New 2017 Off Train Experiences For Australia’s Indian Pacific

Written by: Jovanka Ristich
Date: 27th April 2017

Great Southern Rail, the company behind Australia’s iconic cross continental Indian Pacific rail journey between Sydney and Perth via Adelaide, has introduced its largest selection of all-inclusive Off Train Experiences for the April 2017 – March 2018 season.

Most of the new tours are on the South Australia leg of the journey with new experiences in Adelaide, the Barossa and the Adelaide Hills.


  • 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: A new option for Platinum Service guests is a trip to the stunning St Hugo Winery for a private estate tour and wine tastings, concluding with dinner at the Yalumba Estate.
  • ADELAIDE: For all guests joining the Indian Pacific in Adelaide there is a complimentary pre-boarding dinner at the National Wine Centre.
  • McLAREN VALE: From October 2017 the McLaren Vale, on the Fleurieu Peninsula, will become a new excursion destination. This renowned wine-growing region will offer 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.

Other established off train excursions on this route:

  • 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 at the Trades Hall and Miners Memorial 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.

Broken Hill MIner's Memorial



  • 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.
  • KALGOORLIE: A theatre performance of “Paddy Hannan’s Ounce of Luck” relaying the story of boom and bust in this mining town and performed by actors from the Stage Left Theatre Company.
  • BROKEN HILL: A tour of the Silver City Mint, home to the world’s largest acrylic painting, “The Big Picture”, which took two years to paint and depicts, in panoramic proportions, a view of the surrounding Outback landscape.

Adelaide Oval, credit Getty Images

Other established off train excursions on this route:

  • ADELAIDE: A tour of Central Markets, the largest covered market in the Southern Hemisphere, with chocolate and cheese tastings.
  • BROKEN HILL: A performance of “The Main Drag”, a live drag show inspired by the Aussie classic ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ and staged at the Palace Hotel.

Central Markets, Adelaide, Image purchased from Wayne Smith Visual Asset License Deed 2013

From April 2017 fares start from AUD$2,399 for a one-way Gold Service single fare.


2017 also marks the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Sydney to Perth, east to west, cross continental railway line. However, the railway track was not standardised until 1969 with the ‘birth’ of the Indian Pacific coming the following year. 1970 saw travellers making a continuous journey on the same train, a feat previously impossible due to the different sized gauges that made up the Sydney to Perth line. At that time, cross continental travellers, who included the author Mark Twain, had to change trains several times in order to continue and complete their journey.

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