8 Day Indian Pacific & Perth Short Break

Summary Itinerary 

  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Reverse Itinerary available

Full Itinerary

Wednesday

Depart Sydney on the Indian Pacific

(D)

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

(B,L)

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 4 Nights. In anticipation of what is to come in your Perth Short Break.

Sunday

Full Day City Sights and Fremantle + Swan River Cruise

The day begins at the beautiful Kings Park botanic gardens with time to experience a walk through the tree’s canopies on the Tree Top Walkway giving a bird’s eye view of Perth’s city skyline. Continue to one of Perth’s best beaches, Cottesloe Beach before arriving at the historic port town of Fremantle. Time is allowed for a walk down the main street, enjoy a coffee at one of the many cafes (own expense) or perhaps find a bargain at the markets (Fri, Sat and Sun only). Then enjoy a self guided ‘hop on hop off’ historic Fremantle Tram tour taking in the famous fishing boat harbour, Maritime Museum and Fremantle Prison.

Join a Swan River Cruise for the journey back to Perth with Captain Cook Cruises. Onboard, relax and enjoy the panoramic scenery. There is also the opportunity to sample local wines. Tour concludes at approximately 5:00pm, at The Barrack Street Jetty..

Monday

Rottnest Island

Or

Pinnacles Desert, New Norcia Benedictine History & Seasonal Wildflowers

(LD)

Rottnest Island

A truly relaxing nature experience! A Rottnest Fast Ferries courtesy coach will pick you up from your hotel for the transfer to Hillarys Boat Harbour, the departure point of your tour. Board your vessel to commence a Rottnest Grand Island Package tour. This 3.5-hour all-inclusive bus tour visits all of Rottnest’s mustsee locations including the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, Oliver Hill Gun Fortification and Tunnels, and the majestic lookout point at the rugged Cathedral Rocks and Cape Vlamingh – all ending in a unique historical train ride. All major habitats are covered on this amazing tour, including Rottnest’s cultural and historical heritage ranging from Maritime and Military history right up to future developments.

Pinnacles Desert, New Norcia Benedictine History & Seasonal Wildflowers

Travelling through the Swan Valley we arrive at New Norcia, home to Australia’s only Benedictine Abbey.  A little piece of Spain comes alive in this town, full of history, art and architecture. 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 oil, fruit, wine, New Norcia nut cake and breads before enjoying a fish and chips lunch and local breads and olive oil at the historic New Norcia Hotel.

Then we head on to the Western Wildflower Farm for a brief talk about how wildflowers are dried and exported. We continue on for an easy paced walk through the mystical Pinnacle Desert and see the Pinnacles from the look out over the park. If time permits make a visit to the Pinnacle Desert Discovery Centre. Return to Perth down the Indian Ocean drive.

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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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2019 /2020 Season –                    From

Low Season              $3,208 pp     Jun, Jul, Dec, Jan

Shoulder Season      $3,548 pp    Feb to May, Aug, Nov

High Season              $3,708 pp    Sep, Oct

Accommodation specials may be available which may reduce cost.

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