Exploring Australia with the Legendary Ghan Train & Southern Lights 2022 - 21 Day Tour from Melbourne to Sydney
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Exploring Australia with the Legendary Ghan Train & Southern Lights 2022

21 Day Tour from Melbourne to Sydney

Starting at $7,908


Destinations & Sightseeing
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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.”

Spend an extra night in Hobart for the chance to witness Mother Nature cast her magical aurora australis (southern lights) across the night sky of Tasmania—one of the best places on earth to see this heavenly light show. Includes two evening excursions with a Local Expert to learn how the aurora australis differs from the northern lights (aurora borealis). Enjoy warm drinks and treats and learn how to take the perfect photograph of the lights dancing across the horizon.

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Destination & Sightseeing

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!
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.

MEALS

Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 6 dinners

ITINERARY

Day 1
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
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Day 2
MELBOURNE Morning guided sightseeing includes Parliament House, the Shrine of Remembrance, Queen Victoria Market, and beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. Free time in the afternoon and evening
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Day 3
MELBOURNE Free day
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Day 4
Fly to Hobart. HOBART Guided walking tour of the waterfront district. Dinner at a local restaurant
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Day 5
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 Evening excursion with a Local Expert for the chance to view the Southern Lights (aurora australis). Learn how the Southern Lights differ from the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) and hear stories about the significance of the “Fire in the Sky” to the Australia Aboriginal communities. Warm drinks and treats are provided during this special evening. (B,L) NOTE: The aurora is most active late at night or early in the morning when the sky is clear and the air chilly. Viewings are scheduled from 7pm-10pm. While the aurora is frequently seen May through August, it is up to Mother Nature to create the special conditions in order to witness this phenomenon
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Day 6
HOBART Free day to explore more of Hobart on your own. This evening, another chance to view the Southern Lights. Our Local Expert is on hand to answer all your questions, share local insight and give pointers on how to take the perfect photographs of the lights dancing across the sky. Warm drinks and treats are provided
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Day 7
Fly to Adelaide (via Melbourne). ADELAIDE Orientation drive. Free time this evening
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Day 8
Travel 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
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Day 9
Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock) (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). ULURU Sunset drink followed by [LF] Outback barbecue
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Day 10
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
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Day 11
Scenic drive through the Outback en route to Alice Springs. ALICE SPRINGS Embark on the legendary The Ghan train
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Day 12
KATHERINE GORGE [LF] Choice of sightseeing includes a scenic cruise or a visit to a working Outback cattle station. DARWIN Free time this evening
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Day 13
DARWIN Jumping crocodile guided cruise. KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Guided sightseeing in Kakadu National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
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Day 14
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
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Day 15
Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.”
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Day 16
OUTER 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
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Day 17
CAIRNS Free day
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Day 18
CAIRNS Visit to the Koala Gardens includes having your photo taken with a koala. Fly to Sydney. SYDNEY Free time this evening
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Day 19
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
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Day 20
SYDNEY Free day before dinner at a waterfront restaurant
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Day 21
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Accommodations

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The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins
First-Class



630 Little Collins Street Melbourne VIC Australia

Situated in the heart of downtown Melbourne, The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins is ideally located for exploring the city. The hotel features an on-site restaurant, bar, gym, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
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