An Indian Pacific Odyssey
ADELAIDE | KANGAROO ISLAND | BAROSSA VALLEY | INDIAN PACIFIC TRAIN | COOK | RAWLINNA BOULDER | PERTH
Enjoy time in Adelaide, explore the amazing Kangaroo Island with its stunning flora and fauna and experience the delights of the Barossa valley on a wine tasting tour 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 Quakkas and cruise the Swan River.
- The Indian Pacific from Adelaide to Perth
- Magical wildlife viewing on Kangaroo Island
- The Barossa Valley, Australia’s best wineries
- Cruise on the Swan River in Perth
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An Indian Pacific Odyssey
Day 1-2 : UK - Adelaide
Depart the UK for your overnight flight down under.
Day 3 : Adelaide
When you arrive in Adelaide you’ll be met and transferred to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore.
Adelaide is a captivating city, a city of churches and the food and wine capital of Australia, with sandstone homes and cottages with sweeping gardens; a young Australian city, rich in recent history yet charmingly modern. Perhaps you’ll visit Trinity Church, the Adelaide Oval one of Australia’s most notable cricket grounds or the trendy shops and restaurants on O’Connell Street; maybe stroll along the garden banks of the River Torrens or visit quirky Hutt Street.
Day 4 : Kangaroo Island
Leave Adelaide today and travel to Cape Jervis for the ferry to Kangaroo Island. Take a guided walk on the beach among a colony of rare and wild Australian sea lions with a National Parks Ranger at Seal Bay Conservation Park. Get up close and see these wild creatures frolic and laze about – a truly amazing and unforgettable experience. Then enjoy a delicious two course lunch at Vivonne Bay Bistro, set in a beautiful Australian bushland.
Spend the afternoon in the Flinders Chase National Park, which was devastated in the worst fire to ever hit the island in January 2020. You’ll see that the regeneration of the native bush occurs so quickly after the event and there will be many opportunities to take photos. As you travel through the park, keep an eye out for echidnas, wallabies, reptiles, and koalas. See the rugged coastline from walks around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Remarkable Rocks provide great photographic opportunities, and the Admirals Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal the spectacular rock archway, a natural nursery and haven for playful Long-nosed Fur Seals.
Your last visit of the day is to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park to feed some kangaroos and get up close to the Kangaroo Island Koalas while listening to the Keeper talk about the cuddly mammals. There is also a possibility to see more kangaroos and wallabies on your way to your overnight accommodation, the Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge. Set amongst lush vegetation and seven acres of natural bushland in American River it is a nature lovers paradise.
Day 5 : Kangaroo Island - Adelaide
Start your day with a delicious buffet breakfast before heading off on day 2 of your tour. Today your local guide will introduce you to some of the island’s leading creators where you will see an “Free Flight” display of raptors and taste some local Kangaroo Island produce.
Your first official stop will be the fascinating Birds of Prey Presentation at Raptor Domain for an educational, interactive, and inspiring experience. The only “Free Flight” Birds of Prey display in South Australia, it is thought by many to be the most interactive Birds of Prey presentation in Australia.
Next, travel to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery (South Australia’s only commercial Eucalyptus Oil Distillery) for a delicious 2-course lunch followed by an introductory talk about the history of the oil distillery and take a guided tour. Kangaroo Island Ciders’ range of Colony Cove products including Apple Sparkler, Draught Cider and Original Cider are available for tasting (additional cost). Finish off with some free time in their souvenir shop where you will find an assortment of Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and Emu Oil products.
Your next stop is Clifford’s Honey Farm, where you’ll enjoy an informative guided tour of the honey room where you will learn about the extraction process, taste a honey soft drink and have the option to sample the Drunken Drone Brewery’s Honey Wheat Ale. In the farm gate shop, you can see a working beehive where you can try to spot the Queen bee. There are different varieties of pure Kangaroo Island Ligurian honey and beauty products to purchase as well as their famous honey ice-cream.
Continue to Pennington Bay, a spectacular beach on the south coast of Kangaroo Island for a photo opportunity. This delightful tour ends with a visit to the new False Cape Wines Cellar Door on the beautiful Dudley Peninsula, where you can soak up the views and enjoy a structured tasting of their premium wines.
Time for you to purchase dinner before returning to the Penneshaw Ferry Terminal for your return ferry and coach transfer back to Adelaide. For a 2 night stay
Day 6 : Barossa Valley
Enjoy a small group wine tasting tour to the beautiful Barossa Valley today as you leave the city and travels through the Adelaide Hills to the first winery, Château Yaldara, one of the most photographed historic buildings in South Australia. Continuing through picturesque scenery, cross the world-famous Jacobs Creek towards the heart of the Barossa Valley and the beautiful and historic township of Tanunda. Enjoy some of the Barossa’s most internationally acclaimed wines at the beautiful Peter Lehmann winery with a lunch platter of local Barossa Valley produce. Following a stop at Mengler’s Hill Lookout, head onwards to the next wine-tasting experience at Lambert Estate Wines. The final destination is Wolf Blass Wines, one of the world’s most iconic award winning wine brands with time to explore the state of the art cellar door. The day blends historical wineries, wonderful regional food, beautiful scenery and the people that make the Barossa Valley a truly world class region. Return to Adelaide, where you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 7 : Indian Pacific
Enjoy free time in Adelaide before heading for the train station for your transcontinental adventure aboard the Indian Pacific. Celebrate the start of your journey with the ‘Flavours of South Australia Welcome Dinner’, held at the Adelaide Parklands Terminal. A showcase of fabulous food and world-class wine, this complimentary pre-boarding event delivers the best bottles from around SA and sublime regional offerings from both land and sea. 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 - Nullarbor Plain
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast with expansive desert views, followed by a stop at the outback ghost town of Cook. A spectacular dinner under the stars awaits at Rawlinna (seasonal), the Nullarbor outpost that borders a ‘little’ sheep station of a mere 8,000 square kilometres.
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
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 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 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 12 : Depart Perth - UK
You’ll be transferred to Perth Airport in time for your homeward flight.