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.
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. (B,L)