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Make your way to Sydney Central Station and board the Indian Pacific mid-afternoon. Your journey to Perth begins with a steady climb into the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. A landscape of ancient forests, sheer cliffs and mesmerising views passes by your window. Settle in, open a book or enjoy a pre-dinner drink with your fellow travellers.
OVERNIGHT: 3 nights Indian Pacific (D)
Wake up deep in the Australian outback, where the historic mining hub of Broken Hill is waiting for you to explore. Connect with the town’s world-famous artists and mining heritage with a choice of Off Train Excursions. Your journey continues through the southern Flinders Ranges and into cosmopolitan Adelaide, the South Australian capital. Embark on a history tour of the South Australian Museum, or journey beyond to the legendary Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale wine regions. A visit to the historic stone village of Hahndorf in the photogenic Adelaide Hills is another option. (B,L,D)
Enjoy breakfast as you begin your crossing of the Nullarbor Plain, taking its name from the Latin word meaning ‘no trees’. Part way along the world’s longest stretch of straight railway track (478km), have a wander around Cook, an abandoned railway town that was once home to a bush hospital and more than 50 railway workers. Next stop is tiny Rawlinna, a remote outpost bordering the largest sheep station in the southern hemisphere. Here you’ll enjoy an outback dinner under a glorious spread of stars (seasonal). (B,L,D)
Watch the delightful Avon Valley pass as the final stage of your crossing to Perth unfolds. Arrive at East Perth Rail Terminal after a delicious lunch, and transfer to your accommodation. The evening is yours to embrace: discover some of the city’s atmospheric laneway bars and restaurants, buzzing with live music and street art.
OVERNIGHT: 1 night Travelodge Perth (B,L)
You will be transferred to Fremantle to board Sea Princess® and commence your Coral Coast Discovery. (B,L,D)
The capital of the Batavia Coast was founded in 1850 as a commercial port serving the Northampton lead mine some 30 miles to the north. While Geraldton remains one of Western Australia’s major ports, the city has become a magnet for vacationing Australians. Located between the Chapman and Greenough Rivers, Geraldton boasts a superb Mediterranean climate, scenic beauty and pristine beaches. Coronation Beach has become an international destination for windsurfers. In 1692 the Dutch East India Company Batavia was shipwrecked on the offshore Abrolhos Islands. Calamity was followed by mutiny and murder. The lurid tale ensured this portion of Western Australia would be named the Batavia Coast. (B,L,D)
Note: Geraldton is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship’s tender.
Enjoy the many facilities available to you aboard Sea Princess®. Alternatively take some time out today in the relaxation retreat, The Sanctuary. (B,L,D)
Relax during your day at and take advantage of all that Sea Princess® has to offer. (B,L,D)
In the 1870s, pearl fishermen discovered the rich waters of Roebuck Bay. A decade later, Broome was founded as a base for the pearl trade and was soon described as “the pearling capital of the world.” Japanese, Chinese and Aboriginal divers toiled in arduous, dangerous labor to harvest oysters from the seabed. For all its importance to the pearling industry, Broome remained a remote outpost on Australia’s Kimberley Coast until its discovery as a travel destination. The legacy of its pearling days can be seen in the town’s colorful mix of 19th- and early 20th century buildings. Broome also boasts Cable Beach – a 13-mile strand of white-sand that stretches along the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Pirate William Dampier was the first European to visit Western Australia. Dampier, who circumnavigated the globe three times, landed near Broome in 1688 and again in 1699. (B,L,D)
Retreat to your favourite hiding spot, relax by the pool or watch one of the guest entertainers. (B,L,D)
Exmouth lies some 780 miles north of Perth on the rugged and stunningly beautiful Northwest Cape. This remote corner of Australia has been of strategic importance since the days of the Second World War. In fact, Exmouth was built in 1964 to support the Harold E. Holt Communications Station. Nearly 45 years later, the base remains a top-secret installation. Australians, however, discovered the North Cape’s strategic importance as a travel destination. Here rugged mountains and stony gorges descend to stunning beaches. Australia’s longest fringing reef lies just offshore. Its crystalline waters boast great fishing, and whale sharks are frequently encountered basking on the surface between April and July. Exmouth’s permanent population numbers approximately 2,400 souls – but visitors are increasingly drawn to the Northwest Cape’s rugged beauty and mild climate. (B,L,D)
Note: Exmouth is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship’s tender.
Revisit your favourite restaurants, catch that last onboard performance or enjoy just one more cocktail. (B,L,D)
After arriving in Perth, you will be transferred by coach to your hotel where the afternoon and evening are yours to explore the beautiful city of Perth.
OVERNIGHT: 1 night Travelodge Perth (B)
Today you will be transferred to Perth Airport for your flight to Sydney. (B)