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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. (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: 4 nights Duxton Hotel (B,L)
After a leisurely morning, head Northeast of Perth, to the fertile Swan Valley is flavour-filled destination. Enjoy a number of ‘speed grazing’ tasting experiences here, packed into an exciting half day. A brief insight into Swan Valley history and the settlement of Perth includes a visit to some historic buildings dating from the early days of the Swan River Colony. Tastes on tour include coffee, freshly roasted Australian nuts, cheeses, jams, sauces, chutneys, local honey, and chocolate. Your tour also features award-winning wines and liqueur meads, before finishing with an icy-cold beer or cider at Ironbark Brewery. (B)
Make your way to Barrack Street Jetty and board the Rottnest Express to unique, diverse Rottnest Island, 22km offshore. A 90-minute air-conditioned coach tour around ‘Rotto’ takes you to some spectacular locations, including Wadjemup Lighthouse and the boardwalk lookout at the rugged West End. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Thomsons Rottnest before exploring the island at your leisure (make sure you see a quokka). Return to Perth by ferry in the afternoon. (B,L)
Discover Perth at your leisure. (B)
Step aboard Sea Princess ® and prepare for a vacation that will dazzle your senses. From the four-story Atrium to tantalizing dining options, a Vegas-style casino and a variety of incredible entertainment choices, including Movies Under the Stars®, you’ll find a relaxing retreat that’s as captivating as the places you’ll visit on this grand vessel. (B,L,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)
Attracted by its superb natural harbour, Europeans first arrived in Albany in 1826 to establish a penal colony, making it the oldest colonial settlement in Western Australia. As a former whaling and coal port located on the State’s southern tip, Albany has always been an important commercial region, but these days its beauty is what attracts so many visitors. (B,L,D)
Relax in one of the lounges, read a good book or, visit The Sanctuary. (B,L,D)
Enjoy the many facilities available to you aboard Sea Princess ®. (B,L,D)
Your incredible journey exploring the West Coast of Australia concludes in Adelaide today. (B)