See Australia by Train
on 23 Jun 2020
With overseas travel currently off the cards, why not get out and explore the vast and natural beauty of our own back yard with Journey Beyond? There’s no better way to discover Australia than on one of the most enchanting and relaxing modes of transport – a train – where the journey is as much the destination, as the destination itself!
One of the longest stretches of rail in the world, the iconic Indian Pacific train runs 4,352km across Australia from Sydney, down to Adelaide and over to Perth. It includes the world’s longest stretch of straight track, travelling for an incredible 478km.
The 3-day, 2-night journey from Adelaide to Perth gives you ample time to relax and enjoy the ever-changing landscape across some of the most uninhabited countryside in Australia. Marvel at the raw beauty and limitless space of the Nullarbor Plain. Gaze in awe at a million twinkling stars, shining bright in the desert night sky, and admire the contrast of the rolling green hills of the picturesque Avon Valley.
From the mountains to the sparkling coast, the 24-hour journey from Adelaide to Sydney offers the opportunity to sit back, unwind and witness the passing scenery of some of Australia’s most productive farming land, and sunset over the harsh arid outback. Visit Broken Hill and browse the wide selection of colourful artworks by famous Australian painter, Pro Hart or learn about the town’s rich mining history. As dawn breaks the following morning, travel through the spectacular Blue Mountains on the final leg of the trip before arriving in Sydney.
Explore the outback aboard the legendary Ghan on an epic 4-day, 3-night expedition from Darwin to Adelaide, covering 2,979km down through some of the most remote and unforgettable countryside in Australia. Departing Darwin, enjoy an afternoon in Katherine where you can enjoy a relaxing cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge’s ancient natural wonders or take a glimpse into life in the outback with a visit to a cattle station. From the lush green of the tropical north to the desert, visit the outback town of Alice Springs or take a scenic flight to Uluru then enjoy dinner under a million stars at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station.
Admire the sheer magnificence of an outback sunrise – one of the most incredible sights you will ever see as you make your way across the stunning outback moonscape to the underground town of Coober Pedy. Stop and admire the beautiful opals that have been mined in the area and visit a unique underground church. Notice a dramatic change in landscape as the rich ochre tones of the Flinders Ranges make way for the beautiful green fields and pastoral lands of South Australia.
The newest addition to the Journey Beyond line-up is 3-days and 2-nights of relaxation and luxury, travelling between Brisbane and Adelaide aboard Great Southern. With rugged coastline, sun-kissed beaches, forested peaks and action-packed cities, this is the perfect way to explore Australia’s south-east. From Adelaide, lap up the wild and dramatic scenery of the Grampians, delve into the history, art and culture of Canberra and feel the sand between your toes in picturesque Coffs Harbour. Enjoy spectacular views of northern New South Wales before concluding the journey in Brisbane.
Guests travelling in Gold and Platinum Class can enjoy all-inclusive dining, beverages, private cabin accommodation and a range of Off Train Excursions at scenic and fascinating locations along the way. To find out more about these trips and more, contact your nearest Phil Hoffmann Travel branch.
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