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Perth and Beyond with Epic Cross Country Rail Journey

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,174

Discover the highlights of the most remote capital on the planet with this exploration of Perth and beyond. Start in Perth, where you’ll explore the coastline and venture into the Pinnacles Desert. Then board the Indian Pacific train to venture east to Sydney to enjoy two days in Australia’s largest city.


This 11-day Australian vacation takes you to Perth to explore the highlights of Western Australia before riding the Indian Pacific railroad east to Sydney. It features economy, moderate, or first-class accommodations in Perth and Sydney depending on preference, deluxe accommodations on board the train, shared tours, and is an ideal introduction to Australia.

Your journey begins in Perth, Western Australia’s capital and the most remote capital on the planet. Get to know this sunny city on the west coast with a city tour of its highlights and nearby Fremantle. Venture through King Park Botanical Gardens, stroll along the forest canopies of the Tree Top Walk, and feel the sand beneath your feet at Cottesloe Beach before cruising along the Swan River to see Perth’s swankest suburbs. The next day, swing by the lobster fishing town of Cervantes and learn about Australia’s lobster industry before venturing into the Pinnacles Desert to gaze upon the rocky limestone formations that transform the desert into an alien landscape. Cap off the day with a sandboarding adventure. On your final day in Perth, explore the tranquility of Rottnest Island with a 90-minute tour, seeing Wadjemup Lighthouse and strolling along the boardwalk of the rugged West End.

You’ll then board the Indian Pacific, a breathtaking train that transports travellers back to the golden age of travel during its journeys across the Outback. Enjoy the comforts of a luxury hotel and gourmet cuisine as you journey east towards Sydney. On your first day, pass through the rolling hills of the Avon Valley on route to the wild west township of Kalgoorlie. The next day, watch the sunrise over the Nullarbor Plain before spotting bounding kangaroo herds on the way to the ghost town of Cook, travelling along the longest single stretch of railway in the world. Reach Adelaide and head on a walking tour through the capital of South Australia. Later, stop off at Broken Hill, Australia’s silver capital. On your final morning aboard, wake up to sights of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales before reaching Sydney to disembark.

You’ll have two full days in Sydney to explore Australia’s largest city and one of the most naturally gorgeous cities in the world. An optional morning tour will showcase some of the world-famous landmarks, such as the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, and the surf paradise of Bondi Beach. Consider taking advantage of the Hop On Hop Off Explorer pass to cruise between landmarks and get access to the Taronga Zoo, where you can see kangaroos, koalas, and other marsupials. On your final day in Sydney, consider a trip into the Hunter Valley to visit popular wineries, go on a hike through the Blue Mountains, or discover Australia’s Indigenous history with a tour through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

At the end of your stay, connect to the airport to return home.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,174

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Day 1

Arrive Perth

On arrival you will be transferred to your Perth hotel.

Australia’s sunniest capital city, Perth effortlessly blends urban cool with raw natural beauty. Its heart is bustling with new bars, restaurants, shopping and cultural spaces, and is also home to Kings Park - one of the world’s largest inner city parks. Just a short drive away are the beautiful wineries of the Swan Valley and a string of stunning beaches where you can watch amazing sunsets and even swim with wild dolphins. Little wonder The New York Times declared Perth a 'hipster haven'.

The balance of the day is at leisure.

Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Mercure Hotel Perth

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    Mercure Hotel Perth



    Mercure Hotel Perth is situated in the heart of the major shopping area of Perth. The hotel features a heated rooftop swimming pool, sun deck, sauna and spa, gym, restaurants and bars. Each room has air-conditioning, minibar, bath, ironing facilities, internet/PC connection and tea/coffee making ...

