With more ships cruising to South Australia than ever before and new rail routes from Adelaide being launched, now is a great time to plan your next short break!
Nowadays, your time away certainly doesn’t mean having to limit yourself to one destination, especially when you have the option of simply sitting back, relaxing and letting someone else take the wheel.
South Australia is continuing to grow as a cruise liner destination which means we’re seeing a whole lot more ships visit Adelaide, opening up a world of cruising options that we previously didn’t have. And, with many travel packages offering the best of both worlds, why not make the most of both rail and cruise holidays?
The Southern Australian & Sydney with Sea Princess & Indian Pacific, departing Adelaide on the 25 October 2019, highlights two different modes of holiday transport in the same package. As you step aboard the elegant Sea Princess you’ll immediately feel a weight lift from your shoulders as your relaxing six-night cruise from Adelaide to Sydney begins. Upon this peaceful voyage you’ll enjoy port calls in Tasmania giving you the chance to explore the cultural vibrancy of Hobart down South and the historic port city of Burnie on the state’s North-West coastline.
Image: Hobart shining at dusk (credit Tourism Tasmania)
Once you’ve experienced sailing into the famous Sydney Harbour, a six-night stay at the contemporary Parkroyal Darling Harbour awaits. Alongside your free days to explore the city (which is easy thanks to your central location), your itinerary includes an exciting Seafood Buffet Lunch Cruise upon the iconic Sydney Harbour. Trips out of the city will provide variety in your stay including a full day exploring the magnificent Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves and a gourmet feast combined with a delightful wine tasting awaits on a Hunter Valley Harvest Wine Experience.
After experiencing the highlights of the world-renowned capital city, you’ll journey back to Adelaide while relaxing aboard the Indian Pacific (bumpy plane rides and airport cues are always a pleasure to avoid). For two days the surrounding landscape will flash before you with the views of vast, open plains and the native flora and fauna of the landscape filling the train’s wide windows.
Along the way you’ll enjoy a stop in the historic frontier mining town of Broken Hill where the local sites exude country town charm and the historical and geological exhibits will entice, before heading back out into the engulfing Australian outback on your way home.
Image: The Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains (credit RA Stanley Landscape Photography)
If you want to explore somewhere different and the unique beauty of Western Australia is calling your name, then The Great Western Escape with Sea Princess & Indian Pacific, departing Adelaide on the 17 October 2019, is the trip for you!
Starting in Adelaide you’ll spend three days journeying through the colourful, never-ending expanse of the Australian outback aboard the famous Indian Pacific with a stop in the rural station of Cook. Next, you’ll explore the extensive Nullarbor and everything in-between including abandoned goldmines, historic ghost towns and the rugged beauty of the outback.
In Perth you’ll be welcomed with open arms at the 5-star Pan Pacific Perth where you’ll enjoy the luxuries of a gourmet buffet breakfast, a newly refurbished outdoor swimming pool and state-of-the-art gym.
Image: Perth’s dramatic skyline at sunset (credit Tourism Western Australia)
Departing from Fremantle, your journey back to Adelaide will be just as enjoyable as you travel aboard the sophisticated Sea Princess for 5 nights of pure relaxation. A port call at the magnificent Margaret River means time to enjoy craft breweries, world-class wineries and a picturesque landscape made up of local vineyards and lush forests that contrast with the region’s array of white sand beaches.
A port call in Albany follows, allowing you to explore even more of Western Australia’s best (and more secluded) beaches full of pristine sand and emerald blue water that will take your breath away. The state-of-the-art National Anzac Centre provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the significance of WWI, taking you on a personal journey via multimedia and interactive exhibits combined with viewings of historical artefacts.
Image: Looking out from the Padre White Lookout in Albany (credit Amazing Albany)
At the end of your travels you’ll arrive back in Adelaide relaxed, refreshed and keen to book your next short break (and who could blame you!).
The Southern Australian & Sydney with Sea Princess & Indian Pacific | 13 nights departing Adelaide on the 25 October 2019 from $4,949 pp. Learn more.
The Great Western Escape with Sea Princess & Indian Pacific | 8 nights departing Adelaide on the 17 October 2019 from $3,999 pp. Learn more.