Indian Pacific Off Train Touring

Your journey on the Indian Pacific will include a number of off train excursions and experiences, these are included in your fare.

Please use the following information as a guide only as specific details of some of these excursions may vary.

SYDNEY TO PERTH

Travelling Sydney to Perth on the Indian Pacific your journey stops in Broken Hill, Adelaide and Rawlinna (Nullarbor).
Choose your Off Train Excursions from the following options. These can only be booked onboard.

Broken Hill

The Living Desert

Broken Hill has long been known as a centre of excellence for the art of painting, and The Living Desert Sculpture Site is a wonderful inclusion in the town’s creative history. The Living Desert Reserve is nestled amongst the Barrier Ranges and is located 9km from the City of Broken Hill.

The Sculpture site is located on a majestic hill top within the centre of the reserve. Completed in 1993 by artists from around the world, the area comprises of 12 sandstone earth works which highlight the skyline, all with as tory to tell.

The Living Desert Sculpture site is a self-guided walk offering breath-taking views of the NSW outback and is the perfect location to capture some stunning photos.

This excursion operates October to March.

Recommended Fitness Level: MODERATE – includes a short approx. 1km walk on sealed pathway and some rocky ground.

Pro Hart Gallery

Paris, New York, London and Broken Hill. You might not think it, but this town’s art scene could rival those of the biggest art capitals in the world.

An artist that represents the cheeky and colourful charm of Broken Hill, the late Kevin ‘Pro’ Hart’s gallery is not to be missed when in town. Visit Pro Hart’s gallery where on display is a wide selection of his signature paintings.

Browse all three floors of this inspiring gallery to learn how Pro created his masterpieces by drawing inspiration from experimenting with new forms of expression, sculpting with metal and stone, and tinkering away in his back shed to create all kinds of contraptions.Take a brief coach tour around the streets of Broken Hill before returning to the Indian Pacific for your journey onwards.

Recommended Fitness Level: Low – coach tour with short walks required. No wheelchair access.

Miners Memorial and Trade Hall

The Miner’s Memorial is a unique and striking structure that sits at a height of 54 metres overlooking Broken Hill. This attraction is located on the highest point of the Line of Lode remnant mullock dumps that traverse the city.

The short axis of this building faces east-west addressing the rising and setting of the sun in memoriam to over 800 miners who lost their lives working in the Broken Hill Mines. This structure is an important monument to the city for both tourism and education about Broken Hill’s rich mining history.

Walking past the walls lined with the names of miners, you will reach the ledge of this structure, which will give you full views of the rising sun, Broken Hill and the Outback beyond.

Visit Broken Earth with skyline views across town and the Indian Pacific below. Visit Trade Hall, a heritage-listed building home to the city’s first labour movement. Under the ‘United we stand’ banner, the Union successfully championed the 35-hour working week and defeated conscription in Australia. You will enjoy a live performance by local actors showcasing the early mining story and life in Broken Hill.

Recommended Fitness Level: LOW – coach tour with short walks required. No wheelchair access.

Adelaide

Barossa Valley (Gold)

Located 60 kilometres northeast of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is a major wine producing region and tourist destination. Its cool summers and rainy winters are perfectly suited for red wine production, particularly Shiraz and richly flavoured Cabernet.April 2018 to September 2018You will leave the train in Two Wells to embark on your journey of the senses. Travel past flat farm lands before arriving at the picturesque rolling hills of the Barossa Ranges which overlook a colourful patchwork of vineyards, dotted with historic churches, stone buildings and cottages beckoning you to explore. The hospitality of the local community is memorable from the warm welcome of a cellar door, to the friendly hello and the many stories to be told by the locals, the Barossa Valley will welcome you. Gold Guests visit Seppeltsfield Wines where you will delight in a wine and food tasting experience in their charming Vintage Cellar. After your private tasting, enjoy a short stroll along the Elm Walk across the bridge into the Main Cellar. Here you can enjoy further wine tastings or take time to see the Jam Factory, a contemporary craft and design studio that incorporates both beautiful displays and visual galleries.Venture on to Yalumba Winery where you will enjoy pre dinner drinks with a Yalumba Wine Ambassador who will take you through the cooperage process.
Enjoy a sumptuous dinner served in the enchanting Signature Cellar, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy a glass or two with new friends you have made. Travel back to Adelaide by coach to re-join the Indian Pacific to continue your journey to Perth.
Recommended Fitness Level: MODERATE – a coach tour with short walks at Seppeltsfield and Yalumba. Optional upgrade includes set of stairs.

