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Exploring Australia with the Legendary Ghan Train

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.”

Highlights of Exploring Australia with the Legendary Ghan Train

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Travelers Notes

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.

Small Group

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select South Pacific dates. A Small-Group Discovery is 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 trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

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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.

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UNESCO Sites

Australian Convict Sites|Great Barrier Reef|Kakadu National Park|Sydney Opera House|Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park|Wet Tropics of Queensland

Meals

Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 6 dinners

Itineraries

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. (D)

Day 2

MELBOURNEMELBOURNE Morning guided sightseeing includes Parliament House, the Shrine of Remembrance, Queen Victoria Market, and beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. Free time in the afternoon and evening. (B)

Day 3

MELBOURNEMELBOURNE Free day. (B)

Day 4

MELBOURNE–HOBARTFly to Hobart.
HOBART Guided walking tour of the waterfront district. Dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

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. (B,L)

Day 6

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

Day 7

ADELAIDE. EXCURSION TO KANGAROO ISLANDTravel by motorcoach and ferry to Kangaroo Island.
KANGAROO ISLAND [LF] 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. (B,L)

Day 8

ADELAIDE–ULURU (AYERS ROCK) Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock) (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
ULURU Sunset drink followed by [LF] Outback barbecue. (B,D)

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. (B)

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.

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. (B,D)

Day 11

THE GHAN TRAIN–KATHERINE–DARWINKATHERINE GORGE [LF] Choice of sightseeing includes a scenic cruise or a visit to a working Outback cattle station.
DARWIN Free time this evening. (B,L)

Day 12

DARWIN–KAKADU NATIONAL PARKDARWIN Jumping crocodile guided cruise.
KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Guided sightseeing in Kakadu National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). (B,D)

Day 13

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK–DARWIN KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Guided [LF] wetlands cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong.
DARWIN City orientation drive includes Darwin Museum and lunch at a local roadhouse. (B,L)

Day 14

DARWIN–CAIRNS Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” (B)

Day 15

CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEFOUTER 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. (B,L)

Day 16

CAIRNSCAIRNS Free day. (B)

Day 17

CAIRNS–SYDNEYCAIRNS Visit to the Koala Gardens includes having your photo taken with a koala. Fly to Sydney.
SYDNEY Free time this evening. (B)

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. (B)

Day 19

SYDNEYSYDNEY Free day before dinner at a waterfront restaurant. (B,D)

Day 20

SYDNEYYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2023-01-26 2023-01-28 2023-02-16 $7789 $0 $9126 PX30128 Not Available
2 2023-02-02 2023-02-04 2023-02-23 $7769 $0 $9106 PX30204 Not Available
3 2023-02-16 2023-02-18 2023-03-09 $8519 $0 $9856 PX30218K Not Available
4 2023-02-23 2023-02-25 2023-03-16 $7909 $0 $9246 PX30225 Not Available
5 2023-03-09 2023-03-11 2023-03-30 $7759 $0 $9096 PX30311 Not Available
6 2023-03-16 2023-03-18 2023-04-06 $7729 $0 $9066 PX30318 Not Available
7 2023-03-23 2023-03-25 2023-04-13 $8869 $0 $10206 PX30325K Not Available
8 2023-04-13 2023-04-15 2023-05-04 $8299 $0 $9636 PX30415 Not Available
9 2023-04-27 2023-04-29 2023-05-18 $8499 $0 $9836 PX30429 Not Available

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