SELLING FAST - LIMITED PLACES LEFT

OVERVIEW

Solos Mix

Best train journeys in the world

It’s one of them - Australia’s Iconic Indian Pacific train, and one of the world’s great rail journeys.                                                         

Travel in style on board the Indian Pacific from Perth to Sydney, enjoying Gold Class.  Watch the passing backdrop of Australia’s magnificent landscapes as you relax in your luxurious seat and enjoy your private Gold Class sleeper cabin during the night. A fabled journey. Follow the path of bush pioneers, gold rush prospectors, and legendary adventurers as you make an epic transcontinental crossing aboard the Indian Pacific.

There’s more to the trip than a train journey with off train experiences including; an Outback and Nullarbor experience, Adelaide visit, a Broken Hill excursion and the Blue Mountains as the train makes its final leg of this world renowned rail trip.

Discover the diversity of the land from west to east on this all-inclusive rail holiday you'll never forget, all in the company of other solo travellers.

Experience one the best train trips in style

In addition to the comfort of your beautifully appointed cabin onboard the Indian Pacific train, you’ll find yourself indulging in sumptuous cuisine, fine wines, and camaraderie in the dining carriages. This is a luxe train journey with menus created with produce sourced from local suppliers, farmers and providores, creating an innovative, regionally-inspired menu accompanied by all-inclusive fine wines and beverages.

It’s the ultimate journey across the middle of Australia, all in the company of other solo travellers.

Like to see more?
Join our Best of South West tour 18 - 25 September 2022

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    best suited 50 years+
  • Duration:
    4 Days
  • Status:
    LIMITED PLACES
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery, Solo Luxe
  • Accommodation:
    Overnight train,Deluxe cabins
  • Prices from:
    AUD2995 own cabin
  • Transport:
    Train
  • Pace:
    1
  • Max Group Size:
    22
REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia
REQUEST A QUOTE > NEED MORE HELP?
EMAIL US >
DOWNLOAD BROCHURE

INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 4 days / 3 nights onboard The Indian Pacific
  • Gold Service; a seat by day and bed by night
  • All-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant
  • All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Power outlets in cabin
  • In-cabin music channels and journey audio commentary available 

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • All-inclusive Indian Pacific Off Train Excursions
  • English-speaking guides for off train experiences 

TRAVEL

  • Group transfer, Perth hotel to Perth railway station day 1
  • One way rail journey Perth to Sydney, The Indian Pacific

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Luggage allowance is 60kg per guest
  • Small group, not more than 20 travellers

Departure Dates for this tour

Departure
Status
Price from
Get a quote
25-28 SEP 22
Last places
AUD3145, own sleeper cabin
REQUEST QUOTE

PRICES – SEP 2022:

 

Prices in AUD


Prices per person

RAIL PACKAGE OPTIONS

GOLD SERVICE Single cabin with share bathroom (1 person)

$3145

GOLD SERVICE Twin share cabin with private bathroom (2 person share)*

$3445

GOLD CLASS Twin share cabin for Sole Use with ensuite (1 person)

$5995

PRE RAIL STAY PERTH: Vibe Hotel Subiaco (Perth) king room with breakfast
Rate applies: 23 & 24 SEP 2022

$255

 

*sharing is always with same sex traveller in our group or book to travel with a friend.


 


Trip Code: railip22-9

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

PRE TOUR STAY
The train journey departs Perth in the morning. For interstate or regional travellers in most cases we recommend arriving to Perth the night prior. The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.

ITINERARY SNAPSHOT

DAY 1 -  SUNDAY
Perth. Travel Towards Adelaide

Departing 10am Perth.
GOLDEN OUTBACK | EVENING EXCURSION

Meals: Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 2 -  MONDAY
Rail Travel 

NULLARBOR | MORNING EXPERIENCE
COOK | AFTERNOON EXPERIENCE

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 -  TUESDAY
Adelaide. Broken Hill

ARRIVE ADELAIDE | MORNING EXCURSION
DEPART ADELAIDE
BROKEN HILL | EVENING EXCURSION 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY
Mt. Victoria. Blue Mountains. Arrive Sydney

8:30am ARRIVE MT VICTORIA
8:55am  DEPART MT VICTORIA ON INDIAN PACIFIC
12:45pm ARRIVE SYDNEY

Optional Blue Mountains Stop. End Indian Pacific Blue Mountains
08:30    ARRIVE MT VICTORIA
09.00    OPTIONAL BLUE MOUNTAINS | MORNING EXCURSION
13.15    DEPART KATOOMBA ON NSW TRAINLINK
15.15    ARRIVE SYDNEY

BLUE MT TOUR- SCENIC WORLD AND ECHO POINT
INCLUDED IN FARE

The Blue Mountains, a favourite getaway destination, is a World Heritage listed area. From Mount Victoria you’ll head to Scenic World for four amazing mountain experiences. The Scenic Skyway takes you 270 metres above ancient ravines that pass beneath the glass cabin floor for an amazing bird’s eye view. Your vista is 360 degrees and takes in the famous Three Sisters, the Jamison Valley and Katoomba Falls. Savour the incredible views from the Scenic Cableway as you descend more than 500 metres to the valley floor where you can stroll through Jurassic Age rainforest on the elevated Scenic Walkway. The steepest passenger railway in the world (52-degree incline), the Scenic Railway, with its glass-roofed carriages, is one of the most popular attractions of the mountains and a must-do.

