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Australia’s greatest train trips

You get a senior discount on travel so, why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of it by going on some of Australia’s greatest train trips? It’s a wonderful way to see the country and someone else gets to do all of the hard work while you sit back and enjoy it.


  • The Ghan. If you want to experience Australia’s Red Centre, then The Ghan is the way to do it. This is the link between Darwin and Adelaide. It’s also possible to book extra excursions off the train. There’s a journey through Katherine Gorge by boat, as well as a trip to Alice Springs to check out Coober Pedy, the underground mine.


  • Indian Pacific. This trek is over 4,000 km and takes you on a journey from Perth to Sydney. There are off-train excursion options, too. So, if you want to check out the gold mine of Kalgoorlie or go wine tasting in the Barossa Valley, then you can. This journey also boasts the longest straight track stretch in the world, 478 km.


  • Spirit of the Outback. This is a short journey, just 1,325 km and it’s simply 24-hours. Depart from Brisbane and head to Rockhampton via Bundaberg, the sugar capital and home to the botanic gardens, aviation and distillery museums. From Bundaberg the train treks through small towns in the outback and ends in Longreach. From there, you can travel by bus through Winton.


  • Coasts & Cliffs. This is the shortest trip of them all, just 153 km. It’s all about the stunning views of the cliffs and coasts. The best part is the journey from Sydney to Bomaderry is cheaper than a lunch out. Which is good because Bomaderry is a bit of a foodie haven. Not only does it offer delicious restaurants, but there are also wineries. There’s even an air museum nearby.

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