Journey Beyond, Australia – an overview
Written by: Jovanka Ristich
Date: 12th March 2019
Journey Beyond, the Australia tourism operator and parent company of Great Southern Rail, has been busy purchasing quality experiences, adding to their travel portfolio. The company’s aim is simple – they wish to offer travellers authentic cross continental Australian holiday experiences that are easy to select and book.
The three newest additions to their portfolio are:
- Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef
- Darwin Harbour Cruises
- Sydney Harbour Cruises
- The Ghan
- The Indian Pacific
- The Overland
- Great Southern
- Cruise Whitsundays
- Rottnest Express
A brief outline of each experience is below, starting with the newest acquisitions.
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, an eco-luxe safari camp, nestled-in the rugged Cape Range National Park about 70km from Exmouth in Western Australia. The camp, which has 15 wilderness tents,
offers spectacular views of the beach and the surrounding bush, introducing guests to the amazing flora and fauna both on land and in the tranquil waters of Ningaloo Reef.
The range of guest activities, inspired by the pristine landscape, includes sea kayaking, snorkelling, bird spotting, guided gorge walks, as well as getting up close and personal with whale sharks and migrating humpback whales.
Darwin Harbour Cruises has been operating in the Top End since 1996. Its two magnificent vessels are: Charles Darwin, a 25m tri-level catamaran which operates sunset dining cruises on the harbour between February and December and Tumlaren, a beautifully restored 20 meter motorised schooner.
Sydney Harbour Cruises takes in the best of Sydney’s spectacular skyline from the water whilst serving signature food and wine experiences. Its newest vessel will launch on Sydney Harbour in the first half of 2019. The Spirit of Migloo, a luxury purpose-built whale-watching catamaran, accommodates up to 160 guests.
Cruise Whitsundays is a marine operator with extensive experience offering an impressive selection of one day cruising experiences, island transfers and activities throughout the Whitsunday Islands National Park and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Cruises range from visits to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach; sailing adventures are on the catamaran Camira; and transfers are offered between Port of Airlie, Hamilton Island and Daydream Island (scheduled for mid-April, but bookable now). Cruise Whitsundays also offers an incredible Reefsleep experience where guests spend the night under the stars on the Great Barrier Reef pontoon.
Rottnest Express is the largest and most experienced cruise company to operate daily, year-round services from Perth and Fremantle to Rottnest Island and the Swan River. Their extensive range of both fully-escorted and self-guided day tours include complimentary morning transfers from hotels in Perth and Fremantle and a variety of on-island activities followed by a selection of lunch options.
Great Southern is Australia’s newest luxury train experience set to launch later this year. Linking Adelaide and Brisbane, the new service will explore the incredible landscapes in the country’s south-eastern corner with the option of a three-day northbound itinerary or a four-day southbound itinerary. The inaugural season, consisting of 16 departures, will start on 6th December 2019 concluding on 27th January 2020.
The Ghan and The Ghan Expedition – one train offering two different experiences between Darwin and Adelaide. The classic two night/three-day Ghan experience journeys year round from Adelaide to Darwin and from Darwin to Adelaide between November and February. Off Train Excursions are in Katherine and Alice Springs.
The three night/four-day Ghan Expedition journeys from March to October from Darwin to Adelaide. Its immersive Off Train Excursions take in Katherine, extended time in Alice Springs which includes an al fresco dinner under the stars, and a full day in Coober Pedy. The itinerary also offers an upgrade option to tour Uluru.
The Indian Pacific is a four day/three-night journey defined by contrast. It encompasses the towering majesty of the Blue Mountains and the barren expanse of the Nullarbor and many goldmines, ghost towns and grapevines in between. The shifting landscape reveals long abandoned Nullarbor homesteads and resilient Outback wildflowers, whilst Off Train Excursions highlights include The Blue Mountains, Broken Hill, Kalgoorlie and Adelaide.
The Overland is the most relaxed way to travel between Melbourne and Adelaide. This daylight service takes in the diverse landscapes that define South Australia and Victoria.