Day 1: Perth
- Arrive into Perth International airport where your driver will meet you and transfer you to the hotel.
Activities and Services
Day 2: Perth
This morning we set out on a city tour with our driver-guide who will give a commentary and take you around the city
See the city highlights of Perth including the Botanic Gardens at Kings Park, WACA cricket ground, historic Perth Mint, Swan Bell Tower, Royal Yacht club and St Georges Road before heading to Fremantle. Here take lunch at your leisure (own expense), peruse the shops and markets or soak up the charming sandstone buildings. Return to the city by joining the river cruise from Fremantle to Perth
Highlights of this tour
- Barrack Street Jetty
- Swan Bell Tower – Entrance included.
- See the Western Australia cricket ground (WACA)
- Visit Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens offering great views in a spectacular setting
- Historic Perth Mint with colonial architecture – Entrance and tour included
- Upmarket suburbs of Peppermint Grove and Dalkeith
- The Royal Perth Yacht Club - once home to the America's Cup
- Stunning Cottesloe Beach on the Indian Ocean coastline
- Some time to explore historic Fremantle with it's relaxing atmosphere
- Captain Cook River Cruise - Cruise from Freemantle to Perth Included
- City skyline and park views as you cruise back into Perth
Activities and Services
Freemantle to Perth - Captain Cook Cruise
- Perth Mint
- Bell Tower
- Cruise from Freemantle to Perth -Captain Cook
Day 3: Perth
Meet your driver-guide and set off for a tour of the Pinnacles
A fascinating day of spectacular natural contrasts. Big sky plains, koalas and kangaroos, massive sand dunes and emerald waters lapping pristine white sandy beaches. Then the dramatic Pinnacles Desert - arid, vast seemingly lifeless yet inhabited by strange limestone pillars rising through the sand.
Highlights of this tour
- Guildford - history and charm on the Perth outskirts
- The Swan Valley - colonial towns, crafts and Western Australia's first wine growing region
- Caversham Wildlife Park - an opportunity to see koalas, wombat and kangaroo close up – Entrance included.
- Look for native wildflowers from September through to November
- Cross vast big sky scrub and pasturelands
- Look for kangaroos and emus on the endless plains
- Enjoy a Winery Lunch with wine tasting
- See Namburg National Park - home of the Pinnacles
- Take a guided walk through the Pinnacles desert and it's limestone pillars created by the forces of nature
Return to the city.
Today you need to wear comfortable walking shoes and have sunblock.
Day 4: Indian Pacific
730AM - We check out this morning and proceed to the train station to check in for the Indian Pacific.
Day 1 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.
Day 5: Indian Pacific
Day 2 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.
Day 6: Indian Pacific
Day 3 Adelaide, Finders Ranges and Broken Hill
Choice of Off-Train Excursion to be chosen beforehand.
Guests have the choice of a city walking tour where you can enjoy a feast for every sense at the extraordinary Adelaide Central Market or a coach tour taking in the world-famous Adelaide Oval and the leafy beauty of the Adelaide Hills. Back abroad the train, the journey continues and lunch is served while in the distance the magnificent Flinders Ranges passes by and the rugged, rocky landscape gives way to outback scrub as we arrive into Broken Hill in the early evening. Here there is again a choice of cultural Off Train Excursions before dining back on the train and taking time out to socialise with fellow guests in the Lounge.
Day 7: Sydney
Day 4 Blue Mountains and Sydney
Wake up to breakfast in the spectacular Blue Mountains before arriving at Sydney Central Station.
The Off-Train excursion at the Blue Mountains includes tea at Scenic World and a 2-course lunch at Look Out Echo Point restaurant.
Arrive into Sydney Central. You will be met by your guide who will transfer you to your hotel by coach.
Sydney enjoys a relaxed outdoor and beach lifestyle, combined with arts and culture, fine food and wine, nature and cosmopolitan shopping and nightlife.
Life in Sydney centres on the harbour. Catch a ferry at Circular Quay for views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge from the water. Darling Harbour is a favourite family leisure and entertainment precinct.
