Delights of the Murray River, Indian Pacific Rail Adventure & Sydney Stay

Includes fully escorted tours of Adelaide and Sydney

Limited Availability | 3 Night Paddlewheeler Cruise on the Murray River

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Embark on this incredible adventure across land and water as you glide through the landscapes on board the Indian Pacific and relish an enchanting cruise along the mighty Murray River, paired with a series of exhilarating tours.

Your adventure begins in Perth where you’ll embark the magnificent Indian Pacific for your transcontinental voyage to Sydney, following the path of bush pioneers, gold rush prospectors and legendary adventurers. This is one of the world’s finest coast to coast crossings, on the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world. Encased in luxury, you’ll savour all-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, capture mesmerising views of the unfolding landscapes from the observation car and relax in your private cabin with en-suite.

Disembarking in Adelaide, you’ll enjoy a three night hotel stay where you’ll savour a wonderful tour of the Barossa Valley, indulging in fabulous flavours from this world-renowned region. Next, you’ll embark the paddlewheeler PS Murray Princess, for your unforgettable cruise along the beautiful historic Murray River. Wind through the serene waters between Walker Flat and Murray Bridge as you drink in the spectacular riverlands, admiring the views of the ever-changing flora and fauna. Highlights of your three night adventure include close encounters with river birdlife on board the ‘Dragon-Fly’ boat, marvelling at the astounding landscapes during a nature walk and savouring fantastic flavours of this famous region.

Disembarking back in Adelaide, you’ll enjoy a final night before you continue your journey back on board the Indian Pacific. Marvel at the ever-changing sights of the unfolding landscapes as the ochre desert gives way to verdant hillsides before disembarking in Sydney for a three night hotel stay and a remarkable Sydney Harbour tour.

Package Includes

All flights & taxes

All-Inclusive Rail Journey

  • 3 night all-inclusive rail journey on board the Indian Pacific from Perth to Sydney with all meals, fine wines, and beverages
  • All-inclusive off train excursions and short stops in Cook and Broken Hill

Hotel Stays

  • 4 night four-star hotel stay in Adelaide with breakfast
  • 3 night four-star hotel stay in Sydney with breakfast

River Cruise

  • 3 night Murray River cruise on board PS Murray Princess with all meals and sightseeing
  • Tour of Murray River Bridge and historic Roundhouse
  • Take a guided nature walk at Salt Bush Flat
  • Taste Riverland food and wine
  • Dragon-fly flat-bottomed boat wildlife tour

Fully Escorted Tours

  • Full day Barossa Valley and Hahndorf tour with lunch and wine tastings
  • Sydney Harbour long Lunch Cruise
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At a glance

13 nights
Departing 01 Aug 21
All flights and taxes

Prices from

Inside
Sold Out
Price based on 08 Aug 2021 departure
Outside
$6,299 pp
Price based on 08 Aug 2021 departure
Stateroom
$6,999 pp
Price based on 08 Aug 2021 departure

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Call to book:

1800 958 405

Holiday code:

CRU2228

Opening hours:

AWST: Mon to Fri 6am - 5pm | Sat & Sun 6am - 2pm | AEST: Mon to Fri 9am - 7pm | Sat & Sun 9am - 4pm

PS Murray Princess

With all the character and charm of yesteryear, the PS Murray Princess is the largest inland paddlewheeler in the southern hemisphere. Built specifically for the Murray River, this enchanting vessel offers a true authentic experience for anyone who cruises with her. Accommodating up to 120 passengers, she offers passengers a unique river boat cruise experience through the captivating landscapes of Australia’s Outback.

Your Itinerary

Great Southern Rail Indian Pacific train journey by helicopter Sydney to Perth September/October 2007
DAY 1 | 1 Aug 2021
Perth - Embark Indian Pacific

Take your last breath of Indian Ocean air you step aboard the Indian Pacific for your incredible coast-to-coast journey across Australia. After settling into your comfortable cabin, make your way to the elegantly appointed restaurant car. All your food is included on your journey, from the delicious rack of lamb and lime lamington dessert to the chilled glass of Margaret River sauvignon blanc.

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DAY 2 | 2 Aug 2021
Indian Pacific

As you wake, you’ll find yourself on the edges of the sweeping Nullarbor Plain. Vast horizons and big blue skies await and the ancient stillness of the desert landscape is only broken by a mob of friendly kangaroos or the occasional circling bird of prey. After a leisurely breakfast, you'll step off the train for a short stop in Cook. Once a bustling railway community, now effectively a ghost town, Cook gives new meaning to the expression "middle of nowhere".

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DAY 3 | 3 Aug 2021
Adelaide - Disembark Indian Pacific and Hotel Stay

By morning, desert views give way to the rolling South Australian countryside. Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the restaurant before spending some time in one of the lounges soaking up the atmosphere or admiring the sights. You’ll then disembark for a hotel stay and tour in beautifully designed Adelaide, renowned for arts festivals, pop-up bars, and laneway restaurants.

