28 May 2019

Flying out of Melbourne, we arrived in Adelaide on a beautiful sunlit day. A short commute from the airport took us to the Mayfair Hotel which proved to be a very centrally located hotel in the CBD. Having use of this hotel for the day, we found the luxurious interior, cafe, restaurant and staff to be fantastic.

With some time on our hands, a stroll through the Adelaide city streets brought us to experience many of the eateries on tap settling on The Levant eatery in Hindley Street, which was excellent! The afternoon was spent enjoying a drink at the Mayfair Hotel rooftop bar, enjoying 360 degree views of the city and surrounds.

Late afternoon we boarded a shuttle bus to start our Indian Pacific experience, heading to the Adelaide Parkland Terminal in Keswick for embarkation on our Indian Pacific train journey to Perth.

On arrival, our check-in was efficient, and the friendly staff invited us to taste the local produce from the farmers and wine makers, this was a fantastic was to start the journey!

After enjoying an amazing three course meal laid out on long tables, we boarded the train, found our cabins and chatted in anticipation of our journey ahead in the comfortable communal lounge car.

Waking to a beautiful desert sunrise, from a very comfortable bed of good length and width, in a snug but clean and well appointed Gold Service twin share cabin with a private ensuite. All meals and drinks (including alcoholic beverages) are included in the fare, we looked forward to starting with breakfast the next morning!

A stunning Sunrise from the Indian Pacific

Meals on the train are served in the Queen Adelaide restaurant (in Gold Service) and are of an excellent standard, all produce is locally sourced and tasted even better than I imagined, along with top notch service.

This was to be a standard set to last the entire journey. Perfect!

As the scenery whizzed past the large picture windows on the train, all we had to do was to sit back and enjoy it, in between chatting, meeting new friends, playing UNO and being entertained by a live guitar performance, who was willing and able to take our song requests.

Along the way we had a stop off at the outback ‘ghost’ town of Cook. An historic and interesting insight to rural and isolated life and living on the rail line for workers and their families.

The outback ghost town of Cook

We spent that first evening with dinner outside of the train at ‘Rawinna’ a bordering outpost near an 8,000 sheep station. This was a perfect dinner venue and it was lit with fairy lights, and adorned with fire pits and laughter. We of course enjoyed good food and local wines served under the stars.

Rolling on through the night, we woke to another spectacular sunrise and delicious breakfast, we relaxed and enjoyed the scenery outside the windows, leading into our final destination, Perth.

What a truly amazing and unforgettable quality journey, that I would take again and highly recommend.

There are many options and cabin styles available to suit everybody, including an accessible cabin; so take the plunge and be enriched by this snapshot of Australian landscape and history.

You won’t be disappointed!

Travel & Cruise Bright Travel Consultant
Sue Taylor