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WASA including the Indian Pacific

10 Days  |  Departing Wednesday 7th October 2020 and returning Friday 16th October 2020

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Rail Travel on the Indian Pacific
It's nearly every Australian's dream to travel on the Legendary Indian Pacific.  Travel with us from Perth to Adelaide in Gold Class and treat yourself to an amazing adventure!

Highlights

Fremantle Prison
Perth Mint
Captain Cook Swan River Lunch Cruise
The Bell Tower
Dinner at the revolving C Restaurant
Rottnest Island Oliver Hill Train & Tunnel Tour
Kings Park & Botanical Gardens
City of Fremantle
3 Day Indian Pacific Rail Journey - Gold Class from Perth to Adelaide
Off Train Experiences
Adelaide Central Market
The Popeye Cruise including lunch
Dinner at The Apothecary Wine Bar & Restaurant
Hahndorf Village
Beerenberg Farm
Udder Delights High Tea
Full Day Barossa Valley
The Whispering Wall
Langmeil Winery Cellar Door
Maggie Beers Farm Shop
Seppelts Estate Cellar Door Tasting & Lunch
1847 Chateau Yaldara Cellar Door Tasting

Inclusions

Fully Escorted by a Sisterhood Tour Hostess who is on hand to assist with making your holiday a memorable one!
Return economy flights: Melbourne to Perth, Adelaide to Melbourne including taxes and luggage (other departure cities available upon request)
8 Nights quality hotel accommodation
3 Day Indian Pacific Rail Journey - Perth - Adelaide in Gold Class
Luxury coach travel whilst touring
Breakfast, lunch & dinner as per Itinerary 
All entry fees, attractions & guides as per itinerary
Meet and Greet subject to minimum numbers attending
Willing to share option

Notice

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For information about Off Train Experiences please CLICK HERE (scroll right down for the relevant Indian Pacific information)

Itinerary

Day 1 - Wednesday 7 October 2020

Melbourne - Fremantle (D)

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel!  Meet your Tour Hostess and fellow travellers at the Melbourne Airport and prepare yourself for a fabulous adventure.  Upon arrival into Perth our coach captain will pick us up on arrival and deliver us to the Fremantle Prison where we can explore from its convict origins in the 1850’s until its closure as a maximum-security gaol in 1991.  Once we have been released we are delivered to our accommodation for check in and freshening up before meeting for a welcome dinner in the Hotel’s restaurant.

Overnight Fremantle: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges

Day 2 - Thursday 8 October 2020

Perth (B,L,D)

Today it’s into Perth to take in some of the city’s major sights and attractions. The Perth Mint provides a great starting point as we set off on a guided heritage walk which takes us through the grand heritage building, the heavily secured vault and the original melting house providing the cues for many extraordinary stories about Western Australia’s golden history and the Mint’s prolific output of priceless gold bars and coins. The Gold Exhibition is a world-class attraction which uses the latest innovations in exhibition concept design and audio visual technology, to bring the story of Western Australian gold, and The Perth Mint, to life.   Following our tour there will be time to stroll along Elizabeth Quay, the exciting new waterfront precinct on the banks of the Swan River. We then board our Captain Cook Lunch Cruise where a buffet of Western Australia’s abundant seasonal fresh produce will be available to enjoy whilst we take in the views from our Swan River vantage point.  We journey along the river, admiring the waterfront scenery of Perth’s downtown skyline, upscale suburbs and yacht clubs. On disembarking we stroll to the Bell Tower, home of the Swan Bells, and experience a fascinating live demonstration and explanation of full circle ringing by one of the experienced guides. The Bell Tower is also home to the largest bell cast in the Southern Hemisphere, The Anzac Bell commemorates the Centenary of Anzac 2014-2018, marking 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War. Then it is time to freshen up at our Hotel before dinner at the fabulous C Restaurant, Western Australia’s only revolving restaurant and located on the 33rd floor of the St. Martins Tower.  After soaking in Perth from all angles today, we head back to our hotel for the evening.

