Australia Rail Journeys

There's something magical about train journeys in australia, from the times when the adventure of travel was the travel itself. Today the carriages are comfortable and air-conditioned and you'll find lounges, bars and fine dining in the restaurant and buffet cars.

Hop aboard and enjoy an epic Australian rail journey. It's a great way to travel between two holiday centres as you relax in comfort and watch this great continent unfold. 

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Rail journeys listed include reserved seatings or private sleeper cabins. Many also include meals and drinks throughout - see individual rail journeys for details.

Ghan

Ghan - Adelaide/Alice Springs

Ghan

The route between Adelaide and Alice Springs was the pioneering journey undertaken by the Ghan. It was not until 2004 that the track continued onto Darwin through Australia's stunning red centre.

Rail journey from

£205

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Ghan - Darwin/Alice Springs

Ghan

An unforgettable journey through the heart of Australia’s Northern Territory, from the lush tropical greenery of the Top End to vast desert landscapes of the Red Centre.

Rail journey from

£205

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Indian Pacific

Indian Pacific - Sydney/Adelaide

Indian Pacific

The Sydney/Adelaide section of this great journey passes through the Blue Mountains and rolling green pasture land, with a scheduled stop and tour options at Broken Hill.

Rail journey from

£172

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Indian Pacific - Adelaide/Perth

Indian Pacific

The Adelaide/Perth section of this great rail journey travels through mining towns and the Nullarbor Desert, with a scheduled stop and tour options at the gold mining town of Kalgoorlie.

Rail journey from

£259

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Indian Pacific - Sydney/Perth

Indian Pacific

This mighty train passes through the Blue Mountains, rolling green pasture land, mining towns and the Nullarbor Desert, with scheduled stops and tour options along the way.

Rail journey from

£529

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Intercity Services

Intercity - Melbourne/Sydney

Intercity Services

An affordable and convenient way to travel between Melbourne and Sydney, enjoying spectacular scenery as you go.

Great rail Journey from

£49

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Intercity - Sydney/Brisbane

Intercity Services

An affordable and convenient way to travel between Sydney and Brisbane, enjoying spectacular scenery as you go.

Great rail Journey from

£49

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Intercity - Adelaide/Melbourne

Intercity Services

An affordable and convenient way to travel between Adelaide and Melbourne, enjoying spectacular scenery as you go

Great rail Journey from

£76

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Rail Escapes

Southern Cities - Sydney-Melbourne-Adelaide

Rail Escapes

Travel in style between these great Australian cities, with plenty of time to see the sights. Travelling by rail takes you straight into the city centres without waiting around at airports.

Rail escape from

£628

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Island Adventure - Brisbane to Cairns

Rail Escapes

A 6 day East Coast adventure combining spectacular Queensland scenery with a relaxed stay on beautiful Hamilton Island in the heart of the enchanting Whitsundays.

Rail escape from

£726

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Red Centre & Kakadu - Ayers Rock to Darwin

Rail Escapes

Discover the wonders of Ayers Rock, Alice Springs and the tropical wetlands of Kakadu on this sensational journey through Australia's Red Centre.

Rail escape from

£1366

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Rail Pass

Discovery Pass

Rail Pass

The Discovery Pass allows unlimited travel on the XPT and The Xplorer rail services and connecting coach services to over 360 destinations including Melbourne and Brisbane.

Discovery pass from

£175

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Rail Explorer Pass

Rail Pass

Travel on The Ghan, Indian Pacific and The Overland in any direction as often as you like for a two or three month period from the first day of travel.

Rail explorer pass from

£269

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Spirit of Queensland

Spirit of Queensland - Brisbane/Cairns

Spirit of Queensland

Designed for comfort and relaxation the Spirit of Queensland is the new way to travel on the classic Queensland journey between Brisbane and Cairns.

Rail journey from

£205

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Australia’s Rail Network

Some of Australia’s great rail journeys are quite famous and some are simply a relaxing alternative to air travel. All, however, will give you a real taste of outback Australia and an appreciation of the huge distances between the country’s main centres.

The Ghan

Probably the most famous of all rail journeys is the legendary Ghan. Originally known as the ‘Afghan Express’ after the original camel trains that crossed the desert, the route from Adelaide to Alice Springs was opened in 1929. Not until 2004 was the route finally extended to Darwin, a journey that sees the barren Red Centre give way to the tropical forests and wetlands of the Top End. The Ghan is now one of the most popular ‘great rail journeys’ of the world.

Indian Pacific

Australia’s other epic train journey is the mighty Indian Pacific railway, which crosses the continent in just under four days. This great feat of engineering was only completed in 1917, when the final stretch across the Nullarbor Desert was finished. This section includes the longest stretch of straight railway track on the planet. It seems the whole of Australia unfolds as you make the 1600 mile journey between Adelaide and Perth. The shorter Adelaide to Sydney section of the Indian Pacific travels through the wineries of South Australia and the fertile Murray Darling Basin before it crosses the forest clad Blue Mountains on its way to the Pacific Ocean.

Spirit of Queensland

A more modern approach to luxury train travel is the Spirit of Queensland, the iconic 1100 mile rail journey between Brisbane and Cairns. The service provides a relaxed and scenic alternative to flying, as well as giving great access to Fraser Island, the Whitsundays and other attractions along the Queensland coast. The Spirit of Queensland trains offer personal entertainment systems, with on-demand films and music, and state of the art, lie-flat RailBeds.

Intercity Services

Even the shorter rail journeys between Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide can take 10 to 12 hours, so there is plenty of opportunity to soak up the scenery. All intercity services have reclining seats, panoramic windows and buffet cars, and those in and out of Sydney have overnight sleeper options.

Rail Passes

For flexibility, Australia Rail also offers two great Rail Pass options. One covers the Ghan, Indian Pacific and the Melbourne to Adelaide Countrylink service and allows 3 or 6 months unlimited travel on these. The other, Explorer, Rail Pass allows unlimited travel to 360 destinations from Sydney, including Melbourne and Brisbane. Rail passes are only available in the UK.

For more information on rail travel in Australia contact Freedom Australia on 0844 567 8050

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