The best time to visit Perth is undoubtedly during wildflower season, where the landscape erupts into magnificent colour. Travel to WA during September, October or November with this package to experience this remarkable natural phenomenon. There are more than 15,000 species of wildflowers throughout WA - many only found here - such as clusters of splendid rare orchids in the south, prolific inland carpets of everlastings as far as the eye can see to colourful roadside kangaroo paws. Book now to save.
DAYS 1–4 Indian Pacific Sydney to Adelaide to Perth
Your epic journey from Sydney to Perth takes you along the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world, it's a journey of contrast encompassing some of Australia's most beautiful and diverse landscapes including the magnificent Blue Mountains and the vast empty expanse of the Nullarbor Plain.
Note: passengers embarking in Adelaide join on Day 2.
As the Indian Pacific arrives into Perth on day 4, you can sense the laid-back pace of this beautiful city fringed between the Indian Ocean and Swan River. You will be transferred from the railway station on arrival in Perth 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 neighbourhood and central Perth.
3 Nights Gold Service Cabin on the Indian Pacific (2 Nights ex Adelaide), 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners, Luxury Broken Hill Coach Tour, Luxury Adelaide Coach Tour (Sydney to Perth customers only)
DAY 5 Perth “Welcome” Tour with Fremantle
Perth has it all, modern and cosmopolitan with a big city vibe it still retains a friendly smiling atmosphere, outdoor lifestyle sits easily with urban chic, quality restaurants and eateries abound, golden beaches and the beautiful Swan River offer a wealth of opportunity for playing about in the water and the city's eclectic arts and entertainment scene spoil you for choice.
Let us show you the sights of our beautiful city of Perth to get your bearings and benefit from the informative commentary. It's a true welcome to Perth. This three and a half hour tour takes in most of the city's major attractions plus takes you to South Perth across the Swan River and along Perth beaches. Now you have a good orientation and knowledge of the Perth area, you can return to soak up some places at your own pace. Don't forget your DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Bonus Voucher Book for amazing discounts and bonuses.
The bohemian port town of Fremantle has a unique feel and distinctive cafe lifestyle. See the amazing colonial architecture and experience Fremantle. En route to Fremantle take in the views from the "Tree Top Walk" in King's Park and travel along some of Perth's finest beaches. Travel back to the city alongside the Swan River. (Half day luxury coach tour). This amazing Special Holiday Package represents unbeatable value and choice.
Breakfast, Luxury Coach Tour with Hotel Pick Up, Overnight Accommodation.
DAY 6 Pinnacles, Lancelin, Wildlife & 4WD
Lying in the Nambung National Park, the Pinnacles are a breathtaking wonder of Mother Nature. These amazing, natural limestone structures hold an exquisite air of mystique and intrigue, especially as the sun's warm hue illuminates the magical stones. Caversham Wildlife Park is set within Whiteman Park with 4000 hectares of magnificent native Western Australian flora and is the ideal place to see animals totally unique to the State, like the famous quokka. The plants and animals in each section represent different regions and you can also learn about WA’s conservation efforts. The popular rock lobster fishing village of Lancelin is set on a large Indian Ocean bay overlooking two islands and is surrounded massive 2km long crisp white sand dunes that attract avid sandboarders. During spring, the Western Australian landscape explodes in a kaleidoscope of colour and beauty as thousands of magnificent wildflowers bloom in a spectacular seasonal show of nature at its most breathtaking.
Today explore Caversham Wildlife Park, discover the amazing natural wonder of the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park, tour a lobster processing and live export facility and experience the famous sand dunes of Lancelin.
You will be picked up this morning from your hotel for your full day tour to the famous Pinnacles. Enjoy a stop at Caversham Wildlife Park to interact with remarkable native animals, wander through the hand-feeding areas and admire WA’s endemic plants and trees. Depart Caversham heading to the laid-back lobster fishing village of Cervantes (pristine white sand beach, turquoise waters teeming with marine life, popular kitesurfing and windsurfing beach) for a stop. Experience a behind the scenes tour of the live processing of Indian Ocean rock lobster, including an overhead walkway where you will stand above 20 tonnes of lobster being prepared for live export around the world; and learn about the town’s multi-million dollar lobster industry. Stop and enjoy a delicious fish and chip lunch (other options available). Continue to Nambung National Park (array of coastal dunes, rich in flowering plants, beautiful beaches of Kangaroo Point and Hangover Bay, western grey kangaroos) where we learn about the remarkable natural environment that houses the Pinnacles Desert. See the Pinnacles from the lookout or take a stroll through part of the Pinnacles Desert (containing thousands of limestone pinnacles, up to 5 meters high, over a massive area of 190 hectares) to get up close to these remarkable and mystical geological features. Visit the Pinnacle Desert Discovery Centre to learn even more about these natural wonders. Later you have the opportunity to experience or witness the thrill of sandboarding down the huge towering sand dunes and to take an optional light 4WD tour along the towering white sand dunes in Lancelin, the largest in Western Australia. Stop to see wildflowers throughout the day whilst they are in season (including orange flowering christmas tree, kangaroo paw, banksia, wattle and everlastings). Head back to Perth along the Indian Ocean Drive with your camera full of remarkable images of today's great adventure.
Breakfast, Luxury Coach Tour with Hotel Pick Up, Lunch, Optional Sand Boarding & 4WD, Entry Fees, Overnight Perth Accommodation.
