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Hike the Scenic Rim trail, travel through the Outback on The Ghan and relax in Barossa Valley

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  • Luxury accommodation throughout
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  • Luxury train journey aboard The Ghan in a gold cabin
  • Shared Scenic Rim hike
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At a glance

This 14-day trip, which can be done between April and October, is a wonderful mix of hiking, luxury rail travel and time spent relaxing in the winelands.

Your adventure starts with a few nights exploring the city of Brisbane, before you embark on a four-day hike along the Scenic Rim, a beautiful area south east of the city. This hike will be in a group of up to ten and will take you through valleys, along creeks and into the rainforest where you’ll discover the diversity of the flora and fauna with your expert guide. Your accommodation for the three nights will be Spicers Canopy, made up of luxury safari-style tents.

It’s then back to Brisbane for a night before taking a short flight to Darwin. Explore Kakadu National Park, notable for its natural and cultural significance and enjoy some time relaxing in the capital of the Northern Territory.

The next stage of your trip is aboard the legendary Ghan, where over three nights, in a gold cabin, you will travel from Darwin down to Adelaide. This is an incredible journey that takes you through Australia’s Outback. The vast, dusty desert is laid out before you and off-train excursions let you explore this remarkable region.

Your trip ends with two nights in the Barossa Valley, where you can unwind and enjoy sampling the region’s world-famous wine.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-3

Brisbane

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Brisbane

Accommodation in Brisbane

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Founded on the banks of its eponymous river, the old city of Brisbane is located between the famous Sunshine and the Gold Coast’s, each a magnet for surfers and beach lovers. Affectionately known as ‘Brissies’, Brisbane has a fantastic mixture of busy activities and picturesque settings. Weekend markets abound beneath the summer sun while you may even want to cool off on the river’s beach or lagoon. There is a number of museums, galleries and theatres that gives the city a cultural identity, especially so in the area overlooked by the Wheel of Brisbane. The ferries from South Bank precinct can get you to Kangaroo Point, where the views from the Story Bridge are stunning, or to the joys of Morton Island.

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Australia Zoo Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo is the result of legendary Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s passion for animals and conservation, particularly in Australia. Located just north of Brisbane, the Zoo is a remarkable venture that employs a small army of people all with a passion for wildlife. It is the frontline animal handlers that you will meet on this day, which will take you behind the scenes with private encounters with wildlife and the opportunity to handle some of Australia’s best-known species and meet the people who look after them.

Days 3-6

Scenic Rim Trail

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Scenic Rim Trail: Day One Scenic Rim Trail: Day One

Upon arrival you will be met by your Scenic Rim Trail guide and given a briefing about what to expect over the coming days. You will be kitted you out with your hiking equipment (daypack, lunch, water bottle and bladder, hiking poles, hat and mug) while you enjoy morning tea.

On your first day you will delve into the history and early exploration of this relatively unknown but awe-inspiring region. You will learn how the early pioneers crossed the Great Dividing Range and why the notable Spicers Gap road had such a profound impact on the Queensland area. You’ll start your journey with a vehicle transfer to Mount Mitchell where you will commence the 5 kilometre hike to the summit. As you gently ascend the mountain, the sounds of the busy Cunningham Highway will transition to the melodic call and song of native birds.

Along the way, your guides will identify the local plant and animal species and share stories from the rich local history of this region. As you wind your way along the trail, you will see glimpses of the beautiful Fassifern Valley, Warwick and even through to Brisbane in the distance. Make your way back down the trail along a path less travelled as you enter the Spicers Peak Nature Refuge. For the remaining 8km to Spicers Canopy, you will travel along exclusive trails on Spicers private property.

By now, the rainforest is long gone, and you are walking through a vast dry eucalypt forest until you reach Millarvale Creek where you will have a brief stop for afternoon tea. Cross open woodland forest to Spicers Canopy where you'll receive a warm welcome from the hosts and enjoy freshly made afternoon tea and cold beverages. There is now time to unwind, relax, take a dip in the hot tub and have a hot shower.

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Scenic Rim Trail: Day Two Scenic Rim Trail: Day Two

Start your day with a light (optional) yoga stretch followed by a hearty breakfast, before turning your focus to today’s theme - indigenous culture. Lead by a local from the Ugarapul tribe, you will begin by walking through a smoking ceremony before setting out to explore Millarvale Creek. Along the way, your guide will show you significant plant, rocks and tricks that Aboriginal tribes of yesteryear would have relied on to survive. You will learn how to view the landscape through the eyes of a hunter-gatherer, searching for bush tucker and medicinal plants.

You will see a new side of the Scenic Rim region today, being at a lower altitude, you’ll discover a different variety of plant and animal species including wallabies and a wide range of birds. It is only a half-day walk today so you will be back at Spicers Canopy to enjoy lunch and relax.

During the afternoon, your guide will lead workshops on how to create traditional Aboriginal instruments, art pieces, and provide insight into the correct way to throw spears and boomerangs. After dinner, take a seat around the fire as your guide takes you on a journey and you discover the traditional stories and beliefs of the Ugurapul tribe and their ties to the Scenic Rim Region while toasting marshmallows.

Scenic Rim Trail: Day Three Scenic Rim Trail: Day Three

After breakfast, begin a gentle meander along Oakey Creek, where you’ll have the opportunity to look for goannas, wedge tail eagles and koalas. From here, begin your ascent to Spicers Peak. From here, you will continue climbing and as you break above the tree line you're rewarded with panoramic views of the Great Dividing Range, Mount Mitchell and Spicers Canopy in the distance.

