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Western Australian Wonder and the Indian Pacific

17 Days  |  Departing Wednesday 29th September 2021 and returning Friday 15th October 2021

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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 Service and treat yourself to an amazing adventure!

Highlights

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Highlights Tour
Cape Le Grand National Park Norseman
Lunch Yirri Grove Olive Farm
Esperance Great Ocean Drive
Cindy Pooles’ Glass Gallery
Ravensthorpe Silo Art and Historical Society Museum
Stirling Ranges National Park and Torrndirrup National Park
Natural Bridge & The Gap Albany
Albany’s Historic Whaling Station & Whaler’s Galley Cafe
Darrel Radcliffe’s Sculpture Drive
Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk
Forest Lodge Resort Fine Dining & Champagne Breakfast
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Xanadu Estate Tasting & Lunch
Margaret River Dairy Company & Margaret River Chocolate Factory
Busselton Jetty Train & Under Water Experience
Lunch Bunbury’s Backbeach Restaurant 
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 Service 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
Friends for Company!

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)
14 Nights quality hotel accommodation
3 Day Indian Pacific Rail Journey - Perth - Adelaide in Gold Service
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

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COVID-19 NOTICE

The itinerary is subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Should social distancing measures remain in place, Sisterhood Womens Travel will adapt our itinerary accordingly. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Wednesday 29 September 2021

Melbourne - Kalgoorlie (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 Kalgoorlie (via Perth), Australia’s largest outback city, we are met by our local coach captain.  This city is one of the most famous gold mining centres on the planet and rich with Australian history. We tour the stunning Boulder Town Hall, an imposing brick and stone building with a clock tower, originally comprising of municipal offices, a council chamber, library, main hall, theatre and eight dressing rooms, costing a total of £11,200 to construct. The hall is also home to the Goatcher Curtain, Local History Archives and the Goldfields War Museum. After our visit it’s all aboard the Kalgoorlie Boulder Tram, which will take us on a highlights tour of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

After our tour we check into our accommodation before regrouping for dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.

Overnight Kalgoorlie: Ibis Styles

Day 2 - Thursday 30 September 2021

Kalgoorlie - Norseman - Esperance (B,L,D)

Today after breakfast and check out we board the coach and make a stop at Mt Charlotte Reservoir & lookout. Walk up to the top of the Mount Charlotte Reservoir for fantastic views of the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder. This site is the terminus of water which is piped 563 kms from Mundaring Weir in Perth, to the Goldfields. An amazing engineering feat completed in 1903, that gave Kalgoorlie Boulder it’s most precious resource of all – water! We now make our way south to Norseman, which got its name as a result of Laurie Sinclair’s horse, Norseman, uncovering a piece of gold bearing quartz in 1894 and who’s bronze statue stands proudly on the corner of Roberts and Ramsay Streets.  We sit down to lunch here before continuing our journey south. Taking a comfort stop at the Gibson Soak Hotel before continuing onto Esperance, our home for the next two nights. Dinner this evening will be at our accommodation.

Overnight Esperance: Hospitality Inn Esperance

Day 3 - Friday 1 October 2021

Esperance - Great Ocean Drive (B,L)

This morning Cape Le Grand National Park awaits, within 45 minutes’ drive of Esperance, this grand park features sweeping heathlands, rugged coastal peaks and white sandy beaches voted the best in Australia. The park’s rolling heathlands are home to pygmy possums, western grey kangaroos and a diversity of colourful wildflowers including dense thickets of showy banksia. After a wonderful morning we arrive at Yirri Grove Olive Farm for a delicious lunch made from local produce in true Paddock to Plate style. The restaurant here overlooks the lovingly tended olive groves and the spectacular Recherché Archipelago. The Great Ocean Drive is next and if the weather is looking good make sure to pack your bathing suit.  Starting our drive at the towns Whale Tail Sculpture we take in the sites of Lovers Cove, West Beach, Chapman’s point, Salmon Beach Windfarm, Blue Haven, Fourth Beach, Twilight Cove, Dolphin Cove, Observatory Point and Beach, Nine Mile Beach, Ten Mile Lagoon, Eleven Mile Beach and the Pink Lake.  Our driver will make stops along the way for holiday snapshots and those that wish to dip their toes in the water before we finish the drive at Cindy Poole’s Glass Gallery. Cindy, along with Jason Wooldridge, created the magnificent Whale Tail Sculpture we had seen earlier this morning and we have a chance to peruse other pieces completed by this talented artist. 

