How to experience a premium train journey across Australia's eastern states
Gourmet food, priceless views, stylish accommodation – treat yourself to a premium train experience on the Great Southern with Journey Beyond Rail, and see Australia's eastern states in a new light.
It’s amazing how quickly your life can go from hectic to holiday mode on a premium train journey. Within half an hour of the Great Southern leaving the train terminal in Brisbane, the electronic world ceases to matter.
Seated in the Outback Explorer Lounge, I watch lush green paddocks and hazy mountains framed by cumulus clouds give way to remnants of bushland as we sashay towards Coffs Harbour. Fellow passengers mark their change of routine with a glass of wine or Aperol Spritz, while I sip a cappuccino that's been made just the way I like it.
Over four days and three nights, I and 213 passengers will travel 2000km through four Australian states: past farms and regional towns, mountains and rivers, historic buildings, and wineries. My mobile phone will be merely a camera to capture the ever-changing landscape. It’s a sentiment shared by fellow passenger, Ali, an IT worker from Sydney.
“This is my escape,” she says. “I never get the chance to enjoy the scenery when I’m driving. Now I can stare out the window, and someone else is going to tell me what to do for three and half days, and nothing is going to bother me – no emails, no cooking – it’s sheer bliss.”