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Take a break aboard The Overland: Part 1 - Departing Melbourne

The beautiful Yarra River runs through the centre of Melbourne.
The beautiful Yarra River runs through the centre of Melbourne.

One of the great things about Australia is how in a relatively short distance, you can see the landscape transform before your eyes that is if you're travelling on-board The Overland. While flying from one destination to the next is a lot faster, you can miss out on the joy of travelling with locals and seeing the sights from a train window. Which would you rather see, clouds, or the ever-changing landscapes from lush green pastures to wheat and canola fields to rugged edges of The Grampians? 

Train travel in Australia is amongst some of the most extraordinary, due to the vastness of the country. You don't need to voyage for days on end to get a taste of Australia by rail. One of Australia's Great Train Journeys, The Overland is a journey between Melbourne and Adelaide and is one of the most picturesque routes in Victoria and South Australia. This luxury train takes you from the heart of one iconic city to the next covering 828km of land in 10.5 hours.

The Overland also links up with The Ghan and the legendary Indian Pacific, meaning these Great Australian Train Journeys can extend to evry corner of Australia. Here's what you can expect with The Overland. 

Meet the world's most liveable city 

If you choose to begin your journey in Melbourne, arrive early to allow yourself plenty of time to explore this magnificent city. Named the world's most liveable city by The Economist for five years in a row, it's easy to see why so many people love Melbourne. The city is compact and easy to get around thanks to the tram network, which is also the world's largest! Sit back and allow the sun to warm you in one of the city's green spaces.

The Alexandra Gardens are a wonderful place to spend a leisurely morning on the south bank of the Yarra River. If you are a caffeine enthusiast, you've come to the right place, as Melburnians are absolutely cuckoo for coffee. Some of our favourites include Industry Beans in Fitzroy and Top Paddock in Richmond (also a great place for brunch). Melbournians are also crazy about their cuisine with many restaurants and cafes serving fresh delicacies from all over the globe and to suit all dietary requirements.

There is no rush on The Overland's scenic route up to Adelaide. If you fancy getting out the carriage to take a closer look at any of the towns and stops along the way, feel free - you can rejoin The Overland on a different service, when it suits your timing. . For instance a stop in Bordertown, the birth place of former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke and the home to Australia’s white Kangaroos.

This daylight journey takes you through the small towns dotted throughout the countryside, bounded on all sides by incredible views you can enjoy from the comfort of your train carriage. You can book tickets for The Overland with Rail Plus online, or contact us to find out more. 

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