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.

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The Ghan

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.

The Ghan – Adelaide to Alice Springs

The route between Adelaide and Alice Springs was the pioneering journey undertaken by the Ghan. It was not until 2004 that the track continued onto Darwin through Australia’s stunning red centre. ...

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2 day Rail Journey from £535 For advice or to make a booking call 0333 234 2889 or Enquire Now

The Ghan – Darwin to Alice Springs

An unforgettable journey through the heart of Australia’s Northern Territory, from the lush tropical greenery of the Top End to vast desert landscapes of the Red Centre. ...

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2 day Rail Journey from £535 For advice or to make a booking call 0333 234 2889 or Enquire Now

Indian Pacific

This mighty train travels through some of Australia's most stunning outback desert and mountain scenery with visits to remote townships along the way.

The Indian Pacific – Sydney/Adelaide

The Sydney/Adelaide section of this great journey passes through the Blue Mountains and rolling green pasture land, with a scheduled stop and morning excursion at Broken Hill. ...

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2 day Rail Journey from £399 For advice or to make a booking call 0333 234 2889 or Enquire Now

The Indian Pacific – Adelaide/Perth

The Adelaide/Perth section of this great rail journey travels through mining towns and the Nullarbor Desert, with a scheduled stop and tour options at the gold mining town of Kalgoorlie. ...

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3 day Rail Journey from £819 For advice or to make a booking call 0333 234 2889 or Enquire Now

The Indian Pacific – Sydney/Perth

There’s no other rail journey quite like it, from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean through Australia’s great outback, travelling 4352 kilometres in about 65 hours. ...

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4 day Rail Journey from £1,116 For advice or to make a booking call 0333 234 2889 or Enquire Now

Spirit of Queensland

All of Queensland is on show as you travel through country towns, sugar plantations, rugged outback and tropical forests.

Spirit of Queensland – Brisbane/Cairns

Designed for comfort and relaxation the Spirit of Queensland is the new way to travel on the classic Queensland journey between Brisbane and Cairns.
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2 day Rail Journey from £127 For advice or to make a booking call 0333 234 2889 or Enquire Now

Intercity Services

Australia's Intercity Services are an affordable and convenient way of travelling between the country's main cities.

Intercity – Melbourne/Sydney

An affordable and convenient way to travel between Melbourne and Sydney, enjoying spectacular scenery as you go. ...

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Rail Journey from £52 For advice or to make a booking call 0333 234 2889 or Enquire Now

Intercity – Sydney/Brisbane

An affordable and convenient way to travel between Sydney and Brisbane, enjoying spectacular scenery as you go. ...

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Rail Journey from £52 For advice or to make a booking call 0333 234 2889 or Enquire Now

Intercity – Adelaide/Melbourne

An affordable and convenient way to travel between Adelaide and Melbourne, enjoying spectacular scenery as you go. ...

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Rail Journey from £89 For advice or to make a booking call 0333 234 2889 or Enquire Now

Rail Pass

Enjoy unlimited train travel with one of these convenient and useful rail passes.

Queensland Rail Pass

Enjoy unlimited travel along the picturesque Queensland coast or journey inland into the region’s outback. Travel is permitted on the Spirit of Queensland, the Tilt Train, Spirit of the Outback as well as the city a...

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Rail Pass from £122 For advice or to make a booking call 0333 234 2889 or Enquire Now

Discovery Pass

The Discovery Pass allows unlimited travel on the XPT and The Xplorer rail services and connecting coach services to over 360 destinations including Melbourne and Brisbane. The Discovery Pass also provides access to t...

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Rail Pass from £136 For advice or to make a booking call 0333 234 2889 or Enquire Now

Rail Escapes

Watch Australia unfold before your eyes on one of our fantastic rail escapes.

Island Adventure Rail Escape – Brisbane/Cairns

A six day East Coast adventure combining spectacular Queensland scenery with a relaxed stay on beautiful Hamilton Island, in the heart of the enchanting Whitsundays. Scenic rail travel along Queensland’...

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6 day Rail Escape from £723 For advice or to make a booking call 0333 234 2889 or Enquire Now

Southern Cities Rail Escape – Sydney/Adelaide

Travel in style between these great Australian cities, with plenty of time to see the sights. Travelling by rail takes you straight into the city centres without waiting around at airports.
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8 day Rail Escape from £928 For advice or to make a booking call 0333 234 2889 or Enquire Now

The Ghan Expedition – Darwin to Adelaide

An extended 4 day/3 night rail adventure on board the Ghan Expedition allowing for additional time in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy to provide the ultimate insight into Australia’s outback. ...

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4 day Rail Escape from £1,739 For advice or to make a booking call 0333 234 2889 or Enquire Now

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.

The Ghan

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.

Indian Pacific

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.

Intercity Services

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.

Rail Passes

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.

More Holiday Options

With Freedom Australia you can choose what you want to do and how you want to travel. Choose from the freedom of a self drive holiday or combine tours and city stays from multiple regions to create the perfect Australia holiday.

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