Australia, the world’s greatest land and biggest Island! With a Country so large there are many ways to negate around: Planes, trains, and automobiles are all options you can consider. Remember no trip is complete unless you have heard a few “are we there yet?”.
Trains: a beautiful way to explore Australia, sit back, relax, share in conversation with a fellow traveller, enjoy the ride. Among the most iconic rail journeys are: The Ghan and the Indian Pacific. The Ghan travels from North to South through the countries centre: from Adelaide to Darwin taking in Australia’s Red Centre and the tropical Top End. This is a fantastic way to explore: Alice Springs, Uluru, Katherine Gorge and Darwin. Depending on your time and budget, turn this into an All-Inclusive Outback Experience, adding accommodation and tours before and after the rail journey creating an incredible experience. Do not forget to pack you lose pants, this rail journey also includes a Feast for your Senses. An expert culinary team is on hand working closely with local suppliers and farmers to provide the finest food accompanied with fine wines and beverages.
From Sydney – Adelaide – Golden Outback – Perth you can ride the Indian Pacific, Fun Fact: The name Indian Pacific stems from the journey’s oceans start and end points: Indian and Pacific Oceans. Traverse through mountain ranges, passing through deserts and goldfields as you discover the diversity between your destinations. The Indian Pacific offers a variety of itineraries… something for everyone. If you do not want to travel the entire distance of Sydney to Perth, then break it down. Sydney to Adelaide a 2-day journey exploring the Blue Mountains, what a great way to travel between two cities or, Adelaide to Perth experiencing the tremendous Nullarbor plains. Like the The Ghan, upgrade your package to include accommodation before and after the rail journey to create an all-inclusive experience.
Back by popular demand, Great Southern. This rail journey will commence her second season December 2020. Travelling between Adelaide to Brisbane via Outback towns; Broken Hill and Silverton, wine & mountain country: Hunter Valley and coastal towns Port Stephens, Coffs Harbour. This rail journey also includes the culinary experience complimenting the cities and landscapes you pass through. As previously mentioned, include accommodation before and after the rail journey to create your unique experience.
A short and sweet rail journey can be experience between Adelaide and Melbourne aboard the: Overland. No overnight trip required; a day trip will see you connect through these cities. Comfortable seats with different cabin options available, enjoy this trip as opposed to flying. A similar journey is available from Brisbane to Cairns aboard the Spirit of Queensland, one exception: as this trip is longer there is an option to stop at: Maryborough (connect to Hervey Bay), Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay, Proserpine (connect to Airlie Beach) and Townsville, prior to arriving into Cairns. Should you be holidaying or visiting family, this is an ideal way to travel.
Rail Traveller’s Tip: Pack a light bag to travel with you on the train, your larger bag will go into storage with limited access.
This large country sometimes a flight is required to cover distance. Qantas, Virgin Australia, Alliance, and Jetstar are among the primary carriers. Australia is serviced by many regional and city airports to see you on your way. Things to consider; you should book through fares (Starting Point to Finishing Point) as opposed multiple tickets EG: Brisbane to Sydney on one ticket, then Sydney to Adelaide on another. By purchasing two tickets, should your first flight become cancelled and you miss the following flight, you will be hard pressed to get any form of compensation. Whereas, if you book just one ticket and your first flight is delayed, then the airline will get you to your destination. Check the baggage allowance and avoid arguments with airline staff at the airport. Qantas, Alliance, and Virgin Australia usually include some form of checked in baggage allowance with 7kg carry on. Low Cost Airline Jetstar does not include checked in baggage, only 7kg carry on. The Airline will weigh your bag, do not chance having to pay excess baggage. Pre-pay a checked in bag should you think you will need it. $21 upfront is a lot cheaper than excess baggage at the airport.
Air Tours: Somethings are better seen from the air! Enhance your holiday experience with a Scenic Flight or Hot Air Balloon flight. Lake Eyre: Australia’s lowest natural point can fill to become Australia’s largest lake! A hot air balloon ride over Alice Springs at Sunrise, a special way to see the Australian outback. Lady Elliot Island off Hervey Bay, Queensland can only be reached by light aircraft.
Tip for Traveller’s, keep healthy whilst flying, take all pre-cautions: wear a face mask, sanitize your hands, wipe down the tray table and seat buckle (anything you may touch).