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East Meets Western Wonderland

18 Day Guided Vacation | Sydney to Perth

One of the world’s most epic train holidays, the Indian Pacific connects two Australian coasts across three states and 4,353 kilometres. In between the two oceans are dozens of time-forgot towns, bewildering natural attractions, a bundle of country characters – and a whole lot of nothingness. And that’s why we love it; the hypnotic click-clack of the rails, sunburnt landscapes, blazing sunsets, all seen in supreme style thanks to your chariot.

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East Meets Western Wonderland

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18 Day Guided Vacation

Sydney to Perth

One of the world’s most epic train holidays, the Indian Pacific connects two Australian coasts across three states and 4,353 kilometres. In between the two oceans are dozens of time-forgot towns, bewildering natural attractions, a bundle of country characters – and a whole lot of nothingness. And that’s why we love it; the hypnotic click-clack of the rails, sunburnt landscapes, blazing sunsets, all seen in supreme style thanks to your chariot.

Highlights

Flexible Vacations

We’ve curated optional experiences to reveal Albany. Or find your own adventure in this historic WA town.

Iconic Sites

Nature humbles at Wave Rock and the Pinnacles, kangaroos sleep on beaches in Esperance, and ocean awaits along Busselton’s jetty.

Time For You

It’s hard not to smile when you spot a quokka on Rottnest. Explore the island’s powdery beaches and turquoise waters at your own pace.

Sustainable Travel

The Aboriginal connection to Yanchep National Park is strong, your enlightening visit supporting custodians of the land.

Natural Wonders

Crossing the Nullarbor is a rite of passage, your commute through Australia’s desert all rusty reds as far as you can see. Mesmerising is an understatement.

Itinerary

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As the gleaming Indian Pacific pulls out of Sydney, the towers of Australia’s largest city soon fade into the silvery gums and serrated rock formations of the Blue Mountains. Talk about starting on a high. All you have to do is become acquainted with your cabin and staff, meet fellow guests over a cocktail or two in the Outback Explorer Lounge, and enjoy the scenery. Because boy does it dazzle.  

  Hotel: Indian Pacific Gold Service, 4 Nights

  Included Meals: Dinner

Just about as far west as you can travel in NSW, Broken Hill is your backdrop when you wake to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. This frontier mining town enjoys a colourful creative scene and cast of quirky characters, not to mention galleries and museums that re-tell the region’s heritage. Back onboard the Indian Pacific, breakfast is served as you pull out of the station and ease into South Australia. The state dials up the natural drama as you chug through the Flinders Ranges, all rocky peaks and weathered gorges. It’s a fitting entrée to lunch and then Adelaide, where yet more indulgences await. Scour the city’s Central Market for tasty treats, or sip your way around the Barossa, McLaren Vale or Adelaide Hills. The choice is yours.

Note : Guests beginning their journey in Adelaide will start with a Welcome Dinner at the Adelaide Parklands Terminal.  

  Included Meals: A la carte breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Nullarbor Plain breaks records. For starters, it’s enormous – around four times the size of Belgium. It’s also home to the longest strait stretch of rail in the world, as you discover as you make your way west. It’s hauntingly beautiful, in a way that only deserts are. Quiet, endless, meditative. The tiny town of Rawlinna is in the middle of nowhere. Free from light pollution, the stars here appear like glitter dousing the sky, as you’ll discover when you step of the train for an alfresco dinner under the milky Way.   

  Included Meals: A la carte breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Perth may be the West Australian capital, but it’s home to a remarkable amount of green space. Spend your day here exploring inner-city Kings Park, perhaps, to witness more than 3,000 floral species in the Botanic Gardens, overlooking the Swan River. It’s hard to believe how far you’ve come already – and what’s yet to come. Get the low-down with your Travel Director over dinner.  

  Included Meals: A la carte breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wave Rock deserves its name – the cliff resembles an enormous surf wave about to crash into the bush. Stretching 110 metres, the rainbow-hued granite swell was formed more than three million years ago. It’s a short walk from another imaginatively named rock formation: Hippo’s Yawn. You can actually climb through the hippo’s ‘neck’ to grab a happy snap. Wave Rock locals are a friendly bunch, and they’re truly passionate about the place they call home. But don’t take our word for it. Meet Sheena, who will proudly show you around her farm and discuss life on the land. Which can be harsh, but also extremely healing, in a way unique to the wide open spaces of the Aussie outback. You even get to feed her cattle and glimpse her collection of vintage cars.

