The Indian Pacific - Rottnest Wonder : Itinerary

Rottnest Wonder itinerary

Sydney - Broken Hill - Adelaide - Cook - Rawlinna - Perth

Alternative itineraries available: Perth to Sydney, Adelaide to Perth, Perth to Adelaide

Day 1: (Wednesday) Board the Indian Pacific in Sydney

Departing Sydney’s Central Station, the anticipation builds for the trip ahead as you settle into your first evening on the Indian Pacific enjoying the fabulous food, wine, service and social atmosphere of this much-loved rail journey. (D) 

Day 2: (Thursday) Indian Pacific, Broken Hill and Adelaide

After breakfast, prepare for your first Off Train Excursion in Broken Hill exploring the beauty of this Silver City, and discover the history of mining that makes the town what it is today and the artistic culture that also abounds in the area. As you approach the southern tip of the Flinders Ranges, the train weaves its way into Adelaide, and you’ll have more afternoon Off Train Excursions to choose from before returning to the train. (B,L,D)


Day 3: (Friday) Indian Pacific, Nullabor Plain

Today, wake up and marvel at the raw beauty of the Nullarbor. Taking its name from the Latin meaning ‘no trees’, the ancient Nullarbor conjures the sense of limitless space and time, making this journey all about those amazing outback views as you cross this famous stretch of the Australian interior. Dinner this evening is under an outback sky on the edge of the country’s largest sheep station at Rawlinna (seasonal). (B,L,D)

Day 4: (Saturday) Indian Pacific, Perth

Your breakfast treat this morning is watching the delightful Avon Valley pass by as the final stage of your transcontinental crossing unfolds, heading into Perth where your connection with the Indian Ocean begins. Check in to your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. (B,L) 

Day 5: (Sunday) Perth to Rottnest Island

Enjoy your ferry trip from Perth to Rottnest Island. The preferred mode of transport on the island is bicycle - collect yours to explore the many secluded beaches and bays within easy cycling distance. And, of course, there's always the chance of a selfie with the adorably photogenic native quokkas that inhabit the island. 

After lunching at Karma Rottnest, prepare for a change of pace when you join the Segway Settlement Explorer tour. You’ll learn how to ride a segway and you’ll be led by an expert to the island’s hidden treasures, Bathurst Lighthouse and the Basin swimming area. (B,L) 


Day 6: (Monday) Rottnest Island to Perth

Jump aboard the Eco Express for a full circumnavigation of Rottnest (weather dependent) where you’ll really see its wild side and its wildlife, including the playful New Zealand fur seals at Cathedral Rocks.

After a delicious lunch at Thomsons restaurant, spend your remaining time enjoying the island by foot or bike before the return ferry to Perth. (B,L)

Day 7: (Tuesday) Leisure Day

Today is yours to enjoy the vibrant Western Australian capital. If the hands-on adventures on Rottnest Island left you wanting more, we may have something for you. (B)

Day 8: (Wednesday) Farewell

After breakfast, check out of your accommodation. (B)