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Rail Journeys of Australia

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The Ghan Train, Alice Springs

Whether you are a rail enthusiast keen to include a train journey wherever you visit, or whether you simply like to include a range of local experiences during your holiday, taking one of Australia’s iconic rail journeys is likely to be a highlight.

This vast country is home to a great number of remote outback communities, and the building of the railway lines through these regions fast became a lifeline for the locals – transporting goods and medication as well the locals themselves. Today, these routes provide just as much of a lifeline as they did when first built, and to take these journeys gives a fantastic insight into the local way of life, a chance to meet some of those that call the outback home, and to see a large part of the huge sprawling country that makes up Australia.

Accommodation ranges from economy class seats similar to those on aircraft, to private cabins with flat beds and private washroom facilities – there is a class of travel to suit almost any budget. There are also rail passes that can encompass a wide range of rail travel within the country for a specified length of time.

The Ghan train connects Darwin in the north with Adelaide in the South, and stops en route at Alice Springs in the Red Centre. The complete journey takes two nights, and to take it as far as Alice Springs is an overnight trip.

The Indian Pacific connects Perth in the west with Sydney in the east, and stops en route in Adelaide. The entire journey takes three nights, from Perth to Adelaide takes two nights, and from Adelaide to Sydney is an overnight journey.

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The Indian Pacific

The new Spirit of Queensland will take the route previously the operated by the Tilt Train and Sunlander, between Brisbane and Cairns on the east coast. The entire journey is an overnight trip, but can be broken down into shorter sections in order to visit various points of interest along this stunning coast.

Any of these journeys can be easily incorporated into a bespoke tailor made Australian holiday – for further information and advice, please call our office on 01323 446550, or email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk and we can work with you to put together the right itinerary for you.

Pictures Copyright of Great Southern Rail Australia



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