Optional upgrade : Upgrade your tasting experience at Seppeltsfield to Taste Your Birth Year in the Centenary Cellar. This additional tour offers the rare opportunity to try your own birth year vintage Tawny directly from the barrel.
Cost – $75 per person, please advise onboard.

Barossa Valley (Platinum)

Located 60 kilometres northeast of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is a major wine producing region and tourist destination. Its cool summers and rainy winters are perfectly suited for red wine production, particularly Shiraz and richly flavoured Cabernet.April 2018 to September 2018You will leave the train in Two Wells to embark on your journey of the senses. Travel past flat farm lands before arriving at the picturesque rolling hills of the Barossa Ranges which overlook a colourful patchwork of vineyards, dotted with historic churches, stone buildings and cottages beckoning you to explore. The hospitality of the local community is memorable from the warm welcome of a cellar door, to the friendly hello and the many stories to be told by the locals the Barossa Valley will welcome you. Visit Seppeltsfield Wines where you will delight in a wine and food tasting experience in their charming Vintage Cellar. As a Platinum guest you will enjoy an included upgrade to their Taste Your Birth Year experience, where you’ll be given the rare opportunity to join a wine educator in the renowned Centennial Cellar and try tawny directly from the barrel of your birth year.Next, venture on to Yalumba Winery where you will enjoy pre-dinner drinks with a Yalumba Wine Ambassador who will take you through the cooperage process.
Enjoy a sumptuous dinner served in the enchanting Signature Cellar, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy a glass or two with new friends you have made. Travel back to Adelaide by coach to re-join the Indian Pacific to continue your journey to Perth

Recommended Fitness Level: MODERATE – coach tour with short walks and stairs required at Seppeltsfield and short walks required at Yalumba.

McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale, south of Adelaide..
This renowned grape-growing region will offer guests cheese and wine tastings at Coriole, topped off with a three-course meal at the Star of Greece, one of the region’s most renowned restaurants boasting stunning sea views.

Hahndorf

The stunning Adelaide Hills region is known for its exceptional cool climate wines, thanks to warm days and cool nights during spring and summer, and the region’s mouth-watering, high-quality produce which provides visitors with a memorable gastronomic experience.Hahndorf is classified as Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement and has a unique ‘village feel’ about it. The Main Street is lined with eateries, souvenir and gift shops, clothing and leather goods, craft outlets and galleries. Leaving Adelaide by coach you will reach your destination in 40 minutes, while enjoying driver commentary along the way.
Your first stop will be at Beerenberg Family Farm. Proudly owned by the Paech family for over 100 years, the farm is now run by the sixth generation. You may have enjoyed some of Beerenberg’s delicious jams during your journey onboard from Sydney already. Here you will be given the opportunity to sample some of their other produce and hear about the family’s history.
Following Beerenberg, you are given the opportunity to select from two tours. An Introduction to Cheese at Udder Delights or a decadent chocolate experience at Chocolate @ No.5 (book your preference with your hospitality attendant onboard). At Udder Delights you will learn about the cheese making process with your dedicated host and enjoy tasting different styles of cheese accompanied with local Apple or Pear Adelaide Hills Cider. While at Chocolate @ No.5 you will be immersed in a chocolate experience and learn about the world of artisan chocolate making. With two wonderful experiences on offer, your hardest decision for the day will be selecting to go for the savory or sweet option. After enjoying your chosen gastronomical delight, stroll down the road to The Haus – a German restaurant showcasing the best in local produce. Here you will be entertained as you enjoy a German inspired Bavarian dinner before returning to the Indian Pacific for your journey onwards through the night.

