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Embark on an incredible adventure across land and water with a transcontinental journey on board the Indian Pacific and paddlewheeler cruise along the mighty Murray River, combined with a series of exceptional tours.

Your unforgettable transcontinental adventure starts in Sydney, where you’ll embark the magnificent Indian Pacific. You’ll follow in the legendary path of bush pioneers, gold rush prospectors and adventurers and travel on one of the world’s finest coast-to-coast crossings. Encased in luxury, you’ll savour the all-inclusive wining and dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, capture mesmerising views of the unfolding landscapes from the observation car and relax in your private en-suite cabin.

Disembarking in Adelaide, you’ll enjoy an overnight hotel stay before you embark the paddlewheeler PS Murray Princess, for your unforgettable cruise along the 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.

Your cruise ends back in Adelaide where you’ll disembark for a three-night hotel stay. A Barossa Wine and Heritage Tour will allow you to discover the wines and cuisines of this world-renowned region.

Your journey continues back on board the Indian Pacific, witness the breathtaking vistas of the sweeping Nullarbor Plain and enjoy an Off Train Experience in the ghost town of Cook before disembarking in Perth for a three-night hotel stay and Swan Valley tour. Embark on a leisurely cruise along Swan River. Alight for a mouth-watering lunch at the Sandalford Estate and enjoy thrilling live entertainment before your cruise back to the city.

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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 rooms and suites, the vessel also has five passenger decks all named after the Murray River’s great pioneers, features include the dining room, a gym, gift shop, one bar and two lounges.

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Dining

Savour delicious seasonal menus utilising local produce in the single-sitting dining saloon. Enjoy special dining occasions, including the Farewell Captain’s Dinner and unique presentation of Riverland food and wines.

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On Board

Sit back and admire the majestic view of the paddlewheel in action, or nocturnal wildlife grazing at the riverbank under floodlight, from the two-storey viewing window in the lounge or catch the sun’s glorious rays from atop the sun deck.

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Experiences

Enjoy a variety of exciting off-ship tours that cover a guided nature walk at Salt Bush Flat and exploring the river birdlife on a Dragon-fly flat-bottomed boat, as well as scenic trips to Murray River Bridge and the historic Roundhouse.

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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 Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions, 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.

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.

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Dining

Indulge in sumptuous cuisine, premium wines and warm camaraderie in the elegant dining carriages. Regionally-inspired and innovative menus that highlight local specialities and freshest ingredients are accompanied by all-inclusive fine wines and beverages.

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On Board

The moment you step into your beautifully appointed cabin you’ll be immersed into a world of romance that epitomises rail travel. Your attendant will provide you with crisp sheets, bath towels, pillows and complimentary bath amenities.

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Experiences

Enjoy exclusive off-train adventures that extend to exploring the historic mining town of Broken Hill and amid the absolute stillness of the Nullarbor Plain, a visit to Cook ghost town and extraordinary outback dining experiences at Rawlinna.

Your Thirteen Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

2 August 2023

Embark the Indian Pacific and discover a world of wonders bound for Adelaide

Your transcontinental adventure begins in Sydney where you’ll board the majestic Indian Pacific. Prepare for a true journey of contrasts, from the heights of the majestic Blue Mountains to the barren expanse of the Nullarbor Plain and from cities of 4 million to ghost towns of just four. As you roll through ever-changing scenery, explore the comforts of life onboard or settle into your comfortable cabin. As evening falls, savour a regionally inspired dinner paired with all-inclusive fine wines and beverages before escaping to the lounge for a night cap.

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Day 2

3 August 2023

Explore the historic mining town of Broken Hill before embracing Adelaide

As dawn breaks, desert views give way to the rolling South Australian countryside. Arriving in Broken Hill, you’ll savour an early morning off-train adventure where you’ll explore this historic mining town’s unique cultural and artistic attractions. Head back to the train for a hearty breakfast while you journey west; watch the scenery unfold and soak up the atmosphere from one of the lounges before arriving in Adelaide mid-afternoon. You’ll then disembark for a hotel stay in a city that’s renowned for arts festivals, pop-up bars, and laneway restaurants.

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Day 3

4 August 2023

Relish an enchanting paddle-wheeler cruise along the mighty Murray River

This morning, enjoy some time at leisure before you transfer to the Mannum Wharf, where you’ll embark the PS Murray Princess, an authentic paddle-wheeler, 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 those that cruise on her. You’ll head downriver as you tuck into a delicious welcome dinner. Later, as you glide under floodlight, you may spot nocturnal wildlife grazing along the riverbanks, before mooring at Mundurra.

