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Great Southern Explorer

Great Southern Explorer

This is a choose your own adventure, train edition. All aboard the Great Southern as we journey from Adelaide to Brisbane, you can admire the vast and ever-changing landscapes while on board and when we disembark there are plenty of amazing off-train experiences to partake in.

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Welcome aboard! We understand that our travellers have varying interests, so why not choose your own adventure? This tour gives you plenty of options and plenty of luxury. When you make the journey between Adelaide and Brisbane you will be mesmerised by the magnificent landscapes and truly delighted by experiences both on and off the train.


Tour Dates: 18/01/24 - 22/01/24


Price: $5,940 Per Person Twin Share | $6,160 Per Person Single


Deposit: $700 Per Person


Booking Close Date: 20th July 2023


Final Payment Due Date: 1st December 2023


Inclusions: Home pick-up and drop off | Choice of activity in Adelaide | Visit to Haigh’s Chocolate Factory | 1 night accommodation at Adelaide Rockford Hotel | All-inclusive Great Southern Experience - Choice of activity in The Grampians, Choice of activity in Canberra, Choice of activity in Coffs Harbour | All Breakfasts and dinners | 1 night accommodation at Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane | Half-day tour in Brisbane | Transfers to and from the Great Southern | Entry into the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary


Pick-ups: Home pick up times will be advised closer to the departure date.

Day 1

Today we start our adventure as we depart Hobart for Adelaide where we spend the day exploring the city.
What better way to be welcomed by Adelaide City than enjoying indulgence in its most delectable form, chocolate! We visit Haigh’s Chocolate Factory for a self-guided tour. You will be able to see how the chocolate is made through their viewing window and of course there will be opportunity to purchase from the gift shop on the way out.
Then following the theme of this tour we will have a choose your own adventure afternoon. Experience what interests you!
- Take a self-guided tour of the National Wine Centre of Australia. This interactive wine discovery journey will quench your thirst for knowledge about Australian wine and quench your thirst literally by doing a tasting. Or pop next door to the beautiful oasis of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
- Art Galley of South Australia, home to one of the most expansive and comprehensive collections of various mediums.
- Rundle Mall is the heart of shopping and entertainment in Adelaide and is the perfect place to shop to your hearts content.
Our accommodation for the night is the Rockford Hotel Adelaide, where we shall also be enjoying dinner at the on-site restaurant.
After dinner you are welcome to head out and explore, why not try your luck at the Sky City Casino.


Day 2

All aboard! After breakfast we make our way to the Parklands Terminal to board The Great Southern Rail, let the journey begin! Once we get going you should take some time to settle into your Gold Class Cabin and familiarise yourself with your home for the next 3 days where you will experience fine dining, top tier service and premium wines. Morning tea and lunch is served onboard while you watch the ever-changing landscape. Our off-train experience takes us to the Grampians region where you can choose from a selection of activities. Whether you want to take a stroll with a stunning view, enjoy mother-nature or a unique showcase of western wines, it is up to you!

B, MT, L , D

Day 3

Seize the day in your own way. After breakfast you will take a scenic coach ride to Canberra where you can choose from a range of cultural institutions for your off-train experience. What catches you attention? The National War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia or Parliament House. Whichever you choose will make for a great day out before returning to the train for dinner and a night cap.

B, L , D

Day 4

Let’s make the most of our final day onboard the train. Once again you can choose your own adventure, this time we find ourselves in Coffs Harbour. One option is to take in the beauty of the rainforest from Sealy Lookout Forest Sky Pier and have a guided or self-guided tour of the Regional Botanic Garden, home to exotic plants from sub-tropical regions of the world. Another option is a guided bike tour alongside the Coffs River in which you can learn about the eco system and overlook the Solitary Islands National Park from North Point Lookout. You may otherwise choose to visit the seaside town, Urunga, to stroll along the beautiful coastal boardwalk with your local Indigenous guide to interpret the unique eco system. Learn about the rich cultural history of the Gumbaynggirr people during this wonderful intersection of nature and culture. Finally, there is an optional upgrade available which will take you on a hinterland helicopter flight*. View the diverse landscape of mountains and sea from above. This breathtaking flight will give you a birds eye view of the coastline, hinterland and Great Dividing Range. Lunch is aboard the train, so make sure you soak up all that the train has to offer before we arrive at our last stop in Brisbane. It is time to depart the Great Southern to check in to our accommodation at Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane where we enjoy dinner at Frescos Restaurant.
*Helicopter flight is an additional $275 per person

B, L , D

Day 5

Good morning Brisbane! Today we have a range of activities, but first we must fuel up with breakfast. We start the day visiting the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary which is the oldest and largest koala sanctuary in the world. The purpose of the sanctuary is to help people connect to nature by educating them on how to protect, respect and conserve wildlife, and the environment. There will be the opportunity to observe or get up close with the animals. Afterwards we head to the foot of Mount Coot-Tha where we find the Botanic Gardens, known for being Queensland’s leading subtropical botanic garden. Once you have had time to explore, we jump back on board the bus to take us further up the mountain to the Summit Lookout, the highest point in Brisbane with stunning panoramic views to look over the city and Moreton Bay. While up here you are welcome to purchase lunch at the café. It is time to descend from Mount Coot-Tha and make our way to the Airport for our return home.


B=Breakfast, MT=Morning Tea, L =Lunch, D=Dinner



• Post in booking request/s with cheque to PO Box 73, Richmond 7025 and we will do the rest, please include your pick-up point and best contact number.

• Phone or visit our office and we can make a booking for you and provide you with a receipt.

• BANK TRANSFER: BSB: 807 009 Account: 6017 6352 Name: RS Byrne Bank: MyState

• DAY TOURS: to secure your seat, full payment is required immediately. If you are unable to attend a day tour, we require 48 hours’ notice and we can provide you with a credit to use on another day tour. Cancellation under 48 hours is non-refundable.

• MULTI-DAY TOURS: to secure your seat, a deposit is required immediately. This deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable to other tours. There will be a final date provided for the remainder of the package payment.

• PASSENGER FORMS: All travellers on our Multi Day and Interstate/ International Tours are required to complete a Passenger Form which includes details of dietary, mobility and next of kin. This only needs to be completed once or updated when your details change.

• COVID19 VACCINATION: To participate in our tours you are required to be 'up-to-date' (as per Australian Government guidelines) with your COVID Vaccination. We require proof of vaccination and ask to sight your Covid Vaccination Certificate.

• If we cancel a tour for any reason, we can provide a refund or credit to be used within 18 months.

• PICK UP: If you have a group of 6 or more, we can arrange a separate pick up for you.

• POSTAGE: Due to increased cost of postage & delays we will not be posting payment receipts. We encourage you to visit us at our office if you require a receipt or provide us with an email address.

• TRAVEL INSURANCE: We strongly recommend you obtain appropriate travel insurance at the time of paying your deposit for any of our multi-day tours.

• PRICE CHANGES: Prices may change without notification.

• ITINERARY CHANGES: We reserve the right to alter or omit any part of the itinerary.

• SAFETY: Coal River Coaches reserves the right to decline to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of the tour, or who may require services that we cannot guarantee will be available, or if meals (due to certain dietary requirements) cannot be catered for.

• SEATING: Coal River Coaches now operates with a Seat Rotation system on all Coach Tours.

• WAIT LISTS: If a Tour that you want to go on is full, we can pop you on the “Waitlist”. This means if we have a cancellation, we will contact you.


Our Tours are subject to the venue & events in which we attend. If there are any changes or cancellations, we will make reasonable endeavours to contact you.


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97a Grove Rd Glenorchy Tas 7010

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