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Featured Great Southern Packages
The Great Southern journeys between Adelaide and Brisbane, showcasing spectacular coastal and inland scenery and stopping along the way for guests to embark on memorable Off Train Experiences. This is a true summer journey of discovery, from the rugged eastern coastline to buzzing cities and everything in-between.
Leaving Adelaide behind, you can relax, unwind and enjoy world-class service as the stunning landscapes glide by. On your three-day journey, enjoy a mixture of time on train and the opportunity to immerse yourself in Off Train Experiences as you journey towards Brisbane. Lap up the spectacular scenery passing by your window, beginning in the magical Adelaide Hills and onto the ancient Grampians region in Victoria. Delve into the art, history and culinary culture of Canberra, and discover the nation’s capital. Feel the sand between your toes in the picturesque coastal town of Coffs Harbour. Then enjoy stunning views of northern New South Wales as you roll into the destination of Brisbane.
With its rugged coastline, sun-kissed beaches, forested peaks, and exhilarating capital cities, the stunning train journey in the reverse direction – over 4 days, gives you the chance to celebrate Australia’s unique summer. Departing Brisbane, you’ll travel south into the rolling hills of New South Wales before indulging in an incredible beachside dining experience in Coffs Harbour. Meander through the historic vineyards of the Hunter Valley or explore beautiful Port Stephens by land or sea, before heading towards regional Victoria and Melbourne. Enjoy a mixture of relaxing time on train and immersive Off Train Experiences, as you journey toward your destination of Adelaide.
Relax with everything taken care of on board including fine dining, premium wines and world-class hospitality, as you’re transported from buzzing cities to diverse landscapes and natural marvels.
Life on board
Immerse yourself in the world of romance that epitomises rail travel with our Gold Service offering. The most popular service option has everything you’ll need to feel at home for the duration of your journey.
Choose between Gold Twin or Single cabins, both of which provide the perfect place to relax and recharge after a day’s journey. Spend hours deep in conversation with new friends in the shared Outback Explorer Lounge, sipping on barista made coffee, or a glass of white wine. Later make your way to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant to dine.
Gold includes hearty breakfasts, two-course lunches and three-course dinners. You may also choose to complement your meal with our selection of premium wines and beverages, all included in your fare.
For Gold Twin, a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private ensuite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day. For Gold Single, a compact sleeper cabin featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage.
Gold Premium offers a step up to a whole new style of train travel in 2024. Accommodated in newly designed, contemporary cabins, guests have exclusive access to the Gold Premium Lounge and Gold Premium Dining for meals and socialising. Enjoy delicious breakfasts, regionally inspired two-course lunches and delectable four-course dinners in beautiful surrounds, accompanied by a selection of premium beverages.
Gold Premium offers those luxe extras to make the journey special, such as priority check-in and an increased luggage allowance, luxury amenities, tour preferencing and more.
Choose between a Gold Premium Twin cabin (upper and lower sleeping berths) or Gold Premium Suite, which has a little more space with a three-quarter-size double bed plus a fold-down upper berth and a lounge area.
Nothing enhances the romance of rail travel quite like Platinum Service. Tailored for the discerning traveller, Platinum Service adds a new level of sophistication to your journey. Stylishly appointed and spacious cabins are complemented by discreet, personalised service and access to the exclusive Platinum Club carriage for meals, relaxation and socialising. As you’d expect, the food and wine is of the highest standard. Enjoy hearty breakfasts, two-course lunches and four-course dinners, all regionally inspired and paired with champagne and premium wines.
And it all begins before you’ve even stepped aboard. Platinum guests receive private transfers before and after their journey, beginning the adventure in style.
Platinum cabins offer premium extras, like a full-size ensuite, expansive window views from the train, and exclusive use of the Platinum Club carriage. Add to that the luxurious linen, French Champagne, Bracegirdle’s chocolates, a nightcap at turndown and more, and you’re in for an exceptional experience.
By day, your cabin is configured as a private lounge with deluxe seating, a table and two ottomans. By night, you’ll enjoy a deep, comfortable sleep as the lounges convert into a comfortable bedroom with either a double or twin beds.
In addition to the comfort of your beautifully appointed cabin onboard, you’ll find yourself indulging in sumptuous cuisine, fine wines, and camaraderie in our dining carriages. The onboard culinary team works closely with local suppliers, farmers and providores to source the best ingredients, creating an innovative, regionally-inspired menu accompanied by all-inclusive fine wines and beverages.
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Can I request a forward-facing seat?
Yes, you are able to request forward facing-cabins aboard Great Southern at the time of booking; however, as approximately half the cabins face forward, we are unable to guarantee a forward facing cabin depending on the number of requests received for any given departure.
Can someone with mobility limitations travel on the Great Southern?
The Great Southern has a Gold Access Cabin available for wheelchair bound/physically impaired guests travelling in Gold Service. This cabin is subject to availability and assessment of the guest’s Fitness to Travel. Please ask us for more information.
What are the meal times onboard the train?
In your cabin when you first board the train, you will find a card with the breakfast, lunch and dinner meal times for your journey. Your On-Board Attendant will advise you of the process. If you have any special requests regarding meal times, please speak with a member of the On-Board team when travelling.
Does the train have Wi-Fi?
Limited Wi-Fi is available in the Outback Explorer Lounges and Platinum Club carriages.
Please note that Wi-Fi availability is dependent on mobile network coverage, and as we travel through some remote locations it may not always be available.
What special dietary requirements can be accommodated on board the train?
Most special dietary requirements can be accommodated – including vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free and vegan. Please ensure this is advised at the time of booking.
Is there a dress code when onboard Great Southern?
It’s your holiday and we want you to be comfortable so smart casual attire is recommended.
We also recommend:
- Warm clothes for Outback Experiences as mornings and evenings in the Outback can be cool
- Hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes for your Off Train Experiences.
Can I smoke onboard?
No, smoking is not permitted onboard Great Southern.
Do I need to check-in prior to arrival?
Check in opens approximately 2 hours prior to your scheduled departure time.
We ask all guests to check in at least 60 minutes prior to departure to be welcomed onboard. Please bring your travel itinerary and Photo I.D.
Are there luggage restrictions?
Luggage limits apply for both carry on and checked luggage. These limits vary depending on the level of service you are travelling in and by train.
While on board Great Southern, you can access one piece of hand luggage plus a garment bag, cabin bag or briefcase per person, and store this within your cabin.
Checked luggage cannot be accessed during your rail journey, and will be stored on a separate part of the train. Checked luggage limits apply:
- Platinum Service (per person): 3 x 30kg
- Gold Service (per person) 2 x 30kg
Will I need travel insurance?
As with all holidays and trips abroad, we strongly recommend that you have travel insurance. Please consult with our agents at time of booking and we can assist you with this.