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Fay says, “From the shores of the Pacific to the Indian Ocean, the Indian Pacific’s rails bind southern Australia. Travellers have the time to relax and enjoy the passing scenery and some off-train visits as they skirt the fringes of this country, so large it is a continent.”
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The Indian Pacific, with its blue engine, is an elegantly luxurious train with comfortable interiors.
The modern suites with their wooden surroundings contrast to the fantastic retro-Edwardian décor of the dining car, all complete with panoramic windows for perfect observation.
This wonderful journey takes in two magnificent oceans, the Pacific and the Indian.
Whether the final destination is west to Perth or east to Sydney, there are many opportunities to leave the train and experience some of the region’s highlights, creating many memories on one of the longest train journeys in the world.
What a wonderful way to cross a vast continent, in such luxury, enjoying meals whilst viewing the incredible landscapes.
Perth to Sydney, or vice versa
For four days and three nights, the Indian Pacific travels between Perth and Sydney (or vice versa) on one of the most fascinating luxury train journeys of the world. Here is the Perth to Sydney itinerary.
Day 1 – Perth to Kalgoorlie
Perth, a sunny, beach-loving city that is closer to Singapore than Sydney and an important gateway to Asia.
As the train departs Perth, it climbs through the scenic Avon Valley and into Western Australia’s expansive wheat belt, before arriving late evening at your first stop in the gold rush town of Kalgoorlie.
Here the train is stationary overnight, which gives one the time to wander around the grand old pubs and absorb the atmosphere of a town that was built on fortune and hardship.
Day 2 – Kalgoorlie to Adelaide
As we depart Kalgoorlie, the landscape takes on a richer hue as the journey moves through the mallee scrub and into the ancient Nullabor Plain. Nullabor is Latin for ‘no trees’, which creates a barren landscape that appears unchanged for millennia.
In the middle of this is one of the world’s most isolated outposts, Cook, where the train stops so that one can wander around. The outpost used to advertise itself with the catchphrase ‘If you’re crook, come to Cook’, due to having an hospital. Note the Australian dry sense of humour - the hospital has closed as no one is ‘crook’; in Aussie slang, this means sick or ill.
The train travels overnight to Adelaide.
Day 3 – Adelaide
We arrive here early in the morning, passing colonial buildings surrounded by park lands, beaches and hills.
After a city tour, one can either stop here for a few days (off-train accommodation is not included) or carry on to Broken Hill, travelling through wonderful landscapes.
Broken Hill is Australia’s longest-lived mining city, with beautiful 1920’s buildings. Arriving here in the early evening, marvel at the clear light and beautiful colours that have drawn many artists to this area. This former mining town known as Silver City sits amidst distinctive desert landscapes and an oasis of lakes.
In a one-hour tour, learn about the rich mining history, visit the Royal Flying Doctor Base, see the Living Desert Sculptures and one of the impressive art galleries, before leaving Broken Hill later in the evening.
Day 4 – Sydney
Watch the sandstone cliffs, forested valleys, escarpments and waterfalls of the Blue Mountains flow into the more arid landscapes of the New South Wales outback, as the train arrives at its final destination, Sydney.
Each Platinum cabin has a double bed or twin beds, a spacious en suite bathroom and full room service; they have all the modern comforts in a classic style, with a distinctly Australian character.
The Dining Car: Platinum Service guests dine in the beautifully decorated Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car. The frequently-changing menus feature a blend of Australian and International cuisine, cooked by on-board chefs. Quality wines and beverages are available for purchase. Vegetarian, children’s and some special dietary meals can be accommodated – please request these when booking. A full breakfast may be taken here or a continental in the privacy of your cabin.
Note: breakfast packs will be delivered to cabins on some services to cater for early morning destination arrivals and off-train tour requirements.
Lounge: The welcoming Outback Explorer Lounge has a friendly atmosphere and is often the centre of activity on the journey, with its panoramic windows enabling passengers to see the passing scenery. Socialise with other passengers or quietly relax and read.
Dates and Prices
Perth to Sydney or vice versa
Departures (until 31 March 2014)
Departure from Perth every Sunday. Departure from Sydney every Wednesday
1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014
Advanced purchase AUD$3,501 per person in double occupancy, for adult or child
Standard purchase AUD$3, 890 per person in double occupancy, for adult or child
Luggage: Due to cabin space constraints, it is recommended guests take an ‘overnight bag’ containing all requirements for their journey with them in their cabin and check-in all other luggage. Each guest is permitted to check-in a maximum 3 x 25kg bags. Note: Checked-in luggage cannot be accessed during the journey.
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