  Hotel: Wave Rock Motel, Hyden

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Get your bearings on a Kalgoorlie town tour, including vistas over the staggering ‘Super Pit’ open-cut gold mine. Today’s outings continue to gleam as you visit Hannans North Mine – the history here is overwhelming – Kalgoorlie’s ‘Golden Mile’. Nothing quite puts things into perspective like standing next to enormous U-Haul trucks and loaders.

  Hotel: Rydges Kalgoorlie

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

More than 31,000 hectares of sweeping heathlands, rugged coastal peaks and white sandy beaches… it’s no wonder Cape Le Grand National Park is regularly voted among the most alluring of its kind in Australia. Just when you thought Western Australia couldn’t get any prettier, you arrive at Thistle Cove – sun, sand, sea and sculpted rock formations that ‘whistle’ with the sounds of the wind and waves – and Lucky Bay, a postcard-worthy cove where kangaroos sunbake on the sand.  

  Hotel: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s tour from Perth continues through some of the most bountiful wilderness areas in the state. First the Fitzgerald River National Park, a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, then the Stirling Range National Park, blanketed with a staggering range of wildflowers – more than 1,500 different species, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Get an overview from the Bluff Knoll Lookout, topping one of WA’s highest peaks.

  Hotel: The Dog Rock Motel, 2 Nights

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Nature, history, food and wine… there’s not much that Albany can’t do. The hardest thing you have to do today is decide which direction you want to travel. Perhaps opt for an Albany tour that relives the town’s heritage as the last port of call for ANZAC troopships departing Australia in WWI. Being here is a moving experience that tells the tale of thousands of servicemen. Maybe explore Torndirrup National Park, where steep cliffs give way to dramatic rock formations and whales are a common sight during migration. Or get a taste for the region on a culinary excursion that includes tastings of local cheeses, fudge, chocolate, ice-cream, cider, wines and gins. Better wear your elastic-waisted pants for this one. But don’t fill up too much – Margaret River tours await.  

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Suspended 40 metres above the forest floor, the Tree Top Walk gives you a bird’s-eye view of the soaring tingle trees that stand large through the Valley of the Giants. More lofty attractions await at the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, the tallest of its kind in Australia, set at the tip of a peninsula where the Indian and Southern oceans meet. Standing here, the wind in your hair, you’ll feel like you’re on the edge of the Earth. Being amid nature makes you thirsty. It’s a good thing the Margaret River wine region is on the horizon.  

  Hotel: Stay Margaret River, 2 Nights

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

The Margaret River’s 200 vineyards produce 25 per cent of Australia’s premium wines. And then there are the gourmet purveyors in between… you’re in for a tasty day. Vasse Virgin makes olive oil that’s sweet enough to drink. We recommend you savour it with bread, however, while learning how it’s made and browsing other products it’s used in – like delicately scented soaps. Lunch is leisurely, at a vineyard with plenty of time to sip and savour local drops, many of chich take home global awards. If you still have room for dinner, ask us for recommendations. 

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

The Margaret River is one of the only wine regions in the world where grapes are grown just metres from the sand. The coastal backdrop follows you all the way to  Busselton, home to the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Tip your cap to those who built this 1.8-kilometre structure out into Geographe Bay. The afternoon is all yours in Freo. Hot tip: The city’s markets feature 150 stalls under one roof, and there are hip new lifestyle precincts to while away the evening in.  

  Hotel: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges, 2 Nights

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Sometimes, the most memorable travel days are those where you lose yourself wandering the foreshore, lingering over lunch or a cool ale. We highly recommend you spend this day of leisure doing just that (Freo’s Little Creatures Brewery is legendary). Of course, having a local show you around also has its benefits, with a Fremantle tour revealing those hidden haunts most visitors pass right on by. If you’re catching the ferry for a Rottnest Island tour, make sure you have your phone ready to capture selfies with the island’s smiley quokkas, not to mention the blindingly turquoise water.

