RAIL & SAIL - Northern Explorer - Indian Pacific

Departures per week

The Northern Explorer is a once off journey.

Day of departure

The Northern Explorer will depart Perth on March 21st, 2021.



The northern part of Australia can be challenging to visit with any degree of comfort but combine a cruise with an epic rail adventure and you have access to a huge variety of exploring options. On this incredible 25 day trip, you’ll even get an international shore excursion in Papua New Guinea.

RAIL & SAIL - Northern Explorer - Indian Pacific


  • 17 night Northern Explorer cruise aboard Sapphire Princess® from Sydney to Fremantle including all main meals+ – Cruise departs 28 March 2021.
  • 4 nights accommodation in Sydney including breakfast daily
  • 22 breakfasts, 19 lunches, 19 dinners
  • 1 day Magical Manly and Beyond with Sydney Opera House tour
  • 4 days/3 nights aboard the Indian Pacific, Perth to Sydney, including all meals, beverages and Off Train Experiences in Kalgoorlie, Rawlinna, Cook, Adelaide, Broken Hill and Blue Mountains.*
  • A valid passport is required to travel aboard Sapphire Princess®


Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

DAY 1 


This morning you board the Indian Pacific and before long you’ll be travelling through the delightful Avon Valley. Take time out to explore the iconic train and its many creature comforts. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the Outback Explorer Lounge with fellow travellers in anticipation of your late-night arrival into the gold mining township of Kalgoorlie where you’ll enjoy an Off Train Excursion.

OVERNIGHT: 3 nights Indian Pacific (L,D)

DAY 2 


Wake to a spectacular Nullarbor sunrise, then spend the day taking in the outback vistas before visiting the extraordinary and slightly eerie ghost town of Cook, home to a thriving population of four.

DAY 3 


As the landscape changes again and rich ochre sands make way for forests and farmlands, you will arrive into Adelaide in the morning where a range of Off Train Excursions are on offer. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Adelaide Oval or see the highlights of the city on foot or by coach. After a rewarding experience in the South Australian capital, return to the Indian Pacific to continue the journey towards Sydney. Your next stop is Broken Hill where you’ll have a choice of excursions that showcase the rich mining, artistic and cinematic legacy of this frontier outback town, before reboarding the train for dinner. (B,L,D)



When you wake this morning, take in the full spectacle of the Blue Mountains right on Sydney’s doorstep. After your arrival into Katoomba, select from a number of mountain experiences. See the majestic Three Sisters at Echo Point and the views at Jamison Valley before arriving into Sydney, marking the culmination of your epic transcontinental crossing. Make your way to your accommodation in Sydney. OVERNIGHT: 4 nights VIBE Hotel Sydney (B,L)



Bask in the best views of the amazing Harbour City this morning. Upmarket Milsons Point on the lower North Shore is a great starting point to take in the sweeping panoramas of the city, Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. North Head Lookout offers unparalleled views of the cityscape. Head to Manly Beach to feel the sand between your toes and enjoy its laid-back cafés. In the afternoon, discover the stories, history and magic of the Sydney Opera House on an incredible guided tour. Evening is own arrangements. (B)

DAY 6 & 7 


Enjoy Free Days to explore Sydney at your leisure. (B)

DAY 8 


This morning it’s time to check out of your Sydney hotel and board a cruise ship for the next stage of your spectacular adventure. Sapphire Princess® truly lights up the seas, serving up tantalising cuisine, dazzling live entertainment, and new experiences with the Discovery at SEA® programs. Relax in The Sanctuary, a tranquil haven reserved for adults, or put your feet up at Movies Under the Stars® — whatever you decide to do, your time on board will be unforgettable. OVERNIGHT: 17 nights Sapphire Princess® (B,D)

DAY 9 


Familiarise yourself with the layout of the ship today. A variety of everyday dining venues are available including Terrace Grill, Horizon Court, Amuleto Café, International Café and 24 hour room service. Choose from specialty restaurants Kai Seafood Bar^ and the Sterling Steakhouse^. (B,L,D) ^Charges apply

