ARRIVE IN PERTH
Arrive in Perth. Check in and stay overnight at Rendezvous Hotel Perth Central (or similar).
Perth and Fremantle
Starting in Perth in the morning, your City Explorer tour takes in the major attractions including the Western Australian Cricket Ground, Kings Park, picturesque Cottesloe Beach and the historic port town of Fremantle. With an eclectic mix of artists, backpackers, fisherfolk and students, ‘Freo’ buzzes with the songs of buskers as footpaths fill with art collections and music drifts out from cafés and bars. Cruise back to Perth along the Swan River. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore – perhaps take a look around Elizabeth Quay and the Swan Bell Tower, or visit the Art Gallery of Western Australia. (B)
PERTH TO MARGARET RIVER
Bid Perth a temporary goodbye and travel south to the iconic Busselton Jetty, the longest wooden jetty in the world (1841m) and the surf-lined shores of the Margaret River region. Stop at the famous Bootleg Brewery for a gourmet platter lunch and award-winning beers and ciders, followed by premium wine tastings at Sandalford Winery. Further south are impressive Mammoth Cave and the massive karri trees of Boranup Forest. Your tour continues to the 39m-tall Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, overlooking the point where the Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean collide. From here you will be transferred to your overnight accommodation. OVERNIGHT: 1 night Quality Inn Margaret River (B,L,D)
MARGARET RIVER TO PERTH
Enjoy some downtime in the morning: stroll along the main street of Margaret River township, sip a coffee in a café then meander back to your accommodation. Heading into the Margaret River Wine Region, enjoy five guided wine tastings paired with locally produced cheese, chocolate and a range of other flavours. Take part in an exclusive blind tasting and enjoy a delicious winery platter for lunch. Return to Perth later in the evening. OVERNIGHT: 1 night Mercure Perth (B,L) or similar
PERTH AVON VALLEY AND KALGOORLIE
Your journey from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean begins as you pull away from the platform in Perth mid-morning. Enjoy a superb, modern Australian lunch as you glide through the picturesque rolling hills of the Avon Valley. Take in the views and perhaps a glass of fine wine before indulging in a three course dinner prior to your late night arrival in the wild west township of Kalgoorlie. Here you will enjoy an Off Train Excursion and gain an insight into the town’s history before retiring to the comfort of your cabin.
Awake to the spectacular expanse of the Nullarbor Plain before watching the sunrise. A selection of regionally inspired dishes from the brunch menu is yours to choose as an ever-changing landscape passes by your window and you reflect on the harsh, remote but captivating beauty of the region. Waiting ahead are the charms of the once thriving community -now ghost town -of Cook. Another mouth-watering dinner is followed by relaxed conversation in the lounge before a restful night’s sleep takes you to the graceful and picturesque city of Adelaide.
ADELAIDE, FLINDERS RANGES AND BROKEN HILL
You have the choice of a city walking tour (seasonal), a behind the scenes tour of the world-famous Adelaide Oval, or a coach tour of the city sights. Back aboard the train, the journey continues while in the distance the magnificent Flinders Ranges pass by and the rugged, rocky landscape gives way to outback scrub as you arrive in Broken Hill in the early evening. Here, there is again a choice of cultural Off Train Excursions before dining on the train and taking time out to socialise with fellow guests in the lounge.
BLUE MOUNTAINS AND SYDNEY
Wake in the spectacular Blue Mountains. Choose to take in the beauty of this World Heritage listed landscape via the scenic walkways and cable car. See the majestic Three Sisters at Echo Point and the views at Jamies on Valley before completing your journey on our dedicated NSW rail service (hosted by our staff) into Sydney Central Station. Alternatively, stay on board the Indian Pacific and travel direct to Sydney Central Station.