Recommended Fitness Level: MODERATE – coach tour with short walks required.

South Australian Museum

You will delight in this exclusive crafted tour of the South Australian Museum as you explore distinctly unique exhibits in one of the most visited museums in Australia. You will be immersed in the story of South Australia’s vibrant fossil heritage and learn more about early paleontology across the Nullarbor plain. You will be delighted as you view the extensive and stunning collection of opals, meteorites and minerals on display and understand their significance in the evolution of Australia’s desert landscapes and the history around South Australia’s Opal wealth and cultural significance. Enjoy the showcase of unique opalised fossils of ancient sea monsters that swam in the Eromanga Sea over 100 million years ago.
Your tour will also take in the most significant collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural material in the world.In the evening, guests will enjoy canapes and drinks prior to a sumptuous dinner. Hosted by one of Adelaide’s renowned scientists, this is a wonderful finale to a uniquely immersive afternoon.

Recommended Fitness Level: MODERATE – short walks required through the exhibits.

Nullarbor

Rawlinna and Cook

On the fringes of Australia’s biggest sheep stations, this little outpost on the Nullarbor Plain is pure jackaroo country. By car, Rawlinna is a five hour trip from the nearest big town, Kalgoorlie. The Rawlinna Station is home to up to 80,000 sheep spread across 2.5 million acres. To put that into perspective, one paddock alone takes 8 hours to muster by plane.

During the Winter months Platinum and Gold Service guests will be invited to disembark to partake in drinks, canapes served around a bonfire under the wide Nullarbor skies.

When: Cooler months on Sydney-Perth services.

Sydney to Perth Off Train Excursions


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From Stawell Station, enjoy a coach ride through picturesque countryside to your dining destination, where you’ll be wined and dined by the best local producers. The Grampians wine region zeroes-in on late-ripening reds, notably spicy shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. Sparkling reds also feature, notably from the Great Western sub-region, a geological area riddled with seams of gold. Feel like exploring further? Take a guided walk into the heart of Gariwerd, following Stony Creek upstream to the spectacular Venus Baths, where the creek flows over a sandstone shelf into a series of deep rockpools. You can also choose to take a shuttle bus up to Boroka Lookout, from where you can survey the Grampians’ magical peaks, hazy valleys and forested slopes. After a lavish dinner, your coach will spirit you back to Ararat Station, where you’ll reboard the Great Southern for your journey into the night.–
Guest Requirements: Hat, sunscreen and enclosed shoes
Fitness levels: Low – dining experience Moderate – optional walks
Duration (Approximately 5 hours)


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AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
Enjoy a coach ride through the countryside on the way to the Nation’s capital where you will enjoy a visit to Parliament House and lunch before a guided tour of the Australian War Memorial before traveling back to the train for dinner.
Guest Requirements: Photo ID, comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water. Parliament House Security and Australian War Memorial Security Terms and Conditions apply.
Fitness Level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Guided walking tour that can accommodate most fitness abilities.Approximate Excursion
Duration (including travel time): 8 hours

NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA
Enjoy a coach ride through the countryside on the way to the Nation’s capital where you will enjoy a visit to Parliament House and lunch before a guided tour of the National Gallery of Australia before traveling back to the train for dinner.
Guest Requirements: Photo ID, comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water. Parliament House Security Terms and Conditions apply.
Fitness Level: LowMobility and Fitness: Guided walking tour that can accommodate most fitness abilities.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 8 hours

NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA & MATESSE PICASSO EXHIBITION
As above plus a visit to the Matisse Picasso Exhibition.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA
Enjoy a coach ride through the countryside on the way to the Nation’s capital where you will enjoy a visit to Parliament House and lunch before a guided tour of the National Museum of Australia before traveling back to the train for dinner.
Guest Requirements: Photo ID, comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water. Parliament House Security Terms and Conditions apply.
Fitness Level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Guided walking tour that can accommodate most fitness abilities.Approximate Excursion
Duration (including travel time): 8 hours

