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.