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Yanchep National Park is staggeringly beautiful. It’s also incredibly spiritual, as you’ll discover on an Aboriginal cultural experience revealing First Nations history through Dreamtime stories and didgeridoo sessions. It’s a hands-on experience – don’t worry if you can’t make the didg hum; there are traditional tools to play with and bush tucker to sample. We’ve left some of the best to last: entering Nambung National Park you’re greeted by an ethereal moonscape. Your Pinnacles tour meanders around this collection of head-scratching limestone formations. This afternoon, Geraldton’s moving HMAS Sydney Memorial beckons. 

  Hotel: Mantra Geraldton

  Included Meals: Breakfast

The colours of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shark Bay are so vivid, you’ll think they’re painted on, a patchwork of blues fading into powdery sand so white you’ll need your sunglasses. This is what awaits in Monkey Mia, where the day is all yours. We wouldn’t blame you wandering barefoot along the beach, ordering sundowners as the day disappears in a blaze of glory. Other than a cruise to spot all sea creatures great and small, perhaps the best way to gain perspective of the vast coastline is on an optional scenic flight over Shark Bay Marine Park. 

  Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Bring your stamina – today’s adventures begin early. But if there’s anything worth getting out of bed for, it’s Monkey Mia’s wild dolphins, which swim close to shore to greet visitors every morning. Keep your sunnies handy at Shell Beach, a powder-white cove formed from billions of coquina bivalve shells up to 10 metres deep, and Hamelin Pool, the world’s best-known colony of stromatolites. Believe it or not, these rock-like formations are alive. Arriving at Kalbarri National Park you’ll take in the Murchison River Gorge from the Hawks Head Lookour. If you’re here during wildflower season, expect acacia, banksia and caladenia in full bloom. 

 

  Hotel: Kalbarri Edge Resort

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Just when you thought WA couldn’t get any more colourful, Hutt Lagoon appears on the horizon – just one of the state’s bubblegum pink lakes. Arriving back in Perth you have a Farewell Dinner to swap contact details with your new friends and reminisce about the last two weeks.

  Hotel: Travelodge Perth

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your trip concludes after breakfast.

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.


Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Stepping aboard the mighty Indian Pacific, you’ll feel a great sense of anticipation as this unforgettable Australian adventure begins to unfold. Whether you’re journeying from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific or the other way round, you’ll be making your way across the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world.

    Features

  • Compact sleeper accommodation
  • Lounge Car for relaxation and refreshments
  • Cabin Steward service
  • In-cabin music and detailed journey commentary
  • Complimentary toiletries kit
  • Free ‘Platform’ magazine
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

We are situated in the heart of Australia's Golden Outback. Hyden is only four kilometres from Wave Rock.We have a swimming pool (seasonal), gym and the Salmon Gum Lounge offers card and board games for your enjoyment as well as an open fire with baby grand piano and a guitar. The Salmon Gum Lounge has free tea and coffee for in-house quests. Please relax and enjoy this comfort area with its natural timbers and leather furniture, cold beer and wine.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • TV
  • Swimming Pool
  • Gym facilities
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Centrally located within the twin towns of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and just minutes from the famous Hannan Street central business and shopping precinct, Rydges Kalgoorlie Resort and Spa offers a new level of luxury accommodation to both the business and leisure market. With over 91 rooms varying from our deluxe studios through to executive apartments, Rydges Kalgoorlie Resort and Spa can ensure that you are kept comfortable for whatever purpose of your stay.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Mini Bar
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • In-room spa bath / Jacuzzi
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Refrigerator
  • Hair Dryer
  • LCD TV
  • Free Bottled Water
  • Foxtel
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Comfort Inn Bay of Isles Motel Esperance is your perfect beachfront accommodation solution for business travellers and holiday makers who want to get the most from their time in beautiful Esperance.

    Features

  • Free wireless internet access
  • Room service
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • LCD TV
  • Foxtel
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ensuite
  • Bathtub and shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Clock radio
  • Iron
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Dog Rock Motel is situated in the heart of the city, close to all the action and local attractions. Family owned with friendly service, the motel aim's is for you to have the best experience of Albany accommodation and the beautiful town of Albany. 
 

