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INDEPENDENT RAIL ITINERARIES / Australia INDEPENDENT RAIL ITINERARIES / Australia Great Southern Rail The Ghan | Great Southern Rail The Ghan and Indian Pacific are Australia's iconic train rides along with a new route beginning in December 2019, The Great Southern. Enjoy not only the train journeys but spectacular on-board hospitality and unique off-train excursions. The Ghan The Indian Pacific Travelling between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin, The Ghan is truly one of the most spectacular train journeys of the world and an incomparable way to travel between some of Australia’s most iconic destinations. Once the route of Afghan cameleers for whom it was named, The Ghan will take you from the tropics of the Top End, through the ancient Red Centre to South Australia’s rich food and wine bowl. Immerse yourself in the intriguing history, colourful characters and awe-inspiring vistas that embody the Australian Outback. All journeys aboard The Ghan include special Outback Experiences, taking guests to the country’s most remote locations for a true Outback sunrise or sunset experience. Back on the train, relax in the comfort and solitude of your private cabin, lose yourself in conversation with newfound travelling companions, or simply gaze out of the window taking inspiration from the ever-changing landscape. Twin Bed Cabin | Great Southern Rail Service Levels Platinum Service and Gold Service fares include all meals showcasing fresh regional produce, a range of complimentary beverages and a choice of Off Train Excursions and Off Train Experiences along the way. Whatever service level you choose, enjoy a comfortable and relaxing journey. Platinum Service The spaciousness of Platinum Service offers guests a range of luxury extras including private chauffeur transfers, in-cabin breakfasts and access to the exclusive Platinum Club. Spacious Platinum cabins feature full-size en- suites and the choice of double or twin bedded accommodation. Gold Service Gold service guests can choose between two cabin types and have access to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant and Outback Explorer Lounge. Gold Service Twin Cabin (two people) – the most popular level of service aboard The Ghan and Indian Pacific offers a private cabin complete with compact en-suite for couples or travelling partners. Gold Service Single Cabin (one person) – whether travelling alone or with friends, Gold Single Service provides guests with an economical and fun way to hit the tracks. With no single supplement, Gold Single Service represents great value. Gold Service Single Cabins have a washbasin in room and toilets and showers are at the end of the carriage. 38 Telegraph Station Dinner, The Ghan Expedition | Great Southern Rail From the shores of the Indian Ocean to the Pacific coast, the Indian Pacific takes you on a transcontinental adventure like no other. Over four days and three nights, between Perth, Adelaide and Sydney (or vice versa), this journey by rail provides the opportunity to experience the vastness of Australia. From Sydney on all west-bound services travelling to Perth, guests will have the opportunity to visit Broken Hill before an extended stay in South Australia and the opportunity to visit the world-renowned Barossa wine region. Alternatively, a trip to the Adelaide Hills region to a town named Hahndorf can offer guests an Introduction to Cheese at Udder Delights or a decadent chocolate experience at Chocolate @ No.5. From Perth on east-bound journeys travelling to Sydney via Adelaide, enjoy off-train excursions at Australia’s gold mining capital, Kalgoorlie, including a visit to the Super Pit, a short-stop in Cook and in Adelaide to see the city sights before visiting Broken Hill. Guests also have the opportunity to visit the picturesque Blue Mountains and take in the beauty of this World Heritage listed landscape via the scenic walkways and cable car before continuing their journey into Sydney. On board the Indian Pacific, enjoy two-course lunches and three-course dinners, all freshly prepared by onboard chefs and served in the elegant Queen Adelaide Restaurant. Visit the Outback Explorer Lounge to meet fellow travellers, share stories and enjoy the views. All off-train excursions, along with all meals and beverages are included for Platinum and Gold Service guests. The Ghan Expedition Regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan Expedition is the ultimate rail experience through the heart of Australia. Travelling over 4 days and 3 nights from Darwin to Adelaide, it promises access to parts of Australia no other holiday can come close to – the perfect balance of comfort and adventure culminating in an experience that will move you in every sense of the word. Off-train excursions include the natural beauty of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, dining under the stars at the Old Telegraph Station in Alice Springs and the uniquely fascinating underground mining town of Coober Pedy, including lunch underground in an opal mine. The extended time in Alice Springs also allows guests to upgrade to a fly-in visit of Uluru with guided base tour and get back in time to enjoy dining under the stars before re- joining The Ghan. Back on the train, relax in the comfort and solitude of your private cabin, lose yourself in conversation with newfound travelling companions, or simply gaze out of the window taking inspiration from the ever-changing landscape. ANDERSON VACATIONS The Indian Pacific, Rawlinna | Great Southern Rail Great Southern (NEW in December 2019) Great Southern is a brand-new train that will hit the rails for the first time in December 2019, through to January 2020. For sixteen departures only, Great Southern will travel between Adelaide and Brisbane, treating guests to slightly different itineraries depending on the direction of travel. From Adelaide, it’s a two-night, three-day journey to Brisbane, stopping at the stunning Grampians along the way. Disembark and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Grampians National Park before continuing on to the nation’s Capital, Canberra, where you’ll get the chance to explore some of its highlights. Finally, a stop on the breathtaking northern New South Wales coast will be another highlight of your journey before reaching your final destination of Brisbane. From Brisbane, it’s a three-night, four-day journey through to Adelaide. Enjoy a beachside dining experience on the northern New South Wales coast before continuing south to world-renown wine region, the Hunter Valley. Continuing from here, you’ll get to tick off another iconic destination, with a stop at Victoria’s Twelve Apostles. Darwin Great Barrier Reef NORTHERN TERRITORY As with The Ghan and the Indian Pacific, your journey on Great Southern is all inclusive of meals, beverages and Off Train Excursions. Get on board for Australia’s newest luxury train itinerary. AUSTRALIA Alice Springs QUEENSLAND WESTERN AUSTRALIA Brisbane SOUTH AUSTRALIA NEW SOUTH WALES Perth Adelaide VICTORIA KEY TO MAP Sydney Canberra Melbourne The Great Southern The Indian Pacific The Ghan The Great Southern | Great Southern Rail 39