Australia by train - an independent tour
Travelling on a comfortable train along the Australian coastline from Sydney in the south to Cairns in the north you not only get to see the countryside but also get to meet real Australians - can you imagine a better way to socialize than sharing a glass of fine Australian wine on the train bar as the magnificent countryside glides by the panoramic windows?
Sample a wide variety of scenery, culture and accommodations: Starting with cosmopolitan Sydney which ranks as one of the world’s most spectacular cities, your next stop is at a huge retreat in the wine country of Hunter Valley before continuing by train to Coffs Harbour, a favorite vacation destination for Australians. After you have had a first taste of the gorgeous beaches and surf that Australia is justly famous for, head north into Queensland - where you will be spending a few days at the Gold Coast, before continuing to Australia's Sunshine Coast; then its off to the romantic Whitsunday Islands. For the next few days enjoy the resort life before going north to Cairns, the magical place where an ancient tropical rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef.
Your Sydney to Cairns by Rail vacation package includes:
Round-trip air, including applicable fuel surcharges and airport taxes/fees,
from Los Angeles to Australia (low add-on fares are available from most major airports nationwide).
All rail travel in Australia.
2 Nights’ accommodations in Sydney.
A guided cruise on the spectacular Sydney Harbor.
2 Nights' accommodations at the Eaglereach Station (Wilderness Resort in Hunter Valley wine country).
2 Nights' accommodations at Coffs Harbour.
3 Nights' accommodations at Australia's vacation playground, the Gold Coast
3 Nights' accommodations at the Sunshine Coast
3 Nights' stay at an island resort on the Whitsundays.
4 Nights’ accommodations at Cairns or Port Douglas.
Full-Day Outer Barrier Reef Cruise with seafood buffet lunch included.
Airport-hotel transfers in Sydney and Cairns.
All hotel service charges and government taxes applicable on the above services
An Aboriginal elder
Ayers Rock & Aboriginal Culture (3 Days)
Experience the 30,000-year-old culture of the Australian Aboriginals by visiting th impressive Ayers Rock (also known by the aboriginal name, Uluru) in the midst of Central Australia. Your visit to the Uluru National Park also includes the fascinating rock formation known as the Olgas (Katatjuta) and of course the monumental Ayers Rock. Before you have had a chance to realize how much larger it looks in real life compared to all the photographs that you may have seen, you will be mesmerized by the spectacular natural show of the rock changing color with the varying hues of the setting sun. Local guides will explain the religious and cultural significance of the Rock to the Aboriginals and you may have the opportunity to climb the rock.
Your Ayers Rock extension includes:
Domestic airfare to and from Ayers Rock
3 Days’ (2 Nights’) accommodation in the Yulara National Park
Afternoon tour of Olgas, followed by a sunset visit to Ayers Rock
Early morning trip to climb Ayers Rock
Mid-morning guided tour of the base of the Rock, with a special emphasis on Aboriginal culture.
All airport transfers
Sydney to Cairns by Rail
25-Day Vacation from $4,379
|10/1 - 11/30/16||$4,489||$5,499|
|12/1 - 12/31/16||$4,939||$5,989|
|Ayers Rock Ext.||$999||$1,129|
We offer two categories of accommodation: Silver hotels are carefully selected for their excellent value - all rooms have private facilities and a tea/coffee maker. Gold hotels are better located, offer more spacious rooms with better amenities and a higher standard of service.
The departure date determines the price applicable. All prices are per person and based on twin-share accommodation.
Weekend flights (Thu - Sunday inclusive) attract a surcharge of $50.
The tour price does not include meals (other than those indicated), personal expenses and travel / rental car insurance.