12 Day The Indian Pacific, Perth Wildflowers & Albany

Tour Dates           2019        4, 18 & 25 Sep | 2, 9 & 16 Oct    

Summary Itinerary 

  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Reverse Itinerary available
  • Depart Sydney
  • Broken Hill Adelaide
  • The Nullarbor
  • Arrive Perth
  • 1/2 Day City Sights and Fremantle + Swan River Cruise
  • Perth to Albany
  • Albany to Perth
  • Perth’s Best Wildflowers Tour
  • New Norcia Benedictine History, Swan Valley and WA Wildflowers
  • Wave Rock, York, WA Wildflowers & Aboriginal Culture
  • Free Day
  • Depart Perth
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Full Itinerary

Wednesday

Depart Sydney on the Indian Pacific

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Depart Sydney in the afternoon and start a true journey of contrasts – it will take you through the heights of the majestic Blue Mountains and across the barren expanse of the Nullarbor Plain, to lush vineyards and vast goldmines, and from cities of 4 million to ghost towns of just four citizens. Named for the two oceans the train encounters on its journey, the Indian Pacific travels between Perth and Sydney, via Adelaide, in a spectacular 4352km journey.

Get acquainted with staff and your cabin and settle in for the journey. As you venture beyond the city limits, settle back, open a book or switch on your onboard radio upon approach to the spectacular Blue Mountains. If you’d rather be social, make your way to the Outback Explorer Lounge to meet fellow guests and help yourself to a welcome drink. After a sumptuous dinner, join other guests for a few late-night drinks or head to your cabin to settle in early and await the sights of your first incredible outback sunrise the next day

Thursday

Broken Hill – Adelaide

(B,L,D)

Wake up with a coffee as you arrive in Broken Hill, a classic mining town where the streets are wide and there is a pub on every corner. On your Off-Train Excursion, explore the beauty of this Silver City and discover the history of mining that makes the town what it is today and the artistic culture that also abounds in the area. Visit the Pro Hart Gallery, where you can learn all about one of Australia’s most iconic and enduring artists, whose art captures the spirit of the outback.

Stepping back onboard, head straight to Queen Adelaide Restaurant for breakfast. An extensive menu caters to all tastes. Take your time as you have a full day onboard to yourself. By the time lunch is served, you’ll already be well into South Australia on the southern tip of the Flinders Ranges In no time, you’ll notice a dramatic change in landscape as the outback makes way for the green fields of South Australia. Your choice for the afternoon and evening is Adelaide’s cultural precinct, or the historic regions of either Hahndorf or Barossa Valley. Sample Barossa Valley’s boutique wines and learn about winemaking with a sumptuous tour; or visit the picturesque village of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. From October to March, you’ll have the option to visit renowned and surprising culinary region of McLaren Vale, the place where the ‘vines meet the sea’. Alternatively, stay in the city of Adelaide and explore one of Australia’s premier cultural institutions, with a private guided tour of the SA Museum, home to the most significant collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural material in the world.

Stepping back onboard, you’ll find your bed turned down and a nightcap waiting. For the next epic 24 hours, you’ll embark on the longest leg of the journey across the Nullarbor Plain.

Friday

The Nullarbor Plain

(B,L,D)

Wake up and marvel at the raw beauty of the Nullarbor. Taking its name from the Latin meaning ‘no trees’, the ancient Nullarbor conjures the sense of limitless space and time. Take some time to reflect on the changing landscapes in your journey and to enjoy the hospitality of the Outback Explorer Lounge as you travel across Australia’s longest single stretch of railway.

Your sense of wonder will be well and truly ignited when it comes time to set foot at Rawlinna that evening. Under brilliant desert stars, enjoy an evening stop to partake in canapes and drinks under the wide Nullarbor skies.

Saturday

Arrive Perth

The Avon Valley beckons you this morning – the mild skies and cool green vales of this picturesque part of the world will truly delight. Arrive into the cosmopolitan western capital of Perth after lunch, having finished an epic Australian journey end-to-end.

Check into your preferred accommodation for the next 2 Nights. In anticipation of what is to come in your Albany & Perth Discoverer

Sunday

1/2 Day City Sights and Fremantle + Swan River Cruise

A fantastic tour taking in Perth and Fremantle, the city and the alfresco lifestyle that Perth people enjoy. Kings Park Botanical Gardens, Perth City, Cottesloe Beach and Fremantle. Cruise back along the Swan River from Fremantle.