PARLIAMENT HOUSE EXPERIENCE
Enjoy a coach ride through the countryside on the way to the Nation’s capital where you will enjoy a visit to Parliament House and lunch before staying on for an extended guided tour of Parliament House before traveling back to the train for dinner.
Guest Requirements: Photo ID, comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water. Parliament House Security Terms and Conditions apply.
Fitness Level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Guided walking tour that can accommodate most fitness abilities.
Approximate Excursion Duration(including travel time): 8 hours

MURRUMBATEMAN FOOD AND WINE TRAIL
Enjoy a relaxing day of wine tasting and lunch in the Murrumbateman wine region before returning to the train for dinner.
Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 8 hours


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COFFS EXPLORER
Travel up to Sealy Lookout offering views for miles from the Forest Sky Pier before travelling back to Coffs Harbour for free time to explore the Harbourside Markets, historic jetty or relax by the beach.
Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 4 hours

BOARDWALK TO BEACH
Stopping at the small station of Urunga, enjoy a guided stroll along the Urunga Boardwalk with views of the coastline before travelling to Coffs Harbour for free time to explore the Harbourside Markets, historic jetty or relax by the beach.
Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Moderate Mobility and Fitness: Approximate 2km walk on a narrow boardwalk with stops along the way to spot wildlife. Optional shuttle bus to Sealey Lookout available from Coffs Harbour.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 4.5 hours

BEACHSIDE MORNING
Make the most of Coffs Harbour’s beautiful beaches with an entire morning of free time spent seaside. Wander along the coast, have a dip in the ocean, explore the Harbourside Markets and historic jetty or simply sit back and relax.
Guest Requirements: Guests to bring swimwear if they intend to swim. Towels will be provided. Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 4 hours

or further details see PDF below
(please use the following information as a guide only as some details of these excursions may vary)

GREAT SOUTHERN EXCURSIONS - COMING SOON

For those onboard the Indian Pacific travelling from Sydney to Perth they will be able to choose from the existing Off Train Excursions. 

  • For all guests joining the Indian Pacific in Adelaide, there is now a complimentary pre-boarding dinner at the Adelaide Parklands Terminal. 

PERTH TO SYDNEY

Travelling Perth to Sydney on the Indian Pacific your journey stops in Kalgoorlie, Adelaide, Broken Hill and the Blue Mountains.  
Choose your Off Train Excursions from the following options. These can only be booked onboard.

Kalgoorlie

Paddy Hannans Ounce of Luck

The gold rush, set off by Paddy Hannan’s discovery in 1893 was one of the biggest in Australian history. Visit Hannan’s North Tourist Mine where you will enjoy a short play (performed by local artists from theatre company Stage Left, highlighting the tales of The Golden Mile and the beginning of the thriving days of gold glory.

After your live performance you can choose to climb up on to a dump truck for a great photo opportunity before heading to the oversized ‘Super Pit’. Over one hundred years on and the world’s largest single open cut mining operation continues to recover the precious metal and the city has prospered as a result. It’s not until you visit the ‘Super Pit’, a gold mine that is approximately 3.6 kilometres long, 1.6 kilometres wide and 512 metres deep, that you understand just how big this business is.

Return to the Indian Pacific for your journey onwards through the night.

Recommended Fitness Level: LOW – coach tour with short walks and seated experience.

Nullarbor

Rawlinna and Cook

On the fringes of Australia’s biggest sheep stations, this little outpost on the Nullarbor Plain is pure jackaroo country. By car, Rawlinna is a five hour trip from the nearest big town, Kalgoorlie. The Rawlinna Station is home to up to 80,000 sheep spread across 2.5 million acres. To put that into perspective, one paddock alone takes 8 hours to muster by plane.

During the Winter months Platinum and Gold Service guests will be invited to disembark to partake in drinks, canapes served around a bonfire under the wide Nullarbor skies.

When: Cooler months on Sydney-Perth services.

