Island to Ocean with Indian Pacific & Great Southern

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Day 1: Perth

Arrive and transfer to your hotel in Perth.

Welcome to Perth City - the capital of Western Australia.

Perth's superb position on the banks of the Swan River and nearby hectares of natural bushland in Kings Park make for a city centred on the great outdoors. But there's more to the west coast capital than great sunshine and a sparkling river. A new cosmopolitan perspective and economic growth has given Perth a cultural confidence which is making its mark on the city skyline and on other aspects of urban life.

Skyscrapers are home to the state's movers and shakers while city laneways have given way to an explosive new dining and small bar scene. The city is lined with pedestrian malls jam-packed with a wide variety shops from inventive boutiques to national and global flagship stores where you can stock up on stylish fashions, buy some Aboriginal art or simply sit at a café with a coffee and watch the parades of people passing by.

Perth is in the midst of an exciting period of expansion and new developments, with bold new design projects and redevelopments such as RAC Arena, Barrack St Jetty and Elizabeth Quay, Perth Stadium and Yagan Square dramatically changing the face of Perth.

Elizabeth Quay features ultra trendy new cafes, bars and restaurants for those looking to get the most out of their dining experience. There's also a host of activities on offer at the Quay including cruises, gondola rides and sea plane rides.

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Day 2: Rottnest Island

(B, L)

Enjoy your ferry trip from Perth to Rottnest Island. The preferred mode of transport on the island is bicycle - collect yours to explore the many secluded beaches and bays within easy cycling distance. And, of course, there's always the chance of a selfie with the adorably photogenic native quokkas that inhabit the island.

After lunching at Karma Rottnest, prepare for a change of pace when you join the Segway Settlement Explorer tour. You’ll learn how to ride a segway and you’ll be led by an expert to the island’s hidden treasures, Bathurst Lighthouse and the Basin swimming area.

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Day 3: Perth

(B, L)

Jump aboard the Eco Express for a full circumnavigation of Rottnest (weather dependent) where you’ll really see its wild side and its wildlife, including the playful New Zealand fur seals at Cathedral Rocks.

After a delicious lunch at Thomsons restaurant, spend your remaining time enjoying the island by foot or bike before the return ferry to Perth.

Day 4: Perth

(B)

Day free for Optional tours

Today is yours to enjoy the vibrant Western Australian capital. If the hands-on adventures on Rottnest Island left you wanting more, we may have something for you. 

Expert tips

For the Optional tour to the Pinnacles

Sometimes due to soft sand dunes delays may occur. Tour is not suitable for pregnant women, people with back problems or infants. Infants 0-3 are free when travelling with an adult however do not occupy a seat and will not be provided meals on tour. Infants will not be accepted on the 4WD component of this tour. A parent will be require to disembark the coach with the infant for the 4WD component of the tour. Wildflower season commences September through to early November. Profusion of wildflowers depends on weather and other conditions, therefore we cannot guarantee sightings. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a hat and your camera. Tour may operate within a 4WD and/or coach, depending on passenger numbers. The adventure component of the tour will always operate in a 4WD vehicle. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

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Optional Pinnacles Tour

After stopping at Caversham Wildlife Park in the Swan Valley to view koalaswombats and hand feed kangaroos, we travel along quiet back roads, to the lobster fishing town of Cervantes. Once here, enjoy a behind the scenes factory tour on the processing of Western Australian Rock Lobster, followed by an included Fish and Chips lunch at the Lobster Shack. Alternatively, upgrade to a delicious Lobster Lunchfor an extra $25/pp (Must be pre-booked).

Then it’s onwards to the mystical Pinnacle Desert for an easy paced walk through the fascinating landscape giving you the opportunity to really embrace this amazing and mystical place. The highlight of the tour involves 4-wheel driving over the vast sand dunes of Lancelin in custom built vehicles unique to ADAMS Pinnacle Tours. This is followed by the thrilling experience of downhill sand boarding over these constantly moving dunes.

After an amazing day with the Pinnacles Desert4WD and Sand boarding specialists return to Perth down the Indian Ocean Drive stopping to view Wildflowers en route (seasonal), arriving at approximately 7.30pm.

Day 5: Indian Pacific

( B, L, D)

This morning join the Indian Pacific.

Perth, Avon Valley and Kalgoorlie

Your journey from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean begins, as we pull away from the platform in Perth mid-morning. Enjoy a superb, modern Australian lunch as we 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 our late-night arrival in the famed. Wild West township of Kalgoorlie. Here guests will enjoy an Off-Train Excursion and gain an insight into the town’s history before retiring to the comfort of their cabin.

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Included

All meals including Alcohol

Day 6: Indian Pacific

(B, L, D)

Wake to a spectacular Nullarbor sunrise. Relax throughout 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. 

