Southern Cities - Sydney/Adelaide

Travel in style between these great Australian cities, with plenty of time to see the sights. Travelling by rail takes you straight into the city centres without waiting around at airports.


• Scenic rail travel between Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide
• 3 nights in cosmopolitan Melbourne
• Exciting optional day trips
• 3 nights in South Australia’s Adelaide
• Travel on the iconic Indian Pacific from Adelaide to Sydney

Day 1 – Sydney & Melbourne (Departs Wednesday)

Cross the magnificent Southern Tablelands by rail across the New South Wales and Victoria state borders from Sydney to Melbourne for your 3 night stay in Australia's sporting and culture capital.

Day 2 – Melbourne Free Time
Take time to explore Melbourne's laneways with its excellent shopping and restaurants. Further afield you can take an optional trip along the Great Ocean Road or to see the famous penguin parade of Phillip Island.

Day 4 – Adelaide
Board the Overland train for the scenic 10 hour journey to the South Australian capital of Adelaide. The Overland passes through picturesque Australian country towns, including Murray Bridge, Bordertown, Dimboola, and North Shore Geelong. Coach class offers comfortable reclining seats with access to the licensed on board café, or upgrade to Premium where meals and soft drinks are included.

Arrive into Adelaide in the early evening and check into your city centre accommodation where you spend the next 3 nights.

Day 5 – Adelaide Free Time
Enjoy four days in the charming city of Adelaide, with optional tours to Kangaroo Island and the Barossa wine region. Within the city the shops and outlets of Rundle Mall provide a great opportunity to pick up some souvenirs or walk along picturesque North Terrace, lined with classic architecture housing museums and galleries.

Day 7 - Sydney
Your final rail journey is on the mighty Indian Pacific as it stops during its crossing from Perth. Choose to travel in Gold Service or luxury Platinum, both of which include all meals and on board drinks. Off train excursions include a stop at remote Broken Hill and the spectacular and majestic Blue Mountains on your return to Sydney.

 8 day Southern Cities Rail Escape with Coach & Gold Class Travel - from £928

First/Platinum Class Travel - from £1274

8 day Rail Escape from £928

Prices are per person based on 2 people sharing standard accommodation. Prices will vary according to season and standard of accommodation chosen.

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Discover the best of Australia and its diverse scenery with our brilliantly planned rail escapes, which are a holiday in themselves.

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  • Australia's top tourist destinations
  • Comfort and convenience of rail travel
  • Comfortable, well appointed accommodation
  • Plenty of time for sightseeing and exploring


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