Great Southern Off Train Touring

Your journey on Great Southern will include a choice of off train excursions and experiences, these are included in your fare.

Bookings for these excursions can now be made before your journey.

Please use the following information as a guide, some details of these excursions may vary.

Adelaide to Brisbane

Travelling Adelaide to Brisbane on Great Southern (December to January inclusive), your journey stops at The Grampians, Canberra and the North NSW Coast . 
Choose your Off Train Excursions from the following options:

Menindee

  • Kinchega Woolshed

Canberra Icons

  • Australian War Memorial
  • National Gallery of Australia
  • Parliament House Experience

Coffs Harbour

  • Coffs Explorer
  • Boardwalk to Beach
  • Coffs Harbour Free Time

Day 1 - Menindee

Kinchega Woolshed - Menindee

After a relaxing day on board, the train will pull into the outback town of Menindee in the early evening. Enjoy a coach ride through the scenic Kinchega National Park to visit the historic Kinchega Woolshed - a well preserved piece of Australian pastoral history - before returning to the train for a late supper.

Guest Requirements: Enclosed shoes, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water.

Fitness Level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Uneven surfaces and self-guided walking at Kinchega Woolshed.

Excursion Duration (including travel time): 2 hours Station, enjoy a coach ride through picturesque countryside to your dining destination, where you’ll be wined and dined by the best local producers.

Day 2 - Canberra Icons

Australian War Memorial

Enjoy a coach ride through the countryside on the way to the Nation’s capital where you will enjoy a memorable lunch at Parliament House before touring at the Australian War Memorial. Relax on the coach ride back to the train for dinner back on board.Guest Requirements: Photo ID, comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water. Parliament House Security Terms and Conditions apply and Australian War Memorial Security terms and conditions apply.

Guest Requirements: Photo ID, comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water. Parliament House Security and Australian War Memorial Security Terms and Conditions apply.
Fitness Level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Guided walking tour that can accommodate most fitness abilities.Approximate Excursion
Duration (including travel time): 8 hours

National Gallery Of Australia

Enjoy a coach ride through the countryside on the way to the Nation’s capital where you will enjoy a memorable lunch at Parliament House before a guided tour and free time at the National Gallery of Australia. Relax on the coach ride back to the train for dinner back on board. Capacity limits apply for this excursion. Should this excursion become unavailable due to capacity limits, you will be contacted either prior to travel or on-board the train to assist you in selecting an alternative excursion.

Guest Requirements: Photo ID, comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water. Parliament House Security Terms and Conditions apply.
Fitness Level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Guided walking tour that can accommodate most fitness abilities.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 8 hours

Parliament House Experience

Enjoy a coach ride through the countryside on the way to the Nation’s capital where you will enjoy a memorable lunch at Parliament House before experiencing a fascinating back-of-house guided tour of Parliament House. Relax on the coach ride back to the train for dinner back on board.

Guest Requirements: Photo ID, comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water. Parliament House Security Terms and Conditions apply.
Fitness Level: LowMobility and Fitness: Guided walking tour that can accommodate most fitness abilities.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 8 hours

Day 3 - Coffs Harbour

Coffs Explorer

Travel up to Sealy Lookout offering views for miles from the Forest Sky Pier before travelling back to Coffs Harbour for free time to explore the Harbourside Markets, historic jetty or relax by the beach.

Guest Requirements
: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 4 hours

Boardwalk To Beach

Stopping at the small station of Urunga, enjoy a guided stroll along the Urunga Boardwalk with views of the coastline before travelling to Coffs Harbour for free time to explore the Harbourside Markets, historic jetty or relax by the beach.

Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Moderate Mobility and Fitness: Approximate 2km walk on a narrow boardwalk with stops along the way to spot wildlife. Optional shuttle bus to Sealey Lookout available from Coffs Harbour.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 4.5 hours

Coffs Harbour Free Time

Make the most of Coffs Harbour’s beautiful beaches with a morning of free time spent seaside. Wander along the coast, have a dip in the ocean, explore the Harbourside Markets and historic jetty - enjoy time at Coffs Harbour in your own time. Capacity limits apply for this excursion. Should this excursion become unavailable due to capacity limits, you will be contacted either prior to travel or on-board the train to assist you in selecting an alternative excursion.
Guest Requirements
: Guests to bring swimwear if they intend to swim. Towels will be provided. Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 4 hours

Select your Off Train Excursions
This is ONLY available for those who have booked their rail journey with "Great Trains".

