9 Day Indian Pacific & Perth Discovery

Journey from Sydney to Perth

Overview

Enjoy the perfect mix of food, wine and adventure with the 8 night Indian Pacific and Perth Discovery. Onboard the legendary Indian Pacific, you’ll travel in style from Sydney to Perth by rail. On your 4 day rail journey, you’ll be treated with a regionally inspired food and wine with unique off train experiences along the way. The adventure won’t stop there with 5 unforgettable nights in Perth, to discover all that Perth City and surrounds have to offer, including Margaret River wine region, Rottnest and Fremantle.

 

Package includes:

  • 3 nights aboard the Indian Pacific, including all meals, fine wines and beverages.
  • A regionally-inspired menu paired with a selection of local wines.
  • Off train experiences in Broken Hill, Adelaide and surrounds, Cook, Rawlinna and Perth
  • 5 nights staying at the Mantra on Murray with breakfast Daily
  • Full day Discover Rottnest tour with coach
  • Half Day Morning Perth
  • Fremantle City Explorer
  • Swan River Cruise
  • Full Day Margaret River, Cave, Wine, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Busselton Jetty Tour
  • Full Day Pinnacles Desert, New Norcia & Wildflowers

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Sydney

Your transcontinental adventure begins in Sydney where you board the Indian Pacific. Prepare for a journey of contrasts, from lush vineyards to vast goldmines, majestic mountains to the barren expanse of the Nullarbor, from cities of four million to ghost towns of four.  As the train winds through the breathtaking Blue Mountains, explore the comforts of life onboard, get acquainted with your cabin and fellow travellers. After settling in, savour your first meal – a regionally-inspired dinner paired with all-inclusive fine wines and beverages.  After dinner, join fellow guests for a late night drink or head back to your cabin for your first night onboard.

 

Day 2: Broken Hill, Barossa Valley And Adelaide Surrounds

You arrive in the ‘Silver City’ of Broken Hill as the day begins, where you embark on a morning of Off Train Excursions to discover the mining history and artistic culture of this unique town where the streets are wide and there’s a pub on every corner.  Lunch is served onboard as the Indian Pacific enters the southern tip of the spectacular and ancient Flinders Ranges. Arriving in the city of Adelaide in the afternoon, you have the choice of a tour of the city, a visit to the world famous Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale wine regions (seasonal), or a trip to the beautiful Adelaide Hills featuring the culinary delights of Hahndorf.

Day 3: Nullarbor Plain

You’ll awake to the seemingly endless expanse of the Nullarbor Plain. Breakfast is served as you travel along the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world. This evening, your sense of wonder will be ignited as you enjoy the tranquillity of dinner under the brilliant desert stars in the remote and beautiful Rawlinna (seasonal).

 

Day 4: Perth

Breakfast is served as you glide through the mild skies and cool green vales of the Avon Valley on your way to Perth, arriving after an onboard lunch. You’ll then make your way to the Mantra on Murray and enjoy your night at your own leisure.

 

Day 5: Perth, Fremantle & Swan River Cruise

You’ll meet with your tour at approximately 8am and spend the morning taking in all major attractions of the revitalised Perth CBD, taking in all major attractions including the Western Australia Cricket Ground (WACA) and Optus Stadium by coach. Then on to Kings Park Botanical Gardens, where you have the opportunity to view wildflowers or take in the stunning views from the war memorial looking back over the city skyline. Continue through the affluent Western Suburbs of Perth, known as Millionaires’ Row before reaching Cottesloe Beach where the Indian Ocean sparkles. Travel on into historic Fremantle, viewing the impressive facades of this heritage listed city including a brief stop. Enjoy a relaxing Swan River cruise back to Perth returning to Barrack Street Jetty Perth at approximately 2:15pm. Enjoy your afternoon and night at your leisure.

