Travelling by train is a great way to see Australia, it allows you to sit back, relax and take in the sights without any of the stresses that come with a self drive journey.
Australia has one of the world’s longest train trips, travelling from Sydney to Perth or Perth to Sydney on the Indian Pacific. A trip on the historic Ghan is also an incredible ride, with many locals as well as tourists taking it every year.
Major Train journeys in Australia include:
The Ghan is named after the Afghan Cameleers who worked tirelessly on roads and railways in the late 1800’s. Their efforts succeeded in opening up the centre of Australia, with the construction of roads such as The Birdsville, Strzelecki and OodnadattaTracks. The Ghan is a significant part of Australia’s history.
Running from Adelaide up to Alice Springs and then on to Darwin, the Ghan is a great way to see the centre of Australia. Catering to any budget, there are 3 levels of service available, Red, Gold and Platinum.
The Indian Pacific will take you on one of the world’s longest train journeys, 4352 kilometres to be exact! Travelling from Sydney to Perth, the journey takes you through spectacular sights, from the towering trees of The Blue Mountains to the red dirt of the Kalgoorlie Gold Fields. There are 2 levels of service available; Red and Gold.
The Sunlander runs several times per week from Brisbane to Cairns. Winding its way along the coast, it has become a favourite journey with train travellers. Catering for those on a budget or to the more discerning traveller, The Sunlander is a great way to see Tropical North Queensland.
Tilt Train and CountryLink XPT
If you prefer a faster and more modern rail trip, these are the trains for you.
CountryLink XPT is a modern rail link to many destinations throughout New South Wales and from Melbourne to Brisbane. There are fares starting at Economy going right up to First Class as well as day and overnight routes.
The Tilt Train is another train that runs from Brisbane to Cairns. It stops at many destinations, is a quicker journey than the Sunlander and offers Economic and Business Fares.
Travel by Train throughout Australia is a social experience not to be forgotten. It is both a relaxing and casual way to meet locals and new friends.
To get the most out of your journey, be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes and it is often a good idea to take a pair of binoculars, a good book, deck of cards, earplugs or an eyeshade if you are a light sleeper, a pocket torch will also come in handy. Remember that bookings are essential, so plan your trip.Hero Image "The Ghan at Alice Springs" - By jeaneeem