For further details see PDF below (coming soon)

(please use the following information as a guide only as some details of these excursions may vary)

GREAT SOUTHERN EXCURSIONS - ADELAIDE to BRISBANE


D A Y  1    -   T H E   G R A M P I A N S

From Stawell Station, enjoy a coach ride through picturesque countryside to your dining destination, where you’ll be wined and dined by the best local producers. The Grampians wine region zeroes-in on late-ripening reds, notably spicy shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. Sparkling reds also feature, notably from the Great Western sub-region, a geological area riddled with seams of gold. Feel like exploring further? Take a guided walk into the heart of Gariwerd, following Stony Creek upstream to the spectacular Venus Baths, where the creek flows over a sandstone shelf into a series of deep rockpools. You can also choose to take a shuttle bus up to Boroka Lookout, from where you can survey the Grampians’ magical peaks, hazy valleys and forested slopes. After a lavish dinner, your coach will spirit you back to Ararat Station, where you’ll reboard the Great Southern for your journey into the night.–
Guest Requirements: Hat, sunscreen and enclosed shoes
Fitness levels: Low – dining experience Moderate – optional walks
Duration (Approximately 5 hours)


D A Y    2    -  C A N B E R R A    I C O N S

AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
Enjoy a coach ride through the countryside on the way to the Nation’s capital where you will enjoy a visit to Parliament House and lunch before a guided tour of the Australian War Memorial before traveling back to the train for dinner.
Guest Requirements: Photo ID, comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water. Parliament House Security and Australian War Memorial Security Terms and Conditions apply.
Fitness Level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Guided walking tour that can accommodate most fitness abilities.Approximate Excursion
Duration (including travel time): 8 hours

NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA
Enjoy a coach ride through the countryside on the way to the Nation’s capital where you will enjoy a visit to Parliament House and lunch before a guided tour of the National Gallery of Australia before traveling back to the train for dinner.
Guest Requirements: Photo ID, comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water. Parliament House Security Terms and Conditions apply.
Fitness Level: LowMobility and Fitness: Guided walking tour that can accommodate most fitness abilities.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 8 hours

NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA & MATESSE PICASSO EXHIBITION
As above plus a visit to the Matisse Picasso Exhibition.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA
Enjoy a coach ride through the countryside on the way to the Nation’s capital where you will enjoy a visit to Parliament House and lunch before a guided tour of the National Museum of Australia before traveling back to the train for dinner.
Guest Requirements: Photo ID, comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water. Parliament House Security Terms and Conditions apply.
Fitness Level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Guided walking tour that can accommodate most fitness abilities.Approximate Excursion
Duration (including travel time): 8 hours

PARLIAMENT HOUSE EXPERIENCE
Enjoy a coach ride through the countryside on the way to the Nation’s capital where you will enjoy a visit to Parliament House and lunch before staying on for an extended guided tour of Parliament House before traveling back to the train for dinner.
Guest Requirements: Photo ID, comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water. Parliament House Security Terms and Conditions apply.
Fitness Level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Guided walking tour that can accommodate most fitness abilities.
Approximate Excursion Duration(including travel time): 8 hours

MURRUMBATEMAN FOOD AND WINE TRAIL
Enjoy a relaxing day of wine tasting and lunch in the Murrumbateman wine region before returning to the train for dinner.
Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 8 hours


D A Y  3    -   C O F F S   H A R B O U R

COFFS EXPLORER
Travel up to Sealy Lookout offering views for miles from the Forest Sky Pier before travelling back to Coffs Harbour for free time to explore the Harbourside Markets, historic jetty or relax by the beach.
Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 4 hours

BOARDWALK TO BEACH
Stopping at the small station of Urunga, enjoy a guided stroll along the Urunga Boardwalk with views of the coastline before travelling to Coffs Harbour for free time to explore the Harbourside Markets, historic jetty or relax by the beach.
Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Moderate Mobility and Fitness: Approximate 2km walk on a narrow boardwalk with stops along the way to spot wildlife. Optional shuttle bus to Sealey Lookout available from Coffs Harbour.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 4.5 hours

BEACHSIDE MORNING
Make the most of Coffs Harbour’s beautiful beaches with an entire morning of free time spent seaside. Wander along the coast, have a dip in the ocean, explore the Harbourside Markets and historic jetty or simply sit back and relax.
Guest Requirements: Guests to bring swimwear if they intend to swim. Towels will be provided. Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 4 hours

or further details see PDF below
(please use the following information as a guide only as some details of these excursions may vary)

GREAT SOUTHERN EXCURSIONS - COMING SOON

Brisbane to Adelaide

Travelling Brisbane to Adelaide, The Great Southern stops at the North NSW Coast, the Hunter Valley and  Melbourne / Great Ocean Road .
Choose your Off Train Excursions from the following options :

Coffs Harbour

  • Coffs Harbour Dinner

Hunter Valley Region

  • Newcastle Explorer
  • Port Stephens by Land
  • Port Stephens by Sea
  • Hunter Valley Wine Region

Silverton

  • Silverton Wanderer
  • Historic Day Dream Mine
  • The Hart of Broken Hill

Day 1 - Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour Dinner

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.

