Amazing Australia Special The Ghan Departure

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Feb 2019 - Feb 2019 Departures

Amazing Australia The Ghan Special Departure

​Sample life 'Down Under' on this inspirational tour which includes a visit to Kakadu National Park, an unforgettable journey on The Ghan train and a cruise to the Outer Barrier Reef. You'll also experience sunrise and sunset at Ayers Rock, and discover all the iconic sights of Perth, Cairns, Sydney and more.

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Your holiday at a glance

CLASSIC TOURING
ALL BREAKFASTS

What's included

 

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Scheduled flights from Heathrow with Qantas Airlines
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 22 nights in 3.5 & 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • 30 meals: 22 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Welcome drink
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Dedicated JY representative to greet you at all UK airports

Included excursions

  • ​Sightseeing in Perth, Darwin, Alice Springs, Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne
  • Visit to Kakadu National Park
  • Overnight rail journey on the iconic train, The Ghan
  • Sunrise at Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • 'Sounds of Silence' dinner
  • Great Barrier Reef cruise
  • Sheep station visit

Optional excursions

  • ​Fremantle & Swan River cruise
  • Yanchep National Park, Aquarium of Western Australia & wine-tasting
  • Bush barbecue in Alice Springs
  • Western MacDonnell Ranges
  • Daintree Rainforest
  • Kuranda Railway
  • Featherdale Wildlife Park, Blue Mountains & Scenic World
  • Sydney Harbour cruise
  • Sydney Bridge climb
  • Tour of Sydney Opera House
  • Tallship twilight cruise and dinner in Sydney Harbour
  • Sydney helicopter flight
  • Philip Island penguin parade
  • Sovereign Hill & Ballarat

Pre-bookable excursions: Philip Island penguin parade, Daintree and Bush barbecue can be pre-booked as a package.

Your itinerary

Today you'll fly to Perth, arriving in the early hours of day 3.

​You will have plenty of time to adjust after your flight with a further three-night stay in Perth. This lovely city has a compact centre and​ an inviting waterfront area. Along with its neighbouring port of Fremantle, it is one of the most envied locations in the world in which to live. It boasts golden beaches, superb restaurants, lush green parks, the broad expanse of the Swan River and a fantastic climate. Experience Perth's highlights on our included sightseeing tour today. This evening, get to know your travelling companions better over a drink and dinner.

Perth has so much to offer and you can get out and about to discover its delights just as you wish today. It's one of the world's most envied locations in which to live, with lush parks, excellent restaurants, the stunning Swan River and a lovely warm climate.
As an alternative, you might choose to join an optional tour of the lively port city of Fremantle, which you'll reach via a cruise on the Swan River. During free time, coffee-lovers should head to Cappuccino Strip, lined with open-air coffee shops, pubs and restaurants. Other highlights include the fishing boat harbour, a host of interesting museums and the historic Fremantle markets - more than 150 stalls selling everything from local delicacies to jewellery. We'll head back to the hotel by road.​

​If you're an animal-lover, today's optional excursion is for you! You've the chance to see some of Australia's native creatures at Yanchep National Park. Kangaroos roam freely here, so you can get really close to the country's most famous animal, and you might also spot koalas. You'll then continue to the Aquarium of Western Australia, where among other highlights you can stroke stingray in the 'petting pond'.
There's free time for lunch before you head to the Swan Valley Winery for a wine-tasting experience.​

​After flying to Darwin, we'll get to know the city on a sightseeing tour.

​Enjoy an exciting day in Kakadu National Park. This UNESCO-listed site boasts lush rainforest, thundering waterfalls and Aboriginal rock art up to 20,000 years old.

​Today we step aboard The Ghan and begin our rail journey into the heart of Australia. Once on board this legendary train you'll be escorted to your comfortable private cabin and after time to settle in, a delicious lunch will be served. Enjoy some time to relax and admire the scenery outside the window as we make our way to the town of Katherine. Here we'll enjoy a cruise on the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge. Back on board you'll enjoy a sumptuous dinner, before retiring to your cabin for the night.

