A Journey of a Lifetime: Rail, and Sailing Tours Where the Mode of Transport Is Half the Fun


Travellers may enjoy a variety of experiences in Australia, from its untamed coastline to its spectacular desert landscapes, thanks to its size and diversity. Using various forms of transportation is one of the most exciting and memorable ways to view these varied landscapes. There are several ways to discover Australia's distinctive locations, including by sea along the untamed southern coastline, by scenic air over the Great Barrier Reef, by car along the Great Ocean car, or by train into the heart of the outback. This book will examine some of the enjoyable and interesting ways to travel throughout Australia using various means of transportation, emphasising the interesting viewpoints and unexpected treasures that may be found along the route.

Rail Journeys

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1. The Indian Pacific rail holiday takes travellers between Perth, Adelaide and Sydney, in an all-inclusive four-day journey. Guests will experience the history of the regions, following in the footsteps of past gold rush prospectors and bush pioneers.

2. The Ghan takes guests on a legendary journey between Darwin, and Alice Springs, and ends at Adelaide. This unforgettable trip allows immersion into the heart of Australia, encouraging exploration of the outback like never before. Off-train experiences such as dinner under the stars at the historic Telegraph Station in Alice Springs - certainly one for the postcard home.Regarding the Ghan and Indian Pacific journeys, it's worth noting that these train journeys can be broken down into shorter segments, allowing you to experience the highlights of the journey without committing to the full distance. For example, the Ghan journey can be broken down into Adelaide to Alice Springs, or Alice Springs to Darwin, while the Indian Pacific journey can be broken down into Sydney to Adelaide, or Adelaide to Perth. This allows travellers to customize their train journey experience and explore specific parts of Australia at their own pace.

3. The Overland is a historical gem, having ferried passengers between Adelaide and Melbourne for over 130 years. As the first train in the world to offer showers (almost 100 years ago now), Overland is continuing to bring its service to new heights through style and class.

Adventures on two and four wheels

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1. Embark on a scenic 4.5-hour drive from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road and arrive at the wondrous 12 Apostles. One can enjoy the self-guided walks at Loch Ard Gorge, which introduces shipwreck history, geology, and coastal ecology or pay a visit to the neighbouring scenic stops to along the Great Ocean Road while witnessing the stillness of the water under The Grotto, learning about the history of the London Bridge which collapsed in 1990, and marvel at the surrounding Bay of Islands. One can also climb down the 86 stairs of Gibson Steps and witness the magnitude of the Gog and Magog rock stacks from ground level.

2. The Grand Pacific Drive, a spectacular, scenic drive starting from Sydney, is a coastal-lovers dream journey. For those looking at embarking on a scenic trip, this drive is an option to go for since it is 140 kilometres of scenic ocean views with expansive regional spaces extending all the way to Melbourne. The journey begins in Sydney, continues through Wollongong, a popular skydiving location, where one can take a break, and continues on to Kiama to see the largest blowhole in the world or its famous lighthouse. If the swell is coming from the southeast, you're in for a real treat. The journey is then completed in Jervis Bay. It is a true ‘beach trip’ with coastlines filled with white-sand beaches, pristine waters and plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Airborne Adventures

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1. Beach Picnic on Shark Island including Seaplane Flight in Sydney: Combine a breathtaking 15-minute seaplane journey with a fine-dining beach picnic lunch on Shark Island for the ultimate Sydney day trip. Travellers will get to enjoy panoramic views of Sydney from the air and take in the scenery as they soar over Bondi Beach, Sydney Harbour, the famed Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

2. Fly for a day visit to Lady Elliot Island: A day excursion to Lady Elliot Island is the greatest way to fully experience the Great Barrier Reef. On the southernmost point of the Great Barrier Reef, 80 kilometres to the northeast of Bundaberg and slightly north of Fraser Island, is Lady Elliot Island. This coral cay is known as one of the top snorkelling locations on the reef because of the incredible variety of vibrant marine life. A day trip would include return scenic flights to the island, a glass-bottom boat snorkelling tour, a buffet lunch and more.

3. Helicopter ride over the Whitehaven Beach and heart reef: Fly to the Great Barrier Reef in a contemporary chopper and soar above the stunning turquoise swirls contrasted by the neighbouring Whitsunday islands and Whitehaven Beach. You'll also learn about spectacular corals like the Heart Reef and depending on the season, you might also get the chance to see turtles and whales.

4. Fly from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island: The Kangaroo Island, 13 kilometres off the coast of South Australia, is frequently referred to as a "zoo without fences" and is one of the best places in Australia to witness wild creatures including koalas, kangaroos, sea lions, and seals in their natural habitat. One can fly from Adelaide to reach Kangaroo Island and witness the combination of stunning geology and thriving local food and drink scene, making it a must-visit vacation spot that.

Voyages by sea

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1. Spirit of Tasmania: Come aboard the Spirit of Tasmania for flexible, convenient, and easy travel between Victoria and Tasmania. The adventurous voyager cruises by moonlight while admiring the splendour of the starry sky. Your trip across the Bass Strait is likely to be unforgettable and breathtaking with its very own onboard theatres, a variety of breakfast, lunch, and supper options and spacious accommodations.

2. Sorrento Ferries: Since 1987, the Searoad Ferries have run ferry services between Sorrento and Queenscliff. It is the quickest and most convenient way to get from the Mornington Peninsula to Queenscliff, and it also has some breathtaking scenery. The 264 km long coastline is filled with seaside villages, magnificent beaches, and seaside suburbs. The horse-shoe-shaped ferry crosses the southern tip of the bay, sailing between Sorrento and Queenscliff.

3. Swan Valley Cruise: Nowhere else in Australia is it possible to go by boat from a capital city and then arrive the same day in an area known for its world-class wines. Escape the city and travel leisurely on the cruise towards the higher reaches of the Swan Valley while you unwind and take in the renowned city skyline and gorgeous scenery. After an exclusive behind-the-scenes cinematic tour of the winery and a special wine tasting, you'll be treated to a delectable, filling grazing table lunch from the prestigious Sandalford Estate! Moreover, to provide a roundup experience, live entertainment and mouth-watering sweets will be served on your return trip. The gourmet wine cruise offered by Captain Cook Cruises is a wonderful option to spend the day with friends and family while cruising along the river and getting to know the Swan Valley in an unforgettable way.

It is simple to get around Australia, whether you take a ferry or rent a car. So pick a mode of transport that suits your itinerary, your budget and your schedule, and get going on your exploration Down Under.