DAY 10 


Brisbane has come of age and continues to grow as a cosmopolitan metropolis with loads of appeal. Its elegant 19th century sandstone buildings sit alongside superb modern architecture and a cultural precinct lining the banks of the Brisbane River. The Queensland capital is also the perfect gateway to enjoy the fabulous Gold Coast. (B,L,D)

DAY 11 & 12 


Relax and enjoy the many facilities available to you aboard the Sapphire Princess®. (B,L,D)

DAY 13 


With the Daintree National Park and Great Barrier Reef on its doorstep, Cairns is a magnet for visitors. A popular destination for adventurers from the world over, Cairns has an idyllic climate, beautiful tree-lined esplanades to stroll, and a wide variety of day trip activities to choose from. (B,L,D)

DAY 14 


Relax on board in one of the lounges, read a good book, or visit The Sanctuary. (B,L,D

DAY 15


Go ashore to find white sand beaches, crystal waterfalls and awesome volcanic ranges. Now a peaceful retreat, Alotau in Papua New Guinea is the perfect place to connect with nature. (B,L,D)

DAY 16 & 17 


Plan your onboard activities for the next two days whilst at sea. Enjoy a musical production, play bingo, dabble in the casino, or perhaps join a cooking demonstration. (B,L,D)

DAY 18 


Australia’s northern capital lies at the heart of the tropics and is home to more than half of the Northern Territory’s population. A popular starting point for journeys through the many attractions of the Top End wilderness regions, there’s also plenty of fascinating history to explore in and around Darwin. (B,L,D)

DAY 19 


Enjoy today at your leisure. (B,L,D)

DAY 20 


Renowned as one of the most important and spectacular wilderness regions on earth, you will get to see the beauty of the Kimberley from the ocean. The dramatic coastline framed by stark red cliffs has been identified as one of the least impacted marine environments in the world. With more than 2,600 islands scattered beyond the reefs, the area is rich in biodiversity and wildlife. Expect to see plenty of exotic birdlife as you cruise past this amazing wonderland. (B,L,D)

DAY 21 


Built on the back of the pearl trade, Broome is a wonderfully multicultural town on the rugged north west coast of Western Australia. This fascinating and diverse remote outpost boasts the stunning Cable Beach, one of the country’s premier beaches, stretching more than 20 kilometres along the coastline of the Indian Ocean. (B,L,D)

DAY 22 & 23


Pamper yourself with a treatment in Lotus Spa or indulge in one of the specialty restaurants. (B,L,D)

DAY 24 


With its superb Mediterranean climate, wonderful scenery and pristine beaches, Geraldton has long been a popular place to visit. A major port gateway to Western Australia, it is also a global haven for windsurfers with Coronation Beach one of the world’s hotspots. (B,L,D)

DAY 25


As Sapphire Princess® arrives into its final destination of Fremantle this morning, it’s time to disembark the ship, marking the end of your Northern Explorer epic adventure.

RAIL & SAIL - Northern Explorer - Indian Pacific
RAIL & SAIL - Northern Explorer - Indian Pacific

Pricing (per person)

April 2020 - March 2021

March 21st, 2021

  • Platinum Inside Stateroom $ 8,099
  • Oceanview Stateroom $ 9,299
  • Balcony $ 10,198
  • Mini Suite $ 11,165
  • Gold Twin Inside Cabin $ 6,289
  • Advance Purchase $ 5,699
  • Ocean View Stateroom $ 7,489
  • Balcony cabin $ 8,289
  • Mini Suite $ 9,355
  • Gold Single Price on application

April 2021 - March 2022

Date to be advised

  • Platinum Inside Stateroom $ TBA
  • Oceanview Stateroom $ TBA
  • Balcony $ TBA
  • Mini Suite $ TBA
  • Gold Twin Inside Cabin $ TBA
  • Advance Purchase $ TBA
  • Ocean View Stateroom $ TBA
  • Balcony cabin $ TBA
  • Mini Suite $ TBA
  • Gold Single Price on application
Advance Purchase Fares must be booked and paid for in full a minimum of six months in advance.
Only limited number of these fares available per departure and are subject to availability.

Children aged 4-15 inclusive receive a 20% discount off the accompanying adult fare.
Children 0-3 free in existing bedding. All prices in Australian dollars (AUD) and are inclusive of GST.
Terms and Conditions apply.