Southern Rail & River Cruise

Discover the best of Australia and its diverse scenery on this incredible rail and river cruise across Australia’s southern cities.

Suggested itinerary includes: 

  • 3 nights in Sydney
  • 1 night on the Indian Pacific
  • 1 night in Adelaide
  • 4 night Murray Princess River Cruise
  • 3 nights in Melbourne

Day 1 - Sydney
Arrive in Sydney for a three night stay in New South Wales' vibrant capital city. As well as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, there are a host of museums, galleries, parks and gardens to explore, plus the famous Bondi and Manly beaches. Make sure you also take time to visit the Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley.

Day 4 - Indian Pacific Train Journey
Travel from Sydney to Adelaide this morning on the iconic Indian Pacific train. Pass through the Blue Mountains, rolling green hills and remote mining towns to Adelaide, with fantastic sightseeing along the way. Your train journey will take you straight into Adelaide, so you can begin exploring the city without wasting anytime at airports. 

Day 5 - Adelaide
A picturesque haven of impressive Victorian buildings surrounded by delightful parkland, Adelaide is a wonderful city to explore and has a well earned reputation for fine food and wine. Spend a night exploring Adelaide's delights, before boarding your luxury river cruise in the morning.

Day 6 - Murray Princess River Cruise
Step back in time with a journey along the great Murray River on Australia’s largest and most luxurious paddlewheeler. As you cruise through spectacular sandstone gorges, past vineyards and red gum forests, look out for some of the amazing wildlife that inhabits the region. On shore excursions are included as well as all meals on board. After your cruise transfer back to Adelaide for an additional night in the 'City of Churches'.

Day 10 - Melbourne
Fly from Adelaide to Victoria's capital, Melbourne. Spend the next couple of days exploring Melbourne’s famous boutique shops, cobbled laneways and hidden rooftop bars. Experience the beachside town of St Kilda, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. With tree lined streets and a thriving café culture, it's a fantastic colourful city to explore. Famous Phillip Island, the Great Ocean Road and picturesque Mornington Peninsula are only a short drive away from Melbourne and are well worth getting out of the city to visit.

Day 13 - Farewell
Bid farewell to the cosmopolitan hub of Melbourne as you make your way back to the UK.

13 day Southern Rail and River Cruise holiday from £1360

with flights from £2265

Choose the accommodation you prefer:
Sydney - Choose a centrally located hotel or apartment hotel to be close to and within easy walking distance of Sydney's attractions.
Adelaide - Well appointed hotels and apartment hotels in the heart of Adelaide.
Melbourne - A choice of great hotels and apartment hotels in the city or the great suburbs.

Be sure to enjoy:

  • Views of the Opera House and Bridge from the Botanical Gardens
  • Restaurants, bars and attractions of Darling Harbour
  • A ferry ride to Manly
  • A day trip to the Blue mountains
  • The wineries of the Hunter Valley
  • A day trip to the Blue mountains
  • The Yarra Valley, Victoria's premier wine region
  • The Great Ocean Road 
  • Phillip Island for the famous Penguin Parade
  • Mornington Peninsula
  • A journey on the Indian Pacific
  • A cruise on the Murray River

You may also wish to add day tours and activities and a worldwide stopover

Guide prices shown are per person based on two sharing standard accommodation and include full ABTA/ ATOL protection. Prices vary according to season and standard of accommodation chosen. To plan your own holiday Downunder call Freedom Australia on 0333 234 2889.

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