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Experience Australia by rail

As the world's largest island continent, Australia is as diverse as it is vast. You can explore this great country by rail taking in the scenery. From the lush green beauty of our tropical rainforests, to the desert extremes of the Red Centre and of course, literally thousands of beautiful, white sandy beaches.

There's winding rivers, magnificent mountain ranges, vivid wildflowers, majestic waterfalls, unique wildlife, red desert vistas, crystal clear waterholes and some of the most liveable cities in the world. But because Australia is so big, driving around can seem a little daunting and missing the best of it from a plane at 35,000 feet is such a waste.

Rail travel is so perfectly suited for this great southern land. The varying weather, time zones, and vast distances between attractions will be of no concern to you as you explore Australia from the climate-controlled comfort of your carriage. You'll find each and every one of these great train journeys has its own unique character and set of attractions.

Discover places to visit in Australia, and find out how to get around on public transport when you get there. You can also visit Tourism Australia website to start planning your rail trip of a lifetime.

Long distance train services across Australia

The XPLORER and XPT travel all around NSW and interstate. Linking the country and coastal towns to major cities.

Plan a trip with the the Trip Planner, see current sale fares and book your train ticket.

Also view train timetables and see the onboard facilities for the XPT and XPLORER trains.

Vintage Rail Journeys will take you on a regional Australian rail adventure on their restored Aurora Australis carriages. Choose from three different experiences and see more of regional New South Wales.

  • Australind services travel from Perth to Bunbury
  • AvonLink services travel Midland to Northam
  • MerredinLink services travel from East Perth to Merredin
  • The Prospector travels from East Perth to Kalgoorlie

Learn more and book on the Transwa website.

The Ghan travels between Darwin and Adelaide.

Learn more and book seats on the Ghan by visiting the Great Southern Railway website.

  • The Gulflander travels in parts of North Queensland
  • The Inlander travels between Townsville and Mt Isa
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway travels across North Queensland
  • Savannahlander travels between Cairns and Forsayth
  • Spirit of the Outback travels between Brisbane, Rockhampton and Long Reach
  • Tile Train travels up and down the coast between Brisbane and Cairns
  • The Westlander runs from Brisbane to Charleville

Learn and more book on the Queensland Rail Travel website.

The Indian Pacific travels between Sydney and Perth.

Learn more and book seats on the Ghan by visiting the Great Southern Railway website.

The Overland travels between Melbourne and Adelaide.

Learn more and book seats on the Ghan by visiting the Great Southern Railway website.