12 Day Perth, Margaret River, Tree Top Walk, Wildflowers

& The Indian Pacific

Tour Dates    2018       8, 22 & 30 September | 6,13 & 20 October

Summary Itinerary

  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Arrive Perth
  • Full Day City Sights and Fremantle + Swan River Cruise
  • Pinnacles Desert, New Norcia and Wildflowers
  • Perth to Tree Tops and Pemberton region
  • Pemberton region to Margaret River Wine Region
  • Margaret River to Perth
  • Perth’s Best Wildflower Tour
  • Free Day & Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • Depart Perth on the Indian Pacific – Off Train Experience Kalgoorlie
  • Off Train Experience in Cook
  • Off Train Experiences Adelaide and Broken Hill
  • Arrive Sydney
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Full Itinerary

Saturday

Arrive Perth.

Check into your preferred accommodation for the next 3 Nights.

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. Then 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

Pinnacles Desert, New Norcia and 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 learn of the intriguing history and culture of the community before stopping for morning tea. Afterwards, visit a produce shop for the chance to purchase Benedictine Community goods including olive oil, fruit, wine, New Norcia nut cake and breads. Alternatively, visit the museum and art gallery. From here we visit the Western Wildflower Farm for a brief talk about how wildflowers are dried and exported. Continue to the lobster fishing town of Cervantes and visit the Pinnacles Desert where you enjoy an easy paced walk through these mystical limestone pillars. Wildflower viewing stops are made in season. Return to Perth at approximately 7.30pm.

Tuesday

Perth to Tree Tops and Pemberton region

(BLD)

Travel South through Donnybrook’s famous apple and stone fruit orchards and the rolling farmlands of the Blackwwod River Valley, then on through Western Australia’s old growth forest to climb the 51m tall Diamond Tree bush fire watch tower followed by a scenic picnic lunch. Next stop is the Valley of the Giants ‘Tree Top Walk’ which reaches 40 metres high into the forest Canopy. Afterwards head Northwest to the Pemberton region for check in at your accommodation. Accommodation: Karri Valley Resort, Pemberton or similar.

Wednesday

Pemberton region to Margaret River Wine Region

(BLD)

Early morning take a short stroll to the majestic Beedelup Falls and then we head North through the stunning Boranup Forest to have the opportunity to climb the 61 metre Gloucester Tree. Then West we arrive at Australia’s most South-Westerly point, Augusta, and visit Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse where the Indian and Great Southern Oceans meet. After lunch we head out to Surfers Point Lookout to see some spectacular coastal views and then North to Mammoth Cave before heading to experience an Australian sheep dog and shearing demonstration at the Yallingup Shearing Shed. Afterwards late afternoon check-in at your accommodation allowing free time to experience the local surroundings. Accommodation: Abbey Beach Resort, Busselton or similar.

Thursday

Margaret River to Perth

(BL)

After breakfast, we head down to enjoy some free time in the main township of Margaret River. Following shopping time, visit the chocolate and cheese factories (time permitting) to taste some of their delicious samples and then sample some of the delicious locally produced wines at a marquee Margaret River Winery. Following lunch, departing the Margaret River region head to the dramatic coast at Canal rocks. Journeying home, at Busselton, you’ll see the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere before a leisure drive back to Perth arriving late afternoon. Check into your preferred accommodation for the next 3 Nights.

wildflowertour

Friday

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.

Saturday

Free Day & Sunset Dinner Cruise

(D)

Today is totally free to explore Perth City on your own until late afternoon when you head to your Sunset Dinner Cruise. See the impressive Perth “City of Lights” skyline after sunset with an evening on the water. Sit back, relax and enjoy the evening atmosphere whilst our attentive crew take care of all your needs. Indulge in the sumptuous dinner buffet and complete your dining experience with refreshing fresh fruit, cake buffet and tea and coffee. Local Western Australian wines are served throughout, together with local beers & soft drinks. Live entertainment on-board completes this magical night on the Swan River.

Sunday

Depart Perth on the Indian Pacific

(L,D)

There’s no better way to appreciate the sheer breadth of Australia than by crossing every inch of it. By embarking on this transcontinental journey, you’ll be following in the footsteps of those who have dared to venture beyond the city limits – the legendary adventurers, gold rush prospectors and bush pioneers who forged their lives in Australia’s spectacular yet unforgiving interior.

