Perth - Hotel Stay
Laidback Perth combines sandy beaches with a vibrant cultural scene. Exploring the city is made all the easier with the half-day fully escorted tour that we’ve included in your holiday. A private coach will take you to the historic port of Fremantle as well as the beaches at Fremantle and Cottesloe before admiring the striking city skyline and views from Kings Park.
Indian Pacific Rail - Perth to Kalgoorlie
Take your last breath of Indian Ocean air as you board the Indian Pacific. Your comfortable cabin awaits as does the elegantly-appointed restaurant car. All food is included, even the delicious rack of lamb and desert lime lamington, paired with a Margaret River sauvignon blanc. As the views transform before your eyes, get ready for your first off train excursion in the wild west town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. It’s long and fascinating history means there's plenty to see, learn and do.
Indian Pacific Rail - Cook and The Nullarbor
As you wake, you’ll find yourself on the edges of the sweeping Nullarbor Plain. Vast horizons and big blue skies await and the ancient stillness of the desert landscape is only broken by a mob of friendly kangaroos or the occasional circling bird of prey. After a leisurely breakfast, you'll step 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".
Indian Pacific Rail - Adelaide and Broken Hill
By morning, desert views give way to the rolling South Australian countryside. You’ll enjoy an entertaining stop in the beautifully-designed Adelaide, renowned for arts festivals, pop-up bars, and laneway restaurants. Over lunch, watch as pastures dissolve into tough mallee scrub on approach to Broken Hill, one of Australia’s legendary outback bases. Here, you can visit the late Pro Hart's art studio or head for the Miners' Memorial where the stark reality of working in Broken Hill's mines is writ large.
Indian Pacific Rail - Sydney and Hotel Stay
Winding your way through the magnificent Blue Mountains provides ample opportunity to kick back and reflect upon this unforgettable journey as you approach Sydney. You have just travelled from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific, through some of the most striking landscapes on Earth. From a coffee cruise on one of the world’s most famous harbours to an action-packed day of sightseeing or shopping in the city, Sydney provides an entertaining and fitting end to your spectacular transcontinental rail adventure.
Sydney - Tour and Hotel Stay
Today you’ll enjoy a Sydney sightseeing tour that will take you to Sydney’s most iconic sights including Chinatown, Darling Harbour and the historic Rocks precinct. You’ll visit Mrs Macquarie’s Chair lookout for panoramic views over Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and city centre before stopping at the famous Bondi beach. You’ll also enjoy a buffet lunch during a cruise around Sydney harbour.
Sydney - Embark Ruby Princess
From the moment you step aboard Ruby Princess, you’ll experience a warm welcome that will make you feel right at home. This stunning ship, with its stylish décor and spacious public areas, features an array of entertainment options including Movies Under the Stars®, and sumptuous dining choices from Crown Grill to the International Café.
Active guests have the opportunity to take advantage of real state-of-the-art fitness and sporting facilities, either at the superb gym, jogging tracks or with a game of paddle-tennis or basketball on the modern multi-sports court, while the serene Lotus Spa offers the chance to unwind in luxurious surroundings.
Fiordland National Park
Cruise along spectacular natural fiords in South West New Zealand, where mirror-smooth waters reflect the nearby mountainous hills and powerful waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres from granite rocks into the deep lakes. In this important bird habitat you could spot a Fiordland penguin or two as you sail past breathtaking scenery.
A warm welcome awaits in Dunedin, where the locals are so proud of their Scottish heritage that they even have their own tartan. Don’t miss the themed gardens at Larnach Castle, including the Serpentine Walk, the Alice Lawn and a native plant trail; a true botanist’s dream. Dunedin is also a gateway to the beautiful Otago Peninsula, criss-crossed with hiking and cycling trails that reward you with sightings of albatross, sea lions and rare penguins.
Be charmed by Akaroa’s natural beauty and thriving artisan culture. The waters are home to rare Hector dolphins, the smallest in the world and a host of other marine life. As a former French settlement, you’ll find pretty French-named streets full of boutique shops, craft galleries and French bakeries and delis.
New Zealand small capital city curls itself around the hillsides on the southern point of the North Island, looking out at the blustery Cook Strait. With a passion for coffee and craft beer, Wellington is bursting with energy and creativity and has a lively art, film and culinary scene. It’s also home to the much-loved ‘Te Papa’ museum with its fascinating and engaging interact exhibits.
Rebuilt following an earthquake in 1931, Napier is known as the Art Deco City. Take a walk around the city centre to experience the world’s most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings with their geometric shapes and bold designs. Napier is also home to some of New Zealand’s oldest wineries, including the Mission Estate Winery producing a wide range of award-winning wines.
As you sail into Tauranga’s scenic harbour, you’ll pass the Bay of Plenty’s iconic Mount Maunganui, an extinct volcano crossed with walking trails and dotted with hot saltwater pools. On arrival you’ll find many delights in this beachside city: art, culture, boutique shopping and delicious food. You could take an excursion to Rotorua to experience Maori culture or visit the ‘Hobbiton’ film set where The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies were made.
This charming city is set in the surroundings of skyscrapers, beautiful beaches, hiking trails and an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants. Here you’ll find something for everyone, from walks in stunning countryside to lazing on the black sandy beaches. Wander down to the vibrant Viaduct Harbour for a bite to eat while watching the beautiful boats go by. A scenic ferry ride will reveal some of the 50 island gems in Auckland’s majestic Hauraki Gulf.
Bay of Islands
This stunningly beautiful bay is one of New Zealand’s most popular destinations and it’s easy to see why. Clear turquoise waters peppered with remote islands that are home to unspoilt beaches and an abundance of wildlife make it the perfect place for water-based activities such as kayaking, diving and sailing.
As day turns into night, fun on a Ruby Princess cruise is as varied as the tastes and interests of its diverse guests – and it’s all delivered in beautifully plush end exciting venues. Broadway-style music and comedy shows fill the stage with colour in the Princess Theatre with new productions to enjoy throughout your holiday.
Sydney - Disembark Ruby Princess
Today you’ll return to Sydney and disembark Ruby Princess.
Other regional airports may be available*