Great Adventure Down Under with the Legendary Ghan Train (PT)

28 Day Tour from Melbourne to Auckland

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It’s easy to lose your train of thought on this all-encompassing, 28-day tour through Australia and New Zealand, especially when it includes world-class cities, extraordinary scenery, unique wildlife, and an incredible 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. Other moving Experiences on this over-the-top Down Under vacation include an outback barbecue in the Red Center, a jumping crocodile cruise in Darwin, a snorkeling excursion at the Great Barrier Reef, and a wetlands cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong. In New Zealand, prepare to be moved by a cooked-by-hot-stone Hangi dinner, a gondola ride to the peaks of Queenstown, a cruise through the towering rock walls of Milford Sound, and even a silent boat trip through Waitomo’s famous eerily lit Glowworm Caves. Board here for unrivaled views, unexpected experiences, and an unbelievable adventure.

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!

Accommodation Spotlight Stay overnight at the historic Hermitage Hotel, nestled at the base of Mount Cook. From splendid views and fresh mountain air to luxuriously modern amenities in this iconic New Zealand hotel.

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.

Great Adventure Down Under with the Legendary Ghan Train map

 Photo Highlights

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

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Te Wahipounamu
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Wet Tropics of Queensland

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 10 dinners

 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 sightseeing includes Federation Square, 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.

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Melbourne with an excursion to Yarra Valley, home to award-winning wines or an excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade. These 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 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

ADELAIDE 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 a visit to the 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 (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
ULURU Sunset drink followed by an Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local FavoriteOutback campfire and 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.

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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 legendary Ghan train.

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Day 11 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 Guided jumping crocodile 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 the 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.

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Cairns with a 4-wheel-drive excursion in the Daintree Rainforest. 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 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 at 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–CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND

Fly to Christchurch.

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Day 21 CHRISTCHURCH–MOUNT COOK

CHRISTCHURCH City sightseeing. Scenic drive to Mount Cook National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage area).
MOUNT COOK Evening at leisure.

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Day 22 MOUNT COOK–QUEENSTOWN

MOUNT COOK Free time this morning before a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center.
Scenic drive en route to Queenstown.
QUEENSTOWN Free time this evening.

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Day 23 QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND

MILFORD SOUND Full-day sightseeing in Fiordland National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes a scenic cruise in Milford Sound with the chance to see marine wildlife, waterfalls, glaciers, and rainforests. Late evening return to Queenstown. Please note that the excursion to Milford Sound may happen on Day 24 based on weather and road conditions today.

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Day 24 QUEENSTOWN

QUEENSTOWN Free day before a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak, including dinner with amazing views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable Mountains, Lake Wakatipu, and Queenstown.

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Queenstown with a thrilling jet-boat ride on the Kawarau and Dart Rivers. This and many more options throughout your tour are available to purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

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Day 25 QUEENSTOWN–ROTORUA

Fly to Rotorua.
ROTORUA Traditional Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Hangi dinner with a Máori (indigenous Polynesian people) cultural performance.

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Day 26 ROTORUA

ROTORUA Guided sightseeing includes the Agrodome sheep farm, and Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see native bush and wildlife, including the shy Kiwi bird and Te Puia with its geysers, boiling mudpools, and silica terraces. Free time this afternoon and evening.

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Day 27 ROTORUA–WAITOMO–AUCKLAND

WAITOMO Sightseeing with Local Guide at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves includes a boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto. Continue to Auckland.
AUCKLAND Farewell dinner at Sky Tower.

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Day 28 AUCKLAND

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)


Uluru

Uluru

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: $$$

Ayers Rock by Helicopter

Ayers Rock by Helicopter

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

Price Range: $$$$

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: $

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: $$$$



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