Perth Wildflowers & Margaret River Getaway

Summary Itinerary 

  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Reverse Itinerary available
  • Arrive Perth
  • Full Day City Sights and Fremantle + Swan River Cruise
  • Perth to Margaret River
  • Food & Wine Lovers Tour
  • Wildflower Day Tour
  • New Norcia Benedictine History, Swan Valley and Wildflowers
  • Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers & Aboriginal Culture
  • Free Day
  • Depart Perth on the Indian Pacific – Off Train Experience Kalgoorlie
  • Experience in Cook
  • Adelaide and Broken Hill Off Train Experiences
  • Off Train Experience Blue Mountains -Arrive Sydney
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Full Itinerary

Saturday

Arrive Perth

Check into your preferred accommodation for the next 2 Nights. In anticipation of what is to come in your Perth Wildflower & Margaret River Food & Wine Lovers experience.

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

Margaret River Getaway

(LD)

This morning we start our journey south to the iconic Busselton Jetty, the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere.  After enjoying morning tea (at own expense) we continue further south to the Margaret River Region. This is where we will visit the famous local brewery, here you will indulge in a gourmet platter lunch of local produce and enjoy award winning beer and cider tastings.

Following lunch, we continue on to an internationally renowned winery where you will enjoy premium wine tastings with the opportunity to purchase.  Continue south to our next stop Mammoth Cave and enjoy a guided tour of this amazing gothic like structure followed by a scenic drive through the picturesque Boranup Forest where you will be awestruck by the size of the massive Karri Trees. Journey further south to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, located at the most Southern Westerly point of Australia, the dividing point between the Southern and Indian Oceans. Before returning to the Margaret River to overnight.

Tuesday

Margaret River Food & Wine Lovers Tour

(BL)

The Margaret River Food Lovers Tour celebrates the region’s best food and wine artisans. Savour wine tastings in a tranquil and intimate fashion at a range of remarkable boutique and 5-star wineries. Features of this Margaret River Food Lovers tour include: Tasting at boutique wineries such as McHenry Hohnen, Margaret River Provedore and Windows Estate. Sample dozens of local gourmet foods and Be spoilt with an indulgent wine and cheese pairing. Enjoy a delicious winery lunch and experience Australia’s best chocolate made fresh by a true craftsman. Finish the tour with chocolate and coffee tasting and natural skin care at Vasse Virgin. After indulging at all these beautiful stops it’s time to collect your luggage from the hotel as you will now be re-joining your Coach Captain for the drive back to Perth for the next 5 nights, stopping for a light dinner along the way. (Dinner at own expense).

Wednesday

Wildflower Day 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 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.  Wildflower viewing stops are made in season.

Friday

Wave Rock, York, 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). Wildflower viewing stops are made en route (seasonal) with an arrival back in to Perth at approximately 8.30pm.

Saturday

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 on the Indian Pacific

(L,D)

What better way to finish this amazing West Australia & Margaret River holiday than by travelling to Sydney in Gold Class comfort on the Indian Pacific (upgrades to luxurious Platinum class available). This iconic Australian passenger train is named after the two great oceans it links.

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. The comfort of your cabin awaits as does your first onboard dining experience in the elegantly-appointed restaurant car. 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.

Stepping off the platform at Perth Railway Station. Your Great Southern Rail attendant will guide you to the comfortable private cabin you’ll be calling home for the next four days. Slide your luggage into its compartment, take a seat on your lounge and clear your mind in readiness for a myriad of new experiences.

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 – an open-cut gold mine that has yielded riches 24 hours a day since 1989.

Monday

Experience in Cook

(B,L,D)

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

Adelaide and Broken Hill Off Train Experiences 

(B,L,D)

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. 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

Blue Mountains Off Train Experience & Arrive Sydney

(B)

Wake up and enjoy breakfast as you wind your way into the heart of the magnificent Blue Mountains.  Arriving at Mount Victoria station, you have the option to disembark and explore the world-heritage listed national park.

Your first stop is Scenic World, offering a range of experiences for nature lovers, bushwalkers and thrill-seekers. Strap yourself in for an adrenalin-fuelling ride on the steepest-incline railway in the world before catching your breath and journeying back to the top of the mountain in a cable car. Take in the panoramic views of the Three Sisters from within the Skyway and further immerse yourself in the scenic Jamison Valley.

After all this excitement and mountain air, you’ll no doubt have worked up an appetite. Drive on to The Lookout Restaurant where you’ll enjoy lunch with award-winning beers and wines, not to mention more picturesque views.  From Katoomba, board a privately chartered train and be whisked away to Sydney Central Station where your journey comes to an end. Sydney provides an entertaining and fitting end to your spectacular transcontinental rail adventure.

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September & October 2019

From $5,139 pp

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