I LOVE A SUNBURNT COUNTRY* – Rail & Sail 2022 holiday – 05 Apr 2022 – Cruise Traveller

I LOVE A SUNBURNT COUNTRY* – Rail & Sail 2022 holiday

Cruise Line
Silversea Cruises
Silver Shadow
Package Departs
05 Apr 2022
Package Duration
15 Nights
Embark Ship
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Disembark Ship
Cairns, Qld, Australia
VI - Suite CV - Suite SV - Suite DX - Suite
AU $9,895
per person
AU $11,335
per person
AU $11,605
per person
AU $11,875
per person

I Love a Sunburnt Country
by Dorothea MacKellar

I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror – The wide brown land for me!

This holiday package is dedicated to all those who love our beautiful country.

Package Duration: 15 nights Cruise-Rail-Stay
Package Starts: 5th Apr 2022 – from Darwin hotel
Cruise Starts: 11th Apr 2022 – from Melbourne
Cruise Ends: 20th Apr 2022 – into Cairns
Package Ends: 20th Apr 2022 – in Cairns


Savings on this holiday:

Twin Vista Suite was $12,585 – Our exclusive price $9,895*pp
Twin Classic Veranda Suite was $14,470 – Our exclusive price $11,335*pp
Twin Superior Veranda Suite was $14,795 – Our exclusive price $11,605*pp
Twin Deluxe Veranda Suite was $15,115 – Our exclusive price $11,875*pp
Single Vista Suite was $17,265 – Our exclusive price $15,355*

I LOVE A SUNBURNT COUNTRY* Cruise-Rail-Stay package includes:
– 1 night 4-star Darwin hotel stay with breakfast
– One way transfer from Darwin hotel to train station
– 3 night Ghan Expedition rail journey from Darwin to Adelaide in Gold^ standard accommodation (Platinum on request for surcharge if available). Train fare includes: all meals including special event dining, All onboard beverages and a selection of off-train experiences and excursions at each stop
– One way transfer from Adelaide train station to airport
– One way economy class airfare from Adelaide to Melbourne including tax
– One way transfer from Melbourne airport to hotel
– 2 nights accommodation in Melbourne at a 5-star hotel with breakfast
– One way transfer from Melbourne hotel to port
– 9 night luxury Silver Shadow cruise from Melbourne to Cairns including:
• Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
• Butler service in every suite – all guests are pampered equally
• Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
• Diversity of dining venues – casual, romantic, regional delicacies, and gourmet cuisine
• Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
• In-suite dining and 24-hour room service – always complimentary, always available
• Sophisticated entertainment from live music to production shows
• Enrichment lecturers, acclaimed chefs and destination consultants
• Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
• Gratuities always included in your fare
• Unlimited FREE WiFi

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (27May21). Included airfares/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Selected routing and airlines apply to package offers - any variances requested by guest will incur surcharges. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. I love a Sunburnt Country title - credit - Dorothea MacKellar from the famous poem. Transfers only included if guests are arriving/departing by air at specific airports on exact package dates. Offer ends 23Aug21 and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 27 May 2021 to 23 Aug 2021 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Pre-cruise Itinerary

05 Apr 2022 Make your own way to Darwin hotel by 5 April 2022
05 Apr 2022 Check in Darwin hotel for an overnight stay
06 Apr 2022 Transfer to station to embark The Ghan Expedition train
06 Apr 2022 The Ghan: Darwin to Katherine - departs around 10am
07 Apr 2022 The Ghan: Alice Springs
08 Apr 2022 The Ghan: Manguri & Coober Pedy
09 Apr 2022 The Ghan: Disembark Adelaide approx 10.50am
09 Apr 2022 Transfer to airport, Fly Adelaide to Melbourne, Transfer to hotel
10 Apr 2022 Melbourne at leisure
11 Apr 2022 Transfer to port, embark Silver Shadow cruise ship

Cruise Itinerary

11 Apr 2022
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
06:00 PM
12 Apr 2022 At sea    
13 Apr 2022
Eden, NSW, Australia
07:00 AM 02:00 PM
14 Apr 2022 At sea    
15 Apr 2022
Mooloolaba (Noosa), Queensland, Australia
10:00 AM 06:00 PM
16 Apr 2022
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
08:00 AM 06:00 PM
17 Apr 2022 At sea    
18 Apr 2022
Airlie Beach, Qld, Australia
08:00 AM 04:00 PM
19 Apr 2022 At sea    
20 Apr 2022
Cairns, Qld, Australia
07:00 AM

