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.
Option 1 - Gold Service
Choose from a twin or single sleeper cabin. Gold Service Twin Cabins have a comfortable three seater lounge which converts to upper and lower sleeping berths at night plus a small private ensuite bathroom with toilet, wash basin and shower. Cabins are fully serviced by your own carriage attendant with fresh sheets, pillows and doonas. Cabins feature 3 pin 240 volt power points, wardrobes, full length mirror, reading lamps and small foldaway table.
Single Cabins have most of the features of the Twin Cabin including a wash basin. The showers and toilet are however, located at the end of each carriage. Complimentary welcome kits, toiletries bags and bath towels are located in all Gold Service cabins.
Guests travelling in Gold Service are recommended to take an overnight bag containing all requirements for their journey in their cabin and check in all other luggage.
Gold Service Dining
Dining in Gold Service aboard the Indian Pacific is in the beautifully decorated and discreetly luxurious Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car. All meals are included in the Gold Service fare. The ever changing menus will often feature native Australian cuisine, cooked to perfection by the dedicated chefs. Excellent wines and beverages are available for purchase to complement your meal. Vegetarian, children's and some special dietary meals can be accommodated - please request these when you make your booking.
Gold Service Lounge
The spacious Gold Service Lounge and Bar adjoins the sleeper carriages and is often the centre of activity for any journey. The cosy club-like setting is an excellent place to socialise or to sit back and enjoy the passing parade of Australian landscapes. This is the ideal place to gather for a drink before dinner or for a game of cards and a nightcap with new friends.
Option 2 - Red Service
Red Service Daynighter Seat
Travelling on a budget does not have to mean cramping your style. Red Service Daynighter seating is in comfortable two abreast reclining arm chairs upholstered in woollen cloth trim. Features include generous leg room, individual reading lights and video entertainment and you can swivel seats around to face each other for a bit of socialising. Toilet and shower facilities are located at the end of each carriage. Towels and soap are provided for all guests. Daynighter Seat guests can enjoy the facilities of the Red Service Cafe 828 or Matilda Cafe.
Red Service Matilda Cafe
Matilda Cafe offers a bright, cheery atmosphere where affordable, tasty meals and drinks may be purchased. You will be tempted by extensive menus offering a selection of hearty meals, popular snacks and desserts. There are limited seats for dining in, or you can take your meal back to your Red Service Daynighter seat.
Red Service Cafe 828
A licensed cafe offering a great range of drinks, meals, snacks and aromatic coffee. You can even order an a-la-carte meal, snack or drink from your own Red Service Daynighter seat.
Note: Red Service will be discontinued from 01 July 2016.
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.
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|
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.
Motor Vehicles:Travel Online does not provide quotes for vehicle transport. Passengers taking a vehicle will need to contact Great Southern Railway directly for fares and availability.
Children: Child fares are available to children aged 4 - 15 years inclusive or where a child occupies a seat or berth.
Ticketing and payment: All bookings must be paid and ticketed 45 days prior to travel. For bookings made within 45 days of travel payment and ticketing must be made within 24 hours. Bookings for less than $100 per person must be paid at the time of booking. Red Service Standard and Gold Service Standard fares require full payment within 7 days of travel. Standard fares for travel 7 days or less from the date of booking full payment is required at the time of booking. Platinum Service Standard fares require 50% of payment within 7 days of travel and the balance 60 days prior to travel. Rail Saver and other special fares require full payment within 7 days of booking.
Cancellations and amendments: the following schedule of fees (per person and/or per vehicle) will be levied in respect of cancellation of normal fares. Amendment fees will apply where the value of the fare is decreased. The applicable fee is $20 per person. 42-45 days before departure = 10% of total fare; 14-42 days before departure = 50% of total fare; Less than 14 days before departure = 100% of total fare; After the departure date/time = No refund.
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.