Indian Pacific

Indian Pacific

  • Region : Australia
  • Type : Luxury Trains
  • Traveller Interest : Panoramic Vistas
  • Introduction / History
  • Accommodation
  • Dining / Lounge

Named after the two great oceans it joins and symbolised by the magnificent wedge-tailed eagle that so often soars above it, the mighty Indian Pacific traverses 4,352km (2,698 miles) between Perth and Sydney, twice a week. Almost 300 miles of it is across the longest straight track in the world, the Nullarbor Plain. Travelling between the Indian and Pacific oceans for over 40 years, this truly is one of the world's great train journeys. This epic journey, which spans a continent, travels the whole distance in three days and three nights. Whether your final destination on the Indian Pacific is west to Perth or east to Sydney, you’ll have many opportunities to leave the train and take in some of the region's highlights. With so many wonderful sights to enjoy, this isn’t just one of the longest train journeys in the world, but also one of the most memorable.

The Indian Pacific offers 3 levels of service:

Platinum Service 

Platinum Service offers spacious private cabins complete with plush, high quality fittings and en suite; elegant dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car; along with flourishes of service, attention and indulgence that turn a holiday into a life-enhancing experience. The sheer convenience of on-call Cabin Steward Service and in-cabin menu makes this new service level a five-star travel and accommodation experience.

Platinum Service Cabin features include: 
  • An exclusive new service, limited to just 25 Platinum Cabins on The Indian Pacific departing Adelaide and Darwin twice weekly
  • Your cabin is a private lounge during the day with a movable table and two ottomans, offering plenty of room to entertain or simply relax and enjoy the journey
  • By night your private cabin converts to your choice of comfortable double or twin beds with quality bedding
  • All en suites are equipped with premium fittings, full size shower, vanity with cupboard space, mirror and toilet facilities
  • An oversized panoramic window in your cabin offers you a unique perspective on the ever-changing Australian landscape
  • Enjoy views from both sides of the train, as each cabin features an additional interior window
  • Set the tone, dim the lights to your personal preference and settle in for the night with in-cabin entertainment
  • For your convenience and peace of mind each cabin offers a lockable door and in-cabin safe.
  • Welcome drink and appetiser on arrival in your cabin
  • Cabin Steward service to cater to your needs
  • Fine Australian wine or tasty delights (available for purchase) from the in-cabin menu
  • Complimentary nightcap and turndown service provided nightly
  • Binoculars and in-cabin entertainment available on request
  • Enjoy tea/coffee delivered to your cabin each morning
  • Complimentary morning or afternoon tea in your cabin
  • Optional in-cabin continental breakfast or full breakfast in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car

Gold Service

During the day, the compact Twin Berth Sleeper Cabins offer a comfortable three seater lounge, converting to an upper and lower sleeping berth at night. Your journey will be made even more comfortable with service from our hospitality attendant including fresh sheets, bath towels, pillows, doonas and complimentary toiletries. Twin Berth Sleeper Cabins have private en suite facilities with a hide-away compact toilet, wash basin and shower. Cabins are fitted with a wash basin. Showers and toilets are located at either end of the Gold Service carriage.

Gold Service features include:
  • Compact sleeper accommodation
  • Stylish Restaurant Car dining included in your fare, with freshly prepared, delicious meals and waiter service
  • Quality wines and beverages for purchase
  • Lounge Car for relaxation and refreshments
  • Welcome Reception with complimentary glass of bubbly, wine, beer or soft drink
  • Cabin Steward service
  • In-cabin music and detailed journey commentary available from your cabin sound system
  • Complimentary toiletries kit
  • Free ‘Platform’ magazine
  • Complimentary tea and coffee available during your journey

Gold Service Superior Cabin

If you’d like some extra space and comfort, the Gold Service Superior Cabin features a 3/4 size double bed and an additional fold-down single bed (at an additional cost). It has its own lounge area with a table, armchairs, a well-stocked bar fridge with complimentary refreshments, your own private DVD player and a range of finer appointments to make your journey even more special. 

Red Service

For affordable comfort, the air-conditioned twin share Red Service Sleeper Cabins have two facing lounge chairs that easily convert to snug upper and lower sleeping berths at night. The twin berth sleeper has a wash basin, while showers and toilets are located nearby at the end of each carriage. For those who would like a drink, a snack or simply a change of scenery and the chance to stretch your legs, guests on the red service have full access to the Red Service Diner.

Red Service Sleeper Cabin features include: 
  • Compact twin share day berth converting to twin sleeping berths at night
  • Seating comprises two facing lounge chairs
  • Wash basin facilities in your cabin, with toilets and showers at the end of each carriage
  • Access to the Red Service Diner offering meals, snacks, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks for purchase
  • Free 'Platform' magazine

Red Service Day/Nighter Seats are two-abreast reclining chairs that can swivel to face each other if you’d like to socialise, with ample leg room and individual reading light. You can take in the views, enjoy the entertainment and information on the video screen or even relax with a drink and a meal in the Red Service Diner. Travel pillows and blankets available for purchase. Shower and toilet facilities available at the end of your carriage. 

Platinum & Gold Service guests dine in the elegantly themed Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car. At each meal you will be offered a choice of fine food freshly prepared by the onboard chefs. The seasonal menu features distinctly Australian mouth-watering dishes such as saltwater barramundi and grilled kangaroo fillet. You may choose to complement your meals with a selection of premium Australian wines and beverages available for purchase. Included in your fare are full or continental breakfasts, all onboard lunches and a la carte dinners. 


The Outback Explorer Lounge on board the train is often the centre of activity on the journey. The lounge is ideal for socialising with your fellow travellers from around the globe, relaxing, reading or just enjoying the picturesque scenery.


Guests on the Red Service have access to the Matilda Café which has panoramic windows for great views. The Diner offers affordable and tasty light meals, snacks and drinks for purchase. Red Service guests also have access to the Red Gum lounge which is the perfect place to enjoy the panoramic window views, meet new friends, or spend a leisurely afternoon with a good book. Access to the Red Gum Lounge is included in the ticket price for Red Sleeper guests, while those travelling in Red Service Day/Nighter Seats will pay a daily fee of $10 to $15 to use the facility.