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8 Day Great Southern Rail Brisbane to Adelaide

Brisbane - Melbourne - Coffs Harbour - Maitland - Adelaide

  • 2020 & 2021 departure dates available 
  • Book now with only 50% deposit required 
  • Enjoy the stunning journey between Brisbane & Adelaide in style
  • All off-train excursions included, as well as Brisbane Cruise & Barossa Valley tours

From $2,999 Typically $3,499 pp twin share

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Enjoy this fantastic 8 Day tour. With its rugged coastline, sun-kissed beaches, forested peaks, and exhilarating capital cities, the stunning journey between Brisbane and Adelaide feels like nowhere else in Australia.

Relax with everything taken care of on board the Great Southern Rail including fine dining, premium wines, and world-class hospitality, as you’re transported from buzzing cities to diverse landscapes and natural marvels.

You will be sure to return home feeling refreshed with many  memorable encounters to share with your family and friends. 



Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8

Day 1

Arrive Brisbane

Arrive in Brisbane and check-in to your hotel from 2 pm.

Sophisticated art galleries, boutique shops, fine-dining restaurants, and rooftop bars offering some of the best views over the city and beyond... Brisbane has it all and with its positive attitude and creative flair, this sun-kissed city is one of Australia's favourite destinations. Enjoy all this city to offer from a privileged location in Kangaroo Point: The Point Hotel Brisbane, located just across the water from the city lights.

Accommodation: Ibis Styles Hotel or similar, Brisbane

Meals included: none

Day 2

Brisbane River Cruise

Take in the Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket, a tiny paradise for Aussie animals. Cruise down the Brisbane River to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, for an unforgettable, up-close look at these lovable, tree-dwelling creatures plus a whole array of only-in-Oz animals.  Step aboard a modern cruise boat in the heart of the city, and set off for your meandering ride down the Brisbane River. As you pass by modern mansions and historic Queensland homes, your captain provides entertaining narration about Brisbane, past, and present. Grab tea or a bite to eat if you'd like during your 1 hour 15-minute ride.  Disembark at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary with plenty of time to explore. The world's first and largest koala sanctuary, this eco-park is home to more than 130 cuddly, eucalyptus-munching marsupials and a variety of critters native to the land Down Under.  Watch the Tasmanian devil feeding while colourful parrots and cockatoos chirp overhead. Hand-feed a sherbet-splashed rainbow lorikeet or a curious kangaroo, and watch a sheep herding demonstration by the resident dogs at the sanctuary's farm. The main attraction is, of course, the Koala Forest. Make your way into the enclosure to see these sleepy, snuggly creatures. Learn about the conservation efforts being made by the sanctuary, the plight of Australia's endangered animals and what you can do to help before boarding the boat for your return cruise to Brisbane.

Accommodation: Ibis Styles Hotel or similar, Brisbane

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3

Depart Brisbane Coffs Harbour

After breakfast, leave behind the Brisbane bustle and delve into the modern-cum-Art Déco luxury of The Great Southern Rail. Become well-acquainted with your well-appointed Gold Service cabin, before a multi-course lunch in the breathtaking Queen Adelaide Restaurant. After crossing into northern New South Wales, savour a beachside dinner where you’ll dine on sharing platters of fresh local produce and seafood matched with fine wines, while the waves roll in on the nearby shore. After a few leisurely hours on the sand, re-board The Great Southern and enjoy a nightcap as you roll southward.

Accommodation: The Great Southern Rail in a Gold Service^ cabin on twin share basis

Meals included: All-inclusive dining and drinks

Day 4

Great Southern Rail Maitland

Known for its historic landmarks, world-class wine regions, and natural splendour, New South Wales is blessed with an abundance of attractions that will enliven your experience. Today, discover the city your way with your choice of adventure. From the historic Maitland Station, established in 1880, you could enjoy.

Hunter Valley Wine Region:

Meander through Australia’s oldest wine region, home to over 150 cellar doors, vine-laced hills, and some of the world’s finest wineries. Be suitably wined and dined with generous tastings at various vineyards over eight and a half hours. In between wine tastings, enjoy a quintessential long table lunch — the ideal introduction to the region’s vibrant food scene.

Port Stephens:

For the adventurous, outdoors types, this excursion has your name written all over it. It begins with a cruise of Nelson Bay to catch a glimpse of the local bottlenose dolphins in their glorious natural habitat, followed by a marina-side lunch of freshly caught local seafood. Next up is the windswept Stockton Sand Dunes. Soaring to an improbable 3m, these colossal sand waves are the largest mobile dunes in the southern hemisphere. Experience them with a 4WD excursion, stopping to hunt for Pippies before returning to the train for dinner.


Expect eye-popping beauty around every bend in Australia’s third-oldest city today as you’re delivered to Queens Wharf in ‘Newy’. Enjoy a two-hour Newcastle Afoot walking tour capped off with a lunch at a uniquely Newcastle venue. Then, learn about Newcastle’s storied past at the 19th-century Fort Scratchley — built in 1882 to fend off a Russian attack that never arrived. Afterwards, admire the city from Strzelecki Lookout. From here, you can walk to the clifftop Memorial Walk.

