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The Great Southern journeys from Adelaide and Brisbane, and vice versa, showcasing spectacular coastal and inland landscapes and providing an unrivalled summer experience, both on and off the train.

THE GREAT SOUTHERN

Leaving Adelaide behind, you can relax, unwind and enjoy world-class service as the stunning landscapes glide by. On your three day journey, enjoy a mixture of time on train and the opportunity to immerse yourself in Off Train Experiences as you journey towards Brisbane. Lap up the spectacular scenery passing by your window, beginning in the magical Adelaide Hills and onto the ancient Grampians region in Victoria. Delve into the art, history and culinary culture of Canberra, and discover the nation’s capital. Feel the sand between your toes in the picturesque coastal town of Coffs Harbour. Then enjoy stunning views of northern New South Wales as you roll into the final destination of Brisbane.

Timetable

ADELAIDE - BRISBANE
OPERATES JANUARY, FEBRUARY & DECEMBER
FRIDAY 9.00 DEPART ADELAIDE
THE GRAMPIANS | AFTERNOON, EVENING EXCURSION
SATURDAY CANBERRA & SURROUNDS | MORNING, AFTERNOON EXPERIENCE
SUNDAY COFFS HARBOUR | MORNING BEACHSIDE EXCURSION
17.10 ARRIVE BRISBANE

Day1 : Adelaide And The Great Southern

As the train leaves Adelaide, take your time to settle in and get familiar with your cabin. Enjoy morning tea and then savour a relaxed lunch on board while watching the ever-changing landscape glide by. In the afternoon, the train will arrive in regional Victoria where you’ll have a chance to experience the spectacular wilderness of the Grampians region. Choose from a range of Off Train Experiences.

Feel free to choose 1 tour from ①②③④ or upgrade your experience to ⑤ with extra cost:

① View For Miles Included In Fare

After settling into life on the train, it’s time to alight for your first Off Train Experience. Enjoy a guided coach tour through the scenic town of Halls Gap, positioned in the Grampians National Park and a great base from which to explore this spectacular corner of Australia. From Halls Gap, continue to Boroka Lookout to gaze across panoramic vistas over the east of the Grampians and over the town of Halls Gap.

It’s a short five-minute walk to two viewing platforms and from here, you’ll also be able to spot nearby Lake Bellfield.

Take in the breathtaking views in the late afternoon sunlight before returning to the train for a late supper. This experience is ideal for guests who would like a leisurely taste of the Grampians’ beauty and delightful Halls Gap.

  • Tour duration (including travel time) is approximately 2.5 hours.
  • Recommended Fitness Level: Low – coach tour with minimal walking, must be able to navigate coach stairs.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Guests are required to bring enclosed shoes, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and water. The Grampians can also be extremely hot in summer.

② Venus Baths Walk Included In Fare

After a leisurely day on the train and a sumptuous meal, now is the time to stretch your legs. This Off Train Experience takes you into the Grampians town of Halls Gap, where you’ll meet an experienced guide, ready to impart their knowledge of this spectacular region.

From here, set out on the Venus Baths Loop Walk – a relaxed 2.5 kilometre walk that crosses over Stony Creek and immerses walkers in the peace and tranquillity of Mother Nature. Even in the summer months, there is water in the deeper rock pools.

Invigorated from your time in this magnificent landscape, return to the train for a well-deserved late supper.

  • Tour duration (including travel time) is approximately 2.5 hours.
  • Recommended Fitness Level: Medium – walking tour duration 2 hours on bush walking paths and some uneven ground.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Guests are required to bring enclosed shoes, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and water. The Grampians can also be extremely hot in summer.

③ Pomonal Estate Sips And Sights Included In Fare (Limited Availability)

Nestled at the base of the Grampians National Park a warm and cosy welcome awaits you at Pomonal Estate. This family run establishment produces award-winning wines, microbrews, and ciders so there’s something for everyone.

Adam and Pep pride themselves on producing beautiful regional wines, a delicious range of small batch, locally crafted beers, and ciders, as well as supporting local producers by integrating local produce and products throughout the experience.

Whether you like wine, beer or cider, you’re sure to find something to savour – including chocolate and breathtaking views.

  • Tour duration (including travel time) is approximately 2.5 hours.
  • Recommended Fitness Level: Low – Guided walking tour.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Guests are required to bring enclosed shoes, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and water. The Grampians can also be extremely hot in summer.