 

Day 6: Margaret River, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse & Busselton Jetty

We travel south from Perth driving through farmland with grazing cattle and passing by coastal towns. Arriving at Busselton, known as the gateway to the Margaret River Region we stop for morning tea (own expense) at the iconic Busselton Jetty, the longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere. Driving into the heart of the region we head to one of Margaret River’s oldest breweries for a gourmet platter lunch of local produce, with complimentary beer and cider tastings.
Following lunch we continue south through the forest to an internationally renowned winery to taste some of their best award winning wines, whilst gaining some industry insight on wine production with the opportunity to purchase. Next it’s on to Mammoth Cave for a guided tour through this gothic cave with vast chambers that reveal fascinating information on the regions flora and fauna. Continuing south, through the Boranup Forest of enormous Karri Trees we reach the most fascinating part of the region Augusta. Here at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, marvel at the dividing point between the Southern and Indian Oceans, a rare phenomenon to view the meetings of the two Oceans.
Then we head North up to the township of Margaret River for a brief stop to stroll the main street. After a long but fantastic day giving you a full taste of this wonderful region, it’s back to Perth with an en route comfort stop arriving at approximately 8:30pm.

 

 

Day 7: Pinnacles Desert, New Norcia & Wildflowers

Travelling through the Swan Valley, we arrive at New Norcia, home to Australia’s only Benedictine Abbey. A little piece of Spain comes alive in this town, full of history, art and architecture.
Hear the local history before viewing the chapel and museum artefacts gifted to the monastery by Popes and Royalty of Spain. Visit the famous Benedictine Community with a guided tour of the town and main sites including the museum and art gallery where you will find extraordinary artefacts dating back to when New Norcia was an Aboriginal mission.
Next we move on to the Abbey Church; home to one of only two large Moser organs, originally crafted in Germany. This is followed by a visit to St Gertrude’s College, a grand gothic style building which was originally built as a girls boarding school and opened in 1908. We then visit a produce shop selling olive oil, fruit, wine, New Norcia nut cake and breads, before enjoying a delicious lunch.
We continue on for an easy paced walk through the mystical Pinnacles Desert and see the Pinnacles from the lookout over the park. If time permits make a visit to the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre.

 

Day 8: Rottnest Island

Visit Perth’s favourite local getaway destination on a day trip to Rottnest Island, located just offshore in the Indian Ocean. Travel to Rottnest by high-speed ferry from either Perth or Fremantle (your choice), and then embark on a 1.5-hour sightseeing tour of the island by coach. While you listen to narration from an informative guide, check out landmarks like the West End and Wadjemup Lighthouse. Then enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore
the car-free island at your leisure. You might even meet a quokka or two along the way!

Day 9: Perth

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before you say farewell to Perth. Today is a free day to relax before you head back home.

Train & Accommodation

Mantra on Murray

Situated at the stylish King Street end of Perth’s CBD, surrounded by chic cafes, trendy bars and boutique fashion stores, Mantra on Murray is the perfect base to conduct business or explore all this diverse city has to offer.
Mantra on Murray is perfectly positioned within easy reach of Perth’s top attractions including Subiaco Oval, Burswood Casino and Murray St Mall.
The contemporary Perth hotel is located only 20 minutes from Perth Airport and features modern studio style rooms boasting fully-equipped kitchenettes, lounge and dining areas, LCD televisions, Foxtel and in-house movies.
Whether you’re visiting Perth for business or leisure Mantra on Murray’s friendly and dedicated team can assist in all your needs with 24 hour reception, laundry service, room service and complimentary access to Anytime Fitness located a one block from the hotel.
Enjoy Mantra on Murray’s onsite dining at the relaxed yet stylish Society Bar & Kitchen. With a contemporary yet cosy atmosphere, Society Bar & Kitchen offers an extensive menu with modern and inspired dishes sure to tempt.

Indian Pacific

With its bold wedge-tailed eagle emblem symbolising the scope, range and significance of each epic journey, the Indian Pacific traverses mountain ranges, passes through arid deserts and goldfields, through rocky valleys and desert savannahs on its transcontinental crossings.

Stepping aboard the mighty train, 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.