Guest Requirements: As this is an outdoor experience guests are strongly encouraged to dress according to the weather and to wear comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Guests will be dining on a beach with sand and pebbles underfoot. Guests will walk along an uneven boardwalk to enter the beach.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 4 Hours

Day 2 - Hunter Valley

Newcastle Explorer

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

Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Moderate to High Mobility and Fitness: The excursion includes a lot of walking though the pace can be altered to accommodate most abilities; guests should consider their fitness levels in relation to the the length of time they will be on their feet.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including traveL time): 10 Hours

Port Stephens By Land

Travel by coach to the impressive Stockton Sand Dunes where you’ll explore the beach by 4WD vehicle, stopping to hunt for pipis and driving to the top of a sand dune to enjoy the breathtaking views. Afterwards enjoy lunch before returning to the train in the afternoon. Capacity limits apply for this excursion. Should this excursion become unavailable due to capacity limits, you will be contacted either prior to travel or on-board the train to assist you in selecting an alternative excursion.

Guest Requirements: Comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low to Moderate
Mobility and Fitness: The 4WD tour can be bumpy and may not be suitable for people with some injuries or mobility restrictions. The vehicles are not wheelchair accessible. Please contact us with any queries.
Excursion Duration (including travel time): 7 hours

Port Stephens by Sea

Travel by coach to Nelson Bay for a relaxing cruise, sailing the waters of Port Stephens on a 54ft sailing catamaran and spotting dolphins along the way. Afterwards enjoy lunch before returning to the train in the afternoon.

Guest Requirements: Non-slip, flat shoes (no high heels permitted), hat, sunscreen, water, wind jacket recommended, warm clothes pending weather.
Fitness Level: LowMobility and Fitness: To board the vessel and access the indoor cabin and bathrooms, guests are required to walk up and down steps. The vessel is not wheelchair accessible.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 7 hours

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.

Guest Requirements: Comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Up to four locations will be visited. Guests will climb on and off coaches for each and walk short distances to enter the venues.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 10 Hours

Day 3 - Silverton

Silverton Wanderer

Take your time to explore the Silverton Gaol and Historical Museum, quirky galleries and Mad Max Museum while wandering around the unique Outback town that is Silverton before enjoying a cool drink and outback dinner at the character-filled Silverton Hotel.

Guest Requirements: Comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness level: Low to medium
Mobility and Fitness: Guests will have the option of walking between venues or hopping on and off the coach. Temperatures can be very high in the outback in summer.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 7 hours on board

Historic Day Dream Mine

Don a miner’s helmet and enjoy both a surface and underground mine tour at this unique, remote outback mine. While this tour is not for the faint-hearted, the adventure is worth the effort exploring both the above-ground terrain and heading deep underground to get a true insight into a miner’s life from yesteryear. End the day with an outback dinner at the character-filled Silverton Hotel. Capacity limits apply for this excursion. Should this excursion become unavailable due to capacity limits, you will be contacted either prior to travel or on-board the train to assist you in selecting an alternative excursion.

Guest Requirements: Comfortable shoes, hat, mask or face covering (mask will be supplied but guests can bring own or scarf) sunscreen, water.
Fitness level: Moderate to high
Mobility and Fitness: Uneven terrain for surface tour. Steep climb down into the mines and back out. Underground for approx. 30-40mins. Ducking, bending, climbing stairs and uneven surfaces. Temperatures can be very high in the outback in summer but cool in the mine.
Excursion Duration
(including travel time): 7 hours on board,

The Hart of Broken Hill

Venture up to the Line of Lode Lookout and Miner’s Memorial to pay respects to the miners and enjoy the view over Broken Hill before heading to the Pro Hart Gallery. With a glass of wine in hand, have fun creating your own masterpiece in Pro’s original studio, guided by his fellow artist daughter or son, and enjoy time to explore the gallery to take in the art of one of Australia’s most loved artists.
Afterwards, you'll head to Silverton for an outback dinner at the character-filled Silverton Hotel.

