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 : 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 5 : 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 6-7 : 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 : 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 10 : Perth Sightseeing: Arcades & Laneways
On this Perth tour that focuses on the arcades and laneways of the city, you'll learn just such stories and so many more, from the people who know best - the locals! Discover the evolving small bar scene and hidden gems on this information packed walking tour through the heart of Perth's lesser known street scapes with a friendly 'Sandgroper' as your guide. The arcades and laneways provide interesting routes to navigate through the city centre as well as great spots to check out hip and happening events and the proliferation of street art. Together you will explore the modern day secret nuggets of the Central Business District plus new developments including the Bell Tower, Elizabeth Quay and Yagan Square. To really get know the city, you’ll get stories about the quirks of its history, heritage, culture, and architecture - a plethora of Perth highlights! Rather than get bogged down in dates and historical data, your passionate guide will show you why Perth is the way it is, and what really makes this city tick. Your Perth tour finishes up at a local pub in Northbridge, where the first drink is on us. A great afternoon out, whether you are visiting from over east, overseas, or even if you are a local West Australian who wants to dig deeper into our rich history.
Day 11 : 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 8 hour tour provides you with the opportunity to explore Rottnest at your own pace, by land and by sea, on this self-guided tour. The package comes with a bike so you can ride to the many secluded bays and beaches. Your bike will be waiting for you at the jetty when you arrive, so you can take off right away. Feel the breeze through your hair as you ride from place to place, soaking in the breathtaking views that Rottnest has to offer at every turn. Explore the many secluded bays and wonderful beaches, stop for a picnic, or just find a nice quiet spot to take a quokka selfie. Return to Perth via ferry. (Hotel drop off not included)
Day 12-14 : 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 15-16 : 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