The Overland Celebrates 135 Years on the Tracks with a Special Birthday Offer

For 135 years, The Overland has been transporting guests between Melbourne and Adelaide and back again, connecting the two cities and the regional towns in between.   

21 January 2022

To celebrate The Overland’s birthday this week (January 19), we are offering guests who travel on The Overland between January 20 and March 31, 50% off their Red Standard journey. We invite loyal Overland guests, as well as new guests, onto this historical train to celebrate a momentous occasion with us.   

Celebrations were held all the way along the track from Adelaide to Melbourne and back with contingents of The Overland supporters showing up in style with bands, classic cars, old imagery and even a likeness of Bob the Railway Dog. Dignitaries from both South Australia and Melbourne came out to show their support, including Chris Banger, Senior Regional Rail & Infrastructure Planner at Victorian Regional Channels Authority, Mo El Hajji, Conductor Services Manager, Southern Cross for V/Line, and Friends of the Overland members. 

The Overland’s daylight service offers guests a comfortable, relaxed journey as they observe the unfolding landscape. While the romance of a rail journey attracts many to The Overland, the service also plays an important role in regional transport—departing Mondays and Fridays from Melbourne and Sundays and Thursdays from Adelaide. 

Chief Commercial Officer for Journey Beyond, Pete Egglestone said, “The Overland is generously supported by the Victorian Government, which has been instrumental in keeping the service on the tracks. It remains an essential transport service in Australia, playing an integral role in the lives of regional commuters and visitors alike, connecting passengers to essential services, as well as providing an alternative to flying.”  

Victorian Minister for Public Transport, Ben Carroll said, “We’re proud to support The Overland, which for 135 years has connected communities in the Wimmera to Melbourne and Adelaide, supporting jobs, tourism and the economy.”  

Originally named the Intercolonial Express on its first departure in January 1887, the train was later called the Adelaide Express or Melbourne Express, depending on where you resided, whether in Melbourne or Adelaide. In 1926, she was officially renamed “The Overland”, with the introduction of striking green carriages with gold and black trim and silver nameboards. The carriages have since been updated with a modern interior, offering comfort and style as guests travel.   

A day trip on The Overland is still the best way to travel between Adelaide and Melbourne. The Overland offers two levels of service—Red Service is a value-for-money choice, while Red Premium provides all-inclusive dining options. Regardless of the level of service, there’s plenty of room to move and the opportunity to meet fellow travellers in a relaxed, friendly environment. With comfortable reclining seats, generous legroom, up to 60kg of luggage allowance and dedicated hospitality attendants to tend to your every need, The Overland offers service in a class of its own.  

Book your next trip on The Overland now to take advantage of the 50% off your next Red Standard journey.  

Media contact | Cheryl Monkhouse | [email protected]

About Journey Beyond:   

Australia’s leading experiential tourism group, Journey Beyond, is privileged to own and operate 13 brands spanning the country, connecting guests to the land, and to each other.    

Headquartered in Adelaide, Journey Beyond formed in 2016 and now comprises tourism brands including: iconic trains The Ghan, Indian Pacific, Great Southern and The Overland; premium small-group outback operator Outback Spirit; eco-luxe lodge Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef; aquatic adventures Cruise Whitsundays, Rottnest Express, Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures, Darwin Harbour Cruises and Journey Beyond Cruise Sydney; and our tallest members, Melbourne Skydeck and Eureka89.   

Journey Beyond Travel Club unlocks exclusive member-only offers, priority access, special benefits and last-minute upgrade offers. With our pillars of Rail Expeditions, Touring, Cruises, Camps and Lodges and Attractions, a Journey Beyond holiday is comprehensive from start to finish.    

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