Indulge in wonderful food and wine before stepping aboard the Great Southern where, as each day unfolds, you will be captivated by the Grampians, uncover the unique culture of Canberra, the spellbinding beauty of the New South Wales coast and Brisbane, all while enjoying the creature comforts and romance of rail.
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Make your way to Perth where your holiday experience starts after checking in to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at your leisure to discover the many attractions of Perth.
OVERNIGHT: Mercure Perth
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.
OVERNIGHT: Karma Rottnest (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.
OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Mercure Perth (B,L)
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. (B)
Pinnacle Desert Explorer with Lancelin Sandboarding $169 per person.
The first stop on this unique tour is the Lancelin Sand Dunes where you’ll experience the adrenaline rush of sandboarding down massive sandy slopes. After lunch at the Lancelin Beach Hotel, there’s time for a quick swim before the onward journey to Nambung National Park to walk the mystical Pinnacles Desert created over millions of years by the erosion of seashells.
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: 3 nights 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. (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.
As the train leaves Adelaide, take your time to settle in and get familiar with your cabin. Enjoy morning tea and then savour a relaxed lunch on board while watching the ever-changing landscape glide by. In the late afternoon, the train will arrive in regional Victoria where you’ll have a chance to experience the spectacular wilderness of the Grampians region where you can enjoy a breathtaking walk in the natural surrounds, take in the panoramic views of the Grampians from a lookout, or sample some of the region’s best wines at local wineries.
Your first day culminates with an off-train dinner where you’ll enjoy local produce and regional wines in a uniquely Grampians setting before returning to the train for the night.
Overnight: 2 nights Great Southern (L,D)
In the morning choose to explore the National War Memorial and Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia or the National Museum of Australia. In the afternoon discover the delights of the Food and Wine Trail before being transported back to the train by coach.
Later in the day, you’ll be transported back to the train where you can relax and enjoy delicious dinner and drinks in the lounge car before settling down for the night. (B,L,D)
Choose your own adventure today with a variety of options to suit your fitness level and interests. Take in the spectacular coastline views and Great Dividing Range before traveling to Forest Sky Pier at the Sealy Lookout (310m above Coffs Harbour), which offers views for miles. Then it’s back to the beach where you’ll have ample time to relax and enjoy the sand between your toes or even a dip in the ocean (medium intensity).
The Coffs Explorer excursion option travels up to the Forest Sky Pier at Sealy Lookout. Wander through the Harbourside Markets or a stroll along the historic jetty before enjoying time at the beach. Or, make the most of Coffs Harbour’s beautiful beaches with an entire morning spent seaside. Wander along the coast, have a dip in the ocean, play a game of beach cricket or simply relax on the sand
For the golf enthusiasts, there is also an option to enjoy nine holes at The Bonville Gold Resort*, one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses.
After your morning by the ocean, enjoy a final lunch on board with your fellow travellers before arriving into Brisbane. (B,L)
*Availability and capacity limits apply for Bonville Golf Resort. If interested in participating, please request more information at the time of enquiry