Perth, Australia - Australia & New Zealand Cruises

Perth’s explosive growth in recent decades has engulfed the old historic port of Fremantle. Eighty-percent of Western Australia’s population lives in and around Perth. This bustling port, known as “Freo” to the locals, sits on the Indian Ocean and offers a romantic, artsy ambiance to residents and visitors alike.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Essence of Western Australia

    A comprehensive tour that combines sightseeing of Perth and Fremantle with wine tasting, luncheon and a river cruise.

    Essence of Western Australia

    Admire the sleek, modern buildings and soaring skyscrapers as you drive through Perth. There will be a brief stop at Kings Park to photograph the spectacular view overlooking the city and Swan River.

    Travelling through the eastern suburbs you will arrive at Swan Valley, a heritage area renowned for its historic houses and superb wineries. Visit one of these wineries for some wine tasting. You will be able to enjoy a talk on the wine making process along with the tasting, which will feature locally produced red and white blends.

    An Australian luncheon will be served at a local restaurant before returning to Perth.

    In Perth, you’ll board your riverboat for a leisurely cruise down the Swan River to Fremantle. Watch the passing scenery glide by as you enjoy refreshments of tea or coffee and listen to the live commentary.

    Re-board your coach for a brief orientation of Fremantle. As you travel along the Esplanade see the quaint terraced houses, ornate historic buildings and sidewalk cafés. Drive past the old Round House at Arthur’s Head, an old twelve-sided jail, and the Maritime Museum, a grand cluster of stone buildings, before returning to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and boat. There is a distance of approximately 200 yards to walk over flat ground to board the river cruise. The toilets are situated down a flight of steps. The river cruise last approximately 1¼ hours and is not wheelchair accessible. There are some gravel paths at Kings Park, however walking is at guests’ own discretion. Casual clothing and flat, comfortable footwear with non-slip soles are recommended.

    Tour code

    JFM_003

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Wave Rock & The Indian Pacific - Double

    Witness some of Australia’s most remarkable natural monuments, before setting off on the great Indian Pacific rail journey.

    Wave Rock & The Indian Pacific - Double

    DAY 1 – PINNACLES DESERT
    Travelling through the Swan Valley, you’ll reach New Norica, Australia’s only monastic town, renowned for its Benedictine Abbey. A little piece of Spain comes to life as you enter the town rich in history and architecture. Visit the museum where, you’ll find interesting artefacts dating back to when New Norcia was an Aboriginal mission. You’ll have an opportunity to browse the Benedictine community produce including olive oil, fruits and baked goods. You’ll also have chance to sample some local wines from Bindoon. Enjoy luncheon at a country pub before continuing onto Nambung National Park, home to the iconic Pinnacles Desert. Nambung features an array of impressive coastal dunes; here you’ll see the mystical limestone pillars which make up one of Australia’s most unique landscapes the Pinnacles Desert. Take a walk through these fascinating spires which rise eerily out of the sand and reach up several metres. Returning to Perth, you’ll check into the Duxton Hotel, where dinner will be served.

    DAY 2 – WAVE ROCK
    Following breakfast, you’ll journey through the Western Australian wheat-belt to Wave Rock. This spectacular wave shaped rock is one of the regions iconic landmarks and makes a wonderful photograph backdrop. Visit the historic township of York where you’ll have some free time to explore independently. A stop will be made at the unusual site of the Dog Cemetery in Corrigan before you proceed to Hippo’s Yawn, another great photograph opportunity. You’ll break for a buffet luncheon at the Wildflower shoppe, before seeing more impressive rock formations including the Humps and Mulka’s Cave. During your return journey you’ll stop for afternoon tea prepared by the Country Women’s Association in Babakin, before returning to Perth for dinner at your hotel.

