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Highlights of Southern Australia


Explore Southern Australia on this 16 night journey to some of the country's greatest sites. Take a train ride on the Indian Pacific as you head from West to East. Check out the Pinnacles Desert, Adelaide and Tasmania. An off-the-beaten-path itinerary offering spectacular sights and unique experiences as you enjoy all of the highlights of southern Australia.

Trip Type: Adventure, Cosmopolitan, Rail

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Day By Day

Day 1 – USA to Perth
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.

Day 2 – Cross the International Date Line
Cross the International Date Line, an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth that runs from the North to the South Pole - and defines one calendar day from the next. Crossing the International Date Line adds one day (24 hours) traveling west, and subtracts one day (24 hours) traveling east.

Day 3 – Welcome to Perth, Australia
Perth, the go-ahead capital of Western Australia, gives a feeling of space and light - set on the banks of the sparkling Swan River, a few miles from the magnificent beaches of the Indian Ocean. And a short way downstream is the vibrant, historic port city of Fremantle. Attractions include the Perth Mint where visitors can see how coins are made, located in the city center is the Art Gallery of Western Australia housing a collection of Aboriginal art, Australian and international paintings. The Scitech Discovery Centre is a unique hands-on minds-on science and technology center. Outdoor activities include picnics in Kings Park with its walking trails and a 12-hectare botanical garden, famous for its spring wildflower displays. The park is a pleasant walk from the center of Perth and is well served by public transport and the Perth Tram. Also visit some of the magnificent white-sand, Indian Ocean surfing beaches. The closest is City Beach, but Cottesloe, Floreat, Scarborough, and Sorrento are also popular. Fremantle, 18 kilometers south-west of Perth is a colorful, busy port at the mouth of the Swan River, easily accessible by bus, train, ferry and taxi. Attractions include the Fremantle Arts Centre, the Maritime Museum, the Round House, the market and the lively town center affectionately known as the cappuccino strip.

Starting Accommodation: Mercure Perth

Day 4 – At leisure, Perth
This day is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: Mercure Perth

Day 5 – Margaret River Tour
Traveling south, a stop is made for morning tea (own expense) at the iconic Busselton Jetty, the longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere. Continue south to the Margaret River region and visit a local winery, taste some of the very best wines of the region whilst gaining some insight in to the industry. Enjoy a platter lunch at the picturesque Bootleg Brewey - the Margaret Rivers first brewery. Next, head out to explore Mammoth Cave on a guided tour. Pass through the stunning Boranup Forest and be amazed at the size of these massive Karri trees. Afterwards, visit Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse the diving point between the Southern and Indian Oceans. Heading back towards Margaret River for a brief stop in the township where you have free time to stroll the main street.

Starting Accommodation: Mercure Perth (L)

Day 6 – Pinnacles Desert Tour
After stopping at Caversham Wildlife Park in the Swan Valley to view koalas and hand feed kangaroos, travel to the lobster fishing town of Cervantes for lunch. A stop is made at the Lobster Shack for an informative talk about the lobster industry, followed by a self-guided tour through the purpose built factory. Then it's onwards to the mystical Pinnacles Desert for an easy paced walk through the fascinating landscape where you will be in awe at the sheer size and number of these spires. Afterwards enjoy a thrilling experience of sand boarding and 4-wheel driving over the vast sand dunes of Lancelin.

