16 days from $13,900 pp*
  • Scenic rail journey from Alice Springs to Adelaide, then Adelaide to Sydney.
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and explore Daintree’s Wet Tropics, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Visit Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia’s iconic sandstone monolith.
  • Sleep under the stars at a luxury wilderness camp in the Red Centre.
  • Get insider access to the locals-only hotspots of Adelaide and Sydney on private tours.
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Australia is a truly massive country, and while you could easily fly over it, you’d be selling it and yourself short. Take to the rails with us on this exciting adventure that connects the Great Barrier Reef, the Red Centre, and two special cities – charming Adelaide and sophisticated Sydney. Australia’s wide-open spaces are wider than just about anywhere else’s. Don’t miss them; meet them.

It all begins in Cairns; a port city fortuitously positioned close to two UNESCO World Heritage sites. You’ll meet – and snorkel – the first one, the majestic Great Barrier Reef, on a comfortable full-day cruise complete with a delectable seafood lunch, then slip into the misty rainforest of the second, Daintree National Park’s biologically diverse Wet Tropics area, on a privately guided cruise en route to Cape Tribulation, one of the most scenic points in an already picturesque landscape. Next, learn about the spiritual importance of Uluru (Ayers Rock) to the Aborigines through local lore and folk tales, then walk the red-rock gorges that surround the sacred 2,831-foot-tall sandstone monolith by day before returning to a luxury wilderness camp at night. In Alice Springs, take to the rails aboard the legendary Ghan Express, Australia’s most famous sleeper train, and journey across the sprawling outback to Adelaide and nearby Kangaroo Island. Here, you’ll visit Seal Bay, home to Australia’s third-largest colony of sea lions, and meet with a naturalist before taking a scenic walk to Hanson Bay for a truly staggering view of the ocean crashing against the rocky shore. Departing Adelaide aboard the Indian Pacific, you’ll cross New South Wales through the magnificent Blue Mountains to your last stop, dazzling Sydney. First, discover this coastal gem in style on a private tour of the city’s insiders-only hotspots and motor along the shore to Bondi Beach and secluded Vaucluse Bay inside a 1964 Holden EH, a quintessential Aussie ride. Later, take a private tour of the Sydney Opera House and learn how the landmark building came to be before wrapping up your journey on a full-day tour of the UNESCO-protected Greater Blue Mountains, home to amazing Three Sisters rock formation, fascinating endemic wildlife, and some of the prettiest natural viewpoints you’ll find anywhere on Earth. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Cairns to Palm Cove
    Cairns to Palm Cove
    • Transfer - Private - Cairns - Palm Cove [30 mins] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Australia - Welcome Package
  • Day 2 Cairns to Palm Cove
    Cairns to Palm Cove
    • Tour - Shared - Upolu Cay & Reef Cruise (with Lunch) (9hrs) - Cruise
  • Day 3 Cairns to Palm Cove
    Cairns to Palm Cove
    • Tour - Private - Daintree and Cape Tribulation Wanderer (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 4 Palm Cove to Cairns to Ayers Rock
    Palm Cove to Cairns to Ayers Rock
    • Transfer - Private - Palm Cove - Cairns [30 mins] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Cairns - Ayers Rock [Separate Purchase] -
    • Transfer - Airport - Longitude 131 - Shuttle/Driver
    • Longitude 131- Touring Program I
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Ayers Rock
    Ayers Rock
    • Longitude 131- Touring Program II (AM)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Ayers Rock to Alice Springs
    Ayers Rock to Alice Springs
    • Longitude 131- Touring Program (Early Morning)
    • Transfer - Airport - Longitude 131 - Shuttle/Driver
    • Air - Ayers Rock - Alice Springs [Separate Purchase ] -
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 7 Alice Springs
    Alice Springs
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station (from Hotel or Airport) - Vehicle/Driver
    • Depart Alice Springs
    • On Board Experience
  • Day 8 Alice Springs to Adelaide to Kangaroo Island
    Alice Springs to Adelaide to Kangaroo Island
    • On Board Experience
    • Arrival in Adelaide
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Adelaide - Kangaroo Island [Separate Purchase] -
    • Transfer - Shared - Airport KI - Southern Ocean Lodge
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 Kangaroo Island
    Kangaroo Island
    • Shared - Southern Ocean Lodge - Seal Bay (8hrs)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10 Kangaroo Island
    Kangaroo Island
    • Tour - Shared - 1/2 Day Coastal Clifftop - Walk
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11 Kangaroo Island to Adelaide
    Kangaroo Island to Adelaide
    • Transfer - Shared - Airport KI - Southern Ocean Lodge
    • Air - Kangaroo Island - Adelaide [Separate Purchase] -
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 12 Adelaide to Blue Mountains
    Adelaide to Blue Mountains
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Depart Adelaide
    • Tour - Shared - Broken Hill Experience
  • Day 13 Blue Mountains to Sydney
    Blue Mountains to Sydney
    • Blue Mountains Experience
    • Arrival in Sydney
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 14 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Tour - Private - Sydney Detour in a Holden (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Tour - Private - Sydney Opera House (1hr) - Guide
  • Day 15 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Tour - Shared - Blue Mountains Deluxe Experience with Lunch - Mini Coach
  • Day 16 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Transfer - Private - City to Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Cairns - Palm Cove