Adelaide

City Sights

You’ll see why Adelaide is one of the world’s best-planned cities as you take in the sights and sounds of South Australia’s capital and its surrounding areas by coach.The start of your excursion will be taken on a guided coach tour to some of Adelaide’s best known tourist attractions including Adelaide Oval, St. Peter’s Cathedral – a beautiful historical building which is the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide – and the North Terrace cultural precinct, home to two universities, the Art Gallery and State Library. Following your immersive tour experiences, you can enjoy a light continental style breakfast and continue to soak up the atmosphere of Adelaide Oval. Return to the Indian Pacific to continue your journey to Sydney.

Recommended Fitness Level: LOW – coach tour with short walks required at Adelaide Oval.

Central Market Progressive Breakfast

Walk along the colourful, stall-lined passageways of the Adelaide Central Market and taste the best of local, South Australian fresh produce. Meet the stall owners and take in the 140 years of marketplace history, making this the true food and culture centre of Adelaide.
With more than 80 specialist stalls, the market is overflowing with so much fresh local produce it will be hard not to leave without a few delicious treats.Your friendly guide will help you get acquainted with the sights, smells, sounds and colourful characters of bustling market life as you weave your way through the corridors lined with specialty stalls. You’ll be sure to work up an appetite while exploring the markets so some tasty samples will be included along the way.Enjoy freshly brewed coffee and a light market breakfast before returning to the Indian Pacific.

Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate – a walking tour through the Market aisles and stalls.

Adelaide City and River Precinct  Walking Tour

Start your morning by exploring Adelaide by foot.Your walking guide will introduce you to some of the sights of the city while sharing stories about the old and new of the North Terrace precinct, including how Adelaide got its name along with some quirky facts that few people know.Adelaide is the site of many government and financial institutions, most of which are concentrated in the city centre along the cultural boulevards of North Terrace.Your guide will point out highlights including Parliament and Government houses, Sir Donald Bradman statue, War Memorial, South Australian Museum, Old Police Barracks and Armoury, Migration Museum, Adelaide Oval and St Peter’s Cathedral. You’ll be sure to work up an appetite so we’ve included a delicious light breakfast overlooking the picturesque views of the River Torrens, before you return to the Indian Pacific to continue your journey.

Recommended Fitness Level: HIGH – walking tour of approx. 3 kilometres – some stairs.

Adelaide Oval

Go behind closed doors and discover hidden secrets and relive celebrated moments at the Adelaide Oval.

Go behind closed doors and discover hidden secrets and relive celebrated moments at the Adelaide Oval. Witness the unique integration of the Oval’s iconic heritage blended seamlessly with world-class facilities.

Access restricted areas and experience the roar of the crowd as you take to the ground through the interactive players’ race. This immersive experience will allow you to feel first-hand, the spine tingling experience of game day.

Your expert guide will take you through the Sheffield Shield Museum followed by an exclusive tour of Sir Donald Bradman’s private collection, a must-see compilation of personal mementos and cricket memorabilia from the greatest batsman in cricket history.

You will then step into living history as you explore inside the iconic scoreboard. Following your immersive tour experiences, you can enjoy a light continental style breakfast and continue to soak up the atmosphere of Adelaide Oval.

Recommended Fitness Level: MODERATE – short walks required.


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As the sun dips beneath the horizon, enjoy a unique beachside dinner where you’ll feast on local produce and fresh seafood matched with fine wines, while the waves lap at the shore nearby. After a few leisurely hours, you’ll reboard the train and set off for the night.Guest Requirements: As this is an outdoor experience guests are strongly encouraged to dress according to the weather and to wear comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Guests will be dining on a beach with sand and pebbles underfoot. Guests will walk along an uneven boardwalk to enter the beach.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 4 Hours


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NEWCASTLE EXPLORER
Take in spectacular coastal views and discover Newcastle’s unique blend of old and new with a guided walking tour, lunch and a historical Fort Scratchley site visit. Finish the day with a visit to Strzelecki Lookout and stroll along the Newcastle Memorial Walk.Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Moderate to High Mobility and Fitness: The excursion includes a lot of walking though the pace can be altered to accommodate most abilities; guests should consider their fitness levels in relation to the the length of time they will be on their feet.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including traveL time): 10 Hours