Starting Accommodation: Mercure Perth (L)

Day 7 – Indian Pacific Train
Leave Perth today and travel for the next day and two evenings aboard this famous Australian train. Delicious meals will be served for you on board, and entertainment is featured in the dining and lounge cars throughout the journey. Your epic journey will take you through the picturesque and fertile Avon Valley, the dusty goldfields around Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, across the vast, empty and ancient desert of the Nullarbor Plains, onto Adelaide. (D)

Day 8 – Indian Pacific Train
Your epic journey will take you through the picturesque and fertile Avon Valley, the dusty goldfields around Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, across the vast, empty and ancient desert of the Nullarbor Plains, onto Adelaide. (B, L, D)

Day 9 – At leisure, Adelaide
The gracious capital of South Australia, Adelaide is the City of Churches, orderly streets, manicured parks and superb restaurants, where cultures from all over the world have contributed to a vibrant, energetic community.  Adelaide is today, an orderly, airy city ringed by beautiful parks and gardens and graced with elegant sandstone buildings and cottages. There are more restaurants per head of population than any other Australian city. From expensive bistros to the formal and exotic, most serve a range of outstanding local wines from the famous 'valleys' nearby. Home to over one million people, Adelaide is best explored on foot to properly experience the wealth of art galleries and museums, festivals, markets, cafe society and superb shopping.

Starting Accommodation: Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide (B)

Day 10 – Kangaroo Island Highlights
Transfer to Adelaide airport for your flight to Kangaroo Island. On arrival, board the SeaLink coach for a tour of South Australia's premier nature-based tourism destination, with your local driver/guide. The day tour will visit highlights such as Seal Bay Conservation Park where you'll get up close to nature as the wild Australian Sea-lions frolic and laze about on this stunning beach. Enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch at Vivonne Bay Bistro, which is set in a beautiful Australian bush land setting followed by a visit to the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, where you'll walk among eucalyptus trees looking for koalas lazing about in the trees. Spend the afternoon at Flinders Chase National Park, which is renowned as a sanctuary for native Australian animals including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and echidnas. The tour will take you to the rugged coastline for a walk on Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Remarkable Rocks provide great photographic opportunities where the Admirals Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal this spectacular rock archway, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful New Zealand fur seals. There is also a possibility that you will see more kangaroos and wallabies as we return to Kingscote Airport for your return fight to Adelaide, and transfer to your hotel.

Starting Accommodation: Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide

Day 11 – Barossa Valley Experience
On departing Adelaide we travel the scenic route through the Torrens Gorge. Our first stop is The Big Rocking Horse where you can browse the famous toy factory, view the native animals and purchase tea, coffee or morning snack (own cost). From there we travel the picturesque countryside to Angaston to visit Angas Park Dried Fruits. Here you can taste and purchase a superb range of dried fruits, nuts and chocolate-coated items. Our first winery stop is at Wolf Blass Winery. Taste a range of their award winning wines, while enjoying the ambience of their new state of the art Visitor's Centre. Nuriootpa Vine Inn is our venue for a delicious 2 Course a-la-carte lunch. Stanley Lambert Wines is our second winery stop where we taste some of their award winning wines. We stop at Menglers Hill Lookout, one of the best views over the Valley (time permitting). Grant Burge on Krondorf offers an excellent range of wines for our next winery tasting experience. Our fourth winery visit is to Kies Family Wines where their friendly staff provides a comprehensive range of wines and fortifieds to finish the day.

Day 12 – Adelaide to Cradle Mountain
On arrival to Launceston from Adelaide, you will pick up your Budget Rental car and make your way to Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village.

Carved by glacial ice more than 20,000 years ago, Cradle Mountain National Park is Tasmania's most beloved wilderness area. Its deep gorges, wild moorlands and glacial lakes are enjoyed by hikers of all ability. Day walks to Lake St. Clair, Australia's deepest freshwater lake are popular, but it is the spectacular trek from there to Cradle Mountain that has earned its reputation as a bushwalker's Mecca.

Starting Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village

Day 13 – At leisure, Cradle Mountain
This day is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village

Day 14 – Cradle Mountain to Hobart
Depart Cradle Mountain and head south through the many small sleepy townships along the way. Allow plenty of time to stop and take in the sights along the Derwent Valley, visit the trout hatchery, Mount Field National Park and much more. You will need to allow 5-6 hours for this 225 mile drive, longer if you plan to make stops en route.

