Murray River and the Indian Pacific (departing Melbourne)
See the picturesque Murray River with a 3 night cruise aboard the southern hemisphere’s largest inland paddlewheeler, the PS Murray Princess. Enjoy a stay in Adelaide and see the city highlights before returning via Sydney in the comfort of a Gold Service sleeper cabin on the Indian Pacific.
- Air travel, Melbourne to Adelaide
- 2 nights accommodation in Adelaide at Mercure Grosvenor Hotel or similar
- Half day Adelaide City Highlights tour
- 3 night Discovery Cruise aboard PS Murray Princess
- Gold Service on the Indian Pacific, Adelaide to Sydney, including all meals, beverages and off train excursions in Broken Hill and the Blue Mountains
- Air travel, Sydney to Melbourne
- Meals as stated – 4 x breakfast (B) / 3 x lunch (L) / 4 x dinner (D)
Day 1 - Melbourne to Adelaide
Fly to Adelaide at a time convenient to you. On arrival, check in to your hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure. Adelaide is world-renowned for its premium food and wine, vast parklands and relaxed charm.
Overnight: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel, or similar
Day 2 - Adelaide to Mannum (D)
This morning you will be collected from your hotel for your half day Adelaide City Highlights. Highlights on this tour include:
- Adelaide’s Cultural Boulevard of North Terrace - University, Library, Art Gallery & Museum.
- Historic North Adelaide.
- St Peter's Cathedral.
- The famous Adelaide Oval.
- Haigh’s Chocolate factory tour and tastings (except on Sundays and South Australian public holidays, where a visit to the National Wine Centre is included as an alternative).
Top things to see and do in Adelaide include a stroll along the beautiful Torrens River, a spot of shopping in Rundle Mall, or get in touch with nature and cuddle a Koala at the Cleland Conservation Park.
After lunch (at your own cost), you will be transferred from your hotel to Mannum to meet the PS Murray Princess. Settle into your outside cabin, and enjoy a delicious dinner as you cruise to your overnight mooring point at Mundurra.
Overnight: PS Murray Princess, 3 nights
Day 3 - River Murray (B, L, D)
After breakfast, the Murray Princess will dock at Murray Bridge. Here you will have the option to take a guided walk through the old Roundhouse, a significant historical building that served as a school, post office, church and council chambers in the early development of the town. Alternatively go on a wildlife tour to Monarto Zoo, one of the largest open-range zoos in the world. Return to the PS Murray Princess in time for lunch, and continue your journey upriver. After dinner, be entertained by the talented crew.
Day 4 - River Murray (B, L, D)
All ashore for a guided nature walk, to learn the secrets of the local flora and fauna along the Murray River. Then near Piggy Flat, you will join your discovery vessel for a wildlife tour, exploring the maze of the river and seeing the amazing birdlife up close. This evening join the Captain and Officers for the Farewell Dinner and Dance.
Day 5 - Mannum to Adelaide (B)
Cruise back to Mannum, and after breakfast you will be transferred back to your accommodation in Adelaide. The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure.
Overnight: Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide Hotel, or similar
Day 6 - Adelaide to Sydney (L, D)
This morning make your way to the Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal to board the Indian Pacific. Settle into your Gold Service cabin, and enjoy the meals, beverages and facilities available to you. On arrival into Broken Hill, choose from a selection of off train experiences, including the magnificent Drag Queens performing at the Palace Hotel, made famous in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Or if local art is more your thing, you may like to visit Broken Hill's Regional Art Gallery, or see the much loved "Big Picture", housed in the Silver City Mint and Art Centre.
Overnight: Indian Pacific
Day 7 - Arrive Sydney (B)
This morning you may like to enjoy an off train excursion in the Blue Mountains - visit the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains, where you can take the scenic Prince Henry Cliff Walk, the perfect location to see the spectacular Jamison Valley and iconic Three Sisters. A light lunch at The Lookout Restaurant is included, before continuing your rail journey to Central Station. Alternatively you may prefer to travel straight through to Sydney by continuing the journey on the Indian Pacific. On arrival at Central Station, make your way to Sydney Domestic Airport for your flight home to Melbourne.