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Great Southern

Taking in the spectacular Grampians mountains, the nation’s capital of Canberra, the magnificent coastal scenery of New South Wales and the tropical reaches of Tangalooma, this is a journey that showcases some of South Australia’s highlights. Feel the excitement build as you set off on one of the world’s finest coast-to-coast crossings, which also happens to include the longest stretch of straight railway track in existence.

Enjoy the finest dining and beverages as you glide across the country, taking in the views of the diverse scenery from the comfort of your private cabin or enjoying convivial company in the lounge car – in the evenings it’s the perfect place for a nightcap before going to bed – before waking each morning to a new, exhilarating view.

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Life on Board Great Southern

Leave reality behind as you step on board Great Southern Rail and enter a world of discovery, filled with romance and adventure.

Platinum Service

Nothing enhances the romance of rail travel quite like Platinum Service. Tailored for the discerning traveller, it adds a new level of luxury and sophistication to your journey.

Stylishly appointed and spacious cabins are complemented by discreet, personalised service, world-class food and wine, and access to the exclusive Platinum Club for meals, and socialising.

With Platinum Service, the food and wine are of the highest standard. Enjoy hearty breakfasts, two-course lunches, and four-course dinners, all paired with premium wines.

  • All-inclusive dining, beverages, and Off Train Experiences
  • Spacious Double or Twin cabin almost twice the size of a Gold Service Twin cabin
  • By day, cabins are set up lounge-style with a moveable table and two ottomans
  • By night, lounges are converted to double or twin beds
  • En suite equipped with separate shower, vanity with cupboard space, toilet and Australian bathroom amenities
  • Power outlets and in-cabin safe
  • In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary
  • Panoramic windows offering views from both sides of the train
  • Access to the exclusive Platinum Club for dining and socialising
  • Freshly prepared continental breakfasts served upon request in-cabin
  • Refreshments served in-cabin
  • 90 kg checked luggage allowance per guest (3 x 30 kg each)

Gold Service

From the moment you step on board, you’ll be immersed in the world of romance that epitomises rail travel. As the most popular service option, you’ll have everything you need to feel right at home for the duration of your journey.

Choose between Gold Service Twin and Single cabins, both of which provide the perfect place to unwind after a day of Off Train Experiences. Catch up with new-found friends in the shared Outback Explorer Lounge and dine on delicious dishes in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant.

Gold Service fares include hearty breakfasts, two-course lunches, and three-course dinners; you can also choose to complement your meal with a selection of premium wines and beverages.

  • For Gold Twin, a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day
  • For Gold Single, a compact sleeper cabin featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage
  • Power outlets in cabin
  • In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available
  • All-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant
  • All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages
  • All-inclusive Off Train Excursions and Short Stops
  • Luggage allowance is 60kg per guest

Off-Train Experiences

Adelaide to Brisbane

  • Grampians
  • Canberra
  • Coffs Harbour

Brisbane to Adelaide

  • Coffs Harbour
  • Hunter Valley Region
  • Greater Melbourne

Great Southern FAQs

Where does the Great Southern Rail route begin and end?

The Great Southern Rail offers two itineraries with different embark and disembark points:

Adelaide to Brisbane

Adelaide – Canberra – Coffs Harbour and Surrounds

Brisbane to Adelaide

Brisbane – Coffs Harbour – Hunter Valley/Newcastle/Port Stephens – Regional Victoria/Melbourne – Adelaide

How long is the trip on board the Great Southern Rail?

Adelaide to Brisbane – Two nights

Brisbane to Adelaide – Three nights

What is included on board the Great Southern Rail?


Your journey is an all-inclusive experience, and your fare includes your cabin, all meals are included as are beverages (beer, wine, basic spirits, soft drinks).

Do you sleep on the Indian Pacific trip?

Yes, both itineraries vary between two- and three-night durations, so you will enjoy a comfortable and cosy night’s stay on board the train.

Can I choose which Off Train Experiences I go on?

Yes, you will be contacted when your Off Train Experience preferences are open and these will be submitted on your behalf.

Do I need to use cash or card on board?

As journeys on board Great Southern Rail are all-inclusive you will only need to purchase any upgrades to Off Train Experiences or souvenirs which you can do so by EFTPOS or credit card facilities. No cash is accepted on board.

Is there a dress code on board?

There is no strict dress code on board the train, comfort is key, so smart casual attire is recommended.

Warm clothes are recommended for Outback Experiences as mornings and evenings can be cool and it is also recommended to pack a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes for your Off Train Experiences.

What special dietary requirements can be accommodated on board the train?


Most special dietary requirements can be accommodated – including vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free and vegan. Please ensure this is advised at the time of booking.

How much luggage can I take?

Luggage limits apply for both carry on and checked luggage. These limits vary depending on the level of service you are travelling in and by train.

While on board Great Southern Rail, you can access one piece of hand luggage plus a garment bag, cabin bag or briefcase per person, and store this within your cabin. Checked luggage cannot be accessed during your rail journey and will be stored on a separate part of the train. Checked luggage limits apply.

  • Platinum Service (per person): 3 x 30kg
  • Gold Service (per person) 2 x 30kg

Can I smoke on board?

No smoking is not permitted on any part of the train.

Is Wi-Fi available on board the train?

Limited Wi-Fi is available in the Outback Explorer Lounges and Platinum Club carriages. Please note that Wi-Fi availability is dependent on mobile network coverage, and as we travel through some remote locations it may not always be available.

What cabins are available for those with mobility or disability issues?


Great Southern Rail has a Gold Access Cabin available for wheelchair bound/physically impaired guests travelling in Gold Service. This cabin is subject to availability and assessment of the guest’s Fitness to Travel.

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