④ Fallen Giants Epicurean Experience (New Experience) Included In Fare

Building the legacy of Australia’s great wine regions, Fallen Giants Vineyard rests on the steep Eastern slopes of the Grampians. The family-owned vineyard, founded in 1969, has farmed organically since 2018 and is certified organic with NASAA (National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia)– likely the first in the Grampians to be so. Here, you will be greeted by the friendly Fallen Giants team, be introduced to the site’s 50-year history of wine making, and experience a full wine-tasting, inclusive of Rose, Riesling, Premium Shiraz, Estate Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon, accompanied by fresh local produce platters. Your time at Fallen Giants includes a guided tour and introduction to the site’s 50-year history of wine making.

  • Tour duration (including travel time) is approximately 2.5 hours.
  • Recommended Fitness Level: Low mobility.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Guests are required to bring enclosed shoes, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and water. The Grampians can also be extremely hot in summer.

⑤ Grampians From Above Helicopter Flight Optional Upgrade - $220 Per Person (Limited Availability)

Depart from Fallen Giants Vineyard via luxury coach after a delightful epicurean experience. Soon, you’ll be soaring over the ancient shoreline of Grampians National Park. You’ll hear delightful and informative commentary about the area’s history, including how it was named, and be given insight into the area’s plentiful flora and fauna.

Take in the majestic scenery while soaring past Mount William, which is the largest peak in the park, as well as taking in views of Lake Bellfield, Lake Fyans, the Sera ranges, open farming land and more.

  • Tour duration (including travel time) is approximately 2.5 hours.
  • Recommended Fitness Level: Low – Guests must be able to climb aboard the helicopter.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Guests are required to bring enclosed shoes, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and water. The Grampians can also be extremely hot in summer. Weight restrictions of 136kg per person apply.

Day2 : Canberra

Today is yours to spend in Australia’s political and cultural capital, Canberra. After breakfast on board, enjoy a scenic coach ride to Canberra to experience a truly memorable lunch and immersive touring at your pick of cultural institutions, including the National War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia and Parliament House, before returning to the train in time for dinner. Enjoy another sumptuous dinner on board before retiring to the lounge for a nightcap.

Feel free to choose 1 tour from ①②③:

① PARLIAMENT HOUSE & POLITICS INCLUDED IN FARE

Disembarking the train in Yass Junction, you’ll be transferred by coach to Canberra and the nation’s political hotseat – Parliament House. You will dine in the Old Parliament House before embarking on an extended tour of Parliament House. Get lost in the history, the people and the scandals that make Parliament House a fascinating place to visit.

Learn more about the building’s architecture and arts and the intricacies of working in such a dynamic building. Chances are you’ll leave with a greater appreciation for this cultural icon and historical institute.

  • Tour duration is approximately 8 hours.
  • Recommended Fitness level: Low.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Personal identification for entry into Parliament House. It is recommended to bring water along.

② LEST WE FORGET INCLUDED IN FARE

After a sumptuous lunch in the Old Parliament House, you’ll be transferred to one of the country’s most significant and sacred cultural institutions – the Australian War Memorial. With so many collections and important stories to hear, you’d be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed, but our guide will ensure you make the most of your time here on our private tour.

A sombre experience but also a testament to the sacrifice and resilience of Australia’s men and women who contributed to the war effort. After transferring to Goulburn Station, you’ll re-board the train in time for dinner and to compare the day’s events with your fellow train guests.

  • Tour duration is approximately 8 hours.
  • Recommended Fitness level: Low.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Personal identification for entry into Parliament House. It is recommended to bring water along.

③ HISTORICAL BRUSHSTROKES INCLUDED IN FARE

Set yourself up for the day with a delectable lunch in the Old Parliament House with fellow train guests before setting off for an afternoon of culture. Visiting both Old Parliament House and the National Portrait Gallery, you’ll experience two of Canberra’s premier cultural institutions.

Step back in time to when this heritage-listed building was Australia’s seat of democracy and learn about some of the major events to take place including Australia’s declaration of war on Japan and Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s dismissal. At the National Portrait Gallery, be captivated by the talent that has captured some of Australia’s most prominent leaders, celebrities and historical figures in portrait. After an action-packed day, you’ll transfer back to Goulbourn Station ready to board the train for dinner.

  • Tour duration is approximately 8 hours.
  • Recommended Fitness level: Low.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Personal identification for entry into Parliament House. It is recommended to bring water along.

