DAYS 1-2 Indian Pacific to Adelaide
Embark on the legendary Indian Pacific as you travel from the harbour city of Sydney to the 'City of Churches' Adelaide, marvel at the beauty passing by your cabin window, the magnificent Blue Mountains, rural countryside, tough mallee scrub home to the outback town of Broken Hill and onto the fertile green surrounds of beautiful Adelaide.
See below for full details on your Indian Pacific journey. Note: passengers embarking in Perth enjoy 1 extra night on the Indian Pacific.
As you arrive into Adelaide you can feel the history and culture of 'The City of Churches'. You will be transferred from the train station to your hotel. You can relax and use the rest of the day to explore your hotel and its facilities, perhaps take a stroll around the neighborhood and central Adelaide.
Sydney Airport to Railway Transfer,1 Breakfast,1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, Overnight Gold Service Cabin on the Indian Pacific, Luxury Broken Hill Coach Tour, Luxury Kalgoorlie Coach Tour (Perth to Adelaide customers only), Railway Station to Adelaide Hotel Transfer, Ovenight Adelaide Accommodation.
DAY 3 Adelaide Luxury Coach Tour & River Cruise
Adelaide is famous for stylish architecture, beautiful parklands, boutique shopping, cafe strips, sandy swimming beaches, fabulous arts events, festivals, nightlife, and sandstone cottages with sweeping gardens. The diverse cultural mix of its one million population guarantees that the food is sensational. Adelaide is Australia's wine capital and lies between rolling hills to the east and beautiful sandy beaches to the west, with world class vineyards within easy reach.
Your friendly driver will pick you up in the comfortable air-conditioned luxury coach before sharing experiences, fascinating facts and enchanting stories in the on-board full commentary throughout the morning. Today see Victoria Square (heart of Adelaide city), Gouger Street (restaurant cafe strip), King William Street's famous boulevard, The Terraces (4 terraces that separate the city from its greenbelts) and Adelaide's magnificent parks, gardens and greenbelts. See River Torrens with its delightful garden banks, Parliament House, State Library, Trinity Church (Adelaide's oldest church), fashionable Hutt Street and stop at Haigh's Chocolates to enjoy complimentary tea or coffee accompanied by fine Haigh's chocolates (Haigh's unavailable on Sundays). We then travel to the seaside town of Glenelg where you can walk along Jetty Road, browse in the shops or simply relax on this well-known beach. See Beehive Corner at Rundle Mall, Adelaide Oval (one of Australia's most notable cricket grounds and houses the Bradman collection), the quaint suburbs of North Adelaide; O'Connell Street (restaurants and trendy shops), St Peter's Cathedral, Colonel Light's Lookout on Montefiore Hill (spectacular views over Adelaide).
Following your tour of Adelaide, embark on a leisurely scenic cruise along the Torrens River on board the famous Adelaide icon, “The Popeye”. Take in the picturesque scenery and prolific birdlife as you cruise through the heart of this wonderful city. Finish your cruise at Elder Park and spend some time taking in this beautiful oasis in the heart of Adelaide.
Enjoy some free-time this afternoon to explore Adelaide and some of it treasures.
Breakfast, Luxury Coach Tour with Hotel Pick Ups, Torrens River Cruise, Tea, Haigh's Chocolates, Overnight Accommodation.
DAY 4 Barossa Valley with Special Lunch
Head to the Adelaide Hills to explore one of Australia’s best and most famous wine-producing regions now regarded as one of finest in the world, and is home to Australia's most expensive wine, Penfolds Grange. Enjoy your delicious Special Lunch at a renowned winery restaurant, including tastings, winemaking tour and wine education. Explore some of the quaint and charming villages in the Adelaide Hills, part of the Mount Lofty Ranges. See the heavy influence of the original German settlers, such as buildings with steeply sloping roofs, Lutheran stone churches and the local versions of Germanic cuisine. Visit Hahndorf, the beautiful Lutheran settlement dating back to 1838, with its arts, crafts, cottage industry shops, pubs, traditional small-goods and bakeries that evoke the tastes and smells of Bavaria.
Leaving Adelaide, enjoy a scenic tour alongside the Torrens River through the spectacular Torrens Gorge, see Kangaroo Creek Reservoir, Millbrook Reservoir, Williamstown (beautiful stone buildings) and learn the secrets of Barossa Reservoir's 'Whispering Wall'. Stop at Lyndoch Bakery for complimentary coffee or tea and a German sampler plate of sweet treats. Discover the art of great winemaking on your guided tour of Seppeltsfield Winery. Enjoy a tutored wine tasting incorporating introductory wine education. Stop at Penfolds for a delicious Special Lunch, your two course winery restaurant lunch with the opportunity to taste wines from this highly regarded vineyard. Experience the panoramic views over the Barossa Valley from Mengler's Hill lookout, continue through the old mill town of Woodside and the Adelaide Hills. Stop at Hahndorf (Australia's oldest German settlement), stroll under the Elm trees along Hahndorf's main street, see quaint cottages, craft shops and tea rooms. See the delightful villages of Crafers, Stirling, Aldgate (all set amongst the lush greenness of the Adelaide Hills) and Bridgewater (with Bridgewater Mill and Waterwheel). Head back to Adelaide with a deep appreciation of the Australian wine industry and the beauty of the Adelaide Hills.
Breakfast, Luxury Day Tour with Hotel Pick-Up, Morning Tea, Bakery Sampler Plate, Winemaking Tour, Wine Education, Special Two Course Lunch, Wine Tastings, Overnight Accommodation .
