Sydney, Southern Australia & Nullarbor with Sea Princess & Indian Pacific

 20 nights departing 1 March 2020

  Package Reference: HOA2608P
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Travel from West to East and back again on this spectacular cruise and rail voyage across Australia.

Package inclusions

  • Transfer to the rail terminal.†
  • 3 nights aboard Indian Pacific travelling from Perth to Sydney in Gold or Platinum Service. Your journey includes all meals, drinks and Off Train Experiences in Kalgoorlie, Nullarbor, Cook, Adelaide, Broken Hill and the Blue Mountains.
  • Transfer from the rail terminal to your hotel.
  • 6 night stay in Sydney at the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay including breakfast.
  • Half day Bondi Beach & Sydney Sights tour with Captain Cook Lunch Cruise.
  • Full day Jenolan Caves & Blue Mountains tour.
  • Full day Hunter Valley Harvest Wine Experience tour including lunch.
  • Transfer from your hotel to the cruise terminal.
  • 11 nights aboard Sea Princess cruising from Sydney to Fremantle with port calls in Melbourne, Burnie, Hobart, Adelaide, Albany & Margaret River (Busselton). Your cruise includes on board meals and entertainment.
  • Transfer from the cruise terminal.†
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Tour itinerary

Sunday 1 March
This morning you will be transferred to the East Perth Terminal† where you will board the Indian Pacific and travel by rail from Perth to Sydney, in your chosen service of travel. There is no better way to appreciate the sheer breadth of Australia than by embarking on this epic transcontinental journey. 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.

Included Off Train Experiences:

  • Paddy Hannan’s Ounce of Luck tour

Included meals: lunch & dinner
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ccommodation: Indian Pacific - 3 nights on board


Monday 2 March
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.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Sunday 1 March
This morning you will be transferred to the East Perth Terminal† where you will board the Indian Pacific and travel by rail from Perth to Sydney, in your chosen service of travel. There is no better way to appreciate the sheer breadth of Australia than by embarking on this epic transcontinental journey. 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.

Included Off Train Experiences:

  • Paddy Hannan’s Ounce of Luck tour

Included meals: lunch & dinner
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ccommodation: Indian Pacific - 3 nights on board


Monday 2 March
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.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Tuesday 3 March
Arrive in elegant Adelaide this morning.

Choice of included Off Train Experiences:

  • Adelaide City & River Precinct Walking tour including breakfast
  • Adelaide Central Market Progressive Breakfast
  • City Sights tour including breakfast
  • Adelaide Oval tour including breakfast

This evening you’ll enjoy a stop at Broken Hill, Australia’s silver capital and home to a unique artistic community.

Choice of included Off Train Experiences:

  • The Main Drag show
  • The Regional Art Gallery
  • The Big Picture

Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Wednesday 4 March
Wake in the picturesque Blue Mountains.

Included Off Train Excursion:

  • Scenic World Cableway, Skyway and Railway
  • Echo Point lookout
  • Prince Henry Cliff Walk

Complete your journey on a chartered NSW rail service (fully hostedf) into Sydney Central Station. You will be transferred to your accommodation where the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Included meals: breakfast & lunch
Accommodation: Sir Stamford at Circular Quay - 6 night stay


Thursday 5 March
No trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to Bondi Beach! But first take in stunning harbour views on board your Captain Cook Lunch Cruise. Listen to expert commentary while you enjoy a buffet lunch of fresh seafood, tender meats and seasonal fruits. Once the cruise has finished you will be continuing onto your afternoon tour. Travel through the historic district known as the Rocks, Australia’s European birthplace. Drive through the parklands of the Domain and past the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Capture a different view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge from Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair at the far end of the Domain. Enjoy stunning views of the harbour entrance from South Head and the area known as the Gap. Spot our friendly lifesavers on Bondi Beach. Return to the city via the eastern suburbs of Double Bay, Edgecliff and Rushcutters Bay.
Included meals: breakfast & lunch


Friday 6 March
Today you will have a free day in Sydney to explore the city at your own pace.
Included meals: breakfast


Saturday 7 March
Today you will discover the World Heritage treasures of the Blue Mountains and the breathtaking natural wonders of the Jenolan Caves. First stop at Echo Point to view the famous Three Sisters and learn about the Aboriginal Dreamtime legend of the three sisters who were turned to stone. Travel through Katoomba, the ‘capital’ of the Blue Mountains. Stop to take photos from a perfect vantage point and capture awe-inspiring views of dramatic cliffs, deep canyons and lush vegetation, particularly eucalypt. Learn ancient Aboriginal Dreamtime interpretations of the creation of the world. Head to Jenolan Caves along the Cliff Drive with its stunning scenery. An experienced guide will take you through the oldest known cave system in the world. The caves all feature amazing lighting, underground rivers and limestone formations. Visit captivating Lucas Cave, the largest of the Jenolan Caves. Its highest chamber reaches 54 metres and is known as ‘the Cathedral’. Glimpse Australian birds and animals, including kangaroos and platypus, among the quiet bushland, the deep caves and great valley. Admire the beauty of the Blue Lake, the result of mineral-laden water seeping through the limestone caves.
Included meals: breakfast


Sunday 8 March
Today you will have a free day in Sydney to explore the city at your own pace.
Included meals: breakfast


