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Perth and the Southwest including Indian Pacific

11 days - escorted tour

Perth - Busselton - Pemberton - Perth - Indian Pacific - Adelaide
Inclusions: 8 nights in 3, 4 and 5 star hotel accommodation; 2 nights on board the Indian Pacific in a Gold Class Cabin; 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches including those below listed, and 5 dinners; Taxi vouchers for travel between train station and airport in Perth and Adelaide; Escorted by a professional guide; Transportation by air-conditioned luxury coach; Sightseeing: Guided tour of Mammoth Cave, Entry to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Precinct, Busselton Jetty Experience, Visit and talk at Vasse Virgin Soap Factory, Talk, lunch and tasting at Aravina Estate (Maragret River), Visit Margaret River Chocolate Factory, Visit to the Gloucester Tree, Pemberton Tramway, Entry to Western Australia Maritime Museum, 'Behind Bars' guided tour of Old Fremantle Prison, Captain Cook Cruises Swan Valley gourmet luncheon cruise, Guided tour of New Norcia and entry to the Museum and Art Gallery and lunch at New Norcia Hotel; Off Train Experiences in Kalgoorlie, Rawlinna and Cook.

*** EARLYBIRD OFFER: Save AUD400 per couple when you pay in full by 15th April 2021. ***

DEPARTURES 2021

Jul 31

Prices displayed below include any applicable discounts.


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Tour Itinerary (please click here)

DAY 1 Perth
Arrive into Perth and use your taxi voucher to travel to your hotel and settle in. You may wish to take a stroll around the city and get acquainted with Perth. It's a great city to explore being located on the sparkling Swan River with an emerging small bar and cafe scene amongst the skyscrapers and surrounded by the bushland of Kings Park. This afternoon, there is an opportunity to meet your guide and fellow travellers in the hotel bar.
Stay at Pan Pacific Perth (5 star) or similar

DAY 2 Perth - Busselton
This morning begin your tour with a drive south to Busselton. Your local touring in this area includes a drive south along the scenic Caves Road which will take you past the actual Margaret River mouth to Mammoth Cave where a guided tour is arranged. This nature experience explores many of the majestic chambers in the easily accessible show caves. Just up the road is the Cave Works Interpretive Centre – an eco-complex designed to describe the region’s fascinating limestone caves.
From here, continue to Cape Leeuwin being the “land’s end” of the South West and the junction of the Indian and Southern Oceans. Climbing Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is an optional activity while here.
Then it is on to the township of Margaret River. The Margaret River area is a rich dairy cattle and timber region, with a reputation for fine wines and fab food. BD
Stay at Abbey Beach (4 star) or similar

DAY 3 Busselton - Margaret River - Busselton
This morning head to the Busselton Jetty. Extending 1.8 kilometres across stunning Geographe Bay, it is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. There is an Interpretative Centre and a small Jetty Train that you can use to reach the spectacular Underwater Observatory.
Then it's off to a little place called Wilyabrup, where your first stop is the Virgin Olive and Soap Factory, nestled in amongst vine covered slopes and National Parks. Be introduced to the products which can then be tried and tested. They offer a delightful fusion of the finest extra virgin olive oil and pure essential oils from around the world. Of course, all the products are for sale so time for shopping ends your visit.
A very special lunch today at Aravina Estate where the food and surroundings are world class. In the northern corner of the premium wine-growing region it is encompassed by natural bushland and manicured gardens and is one of Margaret River’s finest wine producers in the region. On your way back to the hotel stop at the Margaret River Chocolate Company which makes and sells a mouth-watering range of chocolate bars, chocolate-coated delights, handmade truffles, novelty chocolates, chocolate sauces and much more. BL
Stay at Abbey Beach (4 star) or similar

DAY 4 Busselton - Pemberton
A perfect way to begin the day is with a walk on the beach – the sand is right outside the resort’s back door!
After breakfast drive to Pemberton, a pretty timber town known for its magnificent tall trees. Stop at the famous giant Gloucester Tree – reputed to once be the tallest tree-mounted fire lookouts in the world. You can climb up to the lookout, if you dare, for some of the most spectacular views over the Karri forest.
After some time to purchase lunch, board the Pemberton Tram for an unforgettable ride out of Pemberton, past the Saw Mill and deep into the Karri forest. The scenery during the ride is breathtaking. The tram meanders through the forest, crossing six bridges, stopping throughout the journey at the most picturesque spots before returning to Pemberton for your overnight stay. BD
Stay at Best Western Pemberton (3 star) or similar