    Mercure Hotel Perth is situated in the heart of the major shopping area of Perth. The hotel features a heated rooftop swimming pool, sun deck, sauna and spa, gym, restaurants and
    bars. Each room has air-conditioning, minibar, bath, ironing facilities, internet/PC connection and tea/coffee making facilities.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Perth and Fremantle City Explorer with Swan River Cruise

This morning's tour takes in the highlights of Perth and Fremantle, giving an insight into the alfresco lifestyle locals enjoy. It features all of Perth city's key points of interest such as King Park Botanical Gardens where you can walk through the tree canopies on the Tree Top Walk and a picturesque drive-by of Cottesloe Beach. Visit historic Fremantle, a centre of cosmopolitan cafes and restored old buildings. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a cruise down the Swan River and upon your return home you will see some of Perth's most exclusive suburbs.

This afternoon is at leisure to explore Perth at your own pace.

Day 3

4 Wheel Drive Pinnacles, Koalas and Sand Boarding Adventure

After stopping at Caversham Wildlife Park in the Swan Valley to view koalas and hand feed kangaroos, you travel to the lobster fishing town of Cervantes for lunch. We stop at the Lobster Shack for an informative talk about the lobster industry, followed by a self guided tour through the purpose built factory.

Then it's onwards to the mystical Pinnacles Desert for an easy paced walk through the fascinating landscape where you will be in awe at the sheer size and number of these spiers. Afterwards enjoy a thrilling experience of sand boarding and 4-wheel driving over the vast sand dunes of Lancelin.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 4

Discover Rottnest Island

Explore the beauty and tranquility of Rottnest as you sit back and relax in the comfort of an air conditioned coach. This 90-minute tour around the island takes you out to some of Rottnest's most spectacular locations including the Wadjemup Lighthouse and the rugged West End and provides you with a complete interpretation of the island through your passionate and knowledgeable coach captain.

This tour will provide you with an insight into Rottnest's cultural and historical heritage, diverse wildlife and fauna and social heritage. You will also have a chance to step outside and have a stroll along the boardwalk at the majestic look-out point at West End.

This evening is at leisure to experience Perth's vibrant restaurant and bar scene.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 5

The Indian Pacific - Perth to Kalgoorlie

You will be transfered to the Perth Railways Station this morning.

With its bold wedge-tailed eagle emblem symbolising the scope, range and significance of each epic journey, the Indian Pacific traverses mountain ranges, passes through arid deserts and goldfields, rocky valleys and subtropical savannahs on its transcontinental crossings.

Named for the two oceans the train encounters on its journey, the Indian Pacific travels between Perth, Adelaide and Sydney on a spectacular 4352km crossing.

Your journey from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean begins as you pull away from the platform in Perth mid-morning. Settle into your comfortable cabin and get to know the creature comforts of life onboard. Enjoy a modern Australian lunch as you glide through the picturesque rolling hills of the Avon Valley. After a relaxing afternoon onboard, enjoy a three-course dinner prior to your late evening arrival in the wild west township of Kalgoorlie.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

The Indian Pacific

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    The Indian Pacific


    A journey aboard the iconic Indian Pacific will whisk you between Perth, Adelaide and Sydney in comfort and style. With epic transcontinental crossings between the Indian and Pacific oceans, step onboard for an all-inclusive rail holiday you'll never forget

    A journey aboard the iconic Indian Pacific will whisk you between Perth, Adelaide and Sydney in comfort and style. With epic transcontinental crossings between the Indian and Pacific oceans, step onboard for an all-inclusive rail holiday you'll never forget

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Cafe
    • Lounge
    • Restaurant

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Day 6

The Indian Pacific - Nullarbor Plain

Awake to the spectacular expanse of the Nullarbor Plain to watch the sunrise. Be captivated by the big blue skies and ancient stillness of the desert landscape, broken only by a mob of friendly kangaroos. Waiting ahead is the charm of the once-thriving Nullarbor railway community – now ghost town – of Cook. Sit back and relax as the train continues its trek across the longest single stretch of railway in the world. Another mouth-watering dinner is followed by relaxed conversation in the lounge before a restful night’s sleep.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

The Indian Pacific - Adelaide and Broken Hill

On arrival in elegant Adelaide, you have the choice of a walking tour (seasonal), a behind-the-scenes tour of the world famous Adelaide Oval, or a coach tour of the city sights. This evening you’ll enjoy a stop at Broken Hill, Australia’s silver capital and home to a unique artistic community.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

The Indian Pacific - Blue Mountains and Sydney

Wake in the picturesque Blue Mountains. See the majestic Three Sisters at Echo Point and the views at Jamison Valley before completing your journey on our chartered NSW rail service (fully hosted by our staff) into Sydney Central Station. Alternatively, stay on board the Indian Pacific to travel directly to Sydney.