Monday 9 March
Today you will explore the fertile Hunter Valley and taste delicious food and award winning wines. Admire the magnificent views of the Hawkesbury River on your drive through the Central Coast. The Hunter Valley is home to Australia’s oldest wine-producing region and owes its fame to world-class viticulturists and fertile soils. Enjoy a private wine tasting experience at Leogate Estate Wines, which produces trophy-winning wines such as Chardonnay, Semillon and Shiraz, and learn of local wine-making techniques. Visit Hunter Valley Resort, where you can walk among the vines and learn about the wine-making process and the key role the resort plays in this region. Enjoy lunch made with local produce, while you sample some of the area’s best wines. You will also have the chance to purchase a beer tasting paddle from the on-site brewery. The McGuigan family are respected pioneers of the industry and at their cellar door you will be greeted warmly and welcomed to a tasting of their fine wines. Finish the day at Roche Estate, where you will have free time to explore the shops offering Australian cheeses at the Smelly Cheese Shop and gourmet delights plus coffee, gelato, craft beer and cellar doors (own expense).
Included meals: breakfast & lunch


Tuesday 10 March
Today you will be transferred to the cruise terminal where you will board the Sea Princess bound for Fremantle. Your cruise includes on board meals and entertainment.
Included meals: breakfast & dinner
Accommodation: Sea Princess - 11 nights on board


Wednesday 11 March
Today you will be cruising at sea.
Onboard meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Thursday 12 March
Melbourne, Australia

Victoria may be Australia’s smallest continental state, but Melbourne, its capital, is big on everything. With a population of 2.7 million people living in 59 separately named communities within 715 square miles, Melbourne is a sprawling city offering culture, art, fashion and friendly, sports-minded Australians. It is also an easy city to explore. At the heart of the city is the Golden Mile, the city’s governmental and commercial centre, home to hotels, shops, restaurants and theatres.
Onboard meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Friday 13 March
Burnie, Australia

Burnie is Tasmania’s most westerly city, located on the North West Coast. Enjoy a vibrant shopping district that spills onto the beach for seafood and coffee. Burnie has surprising restaurants and cafes to linger in. It has a dynamic cultural life, galleries, performances, exhibitions and community events. Fantastic food is made in Burnie like whisky and cheese, and the best milk in the world for cheese making is produced in the area. There are well stocked delis to tempt you with gourmet treats.
Onboard meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Saturday 14 March
Hobart, Australia

Tasmania’s capital has much in common with Sydney. Founded but a few years later, Hobart also owes its origins to the establishment of a penal colony - and its natural setting is just as impressive. Seen from its fine deep-water harbour, Hobart spills over the lower reaches of the Derwent Valley as Mt. Wellington towers in the background. Much of the city’s heritage is centred on the historic waterfront. North of the city stretches the vast parkland of the Queen’s Domain. Many of Tasmania’s other attractions are within easy reach of Hobart.
Onboard meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Sunday 15 March
Today you will be cruising at sea.
Onboard meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Monday 16 March
Adelaide, Australia

Founded in 1836, this graceful city lies nestled on the coastal plain between Gulf St. Vincent and the Adelaide Hills. Adelaide was the vision of Colonel William Light, Australia’s Surveyor General, who created a one-mile-square grid for the city’s centre and surrounded it with a belt of stunning parkland. Today, Adelaide is a metropolis of over one million people, boasting wide, tree-lined boulevards, superb Victorian and Edwardian architecture, tranquil parks, world-class shopping, and the highest number of restaurants per capita of any city in Australia.
Onboard meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Tuesday 17 March
Today you will be cruising at sea.
Onboard meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Wednesday 18 March
Today you will be cruising at sea.
Onboard meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Thursday 19 March
Albany, Australia

On December 26, 1826 - Boxing Day - Major Edmund Lockyer and his party of convicts and soldiers landed at Princess Royal Harbor to establish a penal colony. Originally named Frederickstown in honour of the Duke of York and Albany, the first European settlement in Western Australia was renamed Albany in 1832. Thanks to its superb harbor, the town quickly became a busy port. Albany served as a coaling station for steam ships, as a commercial outlet for the rich farms of the interior, and as a base for the highly profitable whaling industry. The whaling station at Frenchman Bay was the last whaling station in all Australia, closing in 1978. Today it is home to Whale World, one of the world’s largest whaling museums.
Onboard meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Friday 20 March
Margaret River, Australia

This vibrant coastal city is a laid-back charmer with an enticing array of natural wonders and active pursuits. Just steps from the mile-long Jetty are glistening white sand beaches and sun-drenched seaside villages. Yet the magic of the Margaret River area beckons with 120 premium wineries; ancient caves boasting a subterranean world of jaw-dropping stalactite, stalagmite, helictite and shawl formations; a fascinating Aboriginal culture rooted in ancient history; and a picture perfect landscape of meandering country roads and spectacular scenery.
Onboard meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Saturday 21 March
Today you will arrive into Fremantle and disembark. Join your transfer from the cruise terminal†, marking the end of your arrangements.
Onboard meals: breakfast

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Above pricing is based on the arrangements listed under package inclusions only. Itinerary is subject to change or substitution.

†Transfers included within a 50km radius. Extra km’s additional.

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