Post-cruise Itinerary

20 Apr 2022 Disembark Cairns. Holiday ends.

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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Category Twin Per Person     Single Per Person
VI - Vista Suite
CV - Classic Veranda Suite
SV - Superior Veranda Suite
DX - Deluxe Veranda Suite

9 Night Cruise sailing from Melbourne to Cairns aboard Silver Shadow.

Australian aficionados take note! The time is now to enjoy the wonders of the land Down Under. Start off in the country’s coastal capital Melbourne. A day at sea then brings you to the lovely city of Eden, which carries its name well! Mooloolaba in the heart of the Sunshine Coast is next, where you can discover there is more to this town than just an oceanfront playground. Brisbane’s modern metropolis and Airlie Beach’s perfect landscape complete your trip.

Highlights of this cruise:

Australia’s metropolitan cultural capital is a refined, contemporary and richly liveable city – which has a blend for every taste. The smells of freshly ground, artisan coffees fill the streets of this hip, youthful city, which is generously sprinkled with fine dining establishments, art galleries, and absorbing museums. With an airy outdoor lifestyle, Melbourne is a vibrant global hub of fashion, fun and festivities. Multicultural and diverse, Victoria’s capital is crisscrossed by narrow alleys and splashed with street art. It’s fair to say Melbourne’s bearded baristas take their coffees seriously. Settle in to sample the unique coffee culture that is an essential part of Melbourne life. Looking for something a little stronger? The city’s rooftop bars come alive with clinking cocktails as the sun sets. A world leader in culinary arts, take your seat at award-winning restaurants, and sample world foods alongside delicious wines, cultivated in the vineyards of the surrounding valleys. Savour a glass while cruising the arching Yarra River, for an unbeatable introduction to Melbourne. An outdoor city, it’s no surprise that Melbourne is one of Australia’s sporting giants. The vast bowl of Melbourne Cricket Ground serves as the city’s sporting cathedral – squeezing in over 100,000 fans and hosting various sports on its hallowed, oval turf. Whether it’s the rumble of hoofs during the Melbourne Cup, revs of engines during the Formula One, or thwacks of tennis balls during the Australian Open – few places can boast such a comprehensive list of high-profile sporting appeals.

They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing, and Brisbane’s modern metropolis fully exploits its sun-blessed location, basking in Queensland’s generous year-round glow. The envied climate makes Brisbane a city of outdoor adventure, activity and relaxation, where days drift by surfing rollers, or relaxing in the shade of swaying palms. While Brisbane may play second fiddle to Sydney and Melbourne at times, it radiates a creative and contemporary energy, offering visitors a refreshing combination of laidback waterfront luxury and urban sophistication. Sandy islands nearby provide scenic diving and oceanside relaxation opportunities, while the city’s animal santuaries offer opportunities to meet unbearably cute koalas and kangaroos. Brisbane’s impressive skyline of metallic cylinders rises high above the broad Brisbane River below, which curves lazily through downtown. The rolling waves of the Pacific are close by, but there’s something special about relaxing on soft sand in the very heart of the city, on the beautifully executed South Bank Parklands man-made beach. With golden sand and shallow lagoon waters to cool off in, it’s a dreamy spot to lie back with a book, amid the landscaped gardens. Nestled in a river meander of its own, Brisbane Botanic Park glows with colour, tropical plants and wading ibis birds, and is easily walkable from the Parklands. The South Bank is the cultural hub of city, and houses the celebrated Queensland Gallery of Modern Art – a surreal and vibrant jaunt through contemporary Australian art. The city’s award-winning restaurants also serve up elite food, matched with generous splashes of wine, direct from the nearby Granite Belt’s wine regions.

Warmly welcoming you to the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is a treasure trove of rich tropical beauty and incredible sea life. Swathes of rainforest spread out to the north, where you can soar over the canopy in a cable car, before looking down over narrow channels of water plummeting down gorges and crocodile-filled waterways. The diverse lands of the Atherton Tableland lie to the west, but it’s the crystal-clear waters – and life-filled reefs – of Cairns’ remarkable underwater world that draws universal adulation. Priding itself as the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, explore Cairns’ constellation of colour, as you dive into the world’s largest and most spectacular underwater universe. Head out on a glass-bottomed boat tour to explore the 3,000 coral reef systems, and let hours drift by appreciating the waving corals and life-imbued reefs during exceptional scuba diving and snorkelling sessions. Cairns is huddled in amongst abundant swathes of rainforests, which give way to glorious crescents of golden beach. Kuranda – with its scenic railway and heritage market stalls – waits to be discovered, cloaked within the depths of the rainforest. Learn of the indigenous people of North Queensland during cultural performances, and hear the throaty reverberations of digeridoos, as you hear eternal stories handed down through time, from generation to generation. Back in Cairns, there’s always time for a coffee or a beer, or a feast on fresh oysters with glasses of Cairns’ white wines – boldly flavoured with mango and banana notes.