There is one final push before lunch, using a support rope to climb up to where the trail leads from a drier grass tree plateau, through to the dense rainforest of Spicers Peak, complete with giant ferns, grass trees and awe-inspiring three hundred-year-old hoop pines. After a relaxed walk through the cool temperate forest, enjoy a well-deserved lunch before pushing on for the last two hours of the hike. A stretch of downhill leads you across a saddle and onto the final ascent up Cedar Mountain where you will find the luxurious Spicers Peak Lodge, where refreshing towels and beverages will be waiting for you.

Cheers to finishing the walk, before being transferred back down to Spicers Canopy to enjoy your final night on the Scenic Rim Trail.

Scenic Rim Trail: Day Four Scenic Rim Trail: Day Four

Enjoy your last breakfast in the main lodge at Spicers Canopy at approximately, after which the Scenic Rim Trail team will collect your bags and transfer you back to Spicers Balfour Hotel in Brisbane.

Days 6-7

Brisbane

Accommodation in Brisbane

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Spend a night in Brisbane, relaxing after your trek and getting ready for the next part of your adventure.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Brisbane airport

Flight

Flight from Brisbane to Darwin

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Darwin

Days 7-9

Darwin

Accommodation in Darwin

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The capital of Australia's Northern Territory, this former frontier outpost boasts a vibey waterfront and popular beaches. Stroll through Bicentennial Park, or browse Southeast and Asian Pacific art at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

Kakadu National Park tour Kakadu National Park tour

Spend the day exploring Kakadu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for both its natural and cultural values. At around 20,000 sq km (7720 sqaure miles), Kakadu is one of the largest national parks in the world, and its traditional owners work with the government to jointly conserve and manage the park’s pristine Alligator Rivers wetlands, Arnhemland escarpment and their surrounding lowland woodland habitats. There is evidence that Aboriginal people have lived in parts of Kakadu National Park for over 60,000 years, and continue to maintain their ancient and diverse culture here.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Darwin train station

Days 9-12

The Ghan Expedition

Your luxury train

The Ghan Expedition: Day One The Ghan Expedition: Day One

Your journey aboard the legendary Ghan begins at Darwin rail station. Board the train where friendly staff will lead you to your comfortable private cabin where you can take your time settling in and exploring the amenities as the view outside your window begins its smooth and spectacular transformation.

Enjoy lunch in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant as you make your way to Katherine, ready to experience your first off train excursion to the magnificent and spiritual Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. This is a unique window that offers a glimpse into the real Australian Outback and the inner workings of life on a cattle station through the sharing of stories and experiences, cattle dog demonstrations and live music performances. Enjoy a live demonstration of the art of horse-breaking, depicting the psychology between man and horse. There is even time to sit back and relax, listening to live music including some well-known Aussie anthems and originals, often performed from a top of a horse.

Back on board you'll return to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, enjoying dinner as the sun sets over the Outback. Back in your room you'll find your bed turned down. As the train rolls soothingly onwards, fall asleep in awe of wonders seen, and excited by those yet to come.

The Ghan Expedition: Day Two The Ghan Expedition: Day Two

Wake up to a new view outside your window, in a world which feels a million miles from home. An OIutback sunrise could be one of the most spectacular you'll ever see, setting the tone for the day ahead. After breakfast you'll arrive in Alice Springs, ready for another day of exploration.

Here you have the opportunity to embark on one of the included off train excursions, taking in the delights of this famous Outback town. A full day in Alice Springs gives you ample opportunity to visit the town''s landmarks and get up close to Australia's incredible flora and fauna.

Come the evening you'll dine beneath a canopy of stars at an authentic Outback BBQ. This is a truly unique experience with live Australiana music and a mouthwatering feast. After dessert, cast your eyes skyward and enjoy an informative astronomical talk.

It's then back on the train to rest up and roll out of Alice Springs.

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This morning you'll pull into the middle-of-nowhere stop at Manguri. Here, a friendly tour guide is ready to whisk you away for the day. Your destination is the sun-scorched opal mining capital of world, Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground.

Venture into the tunnels and caves of this underground town, visiting the otherworldly underground Serbian Orthodox church and take a glimpse of Umoona Opal Mine. Below the earth's surface, you'll enjoy a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations before setting off to the stunning Outback moonscape that is the Breakaways.

It's then back on board for dinner in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant and mingling in the Outback Explorer Lounge.

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Looking out of your window this morning, you'll notice a dramatic change in landscape as the rich ochre tones of the Outback make way for the beautiful green fields and pastoral lands of South Australia.

After breakfast you'll have time to reflect on your journey before The Ghan rolls into Adelaide.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to the Barossa Valley

Days 12-14

The Barossa Valley

Accommodation in The Barossa Valley

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Two nights in the Barossa Valley Two nights in the Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is an internationally renowned wine region. Spend your time exploring the many wineries that are dotted across the region, sampling the world-class wine and enjoying the beautiful views and tranquility.

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Casa Carboni’s cooking school offers a journey through Italian gastronomy. The cooking school offers a completely hands-on classes using the best of the Barossa Farmers Market’s seasonal produce. Matteo’s classes are a great opportunity to learn and have fun in the kitchen. You will not only learn the recipes included in your class but how you can adapt them to seasonal availability, and you will talk about Italian food history and culture, and feel like you have been transported to Italy for a day.

Photo credit: Daniel Purvis

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Adelaide Airport

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