Northern Explorer with Sydney Stay & Indian Pacific

21 nights | Fremantle to Perth | Cruise & Train

Deal Details

Travel Dates

3 May 2025

Sale Ends

Apr 30, 2024

Priced From

$11,499 per person
Northern Explorer Indian Pacific

Experience the awe-inspiring grandeur of Australia's diverse landscapes with this unique combination of rail and a sail experience that takes you from coast to coast and back again.

This extraordinary journey immerses you in the breathtaking beauty and diversity of Australia's natural wonders, offering an array of opportunities for immersive exploration through a diverse range of day-trip activities and Off Train Experiences.

From the rugged wilderness of the Kimberley region, where towering gorges and cascading waterfalls await, to the pristine beaches and azure waters of the coastline, and the vast, arid expanse of the Nullarbor Plain, each leg of the journey presents a new vista of awe-inspiring scenery and ecological wonders.

Delve into the heart of the continent's rich biodiversity, witness the dramatic contrasts of its landscapes, and create unforgettable memories amidst the boundless beauty of Australia's great outdoors.


Day 1
Board Crown Princess in Fremantle
Day 2
Day 3
At Sea
Day 4
At Sea
Day 5
Day 6
Yampi Sound (Scenic Cruising)
Day 7
Kimberley Coast (Scenic Cruising)
Day 8
At Sea
Day 9
Day 10
At Sea
Day 11
At Sea
Day 12
At Sea
Day 13
Day 14
Willis Island (Scenic Cruising)
Day 15
At Sea
Day 16
Day 17
At Sea
Day 18
Disembark Crown Princess in Sydney - Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise
Day 19
Board the Indian Pacific in Sydney
Day 20
Broken Hill and Adelaide
Day 21
Nullarbor Plain
Day 22
Arrive Perth

Your Rail & Sail Journey Includes

  • 17-night Northern Explorer cruise onboard Crown Princess from Fremantle to Sydney in an Oceanview Stateroom including main meals and entertainment onboard 
  • 1 night in Sydney at Swissotel Sydney or similar 
  • Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise 
  • Transfer from Sydney hotel to Central Sydney Train Station
  • 3-night Indian Pacific Rail journey from Sydney to Perth in a Gold Premium Twin Cabin, including all meals & beverages onboard 
  • 19 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches & 19 Dinners 

Activities & Attractions

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Your Cruise & Train Journey includes activities & attractions such as:

Crown Princess cruise:

  • Choose from a selection of onboard dining options to tempt your tastebuds
  • Enjoy a musical production in the Princess Theatre
  • Marvel at one of the many guest entertainers
  • Join a Cooking demonstration, dance class, trivia contest and more

Indian Pacific Rail Journey:

  • Enjoy Off train experiences such as a visit to the mining heritage of the Silver City
  • Visit Broken Hill, the home of the Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Ponder the vastness of the Australian continent as you cross the Nullarbor Plain


Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Board Crown Princess® in Fremantle
Make your way to the Cruise Terminal and board Crown Princess®, ready to truly light up the seas, serving up tantalising cuisine, dazzling live entertainment, and enriching experiences. Relax in The Sanctuary, a tranquil haven reserved for adults, or put your feet up at Movies Under the StarsTM - whatever you decide to do, your time onboard will be unforgettable. (D)

Overnight: 17 nights Crown Princess®

Day 2: Geraldton (Water Shuttle Required, Wheelchair Access Limited)
With its superb Mediterranean climate, wonderful scenery and pristine beaches, Geraldton has long been a popular place to visit. A major port gateway to Western Australia, it is also a global haven for windsurfers with Coronation Beach one of the world hotspots. (B,L,D)

Day 3: At Sea
Familiarise yourself with the layout of the ship today. A variety of everyday dining venues are available including The Salty Dog Grill, Horizon Court, International Café, and Slice Pizzeria. Choose from specialty restaurants~ Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria, Crown Grill, the Salty Dog Gastropub and the Chef’s Table Experience. (B,L,D)

Day 4: At Sea
Relax in one of the lounges, read a good book or, visit The Sanctuary, an exclusive adults-only retreat offering a relaxing alternative to the myriad outdoor activities and entertainment available elsewhere on the ship. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Broome
Built on the back of the pearl trade, Broome is a wonderfully multicultural town on the rugged North West coast of Western Australia. This fascinating and diverse remote outpost boasts one of the country’s premier beaches – stunning Cable Beach stretches more than 20 kilometres along the coastline of the Indian Ocean. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Yampi Sound (Scenic Cruising)
Yampi Sound is a part of the Indian Ocean off the coast of north-western Australia, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. It is located between King Sound and Collier Bay, the traditional owners of the areas around the sound are the Umiida people. The sound contains many islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago the largest being Koolan Island; others include: Cockatoo Island, Irvine
Island, Bathurst Island, Finch Islands, Hidden Island, Baylis Islands and Iron Islands. Rich fish life including whitebellied sea eagles, brahminy kites, ospreys, common sandpipers and eastern reef egrets are an attraction for bottlenose dolphins that come to feed in the early mornings. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Kimberley Coast (Scenic Cruising)
Renowned as one of the most important and spectacular wilderness regions on earth, you will get to see the beauty of the Kimberley from the ocean. The dramatic coastline framed by stark red cliffs has been identified as one of the least impacted marine environments in the world. With more than 2,600 islands scattered beyond the reefs, the area is rich in biodiversity and wildlife. Expect to see plenty of exotic birdlife as you cruise past this amazing wonderland. (B,L,D)

