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The Indian Pacific


     

A truly spectacular way to discover Australia with Great Southern Rail. Take the coast to coast Indian Pacific journey from Sydney to Perth. Great Southern Rail certainly provides a diverse travel experience. From the shores of the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Coast, the Indian Pacific takes you on a transcontinental adventure like no other. Explore the vastness of the Nullabor Plain, lush southern valleys and majestic Blue Mountains as you cross Australia on one of the worlds most epic rail journeys. Gold Service guests can relax in the Outback Explorer Lounge and spot wildlife such as kangaroos, camels and wedge-tailed eagles whilst travelling in comfort and enjoying sumptuous meals in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant. All on-board dining and beverages are included, as well as a selection of Off Train Excursions in Adelaide, Broken Hill and Kalgoorlie are included in Platinum and Gold Service fares.

Choose from Gold or Platinum Service, both all inclusive, with on-board dining, selection of premium beverages, and a range of complimentary off train excursions such as magical sunset experiences, plus additional choices like a scenic flight over Uluru.

Gold Service - Evokes all the romance and charm of a bygone era, whilst including all you would expect from a contemporary travel service such as:

Compact Sleeper Accommodation
Queen Adelaide Restaurant Dining included with freshly prepared meals and waiter service.
Outback Explorer Lounge to relax with complimentary refreshments and board games
Cabin Steward Service
In-Cabin Music and dedicated journey commentary available from your cabin sound system
Complimentary toiletries and onboard magazine
Complimentary beverages available in the Outback Explorer Lounge

Platinum Service - Offers a luxury level of train travel. Cabins are roughly twice the size of Gold Service cabins and feature additional extras including:
Deluxe Accommodation with a choice of Double or Twin beds and spacious en suite with full size shower
Optional in-cabin continental or breakfast in the Platinum Club Car
Welcome drink in your cabin upon arrival
Complimentary nightcap and turndown service each night  
Cabins features an additional interior window with views on both sides of the train
Complimentary beverages in the Platinum Club Lounge.

Twin Sleepers feature comfortable lounge area which converts into upper and lower berths. Towel and toiletries are also provided. There is hanging space, bedside lights, mirror, luggage space and compact en suite facilities.


Superior Cabins With only one on each journey, early booking is essential! Ideal for guests seeking extra luxury. Twice the size of a Twin Sleeper and features a small double bed, an additional fold-down bed, lounge area with a table and armchairs, a well stocked bar fridge with complimentary refreshments, private DVD player, with selection of titles, optional complimentary in-cabin breakfast.

 
Itinerary 1: Sydney to Perth (or vice versa)
Three nights and four days via Broken Hill, Adelaide, Cook and Kalgoorlie, one way, 4,352km. This definitive Australian adventure takes you the breadth of this great Southern land.
 
Day 1: Depart Sydney
Depart Sydney in the afternoon and start a true journey of contrasts - it will take you through the heights of the majestic Blue Mountains and across the barren expanse of the Nullarbor Plain, to lush vineyards and vast goldmines, and from cities of 4 million to ghost towns of just four citizens. Named for the two oceans the train encounters on its journey, the Indian Pacific travels between Perth and Sydney, via Adelaide, in a spectacular 4352km journey. Get acquainted with staff and your cabin, and settle in for the journey. As you venture beyond the city limits, settle back, open a book or switch on your onboard radio upon approach to the spectacular Blue Mountains. Meet fellow guests at Outback Explorer Lounge to meet fellow guests and help yourself to a welcome drink. As the train continues to navigate the heights of the ranges, it is time to sate your appetite with one of the Indian Pacifics signature dining experiences. Perhaps sample the grilled swordfish or the tender lamb shoulder slow-cooked in Kangaroo Island honey and black vinegar? Just make sure you leave room for your dessert which could be the apple and wild rosella flower strudel or a regional cheese plate comprising Hunter Belle blue, Alexandrina cheddar and Margaret River brie. After a sumptuous dinner, join other guests for a few late-night drinks or head to your cabin to settle in early and await the sights of your first incredible outback sunrise the next day.

