Western Australia Wild Flowers & The Indian Pacific

Tour departs: 6 September 2018
Tour length: 23 Days


Tour Departs: 06 September 2018.

Tour Length: 23 Days.

A very unique tour which coincides with the Wildflower season for which Western Australia is famous.  We start our journey in Perth on the shores of the Indian Ocean before commencing our touring through the Southern Region of WA. The area is renowned as one of the most diverse floral regions with many species exclusive to the area.  During the Spring, there is an explosion of colour as red, gold, pink and purple wildflowers decorate the region. We then commence our journey on the Indian Pacific Train, in Gold Class, winding our way through the Nullarbor Plains until we arrive in Adelaide to explore the local sites and join our 3-night cruise on the Murray River. Continuing on to Melbourne where the tour will conclude, we savour the spectacular scenery of the Grampians National Park, the famous Naracoorte Caves and visit the historic mining area of Ballarat.


Some of the many Tour Highlights: –


  • Perth for 3 nights including City and Fremantle Tour, Swan River day cruise with wine tasting & lunch
  • Western Australia towns of Margaret River, Albany, Esperance, Kalgoorlie,
  • Two nights on the Indian Pacific train in Gold Class Cabins
  • Barossa Valley
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Adelaide for 3 nights
  • 3 nights cruising on the Murray River
  • Adelaide to Melbourne via Naracoorte, Ballarat, Sovereign Hill
  • Melbourne for 2 nights




Auckland – Perth

Met and transferred to the Hotel for a 3-night stay.


Perth Sightseeing (B.D)

Welcome to Perth and Western Australia, with its Mediterranean climate, warm, sunny blue skies, magnificent waterways, relaxed lifestyle, fabulous beaches and coastline and a sight to behold watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean.  Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Perth, followed by a Swan River cruise to Fremantle.  See the homes of famous millionaire’s row and huge marina’s.  At Fremantle stroll through this fascinating coastal town.  Return to Perth by coach, with the afternoon at your leisure..


Perth – Swan Valley River Cruise (B.L)

Cruise upstream along the Swan River, wonderful rural viewing, relax and enjoy the scenery.  Wine tasting at Houghton Winery, then to Bells Estate for a sumptuous buffet lunch.


Perth – Margaret River (B.D)

Our travels today take us to the city of Bunbury, then along the rugged coastline to Cape Leuwin Lighthouse, where the Southern and Indian Ocean meet.  We continue through the picturesque wine growing and beach region of Margaret River


Gloucester Free – Pemberton – Valley of the Giants, Albany  (B)

Today we venture through magnificent southern tall timber forests.  At Pemberton see the world’s highest fire lookout, located at the top of the Gloucester tree, 61 metres above the ground. We visit the “Valley of the Giants”, where Karri, Jarrah and Tinglewood trees tower of the undergrowth.  We stay in Albany for 2 nights.


Albany Sightseeing (B.D)

As we tour historic Albany and its surround, magnificent views of King George Sound can be enjoyed.  View spectacular natural formations such as “the Gap”, a 24 metre drop to the sea and the natural bridge, a huge granite suspension bridge.  Visit Whaleworld, Australia’s last operating whaling station.  The remainder of the day is free to explore Albany at your own pace.


Stirling Range – Bluff Knoll, Esperance, Pink lake, Twilight Bay (B.D)

Today takes us into the rugged Stirling Range where high jagged peaks tower over the bushland.  View Bluff Knoll, the highest peak in the National Park and marvel at the scenery and the wildflowers in the area.  We continue to the seaside resort town of Esperance and see the unusual phenomenon – Pink Lake and the brilliant blue water of Twilight Bay.


Lake Lefroy, Kalgoorlie, Hannans Gold Mine (B.D)

Journey inland toward the gold mining town of Norseman and view Lake Lefroy, one of Australia’s largest salt lakes.  This afternoon takes us to Kalgoorlie to join an underground mine tour at Hannans North goldmine.  Later enjoy time to wander through this historic town and you may meet some of the characters of this unique region.  Overnight in Kalgoorlie.


Kalgoorlie – Merredin (B.D)

Travel west to the former ghost town of Coolgardie, recently rejuvenated following new ore discoveries, and then on to our destination for the evening, Merredin where you can soak up some yesteryear charm, admiring the town’s colonial and 1920s heritage architecture. The region played a significant role as the second line of defence in WWI and WWII, and we learn a bit about this when visiting The Military Museum – home to Western Australia’s largest collection of military vehicles and equipment. We also visit Tamma Parkland, home to many dazzling wildflowers and delicate orchids.


Merredin – Perth (B)

We depart Merredin this morning for our journey back to Perth. We will travel via Wave Rock. This striking rock formation, resembling a gigantic wave, was formed from granite over three million years ago. Overnight in Perth.


Commence Indian Pacific Journey: Perth – Kalgoorlie (B.L.D)

This morning we will be transferred to the Railway Station in time to join the Indian Pacific Train, departing at 9.00am. The comfort of your cabin awaits and you can sit back as you watch the suburbs of the Western Australian capital roll past your window and the verdant greens of the Avon Valley. Our first stop this evening is the wild west town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, home to the staggering 3.6km wide Super Pit – an open-cut gold mine that has yielded riches 24 hours a day since 1989.


Cook and The Nullarbor (B.L.D)

You will wake up this morning having arrived on the edges of the sweeping Nullarbor Plain. Big blue skies await you, the ancient stillness of the desert landscape broken only by a mob of friendly kangaroos or the occasional circling bird of prey. By the time you have refreshed and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, you’ll be stepping 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”. Get a sense of the Nullarbor’s intense remoteness as you wander through Cook’s abandoned buildings and learn more about the town’s intriguing history.


