A new level of sophistication
Words: Giselle Whiteaker
When you think Platinum on the Great Southern, the first picture that comes to mind is a generously proportioned cabin with comfortable lounge seating, plump cushions inviting you to take a seat. The wooden coffee table ties in neatly with the timber panelling on the walls, which runs beneath the panoramic window. A matching window on the corridor side allows for views from both sides of the train – with blinds for privacy when desired. Marble side tables sit above drawers for bedside storage, brass knobs gleaming. The ensuite bathroom is large enough for a separate shower cubicle, WC and handbasin. It’s stocked with Apelles amenities and soft white towels.
Come evening, the lounge cleverly converts into beds – double or twin. You won’t be there to see the transition. It happens as if by magic, as you make your way to the Platinum Club for an aperitif before dinner. Bracegirdles chocolates await when you return to your haven, along with an in-room nightcap. Should you prefer a hot beverage before bed, there’s a bar station at the end of the carriage, stocked with tea, coffee and snacks.
The Platinum Club is exclusive for your use. This is your social and dining hub. Thoughtfully appointed to embody the spirit of the train’s heritage, the decor features quartzite tabletops, timber flooring, brass fittings and leather banquette seating in tones of ash, moss and sepia, setting the scene for relaxed daytime conversation or a delectable meal.
While we’re on the topic of food, expect the finest. The skilled on-board chef is a true master, preparing hearty breakfasts to order, two-course lunches and four-course dinners, all regionally inspired and paired with champagne and premium wines and beverages. Expect carefully curated flavours, incorporating native ingredients and produce that represents the journey. You might find venison carpaccio on the menu, the delicate slices marinated in juniper berries with native finger lime, golden shallot, chive and mustard oil, or a summer fig and walnut salad, served with fresh mozzarella, pumpkin and fig balsamic. For mains, perhaps grilled Kingfish with creamy mashed potato, steamed broccolini, Kinkawooka mussels and a smoked tomato sauce or Hunter Valley beef eye fillet, with brussels sprout puree, Café de Paris butter, oyster mushrooms and speck. Then there’s a selection of cheese, and desserts ranging from tarts to flans and puddings.
The Platinum Club Lounge is hosted by an exclusive Platinum Host, serving drinks, cocktails and barista coffee whenever you so desire. This level of exclusive on-board hospitality continues throughout the journey. From the moment you alight at the train station from your private transfer and are welcomed to the Platinum experience, through your immersive Off Train Experiences, to the time you reach your final destination at the end of your journey, your dedicated Platinum Host will ensure you want for nothing.
This is what Platinum is about. It’s more than the space in your cabin. More than the stylish décor. More than the bespoke experiences. More than the exceptional hospitality. It’s in the thoughtful touches that make this journey one that you’ll cherish for years to come.
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- Cosy cabin, big adventure
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