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Last updated: 21 March, 2024
Expert travel writer: Anthony Lambert

Crossing Australia east-west from the Indian to Pacific oceans, this is a 4,352km four-day journey in a modern train with period design touches. It links Perth, Adelaide and Sydney and provides a perfect introduction to the country’s variety of landscapes – and its size.

Among the scenic highlights of the journey are the wheatfields of Western Australia, the flat expanse of the Nullarbor Plain, the sand dunes around Menindee Lakes, the hills of the Great Dividing Range and the Blue Mountains near Sydney.

There are stops to explore Broken Hill’s mining history, the world-class Barossa Valley wine region, regional art galleries and even a notorious drag show in Adelaide.

Locally sourced ingredients are used in the art deco Queen Adelaide dining car to produce such sumptuous dishes, such as saltwater barramundi and kangaroo, served with excellent Australian wine.

Logistics

Price from: £4500
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: 4 days

Getting there & doing it

Trains begin in Perth and Sydney Central stations, though shorter journeys are possible, linking with the Ghan at Adelaide. There are single, double and twin cabins available.

When to do it

The train operates year-round. The most popular and expensive months are the spring months of September and October when the temperatures are pleasant and humidity lower.

Many favour the low season of December to February when the rates are lower – a trade-off with soaring temperatures on outdoor excursions and irritating flies.

The winter months of June and July are the coldest and cheapest months.

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Sydney

New South Wales, Australia

Sydney opera house at night

One of the world’s most dynamic and glamorous cities, with golden beaches, world-class eating and dining and effervescent, friendly people. Home to the eye-popping Opera House and the indescribable Sydney Bridge Climb.

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