Great Southern

Great Southern

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


With its rugged coastline, sun-kissed beaches, forested peaks, and exhilarating capital cities, the stunning journey between Brisbane and Adelaide feels like nowhere else in Australia. Relax with everything taken care of on board including fine dining, premium wines and world-class hospitality, as you’re transported from buzzing cities to diverse landscapes and natural marvels. 

The three day, two night, 57-hour trip of the Great Southern includes stops at the Grampians in Victoria, featuring a special off-train outdoor dining experience in a scenic setting; the national capital, Canberra and its environs; and the popular NSW coastal resort town of Coffs Harbour before arriving in Brisbane. On this new journey you will explore some of Australia’s beautiful verdant landscapes at a pace that allows for the attention it deserves.


As the Great Southern traversed the Adelaide Hills and out across the parched farmlands beyond it was hard to decide who was enjoying the journey more: the passengers comfortable and chattering ensconsced in the air-cooled, stainless steel carriages or the legion of tripod-toting, camera-snapping train-spotters ubiquitous along the track and at rail crossings.

Your journey will include gently-paced excursions to beautiful beaches; historic lighthouses; peaceful river cruising; delightful botanic gardens;a taste of Indigenous culture, plus leg-stretches at historic country towns. Each day begins with a fresh panorama to take in as you savour the essence of Australia that is distilled in your journey on Great Southern. 

All Great Southern departures offer the choice of Platinum and Gold Service accommodation, with both options inclusive of dining, on board beverages and Off Train Experiences.

Platinum Service

Platinum Service cabins are 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.

Platinum Service Cabin features include: 

  • 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
  • Start with a continental breakfast served in your cabin
  • 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.

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.

Gold Service

The Gold Service on board the Great Southern includes: 

  • Well appointed day and overnight sleeper accommodation
  • Elegant twin sleeper cabin
  • Twin Cabins feature 3 seater lounge converting to upper and lower sleeping berths plus ensuite facilities with toilet, washbasin and shower Cabins feature 3 pin/ 240 volt power point, wardrobe, full length mirror, reading light, foldaway table
  • Complimentary toiletry bags and onboard magazine provided in all Gold Service cabins 

The train includes dining cars and a car-bar outdoor observatory. Included in your fare are full or continental breakfasts, all onboard lunches and a la carte dinners. All 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. Quality wines and beverages are available for purchase.

Platinum service guests also get the following

  • Complimentary nightcap and turndown service provided nightly
  • 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

In addition, the train also has the wonderful Outback Explorer Lounge, which offers an excellent place to socialise and meet fellow travellers from all corners of the world or sit back and enjoy the passing parade of Australian landscapes. The Lounge has a licensed bar and is the ideal place to gather for a drink before dinner or for a game of cards and a nightcap with new friends.