Indian Pacific Australia
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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.”
About The Train
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.
Platinum Cabin: 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 interior is finished in polished Tasmanian Myrtle and there are plush pile floor coverings. By day it is a private lounge with a moveable table, 2 ottomans and a writing desk next to the window. By night the cabin converts to either a double or twin beds. There are large panoramic windows as an additional interior window, allowing views on both sides of the train. The cabin is 3.65m x 2.1m, including en suite bathroom.
There are just up to 20 guests in 10 Platinum Service cabins.
Included: Personalised cabin steward service. Generous luggage limit (3 x 25kg). Off-train excursions. All on-board meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast served to you in your cabin if you choose. Turn-down service with chocolates. Wide choice of wines, beers, spirits, cocktails, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Chauffeur driven transfers to and from your hotel to the station (up to 50kms).
Gold Service Superior Cabin: If you’d like some extra space and comfort, the Gold Service Superior Cabin features a 3/4 size double bed, an additional fold-down single bed and compact en suite facilities. It has its own lounge area with a table, armchairs, a well-stocked bar fridge with complimentary refreshments, your own private DVD player and a range of finer appointments to make your journey even more special. A surcharge of AUD$895 applies per cabin per night, booking in advance is essential.
Included: Off -train excursions. All on-board meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wide choice of wines, beers, spirits, cocktails, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Turn-down service with chocolates. Coach transfers to and from selected hotels to the station
Gold Cabin: During the day, the compact Twin Berth Sleeper Cabins offer a comfortable three-seater lounge, converting to an upper and lower sleeping berth at night. Steward service from the hospitality attendant includes fresh sheets, bath towels, pillows, doonas and complimentary toiletries. Twin Berth Sleeper Cabins have private en suite facilities with a hide-away compact toilet, wash basin and shower. Single Berth Sleeper Cabins feature a comfortable lounge chair and foot rest by day and a single level sleeping berth by night. Cabins are fitted with a wash basin. Showers and toilets are located at either end of the Gold Service carriage.
Each Gold Service carriage accommodates 18 guests – 9 twin cabins with upper and lower berth and 18 single cabins with one berth.
Also included: Stylish Restaurant Car dining included in your fare, with freshly prepared, delicious meals and waiter service. Lounge Car for relaxation and refreshments. In-cabin music and detailed journey commentary available from your cabin sound system. Complimentary tea and coffee available during your journey. Gold Service Concession Fares available.
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. A full breakfast may be taken here or a continental in the privacy of your cabin.
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.
Each meal offers a choice of fine food, carefully prepared for you by the onboard chefs. The seasonal menu features mouth-watering dishes such as saltwater barramundi and grilled kangaroo fillet.
Vegetarian, children’s and limited special dietary meals are available when you make your booking. You may also choose to complement your meal with our selection of wines and beverages included in your fare.
Note: breakfast packs will be delivered to cabins on some services to cater for early morning destination arrivals and off-train tour requirements.
Perth to Sydney, or vice versa
For four days and three nights, the Indian Pacific travels between Perth and Sydney (or vice versa) on a fascinating luxury train journey. From the Indian Ocean on the western shore to the Pacific on the east, the passing backdrop of magnificent landscapes highlight the vastness of Australia.
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 then 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.
Dates and Prices 2015
Perth to Sydney or vice versa until 31 March 2015:
Departure from Perth every Sunday with additional services on Wednesdays from 3 September to 19 November.
Departure from Sydney every Wednesday with additional services on Sundays from 31 August to 15 November.
Advanced purchase* AUD$3,559 per person in double occupancy, adult or child
Standard purchase AUD$3, 999 per person in double occupancy, adult or child
Advanced purchase* AUD$1,849 per person in double occupancy, AUD$1,299 child
Standard purchase AUD$2,489 per person in double occupancy, AUD$1,742 child
Gold Class Superior A surcharge of AUD$895 applies per cabin per night, subject to availability
*Advance Purchase fares must be booked a minimum of 6 months in advance
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.
Return Fares: Double the one-way fare.
Travel Documents: Travel documents are sent by email which outline when and where to board as well as luggage arrangements. The document is an itinerary which represents the tickets for the train and any other arrangements. A pre-departure email is issued 7 days prior to travel that contains practical information for the upcoming journey.
Booking & Reservations
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