The romantic notion of train travel has captivated the imagination of wanderers for decades. Gazing out a wide window watching the world go by, with the steady clunk of the tracks below maintaining a soothing soundtrack – for many it is the making of a dream. And few rail journeys are as prestigious, iconic and spectacular as Great Southern Rail’s Indian Pacific.
Crossing an entire continent, from east to west and back again, the Indian Pacific is Australia’s ultimate overland excursion. This ride is more than a simple means of transport – it is an experience, an adventure, and above all an absolute joy.
Since the 1850s Australian railway development has been growing at a curious rate. With the vast and hostile environment of the outback separating the two coasts, each state’s train infrastructure evolved with different gauges and dimensions. When the nation grew into a prosperous and booming economy, the gauges were standardised, finally connecting one continuous journey by rail across Australia.
People have been traversing the country by rail since 1917, with the necessity to change trains five times along the journey. Today’s Indian Pacific first ran uninterrupted in February 1970, and immediately captured the attention of train enthusiasts and holiday dreamers. Today it is known as one of the world’s ultimate rail journeys, and travellers come from across the globe to experience life onboard the glamorous carriages.
Departing from either Sydney or Perth, or a host of stations in between, and moving at an average speed of 85km/h, it takes four days and three nights to cross Australia. This is done in absolute comfort, with spacious private cabins, elegant dining carriages and decorated lounge areas for mingling with the other travellers. Passengers aren’t confined to the train for the entire journey – phenomenal off-train excursions are included as part of the package.
We were invited to experience the Indian Pacific from Sydney to Perth in April 2016 as part of their new #JourneyBeyond campaign. Known as one of Australia’s most epic overland journeys, we had high expectations of a supreme service. We were not disappointed…
Join us on this photo tour from our wondrous journey on the majestic Indian Pacific.
[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Our overland journey across Australia was taken with the support of Great Southern Rail. All words, opinions, memories and friendships made are of course our own. [/box]
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11 thoughts on “A Photo Journey Across Australia On The Indian Pacific”
Definitely an iconic journey. 🙂
The cabin was so comfortable and the food incredible. It is a beautiful way to see the country instead of being 24,000 feet up in the air flying over it. 🙂
This looks like an incredible adventure. I’d love to do a big train journey in Australia! I dedicated May to rail travel and find it such a great transport for short breaks. I love watching out of the window and seeing the country.
Definitely do it Kate. You will love it. Travelling by train is an amazing way to see the country. Happy travels.
This looks like an amazing way to explore the Australian outback. It sound like a train ride I might stay awake for.
Indeed it is. We were wake whenever the sun was present. Waking up the sunrises were so beautiful.
I have not been to Australia but the Indian Pacific Railway sounds like a great way to explore from Sydney or Perth. The cabins look very comfortable and the food looks delectable. I will definitely keep this in mind when we finally get to visit Australia.
Hi Christina, The cabins are very comfortable and the food is mouth watering. You can’t skip on desert on this train. Hope you get t Australia soon. Happy travels.
Train travel used to be so glamorous and I think the Indian Pacific is a prime example of the effort being made to bring some of the glamour back to travel in general. I would love to take this trip across the country. especially with some wine stops across the way!
Totally right Alison. We have been on many trains in our travels and this is by far the nicest one we have ever been on. It was nice to have some luxury. Wine stops are in the cards and all you can drink of local wine on board. 🙂
It looks like a great trip – and such an epic experience! The cabins, facilities and food look fantastic and oh, my, the things one would see traveling across the country. I’ve now added this to my ‘must do’ Aussie experiences list!