As the name implies, the Indian Pacific gives you two oceans on one of the world's longest and greatest train journeys. But most of your cruising will be across the vast continent of Australia. From the spectacular Blue Mountains to the treeless plains of The Nullarbor, where the train travels the world's longest straight stretch of railway track (478 kilometres), you will see unique landscapes unfold and spot a fascinating array of wildlife from the comfort of the lounge or your cabin.
The journey from Sydney to Perth covers 4352kms and in either direction you'll have three nights aboard the great train. There are many things to see along the way as you cross this vast continent. And you can get up close and see many of them when you enjoy an optional off-train sightseeing tour. The great train offers these tours during scheduled stops at Broken Hill, Adelaide and gold rich Kalgoorlie.
GOLD SERVICE: The ultimate in style and comfort, choose from single or twin Sleeper Cabins which include complimentary toiletries and bath towels. Gold Service fares are all inclusive of meals and guests enjoy dining in elegance in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car or relaxing and socialising in the Outback Explorer Lounge.
Twin & Single Cabins (with bathroom) feature a 3 seat lounge which transforms into upper and lower sleeping berths as well as a compact private ensuite with wash basin, toilet and shower. Each cabins is fully serviced with fresh pillows, sheets and doonas. Cabins also feature small foldaway tables, reading lamps, 3 pin 240 volt power points, wardrobes and a full length mirror.
Single Cabins (share bathroom) enjoy similar features to the Twin Cabins including a wash basin however toilets and showers are situated at the end of the carriages. Complimentary welcome kits, bath towels and toiletries bags are provided to all Gold Service cabins.
Gold Service guests are advised to carry an overnight bag with everything they need on board and check in all other luggage.
Day 1: Setting off from Perth, your train climbs through the scenic Avon Valley and into Western Australia's expansive wheat belt, before arriving late evening at your first stop in the city of Kalgoorlie.
Day 2: You'll discover the landscape takes on a richer hue as the journey moves through the mallee scrub into the ancient Nullarbor Plain, with the landscape unmarked by the passing millennia.
Stepping off during a brief pause at Cook in the middle of the Nullarbor Plain, you will experience Australia's vast open spaces from a unique perspective.
Day 3: Arriving in Adelaide the following morning you can choose to break your journey for a few days touring this picturesque city, or continue directly on to Broken Hill, with its countless tales of riches won and lost.
From here you'll travel through some of Australia's most productive farming country and into the arid outback as the sun sets. Next morning is the finale of your journey through the spectacular Blue Mountains. Naturally, you can also do this journey from Sydney to Perth it' just as unforgettable.
Whether your final destination on the Indian Pacific is west to Perth or east to Sydney, you'll have many opportunities to leave the train and take in some of the region's highlights. With so many wonderful sights to enjoy, this isn't just one of the longest train journeys in the world, but also one of the most memorable.
The following timetable is valid until 31 March 2017.
Sydney - Adelaide - Perth
|Arrive Broken Hill||6.00am|
|Depart Broken Hill||8.20am|
Perth - Adelaide - Sydney
|Arrive Broken Hill||5.25pm|
|Depart Broken Hill||6.55pm|
The following timetable is valid from 01 April 2017.
Sydney - Adelaide - Perth
|Broken Hill - Morning Excursion**|
|Adelaide & Surrounds - Afternoon Excursion**|
|Rawlinna - Dinner Experience^^|
Perth - Adelaide - Sydney
|Kalgoorlie - Evening Excursion**|
|Rawlinna - Morning Experience^^|
|Cook - Afternoon Experience^^|
|Broken Hill - Evening Excursion**|
** Off Train Excursion: Enjoy extended touring options at key destinations along the rail route
^^ Outback Experience: Step off the train to immerse yourself in some of Australia's most remote outback settings.
Note: All times are subject to change. Excursions &/or experience in Adelaide are only available to travellers who purchase through journey tickets i.e. Sydney to Perth or Perth to Sydney and not for travellers who are embarking or disembarking in Adelaide.
Conditions: Travel Online will only book the above journeys for full paying adults and children. Passengers requiring discounted pensioner fares or sector fares other than those stated above will need to contact Great Southern Railways directly.
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Children: Child fares are available to children aged 4 - 15 years inclusive or where a child occupies a seat or berth.
Payment: Full payment is required 60 days prior to travel. Strict Cancellation Policy Applies.
Travel insurance: because Great Southern Railway's liability to you is limited, you should obtain travel insurance before boarding Great Southern Railway's trains.
Luggage: Checked-in luggage permits a maximum of 46 kg per person (2 items not exceeding 23 kg and 180 linear centimetres). Checked-in luggage may not be accessed during travel. One item of Cabin luggage is permitted per person but must not exceed 25 kg and be no larger than 50cm(L) x 30cm(H) x 30cm(W). Due to space constraints, guests should only take on board hand luggage required for their journey. Remaining luggage should be checked in up to 30 minutes before departure. Unchecked luggage is carried at owner's risk. Cardboard, plastic or wooden boxes, garbage bags or tea chests will not be accepted as baggage. Bags should be secured and carry the owner's name, destination and contact phone number both inside and outside the bag. Explosive, combustible and inflammable materials are prohibited. Items such as foodstuffs, plants, animals and furniture cannot be accepted as personal luggage.