Echo Point lookout Three Sisters closeup

Australia’s Indian Pacific Train Adds New Excursion to the Blue Mountains

Written by: Jovanka Ristich
Date: 19th February 2018

From April 2018 the iconic Indian Pacific cross continental railway will introduce a new Off Train Excursion on its Perth to Sydney route – the spectacular World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains.

For the first time, Indian Pacific passengers will have the opportunity to explore this spectacular landscape using scenic walkways, cable cars and the world’s steepest incline railway.

Echo Point lookout Blue Mountains, Indian Pacific

Highlights include:

  • Echo Point Lookout for views of the unusual Three Sisters rock formation
  • Prince Henry Cliff Walk to the top of Katoomba Falls for views across Jamison Valley
  • A descending ride on the world’s steepest incline railway into the heart of the forest
  • A horizontal skyway ride across the verdant valley
  • A scenic train journey through the Blue Mountains finishing in Sydney Central Station

Echo Point lookout, Indian Pacific

Scenic World view of Skyway, Indian Pacific

The Indian Pacific is a three-night/four-day cross continental rail experience. Travelling at a leisurely pace, it affords passengers the opportunity to observe Australia’s ecological and cultural diversity, ranging from the flat, treeless Nullarbor Plain, the rich farming and wine growing country of South Australia, the mining history around Broken Hill, through to the lush, rainforest-like greenery of the Blue Mountains.

And, with Qantas launching its ground breaking, direct, non-stop, “Dreamliner” flight from London to Perth in March, the Indian Pacific will provide the perfect opportunity to continue the journey into Australia at a more laidback and relaxed pace. What better way to complement the 15-hour 45 minute flight across 14,497 km than with a 65-hour train journey across 4,352 km?

The other Indian Pacific Perth to Sydney Off Train Excursions are:

  • KALGOORLIE: A theatre performance of “Paddy Hannan’s Ounce of Luck” relaying the story of boom and bust in this mining town.
  • ADELAIDE: An interactive experience at the Adelaide Oval considered by many to be the most beautiful cricket pitch in the world. The tour includes a visit to the historic mechanical scoreboard, the Hall of Fame and Bradman’s Private Collection. A tour of Adelaide Central Market, the largest covered market in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • BROKEN HILL: A tour of the Silver City Mint, home to the world’s largest acrylic painting depicting, in panoramic proportions, a view of the Outback landscape. A performance of “The Main Drag”, a live drag show inspired by the Aussie classic ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’.

For guests travelling from Sydney to Perth, the Off Train Experiences remain:

  • ADELAIDE: A behind the scenes tour of the South Australian Museum home to the largest Australian Aboriginal collection in the world. The tour ends with a sumptuous dinner in the Museum a highlight of which is an after dinner talk from one of South Australia’s leading natural history scientists.
  • THE BAROSSA: Platinum Service guests have the option of visiting the stunning St Hugo Winery for a private estate tour and wine tastings, concluding with dinner at the Yalumba Estate.
  • McLAREN VALE: This renowned wine-growing region on the Fleurieu Peninsula offers guests wine and cheese tastings at Coriole, topped off with a three-course meal at the Star of Greece, one of the region’s most renowned restaurants boasting stunning sea views.
  • ADELAIDE HILLS: An intimate foodie tour featuring artisan chocolate, cheese and strawberry producers, followed by dinner in the historic town of Hahndorf.
  • BROKEN HILL: A tour of the Pro Hart Gallery followed by a short play depicting the early days of mining. The visit is topped off with a self-guided tour of the Living Desert Sculpture Site containing 12 sandstone sculptures from around the world.

INDIAN PACIFIC FACTS & FIGURES:

  • Average train length: 774m – includes two locomotives and 30 carriages
  • Average train weight: 1400 tonnes
  • Average speed: 85km/hr
  • Journey length: 65 hours Sydney to Perth – 4,352 km
  • The logo: The wedge-tail eagle, Australia’s largest bird of prey with a massive two-metre wingspan, symbolises the epic journey spanning the continent.

PRICES START FROM AUD$2,259 for a Gold Service single cabin. An Indian Pacific experience can be booked directly with www.greatsouthernrail.com.au or through tour operators including: Travelbag, Freedom Australia, Austravel, Trailfinders, Railbookers and others.

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