When 10,000 people lined the East Perth Terminal in 1970 to herald the first unbroken rail journey across the country – a new, seamless connection between the Indian and Pacific Oceans – an historic Australian milestone was achieved and the Indian Pacific took its name from the coasts it joined.

This incredible 4352 kilometre crossing is one of the world’s great rail journeys. An adventure of contrasts, it encompasses the towering majesty of the Blue Mountains to the barren expanse of the Nullarbor, and every goldmine, ghost town and grapevine in between. From inside and outside your cabin, you’ll be captivated by the vast beauty of this magnificent country.

PLATINUM SERVICE

Stylishly appointed, spacious suites complemented by discreet, personalised service and world-class food and wine make this a very special travel experience. Platinum guests enjoy premium extras like a full-size en suite, expansive window views from both sides of the train, and exclusive use of the Platinum Club carriage. You’ll also notice the Bollinger champagne, Australian Appelles Apothecary toiletries, Haigh’s chocolates, a nightcap at turndown, luxuriously soft linen, and more … it’s this attention to detail that you’ll recall long after your journey’s end. By day, your cabin is configured as a private lounge with deluxe seating, a table and two ottomans. By night, you’ll enjoy a deep, comfortable sleep as the lounges convert into a comfortable bedroom with either a double or twin beds.

It’s the perfect place to relax and take in the amazing views passing by your panoramic windows but, for a more social experience, head to the Platinum Club. Thoughtfully appointed to embody the spirit of the train’s Australian heritage, the décor features quartzite tabletops, timber flooring, brass fittings and leather banquette lounge seating in tones of ash, moss and sepia. The carriage offers a daytime lounge setting with adaptable dining options. As you’d expect from a first class service, the food and wine included in the Platinum Service is of the highest standard. Your fare includes hearty breakfasts, two-course lunches and four-course dinners. Vegetarian and special dietary meals are available when you make your booking. And, as a Platinum guest, the premium service level begins before you even board with private transfers included at the start and end of your journey within a 60 kilometre radius of the terminal.


Platinum services includes:

  • All-inclusive dining, beverages, Off Train Excursions and Outback Experiences
  • Spacious Double or Twin cabin almost twice the size of a Gold Service Twin cabin
  • By day, cabins are set up lounge-style with a moveable table and two ottomans
  • By night, lounges are converted to double or twin beds
  • En suite equipped with separate shower, vanity with cupboard space, toilet and Australian bathroom amenities
  • Power outlets and in-cabin safe
  • In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary Panoramic windows offering views from both sides of the train Access to the exclusive Platinum Club for dining and socialising Freshly prepared continental breakfasts served upon request in-cabin Refreshments served in-cabin Transfers at the start and end of your journey available for guests within 60 km of the terminal 90 kg checked luggage allowance per guest (3 x 30 kg each).


GOLD SERVICE

Spend hours deep in conversation with a travelling partner or lose yourself in a lifetime of thoughts. And after a day of off-train activities, your cabin provides the perfect place to relax and recharge before heading for the lounge or dining carriage. With room to stretch out and all the comforts of home, Gold Service is the most popular level of service aboard The Ghan and Indian Pacific. You’ll enjoy private cabin accommodation together with all-inclusive dining, beverages and a range of fascinating Off Train Excursions at key stops.

Gold services includes:

  • For Gold Twin, a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day
  • For Gold Single, a compact sleeper cabin featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage
  • Power outlets in cabin
  • In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available
  • All-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant
  • All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages
  • All-inclusive Off Train Excursions and Short Stops
  • Luggage allowance is 60kg per guest
  • Complimentary Shuttle bus transfers available in Darwin to selected hotels in the city centre

Gold Twin Cabins

The most popular choice of accommodation on The Ghan and Indian Pacific, Gold Service Twin cabins have everything you need to make you feel right at home for the amazing experience that lies ahead. This is your private oasis, a superbly comfortable overnight room to recline and let the rhythm of the tracks sway you to sleep ahead of your next adventure.