Overnight Fremantle: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges

Day 3 - Friday 9 October 2020

Rottnest Island (B,D)

Today takes us across to Rottnest Island WA’s most beautiful island believed to have been separated from the mainland approximately 7,000 years ago. Our ferry departs B Shed Fremantle at 9.45am and arrives on Rottnest at 10.20am. On Rottnest Island our Oliver Hill Train and Tunnel Tour takes us on an historical journey passing some iconic and historical landmarks on the island. Upon arriving at Oliver Hill, we are taken on a guided tour through the stunning tunnel system that once played a crucial role in Australia’s military defence in World War II. The area is still preserved with Rottnest’s WWII guns and tunnels, which commemorate its military history and our soldiers who fought to defend the shores of Western Australia. Rottnest Island was a key part of the Western Australian defence during WWII. The island was home to intricate secret tunnels and housed 9.2″ guns to protect against invading Axis forces. Post-war, the 9.2-inch battery on the island was saved from disposal due to the high cost of removal and shipping of the guns to the mainland. This led to the preservation of the military artefacts. Now, this equipment provides a look at the rich history of the Western Australian defence force and attracts many visitors to the area every year. Following our tour it’s time for lunch which can be purchased from the bakery, café’s or restaurants before a leisurely afternoon that may include at own cost a bike ride, a visit to the Rottnest Island Museum, Salt Store Gallery and Exhibition Centre, Lomas Cottage, Pilot Boathouse or go sailing. Our 4.45pm ferry arrives back at B-Shed Fremantle at 5.20pm before transferring back to our hotel for a rest and time to refresh before dinner.

Overnight Fremantle: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges

Day 4 - Saturday 10 October 2020

Kings Park - Fremantle (B,D)

Today after breakfast we make our way up to Kings Park and the Botanical Gardens for a self-guided tour. Kings Park is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful inner city parks. It is rich in Aboriginal and European history, contemporary culture and offers innovative design, displays and services. Kings Park has an international reputation for scientific research, leading horticulture, conservation and public education. Kings Park is home to the spectacular Western Australian Botanical Garden, which displays over 3,000 species of the State’s unique flora. Two thirds of the 400 hectare park is protected as bushland and provides a haven for native biological diversity. Visitors enjoy the sweeping views of the Swan and Canning Rivers, the city skyline and the Darling Ranges to the east. This afternoon is all about Fremantle and however we want to enjoy it, as there is so much within walking distance of our hotel’s doorstep. The Fremantle Markets are open from 8am to 6pm today, The Fremantle Roundhouse fires its cannon at 1pm, there’s the WA Maritime or Shipwreck Museums, Bon Scott’s statue for those AC/DC fans, Little Creatures Brewery or Bathers Beach House for those that want to kick back in the afternoon, The E Shed Markets and the Fremantle Harbour being just the tip of the iceberg.  After our day at leisure we meet up in our hotel’s restaurant for a farewell to WA dinner and to swap our stories of the day.

Overnight Fremantle: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges

Day 5 - Sunday 11 October 2020

Indian Pacific - Kalgoorlie - Boulder (B,L,D)

Today we bid farewell to Western Australia as we check in at the East Perth Railway Station to board Australia’s own iconic train, the legendary Indian Pacific, for our rail journey through to Sydney. We depart Perth at 10.00am for our journey across the “Mighty Nullarbor Plain”. We enjoy a delicious lunch in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant carriage as we watch the world roll by. Our first off train excursion is in the Wild West town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. We visit Hannan’s North Tourist Mine where we can view the minerals exhibition, visit the Chinese Gardens and climb up on to a dump truck for a great photo opportunity before heading to the oversized ‘Super Pit’.

Overnight Indian Pacific – Gold Service

Day 6 - Monday 12 October 2020

Adelaide (B,L,D)

We wake up this morning with the Nullarbor Plain passing by our cabin windows, if lucky enough we may even see some kangaroos or the occasional circling bird of prey. We enjoy a leisurely breakfast before stepping off the train for a short stop in Cook. We have the opportunity to wander through the once bustling railway community, now effectively a ghost town, Cook gives new meaning to the expression “middle of nowhere”. Once back on board we enjoy the rest of the day, sit back and relax as the train continues its trek across the longest single stretch of railway in the world.

