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Amazing Australia Special The Ghan Departure

Australia & New Zealand
  • Duration: 25 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUSSLASGHN

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

​Sample life 'Down Under' on this inspirational tour which includes a visit to Kakadu National Park, an unforgettable journey on The Ghan train and a cruise to the Outer Barrier Reef. You'll also experience sunrise and sunset at Ayers Rock, and discover all the iconic sights of Perth, Cairns, Sydney and more.

​Sample life 'Down Under' on this inspirational tour which includes a visit to Kakadu National Park, an unforgettable journey on The Ghan train and a cruise to the Outer Barrier Reef. You'll also experience sunrise and sunset at Ayers Rock, and discover all the iconic sights of Perth, Cairns, Sydney and more.

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What's Included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Scheduled flights from Heathrow with Qantas Airlines
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 22 nights' in 3.5 & 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • 30 meals: 22 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Welcome drink
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Hotel porterage
  • Dedicated JY representative to greet you at all UK airports
  • ​Sightseeing in Perth, Darwin, Alice Springs, Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne
  • Visit to Kakadu National Park
  • Overnight rail journey on the iconic train, The Ghan
  • Sunset & sunrise at Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • 'Sounds of Silence' dinner
  • Great Barrier Reef cruise
  • Sheep station visit

Not Included

Itinerary

  • DAYS 1 & 2 UK to Perth
  • ​Meet your travelling companions at Heathrow and fly to Perth, arriving in the early hours of day 3.
  • DAY 3 Perth
  • ​You will have plenty of time to adjust after your flight with a further three-night stay in Perth. This lovely city has a compact centre and​ an inviting waterfront area. Along with its neighbouring port of Fremantle, it is one of the most envied locations in the world in which to live. It boasts golden beaches, superb restaurants, lush green parks, the broad expanse of the Swan River and a fantastic climate. Experience Perth's highlights on our included sightseeing tour today. This evening, get to know your travelling companions better over a drink and dinner.
  • DAY 4 Perth
  • You can spend today in Perth sightseeing at your own pace, or perhaps you'll join our optional tour of the lively port city of Fremantle. During some free time here, coffee-lovers should head to Cappuccino Strip, lined with open-air coffee shops, pubs and restaurants. Other highlights include the fishing boat harbour, a host of interesting museums and the historic Fremantle markets - more than 150 stalls selling everything from local delicacies to jewellery. Your tour is rounded off with a cruise on the Swan River.​
  • DAY 5 Perth
  • ​If you're an animal-lover, today's optional excursion is for you! You've the chance to see some of Australia's native creatures at Yanchep National Park. Kangaroos roam freely here, so you can get really close to the country's most famous animal, and you might also spot koalas. You'll then continue to the Aquarium of Western Australia, where among other highlights you can stroke stingray in the 'petting pond'.
    There's free time for lunch before you head to the Swan Valley Winery for a wine-tasting experience.​
  • DAY 6 Darwin
  • ​After flying to Darwin, we'll get to know the city on a sightseeing tour.
  • DAY 7 Kakadu National Park
  • ​Enjoy an exciting day in Kakadu National Park. This UNESCO-listed site boasts lush rainforest, thundering waterfalls and Aboriginal rock art up to 20,000 years old.
  • DAY 8 The Ghan
  • ​Today we step aboard The Ghan and begin our rail journey into the heart of Australia. Once on board this legendary train you'll be escorted to your comfortable private cabin and after time to settle in, a delicious lunch will be served. Enjoy some time to relax and admire the scenery outside the window as we make our way to the town of Katherine. Here we'll enjoy a cruise on the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge. Back on board you'll enjoy a sumptuous dinner, before retiring to your cabin for the night.
  • DAY 9 Alice Springs
  • ​When you awake on Day 9, you'll enjoy a hearty breakfast on board and then leave the train when it arrives in Alice Springs. This intriguing town is a hub of life in the vast desert of the Northern Territory. Alice is known for many things, the most famous of which, Uluru, we will visit on day 11.
    This evening you might be tempted to join an optional bush barbecue - an authentic experience that really sums up the spirit of the Australian Outback. The fun starts at sunset as we take to the road to try to spot kangaroos. Before you eat you can try your hand at boomerang throwing, and afterwards you can indulge in a spot of star-gazing.​
  • DAY 10 Alice Springs
  • ​In an area so remote, some of the facilities that many of us take for granted are not readily available. The flying doctor service and famous School of the Air are vital amenities for so many families living on farms and ranches in the Australian bush, and our tour will take us to the telegraph station that is the flying doctor base as well as the school headquarters.
    This afternoon you can opt to join an excursion to the Western MacDonnell Ranges. First you'll visit Simpsons Gap, a stunning gorge where water flows through a small gap in the mountains. This area is sacred to the Aboriginal people, as is our next stop, the Standley Chasm. Here, we'll take a stroll amongst sheer walls of red rock, which are simply breathtaking.​
  • DAY 11 Uluru
  • ​We take to the road today and make a stop at a camel farm, where there's the chance to take a camel ride.
    Our destination is Ayers Rock, officially referred to as Uluru by native Aboriginal people, which is situated in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The huge sandstone monolith that rises from the red dirt of the desert floor is a majestic sight and one of the world's most treasured natural wonders. It is two miles long, 1,000ft high and six miles around the base. It changes colour dramatically with the light and is a wondrous sight at any time of day, but even more so at sunrise and sunset, when its colours change dramatically. We will have the chance to admire Uluru at both of these magical times.
