THE GOLDEN SANDS OF AUSTRALIA – Rail & Sail December 2022 – 07 Dec 2022 – Cruise Traveller

THE GOLDEN SANDS OF AUSTRALIA – Rail & Sail December 2022

Cruise Line
Le Laperouse
Package Departs
07 Dec 2022
Package Duration
17 Nights
Embark Ship
Cairns, Qld, Australia
Disembark Ship
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Prestige Stateroom Deck 5 - Balcony Prestige Stateroom Deck 6 - Balcony Deluxe Suite Deck 3 - Suite
AU $14,575
per person
AU $15,105
per person
AU $18,975
per person

Package duration: 17 nights Cruise, Rail & Stay
Package starts: 7th December 2022 – Cairns
Cruise starts: 7th December 2022 – from Cairns
Cruise ends: 16th December 2022 – in Sydney
Train starts: 21st December 2022 – from Sydney
Train ends: 24th December 2022 – into Perth

– Travel the iconic Indian Pacific train across our wide country enjoying a selection of off-train experiences
– Included Zodiac outings & shore visits with your expedition team discovering local fauna and flora
– View the remote Willis Islets and their associated cays.
– From Hardy Reef, the possibility to observe some of the world`s most beautiful coral reefs and diverse undersea life.
– Relax on the picture perfect Percy Island.
– Discover Sydney & the Blue Mountain on an incredible mini-stay
– Visit the world famous Jenolan Caves and enjoy high tea at the historic Chisolms
– Gain an insight into the incredible biodiversity and natural heritage of the region from your expert naturalist team onboard your cruise


THE GOLDEN SANDS OF AUSTRALIA – Cruise, Rail & Stay package includes:
– 9 night Australian Coastal Expedition cruise aboard the Le Laperouse from Cairns to Sydney including:
– All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
– Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
– Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands)
– Evening entertainment and events
– Room service 24h (special selection)
– Highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team
– Park entry fees into protected areas (where applicable)
– Port taxes
– Zodiac excursions
– 2 night hotel stay in Sydney with breakfast (one pre and one post Blue Mountains hotel stay)
– Foodie tour with lunch in Sydney
– Return Sydney – Blue Mountains – Sydney transfers
– 3 nights accommodation at the Fairmont Resort and Spa, Leura Blue Mountains with daily breakfast
– Morning tour to Jenolan Caves including one cave visit and High Tea at Chisolms
– Morning tour of Botanical Gardens Blue Mountains plus lunch and visit to Bilpin Cider
– One way transfer from Sydney hotel to train station
– Indian Pacific Train journey – 3 nights Sydney to Perth – in Gold Class^ (upper/lower berths – Platinum upgrades subject to availability at time of booking for a surcharge). Train fare includes all meals including special event dining, All onboard beverages and a selection of off-train experiences and excursions at each stop.

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best known cruise fare at time of publication (18Nov21). Some cabins may have obstructed views. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. Not included: travel insurance, meals/hotels/transfers other than those listed, shore excursions, gift shop purchases, drinks other than those listed. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. ^Gold twin accommodation on Indian Pacific train is in bunk beds which convert to seating during the day and have ensuite bathrooms whilst Gold single accommodation has shared bathrooms at either end of the carriage. Upgrades to Platinum (with lower on the ground bedding) are on request at a surcharge to upgrade - subject to cabin availability at time of booking. Offer ends 31Jan22 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 18 Nov 2021 to 31 Jan 2022 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Cruise Itinerary

07 Dec 2022
Cairns, Qld, Australia
6:00 PM
08 Dec 2022
Willis Island, Coral Sea
09 Dec 2022 At sea    
10 Dec 2022
Hardy Reef, Queensland, Australia
11 Dec 2022
Middle Percy Island, QLD Australia
12 Dec 2022
Lady Musgrave Island, Queensland, Australia
13 Dec 2022 At sea    
14 Dec 2022 At sea    
15 Dec 2022
Hawkesbury River, New South Wales, Australia
16 Dec 2022
Sydney, NSW, Australia

