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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 awaits. 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. 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. (B,L,D)
Your breakfast treat this morning is watching the delightful Avon Valley pass by your window, as the final stage of your crossing to Perth unfolds. After a delicious lunch, arrive at East Perth Rail Terminal and transfer to your accommodation.
OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Rendezvous Hotel Perth Central (B,L)
Starting in Perth in the morning, your City Explorer tour takes in the major attractions including the Western Australian Cricket Ground, Kings Park, picturesque Cottesloe Beach and the historic port town of Fremantle. With an eclectic mix of artists, backpackers, fisherfolk and students, ‘Freo’ buzzes with the songs of buskers as footpaths fill with art collections and music drifts out from cafés and bars. Cruise back to Perth along the Swan River. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore – perhaps take a look around Elizabeth Quay and the Swan Bell Tower, or visit the Art Gallery of Western Australia. (B)
Bid Perth a temporary goodbye and travel south to the iconic Busselton Jetty, the longest wooden jetty in the world (1841m) and the surf-lined shores of the Margaret River region. Stop at the famous Bootleg Brewery for a gourmet platter lunch and award-winning beers and ciders, followed by premium wine tastings at Sandalford Winery. Further south are impressive Mammoth Cave and the massive karri trees of Boranup Forest. Your tour continues to the 39m-tall Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, overlooking the point where the Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean collide. From here you will be transferred to your overnight accommodation.
OVERNIGHT: Quality Inn Margaret River (B,L,D)
Enjoy some downtime in the morning: stroll along the main street of Margaret River township, sip a coffee in a café then meander back to your accommodation. Heading into the Margaret River Wine Region, enjoy five guided wine tastings paired with locally produced cheese, chocolate and a range of other flavours. Take part in an exclusive blind tasting and enjoy a delicious winery platter for lunch. Return to Perth later in the evening.
OVERNIGHT: Rendezvous Hotel Perth Central (B,L)
Check out of your hotel after breakfast: one last chance to explore Perth before your journey home. (B)