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The Ghan Expedition
12Apostles, Great Ocean Road
Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
The Ghan Crossing The Victoria River
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Long Beach, Robe
Port Fairy Lighthouse, Victoria
Apollo Bay, Victoria
Melbourne Skyline
Train, Melbourne Platform
Sydney Opera House

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.

Highlights:
  • 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 Itinerary

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You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

Day 1 to 2 – Darwin

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

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.

    Darwin hotel

Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
The Ghan Crossing The Victoria River

Day 3 to 5 – The Ghan Expedition

This morning, travel in style on board the Ghan Expedition – an inclusive…

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.

    The Ghan

The Ghan Crossing The Victoria River
Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Day 6 to 7 – Adelaide

Disembark The Ghan train journey this morning to spend the next two nights in the heart…

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.

    Adelaide hotel

Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Barossa Valley, South Australia

Day 8 – Barossa Valley

Depart the “City of Churches” and head to the hills. To the north of the city…

Depart the “City of Churches” and head to the hills. To the north of the city you will discover the picturesque Barossa Valley, home to famous wineries including Yalumba, Orlando and Penfolds, as well as boutique vineyards. Stay overnight in the Barossa.

    Adelaide > Barossa Valley | 80 kms

    The Wine Vine Hotel

Barossa Valley, South Australia
Long Beach, Robe

Day 9 – Robe

Leave the hills of the Barossa and head for the South Australian coast. You will pass…

Leave the hills of the Barossa and head for the South Australian coast. You will pass through the town of Mannum, one of the oldest towns located on the Murray River. Beyond Tailem Bend and Murray Bridge, you will then travel along the sand dunes of Coorong National Park before stopping for the night in the town of Robe.

    Barossa Valley > Robe | 350 kms

    Robe House B&B

Long Beach, Robe
Port Fairy Lighthouse, Victoria

Day 10 – Port Fairy

From Robe, continue along the coast to the remarkable town of Mt. Gambier. The town is…

From Robe, continue along the coast to the remarkable town of Mt. Gambier. The town is actually set on the slopes of an extinct volcano, and is home to a collapsed crater in the centre of town as well as a lake that changes colour from a winter grey to a vivid blue colour every summer. Continue along the coast to Portland (the oldest permanent settlement in Victoria). A detour to see the blowholes at Cape Nelson and the petrified forest at Cape Bridgewater are worthwhile before continuing on to stay in Port Fairy.

    Robe > Port Fairy | 290 kms

    Seacombe House

Port Fairy Lighthouse, Victoria
Apollo Bay, Victoria

Day 11 – Apollo Bay

After exploring the delightful fishing port and resort of Port Fairy, join the Great Ocean Road…

After exploring the delightful fishing port and resort of Port Fairy, join the Great Ocean Road for a day exploring the “Shipwreck Coast”. Before you reach Port Campbell you will be able to stop to view London Bridge, the now broken natural rock arch. Continue along the Southern Ocean coast to see the iconic rock pillars of the Twelve Apostles, that stand out proudly above the surf. Continue along the Great Ocean Road as far as Apollo Bay where you will stop for the night.

    Port Valley > Apollo Bay | 188 kms

    Apollo Bay hotel

Apollo Bay, Victoria
Melbourne Skyline

Day 12 to 13 – Melbourne

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

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.

    Melbourne hotel

Melbourne Skyline
Train, Melbourne Platform

Day 14 to 17 – Intercity Train to Sydney

Sit back and watch the state of Victoria and New South Wales glide past your window…

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.

    Sydney hotel

Train, Melbourne Platform
Sydney Opera House

Day 18 – Farewell

Enjoy the last few sights of Sydney as you make your way back to the airport…

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

Sydney Opera House

Your Itinerary

You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Day 1 to 2

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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.

    Darwin hotel

Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

Day 3 to 5

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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.

    The Ghan

The Ghan Crossing The Victoria River

Day 6 to 7

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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.

    Adelaide hotel

Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Day 8

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Barossa Valley

Depart the “City of Churches” and head to the hills. To the north of the city you will discover the picturesque Barossa Valley, home to famous wineries including Yalumba, Orlando and Penfolds, as well as boutique vineyards. Stay overnight in the Barossa.

    Adelaide > Barossa Valley | 80 kms

    The Wine Vine Hotel

Barossa Valley, South Australia

Day 9

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Robe

Leave the hills of the Barossa and head for the South Australian coast. You will pass through the town of Mannum, one of the oldest towns located on the Murray River. Beyond Tailem Bend and Murray Bridge, you will then travel along the sand dunes of Coorong National Park before stopping for the night in the town of Robe.

    Barossa Valley > Robe | 350 kms

    Robe House B&B

Long Beach, Robe

Day 10

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Port Fairy

From Robe, continue along the coast to the remarkable town of Mt. Gambier. The town is actually set on the slopes of an extinct volcano, and is home to a collapsed crater in the centre of town as well as a lake that changes colour from a winter grey to a vivid blue colour every summer. Continue along the coast to Portland (the oldest permanent settlement in Victoria). A detour to see the blowholes at Cape Nelson and the petrified forest at Cape Bridgewater are worthwhile before continuing on to stay in Port Fairy.

    Robe > Port Fairy | 290 kms

    Seacombe House

Port Fairy Lighthouse, Victoria

Day 11

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Apollo Bay

After exploring the delightful fishing port and resort of Port Fairy, join the Great Ocean Road for a day exploring the “Shipwreck Coast”. Before you reach Port Campbell you will be able to stop to view London Bridge, the now broken natural rock arch. Continue along the Southern Ocean coast to see the iconic rock pillars of the Twelve Apostles, that stand out proudly above the surf. Continue along the Great Ocean Road as far as Apollo Bay where you will stop for the night.

    Port Valley > Apollo Bay | 188 kms

    Apollo Bay hotel

Apollo Bay, Victoria

Day 12 to 13

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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.

    Melbourne hotel

Melbourne Skyline

Day 14 to 17

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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.

    Sydney hotel

Train, Melbourne Platform

Day 18

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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.

Sydney Opera House

This Holiday Includes

17 nights accommodation
Rail Journey with all meals and drinks
Activities and experiences as detailed in the itinerary
4 nights car hire, with unlimited kilometers

Flights & More

Ask your FREEDOM Consultant to include Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for a complete ABTA and ATOL protected package.

They can also add extra nights and experiences in places you choose, to create the exact holiday you are looking for. Popular options include:

  • Extra nights in Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide
  • A Phillip Island Penguin Parade day tour
  • A Blue Mountains day tour from Sydney
  • An upgrade to Platinum Class on The Ghan from £1479
  • A stopover to Australia in Singapore, Dubai or another destination

Next Step

Please get in touch with our Australia Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

Ghan & Great Ocean Road

18 day Rail & Self Drive Holiday – from £3599

With flights from £5049

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room 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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