Murray Princess, Murray River
Sydney Opera House, New South Wales
Sydney Opera House & Bridge
Wine tasting, Hunter Valley
Phillip Island, Victoria
River Torrens, Adelaide
Indian Pacific Rail Journey

Southern Rail & River Cruise

13 day Holiday Idea - from £1585

With flights from £2799

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


  • The icons of Sydney
  • Overnight travel on board the Indian Pacific train
  • Heritage cruise on board a traditional paddle steamer
  • Melbourne’s laneways and city sights
  • Explore delightful Adelaide

Your Holiday Includes:

  • 3 nights in iconic Sydney
  • Overnight rail journey – Indian Pacific
  • 2 nights in Adelaide
  • 3 night river cruise – Murray Princess
  • 3 night stay in Melbourne
  • Optional UK flights
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 to 3 - 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 Rail Journey

This afternoon, board the iconic Indian Pacific train in Sydney and begin your westbound journey inland to Adelaide.

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 to 9 - Murray 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 Murray River Cruise, transfer back to Adelaide for an additional night in the ‘City of Churches’.

Day 10 to 12 - Melbourne

Journey  from Adelaide to Victoria’s capital, Melbourne on the Overland train service, allowing you to sit back and take in the pastoral scenery of South Australia and Victoria. 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 Holiday Idea - from £1585

With flights from £2799


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Southern Rail and River Cruise 2 Week

HOLIDAY IDEAS to inspire you

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

  • An iconic rail journey including:
    – private Gold Service ensuite cabin
    – all meals and drinks
    – off train excursions
  • Exciting city stays with a choice of hotels
  • A Murray River Cruise including:
    – 3 nights cabin accommodation
    – all meals
    – on shore excursions
  • Scenic rail travel between cities
  • Optional UK flights

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.

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