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This morning join the Indian Pacific and, before long, you’ll be heading through the delightful Avon Valley. Take time out to enjoy this 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: 2 nights Indian Pacific (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. (B,L,D)
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.
OVERNIGHT: 3 nights Mayfair Hotel
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)
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.
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.
Overnight: 2 nights Great Southern (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. (B,L,D)
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.
Overnight: 3 nights Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane (B,L)
If you’ve never been to Brisbane before, today’s tour is a perfect introduction to the best of the city – and if you have, it will provide a new look at a familiar place. An all-day tour designed to highlight the diversity of the burgeoning capital, you’ll cruise the Brisbane River, explore bustling Southbank, take in the sweeping views at Mt Coot-tha Lookout, and visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
After getting to know the sultry subtropical capital, delve even deeper with a day spent exploring at your leisure.
After checking out of your Brisbane accommodation, your memorable adventure comes to a close.