Exploring Australia with the Legendary Ghan Train (PX)

20 Day Tour from Melbourne to Sydney

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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.”

Small-Group Discovery

Select Globus 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 Globus 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.

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!

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 Center 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.
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Exploring Australia with the Legendary Ghan Train 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, 5 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 Free time this evening.

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Day 6 HOBART–ADELAIDE

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

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Day 7 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 8 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 9 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 10 ULURU–ALICE SPRINGS–THE 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 11 THE 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 12 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 13 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 14 DARWIN–CAIRNS

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

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Day 15 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 16 CAIRNS

CAIRNS Free day.

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Day 17 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 18 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 19 SYDNEY

SYDNEY Free day before dinner at a waterfront restaurant.

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Day 20 SYDNEY

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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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)


Melbourne
Uluru
Kakadu National Park
Cairns
Sydney

Melbourne

Eureka Skydeck & Edge Experience

Eureka Skydeck & Edge Experience

Nothing will prepare you for this awesome, bird's-eye view of Melbourne! Partake in 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). The 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: $

The Penguin Parade

The Penguin Parade

Make the most of your time in Melbourne and join this excurson to enjoy Phillip Island's stunning landscapes and the world-famous Penguin Parade.

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.

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: $$$$

The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road

On this full day tour, you'll experience this majestic coastal drive in style, with time to relax and fully appreciate the wonders of this world famous route.

Price Range: $$$$

Kangaroos & Koalas in the Wild

Kangaroos & Koalas in the Wild

Walk through natural bushland and experience Australia's wildlife up close, led by an experienced wildlife guide. On this day tour from Melbourne, you'll not only gain some great experiences, but you'll also be contributing to the health and wellbeing of Australia's native animals.

Price Range: $$$$

Uluru

Field of Light Uluru  - Limited Time Special Exhibit

Field of Light Uluru - Limited Time Special Exhibit

The Field of Light art installation, a global phenomenon by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, has come home to the place that inspired it--Uluru (Ayers Rock). More than 50,000 slender stems crowned with frosted glass spheres bloom as darkness falls over Australia's spiritual heartland. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Price Range: $

Ayers Rock by Helicopter

Ayers Rock by Helicopter

Take in Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the stunning surroundings on an exciting helicopter journey.

Price Range: $$$$

Harley Around the Rock

Harley Around the Rock

Are you a thrill seeker? Do you want to try something different? Like the feel of the open road and wind in your face? Here is your chance to experience all of these thing - see Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the back of a late model Heritage Softail Harley Davidson! This is a fun excursion for all ages!

Price Range: $$$$

Ayers Rock Sunrise Camel Ride

Ayers Rock Sunrise Camel Ride

Experience the Red Centre the Australian way! In the company of an expert local guide, head out into the fresh morning air for a peaceful, one-hour camel ride through the red sand dunes of the Outback.

Price Range: $$$

Kakadu National Park

Scenic Flight over Kakadu National Park - 60 minutes

Scenic Flight over Kakadu National Park - 60 minutes

Experience the majesty of the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, Australia's largest National Park, in aircraft specifically acquired for their suitability for scenic flights. This scenic flights enable you witness the majestic stone escarpments of this truly untouched landscape, which are best seen from the air.

Price Range: $$$$

Scenic Flight over Kakadu National Park - 30 minutes

Scenic Flight over Kakadu National Park - 30 minutes

Experience the majesty of the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, Australia's largest National Park, in aircraft specifically acquired for their suitability for scenic flights. This scenic flights enable you witness the majestic stone escarpments of this truly untouched landscape, which are best seen from the air.

Price Range: $$$

Cairns

Scenic Flight over the Great Barrier Reef

Scenic Flight over the Great Barrier Reef

Enjoy the exhilaration of flying over the 8th Wonder of the World - The Great Barrier Reef. Flying low over the reef, the pilot will show you the wonders that live beneath the sea as you search for sea turtles, manta rays and the interesting marine mammal, the dugong. You will marvel at the sheer size of coral displays that form part of the Great Barrier Reef. Make sure to have your camera ready for this excursion!

Price Range: $$$$

Sydney

The Rocks Pub Tour

The Rocks 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. A unique, fun tour that highlights the history, stories, and characters that helped shaped Sydney.

Price Range: $$

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Get ready for the climb of your life! This exhilarating excursion at the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is a unique way to enjoy incredible views of the city and its beautiful harbor.

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 beautiful Hunter Valley.

Price Range: $$$$

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

Join us for a full day excursion to the famed Blue Mountains, a journey into the heart of a unique UNESCO World Heritage Region.

Price Range: $$$$



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