We return to our accommodation and dinner tonight will be at own expense and there are many options within walking distance of our hotel.

Overnight Esperance: Hospitality Inn Esperance

Day 4 - Saturday 2 October 2021

Esperance - Raventhorpe - Albany (B,L,D)

This morning after breakfast we depart for Ravensthorpe. Ravensthorpe is a small sheep and wheat town on the South Coast Highway and for the latter half of the nineteenth century the district was rural and the town didn't really exist. At the end of the century gold and copper were discovered, the town grew, and for a brief moment it was a prosperous mining town. Here we take a look through the Ravensthorpe Historical Society Museum which houses a comprehensive historical collection including photographs, mining and farming machinery, natural history, the old gaol, railway carriages, and the beautifully restored Dance Cottage built-in 1900 by the gold miner, George Dance. After our visit we enjoy lunch next door at Ravy’s Country Kitchen before stopping to view the town’s silo’ art, the artwork was created by Fremantle based and Dutch born artist, Amok Island.  His largest mural to date shows the flowering cycle of this Western Australian native Banksia with the help of the Honey Possum and New Holland Honey Eater. 

Continuing on today to the Stirling Ranges National Park to stretch our legs and enjoy an afternoon cuppa from the coach.  Our last leg of today’s journey brings us to Albany, which served as a gateway to the Eastern Goldfields for many years and was the last port of call for troopships departing Australia in the First World War. Tonight’s dinner will be enjoyed in our accommodations' restaurant.

Overnight Albany: Ace Accommodation

Day 5 - Sunday 3 October 2021

Albany (B,L,D)

This morning after a bright start we view the impressive Albany Wind Farm as we drive past on route to the Torndirrup National Park and The Whaling Station Museum. The Albany Wind Farm is one of the most spectacular and largest wind farms in Australia. Next, we take a drive along the Torndirrup National Park, where the Southern Ocean has sculpted a Natural Bridge in the coastal granites and formed The Gap, where the waves rush in and out with tremendous ferocity. The Blowholes, a crackline in the granite, ‘blows’ air and occasionally spray, all well worth a stop. We arrive at Albany’s historic Whaling Station where our private guide will take us through the stories of the workers, the whales and their place in the economic and social history of Albany. It is not always a pleasant story, but believe it is an important story to share. Following our guided tour we are free to roam the deck of the Cheynes IV ship, tour the whale oil tank theatres and fascinating photo and artefact galleries plus take a walk through the Wildflower Garden or Wildlife Park. After a light lunch at Whaler’s Galley Café this afternoon we visit the National Anzac Centre. Opened on the 1st of November 2014 by the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand, The National ANZAC Centre is an award-winning facility that uses multimedia, interactive technology and historical artefacts to create a deeply personal connection with the past, as well as pay tribute to those who served. The experience delivered at the NAC is known for commemorating the war through the stories of the ANZACs as opposed to telling its own story via pro-war or anti-war sentiments. The symbolic location of the centre, selected for its strong sense of place as it looks out across King George Sound, the location from where the convoys gathered and then left. We also have time to explore the Mount Clarence Parkland’s containing the Mount Clarence Memorial and Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum. We return to our motel and after a short rest will meet up again for dinner in house.