​When you awake on day 9, you'll enjoy a hearty breakfast on board and then leave the train when it arrives in Alice Springs. This intriguing town is a hub of life in the vast desert of the Northern Territory. Alice is known for many things, the most famous of which, Uluru, we will visit on day 11.
This evening you might be tempted to join an optional bush barbecue - an authentic experience that really sums up the spirit of the Australian Outback. The fun starts at sunset as we take to the road to try to spot kangaroos. Before you eat you can try your hand at boomerang throwing, and afterwards you can indulge in a spot of star-gazing.​

In an area so remote, some of the facilities that many of us take for granted are not readily available. The Flying Doctor Base and famous School of the Air, vital amenities for so many families living on farms and ranches in the Australian bush, are highlights of our tour as well as the old Telegraph Station.
This afternoon you can opt to join an excursion to the Western MacDonnell Ranges. First you'll visit Simpsons Gap, a stunning gorge where water flows through a small gap in the mountains. This area is sacred to the Aboriginal people, as is our next stop, the Standley Chasm. Here, we'll take a stroll amongst sheer walls of red rock, which are simply breathtaking.

​We take to the road today and make a stop at a camel farm, where there's the chance to take a camel ride.
Our destination is Ayers Rock, officially referred to as Uluru by native Aboriginal people, which is situated in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The huge sandstone monolith that rises from the red dirt of the desert floor is a majestic sight and one of the world's most treasured natural wonders. It is two miles long, 1,000ft high and six miles around the base. It changes colour dramatically with the light and is a wondrous sight at any time of day, but even more so at sunrise and sunset, when its colours change dramatically. We will have the chance to admire Uluru at both of these magical times.
This evening we'll enjoy a 'Sounds of Silence' dinner at a secluded spot in the middle of the desert. We'll eat under a star-strewn sky and sip champagne as the sun sets at Uluru and the Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas.

​We will visit Uluru as the sun rises this morning. We will also have the very special opportunity to step into some of the caves in the base of the rock and admire the fascinating Aboriginal art that graces the walls. Off in the distance you will spot the mysterious Kata Tjuta, a range of 36 spectacular rock domes. Later we will fly to Cairns.

​The Great Barrier Reef is variously described as the world's largest living thing and the eighth wonder of the world. It is a stupendous 1,400-mile wonderland of breathtakingly beautiful coral and colourful marine life, studded with unspoilt tropical islands. Today we include a trip by catamaran to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. You will have the chance to snorkel, visit an underwater observatory, take a cruise in a semi-submersible or simply admire your picture-perfect surroundings.

​Cairns enjoys an idyllic location between the ocean and lush tropics. It is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the great climate and sunshine that Australia is so famous for. Maybe you'll choose to take a ride on the Kuranda Railway. Widely regarded as one of the world's most spectacular rail journeys, the track burrows through 15 tunnels and traverses 40 bridges as it clings to the rock face.​

​If you want to get out in the great outdoors, come with us on an optional trip to Daintree Rainforest. This ecologically unique tropical forest is home to an extensive range of flora and fauna, and you'll head off on a cruise with an expert guide on the lookout for crocodiles. Lunch at the Daintree Village Hotel and a tour of Daintree are also included on this excursion.​

We are going to fly to Sydney today. Sydney is Australia's biggest and most talked about city, and the home of so many iconic landmarks. The centre is surprisingly compact and can be easily explored on foot.​

​Our included sightseeing tour will show you Sydney's highlights, including the world-famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House, which dominate the vast and picturesque harbour. Other memorable sights include Bondi Beach, Hyde Park, Darling Harbour and Mrs Macquarie's Chair.
After your tour, maybe opt to set off on an hour-long cruise around the harbour.​

​If you choose to join today's optional excursion, you've a full day of thrills ahead. Start at Featherdale Wildlife Park, which is home to more than 300 species of native animals, from koalas to Tasmanian devils.
You'll then head through the Blue Mountains, past the Three Sisters rock formation and along Jamieson Valley - Australia's answer to the Grand Canyon. Finally, you'll visit Scenic World, where you can opt to take a journey on the world's steepest incline railway into ancient rainforest or enjoy a cable-car ride over the valley.

