After making your own way to Perth, settle in to your accommodation.
OVERNIGHT: Mercure Perth
PERTH TO MARGARET RIVER
Your journey starts with a picturesque drive south to the fabulous Margaret River region enjoying several stops along the way.
In Mandurah, a coffee break by the foreshore is followed by a visit to the Featured Wood Gallery and Museum in Bunbury. At Busselton, walk off your delicious lunch with a stroll along the longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere.
OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Margarets Beach Resort (B,L)
Today is a sensory overload of wonderful food, wine, culture and scenery as we indulge in regional specialties, including wine, as well as craft beer, coffee, cheeses, olive oil and chocolate with various esteemed local producers. (B,L)
MARGARET RIVER TO PERTH
Today, we head to Redgate Beach to hear stories of the shipwrecks that lie offshore, then head underground to explore the spectacular Mammoth Cave. Next stop, majestic Boranup Forest dominated by 60-metre tall karri trees, and a tour of the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia, Cape Leeuwin, before stopping for lunch in Augusta.
After free time to browse the shops and galleries in the Margaret River township, it’s time to head back to your Perth accommodation.
OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Mercure Perth (B,L)
Today is yours to explore cosmopolitan Perth at your leisure. Take a walk to the new Elizabeth Quay, cruise the Swan River, stroll Kings Park, see the quokkas of Rottnest Island with Rottnest Express, or simply relax in the comfort of your accommodation. (B)
BOARD THE INDIAN PACIFIC IN PERTH
This morning you will join the Indian Pacific, departing Perth, before heading east through the delightful Avon Valley. Take time out to enjoy this iconic train and relax in the Outback Explorer Lounge in anticipation of your late-night arrival into the gold mining township of Kalgoorlie.
OVERNIGHT: 3 nights Indian Pacific (L,D)
INDIAN PACIFIC, NULLARBOR PLAIN
Wake to a spectacular Nullarbor sunrise. Relax throughout the morning taking in the outback vistas before a regionally inspired menu of modern Australian cuisine and fine wines awaits you for lunch.
Today we visit the extraordinary and slightly eerie ghost town of Cook, home to a thriving population of four. (B, L, D)
INDIAN PACIFIC, ADELAIDE
As the landscape changes again and rich ochre sands make way for forests and farmlands, you will arrive into Adelaide. After a rewarding Off Train Excursion in the South Australian capital, return to the Indian Pacific to continue your journey toward Sydney. Travel on towards Broken Hill. (B, L, D)
INDIAN PACIFIC, BLUE MOUNTAINS AND SYDNEY
Wake this morning to take in the full spectacle of the Blue Mountains on Sydney’s doorstep.
After your arrival into Katoomba, select from numerous mountain experiences before completing your epic transcontinental crossing at Sydney’s Central Station. (B,L)