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The Indian Pacific: Ultimate 22-day Reef-to-Reef Adventure

Rail, tour, fly and self-drive!

Frolic with dolphins, explore pristine islands, sleep under the stars on the Great Barrier Reef, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, drive across south WA and cross the country by train connecting two oceans. It’s the ultimate Australian coastal adventure!

FROM
$10,299PP
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DURATION
21 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation
  • Bonus experiences
  • Day tours
  • Selected drinks
  • Selected meals
  • Selected transfers

About this holiday

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Low Season: 02 June 2019-30 July 2019 and 01 December 2019-28 January 2020 (Eastbound only) 05 June-25 July 2019 and 04 December 2019-30 January 2020 (Westbound only).

Shoulder Season: 07 April-28 May 2019, 04 August-27 August 2019, 03 November-26 November 2019 and 02 February-31 March 2020 (Eastbound only) 03 April-30 May 2019,0 7 August-29 August 2019, 06 November-28 November 2019 and 05 February-26 March 2020 (Westbound only). 

High Season: 01 September-29 October 2019 (Eastbound only) 04 September-31 October 2019 (Westbound only)

  • Prices valid from 1st April 2019 - 31st March 2020.

  • Single supplements apply, contact us for a quote



Inclusions

  • 4 nights accommodation in Airlie Beach

  • 2 days/1 night Reefsleep including swag accommodation and water activities

  • 1 day Camira Sailing Adventure

  • Economy class flight from Proserpine or Hamilton Island to Sydney

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

  • 4 days/3 nights aboard the Indian Pacific, Sydney to Perth including all meals, beverages and Off Train Experiences

  • 2 nights accommodation in Perth

  • 1 day Discover Rottnest tour

  • Return economy class flight from Perth to Exmouth

  • 10 days car hire (compact size)

  • 4 nights accommodation in Exmouth

  • Whale Shark (April to July) or Humpback Whale (August to October) Interaction tour

  • 1 night accommodation in Carnarvon

  • 2 nights accommodation in Monkey Mia

  • 2 nights accommodation in Coral Bay

  • Marine Eco Safari featuring manta rays

  • 4 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 4 dinners

Accommodation

Gold Service Twin

Platinum Service (Twin & Double Share)
By day your cabin is configured as a private lounge with deluxe lounge seating, a table and two ottomans. By night you'll sleep easy as the lounges convert to a comfortable bedroom with either a double bed or twin beds.

Gold Service (Single & Twin Share)

During the day, the compact Twin Berth Sleeper Cabins offer a comfortable three seater lounge, converting to an upper and lower sleeping berth at night. And with top notch service from our hospitality attendant, you'll enjoy fresh sheets, bath towels, pillows, doonas and complimentary toiletries. Twin Berth Sleeper Cabins have private en suite facilities with a hide-away compact toilet, wash basin and shower. 

Travel dates

  • Prices valid from 1st April 2019 - 31st March 2020.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is the vibrant hub of the Whitsundays. and the ideal
mainland base for fun and adventure. 
OVERNIGHT: Mantra Boathouse

Day 2: Great Barrier Reef, Reefsleep

Transfer from Airlie Beach by fast ocean-going vessel and enjoy the
day filled with fun activities in Australia's world famous Great Barrier
Reef. 
OVERNIGHT: Reefsleep (L, D)

Day 3: Great Barrier Reef, Reefsleep

Enjoy a full day experiencing the location. Swim and see the myriad
tropical fish, corals and reef sharks. Non-swimmers can view from theunderwater viewing chamber of the semi-submersible vessel.
OVERNIGHT: 3 nights Mantra Boathouse (B, L)

Day 4: Leisure Day

Enjoy the lovely coastal town of Airlie Beach. Stroll one of the
alfresco restaurants for fresh local seafood or handmade tapas.

Day 5: Camira Sailing Adventure

Enjoy a full day sailing around the Whitsundays and take in all the
showstoppers Whitsundays has to offer, including the jaw-dropping Whitehaven Beach, interactive shore experiences, swimming spots topped of with a beach barbeque for lunch. (L)

Day 6: Airlie Beach to Sydney

Check out of Mantra Boathouse in the morning for your flight to
Sydney. On arrival in Sydney, spend the remainder of they day at your
leisure. Amble through the city's laneways or enjoy views from Darling
Harbour.

OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Adina Apartment Hotel, Sydney Central

Day 7: Sydney Harbour, Bridge Climb

Climb an Australian icon, The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is sure to
be a highlight and amoment you'll never forget.

Day 8: Board the Indian Pacific in Sydney

Depart Sydney's Central Station, settle into your first evening on the
Indian Pacific. Enjoy the fabulous food, wine, service and social atmosphere of this much-loved rail journey. 