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DAY 4 | 4 Aug 2021
Adelaide - Hotel Stay

The capital of South Australia, Adelaide is a cosmopolitan city of wide boulevards, fertile gardens and diverse architecture. For a hit of culture, The Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum offer insights into Australia’s heritage. Lose yourself in the beating heart of the city with a visit to Victoria Square. Its vibrant 19th century Central Market bustles with the citizens hunting for fresh produce. Or, soak up the atmosphere with a walk along Port Adelaide’s historic waterfront, home to an array of boutique cafes, shops and even an outdoor cinema.

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DAY 5 | 5 Aug 2021
Adelaide - Hotel Stay and Tour

Savour a dreamy day out as you embark on a tour which will allow you to savour the tastes of Barossa’s mouth-watering food and delicious wine. Relish the tastiest flavours and chat with winemakers at Pindarie Wines and Lambert Estate, and linger over a two-course lunch, with time for coffee and chocolate port on a sunny deck afterwards. From here, you’ll head to the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company, where you’ll sit down to taste the house-made chocolates, paired with Vineyard Road’s handcrafted wines.

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DAY 6 | 6 Aug 2021
Mannum - Embark Murray Princess

Spend some time at leisure this morning before you transfer to Mannum Wharf port where you’ll embark the PS Murray Princess for a unique cruise experience along the Murray River. Embrace the character and charm of yesteryear as you savour your elegant surroundings. This remarkable vessel was built specifically for the Murray River and offers a true taste of a bygone era to anyone who cruises with her. You’ll head downriver as you tuck into a delicious Welcome Dinner. As you cruise under floodlight, you may spot nocturnal wildlife grazing at the riverbank before mooring at Mundurra.

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DAY 7 | 7 Aug 2021
Murray Princess

In 1879, the first bridge to span the mighty Murray River was built at Edwards Crossing, which quickly became the bustling township of Murray Bridge. Following a hearty breakfast, you’ll embark on a guided tour of Murray Bridge and explore the town’s historic Roundhouse. The unusual hexagonal shaped historical residence captures the history of this remarkable region and enhances magnificent views of the river. Back on board, you’ll enjoy a special presentation of the bounty of food and wine produced in the Riverland and continue your journey upriver where you’ll moor at Salt Bush Flat.

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DAY 8 | 8 Aug 2021
Murray Princess

This morning, you’ll enjoy a spot of exercise as you join your guide for a nature walk around the spectacular scenery of Salt Bush Flat, learning the secrets of the local flora and fauna. Back on board, you’ll head downriver to River View Lodge where you’ll embark on a wildlife tour. In small groups, you’ll wind through the maze of river and observe the majestic views of river birdlife, including darters, herons and egrets before enjoying an afternoon of bocce or fishing challenges. Savour a final night celebration of the farewell Captain’s Dinner and Dance.

Adelaide, Australia - February 25, 2016: Glenelg Town Hall with Pioneer Memorial viewed through Moseley Square at sunset.
DAY 9 | 9 Aug 2021
Mannum - Disembark Murray Princess and Adelaide Hotel Stay

Arriving back at the Mannum Wharf, you’ll disembark for your hotel stay. Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Adelaide, a city that’s bursting with culture, flavours and entertainment. Escape to Glenelg and discover the delights of this charming town as you explore the historic landmark of the Glenelg Town Hall. Admire the beauty of the grand main entrance and climb to the top of the tower for panoramic views of the ocean and picturesque surroundings. Close by, you’ll find the Pioneer Memorial, erected in 1936 to represent four of the biggest colonists that came out here.

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DAY 10 | 10 Aug 2021
Adelaide - Embark Indian Pacific

Leaving Adelaide behind, today you’ll re-embark the majestic Indian Pacific and continue on your journey to Sydney. You will enjoy the finest dining, drinks and off-train excursions as you stream across the country, while relaxing in the luxurious surroundings. Savour delectable cuisine paired with sumptuous local wines in the Queen Adelaide restaurant, enjoy a cocktail in one of the bars or head to the Outback Explorer Lounge and get to know your fellow passengers.

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DAY 11 | 11 Aug 2021
Sydney - Disembark Indian Pacific and Hotel Stay

Winding your way through the magnificent Blue Mountains provides ample opportunity to kick back and reflect upon this unforgettable journey as you approach Sydney. You have just travelled from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific, through some of the most striking landscapes on Earth. As Australia’s most cosmopolitan city, you can expect breathtaking energy as you roam the bustling streets, exploring the iconic sights of the hypnotic Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

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DAY 12 | 12 Aug 2021
Sydney - Hotel Stay and Tour

Enjoy a Sydney Harbour Long Lunch Cruise on board Sydney’s most prestigious cruise ship MV Sydney 2000, where you'll indulge in a delectable three-course, a la carte lunch and have the opportunity to explore the harbour with its many secluded beaches and spectacular sandstone cliffs.