    Features

  • Wi-Fi
  • Foxtel
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ensuite
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Stay Margaret River is the ultimate destination to relax and explore the famous wineries, caves, forests and beaches of the Margaret River Region.

    Features

  • Flat Screen TV
  • DVD players
  • Air-conditioning
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Foxtel
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hairdryer
  • Wi-Fi
  • Radio
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Savour the culture and tradition of Western Australia’s premier tourist destination when staying at the reimagined Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges. Fremantle as a port city, creating an environment that is rich, warm and sophisticated for business and leisure travellers alike. Ideal location near the Perth CBD, while those on holiday can easily access Bathers Beach, Rottnest Island and Kings Park and Botanic Gardens.

    Features

  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • Foxtel
  • Room service
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Private balcony
  • Work Desk
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • In-room safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Individual heater control
  • Air-conditioning
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • ISD/STD phone
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Looking for somewhere to stay in Geraldton? You want location, you want comfort, you want value. Mantra Geraldton hotel has it all and it's right on the Batavia Coast Marina, Champion Bay.
Mantra Geraldton's spacious apartments are close to the region's best attractions like the Western Australian Museum, Geraldton CBD and the HMAS Sydney Memorial.

    Features

  • Swimming Pool
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Room service
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry facilities (Self-Service)
  • Private balcony
  • Air Conditioning
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Located in the heart of Western Australia’s Shark Bay, Monkey Mia is one of the world’s premier natural dolphin sighting areas.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Ensuite
  • TV
  • In-house movies
  • Refrigerator
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Linen
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Best Western Plus Kalbarri Edge Resort comes alive at sunrise, coaxing guests to wake to uninterrupted views of the Coral Coast. Enjoy a five minute walk into Kalbarri town centre, The Murchison River foreshore, or a 5 minutes' drive to Kalbarri Golf Club.

    Features

  • Kitchenette
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Foxtel
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Gym facilities
  • Room service
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Situated in the heart of the Perth CBD, Travelodge Perth is nestled in a picturesque location, close to the major shopping areas, and a short stroll from the beautiful Swan River.

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite
  • Satellite TV
  • Radio
  • Work Desk
  • Wi-Fi
  • In-room safe
  • Phone
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Ask our friendly reservations at the time of booking.

Trip Details

What's included

  • • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • • Local Specialists (Guides)
  • • Centrally located premium hotels

What to Bring

  • • Warm layers in cooler months
  • • Camera
  • • Comfortable walking shoes
  • • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • • Water bottle

Fitness Requirements

  • • Low level of fitness required

Dining

  • • 14 Full Breakfasts
  • • 4 Lunches
  • • 12 Dinners
  • • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • • 3 A la carte breakfasts

Flight Information

  • • Day 1: flights to arrive prior to 9.00am into Sydney Airport
  • • Day 2: flights to arrive prior to 5.00pm into Adelaide Airport
  • • Day 18: flights to depart any time from Perth Airport

East Meets Western Wonderland

Best Buys

18 Day Guided Vacation

Sydney to Perth

Take a momentous rail journey across the breadth of the Australian Outback on board the famous Indian Pacific, then travel the South West of Western Australia and fall in love with the diverse dramatic landscapes. From the Golden Outback to the ocean, the rolling hills to the vines of Margaret River, you’ll experience it all!

The rail portion is operated by Third Party partners at Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions.

Highlights

Flexible Vacations

We’ve curated optional experiences to reveal Albany. Or find your own adventure in this historic WA town.

Iconic Sites

Nature humbles at Wave Rock and the Pinnacles, kangaroos sleep on beaches in Esperance, and ocean awaits along Busselton’s jetty.

Time For You

It’s hard not to smile when you spot a quokka on Rottnest. Explore the island’s powdery beaches and turquoise waters at your own pace.

Sustainable Travel

The Aboriginal connection to Yanchep National Park is strong, your enlightening visit supporting custodians of the land.

Itinerary

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Make your own way to Central Railway Station in Sydney. You depart Sydney this afternoon and start a true journey of contrasts – it will take you through the heights of the majestic Blue Mountains and across the barren expanse of the Nullarbor Plain, to lush vineyards and vast goldmines. Named for the two oceans the train encounters on its journey, the Indian Pacific travels between Sydney and Perth, via Adelaide, in a spectacular 4,352km journey. Get acquainted with staff and your cabin and settle in for the journey. If you'd rather be social, make your way to the Outback Explorer Lounge to meet fellow guests and help yourself to a welcome drink.

