Australia Rail Journeys


There's something magical and romantic about train journeys, 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.

Various classes of travel are available from coach class seats to first class sleepers with private bathrooms.

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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The Ghan


Australia's most famous rail adventure was named after the Afghan Camel Trains that originally made the arduous journey from Adelaide to the Red Centre. Today's Ghan whisks you through the spectacular and formidable outback to Alice Springs in 20 hours and continues right up to Darwin.

Gold Service - offers en suite twin accommodation, sumptuous meals, selected drinks, and use of an exclusive lounge and bar.

Platinum Service - for the ultimate in luxury travel, Platinum Service offers all the Gold Service inclusions with deluxe double bed cabins and private en suite facilities including a full size shower. Upgrade from Gold Service from just £665pp.
 

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The Ghan
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sleeper

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seat

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Adelaide to Alice Springs
  Adelaide to Alice Springs

Sun
Wed

Mon
Thu

569

264

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  Departs Adelaide: 12:20pm Days of Departure: Sunday (Year round)... Read more
Alice Springs to Adelaide
  Alice Springs to Adelaide

Thu
Sun

Fri
Mon

569

264

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  Departs Alice Springs: 12:45 (Thursday) 15:15 (Sunday) Days of... Read more
Alice Springs to Darwin
  Alice Springs to Darwin

Mon
Thu

Tue
Fri

569

264

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  Departs Alice Springs: 18:00 Departure Days: Monday (year round)... Read more
Darwin to Alice Springs
  Darwin to Alice Springs

Wed
Sat

Thu
Sun

569

264

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  Departs Darwin: 10:00 Wednesday (year round) 09:00 Saturday (21 May -... Read more
SAVE up to 25% when you book 6 months in advance in Gold or Platinum Service

Indian Pacific


There's no other rail journey quite like it, from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean through Australia's great outback, travelling 4352 kilometres in about 65 hours. This mighty train passes through the Blue Mountains, rolling green pasture land, mining towns and the Nullarbor Desert, with scheduled stops and tour options at Broken Hill, Adelaide and the gold mining town of Kalgoorlie.

 

Gold Service - offers en suite twin accommodation, sumptuous meals, selected drinks, and use of an exclusive lounge and bar.

Platinum Service - for the ultimate in luxury travel, Platinum Service offers all the Gold Service inclusions with deluxe double bed cabins and private en suite facilities including a full size shower. Upgrade from Gold Service from just £371pp.
 

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Indian Pacific
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Gold Service
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seat

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Sydney to Adelaide
  Sydney to Adelaide

Wed
Sat

Thu
Sun

509

229

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  Departs Sydney: 14:55 Days of Departure: Wednesday (year round)... Read more
Adelaide to Sydney
  Adelaide to Sydney

Tue
Fri

Wed
Sat

509

229

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  Departs Adelaide: 10:15 Days of Departure: Tuesday (year round)... Read more
Adelaide to Perth
  Adelaide to Perth

Sun
Thu

Tue
Sat

1049

335

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  Departs Adelaide: 18:40 Days of Departure: Thursday (year round)... Read more
Perth to Adelaide
  Perth to Adelaide

Sun
Wed

Tue
Fri

1049

335

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  Departs Perth: 11:55 Days of Departure: Sunday (year round)... Read more
Sydney to Perth
  Sydney to Perth

Wed
Sat

Sat
Tue

1450

529

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  Departs Sydney: 14:55 Days of Departure: Wednesday (year round) (31... Read more
Perth to Sydney
  Perth to Sydney

Sun
Wed

Wed
Sat

1450

529

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  Departs Perth: 11:55 Days of Departure: Sunday (year round)... Read more
SAVE up to 25% when you book 6 months in advance in Gold or Platinum Service

Sunlander/Queenslander


A classic Queensland journey from temperate Brisbane to Cairns in the Tropical North in about 32 hours. Relax in style in the themed carriages, the Tropics Bar, and Macrossan Lounge as you travel effortlessly through the state's beautiful and diverse landscape.

A deluxe Queenslander class offers an exclusive lounge and dining car, with full gourmet meals, excluding drinks, and entertainment included.

Sunlander Class - offers private single or twin accommodation with shared facilities and access to the club and restaurant cars.
 
The Sunlander will cease to operate from August 2014, so take this opportunity to climb aboard this famous service.
 