OVERNIGHT: 3 nights Indian Pacific (D)

Day 9: Indian Pacific, Broken Hill& Adelaide

After breakfast, prepare for your first Off Train Excursion in Broken
Hill, followed by a day enjoying the outback scenery. Upon arrival in
Adelaide, you'll have more Off Train Excursions to choose from before
continuing your journey west (B, L, D)

Day 10: Indian Pacific, NullarborPlain

Today is all about those amazing views as you cross this famous
stretch of the Australian interior. Dinner this evening is under and outback
sky on the edge of the country's largest sheep station at Rawlinna (seasonal) (B, L, D)

Day 11: Indian Pacific, Perth

This morning, you will travel through the rolling hills of the Avon
Valley, Arriving mid-afternoon to Perth. 

OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Adina Apartment Hotel, Perth (B, L)

Day 12: Rottnest Island

Enjoy a ferry trip from Perth to Rottnest Island with Rottnest Express
with so much to see and do. Best option is to take a guided tour and explorethe island's most spectacular locations, see its unique wildlife and discover its colourful history. 

Day 13: Perth to Exmouth

After your flight from Perth to Exmouth, pick up your hire car and
make your way to your accommodation.

OVERNIGHT: 3 nights Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort

Day 14: Whale Shark or HumpbackWhale Interaction Tour

Prepare for a life-changing experience. You have the change to swim
with whale sharks or humpback whales (seasonal) on the world famous Ningaloo Reef. Lunch also included as well as a glass of bubbly to celebrate an encounter with nature you'll never forget. (L)
NOTE: During NOV-MAR you will enjoy ahalf-day Marine Life Discover and Lagoon Snorkeling Tour.

Day 15: Leisure Day

Why not head to Cape Range National Park with its spectacular gorges
in your hire car? Hike through walking trails and gorges offering best views in the west or relax on pristine sandy beaches with crystal clear turquoise water.

Day 16: Self-Drive to Carnarvon

Drive to Carnarvon via Goscoyne's picturesque coastline, or the rugged
inland locations such as Kennedy Range and Mount Augustus National
Park. 
OVERNIGHT: Woorame River Retreal

Day 17: Self-Drive to Shark Bay (Monkey Mia)

Monkey Mia is famous for it's dolphin experience and is surrounded by
rusty red sand dunes, white sandy beaches and water teeming with wildlife.You can drive there via Hamelin Pool, a protected marine nature reserve where stromatolites, known as 'living fossils' are the number one attraction.

OVERNIGHT: 2 nights RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

Day 18: Leisure Day

Covering an area of more than 2.2 million hectares, Shark Bay is one
of the world's greatest wilderness treasures with a unique combination of
wildlife, flora and stunning scenery. Enjoy a day at your leisure.

Day 19: Self-Drive to Coral Bay

Self-Drive back towards Exmouth. Coral Bay is a small settlement that
lies protected from the Indian Ocean by the Ningaloo Reef, where the coral
starts right at the water's edge. 

OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Bayview Coral Bay

Day 20: Marine Eco Safari - Manta Rays

This marine eco-tour is a full day of fascinating interactions with
the ocean. Get up close and personal with manta rays. Your adventure includes wetsuits and snorkelling gear plus morning tea, lunch, and afternoon snacks. (L)

Day 21: Self-Drive to Exmouth

Take in any last-minute sights at Coral Bay before making the drive to
Exmouth. Spend the afternoon relaxingby the pool as you relfect on the last couple of week's adventure.

OVERNIGHT: Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort

Day 22: Exmouth to Perth

After breakfast, check out of your hotel, return your hire car and
board your flight to Perth.

Questions

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Fine print

Conditions: 

  • Advanced Purchase fares: must be purchased 6 months or more prior to travel and are subject to availability. A non-refundable deposit payment is required 7 days after confirmation invoice. Final balance payment due 190 days prior to travel. 

  • Late Bookings made 50 days or less prior to the train's departure date require full payment at the time of booking.

  • We also recommend that you take out suitable travel insurance to cover (as a minimum) the costs incurred if you cancel your trip.

  • Everyday & Everyday Saver fares: require a non-refundable deposit within 7 days after confirmation invoice. Please refer to table below.

Maximum Deposit Amount Required

Balance Due 

Gold Service: $600 per person within 7 days after confirmation

Platinum Service: $1200 per person within 7 days after confirmation

50 days prior to departure

NOTE: Rail Plus withholds the right to cancel the booking if a deposit or balance is not received.


Cancellations

Conditions:

Cancellation Notice

Cancellation Fee Per Person

Cancel more than 50 days prior to departureLoss of DepositCancel less than 50 days prior to departureNon-Refundable

Advance Purchase Cancellations: 

'Loss of Deposit' if cancelled more than 190 days before departure.

'Non-refundable' if cancelled less than 190 days before departure.

  • Earlybird & Advance Purchase Fares are non-refundable

  • Refunds will incur GST

  • Amendment fees will apply to Advance Purchase fares if made at least 50 days prior to departure. Guests may have to pay the difference between the Advanced Purchase and Everyday fares.(Subject to availability). Within 50 days, no amendments are allowed.

  • Amendment fees may apply.



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