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Ghan & Great Ocean Road

18 day Rail & Self Drive Holiday - from £3599

With flights from £5049

Combine one of Australia’s great trans-continental rail journeys with one of the most iconic coastal drives along the Great Ocean Road.


  • Explore the laid back city of Darwin
  • Experience the epic Ghan Expedition rail journey
  • See the sights of Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney
  • Enjoy an intercity train journey from Melbourne to Sydney
  • Soak in the magnificent coastal scenery of the Great Ocean Road

Your Holiday Includes:

  • 2 nights in the tropical city of Darwin
  • Travel on the Ghan Expedition over 4 days
  • 2 nights accommodation in Adelaide
  • 5 day Great Ocean Road Self Drive
  • 2 nights in central Melbourne accommodation
  • Intercity rail travel between Melbourne and Sydney
  • 4 nights in the harbour city of Sydney
  • Optional UK flights
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 to 2 - Darwin

Arrive into the Northern Territory’s gateway city of Darwin where the pace of life instantly slows.

Spend two nights in your choice of Darwin hotel and be sure to check out nearby Mindil Beach, ride the waves in the Waterfront precinct or explore the many cultural and unique shops within the city centre.

Day 3 to 5 - The Ghan Expedition

This morning, travel in style on board the Ghan Expedition – an inclusive rail journey like no other.

Spend three nights onboard the mighty kilometre long train including scheduled stops to allow you to explore Australia’s outback between the Northern Territory and South Australia.

Cruise through Katherine Gorge, explore Alice Springs and take in the uniqueness of Coober Pedy’s underground treasures.

Fine food and wines are included throughout your expedition.

Day 6 to 8 - Adelaide

Disembark The Ghan train journey this morning to spend the next two nights in the heart of Adelaide.

Explore Adelaide’s wide leafy boulevards and spacious green parklands. We suggest you catch the tram to the beach suburb of Glenelg and relax on the water’s edge. Head to the Adelaide Hills for fantastic photo opportunities, or unwind between world-class wineries in the nearby Barossa and Clare Valley.

Day 8 to 11 - Great Ocean Road Self Drive

Today you’ll begin your Great Ocean Road self drive. This five day tour includes visits to:

  • Barossa Valley
  • Robe
  • Port Fairy
  • Apollo Bay

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Day 12 to 13 - Melbourne

Arrive into the culture capital of Melbourne for a two night stay in your choice of accommodation.

Explore the art lined laneways, learn about the city’s past at the Melbourne Gaol or Immigration Museum or venture further afield to Phillip Island and watch the spectacle of the nightly penguin parade.

Day 14 - Intercity Train to Sydney

Sit back and watch the state of Victoria and New South Wales glide past your window as you travel by day from Melbourne to Sydney by Intercity train.

On arrival in to Sydney, make your way to your Sydney hotel or apartment where you will spend the next four nights. Board one of the famous ferries to Manly, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or venture further afield to the expansive and breathtaking Blue Mountains.

Day 18 - Farewell

Enjoy the last few sights of Sydney as you make your way back to the airport for your onward flight back to the UK.

18 day Rail & Self Drive Holiday - from £3599

With flights from £5049


  • Add extra nights in Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide
  • Pre-book a Phillip Island Penguin Parade day tour
  • Add a Blue Mountains day tour from Sydney
  • Upgrade to Platinum Class on The Ghan from £1479
  • Add a stopover to Australia in Singapore, Dubai or another destination
  • Choose to fly Economy, Premium, Business or First Class

Include this Rail & Self Drive Holiday in an Australia holiday designed for you

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Prices are per person, based on two sharing and travelling in a Gold Service cabin on board The Ghan. Flights, hotels and tours are subject to availability and seasonal variations may apply. Please call Freedom Destinations for details.

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We hope this holiday idea will inspire you. We have combined:

  • An iconic rail journey with:
    – private gold service cabin
    – all meals and drinks
    – off train excursions
  • Leisurely city stays with a choice of accommodation
  • Optional experiences and activities
  • A Self Drive adventures including:
    – a carefully planned route
    – comfortable pre-arranged hotels
    – air-conditioned car

You can book this holiday idea as it is or we can tailor it to suit what you want to do. Or ask our team to design a holiday just for you, anywhere in Australia.

Call 0333 234 2889 today to talk with an Australia Expert.

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