Guest Requirements: Comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness level: Low
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 7 hours


Select your Off Train Excursions
This is ONLY available for those who have booked their rail journey with "Great Trains".

For further details see PDF below (coming soon)

(please use the following information as a guide only as some details of these excursions may vary)

GREAT SOUTHERN EXCURSIONS - BRISBANE TO ADELAIDE


D A Y   1    -   C O F F S     H A R B O U R
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.Guest Requirements: As this is an outdoor experience guests are strongly encouraged to dress according to the weather and to wear comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Guests will be dining on a beach with sand and pebbles underfoot. Guests will walk along an uneven boardwalk to enter the beach.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 4 Hours


D A Y  2    -   H U N T E R    V A L L E Y

NEWCASTLE EXPLORER
Take in spectacular coastal views and discover Newcastle’s unique blend of old and new with a guided walking tour, lunch and a historical Fort Scratchley site visit. Finish the day with a visit to Strzelecki Lookout and stroll along the Newcastle Memorial Walk.Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Moderate to High Mobility and Fitness: The excursion includes a lot of walking though the pace can be altered to accommodate most abilities; guests should consider their fitness levels in relation to the the length of time they will be on their feet.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including traveL time): 10 Hours

PORT STEPHENS BY LAND AND SEA
 Travel to Nelson Bay for a relaxing cruise spotting dolphins and taking in the beauty of the Bay before lunch at the Marina. Next stop is the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes where you’ll explore the beach by 4WD van, stopping to hunt for pippies and driving to the top of a sand dune before returning to the train for dinner.Guest Requirements: Comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low Mobility and Fitness: The cruise vessel has steep steps to board and steep steps to use the bathrooms on board. The 4WD tour can be bumpy and may not be suitable for people with some injuries or mobility restrictions. If guests are unable to take part in the 4WD tour they can take a seat at nearby Crest Café or enjoy a wander along the beach.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 10 Hours

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.Guest Requirements: Comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: LowMobility and Fitness: Up to four locations will be visited. Guests will climb on and off coaches for each and walk short distances to enter the venues.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 10 Hours


D A Y  3    -   M E L B O U R N E        E X P L O R E R 

WONDERS OF THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD
After brunch on board, set off on a road trip by coach through regional Victoria to the Great Ocean Road to see unforgettable highlights such as the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge or London Bridge, majestic collections of crumbling pillars rising from the Southern Ocean. On the return journey to Inverleigh Station, enjoy dinner and drinks at a heritage homestead in regional Victoria.Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.Fitness Level: Moderate Lengthy coach travel, approximately 2 hours each way. Walking required at most locations including stairs and boardwalks.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 8.5 Hours

Optional Upgrade: 12 Apostles Scenic Flight (subject to availability).Enjoy a 25 minute scenic helicopter flight over unforgettable highlights such as the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge, majestic collections of crumbling pillars rising from the Southern Ocean. The remainder of the excursion is as detailed in the standard excursion.
Cost: $235.00 per person

WINE AND WATERFRONT
After brunch on board, set off to enjoy wine tasting and stunning views at a regional Victorian vineyard before heading to the Geelong Waterfront. Set your own pace by wandering along the foreshore discovering public art and history such as the Pier, Eastern Beach and Baywalk Bollards or just sit and soak up the sights and sounds of the foreshore. Finish the day with dinner and wine tasting before returning to the train that night.
Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Free time to walk in Geelong.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 8.5 Hour

EUREKA SKYDECK AND WALKING TOUR
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 a two-hour guided laneway walking tour. As the day ends, the coach will transport you to a sumptuous dinner and wine tasting before returning to the train that night.
Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Moderate Mobility and Fitness: Very fast elevator ride. Two hour walking tour at a moderate pace.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 10.5 Hours

EUREKA SKYDECK AND NGV AUSTRALIA
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 enjoy a guided tour of the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia as well as your own free time to wander through the collections. As the day ends, the coach will transport you to a sumptuous dinner and wine tasting before returning to the train that night.
Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Very fast elevator ride. One hour gallery tour at an easy pace.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 10.5 hours

EUREKA SKYDECK AND FREE TIME
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 enjoy Melbourne your way with approximately two hours of free time. As the day ends, the coach will transport you to a sumptuous dinner and wine tasting before returning to the train that night.Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low to ModerateMobility and Fitness: Very fast elevator ride. Guests choose their own activities in free time and are not escorted.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 10.5 Hours


For further details see PDF below
(please use the following information as a guide only as some details of these excursions may vary)

GREAT SOUTHERN EXCURSIONS - COMING SOON