Overnight Indian Pacific – Gold Service

Day 7 - Tuesday 13 October 2020

Adelaide (B,L,D)

This morning our desert views have made way for the rolling South Australian countryside. After an early arrival in Adelaide, we pop by the Adelaide Central Market with over 80 artisan food stalls, cafés, and wine stores. Take some time to wonder the stalls on our own and purchase anything that has caught our eye or just grab a seat and enjoy a cuppa amidst the buzz of the markets.  We then head down to the River Torrens to board a South Australian legend - The Popeye, and enjoy a packed lunch box whilst cruising along. The Popeye boats have been an iconic sight on the River Torrens since the launching of Popeye 1 in the 1930’s and have been a favourite childhood memory of many South Aussies.  Once we are back on land we make our way to Glenelg for some free time along Jetty Road and Glenelg Beach.  Some suggestions for this time include walking the beach and Jetty, drinks at the The Grand Bar with ocean views, shopping along Jetty Road, chocolate tasting at Haighs or just kicking back in a cafe or ice cream bar.  We then return to our accommodation to freshen up before walking just under 200 metres to tonight’s dinner venue, The Apothecary Wine Bar and Restaurant.  Aptly named after the 142 year old pharmacy cabinets that feature in the front bar, tonight we are prescribed a delicious dinner by the Chef.  It is then back to our accommodation for the night.

Overnight Adelaide: Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide

Day 8 - Wednesday 14 October 2020

Hahndorf (B, HT)

We are leaving the city again today after breakfast, making our way to Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement.  Our first stop here is the Beerenberg Farm, meaning “Berry Hill” in German, where we are treated to a tasting of some of their famous products as well as a little history of this 200 year old property.  Still completely owned, farmed and operated by the descendants of founders George and Anna Paech, they stake their family reputation on every product they make.  We then have free time to wonder this German-style village and purchase our own lunch today as here we are spoilt for choice.  Some suggestions for this time include visiting the German Bakery, popping in to the Antique and Vintage shops to find a special piece, trying a beer in one of the inn’s or restaurants or even tasting some blood sausage for that “only on holiday” experience.  We then meet up in the afternoon to enjoy a High Tea at Udder Delights with a cheesy and contemporary twist on an old traditional favourite. It is then time to depart Hahndorf and make our way back to Adelaide to our hotel. Dinner tonight is at own choice and cost before turning in for the evening.

Overnight Adelaide: Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide

Day 9 - Thursday 15 October 2020

Barossa Valley (B,L,D)

Today after breakfast we travel to Williamstown to visit the Whispering Wall, the retaining wall of the Barossa Reservoir, which draws in visitors with its unique acoustic effects. Words whispered at one side of the wall can be clearly heard at the other side which is more than 100 metres away. After passing through Tanunda (former settlement of Langmeil “Long Mile” 1843) our first tasting in the Barossa Valley takes place at Langmeil Winery, once a derelict winery built amongst an abandoned village of a bygone era, Langmeil Winery today is a revived and captivating pocket of Barossa’s cultural history. One of the first settlements in the vicinity of what is today known as Tanunda was the village of Langmeil. Today the site is a captivating pocket of Australia’s pioneer settlement and vinous history now owned by the Lindner family, whose own mark on the Barossa landscape spans six-generations of regional farming, food, community and wine. Another legend of the Barossa is of course Maggie Beer whom this year 2019 celebrates her 40th year in food. Maggie’s Farm Shop provides us with the perfect opportunity to see and sample just about every product she produces. Our next stop is at the historic Seppeltsfield which was established in the Barossa Valley by Joseph and Johanna Seppelt just 15 years after the European settlement of South Australia. Steeped in rich Barossan heritage, the estate is considered a true national treasure which helped shape the history of the Australian wine industry. The Seppeltsfield Cellar Door is located in the redeveloped 1900 Seppelt Bottling Hall, showcased in a world-class blend of historical and contemporary architecture. Our experience includes Benno`s Barossa Delight Platters and tastings which includes 5 premium wines and 21 year old vintage port. Our last stop today is the 1847 Chateau Yaldara Cellar Door, founded by Hermann Thumm in 1947 after he migrated to Australia from Europe and was one of the Barossa regions first boutique winemakers.  We then board our coach and return to our accommodation in Adelaide before our farewell dinner at the hotel’s Bistro Sixty5, celebrating our time away together.

Overnight Adelaide: Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide

Day 10 - Friday 16 October 2020

Adelaide - Melbourne (B)

Time to farewell South Australia as we head to the airport for our flight back to Melbourne.  Thank you for travelling with Sisterhood Womens Travel and we look forward to welcoming you back for your next adventure.

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