PORT STEPHENS BY LAND AND SEA
 Travel to Nelson Bay for a relaxing cruise spotting dolphins and taking in the beauty of the Bay before lunch at the Marina. Next stop is the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes where you’ll explore the beach by 4WD van, stopping to hunt for pippies and driving to the top of a sand dune before returning to the train for dinner.Guest Requirements: Comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low Mobility and Fitness: The cruise vessel has steep steps to board and steep steps to use the bathrooms on board. The 4WD tour can be bumpy and may not be suitable for people with some injuries or mobility restrictions. If guests are unable to take part in the 4WD tour they can take a seat at nearby Crest Café or enjoy a wander along the beach.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 10 Hours

HUNTER VALLEY WINE REGION 
Meander through the picturesque and historic vineyards of the Hunter Valley where you can sample wines from both world-renowned brands and boutique cellar doors. Your day will include cellar door experiences, winery tours and a sumptuous lunch.Guest Requirements: Comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: LowMobility and Fitness: Up to four locations will be visited. Guests will climb on and off coaches for each and walk short distances to enter the venues.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 10 Hours


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WONDERS OF THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD
After brunch on board, set off on a road trip by coach through regional Victoria to the Great Ocean Road to see unforgettable highlights such as the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge or London Bridge, majestic collections of crumbling pillars rising from the Southern Ocean. On the return journey to Inverleigh Station, enjoy dinner and drinks at a heritage homestead in regional Victoria.Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.Fitness Level: Moderate Lengthy coach travel, approximately 2 hours each way. Walking required at most locations including stairs and boardwalks.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 8.5 Hours

Optional Upgrade: 12 Apostles Scenic Flight (subject to availability).Enjoy a 25 minute scenic helicopter flight over unforgettable highlights such as the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge, majestic collections of crumbling pillars rising from the Southern Ocean. The remainder of the excursion is as detailed in the standard excursion.
Cost: $235.00 per person

WINE AND WATERFRONT
After brunch on board, set off to enjoy wine tasting and stunning views at a regional Victorian vineyard before heading to the Geelong Waterfront. Set your own pace by wandering along the foreshore discovering public art and history such as the Pier, Eastern Beach and Baywalk Bollards or just sit and soak up the sights and sounds of the foreshore. Finish the day with dinner and wine tasting before returning to the train that night.
Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Free time to walk in Geelong.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 8.5 Hour

EUREKA SKYDECK AND WALKING TOUR
Take in the breathtaking views of Melbourne from Eureka Skydeck, the highest public observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere, and lunch at Eureka 89. Then get to know Melbourne city with a two-hour guided laneway walking tour. As the day ends, the coach will transport you to a sumptuous dinner and wine tasting before returning to the train that night.
Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Moderate Mobility and Fitness: Very fast elevator ride. Two hour walking tour at a moderate pace.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 10.5 Hours

EUREKA SKYDECK AND NGV AUSTRALIA
Take in the breathtaking views of Melbourne from Eureka Skydeck, the highest public observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere, and lunch at Eureka 89. Then enjoy a guided tour of the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia as well as your own free time to wander through the collections. As the day ends, the coach will transport you to a sumptuous dinner and wine tasting before returning to the train that night.
Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Very fast elevator ride. One hour gallery tour at an easy pace.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 10.5 hours

EUREKA SKYDECK AND FREE TIME
Take in the breathtaking views of Melbourne from Eureka Skydeck, the highest public observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere, and lunch at Eureka 89. Then enjoy Melbourne your way with approximately two hours of free time. As the day ends, the coach will transport you to a sumptuous dinner and wine tasting before returning to the train that night.Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low to ModerateMobility and Fitness: Very fast elevator ride. Guests choose their own activities in free time and are not escorted.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 10.5 Hours


For further details see PDF below
(please use the following information as a guide only as some details of these excursions may vary)

GREAT SOUTHERN EXCURSIONS - COMING SOON

Broken Hill

The Main Drag

This experience chisels away at Broken Hill’s tough mining exterior to reveal its fabulous side with an exclusive live Drag Queen performance, full of music, glitz and glamour.