DAY 7 Margaret River, Wineries & Special Lunch
Margaret River combines one of the world's premier wine and food regions with one of the world's best surfing locations. It's Western Australia's popular and high profile holiday playground. Many visual treats are on offer here including the dramatic coastline, calm sandy bays, massive caves, seasonal wildflowers and Busselton Jetty, the Southern Hemisphere's longest jetty. The beautiful Margaret River Wine Region is a taste of paradise for food and wine lovers. Sample world-class wines such as sensational shiraz, exquisite chardonnay and scintillating sauvignon blanc which are produced here in its many picturesque boutique wineries. Culinary gems include irresistible hand-made chocolates and mouth-watering cheeses. Each year Margaret River hosts the world surfing championships.
Today we travel south from Perth deep into the South West of Australia. You will experience the Busselton and Margaret River areas, have a guided tour of Mammoth Cave, see massive Karri trees, explore Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, enjoy a Special Brewery Lunch with craft beer tastings and visit a respected winery for some wine tastings and to learn about local winemaking.
Tour through the southern suburbs of Perth, through the Peel Region and onto Busselton. Stop to see the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere (doubles as an artificial reef, stretching 1.8km across the peaceful waters of Geographe Bay). Tour through the Margaret River Wine Region and onto a premium local microbrewery for your indulgent Special Lunch in magnificent surrounds. Enjoy the flavoursome Special Lunch created from fresh local produce accompanied with beer tastings from this craft brewery. Take a guided tour through the gothic like Mammoth Cave with vast chambers full of amazing formations (revealing fascinating facts about the flora and fauna of this region). Be awestruck at the size of the massive Karri trees at stunning Boranup Forest (over 100 years old, stretching for kilometres, pale barked Karri trees up to 60 metres tall). Visit Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (meeting point of the mighty Southern Ocean and the massive Indian Ocean, most south westerly tip of Australia, 39 metres high). Visit one of the many respected wineries to taste some of the very best wines and to gain an insight into the local winemaking industry. Stop at the quaint and bohemian Margaret River Township (unique specialty shops featuring craftwork created by locals, chic cafes). Head back to Perth with a deep appreciation of this world-class wine region and understand why it's such a popular destination.
Breakfast, Luxury Day Tour with Hotel Pick-Up, Special Lunch, Entry Fees, Busselton Jetty, Wine and Beer Tasting, Guided Cave Tour, Overnight Accommodation.
DAY 8 Swan River Cruise with Special Lunch
The stunning Swan River meanders its way through the beautiful city of Perth, this scenic and vibrant waterway is the city's beating heart. Perth's residents make the most of this wonderful waterway, families picnic on its banks, joggers and cyclists follow its course and boats bob gently on its shimmering waters under endless blue skies. The Swan River is the perfect spot from which to view the wonderful cityscape of Perth, its northern waters lead to the stunning Swan Valley, Western Australia's world-renowned wine producing region and westward the river leads to the historic and charming city of Fremantle and the azure Indian Ocean.
Today experience a scenic cruise to Fremantle and the Indian Ocean whilst enjoying your Special Buffet Lunch. See the city skyline, Kings Park, millionaire's row, giant sand spit and the bustling historic port of Fremantle. Choose from a selection of wines or beer to accompany your delicious Special Lunch and enjoy morning tea.
You are transferred to beautiful Barrack Street Jetty in the heart of the city, see the building work of the massive new riverfront Elizabeth Quay, named in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Set sail on your large stable vessel for today's river cruise. Enjoy spectacular views as you cruise the calm waters between Perth and Fremantle. Your Captain will point out the many sights, including Perth's impressive Bell Tower, Kings Park, the restored old Swan Brewery, Royal Perth Yacht Club, many magnificent homes overlooking the river and Fremantle's busy inner harbour. You will learn about Perth's rich history (and about some of its more notorious individuals). Tea and coffee is served in the morning. Your delicious Special Buffet Lunch is taken onboard looking out over million dollar river views. It includes hot dishes, continental meats, fresh local prawns and mixed variety of gourmet salads all followed by cake and dessert. You have a choice of wines, beer or soft drinks. This afternoon you can wander through the streets, shops, galleries and museums of Perth or simply relax at your hotel.
Breakfast, Swan River Cruise, Special Buffet Lunch, Local Wines and Local Beers, Live Entertainment, Overnight Accommodation.
DAY 9 Say Goodbye to Perth
Time to say goodbye to beautiful Perth, your fellow travellers and friendly hotel hosts. Your transfer will take you back to Perth 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.
Perth Hotel Included
You have 3 choices of accommodation in Perth. Our "Good Standard" central Perth 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 $100 per person or the "Luxury" hotel from $220 per person (for all 5 nights)
Rail and Airport Transfers Included
You will be transferred from the Indian Pacific railway station on arrival in Perth to your Perth hotel. You will also be transferred from your hotel to Perth airport for your journey home.
Off-Train Excursions & Stops Included:
This package includes all Off-Train activities with various touring options:
Broken Hill: Choose from a selection of included tour options.
Adelaide: Choose from a selection on included tour options.
Cook: Enjoy a self-guided walk of this deserted outback town.
Kalgoorlie: (Perth to Sydney): Experience a thrilling tour of the world’s largest single open cut mining operation.
Rawlinna: (Sydney to Perth): Disembark to enjoy a traditional outback lamb roast, under the wide Nullarbor skies.