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East Meets Western Wonderland

18 Day Guided Vacation | Sydney to Perth

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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!

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East Meets Western Wonderland

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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

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.

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.

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

Today journey through the Golden Outback to Hyden. This morning you’ll join a local guide on a tour of Boddington Gold Mine that is now the largest producer of gold in Australia. Continue to Wave Rock. This magnificent rock formation resembling a gigantic wave, was formed over three million years ago. Explore the formation 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, or even take a tour of Hyden Wildlife Park. This evening dine at your hotel.

Hotel: Wave Rock Motel, Hyden

This morning you’ll take an exclusive farm tour to hear about life in the Outback with Wave Rock local, Sheena. Exploring the farm with Sheena you’ll have to opportunity to take part in the morning cattle feed then explore a private collection of vintage cars. Continue to Kalgoorlie, after a visit to the lookout for views into the open cut mine, discover the character and stories of this historic town on an orientation tour.

Hotel: Rydges Kalgoorlie

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your trip concludes after 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:

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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

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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