Australia Rail Holidays
Travel in style across the deserts, plains and mountain ranges of this amazing country. Freedom Australia offers two great rail options:
City to City – comfortable and convenient rail journeys from city centre to city centre, with guaranteed tickets and pre-booked seats or cabins.
Rail Holidays – Australia’s iconic rail journeys, with on-board dining, private sleeper cabins and spectacular scenery, packaged with exciting city stays.
Combine the classic rail journeys below with other Australia options for an unforgettable holiday.
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This famous rail adventure carries you in comfort from Adelaide to the spectacular Red Centre, with guided off-train excursions to add to the experience.
This mighty train travels through some of Australia's most stunning outback desert and mountain scenery with visits to remote townships along the way.
Spirit of Queensland
All of Queensland is on show as you travel through country towns, sugar plantations, rugged outback and tropical forests.
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Australia's Intercity Services are an affordable and convenient way of travelling between the country's main cities.
Enjoy unlimited train travel with one of these convenient and useful rail passes.
Watch Australia unfold before your eyes on one of our fantastic rail escapes.
Australia’s Rail Network
Some of Australia’s great rail journeys are iconic and some are simply a relaxing alternative to air travel. All, however, will give you a real taste of outback Australia and an appreciation of the huge distances between the country’s main centres.
Probably the most famous of all rail journeys is the legendary Ghan. Originally known as the ‘Afghan Express’ after the original camel trains that crossed the desert, the route from Adelaide to Alice Springs was opened in 1929. Not until 2004 was the route finally extended to Darwin, a journey that sees the barren Red Centre give way to the tropical forests and wetlands of the Top End. The Ghan is now one of the most popular ‘great rail journeys’ of the world.
Australia’s other epic train journey is the mighty Indian Pacific railway, which crosses the continent in just under four days. This great feat of engineering was only completed in 1917, when the final stretch across the Nullarbor Desert was finished. This section includes the longest stretch of straight railway track on the planet. It seems the whole of Australia unfolds as you make the 1600 mile journey between Adelaide and Perth. The shorter Adelaide to Sydney section of the Indian Pacific travels through the wineries of South Australia and the fertile Murray Darling Basin before it crosses the forest clad Blue Mountains on its way to the Pacific Ocean.
Spirit of Queensland
A more modern approach to luxury train travel is the Spirit of Queensland, the iconic 1100 mile rail journey between Brisbane and Cairns on the East coast. The service provides a relaxed and scenic alternative to flying, as well as giving great access to Fraser Island, the Whitsundays and other attractions along the Queensland coast. The Spirit of Queensland trains offer personal entertainment systems, with on-demand films and music, and state of the art, lie-flat RailBeds.
Even the shorter rail journeys between Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide can take 10 to 12 hours, so there is plenty of opportunity to soak up the scenery. All intercity services have reclining seats, panoramic windows and buffet cars, and those in and out of Sydney have overnight sleeper options.
For flexibility, Queensland Rail also offers two great Rail Pass options. One permits unlimited multi direction travel along Australia’s East coast over a 1 or 2 month period. The other, the Coastal Pass, allows unlimited travel in one direction along the Queensland coast. Rail passes are only available in the UK.
For more information on rail holidays in Australia contact Freedom Australia on 0333 234 2889 or enquire online.
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