The Great Southern Adelaide Delight

Duration: 8 Days

Price: from AU$4,670

Departure From: Brisbane

Departure Date: Mondays - January, February & December

Tour Type: Hosted & Independent

Meal Plan: B&B and selected meals

Physical Grading: 2


The Great Southern Adelaide Delight is a feast for the senses, as you travel through Australia’s southeast to make your way to Adelaide, South Australia’s food and wine capital.

With the perfect combination of meals on and off the train, you’ll make the most of the gastronomic side of your rail journey, while also exploring the delights of Coffs Harbour and the Hunter Region. Upon arriving in Adelaide, settle into your accommodation for the next four nights and use it as your base to discover South Australia’s food gems, including the renowned Barossa Valley.

Barossa Wine Tasting Tour
Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is a renowned wine-producing region northeast of Adelaide, in South Australia. The area encompasses towns such as Tanunda, Angaston and Nuriootpa, and an array of high-profile wineries offering tours and cellar-door tastings. Shiraz grapes are the local speciality. The stone cottages and Lutheran churches throughout the region are testament to a 19th-century wave of German settlers.

Great Southern Adelaide Delight – Highlights and Inclusions

  • 3 nights full hosted aboard the Great Southern train
  • Enjoy a special beachside dining experience in Coffs Harbour
  • Savour the flavours and sights of the picturesque Hunter Region
  • Immerse yourself in cosmopolitan Melbourne or regional Victoria
  • Visit the Adelaide Central Market on a hosted small group tour with tastings
  • Savour a delicious Market cafe lunch post tour
  • Discover the history of the Barossa Valley
  • Enjoy cellar door tastings and a restaurant lunch
Adelaide Central Market

Great Southern Rail Adelaide Delight – Included Off-Train Experiences

Enjoy these unique off-train extra experiences which are included in your Brisbane to Adelaide Great Southern rail journey.

Coffs Harbour Dinner– After crossing from Queensland into northern New South Wales, enjoy a unique dining experience on the beach at the sublime coastal town of Coffs Harbour. 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. After a few leisurely hours, you’ll reboard the train and set off for the night.

Coffs Harbour Dining Experience
Coffs Harbour Dinner

Hunter Valley – Known for superior semillon and shiraz, the Hunter Valley is around 50kms inland from the New South Wales coast. After breakfast on board, you’ll disembark and spend the day visiting cellar doors in Australia’s oldest wine region. Your day amongst the vines will take you to some of the region’s finest wineries, from stylish and contemporary to marvellously historic, and relaxed and fun.

Greater Melbourne – Get to know Melbourne city like a local with a 90-minute guided laneway walking tour, taking in the impressive street art and the stories behind it. Finish the tour on the banks of the Yarra River at Melbourne Skydeck – the Southern Hemisphere’s highest public observation tower. From here, you’ll have panoramic views of Melbourne and beyond, including the Melbourne Cricket Ground, historic Flinders Street Station and Port Phillip Bay. Your visit culminates in lunch at Eureka 89, where you’ll enjoy a sumptuous meal featuring seasonal produce, accompanied by wine from around the state.

Flinders Street Station
Flinders Street Station, Melbourne

See below for departure dates and pricing.

The Great Southern – Your Onboard Experience

Everything is Included.

There’s nothing like putting down your suitcase and allowing your journey to simply unfold. Once you step aboard our trains, you can relax, knowing everything has been considered and included in your fare. From world-class food and wine to a range of immersive Off Train Experiences, the hardest decision you’ll need to make is what to have for lunch and which experience to join.

Platinum Club Lunch
Platinum Club Lunch

In addition to the comfort of your beautifully appointed cabin onboard, you’ll find yourself indulging in sumptuous cuisine, fine wines, and camaraderie in our dining carriages.

Taking our cue from the diverse environments our trains travel through, our expert culinary team works closely with local suppliers, farmers and providores to source the best ingredients, creating an innovative, regionally-inspired menu accompanied by all-inclusive fine wines and beverages.

The Platinum Club

Great Southern – Platinum Service

Stylishly appointed and spacious cabins are complemented by discreet, personalised service and access to the exclusive Platinum Club carriage for meals, relaxation and socialising. As you’d expect, the food and wine is of the highest standard. Enjoy hearty breakfasts, two-course lunches and four-course dinners, all regionally inspired and paired with champagne and premium wines.

And it all begins before you’ve even stepped aboard. Platinum guests receive private transfers before and after your journey, beginning the adventure in style.

Platinum cabins offer premium extras, like a full-size en suite, expansive window views from the train, and exclusive use of the Platinum Club carriage. Add to that the luxurious linen, French Champagne, Bracegirdle’s chocolates, a nightcap at turndown and more, and you’re in for an exceptional experience.

Platinum Double Cabin

Platinum Service inclusions:

  • All-inclusive dining, beverages, and Off Train Experiences
  • Spacious Double or Twin cabin almost twice the size of a Gold Service Twin cabin
  • By day, cabins are set up lounge-style with a moveable table and two ottomans
  • By night, lounges are converted to double or twin beds
  • En suite equipped with separate shower, vanity with cupboard space, toilet and Australian bathroom amenities
  • Power outlets and in-cabin safe
  • In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary
  • Panoramic windows offering views from both sides of the train
  • Access to the exclusive Platinum Club for dining and socialising
  • Freshly prepared continental breakfasts served upon request in-cabin
  • Refreshments served in-cabin
  • Transfers at the start and end of your journey available for guests within 60 km of the terminal
  • 90 kg checked luggage allowance per guest (3 x 30 kg each).
Platinum Double Cabin Plan LOCO Journeys

Great Southern – Gold Service

Choose between Gold Twin or Single cabins, both of which provide the perfect place to relax and recharge after a day’s journey. Spend hours deep in conversation with new friends in the shared Outback Explorer Lounge, sipping on barista made coffee, or a glass of white wine. Later make your way to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant to dine.