    This evening we'll enjoy a 'Sounds of Silence' dinner at a secluded spot in the middle of the desert. We'll eat under a star-strewn sky and sip Champagne as the sun sets at Uluru and the Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas.
  • DAY 12 Uluru and Cairns
  • ​We will visit Uluru as the sun rises this morning.  We will also have the very special opportunity to step into some of the caves in the base of the rock and admire the fascinating Aboriginal art that graces the walls. Off in the distance you will spot the mysterious Kata Tjuta, a range of 36 spectacular rock domes. This afternoon we will fly to Cairns.
  • DAY 13 Cairns
  • ​The Great Barrier Reef is variously described as the world's largest living thing and the eighth wonder of the world. It is a stupendous 1,400-mile wonderland of breathtakingly beautiful coral and colourful marine life, studded with unspoilt tropical islands. Today we include a trip by catamaran to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. You will have the chance to snorkel, visit an underwater observatory, take a cruise in a semi-submersible or simply admire your picture-perfect surroundings.
  • DAY 14 Cairns
  • ​Cairns enjoys an idyllic location between the ocean and lush tropics. It is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the great climate and sunshine that Australia is so famous for. Maybe you'll choose to take a ride on the Kuranda Railway. Widely regarded as one of the world's most spectacular rail journeys, the track burrows through 15 tunnels and traverses 40 bridges as it clings to the rock face.​
  • DAY 15 Cairns
  • ​If you want to get out in the great outdoors, come with us on an optional trip to Daintree Rainforest. This ecologically unique tropical forest is home to an extensive range of flora and fauna, and you'll head off on a cruise with an expert guide on the lookout for crocodiles. Lunch at the Daintree Tea House and a tour of Daintree are also included on this excursion.​
  • DAY 16 Sydney
  • We are going to fly to Sydney today. Sydney is Australia's biggest and most talked about city, and the home of so many iconic landmarks. The centre is surprisingly compact and can be easily explored on foot.​
  • DAY 17 Sydney
  • ​Our included sightseeing tour will show you Sydney's highlights, including the world-famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House, which dominate the vast and picturesque harbour. Other memorable sights include Bondi Beach, Hyde Park, Darling Harbour and Mrs Macquarie's Chair.
    After your tour, maybe opt to set off on an hour-long cruise around the harbour.​
  • DAY 18 Sydney
  • ​If you choose to join today's optional excursion, you've a full day of thrills ahead. Start at Featherdale Wildlife Park, which is home to more than 300 species of native animals, from koalas to Tasmanian devils.
    You'll then head through the Blue Mountains, past the Three Sisters rock formation and along Jamieson Valley - Australia's answer to the Grand Canyon. Finally, you'll visit Scenic World, where you can opt to take a journey on the world's steepest incline railway into ancient rainforest or enjoy a cable-car ride over the valley.
  • DAY 19 Sydney
  • ​You can choose from a couple of exciting optional excursions today. If you've a head for heights, you could take in exceptional views of Sydney Harbour and the surrounding area on a guided Sydney Harbour Bridge climb. Don't worry, you'll get a safety briefing beforehand and will wear a harness at all times. At the end you'll receive a group photo, a cap, certificate and a pass to the Pylon Lookout for further sweeping views.
    Alternatively, you may choose to view Sydney from even higher up, on a panoramic helicopter ride. Remember to take your camera along and snap shots of Bondi Beach, Botany Bay, Sydney Harbour and Opera House, and much more, as you listen to your pilot's informative commentary through headphones.​
  • DAY 20 Canberra
  • ​Canberra is a beautifully landscaped city. The peaceful tree-lined avenues and uncrowded centre make it hard to believe that this is the Australian capital. Visit the government buildings and get a glimpse of the Prime Minister's Lodge on our tour today. En route, we will stop at a sheep station for a sheep shearing demonstration and a barbecue lunch.
  • DAYS 21 & 22 Melbourne
  • ​Colonial-style buildings, beautiful parks, wealthy garden suburbs, wide boulevards and trams make Melbourne the most European of Australia's cities. It has a sophisticated, more formal atmosphere yet is also the sports capital of the country. It's the home of Australian Rules Football, the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Melbourne Cup.
    Our included sightseeing tour on day 21 gives a great overview of the city including Fitzroy Gardens where you will catch a glimpse of Captain Cook's cottage.
    Explore Melbourne at leisure on day 22. You could head to the Botantical Gardens with their unrivalled view of the skyline or perhaps take a tram trip to the seaside resort of St Kilda with its laid-back beaches and quirky shops. An optional afternoon visit to Philip Island, where you can see the remarkable Penguin Parade, will also be available.
  • DAY 23 Melbourne
  • Your final day is free for you to explore more of Melbourne at your own pace. Alternatively, why not take an optional trip to Ballarat, famous for the Gold Rush of 1851. You'll also visit Sovereign Hill open-air museum, which recreates the first decade after the discovery of gold here, and take a tour of the gold mines. There will be time for a stroll around the town and to visit the Gold Museum before we head back to our hotel. 
    This evening we will gather as a group to enjoy a five-course farewell dinner in The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, a famous fleet of historic trams that now act as sumptuous dining venues.​
  • DAYS 24 & 25 Melbourne to the UK
  • ​Enjoy time at leisure on day 24 before your return flight to the UK, arriving on day 25.
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Accommodation