In 1994, the Australian film industry thrust the Silver City on to the silver screen with the release of the movie ‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’.

‘Priscilla’ became a high-camp cult classic, securing Broken Hill’s movie credentials and creating a local attraction of the iconic Palace Hotel located on the town’s main drag.

The Palace Hotel is unique in its own right and well worth the visit . Why not join our local blokes this evening, who will transform into your inimitable Drag Queens, Shelita Buffet and Christina Knees-Up, for a little brassy and highly entertaining performance.

The Regional Art Gallery

It is the oldest regional art gallery in New South Wales and holds an important cultural position and role in the broader western New South Wales region.

The Emporium was associated with two well-known Broken Hill families, the Sullys (1885-1925) and the Sweetapples (1924-1985), and had its own livery stable and blacksmiths in the yard at the rear of the buildings. In 1998 the Broken Hill City Council purchased the building to provide a permanent home for Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and the city’s art collection.

It is the oldest regional art gallery in New South Wales and holds an important cultural position and role in the broader western New South Wales region.

The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery provides an annual program of locally curated exhibitions along with touring exhibitions from major cultural institutions. A selection of works from the collection is on permanent display in the upstairs gallery whilst the touring exhibitions fill the lower floor.

On display is an extensive collection of Australian colonial works including James Coutts Michie and James Ashton along with several important Victorian painters such as Arthur Hacker RA. The gallery also has a nationally recognised collection of early 20th century Australian paintings including works by Margaret Preston and Arthur Streeton through to contemporary works by Rick Amor, Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, Lloyd Rees, Barbara Hanrahan, Mandy Martin, Clifton Pugh, Lloyd Rees, Tim Storrier, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Emily Kane Kngwarreye, David Malangi and many other fine Australian artists including Pro Hart.

Enjoy strolling the gallery and immersing yourself in this historic building and cultural art works.

Recommended Fitness Level: Low – short walks required to view artworks.

The Big Picture

You will be delighted by Broken Hill’s much-loved attraction, the ‘Big Picture’, the world’s largest acrylic painting by a single artist housed in the Silver City Mint and Art Centre.

Ando, a Broken Hill local completed the 12m x 100m canvas over a two-year period which features a striking scene of lightning strikes, dust storms, mountains and a saltbush landscape. An incredible feat for an artist who is completely self-taught. You will be speechless as you enter the room housing the painting, which is described as an immersive experience of walking into a painting. You can take in this awe-inspiring panorama as you enjoy drinks and canapes served on the deck area, overlooking the painting and hear more of the history behind the ‘Big Picture.

Recommended Fitness Level: LOW – short walk required amongst the artwork.

Blue Mountains

Scenic World and Echo Point

Take in the beauty of this World Heritage listed landscape via the scenic walkways and cable car before continuing your journey into Sydney.

From April 2018, the Indian Pacific will take to the peaks as well as the plains, offering an optional Off Train Excursion in the picturesque Blue Mountains for all departures from Perth. Take in the beauty of this World Heritage listed landscape via the scenic walkways and cable car before continuing your journey into Sydney.

Guests will be able to relish in the expansive views and natural surrounds before completing their journey to cosmopolitan Sydney. Take a walk through the eucalypt forests or take the cable car for a birds’ eye view of this World Heritage listed landscape.

