Tour OverviewThe right vacation to Australia can easily transport you to another state of mind, especially if it includes a crocodile cruise in Darwin, a glass-bottom-boat tour at the Great Barrier Reef, a wetlands cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, and many other exciting modes of transportation. The most moving experience on this grand tour of Australia, however, is an overnight rail journey on the legendary Ghan Train-an exhilarating crossing through the heart of the Australian Outback to the tropical coast of the Northern Territory. A stop at the majestic Katherine Gorge offers the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs and imagination. As you venture in every direction on this encompassing tour of Australia-including untamed Tasmania-you'll also be moved by big-city lights, Red Center sunsets, growling Tasmanian devils, and calm, cuddly koalas. All aboard for an above-and-beyond adventure through the "Land Down Under."Spend an extra night in Hobart for the chance to witness Mother Nature cast her magical aurora australis (southern lights) across the night sky of Tasmania-one of the best places on earth to see this heavenly light show. Includes two evening excursions with a Local Expert to learn how the aurora australis differs from the northern lights (aurora borealis). Enjoy warm drinks and treats and learn how to take the perfect photograph of the lights dancing across the horizon.End your trip with a relaxing 3-night Globus independent vacation in Fiji, including a flight from Sydney to Nadi, Fiji, transfers to/from your resort on the Coral Coast, first-class accommodations, breakfast daily, and the guidance and assistance of an expert Local Host®. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a jet-boat cruise on the Sigatoka River and a visit to a Fijian village with lunch.
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Itinerary OverviewExploring Australia With The Legendary Ghan Train, Southern Lights & Fiji
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Day 1 ARRIVE IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. Welcome to Melbourne! Hotel check-in available upon arrival. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Schedule flights to arrive by 3 pm in time for a welcome meeting and dinner. (D)
Day 2 MELBOURNE. MELBOURNE Morning guided sightseeing includes Parliament House, the Shrine of Remembrance, Queen Victoria Market, and beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. Free time in the afternoon and evening. (B)
Day 3 MELBOURNE. MELBOURNE Free day. (B)
Day 4 MELBOURNE–HOBART. Fly to Hobart. HOBART Guided walking tour of the waterfront district. Dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 5 HOBART. EXCURSION TO THE TASMAN PENINSULA. TASMAN PENINSULA Sightseeing includes the blowhole, the Devil's Kitchen, and the Tasman Arch formations. Walking tour with a Local Guide at Port Arthur Historic Site (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo.HOBART Evening excursion with a Local Expert for the chance to view the Southern Lights (aurora australis). Learn how the Southern Lights differ from the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) and hear stories about the significance of the “Fire in the Sky” to the Australia Aboriginal communities. Warm drinks and treats are provided during this special evening. (B,L)NOTE: The aurora is most active late at night or early in the morning when the sky is clear and the air chilly. Viewings are scheduled from 7pm-10pm. While the aurora is frequently seen May through August, it is up to Mother Nature to create the special conditions in order to witness this phenomenon.
Day 6 HOBART. HOBART Free day to explore more of Hobart on your own. This evening, another chance to view the Southern Lights. Our Local Expert is on hand to answer all your questions, share local insight and give pointers on how to take the perfect photographs of the lights dancing across the sky. Warm drinks and treats are provided. (B)
Day 7 HOBART–ADELAIDE. Fly to Adelaide (via Melbourne). ADELAIDE Orientation drive. Free time this evening. (B)
Day 8 ADELAIDE. EXCURSION TO KANGAROO ISLAND. Travel by motorcoach and ferry to Kangaroo Island. KANGAROO ISLAND Sightseeing includes Seal Bay Conservation Park with a Park Ranger plus visits to Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park to see native koalas, wallabies, and wombats. Visit Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery before returning to Adelaide this evening. (B,L)
Day 9 ADELAIDE–ULURU (AYERS ROCK). Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock) (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). ULURU Sunset drink followed by Outback barbecue. (B,D)
Day 10 ULURU (AYERS ROCK). ULURU Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a walking tour at Uluru, and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Free time this evening. (B) ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Uluru with a camel ride through the desert at sunset. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
Day 11 ULURU–ALICE SPRINGS–GHAN TRAIN. Scenic drive through the Outback en route to Alice Springs. ALICE SPRINGS Embark on the legendary The Ghan train. (B,D)
Day 12 GHAN TRAIN–KATHERINE–DARWIN. KATHERINE GORGE Choice of sightseeing includes a scenic cruise or a visit to a working Outback cattle station. DARWIN Free time this evening. (B,L)
Day 13 DARWIN–KAKADU NATIONAL PARK. DARWIN Jumping crocodile guided cruise.KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Guided sightseeing in Kakadu National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). (B,D)
Day 14 KAKADU NATIONAL PARK–DARWIN. KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Guided wetlands cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong.DARWIN City orientation drive includes Darwin Museum and lunch at a local roadhouse. (B,L)
Day 15 DARWIN–CAIRNS. Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” (B)
Day 16 CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF. OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF Scenic catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes the option of snorkeling, a glass-bottom-boat tour, an underwater observatory, and watching a fish feeding. CAIRNS Free time this evening. (B,L)
Day 17 CAIRNS. CAIRNS Free day. (B)
Day 18 CAIRNS–SYDNEY. CAIRNS Visit to the Koala Gardens includes having your photo taken with a koala. Fly to Sydney. SYDNEY Free time this evening. (B)
Day 19 SYDNEY. SYDNEY Guided sightseeing includes the financial district, Mrs Macquarie's Chair, the botanic gardens, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Walking tour with a Local Guide includes the Sydney Opera House (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Bondi Beach, followed by a Sydney Harbour cruise. Free time this evening. (B)
Day 20 SYDNEY. SYDNEY Free day before dinner at a waterfront restaurant. (B,D)
Day 21 SYDNEY–NADI, FIJI–CORAL COAST. Fly to Nadi, Fiji. Transfer to your resort on the Coral Coast.CORAL COAST The remainder of the day I sat leisure. (B)
Day 22 CORAL COAST. CORAL COAST This morning's highlight is a half-day Sigatoka River Safari. Be transported into the heart and soul of Fiji, aboard a custom-built jet boat. Cruise your way up the magnificent Sigatoka River to visit an authentic Fijian village and experience a day in the life of the real “Kaiviti” (Fijian). The remainder of your day is yours to explore the beautiful beaches or perhaps sample some local cuisine. (B,L)NOTE: If your included sightseeing is schedule to take place on a Sunday, it will operate on Monday instead. Your Local Host will have full details upon your arrival.
Day 23 CORAL COAST. CORAL COAST Today is at leisure. Make sure to check the daily activities offered at your resort. You may wish to take a dip in the pool, enjoy a Fijian handicraft demonstration, spend some time in the water with kayaks or paddleboards, or simply enjoy an amazing sunset with a cool tropical drink. (B)
Day 24 CORAL COAST–NADI. Transfer from the Coral Coast to Nadi International Airport where your vacation ends. (B)
Tour Dates & Pricing
- Friday May 6th, 2022 - Sunday May 29th, 2022