11 Day WA Wildflowers & The Indian Pacific

Available September to Mid November

Summary Itinerary

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Reverse Itinerary Available
  • Arrive Perth
  • Full Day Pinnacles Desert, New Norcia and WA Wildflowers
  • 1/2 Day City Sights and Fremantle + Swan River Cruise
  • Perth’s Best Wildflower Tour
  • Rottnest Island
  • Wave Rock, York, WA Wildflowers & Aboriginal Culture
  • Free Day
  • Depart Perth on the Indian Pacific – Kalgoorlie
  • Off Train Experience in Cook
  • Off Train Experiences Adelaide and Broken Hill
  • Arrive Sydney late morning
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Full Itinerary

Sunday

Arrive Perth

Check into your preferred accommodation for the next 7 Nights in anticipation of the wonderful WA Wildflowers you are going to see.

Monday

Full Day Pinnacles Desert, New Norcia and 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 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. Return to Perth at approximately 7.30pm.

Tuesday

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.

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

Rottnest Island

(L)

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 must see 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. Board the afternoon ferry for the transfer back to Perth arriving at approximately 5.15pm, at which time you will be transferred to your hotel.

Friday

Wave Rock, York, WA Wildflowers & Aboriginal Culture

(L)

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 WA Wildflowers 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). WA Wildflowers viewing stops are made in season. Arrive in Perth at approximately 8.30pm

Saturday

Free Day

Today is totally free to explore Perth City on your own.

Sunday

Depart Perth on the Indian Pacific – Kalgoorlie

(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. 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 East 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

Off Train Experience in Cook

(B)

Upon waking on the Indian Pacific, 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 Indian Pacific 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 Indian Pacific, 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 Indian Pacific.

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.
  • To receive a firm quote within 48 hours please click here.

Full Adult fares From  $4,573

Australian concessions and accommodation specials may be available.

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