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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)
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. 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: 2 nights Duxton Hotel Perth (B,L)
Enjoy a leisurely scenic cruise with full commentary on the Swan River between Perth and Fremantle. Then discover the beauty of Western Australia’s favourite holiday playground, Rottnest Island. This A class reserve attracts over 500,000 visitors each year offering pristine beaches and endless bays ideal for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, fishing and diving. Your 1.5 hour Island Discovery coach tour encompasses the Island’s fascinating blend of history, unique wildlife and flora with an idyllic Mediterranean climate. This fully inclusive day tour includes tour, lunch and an informative host throughout the day. A must see and do during your visit to Perth! (B,L)
We travel south from Perth driving through farmland with grazing cattle and passing by coastal towns. Arriving at Busselton, known as the gateway to the Margaret River Region we stop for morning tea (own expense) at the iconic Busselton Jetty, the longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere. Driving into the heart of the region we head to one of Margaret River’s oldest breweries for a gourmet platter lunch of local produce, with complimentary beer and cider tastings.
Following lunch, we continue south through the forest to an internationally renowned winery to taste some of their best award-winning wines, whilst gaining some industry insight on wine production with the opportunity to purchase. Next it’s on to Mammoth Cave for a guided tour through this gothic cave with vast chambers that reveal fascinating information on the region’s flora and fauna. Continuing south, through the Boranup Forest of enormous Karri Trees we reach the most fascinating part of the region Augusta. Here at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, marvel at the dividing point between the Southern and Indian Oceans, a rare phenomenon to view the meetings of the two Oceans.
Then we head North up to the township of Margaret River to take you to check in to your chosen accommodation option. (B,L,D*)
^Dinners are not included for guests staying at Margaret’s Forest Apartments
Enjoy a sleep-in and breakfast at your hotel before your 9:30am checkout; please store your bags at reception in time for a 9.00-9.30am departure. Continuing on for the day, join your Margaret River Food Lovers Tour and discover how they capture the magic of local ingredients and the passion of their people, to create an exclusive and unforgettable experience.
After indulging at all these beautiful stops it’s time to collect your luggage from the hotel as you will now be re-joining your Coach Captain for the drive back to Perth stopping for a light dinner along the way. (Dinner at own expense).
Note: Vineyards are closed on select public holidays.
OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Duxton Hotel Perth (B,L)
Discover Perth at your leisure. (B)
An art deco vision, Queen Mary 2 evokes the heyday of Hollywood. Her wood panelling, gleaming chandeliers, and marble flooring exude opulence, while serving up a range of entertainment and activity options at sea. Whether you relax in the spa, take a lap of the pool, indulge in fine dining, or enjoy a range of live entertainment – your time on board will be unforgettable.
Overnight: 10 nights Queen Mary 2 (B,D)
This vibrant coastal city is a laid-back charmer with an enticing array of natural wonders and active pursuits. Just steps from the mile-long Jetty are glistening white sand beaches and sun-drenched seaside villages. Yet the magic of the Margaret River area beckons with 120 premium wineries; ancient caves boasting a subterranean world of jaw-dropping stalactite, stalagmite, helictite and shawl formations; a fascinating Aboriginal culture rooted in ancient history; and a picture-perfect landscape of meandering country roads and spectacular scenery. (B,L,D)
Familiarise yourself with the ship today. You’ll find a tempting array of restaurants, bars and lounges on board, including the relaxed Golden Lion pub, grand dining in the Britannia restaurant, or the more intimate appeal of The Verandah restaurant (charges apply) – and then there’s always 24-hour room service. (B,L,D)
Plan your onboard activities for the next two days whilst at sea. Enjoy a musical production, take a class, join in a pub quiz, soak up the sun in the conservatory, or perhaps dabble in the casino. (B,L,D)
Enjoy the many facilities available to you aboard Queen Mary 2. (B,L,D)
Adelaide is a metropolis of over one million people, boasting wide, tree-lined boulevards, superb Victorian and Edwardian architecture, tranquil parks, world-class shopping, and the highest number of restaurants per capita of any city in Australia. (B,L,D)
Relax in one of the lavish lounges, read a good book in the library, or take part in a lively presentation. The choice is yours with a range of facilities aboard Queen Mary 2. (B,L,D)
Australia’s shopping and sporting capital, Melbourne is also a stylish, eclectic and exciting metropolis with sophisticated charm and surprises to enjoy. (B,L,D)
Devote an indulgent hour to the signature afternoon tea, revisit your favourite restaurants, catch that last onboard performance or enjoy just one more cocktail. (B,L,D)
Enjoy all that Queen Mary 2 has to offer as you make your way to Sydney. (B,L,D)
As you disembark in Sydney, your epic sea and land adventure concludes. (B)