Gold includes hearty breakfasts, two-course lunches and three-course dinners. You may also choose to complement your meal with our selection of premium wines and beverages, all included in your fare.

Gold Lounge Journey Beyond
Gold Lounge
Gold Single Cabin

Gold Service Inclusions:

  • For Gold Twin, the most popular option, offers a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day
  • Gold Superior cabins feature a ¾ size double bed plus an additional fold down upper berth, lounge area, TV and DVD player, mini-bar and en suite.
  • For Gold Single, a compact sleeper cabin featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage
  • Gold Access Cabins are exclusively reserved for the mobility impaired. This cabin is subject to availability and assessment of the guest’s Fitness to Travel.
  • Power outlets in cabin
  • In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available
  • All-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant
  • All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages
  • All-inclusive Off Train Excursions and Short Stops
  • Luggage allowance is 60kg per guest
  • Complimentary Shuttle bus transfers available in Darwin to selected hotels in the city centre
Gold Service Twin Cabin The Ghan Plan
Gold Service Single Cabin The Ghan Plan

Great Southern Rail Adelaide Delight Prices & Departure Dates

For 2023 departures please contact LOCO Journeys directly as availability is limited.

2024 Great Southern Adelaide Delight departs from Brisbane

Brisbane to Adelaide, 8 days, 7 nights, 15 meals. Departing Mondays, January, February and December.

CabinFare TypeJan, Feb & Dec 2024
Gold TwinAdvance Saver Holiday*$4,670
Gold TwinEveryday Holiday$4,965
Gold SingleAdvance Saver Holiday*$4,995
Gold SingleEveryday Holiday$5,270
PlatinumEveryday Holiday$7,015

Prices shown are AUD and subject to availability, and subject to change

Should you wish to add pre or post night accommodation, activities or international flights to your Great Southern rail experience, please be sure to let us know at the time of booking. If you wish to conclude your rail adventure in Melbourne, link your Great Southern Adelaide Delight rail trip with The Overland. Find out how here.

Tour Inclusions

  • 3 nights aboard the Great Southern, Brisbane to Adelaide, including all meals, beverages and Off Train Experiences in Coffs Harbour, the Hunter Valley region and  Melbourne or regional VictoriaTransfer from
  • Adelaide Parklands Rail terminal to hotel
  • 4 nights accommodation in Adelaide, including breakfast daily
  • Adelaide Central Market delicious lunch tour
  • Northern Barossa Valley Voyager tour, including lunch
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners

Pricing Notes

  • Advertised price based on per person, Twin Gold Cabin
  • Price based on Advance Holiday Saver 2024 departures and subject to availability
  • Full payment is required at the time of booking
  • Price is subject to change unless paid in full
  • Full terms and conditions will be advised at the time of booking.
  • The Great Southern is a no smoking environment

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 | Board the Great Southern in Brisbane (L,D)
Today, you’ll set off from Brisbane on your week-long adventure covering Australia’s south-east. Settle into your cabin and prepare for your first meal on train before arriving into Coffs Harbour for a spectacular beachside dining experience in the evening.
After your first night on the train, wake up to a sumptuous breakfast that will set you up for a day of exploring. Choose from wine tasting in the Hunter Valley, exploring Port Stephens by sea or by land, or perhaps opt for a walking tour in Newcastle, discovering its history, vibrancy and stunning coastal views.
After enjoying a delicious breakfast on board and a relaxing start to the day travelling through Victoria's high country, you'll have a choice of Off Train Experiences. Discover regional Victoria or visit cosmopolitan Melbourne. See the city from above at Melbourne Skydeck, take a tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground or Old Melbourne Gaol, or enjoy free time to explore the city yourself.
Upon arrival into Adelaide, you will be transferred to your hotel. The day is yours to explore the city. Home to over 900 restaurants, pubs and cafes, and a lively food and wine scene, you'll be spoilt for choice.
Catch the complimentary city tram to Victoria Square and head to the Adelaide Central Markets to join your Discovery tour. Taste a delicious selection of foods from South Australian artisan food producers as you meet the suppliers, stallholders and producers whose families have traded at the market for generations. This small group tour is hosted by local guides and is great fun for those with a passion for good food and learning the stories of the people who grow and supply it to our tables. After your tour, settle in for a delicious Market cafe lunch and watch the world go by, or if you are too full after the tour tastings, we can arrange a gourmet Italian panini picnic lunch to take away - your choice
Explore more of Adelaide at your leisure. If you’d like to get to the source of that gourmet experience by visiting another wine growing region, McLaren Vale is the perfect option.
Today your boutique wine and food touring continues with a visit to the historic Northern Barossa, with its 80 cellar doors. You’ll even visit one of the oldest vineyards in the world, where Shiraz vines were planted in 1843. Enjoy running commentary from your driver as you make your way towards the fabulous Barossa Valley Region. You will be guided though some of the best wines South Australia has to offer. Tours are small groups up to 8 people only to ensure a relaxed and unhurried day. Whether you prefer red or white, there will be something to tantalise and delight with tastings at 3 wineries throughout the day, and a delicious lunch with an accompanying glass of wine included in your tour.
After breakfast, check out of your accommodation, bringing your epicurean adventure to an end. Tour Ends.

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