Indian Pacific

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  • Route: Sydney - Adelaide - Perth
  • Duration: 3 nights in either direction
  • Distance: 4352 kilometres
  • Frequency: Once weekly in both directions^ (See timetables)
  • Special needs:

  • ^Twice weekly in peak season

About the Indian Pacific

Travelling between the Indian and Pacific oceans for over 40 years, this truly is one of the world's great train journeys.

Named after the two great oceans it joins and symbolised by the magnificent wedge-tailed eagle that so often soars above it, the mighty Indian Pacific traverses 4,352km (2,698 miles) between Perth and Sydney.

More than three million guests have already enjoyed this epic journey, which spans a continent, travelling the whole distance in three days and three nights. Setting off from Perth, your train climbs through the scenic Avon Valley and into Western Australia's expansive wheat belt, before arriving late evening at your first stop in the city of Kalgoorlie.

Next day, you'll discover the landscape takes on a richer hue as the journey moves through the mallee scrub into the ancient Nullarbor Plain, with the landscape unmarked by the passing millennia.

Stepping off during a brief pause at Cook in the middle of the Nullarbor Plain, you will experience Australia's vast open spaces from a unique perspective.

Arriving in Adelaide the following morning you can choose to break your journey for a few days touring this picturesque city, or continue directly on to Broken Hill, with its countless tales of riches won and lost.

From here you'll travel through some of Australia's most productive farming country and into the arid outback as the sun sets. Next morning is the finale of your journey through the spectacular Blue Mountains. Naturally, you can also do this journey from Sydney to Perth – it’s just as unforgettable.

Whether your final destination on the Indian Pacific is west to Perth or east to Sydney, you’ll have many opportunities to leave the train and take in some of the region's highlights. With so many wonderful sights to enjoy, this isn’t just one of the longest train journeys in the world, but also one of the most memorable.

Past travellers on the Indian Pacific

"What an amazing experience - we have just returned from our first trip and cannot stop talking about it. "
- Janice and Michael Spearing, United Kingdom

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Photo of the Indian Pacific passing Radar Station Photo of the Indian Pacific in teh Blue Mountains Photo of the Indian Pacific passing a Viaduct Queen Adelaide Restaurant Photo of The Ghan crossing the Ferguson River Platinum by Night

Reservation enquiries

Within Australia: 13 21 47
International: +61 8 8213 4401


Online bookings for the Indian Pacific

Bookings for the Indian Pacific can be made at our Great Southern Rail website.

You'll be asked to choose a train journey and then you can book accommodation and activities.

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