DAY 5 Murray Paddle-Steamer with Special Lunch
Cruise along the mighty Murray River in a fully restored 100 year old paddle-steamer and enjoy a Special Buffet Lunch onboard. Your magnificent 160 ton riverboat is living history. She is one of the world's only steam driven, wood fired, side paddle, heritage paddle-steamers still in operation. Learn the rich history of one of the world's greatest river systems and the key town of Mannum. This historic Lower Murray town is the birthplace of Australia's paddle-steamer, hear the stories from the river-folk and learn how the river breathes life into this rugged region.
Travel by luxury coach through rolling hills and rural land now rich in green vineyards and golden citrus orchards thanks to the Murray, the arid pasture region of the Murraylands. Arrive at Mannum (birthplace of the River Murray paddle-steamers), cruise the broad waters of the Murray onboard your historic paddle-steamer riverboat, enjoy a delightful morning tea on board, whilst marvelling at the stark cliffs, river red gums and willows that burden the waters of the Mighty Murray. Spot for galahs, cockatoos and pelicans. Time for your Special Lunch, a delicious buffet lunch served onboard your paddle-steamer as you cruise the majestic Murray. Take in the view over Mannum and the Murray from a scenic lookout, enjoy free time exploring Mannum, perhaps take a ride on the punt (time permitting). Follow the Torrens Valley scenic drive through Palmer, Tungkillo and Birdwood to Gumeracha; Stop at Gumeracha Toy Factory (home of the Big Rocking Horse). Continue down the Chain of Ponds to Tea Tree Gully. Return to Adelaide through the undulating green Adelaide Hills after a full day of new memories.
Breakfast, Luxury Coach Tour with Hotel Pick-Up, Morning Tea, Paddle-Steamer River Cruise, Special Buffet Lunch, Overnight Accommodation.
DAY 6 Victor Harbor & McLaren Vale
The Fleurieu Peninsula is a holiday playground of wineries, seaside towns and lakes whose population trebles during holiday periods. The splendid seaside resort township of Victor Harbor is where the mouth of the massive Murray River finally meets the ocean. The internationally respected wine region of McLaren Vale has more than 60 cellar doors and produces amazing Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines. The old paddle-steamer port of Goolwa is on Lake Alexandrina, near the Murray Mouth, and is joined by a bridge to Hindmarsh Island.
Tour through the Mt Lofty Ranges with its many quaint villages and panoramic views. Stop at historic Strathalbyn on the Angas River. See the river Port of Goolwa (where the Murray River meets the lakes and sea), Port Elliot, Horseshoe Bay, Encounter Bay and Victor Harbor. Perhaps ride a horse drawn tram across the causeway to Granite Island. Enjoy some free time to explore Victor Harbor. Then onto McLaren Vale wine region to see the vineyards, leafy olive groves, almond groves and magnificent old stone wineries. Perhaps taste top local wines at Hardys Tintara Cellar Door, sample produce at Medlow Confectionery and sample produce at Almond Train. Take in the views of the picturesque coastal seaside towns, before heading north back to Adelaide to conclude your full day of exploring the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Breakfast, Luxury Coach Tour with Hotel Pick Ups, Overnight Accommodation.
DAY 7 Say Goodbye to Adelaide
Time to say goodbye to beautiful Adelaide your fellow travellers and friendly hotel hosts. Your transfer will take you back to Adelaide Airport to meet your flight home.
Breakfast, Airport Transfer.
Inclusions onboard the Indian Pacific
Relax in your private Gold Service Cabin and watch the passing landscapes of Australia pass by through your large window. Enjoy all meals onboard the Indian Pacific in the stylish Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car (flexible times, hearty breakfasts, two course lunches, three course dinners). Your package includes FREE soft drinks, beers, high-quality standard wines, base spirits, tea and coffee throughout your journey on board. You will also receive a FREE toiletries kit. You have Cabin Steward Service, in-cabin music and detailed journey commentary (available from your cabin sound system) and you will love the cosy but exclusive atmosphere of the Outback Explorer Lounge. Your package includes Gold Service but can be upgrade to Platinum Service.
Upgrade to Platinum Service: Experience the luxury of larger cabin space (twice the size of a Gold Service Twin Cabin) along with private Platinum Transfers, in-cabin breakfasts and access to the exclusive new Platinum Lounge and Restaurant. See Upgrade Options below for details.
Flights Home Included
This package includes all flights as detailed below in the price section (including all fees, levies and taxes). However, we can tailor this package to include our special discounted 'package only' airfares from anywhere. Simply let us know.
Adelaide Hotel Included
You have 3 choices of accommodation in Adelaide. Our "Good Standard" central Adelaide hotel has great facilities, a comfortable room and friendly service (typically 3.5 stars). Alternatively, why not treat yourself? The "Deluxe" hotel has superior facilities, stylish room and first class service (typically 4 stars). The “Luxury” hotel is upscale with a more luxurious feel for the discerning traveller and great for celebrating an anniversary (typically 5 stars).
The package is priced on the "Good Standard" option. Upgrade to the "Deluxe" hotel from $200 and the "Luxury" hotel frm $300 per person (for all 5 nights)
Rail and Airport Transfers Included
You will be transferred from Sydney Airport to the railway station and from the Indian Pacific railway station on arrival in Adelaide to your Adelaide hotel. You will also be transferred from your hotel to Adelaide airport for your journey home.
All Off-Train Excursions & Activities Included
This package includes all Off-Train activities with various touring options:
Broken Hill (Sydney to Adelaide) : Choose from a selection of included tour options.
Cook (Perth to Adelaide): Enjoy a self-guided walk of this deserted outback town.
Blue Mountains (Adelaide to Sydney): Explore the magnificent Blue Mountains by railway, cableway and skyway.
Kalgoorlie (Perth to Adelaide): Experience a thrilling tour of the world’s largest single open cut mining operation.