The Best of South Australia

Set your sights on the vast horizon beyond your window as you cross the boundless plains of the Nullarbor. Arrive in Adelaide to explore the Fleurieu Peninsula, discover the wonders of Kangaroo Island, enjoy a food and wine experience in the Barossa Valley and savour the diverse range of experiences South Australia has to offer. Rejoin the Indian Pacific and relax as you wind your way through the magnificent Blue Mountains before arriving in Australia’s harbour city.

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Perth to Sydney

11 Days10 Nights

Package includes:

  • 2 nights aboard the Indian Pacific, Perth to Adelaide (or v.v)
  • Transfer from Adelaide Parklands Terminal to hotel (or v.v)
  • 6 nights accommodation Adelaide
  • 1 day Barossa Food and Wine Experience tour
  • 1 day Victor Harbor and McLaren Vale Highlights tour
  • 2 day/1 night Best of Kangaroo Island tour
  • 1 day Adelaide City Highlights tour including Popeye and the Adelaide Zoo
  • Transfer from hotel to Adelaide Parklands Terminal (or v.v)
  • 1 night aboard the Indian Pacific, Adelaide to Sydney (or v.v)

Day 1 (Sun)

Indian Pacific, Perth and Kalgoorlie

Arrive at East Perth Rail Terminal and step aboard the Indian Pacific. The comfort of your cabin awaits, as does your first onboard dining experience in the elegantly-appointed Queen Adelaide Restaurant. Reflect on the menu as you watch the suburbs roll past your window, followed by the gentle rolling hills of the Avon Valley.The afternoon is yours to relax, socialise and get acquainted with the novelty of rail travel. First stop this evening is Kalgoorlie, home to the Super Pit, an open-cut gold mine. (L,D)

Day 2 (Mon)

Indian Pacific, Nullarbor

Upon waking, set your sights on the vast horizon beyond the window - you have arrived on the edges of the sweeping Nullarbor Plain. By the time you have refreshed and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, you’ll be stepping off the train for an Outback Experience in Cook. Once a bustling railway community, now a vacant ghost town, Cook gives new meaning to the expression ‘middle of nowhere’. Get a sense of the Nullarbor’s harsh remoteness as you wander through Cook’s deserted buildings and learn more about the town’s intriguing history. Back onboard, the beverages are cold and the welcoming atmosphere of the Outback Explorer Lounge inspires conversation and laughter. Sit back and relax as the train continues its trek across the barren landscape. (B,L,D)

Day 3 (Tue)

Indian Pacific, Adelaide

Looking out of your window this morning there’s a noticable change in landscape as the dry vista of the Nullarbor makes way for the luscious green fields and pastoral lands of South Australia. After breakfast you’ll have time to reflect on your journey before the Indian Pacific rolls into Adelaide. Transfer to the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, your accommodation whilst in Adelaide.

Day 4 (Wed)

Victor Harbor and McLaren Vale

Enjoy the picturesque journey through the Adelaide Hills during the drive to the settlement of Strathalbyn. Travel onto Goolwa where you will have a brief tour of the town – including the wharf, barrage and beach. Proceed on to Victor Harbor, wander through the main street, explore Granite Island and devour a three course lunch at Hotel Victor. Next stop is the wine making region of McLaren Vale. Explore the main street, sample the local produce or grab a coffee at one of the many cafés. Enjoy a scenic drive through the southern metropolitan beaches before returning to Adelaide. (B,L)

Day 5 (Thu)

Barossa Valley

Today you will venture to South Australia’s premium wine region, the Barossa. The first stop is at TeAro Estate for wine tasting. Continue onto Angaston for a delicious two course lunch and wine tasting at Saltram Wine Estate. Travel to Wolf Blass Visitor Centre, before the final stop for the day at Pindarie, a beautiful location to end your Barossa experience. During the drive back to Adelaide, take in the views of the vineyards and open fields before they merge into the suburbs of Adelaide. (B,L)

