Perth Wildflowers, Margaret River & Tree Tops – Summary Itinerary
- Reverse Itinerary available
- Depart Sydney
- Broken Hill Adelaide
- The Nullarbor
- 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
- Wildflower Tour
- Free Day & City Lights Dinner Cruise
- Depart Perth
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Depart Sydney on the Indian Pacific
Depart Sydney in the afternoon on the Indian Pacific for your Perth Wildflowers, Margaret River & Tree Tops adventure 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
Broken Hill – Adelaide
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.
The Nullarbor Plain
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.
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 2 Nights. In anticipation of whats to come on Perth Wildflowers, Margaret River & Tree Tops adventure.
Full Day City Sights and Fremantle + Swan River Cruise
This tour allows for full immersion into the twin Cities of Perth and Fremantle, and also enjoying Perth’s natural asset of the Swan River. Starting in Perth, the tour takes in all major attractions of the revitalised Perth CBD, including the Western Australian Cricket Ground (WACA). Then on to Kings Park Botanical Gardens, where you have the
opportunity to view wildflowers or take in the stunning views from the war memorial looking back over the city skyline.
Continue through the affluent Western Suburbs of Perth known as Millionaire’s Row before reaching Cottesloe Beach where the Indian Ocean sparkles. Travel on into historic Fremantle and leave your coach tour here to enjoy the atmosphere and stop for lunch (own expense) at the many café and eateries, with its famous Fish and Chips restaurants at the Fishing Boat Harbour.
Take the Fremantle Tram for a scenic tour of Fremantle and enjoy the beauty of this famous marine port, undergoing rejuvenation and development whilst maintaining old charm. Finish this relaxing day by catching the late afternoon cruise back to Perth along the pristine Swan River, sampling local winesif desired before arriving back into Perth along with million dollar views of Kings Park, Yacht Clubs and the new Elizabeth Quay.
Pinnacles Desert, New Norcia and Wildflowers
Travelling through the Swan Valley we arrive at New Norcia, home to Australia’s only monastic town which is renowned for its 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 an included Fish and Chips lunch at the New Norcia Hotel. Following lunch we head off to the Western Wildflower Farm for a brief talk about how wildflowers are dried and exported. Continue on for an easy paced walk through the mystical Pinnacles Desert and see the Pinnacles from the look out over the park and if time permits make a visit to the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre.
Return to Perth down the Indian Ocean Drive stopping to view Wildflowers en route (seasonal), arriving at approximately 7.30pm.
Perth to Tree Tops and Pemberton region
Travel South through Donnybrook’s famous apple and stone fruit orchards and the rolling farmlands of the Blackwood 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.
Pemberton region to Margaret River Wine Region
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 51 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. Following this will be a late afternoon check in at your accommodation of choice, allowing free time to experience and explore the local surroundings.
Margaret River to Perth
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. Then sample some of the delicious locally produced wines at a marqueeWinery. Following lunch, 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.
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 all around the Perth region where we expect to find the finest wildflowers for you to see and smell, monitoring the progress of wildflowers once in season ensures we minimise travel time. Kings Park is renowned for its guarantee of wildflowers but also areas such as Wireless Park, Gingin and Toodyay are also prolific at various times.
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.
Free Day & City Lights Dinner Cruise
Today is free for you to explore the CBD before and evening not to forget. 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.
Depart Perth by your preferred choice of transport at your leisure. After a wonderful Indian Pacific, Perth Wildflowers, Margaret River & Tree Tops Adventure.
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