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Brisbane to Cairns
  Brisbane to Cairns

Sun
Tue
Thu

Mon
Wed
Fri

529

294

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  Departs Brisbane: 09:00 (Sunday) 13:25 (Tuesday & Thursday) Days... Read more
Cairns to Brisbane
  Cairns to Brisbane

Tue
Thu
Sat

Wed
Fri
Sun

529

294

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  Departs Cairns: 09:15 Days of Departure: Tuesday, Thursday,... Read more
Brisbane to Whitsundays
  Brisbane to Whitsundays

Thur

Fri

454

250

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  Departs Brisbane: 13... Read more
Whitsundays to Brisbane
  Whitsundays to Brisbane

Tue
Thu
Sat

Wed
Fri
Sun

454

250

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  Departs Proserpine: 20:55 Days of Departure: Tuesday, Thursday,... Read more

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. With the launch of the new Railbed and Premium Economy services, the spirit of Queensland has combined comfortable seating with personal, on demand entertainment systems to provide a modern rail experience.

Railbed – offers a spacious, comfortable seat by day, converting in to a lie-flat bed in the evening with all linen provided. All main meals are served directly your seat.

Premium Economy – offers comfortable, reclining leather seats using the latest technology to provide a truly comfortable journey with very generous leg room.
 

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Brisbane to Cairns
  Brisbane to Cairns

Mon
Fri

Tue
Sat

295

210

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  Departs Brisbane: 15... Read more
Cairns to Brisbane
  Cairns to Brisbane

Wed
Sun

Thu
Mon

295

210

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  Departs Cairns: 08... Read more

Intercity Services


An affordable and convenient way to travel between Australia's main cities, enjoying spectacular scenery as you go.

Both First Class and Coach Class cabins have reclining seats, air conditioning and buffet services.
 

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Melbourne to Sydney
  Melbourne to Sydney

2 x daily

159

95

79

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  Departs Melbourne: 08:30 (daylight service), 19:53 (overnight... Read more
Sydney to Melbourne
  Sydney to Melbourne

2 x daily

159

95

79

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  Departs Sydney: 07:32 (Daylight service), 20:32 (Overnight... Read more
Adelaide to Melbourne
  Adelaide to Melbourne

Mon
Fri

-

105

76

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  Departs Adelaide: 07:45 Days of Departure: Monday and... Read more
Melbourne to Adelaide
  Melbourne to Adelaide

Tue
Sat

-

105

76

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  Departs Melbourne: 08:05 Days of Departure: Tuesday and... Read more
Sydney to Brisbane
  Sydney to Brisbane

2 x daily

159

95

79

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  Departs Sydney: 07:11 (day service) or 14:41* (overnight... Read more
Brisbane to Sydney
  Brisbane to Sydney

2 x daily

159

95

79

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  Departs Brisbane: 05:55 or 15:10* Days of Departure: Daily Arrives... Read more

Rail Escapes

 

Discover the best of Australia and its diverse scenery with our brilliantly planned rail escapes. They combine the excitement of Australia's top tourist destinations with the comfort and convenience of rail travel , first class accommodation and plenty of time for sightseeing and exploring.

Rail Escapes can be extended, or design your own rail itinerary with help from your Freedom Australia consultant.

 

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Southern Cities - Sydney-Melbourne-Adelaide
  Southern Cities - Sydney-Melbourne-Adelaide

Wed

694

1074

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  Travel in style between these great Australian cities, with plenty of time to see the sights... Read more
Island Adventure - Brisbane to Cairns
  Island Adventure - Brisbane to Cairns

Mon

736

879

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  A 6 day East Coast adventure combining spectacular Queensland scenery with a relaxed stay on beautiful Hamilton Island... Read more
Red Centre & Kakadu - Ayers Rock to Darwin
  Red Centre & Kakadu - Ayers Rock to Darwin

Fri

1499

1956

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  Discover the wonders of Ayers Rock, Alice Springs and the tropical wetlands of Kakadu on this sensational journey... Read more
Rail Escape prices are per person based on 2 people sharing

Rail Passes

 
Discover Australia at your own pace with our great value Rail Passes. They offer the flexibility to travel when you want and as often as you like - all at one great price.

There are passes lasting 3 to 6 months to cover the Ghan, Indian Pacific and most intercity services. Choose the one that suits your holiday. 

 

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Rail Explorer Pass
  Rail Explorer Pass

262

315

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  Unlimited travel in any direction and as often as you like on the Ghan, Indian Pacific and Overland trains... Read more
Discovery Pass
  Discovery Pass

175

247

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  Board the XPT and XPLORER rail and connecting coach services to over 360 locations in and around New South Wales &... Read more
All travel based in economy seating

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