Where does the mighty Indian Pacific stop?
Prepare yourself for the ride of a lifetime on the Indian Pacific – a truly unique rail journey that will see you traverse the Australian outback from coast to coast. This transcontinental rail expedition takes you between two oceans, the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean (or vice-versa), visiting a number of quaint rural towns along the way. This luxury train journey is one of the best ways to experience the Australian outback, combing the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. Read on to find out exactly where a ride on the Indian Pacific will take you.
The first stop on the westbound (Sydney to Perth) route of the Indian Pacific is the quaint outback town of Broken Hill. Broken Hill was established in the 1880s and today serves as a living museum of Australia’s mining history. Broken Hill is somewhat of a time-capsule: its heritage buildings and population of just 20,000 people will transport you back to times of old.
During your stopover in this quintessential mining town, you will partake in Off Train excursions where you will learn about Broken Hill’s fascinating history, visit the Royal Flying Doctor Base and stroll through the inspiring Pro Hart Gallery, where you can admire the outback paintings of its namesake.
The Broken Earth Off Train excursion will take you to the iconic Miner’s Memorial, positioned on the highest point of the Line of Lode remnant mullock heap that dissects the town.
From here, you will be treated to spectacular views of the town. This excursion will also take you to the Palace Hotel bar, featured in the iconic Aussie film “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”. Gaze out at the seemingly endless red plains that engulf this charming town before hopping back on the train.
Next up is Adelaide, capital of South Australia and rightfully monikered "city of churches". A major part of Adelaide's appeal is how effortlessly it combines history and modernity – it proudly showcases its many colonial buildings and lush parklands whilst cultivating a burgeoning arts and youth culture.
While stopped in this beautiful city you can choose to partake in one of two Off Train excursions, either a luxurious tour of the Barossa Valley where you will explore the wineries, learn about the wine making process, and indulge in a delectable lakeside dinner at Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, or a guided walking tour through Adelaide's city centre.
During the Adelaide Walking Tour, you will discover the many historical buildings along the North Terrace, pay a visit to the South Australian Museum and Art Gallery, and take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Adelaide Botanic Garden.
The excursion concludes with a visit to the National Wine Centre, where you will be treated to a delectable two course dinner complete with canapes.
Please note: The Barossa Valley Off Train excursion is only available on the Sydney-Perth itinerary. (The Perth-Sydney itinerary includes an Off Train excursion at Adelaide but not in the Barossa Valley).
Once you’ve experienced the history and mystique Adelaide has to offer, its back aboard the Indian Pacific where you’ll watch the rolling green hills fade into the distance.
The last stop-over on the westbound route is Rawlinna, a remote town in Western Australia. Rawlinna is positioned on the fringes of some of Australia’s largest sheep stations, its isolation making it the perfect location to gaze at the clear night sky. Here you will enjoy an outback lamb roast under the stars, admiring the vastness of the Nullarbor Plain.
With only four inhabitants, Cook makes a fascinating addition to the Indian Pacific’s itinerary. Around 1,500 kilometres from Perth, Cook is smack-bang in the middle of the treeless Nullarbor Plain.
This town was established in 1917 to service the many trains that would pass through and sits on the longest stretch of straight railway in the world.
Explore this charming ghost town on a self-guided walking tour and experience the eerie sight of its abandoned buildings against the stark backdrop of the Australian outback. Once a thriving railway settlement, this isolated outpost is now home to only handful of residents and gives you a true sense of the spirit of the outback.
Stops are slightly different for those travelling eastbound on the Indian Pacific from Perth to Sydney. The Kalgoorlie-Boulder stop is exclusive to the eastbound journey and is certainly one to remember.
Discovered by Paddy Hannan in 1893, Kalgoorlie is one of Australia’s most famous mining towns and has earnt its title as the country’s “Gold Capital”.
During your Off Train excursion in this historical settlement you will visit the minerals exhibition in Hannan’s North Tourist Mine, unwind in the tranquil Chinese Gardens and pay a visit to the expansive Super Pit. At 3.6km long and 1.6km wide, the Super Pit is Australia’s largest open pit gold mine.
A journey on the Indian Pacific will take you through some of Australia's most remote, and fascinating, towns.
This epic train route is the perfect way to experience the Australian outback, mixing comfort and luxury with daring adventure. Book your tickets for the 2017-18 Indian Pacific now and prepare to experience rural Australia as you've never seen it before.