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.
Prices for GOLD SUPERIOR & PLATINUM SERVICE cabins are available on request. Please ask your consultant for assistance.
GOLD SUPERIOR SERVICE: is ideal for guests seeking additional space and comfort. The Gold Service Superior Cabin features a ¾ size double bed and additional fold down upper berth. It has its own lounge area with DVD player, table, arm chairs and well stocked bar fridge for complimentary refreshments. Advance bookings are necessary. **Please note** There are usually only two Gold Service Superior Cabins per train departure.
PLATINUM SERVICE: offers an elevated level of comfort to your onboard experience. Enjoy the spacious private cabins complete with plush, high quality fittings and en suite; elegant dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant Carriage; along with flourishes of service, attention and indulgence that turn a holiday into a life-enhancing experience. Our Platinum Service typifies the hospitality and attention have made Australia's Great Train Journeys world famous. Platium Service is an all inclusive fare which includes - includes: private cabin, all meals and all standard alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, Off Train Excursions and Outback Experiences as well as private transfers to and from the station. In cabin dining menu is at an additional cost.
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.
|Broken Hill - Off Train Excursion**|
|Adelaide - Off Train Excursion**|
|Cook - Outback Experience^^|
|Nullarbor - Outback Experience^^|
|Kalgoorlie - Off Train Excursion**|
|Nullarbor - Outback Experience^^|
|Cook - Outback Experience^^|
|Morning Off Train Excursion **|
|Broken Hill - Off Train Excursion**|
|Arrive Blue Mountains||8.50am|
|Blue Mountains - Off Train Excursion**|
|Depart Blue Mountains||1.15pm|
* Guest who join Indian Pacific in Adelaide (for travel to Perth) are invited to a complimentary pre-departure dinner at the National Wine Centre, Adelaide followed by a transfer to the terminal for departure.
** Off Train Excursion - Enjoy extended touring options at key destinations along the rail route. Guests will have the opportunity to choose only one option out of the multiple Off-Train Excursions listed. The hospitality staff onboard The Indian Pacific will assist with booking your preferred tour option. Off Train Excursions are subject to change without notice and limited numbers may apply for the tour to operate. All arrangements are subject to cancellation or modification due to inclement weather, late running of train or other unforseen circumstances. Refunds will not be given for cancelled or modified excursions. See below for more information
^ Tour of Blue Mountains will return to Sydney Central by NSW Trainlink regional passenger service. Guests who do not wish to participate in the Blue Mountains excursion may return to Sydney on the Indian Pacific, arriving at 11.30am.
^^ Outback Experience - Step off the train to immerse yourself in some of Australia's most remote outback settings. Nullarbor, enjoy an evening under the stars on the Nullarbor Plains. Cook - enjoy an outdoor lunch off train (eastbound) or explore the old railway town of Cook using a self guided map (westbound).
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.
PERTH TO SYDNEY
Visit Hannan’s North Tourist Mine where you will enjoy a short play.
City Sights Tour including some of Adelaide’s best known tourist attractions including Adelaide Oval, St. Peter’s Cathedral, the North Terrace cultural precinct; OR
Central Market Progressive Breakfast. Walk along the colourful, stall-lined passageways of the Adelaide Central Market and taste the best of local, South Australian fresh produce; OR
Adelaide Oval - Go behind closed doors and discover hidden secrets and relive celebrated moments at the Adelaide Oval
The Main Drag - This experience chisels away at Broken Hill’s tough mining exterior to reveal its fabulous side with an exclusive live Drag Queen performance, full of music, glitz and glamour; OR
The Regional Art Gallery - See many great Australian artworks; OR
The Big Picture. Broken Hill’s much loved attraction, is the world’s largest acrylic painting by a single artist housed in the Silver City Mint and Art Centre.
Disembark in Mt Victoria and venture to Scenic World where you can experience the steepest-incline railway in the world, take a cable car to the top of the mountains and then immerse yourselves in the views of the spectacular Three Sisters rock formation from the Skyway. This optional experience is included in the fare. Travellers will be treated to a light lunch at The Lookout Restaurant with stunning views before returning to Sydney on a private charter train.
SYDNEY TO PERTH
Pro Hart Gallery - Visit Pro Hart’s gallery where on display is a wide selection of his signature paintings; OR
The Living Desert Experience - stroll among 12 sandstone artworks, each with a different story to tell, at the Living Desert Sculpture Site; OR
Miners Memorial & Trades Hall - The miners memorial is an important monument to the city for both tourism and education about Broken Hill’s rich mining history. Visit Trade Hall, a heritage-listed building home to the city’s first labour movement.
Barossa Valley (for Gold Class & Platinum guests) - Located 60 kilometres northeast of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is a major wine producing region and tourist destination (April - September 2018);
SA Museum - You will delight in this exclusive crafted tour of the SA Museum as you explore distinctly unique exhibits in one of the most visited museums in Australia; OR
Hahndorf - Hahndorf is classified as Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement and has a unique ‘village feel’ about it. The Main Street is lined with eateries, souvenir and gift shops, clothing and leather goods, craft outlets and galleries.
Conditions: TravelOnline will only book the above journeys for full paying adults and children. Discounted pensioner fares or sector fares are not available.
Motor Vehicles: TravelOnline does not provide quotes for vehicle transport. Passengers taking a vehicle will need to contact Great Southern Railway directly for fares and availability.
Children: Children aged between 4 and 15 years are eligible for child fares. Underage children who occupy a seat or berth will also be charged at the child rate. Please ask your consultant for a quote.
Payment: Advance Purchase Fares - Full payment is required at time of confirmation. Everyday Saver and Standard Fares - $250 per person per sector deposit is required at time of confirmation (i.e. Perth to Adelaide = 1 sector / Adelaide to Sydney = 1 sector / Perth to Sydney = 2 sectors). Full payment is required 60 days prior to travel. Strict cancellation / amendment policy applies to all fares.
Fitness for Travel: You must be medically and physically fit for travel. Please inform your consultant at time of booking if you have any medical or physical condition that will or may require medical attention, medication or special treatment during your rail holiday. Great Southern Railways may require you to complete a health questionaire.
Travel insurance: Great Southern Railway's liability to you is limited, therefore it is recommended that you take out travel insurance prior to departure.
Luggage: Checked-in luggage permits a maximum of 2 x 30 kg bags 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). Luggage must be checked in at the station 60 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. Guests should only take required hand luggage on board. Unchecked luggage is carried at owner's risk. Bags should be secured and display the owner's name, destination and contact details both inside and out.