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Over four days, you get to experience some of what the Adelaide region has to offer. During your stay here you'll have lunch on board The Proud Mary on the Murray River and visit a chocolate factory and cheese maker in Woodside as well.
You'll visit Hahndorf and the Adelaide Hills on an included day tour, winding your way through several historic villages that dot the Mount Lofty Ranges, stopping at Hahndorf, a town that's brimming with cultural discoveries. The Adelaide Hills are home to some of South Australia’s best food, wine and scenery.
Then after a free day, you'll head off to Kangaroo Island to stay overnight and then embark on an immersive tour of the island's highlights. You'll be returned to Adelaide for one last relaxing night. Then the cream on top of course is an overnight trip on the legendary Indian Pacific from Adelaide to Sydney. This is an all-inclusive experience with an off-train excursion in the Blue Mountains.
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This is a great opportunity for you to experience Adelaide and surrounds from Adelaide Hills to the Murray River and Kangaroo Island. Combine that with a luxurious all-inclusive rail journey, an off-train excursion in the Blue Mountains and you have the makings of a great and memorable holiday. Use your free, included Lonely Planet guide for information to help you make the most of your free time.
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The Indian Pacific is one of the world's great train trips. Adelaide is a lovely place to visit, with the Murray River and the leafy, historical villages of the Adelaide Hills nearby as well. This package combines all of that, treating you to some of the best features of the region with an overnight Indian Pacific rail trip to Sydney to cap it off. You could even add a night ot two in Sydney on your return. This is a great way to invest a week or more on an Australian escape!
This holiday has been meticulously prepared from first-hand experience to make sure you take in all of the highlights. A part self-guided, part tour-guided travel itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.
"The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to" - Alain de Botton
Just 2 hours and 10 minutes west of Sydney is Adelaide. It was by comparison - a sleepy village, but over time Adelaide has become sophisticated, cultured, "neat-casual", with a lot to see and do. Multicultural flavours infuse Adelaide's restaurants; there's a pumping arts and live-music scene; and the city's festival calendar has vanquished dull Saturday nights.
Check into your hotel and plan the rest of the day and/or evening with your Lonely Planet guide to help you make the most of your stay.
The Adelaide Hills was a popular place for German immigrants to settle during the 19th century, with many of them naming their new villages or towns after something relevant to them. In early 1918, when the Nomenclature Act was proclaimed many towns changed their names including Blumberg (to Birdwood), Grunthal (Verdun), Hahndorf (Ambleside), Lobethal (Tweedvale) and Germantown Hill (Vimy Ridge) for example. Hahndorf is perhaps the most famous village that you will visit on today's tour.
Your driver will take you through several of the historical villages that dot the Mount Lofty Ranges, to later stop in Hahndorf for the afternoon. Discover the shops, cafes, and picturesque streets on your own. Have afternoon tea or a German beer tasting and experience a little of the German cultural influence here.
Travel from Adelaide to Murray Bridge to start a day trip that includes a lunch-time cruise on the Murray River. After lunch, you'll take continue with a coach tour, stopping for photos of the sweeping views. You'll visit a working chocolate and confectionery factory at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills as well.
Hotel pickup and drop-off is included. Learn about the Murray River ecosystem, sample locally made cheeses and chocolates. Includes the river cruise and lunch.
Today is a free day. Perhaps visit the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. It's right in the heart of Adelaide city with over 50 hectares of lush parkland. Spend all day or just a couple of hours enjoying several different areas including a formal rose garden, wetlands, three glasshouses housing Australian rainforest plants, Amazonian water lilies, and Madagascan palms.
Definitely one of the best things to do in Adelaide is browsing the vendor stalls at the Adelaide Central Markets. It is the largest covered market in the southern hemisphere with over 70 vendors selling fresh produce, meats and cheeses, seafood, baked goods, health food, and handmade items.
This morning you're free to enjoy more of Adelaide's highlights. Leave your bags at reception after you check out. This afternoon you'll take a scenic coach transfer to Cape Jervis to board the ferry to Kangaroo Island.
Tonight you'll stay in Penneshaw at a 4-star, silver standard hotel which overlooks the ocean, an idyllic setting for your stay here. Relax, dine at the hotel, and get ready for a big day tomorrow.
Your tour starts after breakfast. Today you'll be seeing the highlights of Kangaroo Island. Just one of the highlights is a guided walk on the beach among a colony of rare and wild Australian sea lions, a truly amazing and unforgettable experience.
After a delicious two-course lunch, you'll spend the afternoon at the Flinders Chase National Park. See the rugged coastline from walks around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Remarkable Rocks provide great photographic opportunities, and the Admirals Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal the spectacular rock archway, a natural nursery, and a haven for playful long-nosed fur seals.
Your last visit of the day is to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park to feed some kangaroos and get up close to the Kangaroo Island koalas while listening to the keeper talk about the cuddly mammals.
There is also a possibility that you will see more kangaroos and wallabies on your return to Penneshaw for your return ferry and coach transfer back to Adelaide where you stay overnight to relax before the next highlight of your trip.
Boarding is from 8.15am for a 10.15am departure, arriving in Sydney at 3.15pm on Day 8. Enjoy lunch, dinner and breakfast on board. Regionally inspired meals are paired with all-inclusive fine wines and beverages.
After dinner, join your fellow guests for a late-night drink or head back to your cabin for the night.
This is a train trip to remember.
Awaken to the splendour of the Blue Mountains. Disembark the train and marvel at the expansive views and natural surrounds.
Take a walk through the eucalypt forests or take the cable car for a bird’s-eye view of this World Heritage listed landscape before completing your journey on the dedicated NSW rail service (hosted by rail company staff) into Sydney Central Station. Alternatively, stay on board to travel directly to Sydney. You'll arrive at either 12.15pm or 3.15pm depending on the Blue Mountains option you choose.
Take another train from Central Station to the airport (15 minutes) for your afternoon flight home. Or stay a night or two in vibrant Sydney.
This is a trip to remember with many different experiences, from beer tasting in Hahndorf to nature walks on Kangaroo Island, with lots in between, capped off with an amazing rail trip to Sydney.
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