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Australia Discovery with Rail

17 Days (16 Nights) | $4199

Day 1: Sydney

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Arrive in Sydney and transfer to your accommodation.

Day 2: Sydney Sightseeing

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Today join your coach to commence a full day Spectacular Sydney tour with Magistic lunch cruise. Travel to Manly Beach for a stroll along The Corso to see the beach that has made Manly famous. Along the way to Manly view Darling Harbour and then cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge stopping at Milsons Point for spectacular views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Stop at Arabanoo Lookout for a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy time at Manly beach before heading back to Sydney via the exclusive and trendy suburbs of Neutral Bay and Mosman.

Just before 12pm you’ll board the Magistic Cruises luxury 50 metre catamaran and enjoy a buffet lunch offering an array of fresh local seafood, meat and vegetable dishes, salads, desserts, cheeses and fruits as you cruise around Sydney Harbour. Following your cruise rejoin your coach and tour through the historic Rocks area and take in views of the Opera House, Hyde Park, St Mary's Cathedral, Parliament House and the Art Gallery. Stop at Mrs Macquarie's Chair for magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge and see the colourful Royal Botanic Gardens. Visit The Gap to enjoy the stunning views. Stop at the world famous Bondi Beach then rejoin the coach for the return journey to Sydney travelling through Paddington and the exclusive Eastern Suburbs.

Day 3: Sydney Free Day

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Perhaps take a tour to the Blue Mountains or a wine tour of the Hunter Valley.

Day 4: Sydney Cairns – Flight not included

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Upon arrival in Cairns you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 5: Cape Tribulation

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Travel to Port Douglas via the Captain Cook Highway, one of Australia's most scenic coastal drives. Join a guided tour and see the endagered cassowary and other wildlife with the opportunity to have our photo taken holding a koala, snake or crocodile (extra cost). 

Travel along the rainforest-fringed Cape Tribulation Road through Daintree National Park, a magnificent wilderness region. Depart for Jungle Surfing - a unique rainforest tour where your feet don't touch the ground. Fly through the trees on ziplines with a bird's eye view into the canopy and out to the reef. 

Depart Cape Tribulation for return journey with some comfort stops along the way. Stop at Alexandra Lookout for magnificent views. Depart north side of the river for the Daintree River Cruise. Spot crocodiles, birds and other wildlife as you journey through the mangrove.

Day 6: Great Barrier Reef Cruise

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Quicksilver takes you to Agincourt Reef, at the very outer edge of the Barrier Reef. Here, special reefs known as ‘ribbons’ run parallel to the Continental Shelf. Adjacent to the Coral Sea trench, these ribbon reefs are recognised as the most pristine eco-systems in the reef’s environment. Clear water provides the best possible underwater visibility, encourages rich coral growth and supports spectacular marine life. As the region’s outer reef pioneer, we chose the best location available to show you nature’s finest.

Day 7: Cairns – Darwin – Flight not included

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Transfer by shuttle to your hotel before joining an afternoon tour. Visit the Botanic Gardens, Stokes Hill Wharf Precinct, Mooring Basin and the Museum Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

Day 8: Kakadu National Park

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Travel into Kakadu National Park. Venture to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre and gain insight into the cultural and historical significance that the Park holds for its traditional owners. Join a guided boat cruise on Yellow Water and visit the Nourlangie art site.

Day 9: Litchfield National Park

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Travel to Ubirr to see preserved Aboriginal rock art before joining an indigenous guide for a cruise on the East Alligator River. Learn of the flora, fauna, Aboriginal mythology and history of the region and take a short walk into Arnhem Land before returning to Darwin.

Day 10: Darwin to Alice Springs on the Ghan

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A journey on The Ghan is an incomparable way to travel to the two jewels of Australia's Northern Territory - the Red Centre and the tropical Top End. No journey aboard The Ghan is complete without taking in both of these must-see destinations. The Ghan's timetable makes the most of the daylight hours to offer unsurpassed views of the passing landscape. From the sweeping Adelaide Plains unfolding before your eyes to the majestic Flinders Ranges, this first stage of the journey offers a perspective on South Australia you simply can't afford to miss. Each new day begins with a fresh panorama of this changing landscape. Red earth and cobalt blue skies – the essence of Central Australia takes on a character of its own with every passing hour.

Day 11: Arrive in Alice Springs

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On arrival at Alice Springs Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12 noon). See the sights including the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, School of the Air, Royal Flying Doctor Service and Alice Springs Reptile Centre.

