It's difficult to think of a better way to appreciate the diversity of Australia than embarking on an epic transcontinental journey aboard the Indian Pacific.
After all, the Indian Pacific is a true journey of contrasts - it takes you through the heights of the majestic Blue Mountains and across the barren expanse of the Nullarbor Plain, to lush vineyards and vast goldmines, and to cities of 4 million and ghost towns of just four citizens.
Named for the two oceans the train encounters on its journey, the Indian Pacific travels between Perth and Sydney in a spectacular 4352 kilometers journey.
Travelling from Perth, you will cross the lush Avon Valley and WA wheatfields before starting your trek across the Nullarbor. Your first stop is Kalgoorlie - a traditional Australian goldrush town now home to the extraordinary Super Pit, an open-cut mine approximately 3.6 kilometers long and 1.6 kilometers wide.
Stepping off next at the isolated outpost of Cook, you have a rare opportunity to experience a real-life ghost town before arriving in Adelaide the following morning to tour the Festival City or sample South Australia's rich food and wine culture at the Southern Hemisphere's largest fresh produce markets.
Guests are free to choose between one of the complimentary Off Train Excursions at Broken Hill. Have a drink at Australia's most famous pub, get inspired at the gallery of celebrated artist Pro Hart or explore the city best known for its ties with the Flying Doctors and stories of riches found and lost.
From here, the Indian Pacific travels through some of Australia's most productive farming country and into the arid Outback as the sun sets. The finale of the journey takes you through the spectacular Blue Mountains, reaching Sydney by late morning.
Thanks to the recent introduction of all-inclusive travel with Great Southern Rail, your Platinum or Gold Service fare now includes all on-board refreshments including soft drinks, beers, high-quality wines and base spirits, as well as a superb regionally-based menu with flexible meal times.
The Indian Pacific's peak season offers twice a week services throughout September and October. It operates a weekly service year-round.
Types of Rooms
Private Carriages - The Chairman's Carriage
For the ultimate experience on one of the greatest train journeys in the world, travel in one of the stylish, self contained carriages.
- The Chairman's Carriage is the pride of Great Southern Rail's fleet Accommodates up to 8 guests
- 2 double bedrooms sharing 2-way bathroom and 2 Twin Cabins with adjacent bathroom facilities
- Generous lounge with CD player, DVD and video entertainment
- Private dining room
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Guests dine either in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant or within the Private Carriages with an additional surcharge to apply if in-carriage catering is specifically requested
- Dine in The Chairman's Car dining room with meals prepared by your own dedicated chef (extra cost)
- Private charters can be arranged from Adelaide, Alice Springs or Darwin
Private Carriages - Sir John Forrest Carriage:
The Sir John Forrest Carriage is named after the explorer made famous for the first crossing of Western Australia by land in 1870. Follow in his footsteps across the Nullarbor Plain, travelling in the comfort of this modern carriage.
- Accommodates up to 6 guests
- 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. 2 Twin Cabins with en-suite facilities
- Additional bathroom
- Kitchenette/ bar and generous lounge area
- Leather lounges and large picture windows
- Big screen television, video/ DVD, powerpoint screening facilities
- Meeting area with boardroom table (seats twelve)
- Guests dine in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant
- Perfect for small meetings and entertaining guests
- Private charters can be arranged between Adelaide and Darwin
Platinum Service offers a heightened level of comfort to elevate your on board experience to a truly global standard of luxurious travel.
- Spacious private lounge style cabins
- Premium en-suite cabin with twin or double bed
- Panoramic views to each side
- Personalized cabin steward service
- Generous luggage limit (3 x 25 kilogram)
- Outback Explorer Lounge and Queen Adelaide Restaurant access
- Off Train Excursions
- All on-board meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Breakfast served to you in your cabin if you choose
- New regional based menu
- Standard wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks included
- Private transfers to and from your journey
Spacious private cabins, each with a full en suite, are part of the Platinum Service experience. Almost double the size of Gold Service cabins, they have premium fittings, a shower, vanity with ample cupboard space, mirror, toilet facilities and an in-cabin safe.
Panoramic windows give you the best seats in the house for watching the world roll by. Each cabin also features an interior window, allowing views from both sides of the train, so you won't miss a thing.
During the day, your cabin will be configured as a private lounge, with deluxe lounge seating, a table and two ottomans. By night, they convert to a comfortable bedroom, with either a double bed or twin beds.
Platinum and Gold Service guests can choose when they dine in the exclusive and elegant Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car, where a new regional based menu is prepared by on-board chefs.
Three meals a day are served: full or continental breakfasts, sumptuous lunches and a la carte dinners. Special dietary requirements can be catered for and should be requested at the time of booking. Meals are accompanied by a selection of fine Australian wines, or other beverages.
Platinum and Gold Service guests also have the chance to explore parts of Australia along the rail line on Off Train Excursions which are included in the fare. Get to know the Top End town of Katherine and legendary Alice Springs.
Luggage allowance for all Platinum Service guests now is very generous with three pieces of luggage included, weighing up to 25 kilograms per piece.
To top-off this five-star experience, Platinum Service guests are provided with private transfers at the start and conclusion of their journey.
With in-cabin steward service, music, journey commentary, and much more, Platinum Service is designed to make your rail adventure truly unbeatable.
Gold Service on the Indian Pacific is the preferred choice of passengers who are looking for extra space and comfort as they travel by rail through Australia.
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. Your train journey through Australia will be made even more comfortable with service from your hospitality attendant including 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.
Gold Service features include:
- Compact sleeper accommodation
- Stylish Restaurant Car dining included in your fare, with freshly prepared, delicious meals and waiter service
- Lounge Car for relaxation and refreshments (included in your fare)
- Cabin Steward service
- In-cabin music and detailed journey commentary available from your cabin sound system
- Complimentary toiletries
- Free 'Platform' magazine
- Complimentary tea and coffee available during your journey
- Off train excursions
Gold Service Superior Cabin:
If you'd like some extra space and comfort on your train journey, the Gold Service Superior Cabin features a 3/4 size double bed and an additional fold-down single bed. 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 $895 applies per cabin per night and you'll definitely need to book in advance.
Please contact A&K to find out more about Gold Service Superior Cabin inclusions and availability.
Luggage for Platinum & Gold Services
Due to cabin space constraints, it is recommended guests take an overnight bag containing all requirements for their journey in their cabin and check in all other luggage. Guests are permitted to check in a maximum of 50 kilograms of luggage free of charge for Gold (two items not exceeding 25 kilograms each) and a maximum of 75 kilograms of luggage free of charge for Platinum (three items not exceeding 25 kilograms each). Checked in luggage cannot be accessed during the journey.
On the great train journeys, even the most economical level of travel offers a comfortable alternative. The Red Service Day/ Nighter Seats are two-abreast reclining chairs that can swivel to face each other if you'd like to socialize. You can take in the views or relax with a drink and a meal in the Matilda Cafe.To make the most of the space available, there's plenty of room for your hand luggage in the overhead racks.
Red Service Day/ Nighter Seat features include:
- Recliner lounge-style chairs with ample leg room and individual reading light. Travel pillows and blankets available for purchase
- Access to the Matilda Cafe offering meals, snacks, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks for purchase
- Shower and toilet facilities available at the end of your carriage
Luggage for Red Service
Due to cabin space constraints, it is recommended guests take an overnight bag containing all requirements for their journey in their cabin and check in all other luggage. Guests are permitted to check in a maximum of 40 kilograms of luggage free of charge (two items not exceeding 20 kilograms each). Checked in luggage cannot be accessed during the journey.