Day 1: Tuesday 31st August 2021 MELBOURNE – SYDNEY (D)
All aboard! By embarking on this transcontinental journey, you’ll be following in the footsteps of those who have dared to venture beyond the city limits – the legendary adventurers, goldrush prospectors and bush pioneers who forged their lives in Australia’s spectacular yet unforgiving interior. Today we make our way down to the Melbourne Airport for our flight to Sydney. On arrival into Sydney you will be transferred to your overnight accommodation, which is the Sofitel on Darling Harbor. This beautiful hotel is situated right in the heart of the city overlooking the harbor. Take the afternoon to go exploring the many shops, cafes, restaurants and tourist attractions this vibrant city has to offer. Dinner tonight will be served at your accommodation.
Day 2: Wednesday 1st Sept. SYDNEY (B, D)
Have a leisurely start to morning as you wake up in Sydney. Enjoy the flourishing buffet before being transferred to the Sydney train station for the beginning of your very exciting train journey.
Prepare for a journey of contrasts, from lush vineyards to vast goldmines, majestic mountains to the barren expanse of the Nullarbor, from cities of four million to ghost towns of four. As the train winds through the breathtaking Blue Mountains, explore the comforts of life onboard, get acquainted with your cabin and fellow travellers. After settling in, savour your first meal – a regionally-inspired dinner paired with all-inclusive fine wines and beverages. After dinner, join fellow guests for a late-night drink or head back to your cabin for your first night onboard.
Day 3: Thursday 2nd Sept. BROKEN HILL, BAROSSA VALLEY & ADELAIDE (B,L, D)
You arrive in the ‘Silver City’ of Broken Hill as the day begins, where you embark on a morning of Off Train Excursions to discover the mining history and artistic culture of this unique town where the streets are wide and there’s a pub on every corner. Lunch is served onboard as the Indian Pacific enters the southern tip of the spectacular and ancient Flinders Ranges. Arriving in the city of Adelaide in the afternoon, you have the choice of a tour of the city, a visit to the world-famous Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale wine regions (seasonal), or a trip to the beautiful Adelaide Hills featuring the culinary delights of Hahndorf.
Day 4: Friday 3rd Sept. NULLARBOR PLAIN (B, L, D)
You’ll awake to the seemingly endless expanse of the Nullarbor Plain. Breakfast is served as you travel along the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world. This evening, your sense of wonder will be ignited as you enjoy the tranquillity of dinner under the brilliant desert stars in the remote and beautiful Rawlinna (seasonal).
Day 5: Saturday 4th Sept. PERTH (B, L, D)
Breakfast is served as you glide through the mild skies and cool green vales of the Avon Valley on your way to Perth, arriving after an onboard lunch. Once you arrive in Perth it is time to disembark, from the train you will be transferred to your accommodation for the next 4 nights which is the Hyatt Regency Perth. The Hyatt is located on the foreshore parklands of the picturesque Swan River, fantastic dinning and great location for the exploring traveller. Enjoy dinner at your accommodation.
Day 6: Sunday 5th Sept. ROTTNEST ISLAND (B, L, D)
This morning after a hearty breakfast we are exploring Rottnest Island today. From your hotel you will be transferred to the Jetty for the Ferry across to Rottnest Island, the “Emerald Isle in a Sea of Sapphire”. Join the most comprehensive guided tour of the island allowing you to explore the stunning beauty of this A-Class natural reserve in air-conditioned comfort, taking in the amazing fauna and flora of the island, stunning beaches, woodlands and incredible salt lakes – commencing with a unique historic train ride that includes a light lunch. This 4-hour all-inclusive island tour takes in all of Rottnest’s must-see locations featuring the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, Oliver Hill Gun Fortification and Tunnels and the majestic look-out point at the rugged Cathedral Rocks and Cape Vlamingh. All major habitats are covered on this amazing tour, including Rottnest’s cultural and historical heritage ranging from maritime and military history right up to future developments. Enjoy some free time on the Island before catching the Ferry back to the main land. Dinner tonight will be served at your accommodation.
Day 7: Monday 6th Sept. SWAN VALLEY (B, L, D)
Today relax and enjoy the iconic city skyline and beautiful picturesque landscape as you escape the city and cruise leisurely into the upper regions of the Swan Valley. You'll be treated to a delicious, filling two course lunch from the coveted Sandalford Estate following an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the winery and a one-of-a-kind wine tasting! All of this is capped off with live entertainment and tantalizing desserts on board your return cruise. Captain Cook Cruises’ gourmet wine cruise is a fantastic way to spend the day cruising along the river and get to know the Swan Valley a different way. Upon return you will be transferred back to your accommodation or if you prefer take a stroll back through the park. Dinner tonight is at your accommodation.
Day 8: Tuesday 7th Sept. WILDFLOWERS (B, L, D)
You can’t come all this way in wild flower season and not go see these beautiful Australian flowers. Whilst the slope, soils and ancient granite outcrops of the Darling Escarpment are traditionally the ideal habitat and location to view wildflowers, profusion varies daily and is dependent on sunshine. Visit locations all around the Perth region where we expect to find the finest wildflowers for you to see and smell, monitoring the progress of wildflowers once in season to ensure we minimise travel time. Kings Park is renowned for its guarantee of wildflowers but areas such as Wireless Park, Gingin and Toodyay are also prolific at various times. Your guide will help you see rare and delicate wildflowers including renowned everlastings, orchids, red and green kangaroo paw, banksias, bottle brush and Western Australia’s most famous orange flowering Christmas trees. During the day at an opportune time (hopefully close to the gorgeous wildflowers), we stop for our included lunch (venue dependant on itinerary). There is ample time to identify and photograph flowers and a complimentary wildflower booklet on Western Australia’s unique wildflowers is included. Please be aware that this tour highlights individual species and not carpets or fields of flowers, which are found 500 kilometres north of Perth. Dinner tonight will be served at your hotel.
Day 9: Wednesday 8th Sept. PERTH- MELBOURNE (B, L, D)
After breakfast our adventure unfortunately comes to an end. This morning you will be transferred to the Perth Airport for your flight back to Melbourne. On arrival in Melbourne a Cardwells representative will be waiting to take you back to your original locations.
GOLD CABINS $6365 per person, based on Twin Share
Single Supplement $315
Single Supplement Sole Use: $1780