A transfer in a private vehicle with a driver between Cairns and Palm Cove is provided. Transfer time is approximately 30 minutes.

In the package, you will receive a welcome letter, detailed itinerary, supplier contact list as well as various brochures of the destinations you will be visiting. 

Accommodation: Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore (5*)

Nestled snugly in the beautiful village of Palm Cove, Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore is your gateway to the adventure of the longest coral reef and oldest rainforest on earth. The resort boast absolute beach frontage to the magnificent Coral Sea, which opens directly onto the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef. Every suite of this 'Small Luxury Hotel of the World' offers the promise of a private retreat and carefree getaway experience.

Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Palm Cove
Palm Cove
Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Alamanda Palm Cove
Alamanda Palm Cove

Day 2: Cairns - Palm Cove

Ocean Freedom cruises in style and speed to the Great Barrier Reef, providing you with a first-class way to experience this natural paradise. Enjoy personalised snorkeling, certified and introductory diving and a glass bottom boat tour, with the friendly, professional crew. Enjoy being the first boat to arrive at the pristine Upolu Cay, allowing yours to be the first footsteps on its golden beaches. Explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with Ocean Freedom, for an unforgettable day in paradise without the crowds.

Ocean Freedom provides six hours at the Great Barrier Reef, visiting two destinations and offering scrumptious seafood smorgasbord lunch. With small guest numbers, this will ensure maximum customer service and passenger comfort. Experience the Wonder Wall, a truly magnificent dive and snorkel site on the outer edge of Upolu Reef. Their enthusiastic crew is committed to providing for your every need, ensuring all guests have a memorable and safe experience on the Great Barrier Reef. The cruise is limited to 75 passengers.

Accommodation: Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore (5*)
Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Footprints in the sand...
Footprints in the sand...

Day 3: Cairns - Palm Cove

This morning you will be picked up from your accommodation by your private driver-guide. Travel through the rich farming areas toward the World Heritage listed forest region of the Daintree National Park. Step aboard your own personalized craft for a cruise on the mirrored smooth waters of the Daintree River. Cruise close to riverbanks and under the overhead canopy of the rainforest seeking out the vivid Ulysses Butterfly, Kingfishers, Pythons and other wildlife. Arriving on the northern side of the river you'll enter the Daintree section of the Wet Tropics World Heritage protected rainforest. Enjoy a home-made morning tea underneath the rainforest canopy.

Today you will learn from your guide some insight into the local aboriginal culture of the area. The Wet Tropics is one of the richest sites for biodiversity on earth and the Daintree is a place of spectacular beauty, rugged mountains, deep gorges and flowing rivers. Continuing along your next stop is at one of magical beaches that adorn the coastline of Cape Tribulation; here your guide will highlight the amazing wildlife and ecosystems unique to this part of the world. Lunch today is a delicious meal which includes rainforest-inspired local produce. After lunch, you will get to see unusual, exotic fruit originating from all over the globe's tropical regions. Along with the fruit trees, the orchard is also a host to beautiful species of tropical flowering plants, both native and introduced. One final treat for the day is the crossing on the Daintree River Ferry – the iconic vehicle punt which transfers you out of the world heritage rainforest and on to your home-ward road. You will be back at your accommodation early in the evening.

