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A Different Way to See Australia: Great Southern Rail On Sale

12th April 2017

Have you always wanted to explore this great country of ours, but aren’t sure where to start? Have you dreamed about the night sky blanketed in millions of stars? Or a sunset that takes up not just the horizon, but where the entire sky bursts into colour?  Maybe you’ve imagined the vast landscapes and endless horizon of central Australia but are yet to see it for yourself. Or you want to learn about the Indigenous culture, history and monumental sacred sites hidden throughout the landscape. With Great Southern Rail this is what exploring Australia is all about, experiences that you simply can’t have in the city.

A Different Way to See the Landscape

Australia is vast. We imagine central Australia to be flat, dry, unchanging, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. A journey with Great Southern Rail allows you to experience how dramatically, and quickly the landscape shifts. From Adelaide to Coober Pedy, from Alice Springs to Katherine, from the Nullarbor Plain to Perth, long, scrubby plains are quickly replaced with undulating, rocky mountains, dry heat with humidity, clear skies with flooding rains. There’s no better way to appreciate this unique landscape than along the tracks. 

Australia’s Longest Degustation

Food and flavour are so intimately connected to the culture and landscape of a destination, that in order to truly experience a place, you need to experience the food. On board Great Southern Rail dedicated culinary teams work with local suppliers, farmers and providores to source the finest local ingredients. With this they create regionally-inspired gourmet cuisine that mirrors your journey through the countryside.

A Journey to Make You Feel Right at Home

The crew onboard Great Southern Rail say it’s not just a job, but a way of life. They treat the train as their home, and encourage you to do the same. Travelling with Great Southern Rail, whether it’s on the Ghan from south to north, the Indian Pacific across the country from end to end, or any other journey between, is luxurious yet relaxed, refined yet real. You’ll hear stories from staff working onboard for most of their lives, you’ll learn about the resilient remote communities you explore, and over time, form friendships that make the journey all the more enjoyable.

An Intimate Outback Encounter

A journey through some of Australia’s most spectacular landscapes is best appreciated when experienced intimately, up close and with local insight. The train frequently stops along the route, where you can explore on foot, on river cruises, with cultural experiences, on the back of a camel or from high above in a helicopter.  Whether you step off the train in the remote reaches of northern South Australia, in the cultural heart of Katherine or anywhere in between, you’re greeted with local knowledge, awe-inspiring landscapes and an experience unlike any other. 

Great Southern Rail is now on sale, check out our hot deals here, visit your local Escape Travel or call 1300 273 48.



About Vicki Fletcher

An Australian travel writer and photographer, Vicki loves road trips down unknown tracks, following locals to the best food in town and spending long afternoons people watching in city squares. She's obsessed with colours, stops to admire flowers and dreams of one day restoring a chateau in France. Her top travel tip: always look up. Follow Vicki on Instagram at @vickijanefletcher