Day3 : Coffs Harbour And Surrounds

Choose your own adventure today with a variety of options to suit your fitness level and interests. The Urunga Boardwalk excursions starts from the small station of Urunga, where a local Indigenous guide will meet you. Stroll the boardwalk, look for stingrays and herons as your guide interprets this unique ecosystem, highlighting local wildlife and bush tucker. After the boardwalk, immerse yourself in the rich cultural history of the Gumbaynggirr people, with a demonstration of traditional tools and weaponry, and the opportunity to see and taste bush tucker.

The Coffs Explorer experience travels up to Sealy Lookout offering views for miles from the Forest Sky Pier. After drinking in the sights, travel to the North Coast Regional Botanical Garden to explore this green oasis in the heart of Coffs Harbour. The botanic garden features a range of self-guided discovery walks amongst natural forests, planted garden areas including Australian plants, rainforests, sensory garden, international plants from seven regions, a tropical glasshouse and shadehouse, ponds and lakes.

After your Coffs Harbour morning, enjoy a final lunch on board with your fellow travellers before arriving into Brisbane.

Feel free to choose 1 tour from ①② or upgrade your experience to ③ with extra cost:

① Coffs Explorer Included In Fare

A true gem of the northern New South Wales coast, Coffs Harbour is one of the bigger towns in the region. Built on the back of banana plantations, Coffs now buzzes with markets, cafes, and yachts bobbing in the marina.

After breakfast on board, arrive into Coffs Harbour Station and travel by coach to the Great Dividing Range. At 3,500kms, this is the third-longest mountain range in the world. Poised on the edge of the rainforest, Sealy Lookout is home to Forest Sky Pier, a viewing platform soaring dramatically out from the hillside.

Back down in the town, go on a guided tour through the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, which sits on 20 hectares. Meander through exotic plants from sub-tropical regions of the world as you learn about the history of the garden or set off at your own pace and enjoy the 5 kilometres of paths and boardwalks on a self-guided tour.

Lunch is served back on the Great Southern as you cross the border into Queensland.

  • Tour duration (including travel time) is approximately 3 hours.
  • Recommended Fitness Level: Low
  • PLEASE NOTE: Guests are required to bring comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen and water.

② Boardwalk To Beach Included In Fare

About 30kms south of Coffs Harbour is the little seaside town at Urunga, where a coastal boardwalk offers a fascinating insight into the local Indigenous culture and environment.

After breakfast, the Great Southern pulls into the tiny station of Urunga. From here, it’s a short coach ride to Urunga Boardwalk, where a local Indigenous guide will meet you. Stroll the boardwalk where the Kalang and Bellinger rivers meet the sea. Look for stingrays and herons wading in the mangroves as your guide interprets this unique ecosystem, highlighting local wildlife and bush tucker.

After the boardwalk, immersive yourself in the rich cultural history of the Gumbaynggirr people, experience a demonstration of traditional tools and weaponry, and see and taste bush tucker, all local to the area. A short coach ride to Coffs Harbour will see you rejoin the Great Southern, where lunch is served as you roll north towards Brisbane.

  • Tour duration is approximately 3.5 hours.
  • Recommended Fitness level: Moderate – walking tour, approximately 2 kilometres of walking required.
  • PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended guests bring a hat and sunscreen.

③ Hinterland Helicopter Flight Optional Upgrade - $325 Per Person

Tailor made for Great Southern guests, take in all that Coffs Harbour has to offer – from the mountains to the sea – in one easy flight.

Taking to the air, we’ll head north over the city providing spectacular views of the harbour and International Marina. Flying up the coast to Moonee Beach, you’ll have a bird’s eye view of nearby Split Solitary Island and the surrounding pristine waters and beautiful beaches.

We then climb in altitude, giving a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of the Great Dividing Range, coastline and hinterland. At 1,936 feet, we’ll cruise over Mt Coramba, granting views into the Orara Valley and Friday Creek before making our way back to Coffs Harbour via the impressive Karangi Dam.

  • Tour duration (including travel time) is approximately 3 hours.
  • Recommended Fitness Level: Low – guests will enjoy unaccompanied freetime.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Guests are required to bring comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen and water. If intending on swimming, guests must bring their own swimwear. Towels will be provided. Weight restrictions of 130kg per person apply.

Note that all Off Train Experiences are subject to change and minimum and maximum capacity limits apply.