Arrive Adelaide – City Tour and Seaside Glenelg (B)

Our journey on the Indian Pacific comes to an end this morning as we disembark at Adelaide Railway Station. We will be met on arrival and will enjoy a morning tour of the city’s main attractions which will allow you to get your bearings.  Our Coach Captain will share his local knowledge on things to see and do including the charm and character of the buildings and famous landmarks.  Afternoon free.


Adelaide – Barossa Valley Tour (B.L)

Another great day today as we set off for the Adelaide Hills, through a patchwork of orchards and vineyards to the town of Hahndorf, one of the most popular towns in the area originally settled by German immigrants in 1839. The town retains much of its Germanic heritage and is home to some of the regions finest cellar doors. Then, we travel across to the world famous Barossa Valley, the heartland of the Australian wine industry which retains much of its diverse European cultural heritage. Time for a lunch and some wine tasting before returning to Adelaide later this afternoon.


Adelaide – Kangaroo Island  (B.L.D)

Today we enjoy a trip to Kangaroo Island.  It’s known for its diverse wildlife and nature reserves, including Flinders Chase National Park and its kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and many bird species. We overnight on Kangaroo Island



Kangaroo Island – Mannum – Commence 3 Night Murray River Discovery Cruise (B.D)

We depart this morning and travel to Mannum to join our 3-night cruise on the Murray River. Mid-afternoon the PS Murray Princess departs historic Mannum, the birthplace of the Murray River trade and communication, and heads downriver while you enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

As we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Mundurra, you may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, tortoises, egrets and many other species. Our on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls.


Murray River Discovery Cruise (B.L.D)

In 1879 the first bridge to span the Murray River was built at Edwards Crossing, which quickly became the bustling township of Murray Bridge. After a hearty breakfast, join a guided tour of the town’s historic landmarks and local attractions. We continue cruising upriver with a brief stop-over in Mannum for a fascinating visit to Mannum Dock Museum (optional). This afternoon, as we continuing cruising upriver to our overnight mooring at Salt Bush Flat; you will have the opportunity to inspect the wheelhouse with the Captain. After dinner, enjoy being entertained by our talented crew.


Murray River Discovery Cruise (B.L.D)

All ashore for the guided nature walk where our guide will share the secrets of the local flora and fauna. It’s a great way to get in a little exercise before the PS Murray Princess departs for the big river gorges and 90 metre cliffs of the upper river.  Mid-morning, join us in the Sturt Dining Room for a special presentation on the bounty of food and wine produced in the river lands. Just after Fromms Landing, we turn and head downriver to River View Lodge (near Piggy Flat / Coolcha) where our discovery vessel awaits for a wildlife tour. Travelling in small, personalised groups, we explore the maze of the river and the birdlife is amazing. Watch for darters, herons and egrets feeding along the river’s muddy edges. The afternoon offers a choice of bocce or fishing challenges before joining the Captain and Officers for pre-dinner drinks and the Captain’s Dinner and Dance.


Conclude Murray River Discovery Cruise – Adelaide – Naracoorte (B)

We head back to Mannum and after breakfast, we reluctantly say farewell as we arrive at the Mannum Wharf.  We then head off on a scenic touring experience, travelling the land route between Adelaide and Melbourne, through ever changing countryside.  Savour the scenery and enjoy the hospitality of the region.  Travel through Hamilton, known as the ‘wool’ capital of the world, the Grampians National Park, containing some of Victoria’s most spectacular scenery, visit Naracoorte Caves and the Myriad Calcite formations up to 350,000 years old.


Naracoorte – Ballarat (B.D)

Your drive takes you along the Golden Way through rich Wheatfield and historic mining areas.  Overnight Ballarat, Victoria’s largest inland city.


Ballarat – Melbourne (B)

This morning visit Sovereign Hill, recapturing the thrill and excitement of bygone days.  An 1850’s gold mining settlement, Australia’s largest recreation of a time in its history with 60 buildings of the era.  In the afternoon we continue into Melbourne for a 2 night stay.


Melbourne – City Highlights Tour (B.D)

Enjoy this colourful city of Parklands, beautiful waterways, shopping precincts, shaded peaceful squares, Queen Victoria markets, and a free afternoon. This evening we will get together for a farewell dinner.


Melbourne – Home

Transfer to Airport to join your homeward flights.  End of a memorable tour.





Tour Costs Per Person

Sharing Twin Room / Balcony Stateroom: $14,300
Supplement for Single accommodation: $3,650

Costs Include
  • Economy Class air travel from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.
  • First class Hotel accommodation – Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne.
  • Superior Motor Inns/Motel accommodation whilst on tour.
  • Gold Class Cabins on board the Indian Pacific
  • Outside Cabins with private facilities on the 3 night Murray River Cruise
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary – B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Exclusive use of air conditioned coach with on board toilet facilities
  • Experienced Coach Driver
  • Baggage handling – one suitcase per person
  • Fully escorted by a Maher Tours Leader
  • Airport, Government, Fuel and Security Taxes
  • Tips to local guides, cruise staff, coach driver

Costs Exclude
  • Any meals, sightseeing tours and fees not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Shore excursions during the cruise – information and assistance supplied
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone charges etc.



“A great tour! We travelled and saw so much in a well thought itinerary. What’s next?”
– Tony & Peggy Kendall

“This was my 6th trip with Maher Tours and I would not travel with anyone else – value for money, care for you, feel safe.

Just loved the Indian Pacific Rail Journey! Beautiful meals and service, crew were very pleasant and had time to read quietly.

Enjoyed every minute of the Murray River Cruise.

Tour met everything I could have wised for, we all got on together – best trip yet for companionship.”
– Alisa Stewart

“Julie (Tour Leader) was a joy to travel with, was pleasant and easy to get on with. Any problems that arose were handled with care. Was well organised.”

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