Great Southern
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Our newest train burst onto the scene in 2019 and since then has been taking guests on a culinary and scenic adventure through Australia’s south-east.

The Great Southern, colloquially known as the ‘summer train,’ journeys between Brisbane and Adelaide in December and January each year.

A rail holiday that excites all the senses, the Great Southern’s journey from Brisbane to Adelaide takes place over three nights and four days, while its return journey from Adelaide takes two nights and three days.

With its striking, brilliant orange locomotive representing the summer months, the Great Southern’s motif is an Eastern Grey Kangaroo, typically found in the areas through which the train travels.

The Great Southern features Gold Service, Gold Premium and Platinum Service and is all inclusive of Off Train Experiences in a range of locations such as Canberra, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Port Stephens.

The north-bound and south-bound journeys not only vary in length but include different stops and experiences, making a return journey on the Great Southern a great appeal.

Travelling through some of Australia’s best food producing regions, the Great Southern’s menu is punctuated with local produce including Riverina oranges, Junee lamb rump and Spencer Gulf prawns.

With outstanding Off Train Experiences and world-class hospitality, a journey on the Great Southern is a summer holiday like no other.

Fast Facts

  • The Great Southern arrives in Adelaide on the same day the Indian Pacific departs, meaning guests can continue their rail holiday all the way through to Perth.
  • The Great Southern crosses the Murray River twice, once in NSW close to its source and once in South Australia nearer to its mouth. It also goes around two spiral loops of track on its journey (where the train crosses over its own route at a different level).
  • The train’s average speed is 85km/hr and its maximum speed is 115 km/hr.