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Western Wonderland & the Indian Pacific ex Auckland

Accommodation Escorted Tours Fly Rail

19 Nights from $ Per Person

AAT Kings

  Fly Stay

  Australia

  19 Nights

  PANJ62I


Description

Explore vibrant cosmopolitan Perth before travelling inland to iconic Kalgoorlie, then watch in awe as the landscape transitions on your approach to the southern coast, where you’ll discover white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and ancient forests. Seaside Fremantle and Margaret River’s renowned food and wine culture await you before you head north to meet the wild dolphins at Monkey Mia.

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. There’s no better way to experience the spectacular interior landscape of Australia than by the romance of rail. 


Your Fly, Stay, Tour & Rail Package Includes:

  • Economy class flight from Auckland to Perth, returning from Sydney
  • Private transfer from Perth Airport to Hotel
  • 1 night’s accommodation in Perth
  • 15 day Western Wonderland guided holiday with AAT Kings, Perth return
  • Includes 14 nights accommodation, 25 meals, travel by luxury coach, experienced Travel Director + more
  • 1 night’s accommodation in Perth
  • 4 day/3 night rail journey onboard The Indian Pacific from Perth to Sydney
  • Includes all meals, fine wines & beverages, immersive off train experiences + more

Extend your flights and stay longer - talk to our travel experts about more options!

Western Wonderland Highlights:

FLEXIBLE HOLIDAYS - During your stay in Albany there is time to explore and choose from our hand-crafted optional experiences.

ICONIC SITES - Take a selfie with a kangaroo in Esperance, walk historical Busselton Jetty and marvel at Wave Rock and the Pinnacles.

TIME FOR YOU - Visit the Fremantle Markets or stroll along the foreshore to view the fishing fleet.

SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL - Learn about Indigenous culture at Yanchep National Park and discover how your visits help local custodians sustain their culture.

Itinerary:

Day 1 Welcome to Perth

Set off on a tour of the friendly Western Australian capital with your Travel Director. Visit Kings Park and explore its delightful Botanic Gardens on the broad expanse of the Swan River. This evening, enjoy the company of your travel companions at a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Hotel: Travelodge Perth

Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Perth – Wave Rock

Journey through the Golden Outback to Boddington, the site of Australia’s largest gold mine. Continue to Wave Rock, a magnificent rock formation formed over three million years ago.

Hotel: Wave Rock Motel, Hyden

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Wave Rock – Kalgoorlie

This morning, take an exclusive farm tour to learn about station life in the outback. Pass through the former gold boomtown of Coolgardie and continue to Kalgoorlie for spectacular views over the famous Super Pit open-cut gold mine, and an orientation tour of this historic town.

Hotel: Rydges Kalgoorlie

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Kalgoorlie – Esperance

Today, visit Cape Le Grand National Park and discover wild coastal scenery, rugged granite peaks, sweeping heathlands and white sand beaches. At stunning Lucky Bay, you may see some of the local kangaroos that like to laze on the pristine beach.

Hotel: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Esperance – Albany

Travel on through Ravensthorpe and the unique Fitzgerald Biosphere. Later, at Bluff Knoll Lookout, you’ll witness the rugged beauty of the Stirling Ranges National Park. Continue to Albany, a town imbued with Anzac history, and settle in to your hotel for the night.

Hotel: The Dog Rock Motel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Albany Free Time

Today is yours to explore seaside Albany. You may consider a visit to the acclaimed National Anzac Centre overlooking the harbour, from which over 41,000 men and woman departed Australia for the Great War.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Albany – Margaret River

Explore the canopy of the majestic Tingle forest on the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. Then travel on to Cape Leeuwin, where the Indian and Great Southern Oceans meet, before leaving for Margaret River, one of Australia’s premier winegrowing regions. Beaches and surf breaks line the nearby coast, whose waters host migratory whales between June and November.

Hotel: Stay Margaret River, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 Margaret River

Margaret River is known for its fabulous wines and boutique producers. Today, you’ll visit a winery for tastings and a lunch prepared from fresh local produce.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 Margaret River – Fremantle

You may like to take a stroll along the 2-kilometre jetty in Busselton, a popular holiday town on the shores of Geographe Bay. On arrival in Fremantle, the afternoon is yours to explore this wonderful city. You could visit the colourful Fremantle Markets to purchase local arts and crafts and taste local produce. We recommend taking a wander along the Fremantle foreshore to observe the impressive fishing fleet. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel.

Hotel: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 Fremantle Free Time

Today is yours to do as you choose. You might like to take an optional experience boat trip to Rottnest Island, a gazetted A-class nature reserve, or closer to home, a ride on the popular Fremantle Tram.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 Fremantle – Geraldton

Travel north along the coast, stopping in Yanchep National Park for an Aboriginal Cultural Experience with Derek Nannup a member of the local Nyoongar community. Continue along the coast past the seaside hamlet of Lancelin pausing to see the marvellous Pinnacles, a series of intriguing limestone formations. Explore the seaside township of Geraldton and visit the evocative HMAS Sydney Memorial.

Hotel: Mantra Geraldton

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 Geraldton – Monkey Mia

Travel through Denham and World Heritage Shark Bay before reaching Monkey Mia. On your afternoon at leisure perhaps take an optional experience scenic flight or a wildlife cruise. Later, watch a glorious sunset over the Indian Ocean.

Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 Monkey Mia – Kalbarri National Park

Watch the famous Monkey Mia dolphins swim into shore to be fed. Later, visit Shell Beach, formed by billions of cockle shells up to ten metres deep. Continue to Hamelin Pool to discover a unique colony of Stromatolites. In Kalbarri National Park witness the spectacular scenery of the Murchison River Gorge. During wildflower season the National Park flourishes with blooms.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Kalbarri Edge Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 Kalbarri National Park – Perth

Return to Perth, where you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Travelodge Perth

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 15 Farewell from Perth

Say farewell to your new-found friends when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Indian Pacific Highlights & Inclusions:

  • 4 days/3 nights aboard the Indian Pacific
  • All-inclusive meals, fine wines, and beverages
  • A regionally-inspired menu paired with a selection of local wines
  • Off train experiences in Broken Hill, Adelaide and surrounds, Cook, Rawlinna and Perth

Itinerary:

Day 1 - PERTH AND KALGOORLIE

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.

Day 2 - 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.

Day 3 - 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.

Day 4 - 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.

Terms and Conditions

*Conditions apply. Subject to availability and change without notice. Prices listed are in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy/travel, unless otherwise stated. Prices/Offers are correct at the time of distribution. Full travel supplier booking conditions apply.

Prices listed are per person in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown in a Gold Twin onboard The Indian Pacific. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 30 January 2020 and can be withdrawn without notice. Airfares are based on economy class flights from Auckland and subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions, please call us for prices from other cities. Cabin categories include prepaid government fees and port taxes unless otherwise stated. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.

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