Overnight Albany: Ace Accommodation

Day 6 - Monday 4 October 2021

Albany - Pemberton (B,L,D)

Before leaving Albany, we take a drive through Darrel Radcliffe’s Sculpture Drive, where we can view this local chainsaw artist’s large timber sculptures from the comfort of our coach.  We then travel through the Tingle State Forest where we visit the “Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk”. This area contains the “Giants” for which the forest was named and features some trees five metres in diameter at the base. To appreciate the beauty of the forest, we can stroll along the Canopy Walk, or for land lovers we can follow the Ancient Empire ground level boardwalk.  After working up an appetite we drop by the Tingles Bakehouse for lunch and then onto the capital of Karri Tree territory, Pemberton; this town thrives as a result of logging the surrounding forest. In spring the forest floor is a mat of colourful wildflowers. It’s near here that we pay a visit to the impressive Gloucester Tree, a towering karri that was once used as a watchtower for bushfires. Our next stop is the gorgeous Forest Lodge Resort which will be tonight’s accommodation.  Here we can take the time to stroll the grounds and enjoy the breathtaking forest scenery or grab your book and sit in the gazebo out on the lake.  It is then time to meet up for tonight’s fine dining experience before turning in for the night.

Overnight Pemberton: Forest Lodge Resort

Day 7 - Tuesday 5 October 2021

Pemberton - Cape Leeuwin - Margaret River (B,L,D)

We start today with a Champagne breakfast before checking out and making our way to Cape Leeuwin, the most southern west tip of Australia. Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is one of only two places in the world that has guided vessels where two great oceans meet and today we are treated to a tour of this historical landmark (and yes, there will be lots of stairs).  After our tour there will be time to purchase a tea/coffee at the Lighthouse Cafe before hitting the road again. Next stop is at the stunning Xanadu Estate for lunch and to taste world renowned wines at the cellar door. Xanadu have been awarded a Chef Hat by the Australian Good Food Guide, 2019 Chef Hat Awards and also featured as one of WA’s Top 50 Best Restaurants by the West Australian Good Food Guide in 2017 and 2018. Established by Irishman Dr John Lagan who arrived in 1968, Xanadu is located in an idyllic setting where the now 65 hectares of vines flourish. We then make our way to the Margaret River Dairy Company for tastings of some locally made and award winning cheeses before checking in to tonight’s accommodation and meeting up for dinner in the motel’s restaurant.

Overnight Margaret River: Stay Margaret River

Day 8 - Wednesday 6 October 2021

Margaret River - Busselton - Bunbury - Perth (B,L,D)

Our first stop today is the Margaret River Chocolate Company, providing a fascinating insight into the world of chocolate, with free chocolate tastings, interactive displays, viewing windows to watch the chocolate products being made and a family friendly atmosphere. Information and merchandise are available on all aspects of chocolate, plus a mouth-watering range of chocolate bars, chocolate-coated delights, hand-made truffles, novelty chocolates, ice creams, chocolate milk and a variety of chocolate cakes and desserts. After our chocolate overload we will visit the Busselton Jetty, the longest wooden jetty in the world stretching almost 2km out to sea. It is here we partake in the Under Water Experience, starting with catching the jetty train before being guided 8 metres below the ocean’s surface to the Underwater Observatory - one of only 6 in the world. Following our underwater adventure a light lunch awaits us at the Equinox Restaurant and Bar before continuing up to Fremantle for check in at our accommodation. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner in-house.

Overnight Fremantle: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges

Day 9 - Thursday 7 October 2021

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 10 - Friday 8 October 2021

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. Look out for the cute little quokkas during 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 3.45pm ferry arrives back at B-Shed Fremantle at 4.20pm before transferring back to our hotel for a rest and time to refresh before dinner.

Overnight Fremantle: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges

Day 11 - Saturday 9 October 2021

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 12 - Sunday 10 October 2021

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 13 - Monday 11 October 2021

Kalgoorlie - Cook (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 14 - Tuesday 12 October 2021

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 15 - Wednesday 13 October 2021

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.  Next we visit Udder Delights, whose handmade artisan cheese products are all lovingly created close by in their factory in Lobethal. With a cheesy and contemporary twist on an old traditional favourite, we now indulge in our very special High Tea. After our visit we can enjoy free time to meander through this German-style village. 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. 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 16 - Thursday 14 October 2021

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 17 - Friday 15 October 2021

Adelaide - Melbourne (B)

After breakfast and this morning at leisure, it is time to pack our bags and 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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