Day 6 (Fri)

Adelaide to Kangaroo Island

Prepare for an early morning pick up from your hotel and enjoy the scenic route to Cape Jervis, taking in the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula with its vineyards, coastal views and rolling hills. On arrival, board the ferry for the forty five minute crossing to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. Upon arrival you will be greeted by your local guide. Travel to Clifford’s Honey Farm, where you will be welcomed by the Farm’s beekeeper and enjoy the opportunity to sample homemade honey ice-cream and honey beauty products. Save your appetite for a delicious two course lunch at Vivonne Bay Bistro. After lunch visit Seal Bay Conservation Park and enjoy a guided beach walk amongst a breeding colony of wild Australian Sea-lions. Your tour will continue to another wildlife attraction, the fascinating In-flight Birds of Prey Display. Enjoy a fascinating interactive experience and meet an array of birds and raptors. From here you travel to Kingscote to watch the pelican feeding and learn about the ancient birds, before being transferred to your overnight accommodation. (B,L)

Day 7 (Sat)

Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

After breakfast, your first stop of the day is at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, before continuing onto Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Devour a scrumptious two course lunch at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat. This afternoon head to the western most part of the Island, Flinders Chase National Park. Travel through the park and enjoy breathtaking views of its unique coastal scenery. You will be taken to the rugged southern coastline to explore Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, providing great photographic opportunities and stunning sea views. Return to Penneshaw Ferry Terminal and commence the journey to Adelaide. Check back into the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel upon your return to Adelaide. (B,L)

Day 8 (Sun)

Adelaide

After a busy few days of sightseeing, take today to relax. Soak up Adelaide’s colonial elegance in the spacious green parklands, bustling Adelaide Central Markets and the museums and libraries of North Terrace. Alternatively, wander through Rundle Mall for a spot of shopping or take a ride on the tram to the popular beachside suburb of Glenelg. (B)

Day 9 (Mon)

Adelaide

Join your city highlights tour and travel through historic North Adelaide, where you’ll see tree-lined streets, mansions and historic buildings. Stop and visit the iconic St Peters Cathedral and the newly developed Adelaide Oval before continuing to Haigh’s Chocolates for a factory tour and tasting. Your guide will escort you to the Popeye for a scenic cruise on the River Torrens. Disembark at the Adelaide Zoo, home of more than two hundred and fifty different animal species and spend the afternoon exploring at your own pace. Return on the Popeye back to Elder Park Landing and make your own way to the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel. (B)

Day 10 (Tue)

Indian Pacific, Adelaide and Broken Hill

Boarding the Indian Pacific in Adelaide, take in the striking and ever-changing landscape of South Australia as you head east towards Sydney. Over lunch, watch as pastures dissolve into tough mallee scrub on approach to Broken Hill. The town is home to the world’s largest silver, lead and zinc mine. The enormous mullock heap which forms a backdrop for the town centre, emphasises the unique character of Broken Hill. In 2015 it became the first Australian city to be included on the National Heritage List. As the train pulls out of Broken Hill, make your way back to the Indian Pacific and on to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant to savour your last dinner onboard. (B,L,D)

Day 11 (Wed)

Indian Pacific, Sydney

Winding your way through the magnificent Blue Mountains provides ample opportunity to kick back and reflect upon this unforgettable journey, before arriving into Sydney late this morning. (B)

Fares

Total Package Per Person Twin Share

Prices valid from 01 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

From $369* per person per day

Package Price*
Gold Service Everyday Adult from $4661 pp
Gold Service Advanced Purchase Adult from $4061 pp
Gold Service Pension Saver Pensioner from $4061 pp
Platinum Service Everyday Adult from $6451 pp

* From prices based on Gold Service Advance Purchase twin share, 01 Apr - 31 Mar. Single Supplements apply for single travellers. Advanced Purchase and Pension Saver fares are subject to availability.

Fitness Level: Moderate level of fitness required - ability to walk and balance on uneven ground.

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