  Hotel: Indian Pacific Gold Service, Private cabin, 3 nights

  Included Meals: Dinner

Wake up with a coffee as you arrive in Broken Hill. On your Off Train Excursion, explore the beauty of this Silver City and discover the history of mining that makes the town what it is today. Step back onboard and head straight to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant for breakfast. An extensive menu caters to all tastes – from light fare such as bagels, cereals and juices to the traditional cooked Australian breakfast. By the time lunch is served, you'll already be well into South Australia on the southern tip of the Flinders Ranges. Guests join this afternoon. Make your own way to Adelaide Station.

  Included Meals: A la carte breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up and marvel at the raw beauty of the Nullarbor. Take some time to reflect on the changing landscapes in your journey and to enjoy the hospitality of the Outback Explorer Lounge. Your sense of wonder will be well and truly ignited when it comes time to set foot at Rawlinna that evening. Under brilliant desert stars, enjoy an evening stop at a place where even the most intrepid of travellers have never ventured.

  Included Meals: A la carte breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive into the cosmopolitan western capital of Perth after lunch. You’ll be transferred to your hotel to meet your Travel Director and travelling companions and get to know them over a delicious meal.

  Hotel: Travelodge Perth

  Included Meals: A la carte breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to the small town of Hyden and visit spectacular Wave Rock. This magnificent rock formation, resembling a gigantic wave, was formed over three million years ago. Explore the formation and then take a short walk to discover Hippo’s Yawn, another fascinating rock formation. Afterwards you may like to wander through the Visitor Centre's eclectic collection of lace and the largest collection of toy soldiers in the world. Then you’ll take an exclusive farm tour to hear about life in the Outback with a Wave Rock local. Exploring the farm with the owner, you’ll have to opportunity to take part in a cattle feed and later explore a private collection of vintage cars.

  Hotel: Wave Rock Motel, Hyden

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning travel through classic Western Australian outback landscapes on your way to Kalgoorlie. Discover the characters and stories of this historic town on an orientation tour before visiting the lookout for fascinating views into the Super Pit open cut mine. Exploring Hannans North Mine provides a lifetime opportunity to discover the famous and historical Golden Mile in Kalgoorlie as well as experiencing a vibrant mix of gold rush history and modern-day mining. Get up close to the huge haul trucks and stand inside the shovel of one of their monstrous loaders.

  Hotel: Rydges Kalgoorlie

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today visit Cape Le Grand National Park for breathtaking views of the wild coastal scenery, rugged granite peaks and sweeping heathlands. Stop at Thistle Cove and marvel at its jaw dropping white sand and crystal clear blue water. At Lucky Bay, one of the most unique and stunning bays in Australia, you may see grey kangaroos that like to laze on the pristine beach.

  Hotel: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through Ravensthorpe and the Fitzgerald Biosphere to Bluff Knoll Lookout to witness the rugged beauty of the Stirling Ranges National Park. The National Park is one of the richest areas for flora in the world. Continue to Albany, rich in Anzac history, and settle into your hotel for the night.

  Hotel: The Dog Rock Motel, 2 nights

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today the day is free to explore this historic town on your own terms. You might want to delve into the history of why Albany was so important for those ANZACS bound for WWI with a visit to the National Anzac Centre or choose to explore the region on an optional half day or full day tour to discover wine and locally produced food.

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Visit the Valley of the Giants to explore the canopy of the Tingle forest along the beautiful Tree Top Walk. This afternoon visit Cape Leeuwin lighthouse precinct where the Indian and Great Southern Oceans meet. Continue to Margaret River, one of Australia’s premier wine growing regions. The region's scenery and fresh air will leave you invigorated.

  Hotel: Stay Margaret River, 2 nights

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a sleep in this morning then get ready for a day that will delight your taste buds! Margaret River is known not only for its fabulous wine but also for its fresh produce and boutique producers. Vasse Virgin is where you'll have the chance to learn about all things olive oil, taste the gourmet produce, and sample their range or beauty products made from olive oil. Continue to our hand-picked local winery for wine tastings and lunch prepared using fresh local produce. This afternoon you will have some free time to relax or explore the town of Margaret River. Your evening is free to do as you please.

