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This spectacular Aussie holiday starts in Queensland and cruises north to the Great Barrier Reef, then travels south to Adelaide on Australia’s newest luxury rail journey. Enjoy the famous P&O service on the cruise and fully-inclusive Gold Class on the Great Southern train!

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Trip Details:

Sail & Rail Great Barrier Reef & Brisbane to Adelaide – 13 days

This spectacular Aussie holiday starts in Queensland and cruises north to the Great Barrier Reef, then travels south to Adelaide on Australia’s newest luxury rail journey!

Board P&O’s magnificent Pacific Encounter ship in Brisbane and embark on an incredible voyage to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. After seven nights at sea, return to Brisbane for a two-night hotel stay and time to explore this great city.

Then it’s time to hop on board the Great Southern train for the next exciting leg of this epic Aussie adventure. Travel by rail from Queensland to South Australia, and indulge in the fully-inclusive Gold Class service on board and fascinating off-train experiences in Coffs Harbour, the Hunter region, Broken Hill and Silverton.

It doesn’t come much more thrilling than this extraordinary Australian adventure!

Why you’ll love this trip:

  • The ideal way to experience Far North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Luxury train travel is the ultimate treat, with all meals & drinks included.
  • Enjoy a worry-free way to see more of Australia – and leave your wallet in your pocket most of the time!

Your Holiday Includes:

  • Cruise – 7 nights Queensland & Great Barrier Reef cruise from Brisbane
    • Choice of cabin aboard P&O’s Pacific Encounter
    • All meals and non-chargeable entertainment on the ship
  • Hotel – 2 nights pre-train accommodation at Holiday Inn Express Brisbane or similar
  • Train – 4 days / 3 nights aboard The Great Southern, travelling from Brisbane to Adelaide
    • Gold Class Twin Cabin with private ensuite
    • All-inclusive meals, fine wines & beverages on board the train
    • Off-train experiences


2021 – 27 November

Note: Subject to confirmation at time of booking and price may vary depending on availability.


Inside Cabin: from $3,999 per person twin share
Oceanview Cabin: from $4,199 per person twin share
Balcony Cabin: from $4,299 per person twin share
Suite Cabin: from $4,999 per person twin share

Note: Prices are based on choice of cabin class on the ship and Gold Service Twin Cabin on board the train.

Get the Brochure:

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Click on the button to view or download a copy of the brochure. The brochure includes more details and the full itinerary (where applicable).

Want to Stay Longer or Upgrade?

You can extend your holiday with stays in Brisbane or Adelaide.

See the above prices for cruise cabin upgrades and we can let you know the surcharge if you would like to enjoy Platinum Class on the train.

Ask us today about staying at other properties or adding more services. We are happy to design a holiday that will suit you best.

Travelling Solo?

We can look after you. Please contact us for single traveller rates.

Booking Conditions:

This travel deal is available for a limited time and may end without notice. Please contact us for current rates.

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD). The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

Please read Australia & New Zealand Travel Company’s Terms & Booking Conditions prior to making a reservation. By booking any travel service with us, you have agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

How to Book

To make a booking please call Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email reservations@anztravelco.com.

You can also select a trip and request it via this website – please make sure you enter the quantity for the number of people travelling. In the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page, add your preferred departure date plus any other information that will help us process your booking, such as departure city and travel preferences.

No payment is required to submit an online booking request, but your booking is pending and no place is being held. Your booking status will be advised when you hear from our travel consultants. Bookings are normally actioned within 24 hours – Monday to Friday.

Itinerary & Booking Info

Travel Style

Independent, cruise and rail



Day 1 Brisbane Great Barrier Reef Cruise
Arrive in Brisbane and catch a taxi to Brisbane cruise dock to board Pacific Encounter for your Cairns & Great Barrier Reef Cruise.

Day Date Port Times
Day 1 27 Nov 21 Brisbane Depart 3:00pm
Day 2 28 Nov 21 at sea At Sea
Day 3 29 Nov 21 Airlie Beach Arrive 7:00am Depart 4:00pm
Day 4 30 Nov 21 Cairns Arrive 9:30am
Day 5 01 Dec 21 Cairns Depart 5:00pm
Day 6 02 Dec 21 Willis Island Arrive 8:30am Depart 9:30am
Day 7 03 Dec 21 at sea At Sea
Day 8 04 Dec 21 Brisbane Arrive 6:00am

Day 8: Cruise arrives back in Brisbane
Your Great Barrier Reef cruise arrives back in Brisbane. Please catch a taxi to your hotel for the two-night stay at the Holiday Inn Express.
Brisbane, capital of Queensland, is a large city on the Brisbane River. Clustered in its South Bank cultural precinct are the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, with noted interactive exhibitions. Another South Bank cultural institution is Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, among Australia's major contemporary art museums. Looming over the city is Mt. Coot-tha, site of Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

Day 9: Free Day Brisbane Greeters Walking Tour
Your Greeter will take you on a fascinating journey around the parts of Brisbane they know and love best. Uncover a local and personal perspective with a Greeter’s Choice Greet. Discover something new about Brisbane and uncover the city’s secrets and stories. The experience is designed around what your Greeter loves and knows best about Brisbane and based on your interests. Our Greeter’s Choice service is our most popular option! Available from 10am, the greet can be booked up to 3 hours in advance of Greet departure if availability allows. The Brisbane Greeter Service is bookable once, and can be experienced once only (applies to all Greets). Depart 10am daily from outside Brisbane City Hall (King George Square Entrance).

Days 10 – 13 Great Southern Brisbane to Adelaide
Make your way to the Great Southern railway station to begin your journey to Adelaide.
Embark on the new Great Southern as you travel from the vibrant city of Brisbane to Adelaide the 'City of Churches', marvel at the beauty passing by your cabin window, the stunning seaside vistas of the Northern NSW Coast, the picturesque Hunter Valley Wine Region, the dramatic cliffs and coastline of the Southern Ocean and the natural wonder of the majestic Twelve Apostles and onto Adelaide.

Inclusions onboard the Great Southern:
Relax in your private Gold Class Cabin and watch the passing landscapes of Australia pass by through your large window. Enjoy all meals onboard the Great Southern in the stylish Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car (flexible times, hearty breakfasts, two course lunches, three course dinners). Your package includes FREE soft drinks, beers, high-quality standard wines, base spirits, tea and coffee throughout your journey on board. You will also receive a FREE toiletries kit. You have your own en suite, Cabin Steward service, in-cabin music and detailed journey commentary (available from your cabin sound system) and you will love the cosy but exclusive atmosphere of the Outback Explorer Lounge. Your package includes Gold Class but can be upgraded to Platinum Class.

Day 13: Arrive Adelaide
Upon arrival in Adelaide please disembark the train and catch a taxi to the airport for your flights home. If you would like to spend more time in Adelaide please let our travel consultants know and they can book a hotel, as well as day tours, for you in the City of Churches.

Please note: The day by day descriptions published are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, road conditions, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

How to Book

Bookings can be made by calling Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email to reservations@anztravelco.com.

Online booking requests may also be submitted via this website by selecting a trip. Please make sure you include your preferred departure date in the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page.

Bookings are pending and not confirmed until you receive a status update from an Australia & New Zealand Travel Company consultant.


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