Accommodation: Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore (5*)
Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Daintree National Park
Daintree National Park

Day 4: Palm Cove - Cairns - Ayers Rock

A transfer in a private vehicle with a driver between Palm Cove and Cairns is provided. Transfer time is approximately 30 minutes.

Flight price on request. (Separate Purchase)

A shared airport transfer is provided by your Ayers Rock accommodation, Longitude 131.

At Longitude 131° guests take the road less travelled, sharing exclusive and authentic experiences with only a few others. Longitude 131° provides its exclusive guests a luxury wilderness experience like no other. After settling in, you will begin your outback experience with an informational session pre-touring at the Dune House (approximately 3PM) before heading out to spend some time at the Cultural Centre learning about the spiritual meaning of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.  From here, travel to Uluru for a short walk into the stunning Kantju Gorge before heading back for some sunset refreshments as the marvelous Australian horizon fades under a starlit blanket.  You will return back to the beautiful Longitude 131° camp-grounds in the early evening (approximately 7PM) for some pre-dinner drinks and canapés as the highly trained culinary team prepares a scrumptious private dinner to be served by the pool or on the Dune top.

Accommodation: Longitude 131° (5*)

Luxurious, eco-sensitive and romantic, Longitude 131° offers complete immersion into the wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This award-winning luxury camp in Australia's Red Centre has achieved new heights in ecotourism and has raised the bar for responsible travel. Longitude 131° is set atop an isolated sand dune close to the border of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. From the crisp, white linen of a king-sized bed, visitors are introduced to the peaceful sleep of the wild and awaken to the remote and beautiful expanse of the Australian Desert. As one of only a select number of guests, bask in the comfort of your intimate, luxury tent and take pleasure in your own private view of the sun rising over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Dine out at Table 131° situated directly in the outback, and enjoy an unforgettable evening experience as the glow of the sun fades and your voices carry on through the night. This property was named one of National Geographic’s Most Unique Lodges in the World.

Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock
Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Longitude 131°
Longitude 131°

Day 5: Ayers Rock

Begin your morning of touring by departing Longitude 131° at approximately 6AM travelling in the direction of Kata Tjuta; a group of large domed rock formations located 31mi/50km west of Uluru.  Upon arrival, head out for a guided tour of the Walpa Gorge where the natural history of this “post-card” perfect location is explained in further details.  Listen to the folktales and historical accounts of how eons of weathering and continental upheaval have created this remarkably unique environment.  Return to the comfort of Longitude 131° at approximately 10AM where your guide is available for further discussions regarding the days touring.  Spend some leisurely time this afternoon enjoying some of the many optional tours and activities (at an additional expense) in and around wonderful Ayers Rock including camel rides, Harley/Motorcycle rides, helicopter tours over Uluru/Kata Tjuta and so much more.   Ask your expert travel consultant for further information.

Accommodation: Longitude 131° (5*)
Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Walpa Gorge
Walpa Gorge

Day 6: Ayers Rock - Alice Springs

Early this morning at approximately 6AM, you will depart the Dune House and travel towards Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to marvel at the sun as it rises over Uluru.  From here, continue to the Mutitjulu Waterhole to admire some cave paintings and listen to the ancient tales of the Kuniya/Liru Tjukurpa.  Shortly after, you will return to the Dune House (approximately 9AM) for a deliciously hearty breakfast consisting of continental and cooked goods.

A shared airport transfer is provided by your Ayers Rock accommodation, Longitude 131.

Flight price on request. (Separate Purchase)

A private transfer between the airport and your hotel is provided.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters (4.5*)

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters is the luxurious oasis in Alice Springs. Set against the MacDonnell Ranges and adjoining one of the world's best desert golf courses, the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters offers spacious and well-appointed rooms with views overlooking the pool or ranges. There is so much to do and guests won't even need to leave the property. Relax by the pool, take advantage or their beauty treatments, or use one of the complimentary bicycles to follow the trails to take in the many attractions.

Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Mutitjulu Waterhole
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Day 7: Alice Springs

A private transfer between the your hotel and the train station is provided.

This morning, board The Ghan in Alice Springs for the train journey to Adelaide, an adventure offering unsurpassed view of Australia. Travel by rail between Alice Springs and Adelaide and you are embarking on one of the great train journeys of the world. Named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route, The Ghan will take you from one edge of this continent to the other, through the very centre of Australia. The Ghan's timetable makes the most of the daylight hours to offer unsurpassed views of the passing landscape.

Red earth and cobalt blue skies – the essence of Central Australia takes on a character of its own with every passing hour. Each new day begins with a fresh panorama of this changing landscape. Travelling south, the last stage of the journey offers a perspective on South Australia you simply can't afford to miss with the majestic Flinders Ranges and sweeping Adelaide Plains.

Enjoy a light bite from the extensive menu or order something a little more substantial - perhaps a full breakfast complete with eggs just the way you like them. And while you're in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant why not try the Belgium chocolate waffle with strawberries, chocolate saucy and double cream? You are on holiday after all!

Here you can glimpse the history of yesteryear, the thriving culture and unique lifestyle of today. Visit local landmarks, or take a front row seat at a spectacular bird show at the Desert Park. To fully appreciate this breathtaking part of Australia, you might like to take a helicopter ride over the ancient MacDonnell Ranges. Experience this 300 million year old mountain range's unique beauty with 360 degree views. Alternatively experience a serene camel ride across incredible ochre land or continue further into the interior of Australia and visit the iconic Uluru and Kata Juta.

Accommodation: Ghan Train: Alice Springs to Adelaide

Prepare for a holiday of unimaginable proportions as the legendary Ghan takes you deep into the heart of Australia. Enjoy the comfort and solitude of your private cabin, lose yourself in conversation with newfound travelling companions, or simply gaze out of the window taking inspiration from the ever changing landscape. Regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan delivers so much more than an extended train ride. It promises access to parts of Australia no other holiday can come close to – the perfect balance of comfort and adventure culminating in an experience that will move you in every sense of the word. 

Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Alice Springs
Alice Springs
Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Ghan
The Ghan

Day 8: Alice Springs - Adelaide - Kangaroo Island

Wake up with a coffee or juice and witness an unforgettable outback sunrise. Today, you set your own pace. Spend a lazy day with a good book as the landscape rolls by, or maybe meet, greet and swap stories with your fellow travellers. There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the timeless natural beauty of this great southern land than through the window of your cabin.

After a few more coffees, fresh juices and more incredible outback scenery, you'll be arriving in Adelaide.

 

A private transfer between the train station and city is provided.

Flight price on request. (Separate Purchase)

A private transfer between the airport and your hotel is provided.

Accommodation: Southern Ocean Lodge (5*)

The Southern Ocean Lodge offers guests a complete and personal Kangaroo Island experience. A signature itinerary of guided excursions is designed daily and included in the tariff, allowing guests to encounter abundant wildlife in a 'zoo without fences' and discover the Island's unique natural attractions, often with exclusive access. Located at Hanson Bay on the Island's south west coast, the Lodge site adjoins both, the Flinders Chase and Cape Bouguer/Kelly Hill National Parks. Set back from a cliff above the pounding surf the sensitive design showcases a full frontal panorama and is within easy reach of all of Kangaroo Island's major attractions. Modern luxury and design integrity meld with Kangaroo Island vernacular and an amazing coastal color palette, creating a unique eco chic style. Its location, stunning views, contemporary environmental design, locally sourced food and beverages, personalised interpretative activities and modern wellness spa ensures its status as a South Australian icon.  This property was named one of National Geographic’s Most Unique Lodges in the World.

Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island
Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Southern Ocean Lodge
Southern Ocean Lodge

Day 9: Kangaroo Island

Seal Bay is home to Australia’s third largest colony of Australian sea lions and is one of the most popular destinations on the island. Join your naturalist guide for an exclusive tour on the beach with these wild animals. Learn about their unique breeding cycle and the ongoing research programs implemented on site. After your up-close and personal experience relax with morning tea at the picturesque Vivonne Bay.