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hugging the coastline, we travers to the coastal town of Busselton to explore the historic wooden jetty. The jetty is the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere stretching out over a mile into Geographe Bay. Departing Busselton travelling further back up the coastline to the port city of Fremantle where you’ll have the afternoon to explore. You may like to visit the colourful Fremantle Markets. There are 150 stalls under one roof and you’ll have a chance to purchase local arts and crafts and taste local delights.

  Hotel: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges, 2 nights

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is a day to explore how you want. You might choose to wander along the Fremantle foreshore to discover the impressive fishing fleet and enjoy refreshing ale at Little Creatures Brewery. You could choose to take a ferry to explore Rottnest Island and enjoy a guided bus tour. The turquoise waters of Rottnest Island are something to behold. If boats are not your things than why not choose to discover Fremantle by foot with a locally guided walking tour to discover some hidden gems. Whatever it is you choose to do; you're bound to enjoy every second.

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Today you'll travel along the West Australian coastline to the port of Geraldton. Heading north to Yanchep National Park, you’ll enjoy a fantastic Aboriginal cultural experience in a bush setting. Meet your Aboriginal guide who’ll share with you their way of life and will treat you to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo. It's a hands-on experience where you'll have the chance to touch and feel traditional Aboriginal tools and it will have you rolling around with laughter. Continue along the coast to the seaside hamlet of Lancelin at lunchtime and then to Nambung National Park, home of the marvellous Pinnacles, a series of intriguing limestone formations. On arrival in Geraldton you'll visit the evocative HMAS Sydney Memorial.

  Hotel: Mantra Geraldton

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Travel north through Denham and the stunning waters of UNESCO World Heritage Shark Bay. Continue to the crystal blue waters and the pristine white sandy beaches of Monkey Mia. This afternoon is yours to do as you choose. Why not take a scenic flight over Shark Bay Marine Park or choose a wildlife cruise aboard a catamaran to spot sea creatures great and small. In the evening, there's nothing like sitting back with a cocktail or a cool beer watching the world go by as the sun goes down over the water.

  Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Rise early to see Monkey Mia's wild dolphins swim close to shore. We journey to fascinating Shell Beach, one of only two in the world, formed from billions of coquina bivalve shells up to ten metres deep. We continue to Hamelin Pool to see the world’s best known colony of Stromatolites. Dating back to the beginning of life on earth, while they may not appear alive, these living structures have helped scientists unravel the history of life on earth!  Next up venture into Kalbarri National Park to view the spectacular scenery of Murchison River Gorge from the vantage point. During wildflower season, the National Park is a bloom with many a variety of wildflower. You might spot Acacia, Banksia, Caladenia and more! Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

  Hotel: Kalbarri Edge Resort

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way south, travel past Hutt Lagoon, one of the famous Pink Lakes in WA, before continuing to your final destination of Perth. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner. What a great opportunity to share a few laughs as you recount stories from the last 14 days together!

  Hotel: Travelodge Perth

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your trip concludes after breakfast.

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

The rail portion is operated by Third Party partners at Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions.


Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Stepping aboard the mighty Indian Pacific, you’ll feel a great sense of anticipation as this unforgettable Australian adventure begins to unfold. Whether you’re journeying from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific or the other way round, you’ll be making your way across the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world.

    Features

  • Compact sleeper accommodation
  • Lounge Car for relaxation and refreshments
  • Cabin Steward service
  • In-cabin music and detailed journey commentary
  • Complimentary toiletries kit
  • Free ‘Platform’ magazine
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Situated in the heart of the Perth CBD, Travelodge Perth is nestled in a picturesque location, close to the major shopping areas, and a short stroll from the beautiful Swan River.