Perth to Sydney Off Train Excursions


D A Y  1    -   T H E   G R A M P I A N S

From Stawell Station, enjoy a coach ride through picturesque countryside to your dining destination, where you’ll be wined and dined by the best local producers. The Grampians wine region zeroes-in on late-ripening reds, notably spicy shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. Sparkling reds also feature, notably from the Great Western sub-region, a geological area riddled with seams of gold. Feel like exploring further? Take a guided walk into the heart of Gariwerd, following Stony Creek upstream to the spectacular Venus Baths, where the creek flows over a sandstone shelf into a series of deep rockpools. You can also choose to take a shuttle bus up to Boroka Lookout, from where you can survey the Grampians’ magical peaks, hazy valleys and forested slopes. After a lavish dinner, your coach will spirit you back to Ararat Station, where you’ll reboard the Great Southern for your journey into the night.–
Guest Requirements: Hat, sunscreen and enclosed shoes
Fitness levels: Low – dining experience Moderate – optional walks
Duration (Approximately 5 hours)


D A Y    2    -  C A N B E R R A    I C O N S

AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
Enjoy a coach ride through the countryside on the way to the Nation’s capital where you will enjoy a visit to Parliament House and lunch before a guided tour of the Australian War Memorial before traveling back to the train for dinner.
Guest Requirements: Photo ID, comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water. Parliament House Security and Australian War Memorial Security Terms and Conditions apply.
Fitness Level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Guided walking tour that can accommodate most fitness abilities.Approximate Excursion
Duration (including travel time): 8 hours

NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA
Enjoy a coach ride through the countryside on the way to the Nation’s capital where you will enjoy a visit to Parliament House and lunch before a guided tour of the National Gallery of Australia before traveling back to the train for dinner.
Guest Requirements: Photo ID, comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water. Parliament House Security Terms and Conditions apply.
Fitness Level: LowMobility and Fitness: Guided walking tour that can accommodate most fitness abilities.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 8 hours

NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA & MATESSE PICASSO EXHIBITION
As above plus a visit to the Matisse Picasso Exhibition.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA
Enjoy a coach ride through the countryside on the way to the Nation’s capital where you will enjoy a visit to Parliament House and lunch before a guided tour of the National Museum of Australia before traveling back to the train for dinner.
Guest Requirements: Photo ID, comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water. Parliament House Security Terms and Conditions apply.
Fitness Level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Guided walking tour that can accommodate most fitness abilities.Approximate Excursion
Duration (including travel time): 8 hours

PARLIAMENT HOUSE EXPERIENCE
Enjoy a coach ride through the countryside on the way to the Nation’s capital where you will enjoy a visit to Parliament House and lunch before staying on for an extended guided tour of Parliament House before traveling back to the train for dinner.
Guest Requirements: Photo ID, comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, water. Parliament House Security Terms and Conditions apply.
Fitness Level: Low Mobility and Fitness: Guided walking tour that can accommodate most fitness abilities.
Approximate Excursion Duration(including travel time): 8 hours

MURRUMBATEMAN FOOD AND WINE TRAIL
Enjoy a relaxing day of wine tasting and lunch in the Murrumbateman wine region before returning to the train for dinner.
Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 8 hours


D A Y  3    -   C O F F S   H A R B O U R

COFFS EXPLORER
Travel up to Sealy Lookout offering views for miles from the Forest Sky Pier before travelling back to Coffs Harbour for free time to explore the Harbourside Markets, historic jetty or relax by the beach.
Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 4 hours

BOARDWALK TO BEACH
Stopping at the small station of Urunga, enjoy a guided stroll along the Urunga Boardwalk with views of the coastline before travelling to Coffs Harbour for free time to explore the Harbourside Markets, historic jetty or relax by the beach.
Guest Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Moderate Mobility and Fitness: Approximate 2km walk on a narrow boardwalk with stops along the way to spot wildlife. Optional shuttle bus to Sealey Lookout available from Coffs Harbour.
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 4.5 hours

BEACHSIDE MORNING
Make the most of Coffs Harbour’s beautiful beaches with an entire morning of free time spent seaside. Wander along the coast, have a dip in the ocean, explore the Harbourside Markets and historic jetty or simply sit back and relax.
Guest Requirements: Guests to bring swimwear if they intend to swim. Towels will be provided. Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
Fitness Level: Low
Approximate Excursion Duration (including travel time): 4 hours

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