From ocean to ocean, east to west, Australia’s vast landscape showcases diverse and remarkable environments not often seen within a single nation. The journey from Perth to Sydney is no small feat, being comparable to a journey from Portugal to Estonia, passing through seven different countries along the way. Thankfully, you don’t need to embark on a 40 plus hour drive from coast to coast to witness the many wonders southern Australia has to offer. The Indian Pacific train journey between Perth and Sydney not only showcases our dynamic urban cities and smaller hidden gems, but takes you on a luxurious journey through the tastes, sights and sounds of the land we call home.
The Indian Pacific is a luxurious, 774m train that journeys between Sydney and Perth. It’s one of the world’s great train journeys along with its sister, The Ghan. Named after the two oceans surrounding the east and west of Australia, the 4,352km cross-country train ride includes the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world.
The Indian Pacific train journey takes 65 hours to travel from Sydney to Perth, broken up over 4 days and 3 nights. Shorter journeys are also available, including Sydney to Adelaide (2 days, 1 night), and Adelaide to Perth (3 days, 2 nights).
The westbound route from Sydney to Perth stops at Broken Hill, Adelaide, Cook and Rawlinna before terminating in Perth.
The westbound route from Perth to Sydney stops at Kalgoorlie, Rawlinna, Cook, Adelaide, Broken Hill, and the Blue Mountains before terminating in Sydney.
And while the cities themselves showcase our dynamic and unique urban cultures, it’s the visits to smaller towns such as Rawlinna, Cook and Broken Hill that expand your horizons and give a fuller picture of what the Australian culture is all about.
Australia’s only Western capital city is far different from its eastern counterparts. Boasting a laid-back culture with almost constant blue skies, Perth is a youthful city filled with natural wonders, a thriving art scene, exceptional food and wine, stimulating entertainment and fascinating local history. Each day brings you the opportunity to try a new trendy café, Perth, Western Australia discover the secrets of generations past, soak in the sun at a picturesque beach, stroll through lush gardens, and dine with a view before enjoying the evening’s entertainment. Once you have had your fill of city life, a visit to the Swan Valley wine region and Rottnest Island is a must, where you will enjoy sampling exceptional food and wine while breathing in the fresh air and marvelling at mother nature’s beauty.
Located 595km east of Perth is the historic goldfields town of Kalgoorlie. When the first gold deposits were found in the nearby town of Coolgardie in 1892, people flocked to the area to mine the precious metal. Little did they know, neighbouring Kalgoorlie would turn out to be one of the richest gold deposits in the world. Since its discovery, the mine has grown to become the second-largest open cut gold mine in Australia and is still operational today. The Super Pit, as it’s colloquially known, is the main attraction of the town, followed by the many buildings and monuments in town that document the rich history of the region, such as Kalgoorlie Town Hall, The Museum of the Goldfields, and Hannans North Tourist Mine.
Rawlinna is a small former railway town now better known as Australia’s largest sheep station. Exclusive to the Indian Pacific journey, guests are given the unique opportunity to disembark and enjoy a luxurious dining experience with drinks and canapes under the stars.
Cook is an old, abandoned railway town, with only a handful of permanent residents. Today it acts as a swap over town for train crews working for Pacific National, the freight company who owns the Trans-Tasman Rail Line. Westbound guests on board the Indian Pacific have some time to explore the old town with a map as your guide, while eastbound guests are treated to an Aussie outback lunch.
World-class food and wine, exceptional entertainment, picturesque beaches and a thriving arts culture; Adelaide has it all. Foodies will easily get lost in the thriving restaurant and bar scene and the award-winning wineries located in the Barossa and Adelaide Hills wine regions, located just outside the city. Adelaide Central Market also provides an exceptional journey for your tastebuds, showcasing a range of authentic Asian cuisine and artisan produce from various regions of South Australia. Sports fans can enjoy either watch a game or attend a tour at Adelaide oval, beach bums have 30km of pristine coastline to explore, music lovers and night owls can enjoy the abundant festival, live music and events calendar while art and culture lovers can browse impressive art galleries and museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum, the University of South Australia’s Samstag Museum of Art and the University of South Australia’s MOD (science and technology museum).
Broken Hill is Australia’s oldest mining town. Discovered by Charles Rasp in 1883, the area was a rich source of silver, lead and zinc, and has produced tens of millions of tonnes of these minerals over the past 120 years. The mine is still active today, though at a much smaller scale, with only two companies currently operating in the area. The rich history of the town is thoroughly documented at various museums and memorials, such as the Line of Lode Miner’s Memorial, Albert Kersten Mining and Mineral Museum and White’s Mineral Art and Living Mining Museum. The town is a true representation of the Australian outback, with red, rocky terrain and desert that meets the horizon. It is also home to a thriving art scene, with galleries such as the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Pro Hart Gallery and Willy Nilly Art displaying a mix of modern and indigenous pieces. To see the desert and art come together, make sure to visit the Living Desert Sculptures. Twelve sandstone sculptures line the hilltop at the centre of the Living Desert Reserve, highlighting the spectacular view over the desert.
Home to vast panoramic views, clean fresh air, quaint country living and luxurious retreats, the Blue Mountains is where you come to escape modern life and recharge your batteries. Whether a spa day, a hike through the mountains, a visit to local landmarks or sampling local artisan goods is more your style, you’ll be able to slow down, bask in the sea of green that surrounds you and leave feeling refreshed and revitalised for the journey ahead. Must-see attractions include Echo Point Lookout (The Three Sisters), Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, Katoomba Falls and Leura Mall.
The home of some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, Sydney showcases the best city life has to offer. An essential part of any trip to Sydney is of course visiting Sydney Harbour, including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The two landmarks are connected by a beautiful walk along the water, taking you past Sydney Botanic Gardens, the Museum of Contemporary Art and countless exceptional restaurants and bars. The suburbs surrounding the harbour have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to things to see and do, which each suburb having its own unique personality and offering. For those seeking Sydney’s famous beaches, a trip to Bondi, Manly or Cronulla is a must, while those looking for arts, culture and nightlife can find it in Glebe, Alexandria, and Newtown. Fine dining can be found in Barangaroo and Circular Quay, while entertainment and shopping for families and young adults can be found in Darling Harbour, Town Hall, and Haymarket. The bottom line is, when in Sydney, there’s always something to entertain.
Gold service accommodation is the most popular option on the Indian Pacific, available in twin-share, superior twin-share, single and gold access for the mobility impaired. By day your cabin is the perfect place to relax after your off-train activities and watch the scenery pass you by, and by night it transforms into a comfortable sleeper cabin where you are rocked to sleep by the train as it makes its way to your next destination.
Gold service includes all-inclusive dining with Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages, 60kg of luggage per person, and a private en suite (all except gold single).
Platinum service accommodation is the next level of luxury for those who like to stretch their legs and indulge in a more sophisticated experience. These more spacious suites are available in double and twin single (twin-share) and give guests window views of both sides of the train.
Platinum service includes access to the exclusive Platinum Club for dining and socialising, continental breakfast and refreshments served in your cabin, all-inclusive dining with Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages, 90kg of luggage per person, and a private en suite.
Ask your personal travel manager for an in-depth comparison and for recommendations on the best option for you.
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