3 Cities 3 Trains (departing Sydney)
For rail holiday enthusiasts, this 8 night/9 day holiday includes journeys on the XPT, the Overland and Indian Pacific. Travel from Sydney to explore Melbourne and then on to historic Adelaide. You’ll enjoy city highlights tours in both capital cities as well as day tours to the Barossa and McLaren Vale, with cellar door tastings in these renowned South Australian wine regions.
This morning depart Sydney on the XPT, and travel first class to Melbourne. In the early evening you will arrive at Southern Cross Station in the heart of Melbourne city and make your way to your hotel.
Overnight: Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill or similar, 3 nights
This morning you will join a guided city walking tour and learn about Melbourne’s famous laneways and arcades. Explore the historic Royal and Block Arcades, and walk past the vibrant cafes and bars of Degraves Street and Flinders Lane, plus see the popular street art in Hosier Lane. Then board your comfortable coach for a tour past iconic landmarks such as the Queen Victoria Markets, St Paul’s Cathedral, Flinders Street Station and the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Today is a free day to explore the sights of Melbourne. There are many day tours to choose from and a trip to Phillip Island to see the evening Penguin Parade is a popular way to spend the day. A journey down the picturesque Great Ocean Road to the famous Twelve Apostles is a fabulous way to see the spectacular coastline of Victoria. Alternatively, jump on a tram and head to St Kilda, the beautiful seaside suburb famous for its palm-lined boardwalk, fabulous old buildings, great restaurants, bars and cafes.
Board the Overland and settle into your Premium Service seat for the journey to Adelaide. Enjoy the changing landscape from your window while you are treated to top service by the crew. You’ll arrive into Adelaide relaxed and refreshed late afternoon.
Overnight: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel or similar, 4 nights
Today is a free day to explore the city of Adelaide. Discover Adelaide’s cultural boulevard, North Terrace, and visit the Adelaide Museum or Art Gallery.
Or take the tram down to Glenelg, one of Adelaide’s most popular seaside suburbs, and wander through the shops on Jetty Road, and enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants on the Marina.
Today travel into South Australia’s premium wine region, The Barossa. Taste award-winning wines and enjoy morning tea at Pindarie Wine Estate. Then it’s on to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, where you will hear all about Maggie’s story of becoming an Australian food icon and gourmet food producer. You’ll get to sample a range of food delights and can make a purchase from her extensive product range.
There will be more wine tastings and a gourmet lunch at Lambert Estate, before finishing the day at Barossa Valley Chocolate Company, where you will enjoy a chocolate and wine pairing.
Today discover some of the best food and wine McLaren Vale has to offer, including a highlight of the day, a guided tour and tastings, plus lunch at the spectacular d’Arenberg Cube. You will enjoy a tour and tastings at Wirra Wirra, and an option of either wine, gin or beer tastings at Beresford Wines. Then to finish your day, there will be free time to explore the galleries and shops in the main street.
This morning make your way to the Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal to board the Indian Pacific. Settle into your Gold Service cabin, and enjoy the meals, beverages and facilities available to you as you start your return rail leg to Sydney. On the way you’ll stop at Broken Hill where you can choose from a selection of off train experiences, including the magnificent Drag Queens performing at the Palace Hotel, made famous in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Or if local art is more your thing, you may like to visit Broken Hill’s Regional Art Gallery, or see the much loved “Big Picture”, housed in the Silver City Mint and Art Centre.
Overnight: Indian Pacific
On your last day you may like to enjoy an off train excursion as the train pulls into the Blue Mountains. Visit the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains, where you can take the scenic Prince Henry Cliff Walk, the perfect location to see the spectacular Jamison Valley and iconic Three Sisters. Enjoy a light lunch at The Lookout Restaurant before continuing your rail journey to Central Station in Sydney. Alternatively you may prefer to travel straight through to Sydney by continuing the journey on the Indian Pacific.
Terms and Conditions
Prices are per person, correct at time of printing and valid till 31 March 2023. Single Supplement is an additional $630pp. All components are subject to availability and may change at any time. A non-refundable deposit of $1500pp is required when booking and the balance is due 70 days prior to departure. Any amendments will incur an additional cost, and strict cancellation fees apply – travel insurance is highly recommended for an additional cost. Read our latest COVID Safe practices and policies.