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite
  • Satellite TV
  • Radio
  • Work Desk
  • Wi-Fi
  • In-room safe
  • Phone
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

We are situated in the heart of Australia's Golden Outback. Hyden is only four kilometres from Wave Rock.We have a swimming pool (seasonal), gym and the Salmon Gum Lounge offers card and board games for your enjoyment as well as an open fire with baby grand piano and a guitar. The Salmon Gum Lounge has free tea and coffee for in-house quests. Please relax and enjoy this comfort area with its natural timbers and leather furniture, cold beer and wine.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • TV
  • Swimming Pool
  • Gym facilities
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Centrally located within the twin towns of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and just minutes from the famous Hannan Street central business and shopping precinct, Rydges Kalgoorlie Resort and Spa offers a new level of luxury accommodation to both the business and leisure market. With over 91 rooms varying from our deluxe studios through to executive apartments, Rydges Kalgoorlie Resort and Spa can ensure that you are kept comfortable for whatever purpose of your stay.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Mini Bar
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • In-room spa bath / Jacuzzi
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Refrigerator
  • Hair Dryer
  • LCD TV
  • Free Bottled Water
  • Foxtel
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Comfort Inn Bay of Isles Motel Esperance is your perfect beachfront accommodation solution for business travellers and holiday makers who want to get the most from their time in beautiful Esperance.

    Features

  • Free wireless internet access
  • Room service
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • LCD TV
  • Foxtel
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ensuite
  • Bathtub and shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Clock radio
  • Iron
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Dog Rock Motel is situated in the heart of the city, close to all the action and local attractions. Family owned with friendly service, the motel aim's is for you to have the best experience of Albany accommodation and the beautiful town of Albany. 
 

    Features

  • Wi-Fi
  • Foxtel
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ensuite
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Stay Margaret River is the ultimate destination to relax and explore the famous wineries, caves, forests and beaches of the Margaret River Region.

    Features

  • Flat Screen TV
  • DVD players
  • Air-conditioning
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Foxtel
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hairdryer
  • Wi-Fi
  • Radio
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Savour the culture and tradition of Western Australia’s premier tourist destination when staying at the reimagined Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges. Fremantle as a port city, creating an environment that is rich, warm and sophisticated for business and leisure travellers alike. Ideal location near the Perth CBD, while those on holiday can easily access Bathers Beach, Rottnest Island and Kings Park and Botanic Gardens.

    Features

  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • Foxtel
  • Room service
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Private balcony
  • Work Desk
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • In-room safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Individual heater control
  • Air-conditioning
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • ISD/STD phone
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Looking for somewhere to stay in Geraldton? You want location, you want comfort, you want value. Mantra Geraldton hotel has it all and it's right on the Batavia Coast Marina, Champion Bay.
Mantra Geraldton's spacious apartments are close to the region's best attractions like the Western Australian Museum, Geraldton CBD and the HMAS Sydney Memorial.

    Features

  • Swimming Pool
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Room service
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry facilities (Self-Service)
  • Private balcony
  • Air Conditioning
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Located in the heart of Western Australia’s Shark Bay, Monkey Mia is one of the world’s premier natural dolphin sighting areas.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Ensuite
  • TV
  • In-house movies
  • Refrigerator
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Linen
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Best Western Plus Kalbarri Edge Resort comes alive at sunrise, coaxing guests to wake to uninterrupted views of the Coral Coast. Enjoy a five minute walk into Kalbarri town centre, The Murchison River foreshore, or a 5 minutes' drive to Kalbarri Golf Club.

    Features

  • Kitchenette
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Foxtel
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Gym facilities
  • Room service
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Situated in the heart of the Perth CBD, Travelodge Perth is nestled in a picturesque location, close to the major shopping areas, and a short stroll from the beautiful Swan River.

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite
  • Satellite TV
  • Radio
  • Work Desk
  • Wi-Fi
  • In-room safe
  • Phone
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Ask our friendly reservations at the time of booking.

Optional Experiences

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. The excursions can be booked on tour through your Travel Director.

Adult Price: AUD $168.00 Child Price: AUD $86.00

Enjoy a ferry cruise to and from the island. Explore the beauty and tranquility as you tour the island in the comfort of an air-conditioned coach. Enjoy commentary of historical, cultural and natural points of interest along the way. After your buffet lunch there is free time to explore more of the island by bike or by foot. Don't forget to pack your swimwear for a refreshing dip in the beautiful turquoise water. 

