Through the Outback and along the coast, a rail and sail experience is like no other. Take it all in as you travel through contrasting landscapes that are completely unique to Australia.
WORDS: Ella Chronowski
Through the Outback and along the coast, a rail and sail experience is like no other. Take it all in as you travel through contrasting landscapes that are completely unique to Australia. From rugged coastlines, turquoise waters and dusty red earth, whether on train or at sea, you’ll be immersed in a world of comfort, fine dining, and superb hospitality.
Explore Australia by land and sea on one epic adventure from two unique perspectives. Here are our top 5 reasons why train travel and cruising are complimentary experiences that offer an immersive way to discover Australia.
Slow down and savour the scenery
One of the joys of train and cruise adventure is the opportunity to unwind and appreciate the ever-changing landscapes passing by. Relax on bard and take it all in or be as active as you like while on your train and cruise adventure. The Ghan, Indian Pacific and Great Southern take you to remote destinations in Australia, where the vast expanse of the Outback puts you in awe of the beautiful country. Similarly, cruising allows you to soak in the beauty of the open sea. When you look out at the horizon, you’ll find that just like a rainbow, there is no beginning or end.
Unforgettable and unique experiences in Australia
One of the highlights of an all-inclusive train and cruise adventure is the opportunity to explore the remote parts of the world you find yourself in. The Off Train Experiences on The Ghan, Indian Pacific and Great Southern are highlights of all three journeys, and you’ll unlock even more possibilities during the shore excursions while on the cruising part of your adventure. You’ll have access to ports and remote areas of the Outback that are otherwise difficult to get to. The combination of train travel and cruising enhances
Feast on food
Brunch on the open sea, dine under a blanket of stars with the dusty red earth at your feet and enjoy afternoon tea while crossing borders. Gourmet dining is a massive part of the experience, with carefully curated menus that feature seasonal and regional produce. Expect a wine menu to match and a selection of beers, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages. The best part? A rail and sail adventure is all-inclusive, all you need to think about is whether you’ll have one course or two.
You only have to unpack twice
Unlike traditional itineraries where travellers must frequently change accommodation, one of the most appealing aspects of exploring Australia by land and sea is that you only have to unpack twice: once on train and once at sea. This means you can focus more on the joy of travel, enjoy all the amenities on board, fully immerse yourself in the experience and settle into your cabin and make it feel like home. You’ll be able to make the most of every destination, savouring unique sights, sounds and flavours of each place you visit.
Make friends for life
As you embark on this unique journey, you’ll find yourself surrounded by like-minded travellers who share the same passion for exploration and new experiences. From sharing meals to engaging in lively conversations on the deck of a cruise ship or the restaurant of a train, strangers quickly become friends. The social aspect of a rail and sail adventure creates an enriching and vibrant atmosphere that enhances the overall experience. Embrace the opportunity to connect with fellow adventures and forge lasting connections as you go beyond the top attractions of Australia to discover rugged remote beauty.
Explore Australia by train on The Ghan, Indian Pacific and Great Southern, and extend your journey with our partner cruising operators PONANT, Cunard, Silversea and Princess Cruises.
- Cosy cabin, big adventure
- Travel means different things to different people and every journey is different. Perhaps you’re celebrating a special occasion with a romantic journey for two or setting off on a multi-generational adventure. You may be travelling solo or part of a group of friends. Or maybe, you’re indulging in the experience of a lifetime. Whatever your reason, occasion, or situation, there’s a way to travel Australia by train.
- Experience an entirely new, extended journey, with new Off Train Experiences and a signature dinner in the Barossa Valley in 2025.