- Reverse Itinerary available
- Arrive Perth
- Full Day City Sights and Fremantle + Swan River Cruise
- Perth to Albany
- Albany to Perth
- Perth’s Best Wildflower Tour
- Full Day Pinnacles Desert, New Norcia and WA Wildflowers
- Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers & Aboriginal Culture
- Free Day
- 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 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..
Perth to Albany
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.
Albany to Perth
After breakfast departing Albany we head to the famous Whaleworld 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 from Albany at approx. 10.30pm for the next 5 nights.
Perth’s Best Wildflower Tour
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.
Full Day Pinnacles Desert, New Norcia and WA Wildflowers
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 WA 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. WA Wildflower viewing stops are made in season.
Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers & Aboriginal Culture
Heading east we enjoy morning tea (own expense) at historic York, the first township founded in the Avon Valley. Visit the Dog Cemetery before arriving in Hyden. We then visit Hippo’s Yawn, a rock formation which resembles a hippo yawning. Break for a buffet lunch at the Wildflower Shop. See the spectacle of Wave Rock and the ancient Gnamma Holes. Whilst here visit either a wildlife Park or view the unique Antique Lace Collection. Leaving Wave Rock we visit The Humps and Mulka’s Cave. We return to Perth via a different route and stop at the quaint country town of Babakin for afternoon tea prepared by the Country Women’s Association (own expense). Wildflower viewing stops are made in season. Arrive in Perth at approximately 8.30pm
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
Depart Perth on the Indian Pacific
What better way to finish this amazing West Australia 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.
Off Train Experience in Cook
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.
Off Train Experiences Adelaide and Broken Hill
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.
Blue Mountains Off Train Experience & Arrive Sydney
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.
- 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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2020 Tour Dates
5,12, 19, & 26 September
3,10, 17 & 24 October
Price from $4,980 pp
Price may be cheaper subject to available Accommodation specials.
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