Tuck into a superb selection of Contemporary Australian cuisine, from fresh seafood to mouth-watering beef and savour the refreshing tastes of some of Australia’s best-known wines. Head to the top of the vessel where you’ll admire captivating views of Sydney’s magnificent harbour.

Flowers of Bondi Beach, Sydney Australia
DAY 13 | 13 Aug 2021
Sydney - Hotel Stay

Celebrated as the capital for surfing, wander the coastal, cliff-side paths, with rock pools and secluded bays to beautiful Bondi Beach, where you can watch the surfers dotted along the frothy waves. Embrace the city’s rich heritage and seek out the aboriginal rock carvings near Mackenzies Point or tour the Rocks and learn about Australia’s first European settlement. And if you want to escape the bustle, a short drive from Sydney’s cosmopolitan centre are the beautiful Blue Mountains and the Three Sisters rock formation.

Welcome aboard the PS Murray Princess

With all the character and charm of yesteryear, the PS Murray Princess is the largest inland paddlewheeler in the southern hemisphere. Built specifically for the Murray River, this enchanting vessel offers a true authentic experience for anyone who cruises with her. Guests can expect a taste of a bygone era, with the grandeur and convenience of modern-day cruising. Accommodating up to 120 passengers, she evokes a sense of intimacy and offers passengers a unique river boat cruise experience through the captivating landscapes of Australia’s Outback. In addition to 60 suites, the vessel also has five passenger decks all named after the Murray River’s great pioneers, features include the dining room, a fully equipped gym, a library, gift shop, two bars and two lounges.

Entered Service: August 1986

Tonnage: 1,500

Number of Decks: 5

Passenger Capacity: 120

Number of Cabins: 60

Wheelchair Accessible Cabins: Yes

Entered Service: August 1986

Tonnage: 1,500

Number of Decks: 5

Passenger Capacity: 120

Number of Cabins: 60

Wheelchair Accessible Cabins: Yes

Catch some of the sun’s glorious rays from atop the sun deck and enjoy captivating views at sunset as the amber sun descends over the landscapes.

Sit back and relax as you enjoy the hypnotising view of the paddlewheel in action from the two-storey viewing window.

Savour delicious seasonal menus, including local fresh produce, from salmon and scotch fillet to chicken and lamb shanks, in the single-sitting dining saloon.

Welcome aboard the Indian Pacific

Experience one of the few truly transcontinental rail journeys in the world with a voyage on board the Indian Pacific service, which travels across the breadth of southern Australia in incomparable style. Part of Great Southern Rail, the Indian Pacific speeds from coast to coast on a storied journey that follows in the footsteps of bush pioneers, gold rush greed, and famous adventurers who forged to discover the barren natural beauty of Australia’s famously unforgiving outback.

Know the Facts

The dream of a transcontinental rail service began in the 1890s, but it was not until 1969 that an uninterrupted rail track linked the Indian Ocean in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east. The train’s first full transcontinental journey took place on 23 February 1970, when more than 10,000 people welcome the historic train to the city of Perth. Today, the 774-metre-long train travels the 4,350 kilometres between Sydney and Perth in approximately 65 hours. It is instantly recognisable by its bold wedge-tailed eagle emblem.

Know the Facts

The dream of a transcontinental rail service began in the 1890s, but it was not until 1969 that an uninterrupted rail track linked the Indian Ocean in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east. The train’s first full transcontinental journey took place on 23 February 1970, when more than 10,000 people welcome the historic train to the city of Perth. Today, the 774-metre-long train travels the 4,350 kilometres between Sydney and Perth in approximately 65 hours. It is instantly recognisable by its bold wedge-tailed eagle emblem.

Carriages

On average, the train comprises some 30 different carriages, including guest cabins, crew quarters, restaurant cars, lounges and power vans. The length of the train is around 774 metres, so you’ll have plenty of space to stretch your legs on board.

Cabins

The accommodation on board is extremely luxurious, with different levels of opulence depending on what you desire from your escape. The modern cabin suites are hewn from wood and have all the comforts required to ensure you have a restful journey, and contrast beautifully with the elegant Edwardian décor of the dining cars.

Food

Your dining options depend on the level of service you have opted for, but all meals take place in the beautifully appointed Queen Adelaide restaurant car or the Platinum Club. Menus change frequently and feature Australian cuisine and more international flavours, plus sumptuous local wines.

Prices & Departures

  All flights included
regional flights available at a supplement
Departing
Departing 1 August 2021
Departing 8 August 2021
Inside
Inside $5,999
Inside Sold Out
Outside
Outside $6,499
Outside $6,299
Stateroom
Stateroom $7,299
Stateroom $6,999

CALL TO BOOK: 1800 958 405

HOLIDAY CODE: CRU2228