Starting Accommodation: Travelodge Hobart

Day 15 – At leisure, Hobart
Hobart is a pleasant potpourri of history and harbor front living. Colonial cottages line narrow lanes in Battery Point while convict-built sandstone warehouses serve cocktails and creative cuisine at Constitution Dock. Dockside decadence quickly gives way to serene slopes as you approach Mount Wellington which towers 4,000 feet above the city. Walking trails and rugged roads wind their way to the summit, where you can visit Cascade Brewery, the oldest in Australia. Sweeten your stay in Hobart with a tour of the Cadbury-Schweppes Chocolate Factory and on Saturdays be sure to see the colorful Salamanca markets. Step back in time with a visit to the Port Arthur historic site. Created with convict labor, the impressive architecture, delightful gardens and chilling prison facilities survive today for exploration.

Starting Accommodation: Travelodge Hobart

Day 16 – Hobart to Melbourne
Melbourne is Australia's second largest city (after Sydney), but is second to none when it comes to fashion, festivals and sport. Set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay, the city itself is laid out in a large rectangle. She boasts a lively, cosmopolitan pulse, sitting on the northern banks of the Yarra River, about three miles from the bay. Visitors come for its shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Residents stay for its cultural diversity, passion for the arts and enviable sports calendar. Melbourne is renowned for playing host to a number of nationally and internationally recognized events each year including the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix and the ever impressive two mile horse race - the Melbourne Cup. A major event in Melbourne spreads an addictive buzz through the city streets and you can be sure that locals and visitors alike will embrace the energy surrounding it. Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Dining in Melbourne can be a fabulous experience, especially aboard the fleet of historical trams that have become The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels are the first travelling tramcar restaurants in the world and ensure a delightful innovative approach to dining. Tonight, dine in style aboard the unique Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Enjoy fine Australian cuisine and wines as you travel around the city aboard this specially renovated Tramcar. The tracks take you all over the Melbourne area past the city center and into the more exclusive suburbs Melbourne is known for.

Day 17 – Koalas and Kangaroos, In The Wild
Depart Melbourne to travel just 45 minutes west to the bushland of You Yangs Park. The park is home to a healthy population of wild koalas, which are researched and monitored to ensure the best possible sightings. Take an easy walk through the gum trees, searching for koalas, wallabies, kangaroos and birds in their natural setting. Your Wildlife Guide will point out plants and features of interest, explain some of the history of the area and, where possible, introduce you to known, named koalas that are part of the research project. Help collect important data, remove Boneseed (a weed) and make a difference to koala habitat.

Starting Accommodation: Travelodge Southbank

Day 18 – At leisure, Melbourne
This day is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: Travelodge Southbank

Day 19 – Melbourne to USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight to the USA.

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Highlighted Activities

Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
Melbourne
Length: Half-day
Kangaroo Island Sealink
Kangaroo Island Sealink
Adelaide
Length: Full-day, Multi-day


Hotels

City
Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
PerthMercure Perth
AdelaideMercure Grosvenor Adelaide
Cradle MountainCradle Mountain Wilderness Village
HobartTravelodge Hobart
MelbourneTravelodge Southbank


Pricing

Please note all prices listed below are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
SWSP30855
Twin Share
10/1/2017 - 11/30/2017$5,480$8,270
12/1/2017 - 12/21/2017$5,140$7,840
12/22/2017 - 1/31/2018$5,230$7,950
2/1/2018 - 2/28/2018$5,140$7,840
3/1/2018 - 3/31/2018$5,495$8,275
Single Traveler
10/1/2017 - 11/30/2017$7,560$13,860
12/1/2017 - 12/21/2017$7,225$13,230
12/22/2017 - 1/31/2018$7,400$13,455
2/1/2018 - 2/28/2018$7,225$13,230
3/1/2018 - 3/31/2018$7,580$14,015

Add internal air to this package from $475*


Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: wwww.swaindestinations.com/terms