Adult Price: AUD $50.00 Child Price: AUD $50.00

Fremantle is Perth’s hip and historical cousin with streets full of heritage buildings, cafés, street art and amazing stories waiting to be shared. Starting at the Fremantle Town Hall, this walking tour is no boring history lesson, but rather takes a non-traditional route, discovering factual, anecdotal, and downright fascinating local stories, all as you wander Freo’s vibrant cappuccino strip, boat harbour, narrow West End streets and see the landmarks, including the Fremantle Prison and the Roundhouse. Once home to whaling stations and mass immigration, Freo is now a charming town celebrated for its variety of culture and multicultural history. The locals here were as hard as nails salty sea dogs who rubbed shoulders with newly arrived immigrants to create a town full of characters – some of who’s stories you’ll be amazed to hear about from your local guide! You’ll hear tales from prisoner escapes and convict antics to the expulsion of Indigenous peoples to Rottnest Island. Find out why almost 10,000 men were transported from Great Britain and Ireland, how they built their own prison and helped shape the future of Western Australia. There is no better way to explore Freo than with a local guide to share all its fascinating stories and visit the amazing sites, of which there are many, if you hadn’t guessed!

Adult: $120.00

Child: $120.00

Fremantle is a foodie’s delight full of funky restaurants, historic pubs, cool cafes and the old world charm of a colonial port. Experience a festival of food on the Fremantle Food Lovers Tour.

Enjoy a selection of the best foods and venues, from cheese and charcuterie in a private courtyard, to hole-in-the wall takeaways and uber cool restaurants. You will visit at least 4 venues and enjoy the time to delight in their house specialties.
Learn the neighbourhood’s legendary stories while you dine, drink, and experience the the high streets and the narrow lanes with an expert local guide. Artisan foods, ethnic flavours, street art and fun history – We promise that you will leave satisfied!

Adult Price: AUD 215.00   Child Price: AUD 215.00

Francois Peron National Park 4WD Tour

This is a full day trip adventuring through a spectacular, special piece of earth, right where outback Australia meets the coast. Your tour is a combination of cultural history, sensational scenery, fascinating plants, wild animals and bush survival skills. Includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea, sunscreen, use of binoculars, polarised sunglasses and an expert local guide.

Adult: 85.00

Child: $50.00

After the sunsets relax around a campfire with didgeridoo meditation. Your local aboriginal host will teach you about local Aboriginal culture and history.  As the fire flares up some cooking of bush tucker or seafood over the open campfire begins as you are stepped through how to play the didgeridoo

Adult Price: AUD 99.00   Child Price: AUD 99.00

Sail With A Bunch of Animals Cruise

Cruising the waters around Monkey Mia to spot marine life and the unique dugong in the Restricted- Access, Dugong Management Zone, which we are allowed into only once a day. Dugong feed on sea-grass. Shark Bay has the largest sea-grass banks in the world, and its 10,000 dugongs represent about 10% of the world’s dugong population. Although dugongs are shy and extremely difficult creatures to find and approach, we have over the last 14 years developed techniques for getting you close without disturbing them..

Adult Price: AUD 235.00   Child Price: AUD 235.00

Shark Bay Scenic Flight

A 45 minute scenic flight crosses Freycinet Reach to the fascinating patchwork of salt ponds at Useless Loop. It then crosses the sandy finger of Bellefin Prong and out over the rugged Zuytdorp Cliffs. Following the cliffs northward to Australia's most westerly landfall at Steep Point and crosses part of Dirk Hartog Island. Keep you eye out for marine life.


Optional Experiences indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available. Please see your Travel Director for a full list of experiences.

Trip Details

What's included

  • • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • • Local Specialists (Guides)
  • • Centrally located premium hotels

What to Bring

  • • Warm layers in cooler months
  • • Camera
  • • Comfortable walking shoes
  • • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • • Water bottle

Fitness Requirements

  • • Low level of fitness required

Dining

  • • 14 Full Breakfasts
  • • 3 a la carte Breakfasts
  • • 4 Lunches
  • • 12 Dinners
  • • 1 Farewell Dinner

Flight Information

  • • Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 9.00am into Sydney Airport
  • • Day 18 – flights to depart anytime from Perth Airport

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