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Nothing Beats an Australian Rail and Cruise Combo

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Nothing Beats an Australian Rail and Cruise Combo

story by: Mike Williams

For passionate travellers with an appreciation for adventure, indulgence and a desire to experience a country from the inside out, nothing beats a train and cruise combo. And there’s surely no other country as perfect for a rail and sail holiday than Australia. 

Sail around her beautiful coastline, drinking in the beauty of famous cityscapes and world renowned natural wonders like the Southern Great Barrier Reef, all the while relishing the luxurious facilities, fine dining and abundance of on-board activities. Famous Australian seaside cities await. Go shopping in Sydney and hit the beach at Brisbane. Go snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef or hike the Daintree National Park while anchored at Port Douglas.

The conductor blows his whistle and you find yourself on a grand and deliciously historic passenger train.  Australia’s richly diverse and uniquely stunning heartland gently rolls past. Sit back and watch in amazement as the great Australian Outback unfolds in front of your eyes or enjoy a sunrise over the great Blue Mountains. Take an Off Train Excursion and explore the Red Centre or the Nitmiluk Gorge in Katherine. Back on-board, look forward to a relaxing drink in one of the lounge carriages, regionally-inspired culinary experiences and private cabin accommodation.

There’s no other travel experience that compares with seeing Australia by train. Australia is home to two of the world’s most epic and wonderful passenger train journeys, The Ghan and the Indian Pacific. The Ghan roams between Darwin at Australia’s top and Adelaide at the bottom, with a stopover at Alice Springs, in central Australia. Its title comes from an old nickname, The Afghan Express, honouring the Afghan camel drivers who helped explore Australia’s interior in the late 19th century. The Indian Pacific rambles between Sydney, on the Pacific Ocean, and Perth, on the Indian Ocean. A truly transcontinental train experience, the Indian Pacific is one of the longest stretches of railway track in the world.

Kiwis don’t have to travel far to experience two of the most fantastic train adventures on the planet. Best of all, they can both be combined with a luxurious circumnavigation cruise for a rail and sail holiday that showcases Australia’s seaside and inland beauty. 

Embark on a voyage from the bottom of Australia and explore its wonderful coastline until you get to the top. Then it’s all aboard The Ghan, journeying through the Northern Territory and experiencing everything this amazing part of Australia has to offer, from beautiful Kakadu, ancient Katherine Gorge, through to the Red Centre.

Or take a cruise between Sydney and Perth aboard the Dawn Princess, visiting Brisbane, Broome and Port Douglas, and even get a taste of the Orient with a stop in Lombok, Indonesia. Afterwards, hitch a ride on the Indian Pacific for a four day journey from the Indian Ocean in the West to the Pacific Ocean in the East. This epic 4,352 km trip provides a spectacular array of backdrops including the Blue Mountains, the Great Dividing Range, the salt lakes and sand dunes of South Australia and the barren Nullabor Plains.

An Australia rail and sail holiday has it all: a smorgasbord of scenic beauty, diverse landscapes and Australian natural icons, and it’s all to be enjoyed while being treated to world-class service and indulgence on two of the most pure forms of travel.

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