Indian Pacific
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People dining next to train at night under the stars with a fire pit

Reaching its half century in 2020, the Indian Pacific has been traversing the country from Perth to Sydney since 1970.

Prior to this, people could make the transcontinental crossing by changing trains at least five times thanks to the different track gauges used across the country. The track standardisation project put an end to this and since then, the Indian Pacific has been rolling all the way from Sydney to Perth.

To mark such a significant engineering feat and truly connecting the two capital cities, a competition was held in 1969 to name the great train. Henry Roach, founder of the Independent Oil Company, had the brainwave to name the train after the two oceans it connected, and hence the Indian Pacific was born.

Over three nights and four days, the Indian Pacific with its eagle motif representing the span between the two capital cities, takes guests on a spectacular 4352-kilometre journey.  It departs Sydney every Wednesday and arrives in Adelaide every Thursday, arriving in Perth every Saturday. It departs Perth every Sunday and arrives in Adelaide every Tuesday, arriving in Sydney every Wednesday.

From the vast stretch of Nullarbor to the verdant Adelaide Hills and Blue Mountains, the Indian Pacific truly showcases Australia’s diverse landscapes while crossing three time zones.

Guests are invited to step off in mining town Kalgoorlie and Rawlinna on the Nullarbor Plain, the quirky ghost town of Cook, South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide, country town Broken Hill and the spectacular Blue Mountains.

Similarly to The Ghan and Great Southern, the Indian Pacific’s menus tell the story of the great country it traverses. Featuring premium Margaret River wines, Pacific Ocean swordfish and Hunter Valley beef fillet, every sumptuous meal has a tale to tell.

With both Gold Service and Platinum Service and being all inclusive of meals, beverages and Off Train Experiences, the Indian Pacific is an immersive transcontinental journey that guests will remember for years to come.

Fast Facts

  • The Indian Pacific requires two locomotives between Adelaide and Sydney to help it haul itself through the hilly terrain of the Blue Mountains.
  • The Indian Pacific runs on the longest straight section of train track in the world. It’s 478 kilometres of full steam ahead until the train turns a corner.
  • The highest point on the line on the Indian Pacific is at in the Blue Mountains at Bell in New South Wales. It’s 1100 metres.