DAY 5 Pemberton - Fremantle - Perth
It’s time to move back north this morning, into the eclectic port of Fremantle. Your first visit is at the Western Australian Maritime Museum which is perched on the shoreline of the Indian Ocean. The Museum is symbolic of Fremantle’s past, present and future as a coastal city and port. It houses several unique galleries that explore WA’s relationship with the sea. From leisure boats and handcrafted sailing boats to commercial pearl luggers, the Museum inspires visitors to discover WA’s affinity with the ocean.
After some free time for lunch, transfer to the Old Fremantle Prison for a “Behind Bars” tour giving you a true insight into life as a prisoner. B
Stay at Pan Pacific Perth (5 star) or similar

DAY 6 Perth
Spend time discovering the unique charm of Perth City including Kings Park, in the heart of the Botanic Garden. The manicured gardens and views of Kings Park transition to natural bush including a bird’s eye view of what the Perth bushland was like more than 200 years ago. Then onto the Swan River for an upstream cruise and a delicious buffet lunch including local beer, wine and soft drink. Meander through the Swan Valley Wine Growing Region and cruise past several local landmarks that will be pointed out. Afternoon tea will be served later in the day and there will be some live on-board entertainment, topping off a fantastic day. If you’re still peckish for dinner, check our Perth’s vibrant dining scene. BL
Stay at Pan Pacific Perth (5 star) or similar

DAY 7 Perth
Enjoy a free day in Perth for local shopping and sightseeing.
Or take an optional day tour to Rottnest Island. Located just off the coast in the warm clear waters of the Indian Ocean, Rottnest Island is a spectacular world of white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue waters, abundant marine life, the famous selfie loving Quokka and rich history. The island was named “Rottnest” by Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh which meant “rats nest” – he mistook the island’s unique marsupials – the Quokkas, for giant rats! The day includes transfers from the hotel, return ferry to Rottnest, lunch, a semi-submersible look at the underwater life off the Island’s coast and a guided coach tour – as well as some free time to relax and enjoy this tranquil place. And don’t forget to get the obligatory selfie with a Quokka! BD
Stay at Pan Pacific Perth (5 star) or similar

DAY 8 Perth
Todays touring takes you north to the interesting town of New Norcia– a great Australian cultural heritage site which was first settled by Spanish Benedictine monks who established a monastery here as an Aboriginal mission. Enjoy a guided tour of the township and visit the amazing Museum & Art Gallery. The New Norcia Hotel began its life in 1927 as a guest house for parents visiting their children in the schools but today it is a great spot to stop for lunch. BL
Stay at Pan Pacific Perth (5 star) or similar

DAY 9 Perth - Indian Pacific
This morning farewell WA as you make your way to the train station to board the iconic Indian Pacific, named after the two great oceans it joins and is symbolised by the magnificent wedge-tailed eagle that so often soars above it. A gourmet lunch is served while views of the beautiful patchwork hills of the Avon Valley slowly give way to the flatter, drier and harsher, but every bit as beautiful, desert plains. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and socialising with fellow guests before reaching the mining town of Kalgoorlie. BLD
Stay on board the Indian Pacific - Gold class cabin

DAY 10 Indian Pacific
Arrive refreshed and eager to experience morning on the Nullarbor at Rawlinna. Back on the train enjoy regionally-inspired modern Australian cuisine for brunch, before alighting at the once vibrant but now deserted town of Cook. Watch the passing landscape before dinner and share stories with friends in the lounge. BLD
Stay on board the Indian Pacific - Gold class cabin

DAY 11 Indian Pacific - Adelaide
Your unique holiday rolls to an end in style, arriving early morning into Adelaide. Using your taxi voucher, self-transfer to the Adelaide airport for your onward flight home. B

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