Next, travel to the Echo Point Lookout perched on the edge of the escarpment in Katoomba to enjoy a light lunch, where perennial favourites are paired with award-winning wine and beer to complement those amazing views. Following the same rail line as the Indian Pacific, join a private charter service to complete your journey to Sydney’s Central Station. 

Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate – short walks and climbing stairs required. Wheelchair access available.

Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 1 SUNDAY

Perth and Kalgoorlie 

Your journey from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean begins as you pull away from the platform in Perth mid-morning. Settle into your comfortable cabin and get to know the creature comforts of life onboard. Enjoy a modern Australian lunch as you glide through the picturesque rolling hills of the Avon Valley. After a relaxing afternoon onboard, enjoy a three-course dinner prior to your late evening arrival in the wild west township of Kalgoorlie.


Departing Perth 10AM
GOLDEN OUTBACK | EVENING EXCURSION

Meals: Lunch, Dinner  

DAY 2  MONDAY

Nullarbor Plain 

Awake to the spectacular expanse of the Nullarbor Plain to watch the sunrise. Be captivated by the big blue skies and ancient stillness of the desert landscape, broken only by a mob of friendly kangaroos. Waiting ahead is the charm of the once-thriving Nullarbor railway community – now ghost town – of Cook. Sit back and relax as the train continues its trek across the longest single stretch of railway in the world. Another mouth-watering dinner is followed by relaxed conversation in the lounge before a restful night’s sleep. 

NULLARBOR | MORNING EXPERIENCE
COOK | AFTERNOON EXPERIENCE

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

DAY 3  TUESDAY

Adelaide and Broken Hill

On arrival in elegant Adelaide, you have the choice of a walking tour (seasonal), a behind-the-scenes tour of the world famous Adelaide Oval, or a coach tour of the city sights. This evening you’ll enjoy a stop at Broken Hill, Australia’s silver capital and home to a unique artistic community.

ARRIVE ADELAIDE | MORNING EXCURSION
DEPART ADELAIDE
BROKEN HILL | EVENING EXCURSION  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 4  WEDNESDAY

Blue Mountains and Sydney

Wake in the picturesque Blue Mountains. See the majestic Three Sisters at Echo Point and the views at Jamison Valley before completing your journey on our chartered NSW rail service (fully hosted by rail crew) into Sydney Central Station. Alternatively, stay on board the Indian Pacific to travel directly to Sydney.

8:30am   ARRIVE MT VICTORIA
8:30am   ARRIVE MT VICTORIA
8:55am   DEPART MT VICTORIA ON INDIAN PACIFIC
12:45pm ARRIVE SYDNEY

Optional Blue Mountains Stop
09.00     OPTIONAL BLUE MOUNTAINS | MORNING EXCURSION
13.15     DEPART KATOOMBA ON NSW TRAINLINK
15.15     ARRIVE SYDNEY

Meals: Breakfast 

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

View Full Itinerary

ACCOMMODATION

TRAIN CABINS

GOLD SINGLE CABINS, THE GHAN
SEE IMAGES OF GOLD CLASS

Australia’s iconic rail journeys offer purpose-built carriages to do it in superb style. The Gold Service Single is a comfortable sleeper cabin option that offers all the luxurious inclusions of the Gold Service Twin such as fully inclusive dining with three gourmet meals per day, all-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages, and your choice of Off Train Experiences as you travel.

Your stylish and ultra-modern cabin cleverly accommodates your belongings with a series of compartments and shelving options incorporated into the compact design. Your comfortable seat with full leg extension bench seat by day converts to a cosy bed by night. Your own complimentary, quality Australian-made toiletries are included. The soulful, reflective and contemplative nature of moving across the continent by train is ideally suited to travelling solo but you can be as quiet or as social as you wish.

Your Restaurant Manager arranges dining seating options to ensure you are always meeting fellow travellers over delicious meals, and the Outback Explorer Lounge is a focal point for all daily social interactions.

And, of course, your fabulous and included choice of Off Train Experiences mean you will be joining fellow guests as you experience the amazing places you visit together. Inside your cabin, choose from six music and journey commentary channels to add background ambience to your travels, and you have numerous power supply outlets to keep your devices charged. 

GOLD CLASS SINGLE CABINS WITH SHARE FACILITIES
VIEW IMAGES
There are 2 full bathrooms, with shower & toilet. Then also 2 other toilets. They are at each end of the carriage. There are 16 single cabins in the carriage.