Gold Superior Cabins

A Superior cabin in Gold Service is a unique way to travel, you’ll enjoy private accommodation together with all-inclusive dining, beverages and a range of fascinating Off Train Excursions.

Gold Access Cabins

Gold Access Cabins are exclusively reserved for the mobility impaired. This cabin is subject to availability and assessment of the guest’s Fitness to Travel.


FOOD & BEVERAGE

In addition to the comfort of your beautifully appointed cabin onboard a Great Southern Rail train, you’ll find yourself indulging in sumptuous cuisine, fine wines, and camaraderie in our dining carriages. Taking our cue from the diverse environments our trains travel through, our expert culinary team works closely with local suppliers, farmers and providores to source the best ingredients, creating an innovative, regionally-inspired menu accompanied by all-inclusive fine wines and beverages.

Each of our three dining carriages has its own ambience and personality. The Queen Adelaide restaurant evokes the golden era of rail with an art deco atmosphere, the Outback Explorer Lounges offer camaraderie in a relaxed social setting, while the Platinum Club impresses with its quartzite tabletops, timber flooring and brass fittings for our Platinum Service guests.

Queen Adelaide Restaurant

Step out of your spacious cabin and into the exclusive, classically styled Queen Adelaide Restaurant where an all inclusive menu is prepared by on-board chefs using fresh local fare. Our seasonal menu features mouth-watering dishes such as saltwater barramundi and grilled kangaroo fillet. Fares include hearty breakfasts, two course lunches and three course dinners. Vegetarian, children’s and limited special dietary meals are available when you make your booking. You may also choose to complement your meal with our selection of wines and beverages which are also included in your fare.

Outback Explorer Lounge

The Outback Explorer Lounges are the social hub of the train, the perfect setting to get to know fellow travellers, enjoy a snack, and catch glimpses of the passing landscape through wide picture windows.

Platinum Club

The Platinum Club Lounge is hosted by a Platinum Host, serving drinks, cocktails and barista coffee. Request an afternoon refreshment from the all-inclusive beverage list, or simply choose from the self-serve bar. Our highly-experienced onboard culinary teams work closely with local suppliers, farmers and providores sourcing the finest ingredients to create innovative, regionally-inspired menus accompanied by all-inclusive fine wines and beverages offered on every route.

 

Fine Print

Fares based on Gold Standard and Twin share. Please contact us for upgrades to platinum service.

Low Season: MAY-AUG
High Season: JAN-APR / SEP-DEC

Advance Purchase $3995 per person twin share

Advance Purchase fares are not available within 6 months of travel date and are not available on every departure.
For Advance Purchase Rail Journeys and Advance Purchase Holiday Packages, full payment will be required at the time of booking.
This payment is per booking and non-refundable.
Amendments: 45 days and under prior to original scheduled departure, amendment to travel date allowed at any time with no fee.
Cancellation: 100% cancellation fees apply 14 days after booking date

Everyday fare $4435 per person twin share

For Everyday Rail Journeys Packages, you may pay the Fee in two parts: A deposit of 25% at the time of booking and final payment 60 days prior to departure
Amendments: Free of charge prior to departure
Cancellation: Fully Refundable until 24 hours prior to departure

Flexible $4735 per person twin share

For Fully Flexible Rail Journeys and Fully Flexible Holiday Packages, full payment will be required at the time of booking.
Amendments: 45 days and under prior to original scheduled departure, amendment to travel date allowed at any time with no fee.
Cancellation: 100% cancellation fees apply 14 days after booking date

Supplier Cancellation:

For all fare types, in the event of a JBRE Cancellation, JBRE will provide you with the option to receive one of the following:
(1) (where available) travel on an alternative non-rail holiday package of similar value,
that gets you to the scheduled end destination;
(2) an alternate rail service of the same value at a later date;
(3) a full refund of monies paid to JBRE under the booking; or
(4) a credit note of an amount equal to the monies paid to JBRE under the booking.

From $3995

per person twin share

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