a coffee/tea at a popular local cafe (included) and enjoy wonderfully re- purposed heritage spaces. The tour concludes with a delicious treat at Elizabeth Quay, the waterfront precinct located on the tranquil Swan River. This tour is the ideal start to a Perth day!

Price Range: $

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