CABIN INFO/IMAGES-TWIN SHARE

CABIN INFO/IMAGES-SINGLE

Gold Class Single by day

Gold Class Single by day

In addition to the comfort of your beautifully appointed cabin onboard the Indian Pacific train, you’ll find yourself indulging in sumptuous cuisine, fine wines, and camaraderie in the dining carriages. This is a luxe train journey with menus created with produce sourced from local suppliers, farmers and providores, creating an innovative, regionally-inspired menu accompanied by all-inclusive fine wines and beverages. It’s the ultimate journey across the middle of Australia, all in the company of other solo travellers.  Like to see more? Join our Best of South West tour

Gold Class Single by night

Gold Class bathrooms

Gold Class. Single shared bathroom (left). Single cabin basis (right)

VIBE HOTEL SUBIACO (PERTH)
The brand-new Vibe Hotel Subiaco offers a new twist on an old WA favourite - celebrating Perth’s diversity of culture and cuisine and its fascinating history, incredible architecture and leafy laneways – without the bustle of a CBD stay.

Subiaco – or Subi as the locals call it – is a gateway suburb, situated just five minutes from Perth’s CBD, but worlds away in terms of nature and experience. The village boasts an incredible thirty parks, world-class bike trails and a buzzing atmosphere that draws an eclectic blend of characters to its streets. Lake Monger Reserve is a quick 5km drive away and is the place where you can hand feed swans and there’s nearby Kings Park.

There’s a colourful blend of trendy eateries, jazz bars and gastro pubs nearby. The hotel’s rooftop Storehouse restaurant offers unrivalled views to Perth’s CBDs and is our pick to enjoy a cheeky sunset cocktail or a meal that heroes local Western Australian produce.  The St Marks Road Co. will offer tasty eats from the ground floor eatery. Swimmers also enjoy Subiaco views from the comfort of their poolside lounge chair, and the rooftop gym means you can sightsee while you work out. For those that start the day with Barista coffee, the ground floor St Marks Road Co. eatery serves up fresh coffee and lots of it on demand.

This hotel is just 25 minutes from Perth airport, and the city is equally as accessible by bus, train and by car.

Address: 9 Alvan Street, Subiaco Perth, WA 6008, Australia

WiFi: Free @ 1 Mbps up to 4 devices per room.

 


More About Accommodation

GETTING THERE

Tour Starts: Perth
Tour Ends:  Sydney   

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.
Early check in or late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed


TRAIN EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION

Embarkation: Perth, Western Australia
A group transfer is available from the group hotel in Perth to the train terminal when you book the group hotel with us as part of your package.

Train departs: 10AM
Click to view details on Journey Beyond Rail website guest information.

Disembarkation: Sydney, New South Wales

Option 1:
This schedule is with the Blue Mountains sightseeing stop. From Blue Mountains passengers join NSW Trainlink 1:15PM from Katoomba.

Arrive to Sydney Central train station, Sydney
Train arrives: 3:15PM

Option 2:
Opt out of Blue Mountains stop and continue through to Sydney on The Indian Pacific from Blue Mountains. Train arrives: 12:45PM

After disembarkation in Sydney onward transfers are by your own arrangement.

Departure Flight Sydney
We recommend not to book flights earlier than 5:30PM on departure / disembarkation day. Allow time to disembark, collect luggage and transfer to Sydney airport. Travel distance/time train terminal to airport is 25 minutes by car | 8 km (allow extra time in case of peak hour traffic congestion).

If joining from outside Australia, you must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country (some countries have lesser requirements). Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 22 travellers. Our group on board the Indian Pacific is for solos only (couple free). You are welcome to join with a friend, but couples do not join our pre arranged travel group. This is a Solos Mix tour; in addition to our group on board, there are other travellers, not part of our group they will be couples or otherwise. 

SOLOS MIX
We’ve hand picked a line up of tours with that are popular choices for solo travellers. There’s a mix of travellers, single travellers and couples travelling together – this is our SOLOS MIX offer.  From our ‘know-how’ these are trips popular with solo travellers.

We only select small group tours for our Solos Mix selection. There’s a good likelihood of more than a few solo travellers joining the tour.

THE PACE  [1 out of 5]
We require you to complete our Booking Form including a self-completed Fit to Travel declaration. Travellers of 75 years or over, or with a pre existing medical condition or disability, may be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor.  

See MORE ABOUT FITNESS in More Information section below

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia

'Did a Red Centre solo 7 day tour absolutely fantastic, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, Palm Valley you have to see it and experience it. The coach drivers were professional, excellent knowledge and with a great sense of humor.'

David, Eschol Park, Sydne, New South Wales
Since 2006
We've already racked up 15 years of experience creating and delivering the best ever holidays for solo travellers. As a boutique tour operator, we delight in detail, delivering personal service and finding your next best memory.©
Australian Owned
100% Australian, created by Australians for Australians; we 'get' the Australian travel style. And, better still, our arms are open to welcome our friends from other countries around the world, who'd like to travel with friendly Aussies.©
Small Group Tours
Travel solo, not alone when you join one of our small group tours. Share your journey, without the drawbacks of big coach tours or the solitude of being alone.©
Age-Matched Tours
From our traveller feedback we know that our age-matched holidays are one of the main reasons that solo travellers choose to join us. All our 'Solos Only ' tours are age-matched, making for a better chance that you'll be travelling other like minded single travellers. ©