​You can choose from a couple of exciting optional excursions today. If you've a head for heights, you could take in exceptional views of Sydney Harbour and the surrounding area on a guided Sydney Harbour Bridge climb. Don't worry, you'll get a safety briefing beforehand and will wear a harness at all times. At the end you'll receive a group photo, a cap, certificate and a pass to the Pylon Lookout for further sweeping views.
Alternatively, you may choose to view Sydney from even higher up, on a panoramic helicopter ride. Remember to take your camera along and snap shots of Bondi Beach, Botany Bay, Sydney Harbour and Opera House, and much more, as you listen to your pilot's informative commentary through headphones.​

​Canberra is a beautifully landscaped city. The peaceful tree-lined avenues and uncrowded centre make it hard to believe that this is the Australian capital. Visit the government buildings and get a glimpse of the Prime Minister's Lodge on our tour today. En route, we will stop at a sheep station for a sheep shearing demonstration and a barbecue lunch.

​Colonial-style buildings, beautiful parks, wealthy garden suburbs, wide boulevards and trams make Melbourne the most European of Australia's cities. It has a sophisticated, more formal atmosphere yet is also the sports capital of the country. It's the home of Australian Rules Football, the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Melbourne Cup.
Our included sightseeing tour on day 21 gives a great overview of the city including Fitzroy Gardens where you will catch a glimpse of Captain Cook's cottage.
Explore Melbourne at leisure on day 22. You could head to the Botantical Gardens with their unrivalled view of the skyline or perhaps take a tram trip to the seaside resort of St Kilda with its laid-back beaches and quirky shops. An optional afternoon visit to Philip Island, where you can see the remarkable Penguin Parade, will also be available.

Your final day is free for you to explore more of Melbourne at your own pace. Alternatively, why not take an optional trip to Ballarat, famous for the Gold Rush of 1851. You'll also visit Sovereign Hill open-air museum, which recreates the first decade after the discovery of gold here, and take a tour of the gold mines. There will be time for a stroll around the town and to visit the Gold Museum before we head back to our hotel. 
This evening we will gather as a group to enjoy a five-course farewell dinner in The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, a famous fleet of historic trams that now act as sumptuous dining venues.​

​Enjoy time at leisure on day 24 before your return flight to the UK, arriving on day 25.

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Australia - Sydney - Tour of Sydney Opera House

Australia - Sydney - Tour of Sydney Opera House

from £23

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Step beneath the sails to find out what makes the Sydney Opera House so inspiring. Discover insider secrets and stories of the Opera House artists and performances, and step inside the iconic theatres & foyers that bring to life 1800 performances each year. Explore the building with our knowledgeable guides, learn about how Jorn Utzon’s vision came into existence against impossible odds, and capture photographs from rare vantage points, off limits to the general public.

One Hour Tour - Cultural Must See

Australia - Sydney - Tallship twilight cruise and dinner on Sydney Harbour

Australia - Sydney - Tallship twilight cruise and dinner on Sydney Harbour

from £62

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We set sails on a twilight dinner cruise on board a magnificent tallship like the early settlers all those years ago. Experience all that Sydney’s wonderful harbour has to offer from the unique perspective of Sydney’s only authentic timber tallship. No other cruise can match the perfection of cruising Sydney Harbour beneath the billowing sails of a tallship. There is no better way to end the day than this sublime Sydney Harbour dinner cruise.

Two Hours Cruise - Great Experience

Featherdale Wildlife Park and the Magical Blue Mountains - Sydney

Featherdale Wildlife Park and the Magical Blue Mountains - Sydney

from £99

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At Featherdale wildlife park you will have the chance to see over three hundred species of Australian wildlife, from Koalas to Tasmanian Devils. You will then drive through the Blue Mountains to the Three Sisters and along the Jamieson Valley (Australia's Grand Canyon), before departing for Scenic World where you will have the chance to ride the worlds steepest incline railway (optional), and ride in the scenic cable car with views of the World Heritage listed Jamison Valley.

Full Day – Highly Recommended

Sydney Bridge climb - Day climb

Sydney Bridge climb - Day climb

from £176

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Absorb a 360 degree panorama of Sydney as you journey to the summit on our original Climb experience. Like an exposed spine, the outer rim delivers you to the peak, as the sky remains just beyond your outstretched fingertips.
The Journey - Latching on in the Climb Base below the Bradfield Highway, you will walk on catwalks below the road-deck until you reach the South-East Pylon. Here you will ascend 4 ladders to the start of the upper arch, surrounded by the hum and buzz of Sydney's traffic. With the summit in your sight, your journey continues along the Bridge's outer arch on the Opera House side until you hit the top. After a summit celebration with your group, you cross the spine of the Bridge to the Darling Harbour side to make your descent to our Climb Base. Every ticket to the top includes a Climb group photograph, a Bridge Climb cap, a certificate of achievement and a free pass to The Pylon Lookout.