Accommodation: Southern Ocean Lodge (5*)
Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Seal Cub
Seal Cub

Day 10: Kangaroo Island

A scenic walk starting right on the Lodge’s doorstep takes you atop the limestone cliffs of Hanson Bay. This easy walk provides you with a bird’s eye view of thundering waves crashing along the coastline. Experience and learn about local flora, fauna and coastline ecosystems. A photographers dream!

Accommodation: Southern Ocean Lodge (5*)
Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Kangaroo Island Scenic Walk
Kangaroo Island Scenic Walk

Day 11: Kangaroo Island - Adelaide

A private transfer between the airport and your hotel is provided.

Flight price on request. (Separate Purchase)

Transportation between Adelaide domestic airport and your hotel by private car is provided.

Accommodation: Mayfair Hotel (5*)

The Mayfair Hotel is a luxury boutique, located within a renovated heritage-listed building in the heart of Adelaide. The hotel features a variety of elegant and well-appointed rooms and suites boasting a number of modern amenities to enhance guests comfort during their stay.  The hotel is complemented by some stylish and exquisite dining establishments including the mouth-watering Mayflower Restaurant & Bar, the innovative Café 55 and the newly opened rooftop bar, Hennessy. Guests are sure to enjoy some of the other premium hotel facilities including the well-equipped onsite fitness center.

Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Mayfair Hotel Adelaide
Mayfair Hotel Adelaide

Day 12: Adelaide - Blue Mountains

A private transfer between the train station and city is provided.

Board The Indian Pacific in Adelaide, take in the striking, ever-changing landscape of South Australia. Skirting the Flinders Ranges onto outback Broken Hill and then onto Sydney via the stunning Blue Mountains. 

Travel in style and comfort and immerse yourself in the destinations along the way with truly memorable and unique off-train adventures that deliver special memories. Enjoy a dining experience which tells the incredible story of the journey with local produce and tastes. The Indian Pacific is now truly immersive Australian experience, offering superior hospitality and a real sense of discovery and adventure. The Indian Pacific gives travellers a unique window to outback Australia. It is the journey of a lifetime, all in comfort and style.

Over lunch, watch as pastures dissolve into tough mallee scrub on approach to Broken Hill. Known as the Silver City, Broken Hill is one of Australia's legendary Outback bases defined by its wide streets, country pubs and ties with the Royal Flying Doctors Service and School of the Air. Here, you can visit the late Pro Hart's art studio or head for the Miners' Memorial where the stark reality of working in Broken Hill's mines over the ages is writ large. The striking architectural edifice and spectacular view over the city add emotional weight to the list of more than 800 miners who lost their lives on the job.

Accommodation: Indian Pacific Train: Adelaide to Sydney

Stepping aboard the mighty Indian Pacific, you’ll feel a great sense of anticipation as this unforgettable Australian adventure begins to unfold. Whether you’re journeying from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific or the other way round, you’ll be making your way across the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world. This is a journey defined by contrast, encompassing the towering majesty of the Blue Mountains to the barren expanse of the Nullabor and every goldmine, ghost town and grapevine in between. Outside your window, the landscape shifts over and over, revealing hidden secrets, from long abandoned homesteads of the Nullarbor to the marvellously resilient wildflowers of Western Australia. With all of its variance, this is the definitive Australia. From inside and outside your cabin, you’ll touch and be touched by the vast beauty of this magnificent country – the textures, the light, the unimaginable hues. And alighting from this iconic coast-to-coast journey, you’ll be far richer for the experience. 

Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Adelaide
Adelaide
Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Indian Pacific Train
Indian Pacific Train

Day 13: Blue Mountains - Sydney

Winding your way through the magnificent Blue Mountains provides ample opportunity to kick back and reflect upon this unforgettable journey. You have just travelled from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific, through some of the most striking landscapes on Earth.

 

Welcome to Sydney! From a coffee cruise on one of the world’s most famous harbours to an action-packed day of sightseeing or shopping in the city, Sydney provides an entertaining and fitting end to your spectacular transcontinental rail adventure.

A transfer in a private vehicle with a driver between the train station and city or hotel is provided.

