Oh! finy, it's a fabulous trip! If you can, go! The countryside is beautiful in its' starkness, & to actually travel on the longest straight stretch of railway track in the world, is a bit of a hoot! You meet lovely people on board, as everybody has the commonality of WANTING to be on this famous train!
The food's superb, & that first 'cuppa' early in the morning, delivered to your suite, is marvellous! Cheers!
I would love to do it. I love train rides - anywhere. I like to go to Sydney fro Melbourne by train but the rest of my family think that there is something mentally wrong with me. Train travel is a great way to relax.
I have vever done it by train, but I have driven across from Sydney to Perth twice now. Once is was dirt road from Ceduna to Norseman of Approximately 1350 km and then the second time it was approximately 1200 km of newly tared road.
When I go to Perth now I fly, but the train would be interesting, but a bit slow for me.
Yes, have travelled on the 'Indian Pacific'
Perth-Port Pirie, then SA train to Adelaide. This was our 'present' to ourselves for 5th Wedding Anniversary! We had Twinette WITH Shower, & therefore was First Class!
Crossing the Nullabor Plain, with its' record 'Straight Stretch' was a brilliant experience.
We 'closed the circle' & travelled Sydney-Port Pirie, then SA train to Adelaide. First Class again!
This was a couple of years' later.
Love train travel. Been on both the 'old' & 'new' Ghan trains, as well. Fabulous!
With all the in-flight entertainment available, how can you be bored on a long flight, norma?
Last flight taken was 13 hours' non-stop round trip to Antartica. Never bored whatsoever! Loved it!
Even beforehand, I always had books, or audio-cassette with my taped music, & my own headphones.
Have same for on train, & bus travel, short or long distance.
In car just listen to portable cassette player, with my chosen music, sans headphones, of course!
There are a few great train trips that I would love to take. The first one that I have done is from Toronto to Vancouver through the rockies, wow, the next across Australia, then India, Peru and many more.
I haven't crossed Australia by anyway, but we have sailed, both ways, on the same ship, in the space of 3 years, right around Australia, 35 nights each cruise, but my sister & her husband have taken their car on the train from Sydney-Perth & driven back. They enjoyed the train journey but hated the drive bak again! I've only been on the old Ghan from Alice Springs-Oodnadatta, overnight, with my mother & eldest daughter, back in '76. The old Ghan could only do 20 miles an hr!
Would love to do the train trip, as well as North-South on The Ghan, but cannot believe how expensive it is! I nearly choked when I enquired a year or so ago! (I could go to Europe for less!) So unless I win Tatt's I don't think it's going to happen. :(