In the city centre, historic arcades such as the Queen Victoria Building and The Strand are packed with designer fashion stores. In Newtown, find vintage fashion and quirky boutiques; while Mosman and Double Bay have more upmarket boutiques and cafes.
Unwind in tranquil spaces such as Centennial Parklands, Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens. Don’t miss the world-famous beaches of Bondi and Manly. The city’s coastal walks are a perfect way to take in the golden beaches, dramatic headlands, sandstone cliffs and national parks.
Sydney is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east, the Blue Mountains to the west, the Hawkesbury River to the north and the Royal National Park in the south.
Day 8: Sydney
Meet your guide and set off on a full day city tour of Sydney.
We start with a 1-hour tour of the Opera House.
When the Sydney Opera House became a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in 2007, it was hailed as "one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind". Now it's your turn to step inside this iconic landmark and discover the stories behind Danish architect Jorn Utzon's remarkable achievement. What inspired him to base his revolutionary design on ships' sails? How did he solve an engineering challenge considered one of the most difficult attempted anywhere in the world? You will find out on this very special one-hour guided tour into the intricate workings of a living, breathing Opera House. You will explore the hallowed theatres and foyers where more than 1600 concerts, operas, dramas and ballets take place each year and your experienced guide will be on hand to lead you through every aspect of the building's 14-year creation and 58-year history. You will run your hands over the world-famous shell tiles, take a seat in the elegant custom-made white birch timber chairs and marvel at the vaulted ceilings of one of the biggest pillar-free chambers in the world. Once you've visited areas off limits to the general public and captured photographs from rare vantage points inside the majestic Sydney Opera House, you'll realize that from the outside you're only getting half the story.
Later we visit Macquaries Chair, pass the Town Hall, Hyde Park, and take a short walk in the Rocks area, view the Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour and the world famous Bondi Beach.
Day 9: Sydney
Day Free for Optional tours:
800am - Meet your guide at the hotel and travel to the Ku-Rin-Gai National park.
Located just 45 minutes north of central Sydney, the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is one of Australia’s most picturesque and diverse landscapes.
Your tour begins deep in the heart of Sydney’s iconic Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, home to one of the world’s most concentrated collection of recorded Indigenous Heritage Sites, and its remarkably peaceful waterways. Here, you will enjoy a world-class lookout from West Head and your expert guide will share the rich history of a sacred, largely unknown yet extensive Aboriginal Heritage site abundant in rock engravings.
Your first stop is West Head lookout where you can take in incredible views of the Tasman Sea, Pittwater and the historic sandstone lighthouse on Barrenjoey Headland. Gazing across Broken Bay, see the beaches of the Central Coast and Lion Island, which shelters the largest population of little penguins in the Sydney area.
The Park is home to the world’s most concentrated area of Indigenous sites (>1,500 sites) and you will enjoy interpretation at several ancient Aboriginal sites (some only accessible by water).
Together, explore the unexplored
Board Sydney Out Back’s 50ft motor catamaran, which will be your floating, 360° viewing deck for an unforgettable journey by water. From the moment you leave Akuna Bay, one of Sydney’s most exclusive and remote marinas, you’ll feel like you’ve entered another world. See tidal waters lap against the rugged golden sandstone and the hard to reach Australian bush, which crowd the shoreline.
You will enjoy a 2.5 hour scenic cruise through pristine National Park waterways, admiring the Aussie bush and imagine what Sydney Harbour looked like prior to the arrival of the Europeans in the late-1700s.
Lunch is salmon, chicken, ham and beef rolls with very nice condiments.
- a mixture of apples, bananas and mandarins is offered in the morning.
- a fruit platter consisting watermelon, strawberries and citrus is offered after lunch on the boat.
- juice, (real) coffee and tea is available on the boat
- Double Choc Tim Tams
- water is provided all day.
Return to the city around 430pm.
This evening we have a 3-course farewell dinner at a restaurant with a glass of wine
Day 10: End of Itinerary
Full breakfast at the hotel is included this morning.
Transfer to the Airport