Australia Coast to Coast
Rail & Self drive tour
Enjoy time in iconic Sydney, the capital of New South Wales with its magnificent harbour, Opera House and botanical gardens. Explore the quaint streets of the Rocks and the nightlife of Darling Harbour. Then prepare for a journey of contrasts, from lush vineyards to vast goldmines, majestic mountains to the barren expanse of the Nullarbor, cities of four million to ghost towns of four. Follow in the footsteps of those who dared to venture beyond city limits – the legendary adventurers, goldrush prospectors and bush pioneers who forged their lives in Australia’s spectacular yet unforgiving interior as you enjoy the journey of a lifetime aboard the Indian Pacific. Explore Perth and nearby Rottnest Island with its famous Quokkas, cruise the Swan River and explore the Margaret River wine region.
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Australia Coast to Coast
Day 1-2 : Depart UK - Arrive Sydney
Depart the UK for your overnight flight down under.
Arrive Sydney and take a private transfer to your centrally located hotel for a 5 night stay. Defined by the glistening white sails of the opera house and built around one of the world’s finest harbours, Sydney is a world class city with a bustling nightlife, unparalleled dining and enviable beaches. Take a scenic ferry ride across the blue waters of the harbour to Manly, a surf town brimming with local restaurants and bars. Partake in an afternoon surf lesson or take a plunge in the rock pools lining the stretch of famed Bondi Beach. Spend some time in preserved colonial district of the Rocks where you’ll find markets selling hand crafted trinkets or perhaps enjoy a walking tour to learn about the first European ships who arrived here and the challenges these settlers faced. From lively food, prestigious museums, dynamic parks and an iconic skyline Sydney promises an unforgettable experience.
Day 3 : Sydney Sightseeing
Today you’ll enjoy an afternoon city tour. Visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city, the Queen Victoria Building and visit Sydney’s trendy Oxford Street district. Travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean where you will see the superb coastal cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte. Travel on to famous Bondi Beach, visit the beachfront promenade and enjoy a coffee or cool drink (own expense). See bronzed Aussie lifesavers and Sydney’s best panoramic view at Dover Heights. Return to the city via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs Macquarie’s Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbour.
Day 4 : Blue Mountains
Your tour begins with a stop at Calmsley Hill, a working farm also home to Kangaroo, Emu, Wombat and Koala. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander at leisure. Visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas and enjoy a stress and hurry free environment. Arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds for views of the famous Three Sisters. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colours. Stop at Blackheath and enjoy a 2-course lunch. Visit a selection of lookouts. Experience the view of Govetts Leap and the magnificent waterfall. Stop briefly to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice at the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, where you will enjoy sweeping views across to Sydney before travelling down the Bells Line of Road to Sydney. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your Sydney city accommodation.
Day 5 : Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise
Enjoy a day relaxing and seeing the sights of this magnificent city. To enhance your enjoyment, we include a harbour lunch cruise aboard a modern 78ft cruiser designed to feel luxurious and super comfortable, so you’ll feel right at home. There’s plenty of room on board, and with expansive top, fore and after decks, you can get 360-degree views of the iconic attractions as you sail past. They think lunch should be a long, lavish affair, so they serve generous al la carte meals inspired by locally sourced, regionally inspired delights, paired with a selection of beers, wines, soft drinks and tea or coffee. Wines have been hand selected by a sommelier from some of the finest wine regions in New South Wales – so wine lovers are in for a real treat!
Day 6 : Sydney
A day to relax and explore on your own
Day 7 : Indian Pacific
Your transcontinental adventure begins today when you board the Indian Pacific. 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 8 : Indian Pacific - Broken Hill, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Surrounds
You arrive in the ‘Silver City’ of Broken Hill as the day begins, where you embark on a morning of Off Train Experiences 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 9 : Indian pacific – Nullarbor Plain
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 10 : Perth
Breakfast is served as you glide through the mild skies and cool green vales of the Avon Valley on your way to Perth, arriving mid-afternoon after an onboard lunch. Transfer to your hotel for a three night stay. The rest of the day is free to explore the city.
Day 11 : Perth Sightseeing
Today’s tour provides you with an opportunity to experience Perth and Fremantle. Commencing in Perth, the tour takes in all major attractions of Perth's city centre, including the Western Australian Cricket Ground (WACA), Elizabeth Quay and the Perth Mint. Visit Kings Park Botanical Gardens, where you will have time to experience a walk through the tree canopies on the Tree Top Walkway or take in the stunning views from the war memorial back over the city skyline. Continue through to the affluent Western suburbs of Perth, known as Millionaire’s Row before reaching Cottesloe Beach. Travel to historic Fremantle viewing the impressive facades of this heritage listed city. Join your vessel for your return journey to Perth's Barrack Street Jetty. Cruise upstream discovering the exclusive suburbs of East Fremantle, Mosman Park, Peppermint Grove and Dalkeith passing by the homes of some of the rich and famous. The rest of the day is free to explore Perth on your own.
Day 12 : Rottnest Island
This beautiful island offers 63 gorgeous beaches, 45kms of walking trails, a fascinating cultural heritage and amazing native wildlife, including a colony of New Zealand fur seals and around 10,000 adorable quokkas. Swim, snorkel, hike, bike or just laze on the sand – this pocket-sized paradise really does have something for everyone.
This full day tour provides you with the opportunity to explore the beauty and tranquillity of Rottnest. Travel to Rottnest via Ferry where you will enjoy a 1.5 hour coach tour around the island. This tour will provide you with an insight into Rottnest’s cultural and historical heritage, diverse wildlife and fauna and social heritage. You will see some of Rottnest’s most spectacular locations including the Wadjemup Lighthouse and the rugged West End. You will also have a chance to step outside and have a stroll along the boardwalk at the majestic lookout point at West End. Return to Perth via ferry, where you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Day 13 : Perth – Margaret River (175 miles)
Collect your rental car and drive south from Perth, through the rolling farm lands of the southwest hinterland, that will put you on the edge of the world famous vineyards of Margaret River. The Capel Vale region, on the northern fringe, makes an ideal starting point for your food and wine indulgence and offers some excellent reds and whites. The Margaret River wine region is relatively compact and very easy to navigate. Make your first stop the visitors’ centre in the main street where you will find maps along with some tips on some of the local gourmet dining secrets. Nestled between farmlands and the coast, Margaret River is spoiled with top quality farm produce, fresh seafood, and the local specialty – Marron
Day 14-15 : Margaret River
Two days to make the most of the region. Perhaps head for the coast to Augusta and the famous lighthouse at Cape Leeuwin where the Indian and Southern oceans meet. Wind your way back through tree lined country roads with wineries and farms where you can see the produce and enjoy a superb lunch too.
Day 16-17 : Perth - Arrive UK
Head back to Perth today, perhaps stopping in Mandurah, a bustling year round resort where you’ll find a host of bird and marine life close to the shore; dolphins are a common sight. Return your car either at the airport in time for your homeward flight