    DAY 3 – INDIAN PACIFIC RAIL JOURNEY
    You’ll have breakfast at your leisure before your transfer to the railway station. Embark on one of the great rail journeys, the Indian Pacific, which delivers a spectacular array of iconic Australian landscapes, sensational sightseeing and high level hospitality. You’ll be travelling in a Gold Service cabin. Each twin cabin has its own en-suite with shower and beds which convert to a three-seater lounge, allowing you to take time out and relax in the privacy of your cabin. Single cabins comprise of a bed which converts to a seat and shared shower and toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage. Interesting commentary of the sights and scenery is also available in your cabin. Gold Service guests will enjoy wonderful cuisine served in stylish restaurant cars. The well appointed lounge car provides the perfect environment to enjoy the passing scenery, enjoy a drink and meet new people. A stop will be made at Kalgooriee-Boulder, home to an immense open-cut gold mine. A whistle stop tour to Hannan’s North Tourist Mine is included Luncheon and dinner will be served on board.

    DAY 4 – INDIAN PACIFIC RAIL JOURNEY
    After breakfast, you’ll have an opportunity to step off the train for a brief stop in Cook, once a bustling railway community, it is now effectively a ghost town. Cook gives new meaning to the expression “middle of nowhere”. Back on board, your journey travels along the longest stretch of rail track in the world, across the unique Nullabor Plain (meaning ‘no-trees’). The vast landscape bears little more than the occasional saltbush but this arid backdrop remains simply mesmerising. Travelling on board, you’ll also have a window to some of Australia’s wildlife including the kangaroo and magnificent Australian Wedge-tail Eagle, which is the emblem of the Indian Pacific. Breakfast, luncheon and dinner will be served on board.

    DAY 5 – ADELAIDE
    From your window you’ll notice a dramatic change in landscape as the dry tones of the Nullabor make way for beautiful green fields and pastoral lands of Southern Australia. After lunch, you’ll have time to reflect on your journey before the Indian Pacific rolls in to Adelaide. You’ll be met by a local representative and transferred directly to Queen Elizabeth in the late afternoon.

    The booking deadline for this tour is the 20th December 2015. Any bookings made after this time will be on a request basis only. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Twin = JFM800, Single = JFM801). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour departs Fremantle on 12th February and returns to the ship in Adelaide 16th February. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates carefully before booking this overland. This excursion is physically demanding. Be prepared for early morning starts and lengthy days. No refunds will be given for any unused portion.

    The fare includes: transport by train and coach, sightseeing and hotel accommodation as stated. Meals include water, tea and coffee. One glass of wine is included with evening meals, additional beverages will be charged to guest’s own account.

    The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, liquor, doctor’s fees and any medication or prescriptions. Guests who require a visa for Australia must be in possession of a valid eVisitor or ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) prior to embarking the ship. What to pack: Please remember your passport and any medication you may require. Luggage limit is one bag per person with a maximum weight of 25kg. Valuables should be left on board the ship. Please remember to carry a credit card or Australian dollars for any additional purchases.

    Tour code

    JFM_800

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 nights

  • Twin Cities & River Cruise

    A relaxed and leisurely way to see the sites of Perth and Fremantle from both land and sea.

    Twin Cities & River Cruise

    Join your riverboat for a leisurely cruise along the pristine water of Swan River's meandering waterway. Sit back, relax and enjoy refreshments as you listen to a live commentary and watch the stunning views glide past.

    After your cruise, board your coach for a panoramic drive around historic Fremantle and modern Perth. You will pass many interesting sights such as Fremantle Prison, the Round House, the Maritime Museum and other architectural highlights.

    You will pass some of the city's exclusive suburbs and view the stunning skyline of Perth, nestled right on the Swan River, a mix of ultra modern and old world architecture. A photography stop will be made at Kings Park with its amazing views of the city and river, before returning to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and boat. There is a distance of approximately 200 yards to walk over flat ground to board the river cruise. The toilets are situated down a flight of steps. The river cruise last approximately 1¼ hours and is not wheelchair accessible. There are some gravel paths at Kings Park, however walking is at guests’ own discretion. Casual clothing and flat, comfortable footwear with non-slip soles are recommended.

