Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

The Spirit; Paula Heelan Takes Us on a Rail Renaissance

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

The Spirit; Paula Heelan Takes Us on a Rail Renaissance

Article excerpt

Byline: Paula Heelan

AS The Southern Spirit cuts its path through country of extremes, it's hard to know who's the most excited - the travellers, the onboard staff, the train drivers manoeuvring different tracks or the train spotters rushing to photograph the rare event.

Discovering the essence of Australia, even in the height of summer, doesn't call for intrepid travelling gear or great strength. Indeed, coastal regions and the Outback can be experienced from the comfort of a luxury train decked out with cleverly designed cabins, swish lounges and replete with fine food and wine.

With a grand rail renaissance, Great Southern Rail has launched Australia's first luxury rail tour, The Southern Spirit, with 12 beaming carriages and a green locomotive. Introducing a new standard in exclusive rail journeys, the trip is a 14 day epic rail adventure with unmatched personal service. With just two exclusive inaugural journeys in 2010, it was a lucky few who recently experienced either the 'Grand Tour' from Alice Springs to Brisbane or the reverse trip, the 'Coastal Epic'.

On this journey, it's not about the arrival, but the travel.

With stopovers, the train rolls through some of Australia's most scenic areas including Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon, Coober Pedy (with an underground dinner), a two day excursion to Kangaroo Island in South Australia, Glen Rowan in Victoria (with a specially performed play for train guests on site where Ned Kelly was shot), a sunset visit to Australia's largest radio telescope (the dish) in Parkes and stops at Cootamundra, Phillip Island (for dinner and a fairy penguin parade) and Coffs Harbour. The second journey, 'The Coastal Epic' includes all the experiences of the first journey in reverse, with the added highlight of an Australia Day celebration in Sydney with a spectacular harbour cruise and dinner on the 36th level of the Shangri-La Hotel overlooking the Opera House. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.