Great Southern - Heritage Highlights Journey

Friday 10th January 2020 only
3 Days
3 Nights
9 Meals

Adelaide to Brisbane

Step off the beaten track and discover inland New South Wales with a one-off journey travelling Adelaide to Brisbane on the 10th of January departure only. After taking in the breathtaking views of the Grampians put on your blue suede shoes and celebrate ‘The King’ at the Parkes Elvis Festival or explore Orange, the picturesque birthplace of legendary Australian poet Banjo Patterson. Soak up the history of the quaint gold mining town of Gulgong which inspired the works of one of Australia’s best-known writers, Henry Lawson and take in the beautiful scenery of regional New South Wales as we travel through it. Don’t miss this iconic journey filled with surprises, including an extra night at no extra cost.

HIGHLIGHTS AND INCLUSIONS

  • 3 days/ 3 nights aboard the Great Southern
  • All-inclusive meals, fine wines, and beverages
  • A regionally-inspired menu paired with a selection of local wines
  • Off train experiences in the Grampians, Canberra, and the Northern NSW coast

Day 1

ADELAIDE AND THE GRAMPIANS

As the train leaves Adelaide, take your time to settle in and get familiar with your cabin. Enjoy morning tea and then savour a relaxed lunch on board while watching the ever-changing landscape glide by. In the late afternoon, the train will arrive in regional Victoria where you’ll have a chance to experience the spectacular wilderness of the Grampians region, with its ancient sandstone mountains and diverse native wildlife. Here you can enjoy a breathtaking walk, take in the impressive panoramic views of the Grampians at a lookout or take it easy at a local winery and sample some of the region’s best wines.

Your first day culminates with an off-train dinner where you’ll enjoy local produce and regional wines in a uniquely Grampians setting before returning to the train for the night.

Day 2

PARKES AND ORANGE
Enjoy a relaxing breakfast on board before arriving into regional New South Wales where you can choose from one of the following Off Train Excursions.
  1. The King: Put on your blue suede shoes and embrace the iconic Parkes Elvis Festival. Enjoy lunch and a show and immerse yourself in the Elvis festival atmosphere before travelling to Orange to reboard the train (low intensity).
  2. Orange Explorer: If the King is not for you, travel east towards the delightful town of Orange – birthplace of legendary poet Banjo Paterson. Stop for a relaxing lunch among the vineyards before discovering the rich history and beauty of Orange with a self-paced Heritage Trail walk and a visit to the Orange Regional Museum (low/med intensity).
  3. Orange Wine Region: Head east and explore the burgeoning wineries of Orange. After a relaxing lunch amongst the vineyards, visit some of the best cellar doors in the area and discover some new favourite wines (low intensity).
Return to the train to enjoy your chef-prepared meal onboard and share your days experiences with your fellow guests before retiring to your private cabin for the night.

Day 3

GULGONG

Today is a unique adventure taking you to places seldom seen. Enjoy an early breakfast onboard the Great Southern before disembarking to explore the quaint, gold mining town of Gulgong where Australian icon Henry Lawson grew up and found inspiration for many of his works. Visit the Pioneer Museum and Henry Lawson Centre, or marvel at some of the 130 National Trust listed buildings in town.

Then you’ll travel by coach to Muswellbrook to reboard the Great Southern in time for a late lunch, followed by ample time to relax on board and enjoy the views.

Enjoy dinner on board and finish this unique day with a drink in the lounge car before retiring for the night.

Day 4

ARRIVE BRISBANE

As the train rolls into its final destination, enjoy a light breakfast on board before disembarking in Brisbane.

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