Monday

Perth to Albany

(LD)

Travel south towards Albany and the South Coast, we encounter at the Stirling Ranges and Porongorups for picnic lunch and sightseeing at the base of Bluff Knoll and then continue South to Mount Clarence and the ANZAC Memorial Centre in Albany.  Take a self-guided tour before taking a scenic drive along the rugged coastline before an early evening check-in at your accommodation.  Accommodation: Ibis Styles, Albany or similar

Tuesday

Albany to Perth

(BL)

After breakfast we head to the famous Albany Whale world interpretation centre for a quick self-guided tour before enjoying coastal sightseeing, visiting ‘The Gap’ and ‘Natural Bridge.’  Travelling West to the coastal resort town of Walpole, we join our local guide for a luncheon cruise on the Nornalup Inlet, widely regarded as one of the last great wilderness areas. Next stop is the Valley of the Giants ‘Tree Top Walk’ which reaches 40 metres high into the forest Canopy. Afterwards head Northwest back to Perth with a dinner stop at Kodja Place Visitors Centre (own expense) Return to Perth at approx. 9.30pm for the next 5 nights.

Wednesday

Perth’s Best Wildflower Tour

(L)

With a botanical guide we travel to various locations on Perth’s outskirts in search of the finest wildflowers.

Whilst the slope, soils and ancient granite outcrops of the Darling Escarpment are traditionally the ideal habitat and location to view wildflowers, profusion varies daily and is dependent on sunshine.

We visit locations where we expect to find the finest wildflowers for you to see and smell. Our experienced guide will help you identify rare and delicate wildflowers including renowned everlastings, orchids, red and green kangaroo paw, banksias, bottle brush and Western Australia’s most famous orange flowering Christmas trees.

There is ample time to identify and photograph flowers and a complimentary wildflower booklet on Western Australia’s unique wildflowers is included.

Thursday

New Norcia Benedictine History, Swan Valley and Seasonal WA Wildflowers

(L)

Travel through the Swan Valley to New Norcia, Australia’s only monastic town which is renowned for its Benedictine Abbey. Drive through the town and hear the local history. Before viewing the chapel and museum artefacts gifted to the monastery by Popes and Royalty of Spain. Visit the Famous Benedictine Community with a guided tour of the town and main sites including the museum and art gallery. Where you will find extraordinary artefacts dating back to when New Norcia was an Aboriginal mission. 

Next we move on to the Abbey Church; home to one of only two large Moser organs, originally crafted in Germany, followed by a visit to St Gertrude’s College, a grand gothic style building which was originally built as a girl’s boarding school and opened in 1908.

We then visit a produce shop selling olive oilfruitwineNew Norcia nut cake and breads before enjoying an included Fish and Chips lunch at the New Norcia Hotel. Following lunch we depart New Norcia for the iconic Swan Valley.

The Swan Valley is the closest wine region to any capital city in Australia, whilst here take the opportunity to sample some of the regions famed providores offering such delights as chocolatenougat and gourmet nuts. End the day with a gourmet personalised Australian Afternoon tea complete with wine before an early evening return to Perth.  WA Wildflowers viewing stops are made in season.

Friday

Wave Rock, York, WA Wildflowers & Aboriginal Culture

(L)

Leaving Perth we head through the Perth Hills and escarpment and enter farming country. Heading east we enjoy morning tea (own expense) at historic York, the first township founded in the Avon Valley. From there we travel the Wheatbelt Highway through agricultural towns of Corrigin and Kondinin and finally; through outback farming country – giving a glimpse of Australian country life. Stopping briefly at the infamous Dog Cemetery; a shrine to man’s best friend and an integral part of farming life. Then visit Hippo’s Yawn, a rock formation which resembles a hippo yawning. We then break for an Aussie country style lunch at the Wildflower Shop. 

Then we move on to see the spectacular Wave Rock and the ancient Gnamma Holes. Whilst here visit either a Wildlife Park, view a unique Antique Lace Collection even featuring lace from Lady Diana, or visit an amazing Toy Soldier Museum. Leaving Wave Rock we visit The Humps and finally Mulka’s Cave. We return to Perth via a different route and stop at the quaint country town for afternoon tea(own expense). WA Wildflowers viewing stops are made en route (seasonal) with an arrival back in to Perth at approximately 8.30pm.

Saturday

Perth Free Day

Today is totally free to explore Perth City on your own. Or book on one of our optional Swan River Cruises. 3 options available. Full day Swan Valley Gourmet Wine Cruise – Upper Swan River Lunch Cruise – City Lights Dinner Cruise

Sunday

Depart Perth

Depart Perth by your preferred choice of transport at your leisure.

  • Please note. Price Per person twin share Concession fares quoted.
  • Perth Accommodation is subject to personal preference and any available specials.
  • Gold Service Twin Fare is quoted on The Indian Pacific.
  • Platinum Class Upgrades available
  • Advance Purchase fares may be available at time of booking.
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From $4,942

2019 Departures

4, 18, 25 September

2, 9, 16 October

Accommodation specials may be available which may reduce cost.

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