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Sydney (5*)

Be swept away by the beauty of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Sydney’s crown jewels, on the doorstep of Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.  The Four Seasons is stunningly situated overlooking Sydney Darling Harbour in the historic Rocks district, a short walk from the city's shopping and business centers. The hotel is vibrant and elegant, with dramatic world-famous views of Sydney from the guest rooms. Guest rooms and suites are elegantly decorated in luxurious, contemporary style with elegant furnishings. All rooms feature a refrigerated private bar, down pillows, thick terry bathrobes, and complimentary coffee and tea making facilities. A luxurious day spa features exclusive skincare and aromatherapy treatments and with three dining options and an outdoor pool, the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is a getaway of its own.

Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sydney
Sydney
Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Four Seasons Sydney Guestroom
Four Seasons Sydney Guestroom

Day 14: Sydney

From the moment you are picked up in the iconic 1964 EH Holden you’ll feel part of an authentic experience as you see a side of Sydney that only the locals know about. Your first destination will see you travel into the heart of a local community allowing you to appreciate inner city living. Continue the conversation whilst you cruise along the impressive stretch of coastline from Bondi to Bronte, and exam all things from Australia’s indigenous past & colonial history to insights into local Sydney lifestyles. Finally, take time out and reflect on your journey in a secluded Vaucluse Bay before capturing spectacular panoramic images of the city and surroundings.

See inside the world’s most recognizable sails on The Essential Tour at the Sydney Opera House. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering. A work of art that came into existence against impossible odds – to become one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world. Working with a new enriching, interactive audio-visual component where images are projected onto the fabric of the building – the guides will take you on an emotional journey, engrossing you in a story to rival any opera plot with its dramatic twists and turns. You’ll visit one of the major venues – where we live performance every day. Some 1,500 performances, in every genre you can imagine, are staged each year to audiences of around 1.5 million. You will be inspired! There are approximately 200 steps on this tour! Access to individual theatres is subject to availability and may be limited due to performances, rehearsals or other events. 

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Sydney (5*)
Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sydney by Restored Holden
Sydney by Restored Holden
Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House

Day 15: Sydney

The Blue Mountains National Park is one of seven national parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines, and hazy blue eucalypt forests boasts luxury retreats and stunning views. Today your guide will take you off the beaten track to visit remote lookout locations and discuss the history, flora, and fauna of this magnificent region.

Following an early morning departure from the city, travel directly to the Blue Mountains and the first stop of the day is at Euroka Clearing located deep in the National Park. Here there is abundant birdlife to be including wild kangaroos. Wander the clearing at leisure to see if you can spot any of these beautiful native animals. Your guide will prepare a refreshing morning tea or coffee for you with some local delicacies while you explore.

From Euroka Clearing, continue to ascend the Blue Mountains via the highway. Stop at a quiet lookout over the stunning Jamison Valley. Continue to Eaglehawk Lookout, a scenic belvedere away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains feature so much more than this natural attraction, you can’t help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters is constantly changing depending on the season and time of day.

Drive to the village of Blackheath for your included 2-course lunch at Hydro Majestic, overlooking the scenic vistas of the countryside. Beverages are available for purchase and the majority of dietary needs can be accommodated at the restaurant.

After lunch visit Govetts Leap, one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 590 feet to the base of the cliff.  From here, travel over to the western boundary of the park and descend down into Hartley Vale. Packed with history we will also be looking for kangaroos, emus and more birdlife in the beautiful farmland valley.  Our last stop at the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens where there’s time for a short visit of the flora including the ancient Wollemi Pine (Wollemia Nobilis), along with the offer of refreshments. Drive back to Sydney and arrive back at your hotel between approximately 4:30 and 5:00 p.m.

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Sydney (5*)
Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Three Sisters Monolith
Three Sisters Monolith

Day 16: Sydney

A private transfer from Sydney to the airport is provided.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) ( )

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore (5*): Palm Cove

Nestled snugly in the beautiful village of Palm Cove, Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore is your gateway to the adventure of the longest coral reef and oldest rainforest on earth. The resort boast absolute beach frontage to the magnificent Coral Sea, which opens directly onto the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef. Every suite of this 'Small Luxury Hotel of the World' offers the promise of a private retreat and carefree getaway experience.

Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Alamanda Palm Cove
Alamanda Palm Cove

Longitude 131° (5*) : Ayers Rock

Luxurious, eco-sensitive and romantic, Longitude 131° offers complete immersion into the wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This award-winning luxury camp in Australia's Red Centre has achieved new heights in ecotourism and has raised the bar for responsible travel. Longitude 131° is set atop an isolated sand dune close to the border of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. From the crisp, white linen of a king-sized bed, visitors are introduced to the peaceful sleep of the wild and awaken to the remote and beautiful expanse of the Australian Desert. As one of only a select number of guests, bask in the comfort of your intimate, luxury tent and take pleasure in your own private view of the sun rising over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Dine out at Table 131° situated directly in the outback, and enjoy an unforgettable evening experience as the glow of the sun fades and your voices carry on through the night. This property was named one of National Geographic’s Most Unique Lodges in the World.

Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Longitude 131°
Longitude 131°
Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Luxury Tent
Luxury Tent

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters (4.5*): Alice Springs

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters is the luxurious oasis in Alice Springs. Set against the MacDonnell Ranges and adjoining one of the world's best desert golf courses, the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters offers spacious and well-appointed rooms with views overlooking the pool or ranges. There is so much to do and guests won't even need to leave the property. Relax by the pool, take advantage or their beauty treatments, or use one of the complimentary bicycles to follow the trails to take in the many attractions.

Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Ghan Train: Alice Springs to Adelaide: Alice Springs

Prepare for a holiday of unimaginable proportions as the legendary Ghan takes you deep into the heart of Australia. Enjoy the comfort and solitude of your private cabin, lose yourself in conversation with newfound travelling companions, or simply gaze out of the window taking inspiration from the ever changing landscape. Regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan delivers so much more than an extended train ride. It promises access to parts of Australia no other holiday can come close to – the perfect balance of comfort and adventure culminating in an experience that will move you in every sense of the word. 

Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Ghan
The Ghan

Southern Ocean Lodge (5*): Kangaroo Island

The Southern Ocean Lodge offers guests a complete and personal Kangaroo Island experience. A signature itinerary of guided excursions is designed daily and included in the tariff, allowing guests to encounter abundant wildlife in a 'zoo without fences' and discover the Island's unique natural attractions, often with exclusive access. Located at Hanson Bay on the Island's south west coast, the Lodge site adjoins both, the Flinders Chase and Cape Bouguer/Kelly Hill National Parks. Set back from a cliff above the pounding surf the sensitive design showcases a full frontal panorama and is within easy reach of all of Kangaroo Island's major attractions. Modern luxury and design integrity meld with Kangaroo Island vernacular and an amazing coastal color palette, creating a unique eco chic style. Its location, stunning views, contemporary environmental design, locally sourced food and beverages, personalised interpretative activities and modern wellness spa ensures its status as a South Australian icon.  This property was named one of National Geographic’s Most Unique Lodges in the World.

Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Southern Ocean Lodge
Southern Ocean Lodge
Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Ocean View Lounge
Ocean View Lounge

Mayfair Hotel (5*): Adelaide

The Mayfair Hotel is a luxury boutique, located within a renovated heritage-listed building in the heart of Adelaide. The hotel features a variety of elegant and well-appointed rooms and suites boasting a number of modern amenities to enhance guests comfort during their stay.  The hotel is complemented by some stylish and exquisite dining establishments including the mouth-watering Mayflower Restaurant & Bar, the innovative Café 55 and the newly opened rooftop bar, Hennessy. Guests are sure to enjoy some of the other premium hotel facilities including the well-equipped onsite fitness center.

Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Mayfair Hotel Adelaide
Mayfair Hotel Adelaide

Indian Pacific Train: Adelaide to Sydney: Adelaide

Stepping aboard the mighty Indian Pacific, you’ll feel a great sense of anticipation as this unforgettable Australian adventure begins to unfold. Whether you’re journeying from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific or the other way round, you’ll be making your way across the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world. This is a journey defined by contrast, encompassing the towering majesty of the Blue Mountains to the barren expanse of the Nullabor and every goldmine, ghost town and grapevine in between. Outside your window, the landscape shifts over and over, revealing hidden secrets, from long abandoned homesteads of the Nullarbor to the marvellously resilient wildflowers of Western Australia. With all of its variance, this is the definitive Australia. From inside and outside your cabin, you’ll touch and be touched by the vast beauty of this magnificent country – the textures, the light, the unimaginable hues. And alighting from this iconic coast-to-coast journey, you’ll be far richer for the experience. 

Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Indian Pacific Train
Indian Pacific Train
Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Platinum Lounge
Platinum Lounge

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney (5*): Sydney

Be swept away by the beauty of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Sydney’s crown jewels, on the doorstep of Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.  The Four Seasons is stunningly situated overlooking Sydney Darling Harbour in the historic Rocks district, a short walk from the city's shopping and business centers. The hotel is vibrant and elegant, with dramatic world-famous views of Sydney from the guest rooms. Guest rooms and suites are elegantly decorated in luxurious, contemporary style with elegant furnishings. All rooms feature a refrigerated private bar, down pillows, thick terry bathrobes, and complimentary coffee and tea making facilities. A luxurious day spa features exclusive skincare and aromatherapy treatments and with three dining options and an outdoor pool, the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is a getaway of its own.

Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Four Seasons Sydney Guestroom
Four Seasons Sydney Guestroom
Trans-Australia Express Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Four Seasons Sydney - Lobby
Four Seasons Sydney - Lobby

Depart (Int`l Airport) ( ): Global Location

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Leonard C — November 07, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Can't think of a trip where everything went so well. Every transfer, every tour, both hotels, exceeded expectations. Warm, friendly, knowledgeable people from Renee through all we met on the ground in Cairns, Port Douglas and Mossman.

  • Juliet G — November 07, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Colin Rowe was fabulous. He showed real concern for our comfort and was always there to answer our questions. He is very knowledgeable and a real asset to your organization. We would ask for him by name if we travel again. The meals were delightful, and the tour guides were not only well versed in the culture and surroundings, but offered delightful personal stories during the ride that enhanced our trip. Our accommodations were excellent - both the Four Points Sheraton in Perth and the Radisson Blu in Sydney were first class. Clean and very comfortable. Overall, a wonderful trip!

  • Arthur P — September 08, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    It was all we hoped for and more, fantastic experience.

  • Kathleen H — September 08, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Our Kensington destination expert, Kate Perrier, did an extraordinary job of putting together a custom itinerary for my family. My family and I travelled nearly 11,000 miles to get to Australia and got to see everything we were most interested in thanks to Kate's expert planning!

  • Kathleen H. — September 26, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Our Kensington destination expert, Kate Perrier, did an extraordinary job of putting together a custom itinerary for my family. We wanted a wildlife (koalas, kangaroos, wallabies) focus and Kate suggested a multi day stay on Kangaroo Island. I hadn't even heard of Kangaroo Island but researched it on the internet after her suggestion and realized it was the perfect Australian destination for us. Our stay there was amazing - she arranged two full day tours that were superb. My family and I traveled nearly 11,000 miles to get to Australia and got to see everything we were most interested in thanks to Kate's expert planning!

  • Amy S — September 08, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Sydney was excellent all the way around.

  • Amy S. — September 26, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Sydney was excellent all the way around.

  • Michael P — August 22, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Everything went like clockwork! Our family absolutely loved our trip which was made possible by the Kensington travel team.

  • Pam Gerus — May 23, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    We've never done tours before and planning for Australia seemed overwhelming until I looked at tour options. Kensington was highly rated. I really liked the basics of the tour we picked and Jessica customized it and changed things around to better fit what we were interested in and the timing we preferred. I liked the multiple, smaller tours as opposed to being with the same group for a week. The tours selected were with great companies, small groups, very informative and fun. Also, I was pretty scrambled after the long flight. Having Lyn Redfern meet us at the airport, talk us through the plans, answer our questions, get us situated at the hotel was really comforting and welcoming. The selected hotels were great. Overall a good experience and I'd definitely consider having Kensington set up future trips.

  • Adeline R — February 07, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Right from working with Jessica on setting our vacation plan to the execution was fantastic.

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