Train Trips in Australia

Train Trips in Australia
The vast, spectacular Australian landscape is best seen by train. You can cross green savannas, rain forests, deserts and sparkling coasts on comfortable trains that bring to life the thrilling history of Australia. Take the Indian Pacific from Sydney to Adelaide and Perth, a three-day trip that crosses the Nullarbor Plain. Cross the Red Centre on the famous Ghan to visit Alice Springs and Darwin. Visit exotic urban centers such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane before venturing up the east coast to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.

The Ghan

The Ghan is a train named for Afghan camel drivers who brought supplies to the Outback before the rail system was built. Getting from Adelaide to Alice Springs takes less than 24 hours, half the time it took when the railway first came. Routes now extend to Darwin, making this old journey even better. It is popular, so book early. Here is the train journey for amazing night sky views, wildlife and dramatic landscapes.

Great Southern Rail Limited
Ground Floor, 422 King William St.
Adelaide, South Australia
(08) 8213 4444
http://www.gsr.com.au/

The Indian Pacific

The Indian Pacific links Sydney, Adelaide and Perth twice a week all year round. Like the Ghan, the Indian Pacific uses the circa 1970 stainless-steel coaches, now refurbished. The train leaves Sydney in late afternoon and ascends the Blue Mountains. By morning you are in the Outback and by afternoon Adelaide. The next day, you cross the Nullarbor Plain on the longest stretch of straight railway line in the world. The evening is spent in Kalgoorlie, an old gold rush town and by morning you have arrived in Perth.

Great Southern Rail Limited
Ground Floor, 422 King William St.
Adelaide, South Australia
(08) 8213 4444 Administration
http://www.gsr.com.au/

The Sunlander

On the Sunlander route, visit the east coast of Queensland. Trains run several times each week between Brisbane, the tropical provincial capital, and Cairns, where you will find the Great Barrier Reef. With an array of amenities, including sleepers in single, double or triple berths, and restaurants and lounges, you can travel in luxury or on a budget.

Rail Australia
+617 3235 7322
http://www.railaustralia.com.au

The Tilt Train

The high-speed Tilt Train runs between Brisbane and Cairns twice a week. Australia's most modern train, it can tilt 5 degrees in either direction to make it run much faster than an average train. This journey will take you to see whales jump at Hervey Bay or turtles hatch near Bundaberg. You can get work done if you wish because the Tilt Train has laptop connections. Enjoy the club car or dining car. Ask about Stop-over Fares that allow you to jump off and stay at four vacation destinations in 28 days while traveling this route.

Rail Australia
+617 3235 7322
http://www.railaustralia.com.au

Article Written By Roz Calvert

Roz Calvert was a contributing writer for the award-winning ezine Urban Desires where her travel writing and fiction appeared. Writing professionally since 1980, she has penned promotional collateral for Music Magnet Media and various musicians. The "Now Jazz Consortium" published her jazz educational fiction. She published a juvenile book about Zora Neale Hurston and attended West Virginia University and the New School.

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