Sydney is located on the east coast of the country in the state of New South Wales. It is Australia’s biggest and most cosmopolitan city and an essential stop on any traveller’s itinerary on an Australia vacation. Surrounding the city is a wonderland of national parks, forests, mountains, river valleys and historic riverside towns. Some interesting facts about Sydney are that the first settlers in 1788 came here to found a penal colony; it has the world’s largest natural harbour and there are 70 beaches along the coast in reasonable striking distance from the city.

On arrival you will be transfered to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Holiday Inn Darling Harbour

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    Holiday Inn Darling Harbour



    Emanating a quiet charm right in the middle of the action, Holiday Inn Darling Harbour has the best that Sydney has to offer on its doorstep. A heritage listed former wool store cloaks the northern wing of the hotel in history. You can walk to ...

    Emanating a quiet charm right in the middle of the action, Holiday Inn Darling Harbour has the best that Sydney has to offer on its doorstep. A heritage listed former wool store cloaks the northern wing of the hotel in history. You can walk to some of Sydney's best restaurants, theatres and shopping complexes from the hotel.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Newsstand
    • Offsite Paid Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 9

Sydney

Sydney is a fast paced city of cosmopolitan character and one of the world's most beautiful places. Colonial history, stunning architecture, superb waterways, gracious harbourside suburbs and friendly people epitomise the vibrancy of this spectacular city. Why not add a Morning Sydney City Tour with Opera House (additional cost applies). Highlights of this tour include a guided historic 'Sydney Rock' walking tour and a guided tour of Australia's most famous building - the Sydney Opera House. You'll also see Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach, affluent waterside suburbs, trendy hotspots and much more.

Perhaps this afternoon do what the locals do and travel on the harbour highway. The Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer pass (additional cost applies) is the easy way for visitors to explore Sydney over 2 days visiting up to eleven famous harbour precincts including Darling Harbour, Circular Quay (The Rocks & Opera House), Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Manly, Fort Denison, Shark Island, Barangaroo, International Convention Centre Darling Harbour and Garden Island with full commentary. The round trip cruise is 60 - 90 minutes in duration with 30 - 45 minutes between vessels and you can stop off at any attraction and re-board the next Explorer with your two day ticket. Included in this pass is entry to Taronga Zoo and the Sky Safari Cable Car. Taronga Zoo is open from 9am - 5pm daily.

This evening is at leisure.

Day 10

Sydney

Today is free to explore Sydney, perhaps consider an optional tour to the Hunter Valley, one of the premier wine regions of Australia or the Blue Mountains, a world heritage listed must see when visiting Sydney. Other options include a day trip to the nation’s capital – Canberra or for something different, the Wilderness and Aboriginal Explorer Tour, a fascinating tour through the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, just 45 minutes from the city and visiting several ancient aboriginal heritage sights. Your Goway Agent can assist with all your additional touring requirements.

Day 11

Depart Sydney

You will be transferred today from to the airport for your onward flight

Alternatively stay longer and visit some other regions of NSW such as the outback of Broken Hill, the beaches of the Central Coast, Byron Bay and more...

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Wednesday

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip airport - hotel transfers in Perth and Sydney
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Perth
  • Half-Day Perth and Fremantle City Explorer with Swan River Cruise
  • 4WD Pinnacles, Koalas and Sand Boarding Adventure with Lunch
  • Discover Rottnest with Coach Tour and with Lunch
  • Indian Pacific All Inclusive Rail Journey - including;
    • Accommodation in a Gold Service Cabin
    • All meals
    • Beverages
    • Off train excursions
  • Accommodation in Sydney for 3 nights

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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