Popular Australian Train Journeys
Australia is a huge country with lengthy travel times between the capital cities and popular destinations. While flights can save time, many visitors are looking for more from their travel time than the impersonal surrounds of an airport terminal and the constraining limits of an aircraft seat.
Train travel provides an enjoyable, memorable alternative way to experience the real Australia, provided that you have the time available for this mode of transport. The same can be said for a self drive holiday, but with train travel someone else is doing the driving!
When travelling by train, it is often more economical to travel on one of the several Australian Rail Passes that offer seamless transfers between the different state train services.
The following lists the major train services, their routes and other features of the service.
Route: Adelaide - Alice Springs - Katherine - Darwin
Passengers can board The Ghan at Adelaide or Alice Springs. The Ghan is an ideal way of viewing the vastness and diversity of Australia's landscape, in comfort and style. There is an option of two different service levels, namely Gold Service Sleeper and Red Service Sleeper Cabins or Daynighter Seating.
Route: Sydney - Broken Hill - Adelaide - Kalgoorlie - Perth
This legendry train journey crosses Australia from the Pacific Ocean on the east coast to the Indian Ocean on the west coast. It is one of the world's longest train journeys, passing through the scenic Blue Mountains, across the countryside of rural New South Wales while passing through Bathurst and Broken Hill on the way to Adelaide. After swinging north to Port Augusta, the route then crosses the desolate Nullarbor Plain before reaching it's final destination in Perth on the west coast.
Spirit Of Queensland Tilt Train
Route: Brisbane to Cairns
A replacement of the historic Sunlander, this fast, modern and comfortable service passes through Queensland's most popular destinations along the coastline between Brisbane and Cairns, its final destination in the tropical north. Passengers travelling to destinations not further than central Queensland have the option of either business and economy class seats, both offering in-seat entertainment and access to eats and drinks. Passengers travelling further afield can travel in business class comfort with personal entertainment systems, personal power points and an in-seat dining service.
Spirit of the Outback
Route: Brisbane to Longreach
This fully air conditioned service transforms this 1300 kilometre journey into an appreciation of the Queensland outback. There is a range of seating and sleeping accommodation from economy seating and economy or first class sleepers.
Route: Brisbane - Sydney - Melbourne
The CountryLink service offers stops at most of the major destinations along the modern rail network that stretches between Brisbane and Melbourne, and passing through New South Wales and Victoria. CountryLink's fleet of XPT's carry passengers in air conditioned comfort.