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Time to begin the next chapter of your adventure aboard the Great Southern. As you depart Brisbane, settle into your cabin and enjoy the fabulous food, wine, service and social atmosphere of this exceptional journey.
After setting off from Brisbane, enjoy lunch on board and a relaxing afternoon settling into your private cabin before arriving at the coastal town of Coffs Harbour. As the sun dips beneath the horizon, enjoy a unique beachside dinner where you’ll feast on local produce and fresh seafood matched with fine wines, while the waves lap at the shore nearby. After a few leisurely hours, you’ll reboard the train and set off for the night.
Overnight: 3 nights Great Southern (L,D)
Start the day with a hearty breakfast on board before setting off for a full day of Off Train Excursions. Today you get to choose your own adventure with your choice of the Hunter Valley, Newcastle or Port Stephens.
Hunter Valley Wine Region: Meander through the picturesque and historic vineyards of the Hunter Valley, where you can sample wines from both world-renowned brands and boutique cellar doors. Your day will include cellar door experiences, winery tours and a sumptuous lunch (low intensity).
Port Stephens by Land and Sea: Experience the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes and beach by 4WD van, stopping to hunt for pippies and driving to the top of a sand dune before travelling to Nelson Bay for a relaxing afternoon cruise and lunch (medium intensity).
Newcastle Explorer: Take in spectacular coastal views and discover Newcastle’s unique blend of old and new with a guided walking tour and historical site visit. After lunch, visit Strzelecki Lookout and a stroll along the Newcastle Memorial Walk (medium intensity).
In the evening, return to the train to enjoy a regionally inspired meal prepared onboard before retiring for the night. (B,L,D)
After enjoying breakfast onboard, you can choose to discover either the bustling city of Melbourne or to take a road trip to explore the unforgettable Twelve Apostles.
Melbourne Explorer*: Take in the breathtaking views of Melbourne from Eureka Skydeck, the highest public observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere, and lunch at Eureka 89. Then get to know Melbourne city with your choice of a laneway walking tour, a tour of the National Gallery of Victoria or free time to shop and enjoy the city sights. As the day ends, the coach will transport you towards the awaiting train at Inverleigh Station stopping along the way for a sumptuous dinner (low/medium intensity).
Twelve Apostles: After lunch on board, set off on a road trip by coach through regional Victoria to the unforgettable Twelve Apostles, a majestic collection of crumbling pillars rising from the Southern Ocean, and spectacular Loch Ard Gorge. On the return journey to Inverleigh Station, enjoy dinner and drinks in regional Victoria (low/medium intensity).
Optional upgrade available: Twelve Apostles Scenic Flight. Note: Travel time to the Twelve Apostles is between 1.5 to 2hrs each way.
*Christmas Day and New Years Day tours will differ.
Once you’re back on board, head to the lounge car to enjoy a nightcap and chat with friends or simply return to your cabin to unwind before heading to bed. (B,L,D)
Upon arrival into Adelaide, you will be transferred to your hotel. The days is yours to explore one of Australia’s most elegant and sophisticated cities.
OVERNIGHT: 4 nights Majestic Roof Garden Hotel (B)
Adelaide is a cosmopolitan city thriving with vibrant culture built on world famous festivals, food and wine, with a rich past and a passion for fine living. Your Adelaide City Tour this morning provides the perfect opportunity to see the highlights of the elegant city and Adelaide, including Victoria Square, Chinatown, St Peter’s Cathedral, Stunning Adelaide Oval, and so much more.
Delight in a leisurely long lunch at Riverside Restaurant overlooking the newly developed river bank precinct after our Adelaide City Tour. Revel in a tantalising three course meal showcasing South Australia’s finest produce and discerningly paired with wine. Then there is time to walk off lunch as you wander back to your hotel and contemplate where you might enjoy your dinner in this city of gourmet delights – if you have room! (B,L)
Explore more of Adelaide at your leisure. (B)
Today your boutique wine and food touring continues with a visit to the very special and historic Northern Barossa with its 80 cellar doors. You’ll even visit one of the oldest vineyards in the world where Shiraz vines were planted in 1843. (B,L)
After breakfast, check out of your accommodation. (B)