The Indian Pacific Introduces Two New Off Train Australia Excursions
Written by: Jovanka Ristich
Date: 19th May 2016
The Indian Pacific, one of the world’s legendary cross continental rail journeys, has introduced two new Off Train Excursions in New South Wales’ Broken Hill as part of its inclusive rail packages valid from April to 30th June 2016.
Passengers wishing to cover the 4,325km, four-day/three-night Perth to Sydney Indian Pacific experience, can now choose from a total of six price inclusive trips. The two new inclusive Off Train Excursions are:
THE MAIN DRAG – Available only on the Perth to Sydney services, this is a glitzy drag show in the vein of ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ performed at the Palace Hotel in Broken Hill where ‘Priscilla’ was originally filmed.
BROKEN HILL REGIONAL ART GALLERY – Also only available only on the Perth to Sydney service, this is New South Wales’ oldest regional art gallery featuring paintings from renowned Australian artists Arthur Streeton, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Arthur Boyd and Pro Hart.
The other Off Train Excursions on the Perth to Sydney route are:
- Tour of Kalgoorlie, Australia’s gold capital including a visit to the ‘Super Pit’ the 3.6km x 1.6km x 512 metre deep gold ‘mine’.
- Self guided walk in Cook. Cook is a ghost town located on the world’s longest stretch of straight railroad. The hospital may be closed and the swimming pool empty, but the town is remains full of character.
- The walking tour of South Australia’s capital Adelaide takes in the city’s main museums, art galleries and botanic gardens before finishing off at the National Wine Centre.
- A tour of Adelaide Central Market encounters 140 years of marketplace history and 80 specialist stands selling delicious local produce.
Off Train Excursions included in the cost of the Sydney to Perth route are:
- A visit to the Pro Hart Gallery featuring Kevin ‘Pro’ Hart’s signature art displayed over three floors. This inspiring body of work is by an artist who experimented with new forms of expression including sculpting with metal and stone.
- Miner’s Memorial is a striking 54 metre high structure located in Broken Hill, a monument to the town’s rich mining history.
- The Barossa, located 60kms north east of Adelaide, is one of the world’s greatest wine growing regions. The tour includes wine tastings at Seppeltsfield and a cooking demonstration at Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop. Maggie Beer is a living Australian cooking legend.
- The walking tour of Adelaide takes in the city’s main museums, art galleries and botanic gardens before finishing off at the National Wine Centre.
- A self guided walk in Cook. Cook is a ghost town located on the world’s longest stretch of straight railroad. The hospital may be closed and the swimming pool empty, but the town remains full of character.
This tour is available as an optional upgrade:
- Perth city tour provides an introduction to the last stop on this journey. There are historic buildings, the Swan River, picturesque parklands as well as upmarket boutiques and Millionaire’s Row to see. (AUD$52)
The lead in price for a low season, single, one way Indian Pacific rail experience starts from AUD$1,639.
The Indian Pacific can be booked as part of a wider Australian itinerary with the following tour operators: