28 Jul 2011

Choo choo!

2 Comments Typically Aussie

My brother sent me some information about different train rides you can take if you want to get around Australia in a different way. I don’t think it’s the cheapest way to travel but it will give you a different view of the country and therefore I’ll share four of them with you anyway (plus a fifth one for the really rich ones).

Route: Adelaide – Alice Springs – Darwin
Duration: 2 nights in either direction
Distance: 2,979 kilometres
Frequency: Twice weekly

(the entire stretch)
Daynighter seat
– 444 AUD (about 3100 SEK), Child/Senior – 349 AUD (about 2400 SEK), Adult – 750 AUD (about 5200 SEK).
Sleeper cabin

Backpacker/student – 951 AUD (about 6500 SEK), Child/Senior – 868 AUD (about 6000 SEK), Adult – 1420 AUD (about 9700 SEK).

This transcontinental adventure offers an unsurpassed view of Australia – North to South over three unforgettable days. Travel by rail between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin and you are embarking on one of the great train journeys of the world. Named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route, The Ghan will take you from one edge of this continent to the other, through the very centre of Australia.

Route: Sydney – Adelaide – Perth
Duration: 3 nights in either direction
Distance: 4,352 kilometres
Frequency: Twice weekly in both directions

(the entire stretch)
Daynighter seat
Backpacker/student – 364 AUD (about 2500 SEK), Child/Senior – 299 AUD (about 2000 SEK), Adult – 755 AUD (about 5200 SEK).
Sleeper cabin

Backpacker/student – 1044 AUD (about 7200 SEK), Child/Senior – 953 AUD (about 6500 SEK), Adult – 1460 AUD (about 10 000 SEK).

Travelling between the Indian and Pacific oceans for over 40 years, this truly is one of the world’s great train journeys. Named after the two great oceans it joins and symbolised by the magnificent wedge-tailed eagle that so often soars above it.

Route: Adelaide – Melbourne
Duration: Daylight service in both directions (around 11 hours)
Distance: 828 kilometres
Frequency: Three times weekly in both directions

Backpacker/student – 61 AUD (about 420 SEK), Child/Senior –  48 AUD (about 330 SEK), Adult – 95 AUD (about 650 SEK).

There’s no better way to enjoy the trip between Melbourne and Adelaide than on The Overland. Recently refurbished, The Overland provides a comfortable, relaxing journey between the cities and a great way to ease into a holiday in either Melbourne, Adelaide or surrounding regions.

Route: Brisbane – Cairns
Duration: 1 night (31 hours)
Distance: 1,691 kilometres
Frequency: Three times weekly

Price (Economy seat the entire route)
241 AUD (about 1600 SEK)
181 AUD (about 1250 SEK)

Comfort, flexibility and a great social atmosphere have made ‘The Sunlander’ one of Australia’s great journeys and a firm favourite with travellers between Brisbane and the Tropical North. With its two styles of travel, ‘The Sunlander’ caters for all travellers, from the very discerning to the budget conscious.

Finally, a little more luxurious option that’s not really for everyone (given the price) but I thought it fun to include it anyway.

Route: Adelaide – Melbourne – Brisbane
Duration: 5 nights in either direction
Distance: 2,810 kilometers
Frequency: Six departures between November and February

Price (the entire stretch)
Gold Service
Adult – 4400 AUD (about 30 200 SEK)
Senior – 3800 AUD (about 26 000 SEK)

Platinum Service
–  6800 AUD (about 47 000 SEK)

A journey between Adelaide and Brisbane via Melbourne is the latest addition to the offers by Great Southern Rail. Called The Southern Spirit, it was named to encapsulate the spirit of adventure held in the hearts of those who first opened up the furthest reaches of this great continent. Covering four states, The Southern Spirit takes you through the hidden beauty of the Great Dividing Range and the Eastern Seaboard.

Exclusive Whistle Stop Tours at key locations and points of interest throughout the journey includingthe majestic Grampians National Park, Albury-Wodonga on the Murray River, the open range Taronga Western Plains Zoo, flavours of the Hunter Valley, the historic settlement town of Port Macquarie and beautiful Byron Bay. All Whistle Stop Tours are included in your fare and come with transfers directly to and from The Southern Spirit.


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2 Responses to “Choo choo!”

  1. Reply Tess says:

    Trist att det är så dyrt.. Skulle vilja åka tåg från Darwin till Adelaide istället för att flyga men det blir ju väldigt mycket dyrare.. det är iofs en rätt lång sträcka.

    Jag åkte Indian Pacific mellan Adelaide och Perth 2004. Känns som de höjt priserna rejält sedan dess.

    • Reply simon & anna says:

      Vad skoj att du åkt med Indian Pacific. Hur var det? De har nog höjt priserna något men priset i artikeln var ju “bara” från Adelaide, jag angav priserna för hela sträckan Sydney-Perth ovan.

      Skulle gärna göra någon av resorna jag med och den mellan Adelaide och Darwin hade varit intressant. Men som du säger, trist att det är så dyrt jämfört med flyg. Vi får väl se om det blir av någon dag 🙂

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