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Train travel in Australia

By travelanswerman | July 16, 2014

If you’re looking for a different train experience, it’s time to visit Australia! The country with so much to offer and a great colorful accent!

Australia is a rail traveler’s dream! Scenic railways abound. The Indian Pacific and The Ghan, both transcontinental, are famous. The Overland runs between Melbourne and Adelaide. But it’s the Sunlander that many people have found the most satisfying in recent years.

The Sunlander runs 1,045 miles and has been voted Australia’s number one rail journey and one of the top 25 rail journey’s in the world. It magically weaves its way along Queensland’s incredible coastline between Brisbane and tropical Cairns, where the Great Barrier Reef meets the timeless Daintree wilderness.

There’s no more relaxing way to enjoy the trip between Melbourne and Adelaide than on The Overland. The Overland provides a comfortable, relaxing way to travel between the cities or to ease into a great holiday in either Melbourne, Adelaide or their surrounding regions.

The Indian Pacific runs Sydney-Adelaide-Perth for 2,704 miles, including almost 300 miles along the world’s longest straight track. It gives you two oceans on one of the world’s longest and greatest train journeys. But most of your cruising will be across the vast continent of Australia. From the spectacular Blue Mountains to the treeless plains of The Nullarbor desert, where the train travels the world’s longest straight stretch of railway track (478 kilometres), see unique landscapes unfold and spot a fascinating array of wildlife from the comfort of the lounge or your cabin.

Get up close and see the sights of some of our most famous outback towns when you enjoy an optional off-train sightseeing tour. The great train offers these tours during scheduled stops at Broken Hill, Adelaide and gold rich Kalgoorlie. A remote outpost on the Nullarbor Plain called Cook presents a further opportunity to stretch your legs.

All along the Indian Pacific route, keep an eye out for a sighting of the magnificent Australian wedge tailed eagle, the symbol of this great train. It’s massive wingspan of up to two metres will make it easy to spot in a clear desert sky.

The Ghan travels 1,851 miles between Adelaide and Darwin through Australia’s Red Center. Experience one of the most fascinating great train journeys of the world. Connections are available on the Indian Pacific and The Overland for guests travelling to or from Sydney and Melbourne. Enjoy 2 nights aboard this great train in either direction. Marvel at the spectacular Australian landscapes from fertile countryside surrounding Adelaide to the rusty hues of the Red Centre, onto the tropical splendour of the Top End. The Ghan is the ultimate journey through the heart of the continent.

Service…cuisine…and a smile as big as the country. You can expect it all and more when you visit the land downunder. Bring your friend and plan to stay at least three weeks or more. You’ll find it difficult to leave.

www.australia.com

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