Nullarbor Plain

Awake to the spectacular expanse of the Nullarbor Plain before enjoying a breakfast off the train.

A selection of regionally inspired meals from the lunch menu is yours to choose as an ever-changing landscape passes by your window and you reflect on the harshness, remoteness but captivating beauty of the region, before experiencing the charms of the once thriving community and now ghost town of Cook. Another mouth-watering dinner is followed by relaxed conversation in the Lounge before a restful night’s sleep and subsequent arrival into the graceful and picturesque city of Adelaide.

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Nullarbor plain

Day 7: Adelaide

( B)

As the landscape changes again and rich ochre sands make way for forests and farmlands, you will arrive into Adelaide in the morning and the culmination of your epic transcontinental crossing. After checking in to your accommodation in the heart of the CBD, there are plenty of opportunities to delve into its food, wine, arts and shopping scenes, and get to know the laid back capital.

Adelaide is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to renowned museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia, displaying expansive collections including noted Indigenous art, and the South Australian Museum, devoted to natural history. The city's Adelaide Festival is an annual international arts gathering with spin-offs including fringe and film events.

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Day 8: Adelaide

The Barossa Valley may only be an hour by car from Adelaide, but when you’re transported to its lush vineyards and gently rolling hillsides, you’ll feel a world away. Famed for its wines, this historic region is home to over 80 cellar doors, including one of the oldest in the world. Guided by expert vignerons, you’ll explore up to four cellar doors and enjoy a sumptuous two-course lunch on this expertly-crafted all day tour. (L)

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Day 9: Adelaide

( B)

Day free to relax or take an optional tour of KI

Today is yours to explore Adelaide and surrounds at your leisure. The elegant capital’s wine culture is matched with a buzzy food scene; find out why in its laneway bars and restaurants. Or perhaps explore its cultural, artistic, or retail life - the choice is yours.

Optional Kangaroo Island

645AM - We depart very early this morning by coach to Cape Jervis. 

830AM - Check in for the Ferry

900AM - Board the Sea Lion 2000 to Penneshaw ( 45 minutes Ferry)

Highlights

  • Seal Bay Conservation Park guided beach walk
  • Flinders Chase National Park including Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch
  • Koala viewing at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ( self guided)
  • 2 Course Lunch at Vivonne Bay Lodge 
  • Expert Commentary by a local driver/guide in Kangaroo Island
  • Return travel to Kangaroo Island by coach & ferry

See the highlights of South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destination, Kangaroo Island.

Take a guided walk on the beach among a colony of rare and wild Australian sea lions with a National Parks Ranger. Head to Vivonne Bay Bistro for a two-course lunch, followed by a visit to the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary where you will see koalas relaxing in the trees.  Spend the afternoon at Flinders Chase National Park, renowned as a sanctuary for native Australian animals including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and echidnas.

The tour of the park will take you to the rugged southern coastline for a walk on Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Remarkable Rocks provides great photographic opportunities and stunning sea views. Admirals Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal this spectacular rock archway, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful Long-nosed Fur Seals that can be seen resting, swimming and playing in the waves or on the rocks.

From Adelaide, this tour is a 16 hour day that includes travel to and from Kangaroo Island. You do get time to rest during your ferry transfers & coach travel between attractions. 

700PM - Check in for the return ferry to Cape Jervis

730PM - Board the Sea Lion 2000 to Cape Jervis

830PM - transfer to the  Hotel to arrive around 1030PM

 

Day 10: Great Southern Rail

(B, L, D)

When you board the train at Adelaide’s Parklands Terminal, you’ll discover a world of creature comforts. Unwind and familiarise yourself with your cabin as the journey begins, before savouring a long lunch onboard with your fellow travellers in the Outback Explorer Lounge.

Leaving Adelaide behind, you’ll be transported to the striking Grampians, one of the nation’s most stunning wilderness regions. This magical place is home to ancient sandstone mountains, indigenous rock art sites, dazzling waterfalls, and native fauna including wallabies and echidnas.

 

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Day 11: Great Southern Rail

(B, L, D)

After a restful night on board, today you’ll discover why Australia’s capital is more than just politics. While the jewel in Canberra’s crown is undoubtedly Parliament House, this compact city is also home to landmarks such as the National Portrait Gallery, Australian War Memorial and the National Arboretum, and today there are plenty of opportunities to delve into Canberra’s art, history and culinary culture. 

Day 12: End of Itinerary

(B, L)

Feel the sand between your toes and the sea breeze in your hair as you enjoy brunch on the beach near Coffs Harbour this morning, with superb views of the Northern New South Wales coast.  Return to the train for more pampering as your rail journey continues to its destination, Brisbane

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