From: $3,905 USD
Duration: 13 days/ 12 nights
Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.
Interests: Birds, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Marine Mammals.
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Day 1: Arrive Perth and transfer to your accommodation for a two night stay
Day 2: Today you are free to explore Perth at leisure. Perth, set on the banks of the sparkling Swan River, a few miles from the magnificent beaches of the Indian Ocean. The closest is City Beach, but Cottesloe, Floreat, Scarborough, and Sorrento are also popular. Nearby outdoor activities include Kings Park with its walking trails and a 12-hectare botanical garden, famous for its spring wildflower displays.
Fremantle, 18 kilometers south-west of Perth is a colorful, busy port at the mouth of the Swan River, easily accessible by bus, train, ferry and taxi. Attractions include the Fremantle Arts Centre, the Maritime Museum, the Round House, the market and the lively town center affectionately known as the cappuccino strip.
Day 3: This morning, collect your rental car and Drive to the Margaret River area for your three night stay.
Day 4: Enjoy a short drive to Busselton or Dunsborough to join a whale watch excursion. Naturaliste Charters are the longest running whale watching company in the Southwest and have been operating professional whale watching tours out of the region for more than 25 years. Their whale watching tours provide visitors with the opportunity to view Humpback Whales and Southern Right Whales, on both their northern and southern migrations. As you watch these majestic creatures breach and frolic, you will truly be mesmerized by their agility.
Day 5: Day at Leisure. Originally a chilled out surfie town, Margaret River has evolved into the ultimate smorgasbord of good food, fine wine and spectacular scenery - just a three-and-a-half hour drive south of Perth. There's a fine supply of world-class wineries, boutique breweries, and restaurants overlooking sweeping vineyards and surf breaks. The wine is definitely top notch - the region produces less than one per cent of Australian wine, but over 15 per cent of the country's premium wine. And with 60 plus wineries to choose from, you won't be stuck for choice.
Day 6: Return to Perth and drop off your rental car, overnight stay.
Day 7: Today, transfer to the station to board the Indian Pacific train for the 3 night journey to Sydney. Settle into your comfortable cabin and get to know the creature comforts of life onboard. Enjoy 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.
Days 8: On board the Indian Pacific Train. Awake to the spectacular expanse of the Nullarbor Plain and watch the sunrise. See the big 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. Get a sense of the Nullarbor's intense remoteness as you wander through Cook's abandoned buildings and learn more about the town's intriguing history. Sit back and relax as the train continues its trek across the longest single stretch of railway in the world. Enjoy dinner and relaxed conversation in the lounge before a restful night’s sleep.
Day 9: On board the Indian Pacific Train. 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. With its harsh arid landscape – often featured in cinema for its unforgiving, lunar-like appearance – Broken Hill offers a range of fascinating off-train excursions that highlight and celebrate how industrious locals have adapted to their incredible outback home.
Day 10: Indian Pacific final day. This morning, arrive in the Blue Mountains where you may disembark the train and marvel at the expansive views and natural surroundings. See the majestic Three Sisters at Echo Point and the views at Jamison Valley before completing your journey into Sydney, where you will transfer to your accommodation for the next three nights.
Day 11: You don't have to go far from Sydney to experience Australia's fabulous wildlife - you just have to know where to look. This is the ideal afternoon/evening tour in which to encounter iconic Australian wildlife. Travel with a small group (maximum of 14) in a luxury 4WD vehicle to the South Coast and Southern Highland areas in search of kangaroos, wallabies, platypuses, possums, wombats and koalas in their natural settings. Great bird-life viewing is possible, including parrots, lyrebirds, bowerbirds and kookaburras. There is stunning scenery and short bush walks.
Day 12: At your leisure to explore the city of Sydney. Experience one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, and view Sydney's iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Garden Island Naval base, Government House, palatial waterfront homes, Fort Denison and much more.
Day 13: Today you will transfer to Sydney airport for your departing flight.