Exploring Australia with the Legendary Ghan Train, Southern Lights & Fiji (PX1E)

24 Day Tour from Melbourne to Coral Coast

2022 Tour Details

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 Ghan Train—an exhilarating crossing through the heart of the Australian Outback to the tropical coast of the Northern Territory. A stop at 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.”

Spend an extra night in Hobart for the chance to witness Mother Nature cast her magical aurora australis (southern lights) across the night sky of Tasmania—one of the best places on earth to see this heavenly light show. Includes two evening excursions with a Local Expert to learn how the aurora australis differs from the northern lights (aurora borealis). Enjoy warm drinks and treats and learn how to take the perfect photograph of the lights dancing across the horizon.

End your trip with a relaxing 3-night Monograms independent vacation in Fiji, including a flight from Sydney to Nadi, Fiji, transfers to/from your resort on the Coral Coast, first-class accommodations, breakfast daily, and the guidance and assistance of an expert Local Host®. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a jet-boat cruise on the Sigatoka River and a visit to a Fijian village with lunch.

We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from transfers to and from your hotel and included intra-vacation flights to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!

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Exploring Australia with the Legendary Ghan Train, Southern Lights & Fiji map

 Photo Highlights

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

  • Australian Convict Sites
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Wet Tropics of Queensland

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 6 dinners


Notes:

This vacation visits remote regions where some facilities are not up to the first-class standards you expect from Globus. However, we have selected the best available hotels that satisfy our high standards of cleanliness and comfort. Off-train experiences are subject to change and will be advised by the Tour Director while on tour. During the wet season (December–April), it can be difficult to see crocodiles in the wild.

 Itinerary

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.

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Day 2 MELBOURNE

MELBOURNE Morning guided sightseeing includes Parliament House, the Shrine of Remembrance, Queen Victoria Market, and beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. Free time in the afternoon and evening.

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Day 3 MELBOURNE

MELBOURNE Free day.

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Day 4 MELBOURNE–HOBART

Fly to Hobart.
HOBART Guided walking tour of the waterfront district. Dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 5 HOBART. EXCURSION TO THE TASMAN PENINSULA

TASMAN PENINSULA Sightseeing includes the blowhole, the Devil’s Kitchen, and the Tasman Arch formations. Walking tour with a Local Guide at Port Arthur Historic Site (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo.
HOBART Evening excursion with a Local Expert for the chance to view the Southern Lights (aurora australis). Learn how the Southern Lights differ from the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) and hear stories about the significance of the “Fire in the Sky” to the Australia Aboriginal communities. Warm drinks and treats are provided during this special evening.

NOTE:
The aurora is most active late at night or early in the morning when the sky is clear and the air chilly. Viewings are scheduled from 7pm-10pm. While the aurora is frequently seen May through August, it is up to Mother Nature to create the special conditions in order to witness this phenomenon.

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Day 6 HOBART

HOBART Free day to explore more of Hobart on your own. This evening, another chance to view the Southern Lights. Our Local Expert is on hand to answer all your questions, share local insight and give pointers on how to take the perfect photographs of the lights dancing across the sky. Warm drinks and treats are provided.

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Day 7 HOBART–ADELAIDE

Fly to Adelaide (via Melbourne).
ADELAIDE Orientation drive. Free time this evening.

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Day 8 ADELAIDE. EXCURSION TO KANGAROO ISLAND

Travel by motorcoach and ferry to Kangaroo Island.
KANGAROO ISLAND Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Sightseeing includes Seal Bay Conservation Park with a Park Ranger plus visits to Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park to see native koalas, wallabies, and wombats. Visit Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery before returning to Adelaide this evening.

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Day 9 ADELAIDE–ULURU (AYERS ROCK)

Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock) (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
ULURU Sunset drink followed by Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Outback barbecue.

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Day 10 ULURU (AYERS ROCK)

ULURU Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a walking tour at Uluru, and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Free time this evening.

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Uluru with a camel ride through the desert at sunset. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

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Day 11 ULURU–ALICE SPRINGS–GHAN TRAIN

Scenic drive through the Outback en route to Alice Springs.
ALICE SPRINGS Embark on the legendary The Ghan train.

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Day 12 GHAN TRAIN–KATHERINE–DARWIN

KATHERINE GORGE Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Choice of sightseeing includes a scenic cruise or a visit to a working Outback cattle station.
DARWIN Free time this evening.

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Day 13 DARWIN–KAKADU NATIONAL PARK

DARWIN Jumping crocodile guided cruise.
KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Guided sightseeing in Kakadu National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

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Day 14 KAKADU NATIONAL PARK–DARWIN

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Guided Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite wetlands cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong.
DARWIN City orientation drive includes Darwin Museum and lunch at a local roadhouse.

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Day 15 DARWIN–CAIRNS

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

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Day 16 CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF

OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF Scenic catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes the option of snorkeling, a glass-bottom-boat tour, an underwater observatory, and watching a fish feeding.
CAIRNS Free time this evening.

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Day 17 CAIRNS

CAIRNS Free day.

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Day 18 CAIRNS–SYDNEY

CAIRNS Visit to the Koala Gardens includes having your photo taken with a koala. Fly to Sydney.
SYDNEY Free time this evening.

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Day 19 SYDNEY

SYDNEY Guided sightseeing includes the financial district, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, the botanic gardens, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Walking tour with a Local Guide includes the Sydney Opera House (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Bondi Beach, followed by a Sydney Harbour cruise. Free time this evening.

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Day 20 SYDNEY

SYDNEY Free day before dinner at a waterfront restaurant.

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Day 21 SYDNEY–NADI, FIJI–CORAL COAST

Fly to Nadi, Fiji. Transfer to your resort on the Coral Coast.
CORAL COAST The remainder of the day I sat leisure.

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Day 22 CORAL COAST

CORAL COAST This morning’s highlight is a half-day Sigatoka River Safari. Be transported into the heart and soul of Fiji, aboard a custom-built jet boat. Cruise your way up the magnificent Sigatoka River to visit an authentic Fijian village and experience a day in the life of the real “Kaiviti” (Fijian). The remainder of your day is yours to explore the beautiful beaches or perhaps sample some local cuisine.

NOTE:
If your included sightseeing is schedule to take place on a Sunday, it will operate on Monday instead. Your Local Host will have full details upon your arrival.

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Day 23 CORAL COAST

CORAL COAST Today is at leisure. Make sure to check the daily activities offered at your resort. You may wish to take a dip in the pool, enjoy a Fijian handicraft demonstration, spend some time in the water with kayaks or paddleboards, or simply enjoy an amazing sunset with a cool tropical drink.

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Day 24 CORAL COAST–NADI

Transfer from the Coral Coast to Nadi International Airport where your vacation ends.

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 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

JENNIFER PULLMAN

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

I have dedicated most of my life to exploring our beautiful planet and love nothing more than to share my love and passion of travel with others. I meet so many wonderful people through my role as Tour Director and feel privileged to be able to share Australia & New Zealand's beauty, diversity, bringing amazing places to life and sharing my knowledge through storytelling and a great sense of humor.

Tour Director - JENNIFER PULLMAN

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

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)

No Excursions are available at this time.



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