Take in your last whiff of Indian Ocean air as you step from the platform at East Perth Station onto the Indian Pacific your Great Southern Rail attendant will guide you to the comfortable private cabin you’ll be calling home for the next four days.

Take a seat on your lounge and clear your mind in readiness for a myriad of new experiences. . Reflect on the menu as you watch the suburbs of the Western Australian capital roll past your window and the verdant greens of the Avon Valley. The first of those experiences – a delicious meal in the elegant restaurant carriage as you watch the world roll by.

Lunch in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant awaits with culinary wonders prepared onboard by our talented chefs. All food is included in your fare including the delicious rack of lamb and desert lime lamington, paired with a Margaret River sauvignon blanc or another fine wine from our wide range.

The afternoon is yours to relax, socialise and get acquainted with the novelty of rail travel. Swap stories with other guests, watch the ever-changing view transform before your eyes and get ready for your first off train excursion in the wild west town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Australia’s largest regional town with a long and fascinating history, there’s plenty to see, learn and do. First stop that evening is the wild west town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, home to the staggering 3.6km wide Super Pit.

Monday

Off Train Experience in Cook

(B)

Upon waking, set your sights on the vast horizon beyond the window – you have arrived on the edges of the sweeping Nullarbor Plain. Big blue skies await you, the ancient stillness of the desert landscape broken only by a mob of friendly kangaroos or the occasional circling bird of prey. By the time you have refreshed and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, you’ll be stepping off the train for a short stop in Cook. Once a bustling railway community, now effectively a ghost town, Cook gives new meaning to the expression “middle of nowhere”. Get a sense of the Nullarbor’s intense remoteness as you wander through Cook’s abandoned buildings and learn more about the town’s intriguing history.

Back onboard, the beverages are cold and the welcoming atmosphere of the Outback Explorer Lounge inspires conversation and laughter. Sit back and relax as the train continues its trek across the longest single stretch of railway in the world.

Tuesday

Off Train Experiences Adelaide and Broken Hill

(B)

By morning’s light, your desert views have made way for the rolling South Australian countryside. Arriving in Adelaide, prepare yourself for an entertaining stop in a beautifully-designed city renowned for international arts festivals, pop-up bars, and laneway restaurants. Feast upon the sights, scents and tastes of the extraordinary Adelaide Central Market – a mecca for locally-grown produce, multicultural treats and unexpected gourmet delights. Listen to the cheerful calls of the market stall holders and let your gaze wander from the delicious cured meats hanging in the delicatessens to the bright pyramids of carefully-arranged fruits and the sweet-scented goods on display in the bakeries and confectioners.

Alternatively, board a coach for a highlights tour of Adelaide, taking in views of the world-renowned Adelaide Oval from Montefiore Hill and stopping in at the popular Haighs chocolate factory. Venture into the Adelaide Hills for an unrivalled panorama from Mt Lofty Lookout before heading back to the train.

Over lunch, watch as pastures dissolve into tough mallee scrub on approach to Broken Hill. Known as the Silver City, Broken Hill is one of Australia’s legendary Outback bases defined by its wide streets, country pubs and ties with the Royal Flying Doctors Service and School of the Air. Here, you can visit the late Pro Hart’s art studio or head for the Miners’ Memorial where the stark reality of working in Broken Hill’s mines over the ages is writ large. The striking architectural edifice and spectacular view over the city add emotional weight to the list of more than 800 miners who lost their lives on the job.

Wednesday

Arrive Sydney late morning

(B)

Winding your way through the magnificent Blue Mountains provides ample opportunity to kick back and reflect upon this unforgettable journey. You have just travelled from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific, through some of the most striking landscapes on Earth.

And welcome to Sydney. From a coffee cruise on one of the world’s most famous harbours to an action-packed day of sightseeing or shopping in the city, Sydney provides an entertaining and fitting end to your spectacular transcontinental rail adventure.

  • Please note. Price Per person twin share – Full Adult fares quoted.
  • Perth Accommodation is subject to personal preference and any available specials.
  • Gold Service Twin Fare is quoted on The Indian Pacific.
  • Pensioner Discounts or Advance Purchase fares may be available at time of booking.
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2018

8, 22, 30 September |

6, 13, 20 October

Full Adult Price from $5,229 pp

Australian concessions and accommodation specials may be available.

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