Wonders of the Murray River, Indian Pacific Rail & Perth Explorer

Includes fully escorted tours of Adelaide and Perth

3 Night Paddlewheeler Cruise of 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 Sydney where you’ll savour an overnight hotel stay, before you embark the magnificent Indian Pacific for your transcontinental voyage to Perth, 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 an overnight hotel stay before you 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.

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, from wine tasting to gourmet feasts.

Your journey continues back on board the Indian Pacific and witness the breathtaking vistas of the sweeping Nullarbor Plain and enjoy an off-train excursion in the ghost town of Cook before disembarking in Perth for a three night hotel stay and a tour of beautiful Fremantle.

Package Includes

All flights, taxes & transfers

All-Inclusive Rail Journey

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

Hotel Stays

  • 1 night four-star hotel stay in Sydney with breakfast
  • 4 night four-star hotel stay in Adelaide with breakfast
  • 3 night four-star hotel stay in Perth 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
  • Perth & Fremantle City Tour with Swan River Cruise
Hero image is intended for illustrative purposes only, some itineraries may operate in reverse.

At a glance

14 nights
Departing May 21 - Nov 21
All flights and taxes

Prices from

Inside
$6,499 pp
Price based on 06 Jul 2021 departure
Outside
$6,999 pp
Price based on 06 Jul 2021 departure
Stateroom
$7,899 pp
Price based on 06 Jul 2021 departure

Here to help

Call to book:

(09) 941 2549

Holiday code:

CRU2229

Opening hours:

Mon to Fri: 11am - 8pm | Sat & Sun: 11am - 6pm

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 an authentic experience for anyone who cruises with her. Accommodating up to 120 passengers, she offers a unique river boat cruise experience through the captivating landscapes of Australia’s Outback.

Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 | 20 May 2021
Sydney - Hotel Stay

You’ll find a warm welcome in Australia’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Known for iconic landmarks including its harbour bridge and opera house, it also offers a feast of cultural treats, from restaurants that are the envy of the world to first-class museums and galleries. There are also dozens of places to simply hang out and admire the scenery, from the revolving restaurant on the top floor of the Sydney Tower to the tranquillity of the Royal Botanic Garden.

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DAY 2 | 21 May 2021
Sydney - Embark Indian Pacific

Depart Sydney in the afternoon and start a true journey of contrasts - it will take you through the heights of the majestic Blue Mountains and across the barren expanse of the Nullarbor Plain, to lush vineyards and vast goldmines, and from cities of 4 million to ghost towns of just four citizens. Named for the two oceans the train encounters on its journey, the Indian Pacific travels between Perth and Sydney, via Adelaide, in a spectacular 4352km journey.

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DAY 3 | 22 May 2021
Adelaide - Disembark Indian Pacific and Hotel Stay

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 in beautifully designed Adelaide. Renowned as the City of Churches, Adelaide is home to some of the most striking and diverse structures that embrace a variety of beliefs and religions. Explore St. Peter’s Cathedral, an iconic landmark of the city and an important part of the city’s heritage. Admire the beguiling Neo-Gothic architecture with its soaring towers and spires and marvel at the stunning colours from the stained-glass windows.

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DAY 4 | 23 May 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 5 | 24 May 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 6 | 25 May 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.

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DAY 7 | 26 May 2021
Mannum - Disembark Murray Princess and Adelaide Hotel Stay

Arriving back at the Mannum Wharf after breakfast, you’ll disembark and travel into the famous Barossa Valley, Australia’s richest and best-known wine making region, for your tour. Soak up the breathtaking sights of sprawling vineyards with a stop at the multi award-winning Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, where you’ll sample delicious wines. Next, you’ll visit Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop and indulge in a delicious two-course gourmet feast at Lambert Estate and take in the views of this popular vineyard. Your final stop is Gully Gardens at Angaston, before returning to Adelaide for your hotel stay.

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DAY 8 - 9 | 27 - 28 May 2021
Adelaide - Hotel Stay

Indulge in a gastronomic delight in one of Australia’s most-award winning restaurants, roam through the Botanic Gardens or 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 | 29 May 2021
Adelaide - Embark Indian Pacific

Leaving Adelaide behind, today you’ll re-embark the majestic Indian Pacific and continue on your journey to Perth. 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 | 30 May 2021
Indian Pacific

Today you’ll arrive on the edges of the sweeping Nullarbor Plain. Following 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”. Take some time to reflect on the changing landscapes in your journey and to enjoy the hospitality of the Outback Explorer Lounge as you travel across Australia’s longest stretch of railway.

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DAY 12 | 31 May 2021
Perth - Disembark Indian Pacific and Hotel Stay

The Avon Valley beckons you this morning – the mild skies and cool green vales of this picturesque part of the world will truly delight. Arrive into the cosmopolitan western capital of Perth after lunch, having finished an epic Australian journey end-to-end.

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DAY 13 | 1 Jun 2021
Perth - Hotel Stay and Tour

Your adventure begins at the astounding Kings Park Botanical Gardens where you’ll relish a walk through the towering trees’ canopies on the Tree Top Walkway and admire the spectacular views of the city’s skyline. From here, you’ll journey to one of Perth’s best beaches, Cottesloe Beach, before discovering the historic port town of Fremantle and spend some time checking out the town’s attractions. You’ll then begin your journey back to the city, passing some of Perth’s most exclusive suburbs including Barrack Street Jetty and the famous Bell Tower.

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DAY 14 | 2 Jun 2021
Perth - Hotel Stay

Enjoy some time at leisure to explore the most isolated city in the world. Perth effortlessly blends urban cool with its chic new bars and restaurants, with the natural beauty of the surrounding landscapes of Kings Park and Swan Valley. 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. Explore Swan River on a gondola ride, savour fantastic food and unrivalled view from the rooftop restaurant or amble along Public Art Walk in search of the rippling Spanda.

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DAY 15 | 3 Jun 2021
Fly home

Your enchanting adventure complete, today you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

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
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Departing 26 October 2021
Inside
Inside $7,699
Inside $6,499
Inside $6,599
Inside $6,799
Inside $7,499
Inside $7,499
Outside
Outside $8,099
Outside $6,999
Outside $7,099
Outside $7,299
Outside Sold Out
Outside $7,199
Stateroom
Stateroom $8,999
Stateroom $7,899
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Stateroom Sold Out
Departing
Departing 20 May 2021
Departing 6 July 2021
Departing 3 August 2021
Departing 10 August 2021
Departing 21 September 2021
Departing 26 October 2021
Inside
Inside $7,899
Inside $6,699
Inside $6,799
Inside $6,999
Inside $7,699
Inside $7,499
Outside
Outside $8,299
Outside $7,199
Outside $7,299
Outside $7,499
Outside Sold Out
Outside $7,199
Stateroom
Stateroom $9,199
Stateroom $8,099
Stateroom $8,199
Stateroom $8,199
Stateroom Sold Out
Stateroom Sold Out
Departing
Departing 20 May 2021
Departing 6 July 2021
Departing 3 August 2021
Departing 10 August 2021
Departing 21 September 2021
Departing 26 October 2021
Inside
Inside $7,899
Inside $6,699
Inside $6,799
Inside $6,999
Inside $7,699
Inside $7,499
Outside
Outside $8,299
Outside $7,199
Outside $7,299
Outside $7,499
Outside Sold Out
Outside $7,199
Stateroom
Stateroom $9,199
Stateroom $8,099
Stateroom $8,199
Stateroom $8,199
Stateroom Sold Out
Stateroom Sold Out

CALL TO BOOK: (09) 941 2549

HOLIDAY CODE: CRU2229