INDIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY

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Indian Pacific Railway

A journey aboard the iconic Indian Pacific railway will whisk you between Perth, Adelaide and Sydney in comfort and style. With epic transcontinental crossings between the Indian and Pacific oceans, step onboard for an all-inclusive rail holiday you'll never forget.

With its bold wedge-tailed eagle emblem symbolising the scope, range and significance of each epic journey, the Indian Pacific traverses mountain ranges, passes through arid deserts and goldfields, through rocky valleys and desert savannahs on its transcontinental crossings.

Stepping aboard the mighty train, you’ll feel a great sense of anticipation as this unforgettable Australian adventure begins to unfold. Whether you’re journeying from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific or the other way round, you’ll be making your way across the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world.
When 10,000 people lined the East Perth Terminal in 1970 to herald the first unbroken rail journey across the country – a new, seamless connection between the Indian and Pacific Oceans – an historic Australian milestone was achieved and the Indian Pacific took its name from the coasts it joined.
This incredible 4352 kilometre crossing is one of the world’s great rail journeys. An adventure of contrasts, it encompasses the towering majesty of the Blue Mountains to the barren expanse of the Nullarbor, and every goldmine, ghost town and grapevine in between. From inside and outside your cabin, you’ll be captivated by the vast beauty of this magnificent country.
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HISTORY OF THE INDIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY

1890s

As Australia marched toward Federation, the promise of a transcontinental railway to link the isolated west with the fast growing east coast persuaded Western Australia to align with the rest of the colonies. At the time, a skeleton rail link existed but the west to east line was missing a section between Kalgoorlie and Port Augusta spanning almost 2000 kilometres.

1912 – 1917

In one of Australia’s most remarkable surveying and engineering feats, two construction teams worked for more than five years to fill the 2000 kilometre gap. On 17 October 1917, the two construction teams – one starting from Port Augusta and other from Kalgoorlie – finally met after working for five years on what is the longest straight stretch of railway ever built in Australia. It was constructed using the most basic tools – pick and shovel, carthorse and camel. The teams joined the line at what is now known as the tiny South Australian siding of Ooldea on the Nullarbor Plain.

1917 – 1996

At 10.15 am on 25 October, 1917, the first eastbound passenger train, the Transcontinental Express, departed Kalgoorlie for Port Augusta travelling on the new rail line. While the line was completed, different sections had varying rail ‘gauges’ meaning travellers departing Sydney or Perth were required to change trains at least five times to complete their journey.
The ‘Tea and Sugar train’ carried vital supplies to the isolated worksites and fledgling towns had sprung up along the new transcontinental line. Workers depended on the weekly train for every necessity, and each time it crossed the Nullarbor Plain it brought something different: livestock, a movie car, a bank car to make financial transactions, a Christmas car with travelling Santa – it even occasionally smuggled in alcohol to the workers. From the late 1970s it also provided health care to the isolated populations. The Tea and Sugar train made its final voyage in 1996, but carriages have been preserved at the National Railway Museum.

1951

Luxury cars were introduced on the service between Adelaide and Perth, at a reported cost of £50,000 each to construct. They featured air conditioning, refrigeration, and hot and cold water. Guests enjoyed the first hot showers ever installed in a rail carriage.

23 February 1970

It was not until 1969 that an uninterrupted rail link from the Indian Ocean in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east existed. The newly named Indian Pacific train embarked on its inaugural transcontinental journey on 23 February 1970, arriving in Perth. It is this rich history that has made the Indian Pacific one of Australia’s most treasured icons.
It took more than half a century before the Indian Pacific completed the first unbroken journey from coast to coast, and more than 10,000 people welcomed the historic train in Perth.
With its bold wedge-tailed eagle emblem symbolising the scope, range and significance of each epic journey, the Indian Pacific traverses mountain ranges, passes through arid deserts and goldfields, rocky valleys and subtropical savannahs on its transcontinental crossings.
Named for the two oceans the train encounters on its journey, the Indian Pacific travels between Perth, Adelaide and Sydney on a spectacular 4352km crossing.
There’s no better way to experience the spectacular interior landscape of Australia than by the romance of rail. Choose from one of the following Indian Pacific journeys for the foundation of your adventure.

INDIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY IN NUMBERS

Facility Description
AVERAGE LENGTH OF TRAIN
774M (INCLUDES TWO LOCOMOTIVES AND 30 CARRIAGES)
AVERAGE WEIGHT OF TRAIN
1400 TONNES
LENGTH OF TRACK
4,352KM
LENGTH OF JOURNEY
65 HOURS SYDNEY TO PERTH – 4,352 KM
AVERAGE SPEED OF TRAIN
85KM/HR (MAX SPEED 115KM/HR)
SYMBOL
THE WEDGE-TAIL EAGLE, AUSTRALIA'S LARGEST BIRD OF PREY. ITS MASSIVE TWO-METRE WINGSPAN SYMBOLISES THE EPIC JOURNEY SPANNING THE CONTINENT.
AVERAGE NUMBER OF CARRIAGES
30 CARRIAGES INCLUDING GUEST CARRIAGES, CREW QUARTERS, RESTAURANTS, LOUNGES AND POWER VANS.
"LUXURIOUS. PERTH TO SYDNEY INDIAN PACIFIC TRIP WAS EVERYTHING I'D HOPED FOR. FOOD WAS SUPERB AS WERE THE COCKTAILS AND BUBBLY."
JENNY B, TRIPADVISOR
PERTH, AUSTRALIA

SYDNEY TO PERTH

OR VICE VERSA GOLD SERVICE SINGLE

4 DAYS | 3 NIGHTS
FROM $1,819 PP

A fabled journey. Follow the path of bush pioneers, gold rush prospectors, and legendary adventurers as you make an epic transcontinental crossing aboard the Indian Pacific.

SYDNEY TO ADELAIDE

OR VICE VERSA GOLD SERVICE SINGLE

2 DAYS | 1 NIGHTS
FROM $639 PP

From the mountains to the sparkling coast, discover a world of wonders as you travel between these two great cities.

ADELAIDE TO PERTH

OR VICE VERSA GOLD SERVICE SINGLE

3 DAYS | 2 NIGHTS
FROM $1,279 PP

Timeless travel between two great cities, experience the tremendous beauty of the Nullarbor on this epic three day, two night journey.

BOOK A PACKAGE

To extend your holiday experience, add on one of our expertly-crafted holiday packages, to venture further and fully experience the unique Australian environments the Indian Pacific travels through.

10 DAYS | 9 NIGHTS
FROM $7,739 PP

Great Western Wonders

10 DAYS | 9 NIGHTS
FROM $3,609 PP

Spectacular Land and Sea

6 DAYS | 5 NIGHTS
FROM $9,779 PP

Reef to Reef

10 DAYS | 9 NIGHTS
FROM $3,249 PP

South Australia Food & Wine Experience

7 DAYS | 6 NIGHTS
FROM $2,539 PP

Southern Safari

A GREAT WAY TO SEE THE COUNTRY. GREAT MEALS ON BOARD AND MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO STEP OFF THE TRAIN THAN EXPECTED.
JENNYBR0, TRIPADVISOR
LIVERPOOL, UK

EXTEND THE JOURNEY WITH THESE OFF TRAIN EXPERIENCES

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