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Day 4

5 August 2023

Explore Murray Bridge and the Roundhouse and savour the local culinary fare

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. This 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 delicious bounty of local 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 5

6 August 2023

Enjoy a guided nature walk and admire the Murray River’s flora and fauna

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 fascinating 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 waterways on a Dragon-fly flat-bottomed boat 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 on board at the farewell Captain’s Dinner and Dance.

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Day 6 - 7

7 - 8 August 2023

Disembark the PS Murray Princess and return to the charms of Adelaide

Arriving back at Mannum Wharf, you’ll disembark the PS Murray Princess for your Adelaide hotel stay. Enjoy time at leisure to explore this beguiling city that bursts with culture, flavours and entertainment and is resplendent with wide boulevards, lush gardens and diverse architecture – including striking churches. 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 city’s beating heart with a visit to Victoria Square and its vibrant 19th century Central Market. Or soak up the atmosphere with a walk along Port Adelaide’s historic waterfront, home to charming boutique cafés, shops and even an outdoor cinema.

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Day 8

9 August 2023

Savour a full-day tour of the Barossa Valley and its world-renowned wines

This incredible full day tour brings you to South Australia’s premium wine region, the Barossa Valley, where you can sample some of the Barossa’s finest wines, including at the world-famous Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre. Relish a sumptuous two-course lunch and wine tasting at the Lambert Estate before winding your way through the picturesque Adelaide Hills, stopping en-route at the Mengler Hill Lookout, to Hahndorf, Adelaide’s oldest German settlement. Here, you’ll visit Beerenberg Farm Shop where you can enjoy an informative talk and wine tasting and then explore Hahndorf’s main street where the shops and galleries brim with local arts, crafts and produce.

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Day 9

10 August 2023

Savour an exclusive pre-boarding dinner then re-embark the Indian Pacific

Leaving Adelaide behind, today you’ll re-embark the majestic Indian Pacific and continue on with a memorable two-night journey to Perth on this classic trans-continental rail service. Celebrate the start of your epic journey between these two great cities with an exclusive ‘Flavours of South Australia Welcome Dinner,’ hosted at the Adelaide Parklands Terminal. A showcase of delicious cuisine and world-class wines, this complimentary pre-boarding event presents sublime regional offerings from both land and sea and is the perfect introduction to this unforgettable train passage.

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Day 10

11 August 2023

Experience the raw beauty of the Nullarbor Plain and discover remote Cook

Today you’ll arrive on the edges of the sweeping Nullarbor Plain. Following a leisurely breakfast with expansive desert views, you’ll disembark for a brief stop in Cook. Once a bustling railway community, Cook is now effectively an eerie ghost town in the middle of nowhere. Back on board, soak up the ever-changing landscapes before your next off-train experience at Rawlinna, a small Nullabor outpost on the fringes of Australia’s biggest sheep stations. Dependant on the season, you will enjoy a unique outback dining experience, with a spectacular dinner under the starry skies, or during the colder winter months, drinks and canapes served around a roaring bonfire.

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Day 11

12 August 2023

Disembark the Indian Pacific for a city hotel stay in sun-drenched Perth

After a restful sleep in your luxurious cabin, sit down to enjoy breakfast as the rolling green hills of the Avon Valley pass you by, a picturesque rural part of the world which will truly delight. Following lunch, you’ll arrive mid-afternoon into the city of Perth, the cosmopolitan capital of Western Australia and your final destination, concluding your epic Australian journey end-to-end.

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Day 12

13 August 2023

Savour the Swan Valley Gourmet Wine Cruise and Sandalford Estate tastings

Nowhere else in Australia can you depart from a capital city by boat and arrive in an award-winning wine region on the same day! Relax and enjoy Perth’s iconic skyline and stunning landscapes, as you escape the city and leisurely cruise into the upper regions of the Swan Valley and savour premium Western Australian wines. You’ll then be indulged with a sumptuous two-course lunch at the coveted Sandalford Estate, which follows an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the winery and unique tasting of six premium wines. This fabulous day is rounded off with live entertainment, all-inclusive wines and tantalising desserts on board your return cruise back to Perth.