Accommodation: The Great Southern Rail in a Gold Service^ cabin on twin share basis

Meals included: All-inclusive dining and drinks

Day 5

Great Southern Rail Melbourne

After breakfast, take your pick from some of Victoria’s most popular locations. The hardest part will be choosing which area you want to see most.


You haven’t really seen Melbourne until you’ve viewed it from the Eureka Skydeck. Towering an incredible 297 metres above the city streets, this is a majestic bird's-eye experience, only heightened by lunch at Eureka 89. Afterwards, step back in time with a historic laneway walking tour, or get your dose of culture at the National Gallery of Victoria. As the sun sets, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and wine tasting.

Great Ocean Road:

No visit to Victoria is complete without gliding across the famed Great Ocean Road. This scenic, coastal drive is blessed with stunning cliffs and beaches, plenty of luxe stops for a bite, and, of course, the legendary 12 Apostles. Set off on a two-hour road trip through the lush Otway Ranges and the impeccably photogenic Southern Ocean to visit unforgettable sites such as Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and majestic crumbling pillars. Afterwards, enjoy drinks, canapés and a sumptuous dinner at the historic 1873 Coragulac House in the Otways hinterlands, before returning to The Great Southern.

Moorabool Valley and Geelong:

Wine, countryside romance and waterfront views collide on this tour of Moorabool Valley and Geelong. Among the hills, valleys and plains of Moorabool Valley, some of Australia’s best-regarded wineries craft exquisite drops, while along Geelong’s waterfront you’ll find Instagram-worthy public art, pristine beaches and the 300m Cunningham Pier, dating back to the 1850s. Round out the day with dinner, wine tastings and an optional walk of Moorabool Valley vines, near Buckley Falls, before returning to The Great Southern.

Accommodation: The Great Southern Rail in a Gold Service^ cabin on twin share basis

Meals included: All-inclusive dining and drinks

Day 6

Arrive Adelaide 

Make sure to enjoy a boozy breakfast this morning as you enjoy your last meal onboard The Great Southern. As you sweep through the Adelaide Hills, you’ll know you’ve reached the conclusion of your journey. On arrival at Adelaide Parklands Terminal, disembark and make your own way to your hotel for overnight accommodation for 2 nights.  Adelaide is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to renowned museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia, displaying expansive collections including noted Indigenous art, and the South Australian Museum, devoted to natural history. The city's Adelaide Festival is an annual international arts gathering with spin-offs including fringe and film events.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Hotel or similar, Adelaide

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7

Barossa Valley Day Tour

Travel to the Barossa Valley and marvel at its stunning vineyards and Bavarian influences. Breathe in the fresh air and the beauty of the Adelaide Hills, dotted with peaceful villages wrapped in leafy greenness. Enjoy a local lunch and taste some of South Australia's best wines at Creek Wines.  Your trip begins with a scenic drive along the River Torrens through the spectacular Torrens Gorge. Pass the amazing Kangaroo Creek Reservoir and Millbrook Reservoir before reaching Williamstown, one of the wine-growing regions in the Barossa Valley. Stop at Lyndoch Bakery, piqued by the aroma of freshly baked pastries. Enjoy a coffee or tea with a plate of German sweet treats.  Continue your journey and visit the original winery of Jacob's Creek. Learn about the process of winemaking and wine tasting techniques. Afterward, proceed to the Mengler Hill lookout for astonishing panoramic views of the Barossa Valley. Recharge with a tasty local lunch at Barossa Château and sample another wine at Creed Wines. Have the option of visiting the Hahndorf Town, Australia's oldest German settlement, or alternatively the Cedars House, home to Australia's most important landscape artist and some of his fine paintings, before returning to Adelaide.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Hotel or similar, Adelaide

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8

Depart Adelaide

Enjoy breakfast and then your arrangements finish after check-out (until 9 am). 

Meals included: Breakfast

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • 3 nights onboard The Great Southern in a Gold Service^ cabin from Brisbane to Adelaide on twin share basis (^upgrade to Platinum Class cabins at additional cost, subject to availability)
  • All onboard meals and drinks
  • All off-train excursions and activities 
  • 2 nights 4* accommodation in Brisbane on twin share basis
  • 2 nights 4* accommodation in Adelaide on twin share basis
  • Meals as indicated: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Brisbane Cruise Tour
  • Barossa Valley Day Tour



Brisbane - Ibis Styles Hotel or similar

The Great Southern - Gold Service^ cabin from Brisbane to Adelaide on twin share basis (^upgrade to Platinum Class cabins at additional cost, subject to availability)

Adelaide - Holiday Inn Express Hotel or similar


  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended) 
  • Anything not listed in the itinerary


Child Policy

No children permitted on tour. Minimum age is 18 years old.


Single Supplement

The additional supplement for a single traveller is $799.

Departure Dates

DEC 2020
26 th
Saturday 26 Dec 2020  ‐  Saturday 02 Jan 2021
JAN 2021
04 th
Monday 04 Jan 2021  ‐  Monday 11 Jan 2021
JAN 2021
11 th
Monday 11 Jan 2021  ‐  Monday 18 Jan 2021
JAN 2021
25 th
Monday 25 Jan 2021  ‐  Monday 01 Feb 2021