Great Southern kicks off season with new packages + off-train experiences

Great Southern kicks off season with new packages + off-train experiences

Taking guests on a culinary and scenic summer adventure between Brisbane and Adelaide, the all-inclusive Great Southern journey returns in December, with new off train experiences also in the mix.

The Great Southern’s first departure sets off from Adelaide on 2 December 2022, marking the start of its 12-week season.

The new off train experiences this season showcases regional wineries and offer guests a taste of the east coast, complementing the experiences the journey is known for.

From an al fresco beachside Coffs Harbour dinner to exploring the Grampians, sampling wines in the Hunter Valley, or digging deep into history and politics in Canberra, the experiences forge a new understanding of this picturesque part of the country.

“Nothing says Australian summer like coastal experiences, paired with fresh, seasonal food, fine wines, and attentive and friendly service from crew who love what they do,” David Donald, executive general manager of rail expeditions at Journey Beyond said.

The 2022/23 season sees the return of a few Great Southern holiday packages including, Gourmet Escape, Southern Discovery, and Adelaide Delight, along with the new Southern Wines & Wildlife, which includes an extended stay in South Australia, exploring Kangaroo Island:

  • Southern Wines & Wildlife – (11 days/10 nights) From Kangaroo Island to the hills of the Barossa Valley, South Australia is on display in this wine and wildlife adventure. Travelling from Brisbane on the Great Southern, winding down the coast through Coffs Harbour and the Hunter Valley, with a city stop in Melbourne, travellers will roll into Adelaide primed for further epicurean delights to follow, including a tasting and tour at Penfolds Estate and time touring Kangaroo Island. Local produce, refreshing wines and spectacular scenery are the highlights of this all-inclusive journey.

New Off Train Experiences for the Great Southern include Pomonal Estates Sips & Sights, Grampians from Above Helicopter Flight, and Best’s Great Western Epicurean Experience.

Platinum service guests can enjoy a new high tea experience in the platinum lounge when departing from Adelaide Parklands Terminal. The high tea includes an assortment of sweet and savoury bites, from baby cakes to mini bagels, accompanied by a selection of teas, barista coffees, and bespoke cocktails.

With limited availability remaining across the 2022/2023 season, bookings are also open for the 2023/2024 Great Southern season so guests and agents can secure preferred departure dates.

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