Leaving Cairns on an early flight, we head to Uluru, the icon of Australia’s outback, and the world’s largest monolith. Uluru is a site of deep cultural significance to the aboriginal communities of the Northern Territory. Relax and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine whilst witnessing the changing colours as the sun begins to set. It’s truly a photographer’s delight. Overnight at the four-star Desert Gardens Hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast
This morning there’s an opportunity to see the sunrise over Uluru for those of us who wish to do so. A little later, we take a tour of the impressive series of rounded sandstone domes known as the Olgas. This afternoon we travel east through amazing outback landscapes as we journey along the scenic Lasseter and Stuart Highways and make our way to the outback town of Alice Springs. Our home for the next two nights is the four-star DoubleTree by Hilton.
Included meals: Breakfast
Our day is free to relax or explore the outback. You may wish to take a trip to the Western MacDonnell Ranges; an excellent opportunity to get a real picture of life in the outback. The full day excursion takes us through the wondrous and picturesque scenery of Simpson’s Gap and the towering granite walls of Standley Chasm.
Included meals: Breakfast
This morning, we board our coach and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Alice Springs. Visits include the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the School of the Air, and the Old Telegraph Station, now a museum and the site of the old springs from which Alice gets its name.
Then it’s time to make our way to Alice Springs Rail Terminal ready for our magnificent overland rail journey to Adelaide, on Australia’s southern coastline. Known for being one of the world’s iconic rail journeys, The Ghan was named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route. Our twin accommodation is in Gold Service cabins, featuring air-conditioned, private sleepers, all with upper and lower bunk beds, en-suite shower, washbasin and toilet. Single travellers will be accommodated in Gold Service single cabins, which are configured as a lounge chair by day, converting into a bed at night, with shared bathroom facilities at the end of each carriage. Whilst onboard, all our meals are included, as are a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. During lunch, marvel at the everchanging landscape as we journey south. Later enjoy an off-train experience as The Ghan makes a short stop in Manguri. This evening following dinner, sleep to the rhythm of the rails.
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner PLUS selected onboard drinks
In 25 hours aboard The Ghan we will have covered 1,555 kilometres and passed golden wheat fields, vast sheep stations, rugged mountain ranges, salt lakes and the Simpson Desert. Following breakfast this morning, we arrive into Adelaide. Surrounded by grassy parkland, picturesque hills and the Mount Lofty Range, Adelaide could scarcely present a more captivating aspect. We shall take a sightseeing tour and be introduced to Adelaide’s streets, Victorian buildings and attractive parks and gardens that surround the city. Later, we arrive at the Peppers Waymouth, for our next two nights.
Included meals: Breakfast
A Freedom Day to spend as you please. Take a look around Adelaide on foot or perhaps take an optional tour to the famous wine-growing region of the Barossa Valley. Alternatively visit Kangaroo Island, situated on the Fleurieu Peninsula, which offers a unique touring experience combining friendly, native wildlife with the natural, unspoilt wilderness.
Included meals: Breakfast
This morning we make our way to Adelaide Airport in time for our flight to Sydney. Upon arrival, we head to the four-star Mantra 2 Bond Street. Sydney is a city that takes full advantage of its natural setting – its sparkling harbour is host to the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and the spectacular Sydney Opera House. Sydney’s suburbs are blessed with lush native bushland and pristine sandy beaches. Add to this the excellent restaurants and cafés, endless shopping opportunities and a vibrant culture and it’s very easy to understand why Sydney is one of the world’s favourite cities.
Included meals: Breakfast
This morning’s sightseeing tour begins with a drive through some of Sydney’s most fashionable inner-city suburbs en route to Bondi Beach. Travel by Double Bay and Rushcutters Bay as we make our way back to the city centre. We journey via Hyde Park and Parliament House to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanical Gardens, where we stop for the classic photo opportunity of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. We complete our tour in the best possible way – enjoying a luncheon cruise around Sydney’s beautiful harbour. The views of the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the many dream homes nestled along the edge of the water are truly amazing. The afternoon has been left free to spend as we please.
Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
Today has been left free, but for those that so desire, we shall be taking an optional trip to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains are a perfect example of native Australian bushland, with gum trees, majestic peaks and deep gorges stretching as far as the eye can see. Experience the panoramas from a series of lookouts, including Echo Point – the prime position to view the Three Sisters rock formation. The excursion also visits Wentworth Falls and the pretty village of Leura, famous for their annual garden festivals and playing host to many of the region’s local artists.
Included meals: Breakfast
The day is yours until it’s time to depart for the airport. Our flights to our chosen UK airport operate via Dubai where there will be a change of aircraft.
Included meals: Breakfast, In-flight meals and drinks
SPECIAL OFFER: SAVE up to £632 per couple!
If you would like to stopover on your way home we have an amazing stopover offer available from £29 per person for a stay in Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, or Dubai. Alternatively, if you prefer, we have a relaxing Bali stopover available from £199 per person or Sentosa Island for £129 person. All you need to do to take advantage of this amazing offer is book a departure after September 2022 by 30th November 2021.
This morning we arrive at our chosen airport; London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow, bringing to an end our incredible adventure.
Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks
Don’t forget, you can SAVE up to £632 per couple on a homebound stopover, if you take a tour departing after September 2022. Just make sure you book by 30th November 2021. Choose a two night homebound stopover in Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, or Bangkok for only £29 per person (£58 for single occupancy). The stopover includes return airport transfers, two nights in a four star hotel and full daily breakfast. Alternatively, you may consider a relaxing three night stay in Bali for only £199 per person (£398 for single occupancy), or a two night stay on Sentosa Island for only £129 per person (£258 single occupancy).
|Departure date||Price (pp)||Availability||Offer|
|20 January||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
|10 February||£5,295||ONLY 4 ROOMS LEFT|
|04 March*||£5,295||ONLY 4 ROOMS LEFT|
|22 April*||£4,995||ONLY 5 ROOMS LEFT|
|29 July*||£5,695||ONLY 2 ROOMS LEFT|
|07 October*||£5,395||ONLY 6 ROOMS LEFT||SAVE up to £632 per couple|
|03 November||£5,395||ONLY 8 ROOMS LEFT||SAVE up to £632 per couple|
|19 January||£5,495||JUST LAUNCHED||SAVE up to £632 per couple|
|02 February||£5,495||JUST LAUNCHED||SAVE up to £632 per couple|
|10 March*||£5,395||JUST LAUNCHED||SAVE up to £632 per couple|
|14 April*||£4,995||JUST LAUNCHED||SAVE up to £632 per couple|
|28 July*||£5,695||JUST LAUNCHED||SAVE up to £632 per couple|
NOTE: * These dates operate a variation of the tour as shown. Please call for details.
Prices: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.
Single supplement for tours: £1,095.
When travelling overnight on The Ghan, passengers booked in a room for single use will be accommodated in single sleeper cabins with washbasin. Showers and toilets are available at the end of each compartment.
Deposit: £1,000 per person if travelling in economy class, £1,950 per person if travelling in premium economy, and £3,750 per person for business class.
Visa: To enter Australia, you need an ETA (electronic travel authority).We will obtain this on your behalf and the £25 per person processing fee will be added to your confirmation invoice.
Terms and conditions: Holiday prices are subject to the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class and may change, however, the correct price will always be confirmed before you book. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.
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Book now and SAVE up to £632 per couple!
Our most popular Special Offer – a two-night homebound stopover is available for only £29 per person (£58 for single occupancy) – on all our Australia tours departing after September 2022 if you book by 30th November 2021.
There are several options for your £29 stopover – Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong or Dubai. Alternatively, you have the option to choose a relaxing three-night beach stay on the wonderful Indonesian island of Bali, for only £199 (£398 for single occupancy) per person or stay two nights on Sentosa Island for only £129 (£258 single occupancy) per person.
These stopovers normally cost as much as £690 per couple for two nights accommodation in a deluxe four star hotel, with full daily breakfast and airport transfers. So it really does pay to book early with Distant Journeys.
Special Offers: terms and conditions
Special Offer is £29pp in twin / double room, £58 for single occupancy and is subject to the availability of flights and accommodation. The Bali stopover is £199 per person (£398 for single occupancy). The Sentosa Island stopover is £129 per person (£258 for single occupancy). The saving of up to £632 per couple is based on the price of the homebound stopover. Available only on departures after September 2022.
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