The Overland Returns in time for Christmas


Thursday, 9 December 2021

After being off the tracks for several months, The Overland will once again resume its rail journeys between Adelaide and Melbourne from Sunday 12 December 2021, with free travel for children, connecting South Australia and Victoria as well as regional communities—just in time for Christmas.

Operating for more than 130 years, The Overland’s future was solidified last year with a new agreement between the Victorian Government and Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions, guaranteeing its operation for the next three years.

Journey Beyond‘s Chief Commercial Officer Peter Egglestone said The Overland’s return was much anticipated, following its suspension due to the impact COVID-19 and border closures have had on travel.

“The Overland provides a full day scenic daylight journey between South Australia and Victoria, delivering guests to Adelaide Parklands Terminal—only five minutes from the Adelaide CBD—and into the heart of the Melbourne CBD,” Mr. Egglestone stated.

“Vitally, the train also provides an important link between regional communities, including Murray Bridge, Bordertown, Dimboola, Horsham, Stawell, Nhill, Ararat and Geelong.

“We hope by resuming The Overland’s service, we will help families come together for the festive and summer holiday season, which is in keeping with our vision to ‘share special places and shape lasting memories’.

“Up until 30 January 2022, there will also be free travel for children up to age 16 in Red Service. One paying adult can bring two children for free or two paying adults can bring four children for free, which is great for families travelling over the festive season,” Mr. Egglestone concluded.

The Overland departs Adelaide for Melbourne on Sundays and Thursdays and departs Melbourne for Adelaide on Mondays and Fridays each week. Guests can travel in Red Service or upgrade to Premium Red Service, which includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, reclining seats with ample leg room and an increased luggage allowance.

As an added benefit, introductory Ready Rail fares have been extended for bookings made through 31 December 2021. For more information and to book, visit

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; 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 Cruising and Journey Beyond Cruise Sydney; and our tallest members, Eureka Skydeck and Eureka89.

Journey Beyond’s 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. Visit and join us as we take the amazing and turn it into breathtaking.