Authentic experiences. Simple pleasures. Shared moments. Silversea’s Millennium Class luxury cruise ships Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper offer you freedom and space to design your day. Slightly larger in size than ships Silver Cloud and Silver Wind, Silver Shadow retains Silversea’s essence – spacious suites, a complement of only 382 guests, superior service – paired with a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere and enhanced amenities. Aboard the Silver Shadow, energize body and soul with complimentary Pilates and yoga in the expanded fitness center. Savor fine wines and regional culinary creations in Le Champagne, the only Wine Restaurant by Relais & Châteaux at sea. Or simply gaze at endless ocean views. Relish, relax, recharge … repeat … Silver Shadow.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 610 Feet
  • Tonnage: 28,258 tonnes
  • Maiden Voyage: 2000
  • Refurbished: 2017
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 382
  • Crew Nationality: International
  • Officer Nationality: European
  • Dining Staff Nationality: International
  • Ship Registration: Bahamas

Ship Amenities

  • Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe
  • Radio/alarm with iPod docking station
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Plus robes and slippers
  • Writing desk(s) with personalised stationery
  • One hour complimentary WiFi access per guest/per day
  • Flat screen television(s)
  • Complimentary interactive mobile content
  • Hair Dryer

Ship Facilities

  • Fitness Centre
  • The Spa at Silversea
  • Beauty Salon
  • Observation Bar
  • Jogging Track
  • Lifts
  • Swimming Pool
  • Pool Bar
  • The Pool Grill
  • The Library
  • Internet Cafe
  • The Panorama Lounge
  • La Terrazza
  • La Dame
  • The Connoisseur’s Corner
  • Conference / Card Room
  • The Show Lounge
  • Casino
  • The Bar
  • Shopping Boutiques
  • The Show Lounge
  • The Restaurant

Art inspires. Awakens your emotions and stimulates your thoughts.

In the quiet calm of morning, your private veranda becomes a place of true inspiration. Surrounded by the magnificence of the dawning day, at one with the vista of sea and sky, in awe of nature and the vast beauty of this world. The shoreline of the next port slides closer and closer into view, and with it an undeniable anticipation of things to come and the promise of limitless possibilities.

Silversea creates exceptional ocean journeys with unique opportunities to explore remote ports-of-call from an intimate haven of incomparable luxury, each voyage a unique masterpiece. Discover genuine European expertise reflected in every detail, from our tranquil all-suite accommodation and uncompromising service to distinctive fine dining and a carefree all-inclusive philosophy.

Our guests hail from across the globe, yet share an appreciation for the spectrum of choice offered in Silversea’s array of exotic destinations and exclusive explorations ashore. By blending these elements together with enrichment experiences, each new port becomes more than a destination, it becomes a state of mind, transcending the traditional concepts of cruising. It is this distinction that has earned Silversea the reputation of World’s Best.


COMPLIMENTARY BEVERAGES SERVED THROUGHOUT THE SHIP An extensive selection of fine wines, champagne, spirits, bottled water and soft drinks are yours to enjoy — all courtesy of Silversea.

IN-SUITE BEVERAGE CABINET STOCKED WITH OUR COMPLIMENTS Besides the chilled bottle of champagne that awaits you, every suite features a beverage cabinet stocked with your preferred assortment of complimentary beverages.

COMPLIMENTARY IN-SUITE DINING AND 24-HOUR ROOM SERVICE A formal dinner served course-by-course, a late-night snack, or a full breakfast delivered at your request — with no charge and no tipping.

COMPLIMENTARY SILVERSEA EXPERIENCE® A shoreside event exclusively for Silversea guests on select voyages. Recent outings have included dinner in the desert in Namibia and a concert at the ruins of Ephesus.

A FULL SPECTRUM OF ENTERTAINMENT AND ENRICHMENT Production shows, classical concerts, and folkloric performances. Multi-tiered show lounge. Lectures by world affairs experts, renowned authors and destination specialists.

COMPLIMENTARY TRANSPORTATION INTO TOWN Roundtrip transportation from the pier to the heart of town in most ports of call.

Silversea … The art of travel. The art of good living.

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