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Day 13

14 August 2023

Explore the raw natural beauty and urban attractions of coastal Perth

Enjoy some time at leisure to explore the world’s most isolated city. Perth effortlessly blends urban cool and its chic new bars and restaurants with the natural beauty of the surrounding beaches, verdant vineyards and secluded bays. Wander amongst the beautiful blooms of the Botanic Gardens, witness bewitching views from atop the Bell Tower, or escape to Elizabeth Quay and immerse yourself in its frenetic energy. You may find time to also explore Swan River on a gondola ride, savour the city’s acclaimed cuisine, or amble along Public Art Walk in search of the ‘rippling Spanda.’

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Day 14

15 August 2023

Depart Perth as you transfer to the airport for your flight home

Today your memorable trans-Australian adventure concludes as you leave Perth and head to the airport and your flight back home.

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Touring Experiences

Barossa Valley Tour

Northeast of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is an internationally-acclaimed wine producing region. On this exclusive full-day tour, you’ll sample some of the Barossa’s finest wines, with tastings at the world-famous Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre or similar and Lambert Estate, along with lunch and a winery tour. You can also explore the picturesque Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf, Adelaide’s oldest German settlement, where more superb wine tastings await.

Swan Valley Gourmet Wine Cruise

Passing Perth’s iconic skyline, head out to the upper regions of Swan Valley, Western Australia's oldest wine producing region, on this marvellous gourmet wine cruise. On board, savour a Premium Western Australian wine tasting with cheeses and at Swan Valley’s prestigious Sandalford Estate, enjoy an exclusive winery tour, unique wine tasting and sumptuous lunch. You’ll cruise back to Perth indulged with live entertainment, all-inclusive wines and decadent desserts.

Your Holiday Summary

 

Hotel Stays

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

Rail Journeys

  • 1 night all-inclusive rail journey on board the Indian Pacific from Sydney to Adelaide with all meals, fine wines and beverages
    • Off train experience in Broken Hill
  • 2 night all-inclusive rail journey on board the Indian Pacific from Adelaide to Perth with all meals, fine wines and beverages
    • Off train experience in Rawlinna and Cook

River Cruise

  • 3 night full-board cruise on board the PS Murray Princess

Tours

  • Barossa Valley tour
  • Swan Valley Gourmet Wine cruise

All flights & taxes

Prices

Departing

26 April 2023

Inside Twin

$6,199pp

Outside Twin

Sold Out

Stateroom Twin

Sold Out

Duration: 13 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide, Mannum, Adelaide, Perth

Departing

10 May 2023

Inside Twin

$6,199pp

Outside Twin

$6,799pp

Stateroom Twin

$7,499pp

Duration: 13 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide, Mannum, Adelaide, Perth

Departing

2 August 2023

Inside Twin

$5,999pp

Outside Twin

$6,499pp

Stateroom Twin

$7,299pp

Duration: 13 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide, Mannum, Adelaide, Perth

Departing

1 November 2023

Inside Twin

$6,599pp

Outside Twin

$7,099pp

Stateroom Twin

$7,899pp

Duration: 13 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide, Mannum, Adelaide, Perth

Departing

6 December 2023

Inside Twin

$6,099pp

Outside Twin

$6,499pp

Stateroom Twin

$7,199pp

Duration: 13 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide, Mannum, Adelaide, Perth

Departing

26 April 2023

Inside Twin

$6,399pp

Outside Twin

Sold Out

Stateroom Twin

Sold Out

Duration: 13 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide, Mannum, Adelaide, Perth

Departing

10 May 2023

Inside Twin

$6,399pp

Outside Twin

$6,999pp

Stateroom Twin

$7,699pp

Duration: 13 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide, Mannum, Adelaide, Perth

Departing

2 August 2023

Inside Twin

$6,199pp

Outside Twin

$6,699pp

Stateroom Twin

$7,499pp

Duration: 13 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide, Mannum, Adelaide, Perth

Departing

1 November 2023

Inside Twin

$6,799pp

Outside Twin

$7,299pp

Stateroom Twin

$8,099pp

Duration: 13 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide, Mannum, Adelaide, Perth

Departing

6 December 2023

Inside Twin

$6,299pp

Outside Twin

$6,699pp

Stateroom Twin

$7,399pp

Duration: 13 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide, Mannum, Adelaide, Perth

Departing

26 April 2023

Inside Twin

$6,299pp

Outside Twin

Sold Out

Stateroom Twin

Sold Out

Duration: 13 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide, Mannum, Adelaide, Perth

Departing

10 May 2023

Inside Twin

$6,299pp

Outside Twin

$6,899pp

Stateroom Twin

$7,599pp

Duration: 13 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Adelaide, Mannum, Adelaide, Perth