Trains of Australia - journey across the Outback on a rail adventure with Britain's No. 1 rail holiday provider. Take the train across Australia
The best of Australia
An rail holiday of Australia with GRJ independent reveals the beauty of this land as you travel in comfort aboard some of Australia's most iconic trains. It's geography is varied, and features the world's largest coral reef, several mountain ranges, dense, tropical rainforest as well as arid desert and vast open plains of grass and scrub. From the Red Centre and Blue Mountains, to the Barossa Valley your Australian train holiday will be memorable.
Benefits of rail
Exploration of Australia's considerable attractions is possible by car but may require some arduous driving to cover the distances required to get from A to B on the planet's sixth largest country. A far better and easier way to appreciate Australia's diverse open spaces, vibrant cities and natural and cultural wonders is to explore them by train.
Australia's Afghan Express, now affectionately referred to as The Ghan, offers an epic travel experience through this remarkable country. Named in tribute to the Afghan camel drivers who helped to make Australia's Red Centre accessible at the end of the nineteenth century, The Ghan's maiden journey in August 1929 travelled the 1,559 kilometres from Adelaide, South Australia to Alice Springs.
Since that first journey it was always intended that The Ghan's journey would continue from Alice Springs to Darwin on the coast of Australia's Northern Territory, and this became a reality in 2004 following the opening of a 1,420-kilometre rail link between the two cities. Today, the entire 2,979-kilometre trip from Adelaide to Darwin, or vice-versa, can be made in four days. Travelling in luxurious comfort aboard a train fully-equipped with modern amenities, our guests aboard The Ghan enjoy a journey that takes in some of Australia's most diverse and spectacular scenery.
Passengers on The Ghan can choose from three classes of travel service to suit their individual needs. GRJ independent travellers enjoy the luxurious Gold Service as standard. Gold Service passengers enjoy a compact yet comfortable en-suite sleeper cabin which functions as a three-seater lounge by day and twin sleeping berth at night. Complimentary tea, coffee, toiletries and a magazine are provided, and passengers may dine in The Ghan's elegant Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car which offers freshly-prepared meals and waiter service. Gold Service passengers can also enjoy all inclusive Australian wines, beers and base spirits.
The recently refurbished Overland serves the route between Adelaide and Melbourne. During this daylight journey you can travel in Red Premium Service, which offers passengers comfortable reclining seats and complimentary orange juice or water on boarding the train, or Red Premium Service. Here passengers have access to the licensed Red Service Café Carriage which serves a select on of snacks, meals and drinks.
Beginning life in 1887 as the Intercolonial Express, The Overland started running under its current name in 1926 and was modernised for the first time shortly after the end of Word War Two, and became the first luxury sleeper train to offer showers in its cabins.
Today only daytime journeys run bi-weekly between Adelaide and Melbourne, but The Overland's history of opulence lives on in the classes available for you to travel in. Red service and Red Premium Service are the entry levels of class and include comfortable, reclining seats, generous legroom, 60kg of luggage allowance and dedicated hospitality attendants.
The Indian Pacific
Named after the two great oceans it joins, the Indian Pacific covers 2,704 miles (4,352km) between the Australian cities of Perth and Sydney (via Adelaide), passing through some of the country's most famous outback towns, such as Southern Cross, Broken Hill, and three ghost town of Cook. Taking four days and nights to traverse the entire route, the Indian Pacific has already attracted more than three million passengers.
This vast, continent-spanning expedition offers passengers a glimpse at the secret interior of Australia, a region inaccessible to other modes of transport. See the spectacular Blue Mountains and the treeless plains of the Nullarbor Desert, where the Indian Pacific travels along the world's longest straight stretch of railway track, and visit the former Gold Rush town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
Passengers have a choice of rail class on board the Indian Pacific. Twin cabins in 'Gold Service' accommodation feature a three-seater lounge that converts to upper and lower berths at night, as well as en-suite facilities with a WC, washbasin, and shower. Carriage attendants service all cabins and passengers enjoy complimentary toiletries while on-board.
Gold Service includes all meals during the journey, served in the Restaurant Car. The meals are freshly prepared by the Indian Pacific's own chefs, and menus feature a selection of Australian and international cuisine. Gold Service passengers also have access to the Gold Lounge and its licensed bar, the perfect place to socialise with your fellow rail travellers. During your time on board, be sure to look out for the Indian Pacific's mascot - the magnificent wedge tailed eagle, the largest bird of prey in Australia - in the skies above.
Suggested Australian Itineraries
The Itineraries shown are intended to give an overview of what is possible and are by no means the only options available, designed to offer an idea of all the places you could visit and give you an overview of each destination. We arrange holidays to suit all tastes and budgets, so you can pick and choose from below or come up with something completely unique.
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