Day 2: Broken Hill & Adelaide
Wake up with a coffee as you arrive in Broken Hill, a classic mining town where the streets are wide and there is a pub on every corner. On your Off Train Excursion, explore the beauty of this Silver City and discover the history of mining that makes the town what it is today and the artistic culture that also abounds in the area. Visit the Pro Hart Gallery, where you can learn all about one of Australias most iconic and enduring artists, whose art captures the spirit of the outback. Stepping back onboard, head straight to Queen Adelaide Restaurant for breakfast. An extensive menu caters to all tastes, from light fare such as bagels, cereals and juices to the traditional cooked Australian breakfast. Take your time as you have a full day onboard to yourself. By the time lunch is served, you will already be well into South Australia on the southern tip of the Flinders Ranges. What better way to celebrate than digging into a beautifully prepared South Eastern Australian beef medallion, served with dauphinoise potato, broccolini onion jam and red wine jus? In no time, you will notice a dramatic change in landscape as the outback makes way for the green and golden fields of South Australias food bowl. Your choice for the afternoon and evening is the picturesque city of Adelaide or the historic Barossa Valley. For guests choosing Adelaide, a leisurely walking tour allows you to discover hidden secrets along the cultural boulevard of North Terrace and stroll through the Botanic Gardens to your dinner venue for the evening, the National Wine Centre. Here, you will indulge in a specially-tailored food and wine experience in this stunning venue before returning to the train. Alternatively, explore the Barossa Valleys boutique wineries and learn about the wine making process, before enjoying a private visit to Maggie Beers Farm Shop and enjoying dinner while looking over the lake. You will then be transferred back to Adelaide, ready to continue your journey to Perth. After socialising in the Outback Explorer Lounge, head back to your room where you will find your bed turned down and a nightcap waiting on the bedside table. For your next epic 24 hours, you will embark on the longest leg of the journey across the Nullarbor Plain.

Day 3: The Nullarbor
Wake up and marvel at the raw beauty of the Nullarbor. Taking its name from the Latin meaning no trees, the ancient Nullarbor conjures the sense of limitless space and time.Take some time to reflect on the changing landscapes in your journey and to enjoy the hospitality of the Outback Explorer Lounge as you travel across Australias longest single stretch of railway.
Your sense of wonder will be well and truly ignited when it comes time to set foot at Rawlinna that evening. Under brilliant desert stars, enjoy an evening stop to partake in a traditional Outback lamb roast dinner under the wide Nullarbor skies.
 
Day 4: Perth
The Avon Valley beckons you this morning, the mild skies and cool green vales of this picturesque part of the world will truly delight. Arrive into the cosmopolitan western capital of Perth after lunch, having finished an epic Australian journey end-to-end. Choose to spend some more time in Perth and surrounds with city tours and day trips to Margaret River and Fremantle available.

Gold Service from £1,357 per person
Platinum Service from £2,098 per person

 

Itinerary 2: Adelaide to Perth (or vice versa)
Two nights and three days via Cook and Kalgoorlie, one way, 2,659km. Make your way from one great capital city to another, experiencing the tremendous beauty that lies between.

Day 1: Depart Adelaide
Boarding The Indian Pacific in Adelaide, settle in and enjoy ever-changing landscape of South Australia heading West towards Perth.
After socialising in the Outback Explorer Lounge, head back to your room where you will find your bed turned down and a nightcap waiting on the bedside table. For your next epic 24 hours, you will embark on the longest leg of the journey across the Nullarbor Plain.

 
Day 2: The Nullabor
Wake up and marvel at the raw beauty of the Nullarbor. Taking its name from the Latin meaning no trees, the ancient Nullarbor conjures the sense of limitless space and time.Take some time to reflect on the changing landscapes in your journey and to enjoy the hospitality of the Outback Explorer Lounge as you travel across Australias longest single stretch of railway. Your sense of wonder will
be well and truly ignited when it comes time to set foot at Rawlinna that evening. Under brilliant desert stars, enjoy an evening stop at a place where even the most intrepid of travellers have never ventured.

Day 3: Perth
The Avon Valley beckons you this morning, the mild skies and cool green vales of this picturesque part of the world will truly delight. Arrive into the cosmopolitan western capital of Perth after lunch, having finished an epic Australian journey end-to-end. Choose to spend some more time in Perth and surrounds with city tours and day trips to Margaret River and Fremantle available. 

Gold Service from £962 per person
Platinum Service from £1,564 per person

 

Itinerary 3: Adelaide to Sydney (or vice versa)
Make your way from the City of Churches via the historic Silver City of Broken Hill to the Harbour City

Day 1: Adelaide & Broken Hill
Boarding The Indian Pacific in Adelaide, take in the striking, ever-changing landscape of South Australia heading East towards Sydney. Over lunch, watch as pastures dissolve into tough mallee scrub on approach to Broken Hill. Known as the Silver City, Broken Hill is one of Australias legendary Outback bases defined by its wide streets, country pubs and ties with the Royal Flying Doctors Service and School of the Air. Here, you can visit the late Pro Harts art studio or head for the Miners Memorial where the stark reality of working in Broken Hills mines over the ages is writ large. The striking architectural edifice and spectacular view over the city add emotional weight to the list of more than 800 miners who lost their lives on the job.

Day 2: Sydney
Winding your way through the magnificent Blue Mountains provides ample opportunity to kick back and reflect upon this unforgettable journey. You have just travelled through some of the most striking landscapes on Earth. And welcome to Sydney! From a coffee cruise on one of the worlds 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.

Gold Service from £466 per person
Platinum Service from £731 per person

 

Here at TravelLab, we are experts in creating bespoke, tailor made itineraries to Australia. Clare and Debbie have both lived and worked in Australia and Michaela is a Premier Aussie Specialist. Please call us on 01928 246 243 to find out more.