***Please be advised that Sydney Bridge Climb has updated its pre-climb health & safety requirements for climbers over the age of 75. Climbers over the age of 75 can climb with a Certificate of Fitness, signed by your GP. You can get the form (which you need to take with you) and more details on their website on https://www.bridgeclimb.com/things-you-need-to-know-to-climb

Package - Philip Island Penguin Parade Plus/Daintree Rainforest and Cruise including Lunch/Bush BBQ

Package - Philip Island Penguin Parade Plus/Daintree Rainforest and Cruise including Lunch/Bush BBQ

from £245

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You can save money and enhance your holiday with this pre-bookable excursion package.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Plus - Melbourne/Daintree Rainforest and Cruise including Lunch - Cairns/Bush BBQ - Alice Springs

Kuranda Railway and Skyrail - Cairns

Kuranda Railway and Skyrail - Cairns

from £119

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A fantastic opportunity to see the Atherton Tablelands. Your first stop this morning will be Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, where you will glide over and through world heritage rainforest including time at the two rainforest mid-stations. After some free time in the village of Kuranda you will continue on the second part of your tour, the Kuranda Scenic Railway. You will spend time viewing the Barron Falls, a wonderful photo opportunity, before arriving at Freshwater Station.

Full Day – Scenic

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Plus - Melbourne

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Plus - Melbourne

from £99

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Join us on an afternoon into evening excursion to Phillip Island, home to the largest colony of Little Penguins. This area allows you to experience a more personalised wildlife viewing experience. Limited to 150 people, this viewing platform provides a closer viewing of the penguin arrival than the main viewing stands at the Penguin Parade. Rangers are on hand to provide full interpretation of the world’s smallest penguins and their fascinating lives. Entry also includes drink or snack voucher. Ideal for those people seeking a closer viewing of the penguins and more in-depth knowledge of their lives and environment.

Extended Afternoon Excursion – Nature Interest – Unforgettable

Fremantle Cruise and Swan River Cruise - Perth

Fremantle Cruise and Swan River Cruise - Perth

from £63

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A leisurely one way cruise to the bustling and dynamic port town of Fremantle. On arrival in Fremantle, you will enjoy a tour around, followed by some free time to explore the port. You could get a coffee from the famous ‘Cappuccino strip’, or take a look around the Fremantle Market, Fishing Boat Harbour and the many sights and museums Fremantle has to offer. You will return by coach.

Please note that the market is only open on Fri/Sat/Sun

Half Day – Minimal/Moderate Walking – Highly Recommended

Bush BBQ - Alice Springs

Bush BBQ - Alice Springs

from £64

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A truly unique and authentic experience not to be missed! You will become truly immersed in the spirit and grandeur of the Australian Outback from the moment you step off the coach as the sun begins to set in exploding ray of colour adrift the great expanse of sky.

A fun evening which starts with a drive around the land trying to spot kangaroos, which will be followed by trying your hand at boomerang throwing and then followed by a real Aussie BBQ. There will also be some star watching (weather permitting) and some music.

Please Note : Jackets will be required in the winter months.

