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Rudolph's Rail Rendezvous on the Great Southern

South Australia

Christmas
Christmas
Rail
Rail
Festival & Event
Festivals and Events
Eco
Eco

Tour summary

EARLY BIRD DEAL - Save $300 per couple, $150 sole. Dec 2022. Book by 30 June 2022.

Escape for Christmas travelling in style on board the Great Southern. Departing Adelaide we traverse South Australia through the magical Adelaide Hills on to Canberra and Coffs Harbour. Christmas Day is celebrated on board the Great Southern in the morning before stopping at the small station of Uranga, where we take in spectacular coastline views and the Great Dividing Range before travelling to Coffs Harbour. Ending our rail experience in Brisbane where we celebrate the grand finale of the tour - Feasting on seafood and traditional fare for Christmas dinner and enjoying the river views at night.

Departure location:
Adelaide
Return location:
Brisbane
Tour duration:
5
days
Physical rating:
3 - Active/Moderate
Departure dates:

22 December 2022

Coach classes:
Gold
Gold
Tour accreditations:
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Tour special offer

Early Bird Deal: Save $300 per couple or $150 sole

Offer departure dates
  • December 2022, booked by 30th June 2022
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Rudolph's Rail Rendezvous on the Great Southern

Tour pricing

Twin Share
$
4750
pp
Sole Use
$
4820
pp
Deposit:
$1500 per person required within 14 days of making your reservation.
Sole Use:
Green Guest Policy:
All prices are in AUD. If Covid restricts travel, deposit is refundable or money held in credit (terms and conditions apply).

Additional information

POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION

1 additional day (TOTAL 6 DAY TOUR)

·  One way economy class flight ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane

·  1 additional night room only (post-tour) at Meriton Suites Brisbane

·  One way Airtrain ticket ex Roma St Station to Brisbane Domestic Terminal

Plus $499pp Twin Share Plus $590 Sole Use

**Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice**

DEPOSIT

$1500 pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.

N.B. Due to strict terms and conditions imposed by Journey Beyond full payment is required 120 days prior to departure and at this time 100% cancellation fees apply.

This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

Tour inclusions

  • One way economy class flight ex Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne to Adelaide
  • 1 night 5 star Adelaide CBD
  • Adelaide city sights tour
  • 3 days/2 nights aboard The Great Southern with daily whistle-stop tours
  • All-inclusive meals, fine wines and beverages on rail journey
  • A regionally-inspired menu paired with a selection of local wines
  • Off train experiences in the Grampians, Canberra, Urunga and Coffs Harbour
  • Christmas Day celebrations on-board The Great Southern
  • 1 night 5 Star Brisbane CBD with superb Christmas Dinner celebrations
  • 11 meals
  • Locally operated comfort plus coach travel

Additional information

This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs or incline
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Get on and off transportation unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Be extremely mobile and live an active lifestyle
  • Negotiate inclines, declines and varied terrain confidently
  • Participate in a physical activity lasting up to 5 hours (Trek/walks)
  • Manage your own luggage and be able to carry with you a backpack with items required for the physical activities
Learn more about our fitness levels

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs or incline
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Get on and off transportation unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Be extremely mobile and live an active lifestyle
  • Negotiate inclines, declines and varied terrain confidently
  • Participate in a physical activity lasting up to 5 hours (Trek/walks)
  • Manage your own luggage and be able to carry with you a backpack with items required for the physical activities
Learn more about our fitness levels
Flight included
Flight included
Coach
Coach
Rail
Rail
Heritage
Heritage
Festival & Event
Festival & Event
Christmas
Christmas
Eco
Eco
Walking component
Walking component
Local guide
Local guide
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience

Itinerary

Departs
Adelaide
Returns
Brisbane

Day

1

Adelaide

Flight included
Flight included
Coach
Coach
Heritage
Heritage

Flights arrive into Adelaide where we officially join your tour host and local coach captain. Sit back and take in the scenery as we head up to Mount Lofty where we stop at the summit, Adelaide’s highest peak. Take in the views of the city and St Vincent Gulf before we continue down the road winding through tiny villages arriving at Australia’s oldest German village of Hahndorf. We take time here to explore the town independently, then make our way into the heart of Adelaide’s CBD to check-in to our accommodation. Our hotel is ideally set in the heart of Adelaide city overlooking Victoria Square. Enjoy some time this afternoon to explore Adelaide’s Central Market which is located next door.

AccomModation
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Hilton Hotel, Adelaide
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Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

2

Adelaide

Rail journey
Rail journey
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
Eco
Eco
Walking component
Walking component
Heritage
Heritage

This morning we board The Great Southern to begin our epic rail journey through the magical Adelaide Hills and on to the ancient, National Heritage Listed Grampians National Park, in Victoria. Take time to settle in and get familiar with your cabin, then meet your fellow travellers in the lounge car for morning tea. Have a chat and watch the stunning scenery glide by before enjoying a relaxed lunch on board, after which we arrive in the beautiful Grampians. This afternoon we have the opportunity for an off-train experience to explore this spectacular wilderness, listed for it’s outstanding natural beauty and being one of the richest Aboriginal rock art sites in south-eastern Australia. On return to The Great Southern, enjoy a sumptuous regionally-inspired dinner, complimented by local fine wines and beverages.

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Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

3

Canberra

Rail journey
Rail journey
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
Eco
Eco
Heritage
Heritage

This morning you will wake to a totally different landscape, on our way to the Australian Capital Territory to visit the nations capital, Canberra. Sit back and relax as we journey past the agricultural lands, home to vineyards, sheep grazing and dairy herds, just to name a few, After breakfast on board, we take a scenic coach ride into Canberra to experience a truly memorable lunch and immersive touring at your choice of cultural institutions, including the National War Memorial, National Art Gallery of Australia and Parliament House, before returning to The Great Southern. Later in the day, relax and enjoy a delicious dinner and drinks in the lounge car before settling down for the night.

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Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

4

Coffs Harbour

Christmas
Christmas
Rail journey
Rail journey
Festival & Event
Festival & Event
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
Eco
Eco

Merry Christmas! This morning our first stop is the small station of Urunga, where we take in spectacular coastline views and the Great Dividing Range along the Urunga Boardwalk. From here we travel to Coffs Harbour for a relaxing morning wandering around the harbourside markets, historic jetty or simply relax by the seaside. The Coffs explorer excursion travels up to Sealy Lookout offering views for miles from the Forest Sky Pier before travelling back to Coffs. Otherwise, simply 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, or simply relax on the sand.

After your Coffs Harbour morning, enjoy a final lunch on board with your fellow travellers before arriving into Brisbane. We will then travel to the Stamford Plaza Hotel, Brisbane’s finest riverside hotel. Check-in to 5-star river view rooms that offer stunning vistas to the iconic Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point cliffs and lush open gardens. Tonight is our feature Christmas Day Celebration, a grand festive finale. Feast on superb seafood and Christmas traditional fare and enjoy the river views at night.

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Morning Tea
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Afternoon Tea
Dinner
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Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

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Brisbane

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Breakfast at your leisure this morning as check-out time is 10am. This is where your tour concludes and you make your own way home.

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