    Tour code

    JFM_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Fremantle Walking Tour

    Experience the different sights, sounds and ambience of charming Fremantle on this interesting and informative walking tour.

    Fremantle Walking Tour

    Join your guide for a leisurely walk around the diverse city of Fremantle. You will see many of the city’s important buildings including the Round House, Western Australia’s oldest public building, the Fremantle Markets building and the Victorian Town Hall with its landmark clock tower.

    As you stroll along the High Street, you will feel as though you have stepped back in time to the 1900’s, as the Victorian houses that were built here 100 years ago have been preserved and well maintained. In contrast, the port’s old commercial centre on Cliff Street are lined with Colonial buildings.

    As you walk along Fremantle Harbour, you will see the C.Y. O’Connor Statue, this bronze sculpture pays tribute to the Chief Engineer for Western Australia, who created the harbour by blasting and dredging rock and sand at the river mouth. Amble along the Esplanade, the city’s major parkland and pass by the modern venue of the Maritime Museum before returning to the ship.


    This excursion will operate on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours’ walking over even, paved footpaths. Flat, comfortable enclosed shoes and bottled water are recommended. The tour will operate in all weather. For those who wish to explore the city further, there is the option to end the tour by the Maritime Museum, however you are responsible for making your own way back to the ship.

    Tour code

    JFM_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Australian Wildlife & Wines

    Drive out of the city limits to the wonderful Swan Valley, famous for its history and wineries.

    Australian Wildlife & Wines

    Board your coach and traverse Perth’s sleek suburbs to the lush Swan Valley, renowned for its historic houses and award winning wineries. Stop at the Cellar door of a local winery to enjoy a wine tasting of the Estate’s vintages. See the wonderful views stretching off into the distance including row after row of vines.

    After your wine tasting experience, you will drive to Caversham Wildlife Park, which offers a complete bush experience. You will have approximately 1½ hours’ free time to meander around the Park enjoying the different range of wildlife native to Australia such as emus, kookaburras, dingos and crocodiles. You could also take a walk through the kangaroo enclosure, to meet and perhaps feed the friendly kangaroos and wallabies, or get up close and have your photograph taken with one of the cuddly koalas. Look out for the daily show, which will introduce you to the wombat and a variety of other friendly Australian animals.


    This excursion will operate by coach. Walking is over flat ground and is at guests' own discretion. Flat, comfortable enclosed shoes are recommended. Order of sights visited may vary.

    Tour code

    JFM_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Leisurely Fremantle & Perth

    This leisurely drive is an excellent way to discover the old charm of Fremantle and the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Perth.

    Leisurely Fremantle & Perth

    The streets of Fremantle are lined with quaint terraced houses, historic buildings, and sidewalk cafés. As you drive through this historic city, your guide will point out the key sights including the distinctive Western Australian Maritime Museum, the UNESCO Fremantle Prison and the 12-sided Round House. The Round House, originally a jail, is the oldest building in Western Australia.

    Continue to Perth, a city with dazzling views from every angle. Soaring skyscrapers form an impressive wall along the Swan River’s northern shore. In the distance, the Darling Ranges rise from the coastal plains offering a superb natural backdrop. You’ll travel through exclusive suburbs and pass the Royal Perth Yacht Club, Matilda Bay and the Old Swan Brewery.

    Before returning to the ship, a photography stop will be made at Kings Park. The Park consists of bushland, botanical gardens and parklands. There will be around 40 minutes’ free time here to relax among the cultivated gardens, pay your respects at the State War Memorial or absorb the breathtaking views over Swan River and the city of Perth.


    This excursion will operate by coach. Most of the sightseeing is conducted from the comfort of your coach. There are some gravel paths at Kings Park, however walking is at guests’ own discretion. Guests’ are advised to carry a bottle of water for the journey.

    Tour code

    JFM_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

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