    • Travelodge Perth
    • The 4-star Travelodge Perth is centrally located in the heart of the Perth CBD, and enjoys a picturesque setting in the centre of the city, with access to major Perth attractions, entertainment venues, shopping and dining, Kings Park and the Swan River. Rooms have en suite facilities, air-conditioning, TV, tea & coffee-making facilities, and hairdryer.
    • Travelodge Mirambeena Resort Darwin
    • Travelodge Resort Darwin is located close to great shopping areas and many major city attractions. The resort is positioned in the perfect location to experience all the area has to offer. The hotel has a pool and a gym.
    • The Ghan Train
    • Your Gold Single is a compact sleeper cabin featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage. Power outlets are available in your cabin and in-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary is available.
    • Double Tree by Hilton Alice Springs
    • Experience eco-friendly luxury and enjoy stunning views of the majestic MacDonnell Mountain Ranges when you stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs. Conveniently located just off the Stuart Highway, the hotel is only 15 minutes’ drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown. Enjoy easy access to many businesses, government offices and attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Desert Park and Anzac Hill. Ideal for both corporate and leisure guests, this Alice Springs hotel offers fantastic business and recreational facilities and friendly service from our dedicated staff. We will even welcome you with a signature, warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie when you check in.
    • Sails in the Desert Hotel
    • Sails in the Desert is a perfect gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It is conveniently located just 5-minute walk from the Uluru lookout making it a great place to spot sunrise and sunset. Air-conditioned rooms come with private en-suite facilities featuring bathrobes, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Additionally, rooms include flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and tea/coffee-making facilities. Other hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court, a bar and a range of various dining options.
    • Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside
    • The 4-star Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside is located on the Cairns Esplanade overlooking beautiful Trinity Bay, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and boasting breathtaking ocean and hinterland views. Guests can also enjoy a range of hotel amenities and services, including Teshi’s Restaurant, Blue Mango Café Wine Bar, swimming pool and spa, 24-hour room service, free CBD shuttle, and more. Just a short stroll into town along the esplanade and only 5 minutes drive from Cairns Airport, the Holiday Inn Cairns is the perfect place for you to relax and unwind in tropical North Queensland. ,br>
      The hotel offers 173 stylishly appointed rooms, each with its own private balcony and en suite facilities, stereo, TV, coffee/tea-making facilities, minibar, internet access and hairdryer.
    • Mercure Sydney
    • This modern hotel provides convenient accommodation in the Sydney CBD. Air-conditioned rooms feature flat-screen TVs, a refrigerator and tea/coffee-making facilities. Other hotel facilities include a rooftop swimming pool with panoramic city views, a sauna and a fitness centre. The Four Elements Restaurant, located on-site, serves both Australian and international cuisine, while a wide selection of cocktails and wines can be enjoyed at The Four Elements Lounge and Bar.
    • Mercure Canberra
    • Mercure Canberra is a unique hotel set around an impressive courtyard. It''s in a convenient location too, close to the shops, bars and restaurants of the city centre.

      Hotel facilities include a restaurant and a bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities and a minibar.
    • Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
    • The Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne is a heritage listed hotel. Within walking distance you can find shopping, dining & entertainment, perfect for exploring. There is also a bar, restaurant and fitness centre, if you wish to stay at the hotel. Rooms are furnished with air-conditioning, safe, TV and tea & coffee-making facilities.
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Optional Excursions

  • Fremantle & Swan River cruise
  • Bush barbecue
  • Daintree
  • Kuranda Railway
  • Featherdale & Blue Mountains
  • Philip Island penguin parade
  • Sydney helicopter flight
  • Sydney Bridge climb

Philip Island penguin parade, Daintree and Bush barbecue can be pre-booked as a package.

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Further Information

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