Day 12: Alice Springs – Ayers Rock

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Travel to Ayers Rock Resort. Visit the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Walk through Walpa Gorge, following the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. Later, witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while sipping sparkling wine.

Day 13: Ayers Rock Sightseeing

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Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Afterwards board your coach and travel around the base of Uluru in comfort as your Driver Guide provides commentary about the numerous sacred sites and features to be found at Uluru. Continue by coach to the Kuniya Walk where your Driver Guide will escort you to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole. Later visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

Day 14: Ayers Rock – Melbourne Flight not included

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Today you will be transferred to your hotel for your flight to Melbourne, Sitting on the Yarra River, Melbourne is a maze of hidden laneways, opulent bars, exclusive restaurants and off-the-beaten-track designer boutiques. Visit Federation Square, the city’s landmark cultural space, and enjoy a sunset beer on the St Kilda Beach promenade. Wander Southbank’s cafes, bistros and bars and get a world tour of cuisines in Carlton, Richmond and Fitzroy.From Melbourne you can explore the surrounding areas of Yarra Valley for world class wines, the Mornington Peninsula, dotted with seaside villages & vineyards, Phillip Island to view the penguins, or travel to the spectacular Great Ocean Road to see the Twelve Apostles.

Day 15: Melbourne Sightseeing

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Join your small group of up to 12 guests on the Melbourne City Tour. This tour allows guests to enjoy the main attractions of this marvellous metropolis in a relaxed and entertaining way. Guides bring to life the stories behind the iconic buildings and also outline the most interesting places to visit. Whether it is a walk in the park, a trip to the Cathedral or a shopping spree at Victoria Market, there is a lot to admire and take in. The tour covers the hustle and bustle of downtown to the tranquillity of Carlton Gardens; from trendy Fitzroy to edgy St Kilda. Visit world famous Albert Park, home of the Australian F1, and the sports precinct including the famous MCG and Melbourne Park, home of the tennis Australian Open. The tour includes a stop at the Shrine of Remembrance and ends at Eureka Skydeck 88, where you can enjoy magnificent views of Melbourne from the 88th floor. 

Dining in Melbourne can be a fabulous experience, especially aboard the fleet of historical trams that have become The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels are the first travelling tramcar restaurants in the world and ensure a delightful innovative approach to dining.As they cruise the scenic streets of Melbourne, diners can enjoy our fine cuisine and drink the very best of Australian wines or make a selection from our fully stocked bar at a fully inclusive price. The atmosphere is cosy, the service friendly and the decor as inviting as the colonial period these trams reflect.The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant officially commenced operation in August 1983 and has since become a star attraction and tourist symbol for the city of Melbourne. Dining aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is not only a culinary delight, but also a trip into a little piece of Victoria's history.

Day 16: Philip Island

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Join your small group of up to 12 guests on this tour full of history, amazing landscapes and wildlife encounters. The first stop is at a historic working farm on Churchill Island. Here you will get a glimpse into a day in the lives of the first settlers on this remote island. A visit to the Koala Conservation Centre guarantees a close-up encounter with these furry little fellas in their natural habitat. Wallabies and echidnas can often be seen here in the wild. Stop for a walk on the boardwalk at The Nobbies where you can appreciate the full force of the ocean and maybe spot a few penguin nests. In summer months the tour allows for free time in Cowes for a stroll along the pier and a local seafood dish (own expense). Arrive at the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre with time to shop, have a coffee and meander down to the viewing platform to see the amusing arrival of the little penguins coming in on the surf.

Day 17: Melbourne

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You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Package Includes:

  • 15 nights of accommodation in your selected category
  • Full Day Sydney Sightseeing Tour
  • Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling Cruise
  • Jungle Surfing Tour in Cape Tribulation
  • Kakadu Day Tour
  • Litchfield Day Tour
  • The Ghan in Gold Cabin for 2
  • All Meals on board the Ghan
  • Excursions from the train
  • Alice Springs highlights tour
  • Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Sunrise and sunset at Uluru
  • View Aboriginal rock art
  • Melbourne City Tour
  • Philip Island Tour

Travel dates: 01 May – 30 April 

Moderate pricing from. $4,199
Superior pricing from. $4,649
Deluxe pricing from. $5,309


Pricing is based on per person, share twin in Canadian Dollars

Single, triple and family pricing is available on request.

The above pricing and itinerary is subject to seasonal surcharges and operational dates for the suppliers.

Please contact our office for an updated pricing and itinerary for your specific travel date.

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