Day 8: At Sea
Today is yours to enjoy. Take some time today to relax and revitalise with a dip in one of the freshwater pools or hot tubs. Enjoy the sea breeze as you soak up the sun in a padded lounger with a good book, listen to music, or dream about your next adventure. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Darwin
Closer to Indonesia than to any other Australian city, Darwin is the capital of the "Top End" and is home to more than half the population of the remote, vast Northern Territory. A popular starting point for journeys through the Top End wilderness regions' many attractions, there’s plenty of fascinating history to explore in and around Darwin. (B,L,D)

Day 10, 11 & 12: At Sea
Plan your onboard activities for the next three days whilst at sea. Enjoy a musical production, dabble in the casino, or perhaps join a cooking demonstration~. Don't forget to peruse the daily newsletter 'Princess Patter' for today’s events. Perhapsindulge in a decadent afternoon tea in the dining room where you can enjoy freshly prepared finger sandwiches, cakes and cookies, accompanied by a wide variety of teas, or coffee. (B,L,D) 

Day 13: Cairns
Cairns is one of Australia's hottest vacation destinations and boasts three of Australia's great natural wonders. Just offshore, immense bastions of living coral form the Great Barrier Reef. Sixteen miles of superb beaches stretch to the north of the city - the famed Marlin Coast. And inland lays the immense Daintree National Park. Cairns itself basks in tropical sunshine, balmy breezes
waft in from Trinity Bay. The city's graceful, tree-lined esplanade was once the gateway to the gold fields of North Queensland. (B,L,D) 

Day 14: Willis Island (Scenic Cruising)
Willis Island is one of several tropical islands sitting beyond the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea Islands Territory, and is surrounded by thriving reefs where many creatures make their homes. Numbering into the thousands, Willis Island itself caters to many species of seabirds, including Masked, Brown and Red-footed Boobies that cry out nearly 24 hours a day. It is also an important nesting ground for turtles. (B,L,D)

Day 15: At Sea
Attend a Champagne Art Auction, take a stroll through the European-style Piazza, where roving street performers will delight you with their skills or practice your putting in a round of mini-golf. (B,L,D) 

Day 16: Brisbane
Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, located in the sunshine state as it boasts of having over 280 days of sunshine per year. Brisbane is known for its laid back and friendly atmosphere, sophisticated art galleries and museums, beautiful botanic gardens, premium shopping in the heart of the CBD and Moreton Bay. The Brisbane River, which flows through the city, gives you great
access to both north and south via the famous CityCats. (B,L,D)

Day 17: At Sea
Visit the Shops of Princess for the last chance to pick up some keepsakes and souvenirs. Enjoy a musical production, dabble in the casino~, or simply relax in a lounge sipping one last cocktail as you enjoy your final evening on board the Crown Princess®. (B,L,D)

~ Cruise itineraries and onboard offerings are not guaranteed. Charges apply to some activities, venues and menu items.

Day 18: Sydney
This morning disembark Crown Princess in the harbour city of Sydney. There is a wealth of adventure waiting in Sydney - from its cosmopolitan city centre to miles of beautiful beaches and the Blue Mountains. After you are transferred to your accommodation, the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to discover the many attractions of this buzzing city.

Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise  
Sydney Harbour is photogenic at any time of day, but as the sun sets and you get that pink glow, it really is something else. And of course, once the sun goes down, the city lights shine bright and you appreciate what a gleaming metropolis Sydney really is. The dinner cruise allows you to see the Harbour from both perspectives, all in sublime comfort and style. Dinner will be three courses paired with a selection of beers, wine, or soft drinks. Highlighting the multicultural influences that make Sydney cuisine special including local products of New South Wales. (B,D)

Overnight: 1 night Swissotel Sydney


Day 19: Board The Indian Pacific in Sydney 
This morning transfer to Sydney Central Station to begin your epic adventure on board the Indian Pacific. The anticipation as you settle into your first evening on board, enjoying the fabulous food, wine, service and social atmosphere of this much-loved rail journey. (B,L,D)

Overnight: 3 nights Indian Pacific

Day 20: Broken Hill and Adelaide 
As you wake, prepare for your first Off Train Experience in Broken Hill, exploring the beauty of the Silver City. Discover it's mining history or the artistic culture that abounds in the area. Back on board enjoy breakfast as you approach the southern tip of the Flinders Ranges, and the train weaves its way into Adelaide. Here, you’ll have more afternoon Off Train Experiences to choose from before returning to the train. (B,L,D)

Day 21: Nullarbor Plain 
Today, wake up and marvel at the barren beauty of the Nullarbor Plain. Taking its name from the Latin meaning ‘no trees’, the ancient plain conjures a 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. (B,L,D)

Day 22: Perth
Watch the delightful Avon Valley pass by as the final stage of your transcontinental crossing unfolds before disembarking in Perth. (B,L)

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