Post-cruise Itinerary

16 Dec 2022 Transfer to hotel, Sydney at leisure
17 Dec 2022 Food tasting tour of Sydney with lunch, Afternoon transfer to Blue Mountains
18 Dec 2022 Morning visit to Jenolan Caves with high tea at Chisolms
19 Dec 2022 Blue Mountains at leisure
20 Dec 2022 Morning tour to Botanic Gardens, lunch/tasting at Bilpin Cider
20 Dec 2022 Afternoon transfer to Sydney, check in hotel
21 Dec 2022 Transfer to station, Embark Indian Pacific Train approx 10am
22 Dec 2022 Indian Pacific: Broken Hill, Barossa Valley & Adelaide
23 Dec 2022 Indian Pacific: Nullarbor Plain
24 Dec 2022 Indian Pacific: Perth, disembark, holiday ends.

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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Category Twin Per Person     Single Per Person
Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
Deluxe Suite Deck 3
Prestige Suite Deck 6

Allow yourself to fall under the spell of this itinerary in Australia that has been specially designed for travellers looking for unspoiled islands and turquoise lagoons. You will set sail aboard Le Lapérouse for an 10-day expedition cruise with PONANT to discover the treasures of the Great Barrier Reef.

Starting in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, set sail towards Willis Islets in the Coral Sea Territories featuring not less than 30 separate reefs along with the spectacular Coral Sea Marine Park, as well as Willis Island where a monitoring station was established in 1921 to provide cylclone early warnings services to Queensland.

Lying some 50 km to the north-east of the Whitsunday Islands, you will reach Hardy Reef, which boasts the uniquemarine biodiversity of the area.

You will continue your exploration of the Australian coast with the discovery of Percy Island, whose shallow waters beckon you in for a dip, and Lady Musgrave Island, which is ideal for snorkelling. Both are located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, a gigantic ecosystem of coral reefs.

Your next call will be the Hawkesbury River region in New South Wales, famous for its colourful cliffs and historic townships, and join your expedition team to explore the area in our fleet of Zodiac®.

The end of your cruise will be marked by a disembarkation in the irresistible city of Sydney.

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with 5-star service.

Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 131 metres
  • Maiden Voyage: June 2018
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 184
  • Officer Nationality: French
  • Ship Registration: France

Ship Amenities

  • Individually Controlled Air Conditioning
  • Mini Bar
  • Flat Screen Television
  • Satellite Television
  • Ipod Players
  • Video on Demand
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Bath Robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi

Ship Facilities

  • Reception Desk
  • Boutique
  • Zodiac
  • Water Sports including Kayaking & Paddle-Boarding
  • Pool Deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Solarium
  • Pool Bar & Lounge
  • Theatre
  • Main Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Panoramic Lounge
  • Spa & Fitness Centre


Our mission is to transport you to mythical destinations and secret ports only accessible to small capacity ships.

To offer the delights of a French-inspired cuisine in an intimate environment – a discreet service where no attention to detail is spared – and unforgettable moments of relaxation on board elegant yachts of character.

To combine sophistication and conviviality, with priority given to authentic experiences, emotions and the ongoing quest for excellence.

Yacht cruises: more than a cruise, a privilege…

Attentive, professional, discreet and elegant, the fully bilingual service on board will meet your every desire. Our unique atmosphere is filled with a signature sentiment: a warm welcome from an experienced crew who are passionate about what they do, in the tradition of private yachting.

In the dining areas, our gourmet cuisine is worthy of top fine dining restaurants: exquisite wines are available, and menus are created with expertise by our skilled chefs with a French-inspired menu enhanced by specialties from our various ports of call.

Pleasure, enrichment, discovery: relax – we take care of everything…

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* Unless otherwise noted all pricing is on a per person twin share basis. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Special conditions may apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Any pricing not in Australian Dollars will be converted on the day of payment into the relevant currency based on our daily rate of exchange. Please note that many of the prices shown on this website are not shown in real time. Whilst we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ slightly from the live prices in our booking system. All pricing and offers are subject to availability at time of booking. Whilst all information is correct at the time of publication, offers are subject to change. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Please submit any data errors/omissions you may notice on this site.

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