THE GREAT SOUTHERN IN NUMBERS

Average Length Of Train 711M
Average Weight Of Train 1626 Tonnes
Length Of Journey 2885kms
Average Speed 85km/Hour (Max Speed 115km/Hour)
Symbol The Great Southern's Symbol Is A Kangaroo
Average Number Of Carriages 28 Carriages, Including Guest Carriages, Crew Carriages, Platinum Clubs, Queen Adelaide Restaurants, Outback Explorer Lounges, A Luggage Van And Two Power Vans
Average Number Of Beds 42 Platinum Service Beds, 154 Gold Service Beds And 39 Crew Beds
Number Of Power Vans 2 - Each Containing Three 180kva Generators And Providing Electricity For Approximately 14 Carriages
Number Of Locomotives 2
Average Diesel Consumption 40,000 Litres

Fare Classification:

PLATINUM

Nothing enhances the romance of rail travel quite like Platinum. Tailored for the discerning traveller, Platinum adds a new level of sophistication to your journey. Stylishly appointed and spacious cabins are complemented by discreet, personalised service and access to the exclusive Platinum Club carriage for meals, relaxation and socialising. As you’d expect, the food and wine is of the highest standard. Enjoy hearty breakfasts, two-course lunches and four-course dinners, all regionally inspired and paired with champagne and premium wines.

And it all begins before you’ve even stepped aboard. Platinum guests receive private transfers before and after your journey, beginning the adventure in style.

Platinum cabins offer luxe extras, like a full-size en suite, expansive window views from the train, and exclusive use of the Platinum Club carriage. Add to that the luxurious linen, French Champagne, Bracegirdle’s chocolates, a nightcap at turndown and more, and you’re in for an exceptional experience.

GOLD PREMIUM

For travellers who want that little bit more, Gold Premium, on The Ghan and Great Southern, delivers an enhanced journey experience. Accommodated in our newly designed, contemporary cabins, guests have exclusive access to the Gold Premium Lounge and Gold Premium Dining carriage for meals and socialising. Enjoy delicious breakfasts, two-course, regionally inspired lunches and delectable four-course dinners in beautiful surrounds, accompanied by a selection of premium beverages.

Gold Premium offers some special touches to make the journey special, like priority check-in and an increased luggage allowance, luxury amenities, tour preferencing and more.

Choose between a Gold Premium Twin cabin or Gold Premium Suite, which has a little more space. Whichever cabin you choose, Gold Premium offers a step up to a whole new style of train travel in 2024.

GOLD

Immerse yourself in the world of romance that epitomises rail travel with our Gold offering. Our most popular option has everything you’ll need to feel at home for the duration of your journey.

Choose between Gold Twin or Single cabins, both of which provide the perfect place to relax and recharge after a day’s journey. Spend hours deep in conversation with new friends in the shared Outback Explorer Lounge, sipping on barista made coffee, or a glass of white wine. Later make your way to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant to dine.

Gold includes hearty breakfasts, two-course lunches and three-course dinners. You may also choose to complement your meal with our selection of premium wines and beverages, all included in your fare.

Fare Classification:

FLEXIBLE

Journey Price is fully refundable for cancellations received at least 24 hours before the commencement of the Journey. 100% cancellation fees apply for no shows or late cancellations.

EVERYDAY

Cancellations received more than 45 days prior to commencement of the Journey: cancellation fee is 35% of the Journey Price. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to commencement
of the Journey: cancellation fee is 100% of the Journey Price.

ADVANCE PURCHASE

100% cancellation fees apply if cancelled more than 14 days after we have issued your Booking Confirmation.

Tour Inclusions

  • 2 nights aboard the Great Southern, travelling from Adelaide to Brisbane
  • All-inclusive meals, fine wines, and beverages
  • A regionally-inspired menu paired with a selection of local wines
  • Off Train Experiences in the Grampians, Canberra and Coffs Harbour

Tour Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance
  • Personnel Consumption
  • Other Meals and Drinks if not list in the inclusion
  • Admissions of attraction if not list in the inclusion
  • Optional tours

Transportation

ADELAIDE PARKLANDS TERMINAL

The Ghan, Indian Pacific, Great Southern and Overland depart from and arrive into this terminal.

Address: Richmond Road Keswick South Australia, 5035 (also known as Keswick Terminal). Terminal access from Richmond Road or Sir Donald Bradman Drive.

Located 3km from the city centre.