Evening Excursion – Great Fun – Authentic experience

Accommodation

The 4-star Travelodge Hotel Perth is centrally located in the heart of the Perth CBD, and enjoys a picturesque setting in the centre of the city, with access to major Perth attractions, entertainment venues, shopping and dining, Kings Park and the Swan River. Rooms have en suite facilities, air-conditioning, TV, tea & coffee-making facilities, and hairdryer.
Travelodge Hotel Mirambeena Darwin is located close to great shopping areas and many major city attractions. The resort is positioned in the perfect location to experience all the area has to offer. The hotel has a pool and a gym.
Your Gold Single is a compact sleeper cabin featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage. Power outlets are available in your cabin and in-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary is available.
Experience eco-friendly luxury and enjoy stunning views of the majestic MacDonnell Mountain Ranges when you stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs. Conveniently located just off of Stuart Highway, the hotel is only 15 minutes’ drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown. Enjoy easy access to many businesses, government offices and attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Desert Park and Anzac Hill. Ideal for both corporate and leisure guests, this Alice Springs hotel offers fantastic business and recreational facilities and friendly service from our dedicated staff. We will even welcome you with a signature, warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie when you check in.
Sails in the Desert is a perfect gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It is conveniently located just 5-minute walk from the Uluru lookout making it a great place to spot sunrise and sunset. Air-conditioned rooms come with private en-suite facilities featuring bathrobes, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Additionally, rooms include flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and tea/coffee-making facilities. Other hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court, a bar and a range of various dining options.
The 4-star Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside is located on the Cairns Esplanade overlooking beautiful Trinity Bay, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and boasting breathtaking ocean and hinterland views. Guests can also enjoy a range of hotel amenities and services, including Teshi’s Restaurant, Blue Mango Café Wine Bar, swimming pool and spa, 24-hour room service, free CBD shuttle, and more. Just a short stroll into town along the esplanade and only 5 minutes drive from Cairns Airport, the Holiday Inn Cairns is the perfect place for you to relax and unwind in tropical North Queensland. ,br>
The hotel offers 173 stylishly appointed rooms, each with its own private balcony and en suite facilities, stereo, TV, coffee/tea-making facilities, minibar, internet access and hairdryer.
This modern hotel provides convenient accommodation in the Sydney CBD. Air-conditioned rooms feature flat-screen TVs, a refrigerator and tea/coffee-making facilities. Other hotel facilities include a rooftop swimming pool with panoramic city views, a sauna and a fitness centre. The Four Elements Restaurant, located on-site, serves both Australian and international cuisine, while a wide selection of cocktails and wines can be enjoyed at The Four Elements Lounge and Bar.
Mercure Canberra is a unique hotel set around an impressive courtyard. It''s in a convenient location too, close to the shops, bars and restaurants of the city centre.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant and a bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities and a minibar.
The Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne is a heritage listed hotel. Within walking distance you can find shopping, dining & entertainment, perfect for exploring. There is also a bar, restaurant and fitness centre, if you wish to stay at the hotel. Rooms are furnished with air-conditioning, safe, TV and tea & coffee-making facilities.

Travelodge Perth

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London (Heathrow)

Wednesday 06 February 2019

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Outbound
Qantas

Wednesday 06 February 2019

Departs

20:45 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

17:45 Singapore (Changi)

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Qantas

Thursday 07 February 2019

Departs

19:10 Singapore (Changi)

Arrives

00:30 Perth (Intl)

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Inbound
Qantas - QF

Friday 01 March 2019

Departs

17:15 Melbourne (Tullamarine)

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22:15 Singapore (Changi)

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Qantas - QF

Friday 01 March 2019

Departs

23:55 Singapore (Changi)

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06:15 London (Heathrow)

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Amazing Australia Special The Ghan Departure with Singapore pre-tour stopover

28 days from £8,798

Feb 2019 - Feb 2019 Departures
Before your holiday, why not visit Singapore. This is a great way to break up your journey and it also gives you the chance to see another exciting destination. Singapore is a mix of cultures, including Indian, Chinese and Malay, and as it is so compact, you’ll have no trouble exploring during your stay. Enjoy 3 nights’ accommodation on a bed-and-breakfast basis. Overseas transfers and other transportation is included. Please note: You will not be accompanied by a Tour Manager.

The Ghan

The Ghan

One of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan delivers much more than an extended train ride. It accesses parts of Australia no other holiday can come close to – the perfect balance of comfort and adventure. Originally dubbed the Afghan Express, The Ghan train was named for the pioneering cameleers who blazed a permanent trail into the Red Centre of Australia more than 150 years ago. On this one night, 2 day journey via Katherine you will weave your way through the wet and wild landscapes of the magnificent top end of Australia.

Gold Service Your Gold Single is a compact sleeper cabin featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage. Power outlets are available in your cabin and in-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary is available.

Dining All-inclusive dining takes place in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant complemented by all-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. The menu is prepared by on-board chefs using fresh local fare to offer mouth-watering dishes. Gold Service includes a hearty breakfast, two course lunch and a three course dinner.

Gold Twin for sole use upgrade For a more spacious experience with private facilities upgrade your cabin on The Ghan. Gold Twin for sole use is a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite facilities with upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day.

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