Due to its size and scale, great railway journeys in Australia are an excellent means of traversing the country for people with a bit more time who want to travel more intimately than flying can allow. As well as attractive journeys on routes such as the Sunlander from Brisbane to Cairns, which showcases the highlights of Queensland's East Coast there are epic overland journeys available that are genuine icons of Australian travel.
The Indian Pacific connects Perth in the west with Sydney in the east; it's one of the world's longest railway journeys and allows you to see the Blue Mountains, Adelaide, Nullarbor Plain and Kalgoorlie on route. Alternatively, board The Ghan to travel across Australia from Adelaide to Darwin or vice versa and enjoy the opportunity to see the Red Centre, Outback and Top End from an exclusive vantage point. These ground level, transcontinental journeys will remind you of the romance of riding the rails and are undoubtedly the most comfortable ways to discover how vast and varied Australia is.
To learn more, read our round-up of Australia's 10 best rail journeys.
In New Zealand, cross the country on board the TranzAlpine Express from Christchurch in the east to Greymouth in the west and take the opportunity to travel slowly across the Canterbury Plains, through the spectacular Southern Alps and past the dramatic Waimakariri River gorge.
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Either side of this all-inclusive rail journey through the Outback, you’ll sample the wines of the Barossa Valley and enjoy a luxury safari in the Top End, returning from included wildlife experiences to drinks and gourmet dining.
Travel aboard the legendary Ghan train as you retrace the footsteps of the early pioneers, plunging into the Red Centre's sprawling desert before exploring one of Australia’s greatest wildlife habitats – Kangaroo Island.
Travel across Australia’s vast outback as you journey coast-to-coast from Perth to Sydney on this luxury rail journey aboard the Indian Pacific.
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Discover the best of the South Island on this two-week self-drive, taking in Christchurch, Kaikoura, Queenstown and beautiful Lake Tekapo. Included tours, from whale-watching cruises to heli-hikes, help bring it all to life.