Nos­tal­gia and rail ro­mance

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - LUXURY TOURS & ACCOMMODATION -

AUS­TRALIA’S great train jour­neys are steeped in the his­tory of the coun­try.

The nos­tal­gia and ro­mance stems from the grand old days of Aus­tralian rail travel when steam lo­co­mo­tives hauled the In­dian Pa­cific and The Ghan through Aus­tralia’s harsh in­te­rior.

To­day, Aus­tralia’s great train jour­neys give trav­ellers a unique win­dow to out­back Aus­tralia.

Aboard The Ghan and the In­dian Pa­cific, guests ex­pe­ri­ence the jour­ney of a life­time from one side of Aus­tralia to an­other, all in com­fort and style.

Din­ing aboard Aus­tralia’s great train jour­neys is the high­light of the trip with trav­ellers en­joy­ing fine Aus­tralian wines as the spec­tac­u­lar scenery passes by the win­dow. This is an ex­pe­ri­ence to re­mem­ber.

Plat­inum and Gold ser­vice guests dine in the el­e­gantly themed Queen Ade­laide Res­tau­rant Car where they en­joy a choice of fine food freshly pre­pared by the on­board chefs.

The sea­sonal menu fea­tures dis­tinctly Aus­tralian mouth­wa­ter­ing dishes such as saltwater bar­ra­mundi and grilled kan­ga­roo fil­let.

The Ghan is an in­com­pa­ra­ble way to travel to the two jew­els of Aus­tralia’s North­ern Ter­ri­tory, the Red Cen­tre and the trop­i­cal Top End.

One of the great train jour­neys of the world, The Ghan is named af­ter the Afghan cameleers who once tra­versed this route, from one edge of this con­ti­nent to the other, through the very cen­tre of Aus­tralia.

The In­dian Pa­cific trav­els an im­pres­sive 4352 kilo­me­tres be­tween Sydney and Perth.

The jour­ney winds through the stun­ning Blue Moun­tains to out­back Bro­ken Hill then skirts the Flin­ders Ranges and Spencer Gulf on its way into Ade­laide.

Train travel is the best way to ex­pe­ri­ence all that Aus­tralia has to of­fer and with ev­ery­thing from short city bus tours to out­back ex­pe­di­tions on of­fer, Great South­ern Rail knows how to make a great train jour­ney a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence. Call 132 147 or visit www.greatsouth­ern

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