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  • Sean C
    Sunshine Coast, Australia173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I took the three day, two night Adelaide to Darwin journey.

    When booking you need to take a sharp intake of breath on the price - it is not for the faint of heart or those without access to deep pockets. That said, depsite hesitation on the price, the overall experience was worth it.

    The service on the train is second to none. I've not experienced service like this elsewhere in Australia. It comes across as genuine, heartfelt and with a smile that doesn't appear forced at anytime. Train Manager Cam ran a great team - all always smiling and happy to help.

    I travelled in the Gold Single cabin and my two travelling companions travelled in Gold Twin cabin. I think I definitely got the better deal with the outfitting of the cabin. The twins are a bit dated whereas the Single cabins and the whole carriage were recently refurbished.

    The sink in the room was ample enough for washing my face and cleaning teeth. Fresh bottled water (either new bottles or from filtered taps in small kitchen areas at the end of the carriage) made for a pleasant experience.

    The shared bathrooms were large, clean and bright. There were two pokey toilets at one end of the carriage and two shower / toilet rooms at the other end. Despite sounding like not much, there was only one occassion that I tried a bathroom door and it was already in use - so no need to worry about waiting for the shared bathroom.

    At six foot five inches (197 cm), the walkways on the carriages were interesting when the train was moving - I had to walk with a slight duck to my head. But in all rooms, the bar and restaurant - plenty of head space so not really an issue.

    Once the train is moving, there is a gentle rocking at all times. Some fellow passengers noted they struggled to sleep with this - I however found it very soothing and no problem at all to sleep.

    The off train experiences were well planned and move like well oiled machines. Highly recommend following direction of sunscreen, hat, appropriate clothing , and water - it is hot and dry out there in the sunbaked desert.

    The food was excellent. The timing and service were again well oiled and slick machines. A good selection of at each meal - incoporating locally sourced produce where possible. Decent sized portions too - I'm not a small guy and I love my food!

    One of the endearing parts of this trip was the lack of connectivity. Such a welcome relief in this day and age. For most of the journey there is absolutely no signal - so much time to sit back, watch the Australian outback go by your window, take a nap, share a story with fellow passengers in the bar, read a book, or watch a movie (be sure to download to your device before boarding the train!).

    Although I've said this is a once in a lifetime - I'd consider one of the other trips on offer by this company.
    Written 29 December 2023
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  • KBofLB
    Littleborough, UK529 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a journey from Adelaide to Brisbane which takes three days and two nights. The service only operates weekly from December to February, this is when the rolling stock from the Ghan train is available as that service has to be suspended because of track flooding in Northern Territory during those months.
    The twin sleeper compartments are comfortable with a sofa for daytime use and conversion to bunk beds for overnight.
    The food was excellent. The lounge was comfortable and created a convivial atmosphere.
    It was disappointing that our off-train excursion in the Grampian Hills of Victoria had to be cancelled as the National Park was closed due to bushfires.
    The off-train excursion to Canberra was excellent, with tours of the Parliament House and Old Parliament House being combined with a short city tour by coach.
    The off-train excursion to Coff's Harbour was good, but I would have preferred more time at the Botanic gardens.
    The only downside was the first night's travel. This involved numerous crossings of sets of points in and around Melbourne which made the train 'judder' and inhibited sleep. This contrasts with the Ghan and Indian-Pacific trains where the night travel is mostly on long stretches of straight track.
    Overall, this was still a good experience.
    Written 3 March 2024
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  • Quest13585361625
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Red premium well worth the upgrade. Large spacious, comfortable seats, good service and interesting commentary along the way. Food was good although a glass of wine provided with lunch would not have broke the bank.
    Written 16 February 2024
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  • Peter M
    Melbourne, Australia1,301 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trip Advisor only has Adelaide Railway Station Info Centre but I did not go there just the station, as get information from the Visitors Centre!
    The station first opened in 1856 and only has suburban trains now.
    The Casino occupies the majority of the station building, which is no longer required for railway use. Until 1984, Adelaide station was also the terminus for regional and interstate passenger trains, but there are no longer any regular regional train services in South Australia, and all interstate services are now handled at Adelaide Parklands Terminal.
    Written 27 September 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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