Experts in Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific

Coast to coast on the Indian Pacific - Perth to Sydney

Posted 19 April 2017
Traversing 4,352 kilometres across Australia, experience this vast continent aboard the famous Indian Pacific. Here's what you can expect on this epic four-day journey through the Aussie outback.

From the glittering blue of the Indian Ocean, you'll be travelling to the cosmopolitan metropolis of Sydney on the Pacific Ocean. But before you embark on your journey, take some time to explore Western Australia’s laid-back state capital, Perth.

A sunny, waterfront city with cafés, restaurants and bars abound, Perth is also home to the country’s highest concentration of rooftop bars and alfresco eateries. Dine along the banks of Swan River or head to Cottesloe Beach where you can watch the spectacular sunset across the Indian Ocean, cocktail in hand. 

Day 1: Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Indian Pacific view from window

All aboard? The excitement begins as the Great Southern Rail attendant escorts you to your private cabin, home for the next four days.

Once settled in, make your way to the elegant Queen Adelaide Restaurant where talented on-board chefs have lunch waiting. Accompany your meal with a Margaret River sauvignon blanc or choose another varietal from the restaurant’s long list of fine wines. Then sit back, relax and spend the rest of the afternoon watching the suburbs of Western Australia and the green hues of Avon Valley roll past your window.

First stop is the outback gold mining town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Discover this evening the vastness of the Super Pit – a staggering 3.6km wide – this gold mine has been yielding riches since 1989.

Day 2: Cook

Indian Pacific on the Nullarbor Plain

Next morning, wake up to the sweeping desert landscape of Nullarbor Plain in South Australia. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before stepping off the train for a short stop in Cook. Once a bustling railway community, now a remote ghost town, wander through Cook’s abandoned buildings and learn about the town’s intriguing history.

Back on board, cold beverages are served and the Outback Explorer Lounge is buzzing with conversation of the day’s sights. It’s time to continue your passage through the vast plains of The Nullarbor.

Day 3: Adelaide and Broken Hill

Adelaide restaurant

The rolling South Australian countryside preludes your arrival in Adelaide. A heritage-rich city renowned for its arts scene, museums, pop-up bars and laneway restaurants, Adelaide has something for every visitor.

Feast upon the sights, scents and tastes of the extraordinary Adelaide Central Market - a mecca for locally-grown produce and gourmet delights. Alternatively, hop on a coach for an Adelaide City Highlights tour which includes the world-renowned Adelaide Oval, a trip into the Adelaide Hills and a visit to Mount Lofty Lookout with its unrivalled panoramic city views.

Back on board, lunch is served and the landscape transforms into tough mallee scrubland as you approach Broken Hill. Also known as ‘The Silver City’, this is another of Australia’s legendary outback bases defined by its wide streets, country pubs and mining of silver, lead and zinc. Here, you can visit the Miners’ Memorial where the harsh reality of working in Broken Hill’s mines over the ages is commemorated.

Day 4: Sydney

Indian Pacific in Blue Mountains

This is the last leg of your journey and what a high to finish on. The magnificent scenery of the Blue Mountains National Park provides the perfect backdrop for which to relax and reflect on your unique Australian travel experience.

You have travelled from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific, through some of the most striking landscapes on Earth. Absorb these final views as you wind your way towards your last – but certainly not least – destination.

Welcome to Sydney – one of the most iconic and famous harbour cities in the world, not to mention a fitting end to your transcontinental rail adventure.

From a coffee cruise on the harbour to an action-packed day of sightseeing or shopping in the CBD, with so much to see and do, you’ll need at least a few days to soak up Sydney’s city atmosphere.

From here you can follow the locals to Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach for some surfing and chill out time in the sun. Alternatively, continue your journey with a road trip up the New South Wales coast to the sparkling shores of Lake Macquarie and onwards to the beautiful vineyards of Hunter Valley. The choice is yours.

Find out more about travelling on the Indian Pacific for your next trip to Australia.