Great Southern : Itinerary

Great Southern Itineraries


The Great Southern travels from Adelaide to Brisbane and Brisbane to Adelaide. This journey does not go through Melbourne and passengers cannot start or end the journey anywhere else besides Adelaide & Brisbane.

Adelaide to Brisbane

  3 days/2 nights

Departs: Fridays 9:00am
Arrives: Sundays 4.20pm

Day 1: Adelaide and The Grampians

As the train leaves Adelaide, take your time to settle in and get familiar with your cabin. Enjoy morning tea and then savour a relaxed lunch on board while watching the ever-changing landscape glide by. In the late afternoon, the train will arrive in regional Victoria where you’ll have a chance to experience the spectacular wilderness of the Grampians region. Enjoy a breathtaking walk in the natural surrounds, take in the panoramic views of the Grampians from a lookout, or sample some of the region’s best wines at local wineries.

Your first day culminates with an off train dinner where you’ll enjoy local produce and regional wines in a special Grampians setting before returning to the train for the night.

Day 2: Canberra and surrounds

Spend the day exploring your choice of the National War Memorial and Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia or the National Museum of Australia. Or, discover the delights of the Food and Wine Trail before returning to the train.

Later in the day, relax and enjoy a delicious dinner and drinks in the lounge car before settling down for the night.

Day 3: Coffs Harbour and surrounds

Choose your own adventure today with a variety of options to suit your fitness level and interests. Take in the spectacular coastline views and Great Dividing Range along the the Urunga Boardwalk before travelling to Forest Sky Pier at the Sealy Lookout (310m above Coffs Harbour), which offers views for miles. Then it’s back to the beach to relax and enjoy the sand between your toes.

The Coffs Explorer excursion option travels up to the Forest Sky Pier at Sealy Lookout, then the harbourside markets and historic jetty before enjoying time at the beach. Or, make the most of Coffs Harbour’s beautiful beaches with an entire morning spent seaside. Wander along the coast, have a dip in the ocean, play a game of beach cricket or simply relax on the sand.

For the golf enthusiasts, there is also an option to enjoy nine holes at the Bonville Golf Resort*, one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses.

After your morning by the ocean, enjoy a final lunch on board with your fellow travellers before arriving into Brisbane.

*Availability and capacity limits apply for Bonville Golf Resort. If interested in participating, please request more information at the time of enquiry. Christmas Day and New Years Day tours will differ.

Brisbane to Adelaide

 4 days/3 nights

Departs: Mondays 10:15am
Arrives: Thursdays 9.30am

Day 1: Brisbane and Coffs Harbour

After setting off from Brisbane, enjoy lunch on board and a relaxing afternoon settling in to your private cabin before arriving at the coastal town of Coffs Harbour. As the sun dips beneath the horizon, enjoy a unique beachside dinner where you’ll feast on local produce and fresh seafood matched with fine wines, while the waves lap at the shore nearby. After a few leisurely hours, you’ll reboard the train and set off for the night.

Day 2: Hunter Valley, Port Stephens or Newcastle

Start the day with a hearty breakfast on board before setting off for a full day of Off Train Excursions. Today you get to choose your own adventure with your choice of the Hunter Valley, Newcastle or Port Stephens.

Hunter Valley Wine Region: Meander through the picturesque and historic vineyards of the Hunter Valley, where you can sample wines from both world-renowned brands and boutique cellar doors. Your day will include cellar door experiences, winery tours and a sumptuous lunch.

Port Stephens by Land and Sea: Experience the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes and beach by 4WD van, stopping to hunt for pippies and driving to the top of a sand dune before travelling to Nelson Bay for a relaxing afternoon cruise and lunch.

Newcastle Explorer: Take in spectacular coastal views and discover Newcastle’s unique blend of old and new with a guided walking tour and historical site visit. After lunch, visit Strzelecki Lookout and a stroll along the Newcastle Memorial Walk.

In the evening, return to the train to enjoy a regionally-inspired meal prepared on board before retiring for the night.

Day 3: Melbourne or the Twelve Apostles

After enjoying breakfast on board, you can choose to discover the bustling city of Melbourne or take a road trip to explore the unforgettable Twelve Apostles.

Melbourne Explorer: Take in the breathtaking views of Melbourne from Eureka Skydeck, the highest public observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere, and lunch at Eureka 89. Then get to know Melbourne city with your choice of a laneway walking tour, a tour of the National Gallery of Victoria, or free time to shop and enjoy the city sights. As the day ends, the coach will transport you to the awaiting train at Inverleigh Station stopping along the way for a sumptuous dinner.

Twelve Apostles: After lunch on board, set off on a road trip by coach through regional Victoria to the unforgettable Twelve Apostles, a majestic collection of crumbling pillars rising from the Southern Ocean. On the return journey to Inverleigh Station, enjoy dinner and drinks in regional Victoria.

Optional upgrade available: Twelve Apostles Scenic Flight.
Note: Travel time to the Twelve Apostles is between 1.5 to 2hrs each way.

Once you’re back on board, head to the lounge car to enjoy a nightcap and chat with friends or simply return to your cabin to unwind before heading to bed.

Day 4: Arrive Adelaide

As the train journeys through the charming Adelaide Hills, enjoy your last breakfast on board before arriving into Adelaide and the end of your Great Southern train journey.