Opening hours:

  • Monday 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Tuesday 7:00am – 12:00pm
  • Wednesday CLOSED
  • Thursday 6:00am – 6:00pm
  • Friday 6:00am – 10:00am
  • Saturday CLOSED
  • Sunday 6:00am – 9:00am

BRISBANE CENTRAL STATION

The Great Southern departs from and arrives into this station.

Address: Hanworth House, 109 Lytton Rd, East Brisbane.

Notices

  • All per person prices quoted are in Australian dollars and valid from 1st April 2024 to 31st March 2025.
  • During peak seasons, weekends, and student holidays, spots for tours and accommodation on trains are likely to be fully booked. In the event of full occupancy, alternatives or upgraded room types may be provided with appropriate refunds or additional charges. Our company reserves the right to adjust prices for accommodation on trains before issuing tickets, depending on the season and occupancy rate. If the price exceeds the original selling price, you can choose to accept the new price or receive a refund. Once tickets are issued, changes to the itinerary cannot be made.
  • A booking is confirmed (and a contract between you and us comes into effect) when:
    • You have made a Booking and have provided us with all necessary information to process your request;
    • You have paid us the amount (and any other amounts payable at the time of making the Booking) in accordance with these Booking Conditions; and
    • We have sent you a Booking Confirmation.
  • We commence providing services to you as soon as we confirm your booking. This includes (often significant) work undertaken prior to travel to arrange and coordinate the delivery of
    your Journey. You also receive the benefit of work we undertake in anticipation of bookings.
  • If we cancel your Journey for reasons other than Force Majeure (see below), you will be offered (at your election) a refund of all funds received, the offer of an alternative Journey of comparable quality if appropriate or a Credit Note. If we cancelled a Rail Journey aboard The Overland due to either the Victorian or South Australian State Government’s decision
    to cease funding for The Overland, then we will provide you with a refund of all funds paid.
  • To the fullest extent permitted by law, we will not be responsible for any other loss or costs you incur (for example, airfares not included in your Journey, insurance and visa expenses)
    if your Journey or particular Journey Services are cancelled for any reason.
  • Due to the dynamic nature of the travel industry, we may occasionally need to make amendments or modifications to the itinerary of your Journey and its inclusions (including Off Train Excursions) and you acknowledge our right to do this. Most changes will not be significant. If we become aware of any significant changes to your Journey’s itinerary or its inclusions that materially detract from the overall characteristics or value of the Journey (where we determine it can still proceed), then we will notify you within a reasonable time and you may elect to:
    • proceed with the Journey, in which case we will refund you an amount attributable to the reduction in value determined by us acting reasonably; or
    • cancel your Journey, in which case we will refund the Journey Price received by us at that time.
  • It is strongly encouraged that you are adequately insured for the duration of your Journey. We recommend comprehensive travel insurance to cover cancellation, medical requirements, medical evacuation, luggage and additional expenses. The choice of insurer is yours. We strongly suggest you purchase insurance at the time you pay your Deposit.
    This is because cancellation fees may be payable from that time.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a suitable level of health and fitness to undertake the Journey. For all Rail Journeys (other than The Overland, where we will make requests only in particular circumstances), you must complete our Fitness to Travel Form accessible here (https://www.journeybeyondrail.com.au/terms-conditions/) within a
    reasonable time after we issue your Booking Confirmation and in any event prior to travel.
  • We may cancel your booking or refuse to board you without any right of refund if you fail to complete the Fitness to Travel Form within a reasonable time after we have reminded
    you to do so.
  • Special dietary requests are required to be notified to us within 7 days after we issue your Booking Confirmation.
  • Check-in: You must check in with our representative at the location stated on your Final Travel Documents within the following timeframes:
    • for The Ghan, Indian Pacific and Great Southern: no more than 2.5 hours and no later than 1 hour prior to the scheduled departure; and
    • for the Overland, no more than one hour and no later than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.
    • You must show suitable photo identification to the representative when checking in
  • All Journey Beyond Rail trains are entirely smoke free in accordance with relevant state government regulations. You must not smoke (including e-cigarettes) on the train.
  • No refunds will be made for of any Journey Services not utilised, whether by choice or because of late arrival or early departure. This includes the failure of commercial transport to operate according to schedule, which we disclaim responsibility for. This does not apply if the reason for your late arrival or early departure was due to our negligence.
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    or recordings for promotional and marketing purposes. You consent to this use and acknowledge you will not be entitled to any payment or other compensation. If you do not
    consent to the use of your image or likeness, please advise us as least 21 days prior to the commencement of your Journey.

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